Funding boosts tools to fight rural crime

Richard Froese South Peace News Local police and the community is welcoming more support to fight rural crime. The provincial government announced March 9 steps to take action to combat rural crime by investing $10 million in more RCMP officers,…
CX Energy Services donates to library

Chris Clegg South Peace News High Prairie Municipal Library staff are ecstatic after receiving a three-year funding commitment from CX Energy Services. Crystal Ochran attended the library March 15 to mark the occasion. The company, owned by herself and husband…
Legionnaires strike gold in Wetaskiwin

Chris Clegg South Peace News They say defence wins championships. Never was that more true than last March 22-25, as the High Prairie Legionnaires won the Alberta Midget B hockey title in Wetaskiwin after winning six straight games. And, they…
Big Lakes County receives economic award

Big Lakes County received an Excellence Award from Economic Developers Alberta. Left-right, are Big Lakes County Economic Development Authority consultant Lisa Baroldi, authority chair and Councillor Robert Nygaard, deputy CAO Jordan Panasiuk and Reeve Ken Matthews.   Richard Froese South…
Tolko approved for $4 million tax credit

Tolko High Prairie OSB plant welcomed a provincial government minister and local MLA on March 26. Left-right, are general manager Greg Johnston, Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous, Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee and plant manager Dean Lamberton.…
St. Andrew’s students hone speaking skills

Oratorical winners St. Andrew’s School in High Prairie presented awards to winners in the school’s annual oratorical public speaking competition for Grades 1-9 on March 14. Medals were presented to top students in each grade at the elementary level, while…
Pratt Chargers earn bronze after OT thriller

Richard Froese South Peace News The E.W. Pratt Chargers of High Prairie placed third at the Northwest 2A Zone High School Men’s Basketball Championships on March 9-10 in Peace River. Pratt edged the Glenmary Saints of Peace River 89-88 in…
Lady Chargers win bronze

Richard Froese South Peace News The E.W. Pratt Lady Chargers finished third at the Northwest 2A Zone High School Women’s Basketball Championships on March 9-10 in Peace River. Ranked fourth, the Chargers edged No. 3 seed Sexsmith 47-46 in their…
Forestry fair plants seeds in students’ minds

Richard Froese Spotlight Job opportunities in the forest industry were presented to local Grade 9 students at a forestry career fair March 6 at the Edmo Peyre Hall in High Prairie. Students from High Prairie schools Prairie River Junior High…
Lady Chargers go undefeated in winning zone title

Richard Froese South Peace News The E.W. Pratt Lady Chargers basketball team of High Prairie captured the championship in the High Prairie School Division on March 3. The Chargers defeated the G.P. Vanier Vipers of Donnelly 39-4 in a time-shortened…
Gymnasts enjoy medal haul at Fairview Flip ‘n’ Fun

Richard Froese South Peace News Five gymnasts with the High Prairie Gymnastics Club were in top form at a warm-up competition Feb. 24 in Fairview. “Our girls did amazing,” says Kristylynn Barton, acting treasurer. Brielle Kit won gold as the…
Beyond wildest expectations

Response to locally-made wine has entrepreneurs excited Chris Clegg Spotlight Life is so good for the owners of the region’s newest winery they just might want to sit back for a minute and toast themselves. With a fine wine from…
Splash park proposed for Jaycee Park

Richard Froese South Peace News Plans for a splash park have started with a trickle of support at an organizational meeting Feb. 25. Initial steps to raise money in 2018 were laid out during the meeting, hosted by the High…
MLA visits school to see nutrition program

Richard Froese Spotlight High Prairie School Division welcomed a close official for the education minister on a tour of schools participating in a provincial nutrition program. High Prairie Elementary School hosted Sherwood Park MLA Annie McKitrick on Jan. 26 as…
Heading out for a snowshoe adventure

Mac Olsen Spotlight It was a balmy day to venture into the great outdoors for snowshoeing, as members of the Smoky River Bears Junior Forest Wardens soon found. This group met at the grazing range southeast of Donnelly in the…