Richard Froese South Peace News A statement of costs to fight fires in the Big Lakes County may no longer be sent to residents. At its regular meeting May 11, council gave first reading to an amended fire services bylaw…
Dry weather, rising costs concern farmers

Richard Froese South Peace News Farmers are concerned that more and rising costs, plus dry conditions could hurt profits this year. “The outlook for beef in the High Prairie area and Alberta, is cautiously optimistic,” says Valleyview farmer Roland Cailliau,…

Chris Clegg, Editor, High Prairie South Peace News Plato is regarded as one of the great thinkers in history. His teacher, Socrates, and most notable student, Aristotle, are household names. They are the elite of thinkers and revered even today,…

Richard Froese South Peace News Plans by Big Lakes County to construct a water and sewer extension in Joussard have taken the next step. At its regular meeting April 27, council approved a recommendation to proceed to tendering and construction…
PIC – Award-winning dancers strut their stuff

The High Prairie Repertoire Dance Society held three recitals May 6-8 to highlight dancers’ achievements. It was a very successful season. The club attended three festivals this season: Just Dance Festival in Westlock, Dance Drive Festival in Grande Prairie, and…
A new home for Fort McMurray evacuees

Richard Froese Spotlight A couple found refuge in High Prairie after being evacuated from Fort McMurray as wildfires swept the region. Jim and Rebecca Callin fled May 3 and relocated to the town near their lot at Shadow Creek Estates…
Jack-Pot Gymkhana coming to Donnelly

Mac Olsen Spotlight Strap the saddle on, adjust your stirrups and bridle, then prepare to participate in barrel racing, pole bending, stakes, flag picking and keyhole. The Jack-Pot Gymkhana event is being held at the Smoky River Ag Society grounds…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County will support its municipal colleagues in Fort McMurray after it was hit by a massive wildfire May 3. At its regular meeting May 11, council approved a recommendation that the county provide…
Peavey Mart East Gate’s main tenant

Chris Clegg South Peace News Peavey Mart announced May 10 it plans to open a 16,000 square-foot store and adjacent greenhouse in High Prairie in the fall. “Amidst the gloom of the Alberta economy, a big bright spot is shining…

by Jeff Burgar So, what is going to happen in Joussard? This was the first thought of a few people, but only a few, when they heard about what happened to some cabins in Faust a few weeks ago. Big…

Richard Froese South Peace News Annual tax notices were sent in the mail last week for Big Lakes County property owners after council finalized the bylaw. At its regular meeting May 11, council adopted the 2016 tax bylaw. The municipal…
Hike for Hospice raises over $8,600

Richard Froese South Peace News More than $8,600 was raised at the annual Hike for Hospice, held by the High Prairie and District Palliative Care Society on May 1. “We raised $8,663, which is more than last year,” says Debra…

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Spotlight Staff Through the tremendous acts of generosity and kindness of the communities in which they operate, Freson Bros. is extremely proud to announce they, along with their great customers and supportive team members, have raised $58,449.27 for the Red…

by Chris Clegg Editor, South Peace News Last year, the Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County councils each forwarded $568,145.52 to the High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board for operations. That’s just over $1.136 million. This year,…