Grouardites will have to wait

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News An outdoor ice rink in Grouard will not be used until next winter. Big Lakes County council again postponed a decision to repair the rink built last year by the Grouard Community Association. At its regular…
Christmas made merrier

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Appetites and plates were full at the Community Christmas Day Dinner at the High Prairie Legion Hall on Dec. 25. About 60 people enjoyed a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings, says Therese Morris, who…
St. Andrew’s evacuated

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News St. Andrew’s School students were out in the cold for a short time Jan. 8 after a leak in the roof set off alarms. Students and staff were evacuated from the building for just over one…
Search begins for new Alberta Party candidate

Joe McWilliamsFor South Peace News The Alberta political party that styles itself as ‘centrist’ is again looking for a candidate for the Lesser Slave Lake constituency. Judy Kim-Meneen, who was nominated for the position a few months ago, has decided…
HPSD chair Henkel resigns, byelection scheduled

Richard Froese South Peace News Tammy Henkel has resigned from the High Prairie School Division board of trustees. The board received her letter of resignation at its regular monthly meeting Dec. 19, says an HPSD news release dated Jan. 8.…
First Night celebration returns, over 150 attend

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News First Night returned to High Prairie to celebrate New Year’s Eve. People flocked to the Sports Palace for the family-focused event hosted by Bethel Baptist Church, the first since 2015. “It was an amazing fun and…
Pollack family receives Farm Family Award

Chris Clegg Richard Froese South Peace News A Big Meadow family with a 90-year history of helping the community and the agriculture industry was honoured in Edmonton Nov. 10 for their efforts. Dwayne and Chris Pollack were one of 18…
Santa’s Little Helpers distribute 39 Christmas hampers

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Christmas hampers from the High Prairie and District Children’s Resource Council blessed almost 40 families. Santa’s Little Helpers packed food and toys at the High Prairie Children’s Centre on Dec. 20-21. “We distributed 39 Christmas hampers,”…
Churches pray for prosperous 2019

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Another year in the High Prairie area was celebrated as churches prayed for a blessed year in 2019. About 40 people from several local churches gathered Dec. 30 for a special Christian Community Gospel Sing at…
FCSS welcomes new manager

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County Family and Community Support Services has a new manager. “I’m passionate about working with people and communities because I understand the needs of rural communities,” Nicole Hanna says. “They may be different from…
Framework will ‘open doors’

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Canada and the Métis people are working toward a renewed relationship, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. On Dec. 17, 2018 a Framework Agreement was signed outlining areas for discussion. It serves as…
Saints fall just short

Richard Froese South Peace News The High Prairie St. Andrew’s Saints junior girls basketball team finished second at the Prairie River Rim Rocker Basketball Tournament. The Saints lost 33-29 to Peace-Wapiti of Grande Prairie in the final of the seven-team…
Agreement secures local forestry jobs

Richard Froese South Peace News Forestry companies in the region have a new forestry agreement for the next 20 years to harvest trees and ensure prosperity. A new Marten Hills Forest Management Agreement for Tolko Industries Ltd., West Fraser Mills…
Hospital site manager bids farewell

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News High Prairie Health Complex staff and volunteers bid farewell to Olive Sonico as she retired as site manager. She was honoured during a reception Dec. 20 in the cafeteria hosted by Alberta Health Services. “Olive always…
Made with loving hands

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Not many things can make a Christmas merry for some like some warmth and comfort on a cold day. Or any other cold day for that matter! With that in mind, Grade 3 students in Joanne…
Grade 3s bring cheer to families

Chris CleggSouth Peace News It is difficult for some to remember there are families who struggle during Christmas. As a result, St. Andrew’s School endeavours to teach its students to never forget those less fortunate. It is a lesson St.…