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Jeff Burgar It’s nice when your community sits on massive natural resources. This is the case in much of Alberta. There are oil towns like Edson, Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray. There are oil and lumber towns like Whitecourt and…
Education minister promotes nutrition at HPE

Richard Froese South Peace News High Prairie Elementary School welcomed the education minister Nov. 29, just weeks after the school and school division were chosen to participate in a nutrition pilot project. “I was very interested to see how they…
PICs – Christmas at Pleasantview

Pleasantview Lodge in High Prairie was colourful during its annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea on Nov. 25. Countless crafts and Christmas baking made by the residents were hot items for shoppers. Tea and coffee and refreshments were also enjoyed by…

Spotlight Staff After consulting with thousands of Albertans, the province is amending the Modernized Municipal Government Act and continuing the conversation with an in-depth discussion guide. “For the feedback that addressed new, but important, areas for change, I am pleased…
Keep your Christmas tree safe and healthy

Spotlight Staff People are reminded to keep Christmas trees healthy and safe as directed by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Some species have more open foliage, stiffer branches or longer needles, and you may want to have an idea of your…
Seeing red around town? Here’s why!

Chris Clegg South Peace News They’re big, they’re red and each one carries an important message. They’re red silhouettes and each one represents a silent witness to abuse – an Alberta woman whose life was taken by her husband or…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Annual Cookie Extravaganza Dec. 7 If you need to stock up on Christmas treats for the holiday season, here’s your chance. The High Prairie United Church’s annual Cookie Extravaganza will be held Dec. 7 from…

Richard Froese South Peace News One local shopper was the big winner in a new promotion to kick off Christmas shopping in High Prairie. Necole Screpnek, of High Prairie, won several $50 gift cards to local businesses as the High…

Chris Clegg South Peace News It’s the only place in town you will see about 40 beautifully decorated Christmas trees in once place. Plus, literally hundreds of other Christmas decorations and ornaments! The 20th annual Festival of Trees will be…

Spotlight Staff As temperatures drop, it’s important to know how to work safely in cold weather. Extreme temperatures are considered a workplace hazard. That means employers must take steps to prevent risks associated with cold weather such as severe cold…
Helmet law proposed for off-highway vehicles

Spotlight Staff Helmets could soon be required for driving off-highway vehicles on public land under a proposal by the provincial government. Transportation Brian Mason introduced proposed amendments to the Traffic Safety Act (TSA) to require recreational users of all-terrain vehicles…
PICs – Out with the old, in with the new

New welcome signs for the hamlets in Big Lakes County were erected in late November. Each sign is made of acrylic stucco finish with stone finish on the base and columns with recessed white reflective lettering for the names. Signs…
PIC – Sleeping Soldiers

Following is the poem written by Brooke Buchan, read at the High Prairie Remembrance Day ceremony. In Flanders Fields the soldiers rest. They know they have tried their best. To keep this world from hurt and pain. They gave their…
Joussard School – ‘Green Thumbs’ program starts

David Giroux Joussard Reporter Hello, folks! This is Joussard School’s reporter, David Giroux, once again bringing you our news. We have had lots of learning happening in kindergarten. The students have been learning about the days of the week, the…