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Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The Town of Falher has a new council with one new member and a reduced number of seats.Donna Buchinski was elected mayor by council during its organizational meeting Oct. 12.Councillor Robert Lauze was elected the deputy…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News It appears the difficult decision to keep the H.W. Fish Arena at McLennan closed this winter will remain unchanged.McLennan town council held a passionate debate on the matter at its Oct. 12 meeting and it appears…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The future of the Falher-based Smoky River Regional Chamber of Commerce will be decided at its annual general meeting Oct. 28 on Zoom.President Sandy Primeau says members will decide the future of the chamber that has…
Council, chamber lobby for grocery store

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The recent closure of Bigway Foods in McLennan has prompted local residents and elected officials to find a way to replace the town’s only grocery store.The best way might be to form a co-op, so council…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Customers in Northern Sunrise County will each be receiving a $75 credit on their water bills for bad water the last few months.Council agreed on the one-time credit at their Oct. 12 meeting after considering four…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A strategy to expand water distribution in Big Lakes County has been set in motion by council.At its meeting Oct. 13, council directed administration to draft a plan to create a reserve budget and plan for…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Concerns from Town of McLennan staff regarding the new Sept. 30 holiday were heard loud and clear by council, who will let staff make the final decision.Council first decided at its Sept. 14 meeting to close…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The M.D. of Smoky River has decided to not close its office in future years for the new Sept. 30 federal holiday now known as National Day of Truth and Reconcilia- tion.Instead, they will release a…
Big Lakes adds 5 to Wall of Fame

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Five people who volunteer in their communities east of High Prairie had their names added to the Big Lakes County Wall of Fame.Neil and Maureen Renneberg, of Joussard, were honoured for their dedicated services as 2021…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A main road in Grouard may get a smoother surface next year as part of Big Lakes County’s hamlet paving program.At its regular meeting Oct. 13, council approved a recommendation to refer a request to pave…
2021 MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS

Results will be posted as soon as information is received. Elections Alberta is paying municipalities to count Senate and Daylight Saving ballots. Our understanding is that municipalities will therefore be counting these ballots first before moving on to council and…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A pay raise proposed for Big Lakes County council has been turned down just five days before municipal elections Oct. 18.At the final council meeting of the four-year term, Oct. 13, council denied a recommendation by…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has responded to a letter from Big Lakes County council concerned about the lack of physicians in the region.“The Government of Alberta is committed to ensuring that communities like yours receive the…
Never too early to plan for Christmas charity

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The annual Christmas Angels program in Big Lakes County and High Prairie returns under Big Lakes Family and Community Support Services [FCSS].Like last year, applications for hampers opened Oct. 1, earlier than normal to deal with…