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– In 2013, 44 per cent of Canadians aged 15 years and older volunteered for a charitable or non-profit organization, a slight drop from 2010 [47 per cent]. – The hours contributed by volunteers in 2013 stood at 1.96 billion…

    Ruth Pratt recognized for 50 years of service Richard Froese South Peace News Longtime local resident Ruth Pratt was recognized and celebrated for her committed service with the Royal Purple for 50 years. Pratt was presented a pin…
PIC – Minister Hoffman tours hospital

Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, third from left, front row, and other dignitaries toured the construction of the new High Prairie Health Complex on April 25. Hoffman was pleased with progression and also made official that the CT Scan will…

Richard Froese South Peace News A 17-year-old male youth will spend and additional six weeks in custody. The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was sentenced to 45 days in custody for theft over $5,000…

Richard Froese Spotlight Census letters and packages are being delivered to all Canadian households this week to collect data for the national population. Statistics Canada began sending package for households and for agriculture on May 2. Forms can be completed…
Historic agreement inked

Richard Froese South Peace News Treaty 8 First Nations and the Alberta government have signed an agreement aimed to build a brighter future for Treaty 8 members. “The protocol agreement signed between the First Nations of Treaty 8 in Alberta…

Chris Clegg South Peace News High Prairie town council has declared May as Hearing and Speech Month. A request from the High Prairie Royal Purple Elks Lodge 59 was approved by council at its April 26 meeting. The Elks and…

H.P court docket April 25, 2016 Judge G.W. Paul A tourist on his way to the North Country Fair near Driftpile last summer will pay a hefty fine after pleading guilty to carrying illegal drugs. Christopher Brian Wild, 24, of…
Volunteers thanked for building community

Richard Froese South Peace News Dedicated citizens of Grouard and High Prairie were honoured during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16. Volunteers were recognized in Grouard on April 12 and in High Prairie on April 11. Both banquets were hosted by…
Aspiring writers publish St. Andrew’s Times

SPN Staff It was so much fun they would do it all over again. It’s the verdict from St. Andrew’s School Grade 6 teacher Maureen Wilson, after students wrote stories for a mini-newspaper they called the St. Andrew’s Times. “It…

Richard Froese South Peace News High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce holds it monthly meeting May 4 at Amiro’s Steakhouse at noon. Plans for the annual general meeting will be discussed, says executive director Rodney Gainer. Although no date…
Local Green Acreages Workshop a big success

Richard Froese Spotlight Ways to create and preserve more green space on rural residential land were presented at a free stewardship workshop in High Prairie on April 21 and Slave Lake on April 23. The Green Acreages Workshop was hosted…
Shorter, fewer projects focus of most volunteers

Richard Froese South Peace News People who volunteer tend to spend more time on short-term projects, fundraising and special events than longer commitments. “People can pick and choose and free up a certain amount of time to help with something…

Helping Our Students to Succeed wants to remind everyone “It’s OK to not be OK” during Mental Health Awareness Week May 2-8. HOSTS wants to hear about the ways you stay mentally healthy so they created a contest. Log onto…
PIC – ‘Royal’ boost

The High Prairie Royal Purple made a huge $100,000 donation toward the CT Scan fundraising campaign April 25. The High Prairie and District Health Foundation is raising money for the machine. Left-right are Royal Purple secretary Cori Burgar, Royal Purple…