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105-km Swim Challenge inspires, motivates

Richard Froese South Peace News Several people were honoured for their efforts in the Bay of Fundy 105-Kilometre Swim Challenge at the High Prairie Regional Aquatic Centre. “Although 53 people entered the challenge, 10 completed and surpassed the distance,” says…
4-H students gearing up for Achievement Day

Chris Clegg Spotlight Coyote Acres 4-H Club and Kinuso Lakeside 4-H Club members are again anticipating tremendous support for their upcoming East Peace District 4-H Achievement Day June 4 at the High Prairie Agriplex. Students have been working hard on…

ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, expect others to pay attention to what you have to say this week. It may seem like no one is giving your thoughts much mind, but they’re not falling on deaf ears. TAURUS –…
PIC – Site preparation begins for Peavey Mart

Construction crews started preparing the site for the new Peavey Mart last week. The store will be located in the East Gate retail development on Highway 2 in Peavine Estates on the east side of town. Peavey Mart is scheduled…

Commentary by Mac Olsen It is often said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Unfortunately, good intentions sometimes bring unnecessarily tragic results. Take the case of a bison calf in Yellowstone National Park. A few weeks…

by Chris Clegg Regular readers of this column know I began lobbying weeks ago to Alberta Health Services to provide renal dialysis services in the hospital. We have watched helplessly while numerous residents leave the community to receive treatment in…

Chris Clegg South Peace News The importance of wearing helmets at the Q Skate Plaza will be the focus of a public safety session June 6. Town of High Prairie peace officers, Alberta Health Services, and the Alberta Brain Injury…
Not what it seems

Graphic scenes and clear messages about drunk driving were the focus of a mock scenario presented to students by Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth in High Prairie on May 18-19. Above, High Prairie Fire Department firefighters David Martinson,…

Richard Froese South Peace News Three more dedicated volunteers will be added to the Big Lakes County Wall of Fame later this month. Wendell Ebbett of Sunset House, Robert Goulet of High Prairie, and Eileen Will of Big Meadow, will…
One woman’s story

Sally Hamelin is a former employee of South Peace News living in Fort McMurray when the wildfires occurred. Following is her account. On May 3 my day began with a blue sky and bright sun. Up and gone to work…
Green, Marran named district principals for HPSD

Spotlight High Prairie School Division has appointed Linda Green and Murray Marran as district principals starting Sept. 1. Green has been the principal of Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake since June 2012. She has more than 16 years…
Rain, snow a welcome relief

Richard Froese South Peace News Firefighters and farmers in the High Prairie region welcomed an unseasonal heavy wet snowfall on May 19-20 to soak the dry conditions. It allowed the Slave Lake Wildfire Management Area to drop the wildfire danger…

by Jeff Burgar Anybody driving by the east end of High Prairie can’t help but like the signs of construction happening there. UFA is putting up a new building. The East Gate development is going ahead with the Peavey Mart.…

Richard Froese South Peace News SuperNet connections could be extended to the Grouard and Faust municipal buildings soon. At its regular meeting May 25, Big Lakes County council approved a recommendation that administration explore the possibility to connect to SuperNet,…
PIC – 50 wonderful years

High Prairie Royal Canadian Legion president Don Ebbett, right, receives a 50-year pin for his continuous service to the Legion on May 18. Presenting the award is Murray Couch, himself a 59-year member and current vice-president of the local Legion.…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Several regions in the High Prairie area received FireSmart grants May 18. The Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta approved 34 projects valued at $4.1 million. Local projects include: * Peavine Metis Settlement – Unit…