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Whitecourt RCMP report a decrease in calls in 2017 and a 3.4 per cent drop from 2016

Whitecourt RCMP report a decrease in calls in 2017 and a 3.4 per cent drop from 2016

  Members of the Whitecourt RCMP Detachment presented an 11-page document to council during the Monday, June 11 regular meeting. The document provided a detailed breakdown of last year’s operations and caseload within town boundaries. Staff Sgt. Comaniuk first walked councillors through a five-year comparable on calls of service at the detachment which included calls […]

Mayor Chichak steps down from UCP nomination bid following health scare

Mayor Chichak steps down from UCP nomination bid following health scare

In a Facebook post dated June 11 at 8:30 p.m., Mayor Chichak shared with her followers on her United Conservative Party (UCP) page, that she was withdrawing her name from the West Yellowhead constituency nomination. The revelation came as a shock to many as she had been proudly vocal about the opportunity to serve the […]

Party in the Park 2018 a huge success!

Party in the Park 2018 a huge success!

  “Plaid, dirt, white shirts, blue collar roots still running through my veins. I was born small town, deep roots, mud on these boots. I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s how I was born and raised.” These lyrics from the Hunter Brothers’ song Born and Raised were sung loud and clear by the massive audience […]

Pumpjack Players sending two local teens to drama camp as part of their sponsorship initiative to help grow a life-long love of drama

Pumpjack Players sending two local teens to drama camp as part of their sponsorship initiative to help grow a life-long love of drama

  Two local teenagers received a fun gift from Pumpjack Players on Friday, June 15. After taking part in the Children’s Spring Production at the beginning of May, Emma Munday and Logan Kwiatkowski, both in grade 11, were chosen to receive a fully sponsored trip to Artstrek. “Last year, we decided to try and find […]

Illegal dump sites spotted in Whitecourt and Woodlands County thanks to a local pilot

Illegal dump sites spotted in Whitecourt and Woodlands County thanks to a local pilot

  From the air, Whitecourt and Woodlands County are a beauty to behold. If you are lucky enough to fly over the region right now you would see bright rich greens and the awe-inspiring rivers twisting and turning their way through the dense forest. You would also, unfortunately, see piles of rubbish that have been […]

Close to 50 men donned bright red high heels and walked a few blocks in support of the Wellspring Family Resource and Crisis Centre

Close to 50 men donned bright red high heels and walked a few blocks in support of the Wellspring Family Resource and Crisis Centre

  Wearing heels is hard enough for many women, let alone men. The adage that “beauty is pain” can easily be attributed to heels and the idea of taking them off after a long day at work is often equated to being one of the best feelings in the world. Kidding aside, the truth stands […]

Showing appreciation to community seniors for their contributions over the years

Showing appreciation to community seniors for their contributions over the years

  From Monday, June 4 until Saturday, June 9, seniors in the community were celebrated with a week especially for them. Seniors’ Week is always full of fun activities and treats to thank seniors for the contributions they have given to the community. Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Program Co-ordinator Fay Arcand said planning […]

The first Military Tattoo held in Alberta since 1998 took place in Whitecourt this past weekend

The first Military Tattoo held in Alberta since 1998 took place in Whitecourt this past weekend

  On Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, Whitecourt residents took in a sight that hasn’t been seen in the province since 1998. A Military Tattoo is a military performance of music or a display of armed forces on a large scale and for the first time in 20 years, an Alberta squadron rounded […]

Hilltop students represent Whitecourt at Skills Canada at both the Regional and Provincial level

Hilltop students represent Whitecourt at Skills Canada at both the Regional and Provincial level

  Skills Canada is a Canadian non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting careers in technology and skilled trades to students in both high school and post-secondary institutions. Each year, it holds a country-wide competition that allows students to compete within their chosen fields. The Olympic-style competition progresses from the Regional level through the Provincial […]

Caribou range planning was on the docket at the May 28 regular council meeting

Caribou range planning was on the docket at the May 28 regular council meeting

  During the Monday, May 28 regular council meeting at the Forest Interpretive Centre council heard from Chris Montgomery of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) on Caribou Range Planning in Alberta. As the manager of Exploration and Production Engagement, he had a lot of information to provide. “As our name suggests, we represent […]

House fire claims two homes

House fire claims two homes

    Emergency crews consisting of 25 Whitecourt and seven Blue Ridge firefighters were called out Saturday around 6 p.m. to what was originally just one house fire; however, it later involved two. The fire originated at one home but due to the wind and intense heat it quickly spread to the neighbouring house. Both […]

Whitecourt and area Taekwondo students celebrate their belt promotions with elaborate demonstrations

Whitecourt and area Taekwondo students celebrate their belt promotions with elaborate demonstrations

  On Saturday, June 2 members of Whitecourt Taekwondo were joined by members of area clubs to celebrate new beginnings. “Today is the ceremony where all the students who have recently been promoted to their first Dan black belt or second or third or fourth, and the kids that have been promoted to Poom which […]

The student run Busy Bean coffee shop has been a huge hit at École St. Joseph School

The student run Busy Bean coffee shop has been a huge hit at École St. Joseph School

  A new venture has popped up at École St. Joseph School and it has been filling the halls with a delicious aroma at lunchtime. The Busy Bean Coffee Shop offers a variety of different hot drinks made fresh to order, and homemade treats, too. Being able to grab a latte without leaving school might […]

Spring Festival, a show of appreciation from downtown businesses to the community that supports them

Spring Festival, a show of appreciation from downtown businesses to the community that supports them

  The streets of downtown Whitecourt were bustling with activity on Saturday, June 2 as the Spring Festival took over. Presented by the Downtown Business Association, the five-hour long event featured a variety of different activities for families to take part in and many options to shop from. In the Midtown Mall parking lot there […]

Women-only group shines light on inspiring local women

Women-only group shines light on inspiring local women

  Ladies Who Love is an event just for women spearheaded by Tara Farnsworth and Amanda St. Pierre. “We had similar interests and we were looking for a place that we could get women together to support and encourage each other and share our stories and accomplishments. We realized that group didn’t exist yet in […]

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