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The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)

Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Premier Jason Kenney says Delta variant in Alberta is not spreading at an alarming rate. (Photo courtesy Government of Alberta)
Premier Jason Kenney says Delta variant in Alberta is not spreading at an alarming rate. (Photo courtesy Government of Alberta)
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Ponoka chamber introduces summer students

Ponoka residents and business owners may come in contact with the Ponoka…

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Premier Jason Kenney said he expects the province to hit the 70 per cent threshold for a full easing of COVID-19 health restrictions around June 19-20. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Kenney says Alberta considering COVID-19 lottery, says province could be fully open July 4

Red Deer down to 150 active cases of COVID-19

  • Jun 10, 2021
Premier Jason Kenney said he expects the province to hit the 70 per cent threshold for a full easing of COVID-19 health restrictions around June 19-20. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
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PHOTOS: Ponoka Secondary Campus grad

Ponoka Secondary Campus held a drive-in graduation ceremony for their 2021 graduating…

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Ponoka Aquaplex reopens on June 14 with restrictions

With the launch of Stage 2 of Alberta’s ‘Open for Summer Plan’,…

  • Jun 10, 2021
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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported five additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (File photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Red Deer at 169 active cases of COVID-19

Province set to move into Stage 2 of reopening Thursday

  • Jun 9, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported five additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (File photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. The federal government says it does not believe COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Canada will be affected by export restrictions being considered by the European Union. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. The federal government says it does not believe COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Canada will be affected by export restrictions being considered by the European Union. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
This year the Town of Ponoka is showing <em>“The Lion King”</em> during their drive-in movie night on June 30. (Walt Disney Pictures)

Town of Ponoka hosting free drive-in movie June 30

Town of Ponoka is showing “The Lion King”

This year the Town of Ponoka is showing <em>“The Lion King”</em> during their drive-in movie night on June 30. (Walt Disney Pictures)
Arlene Dewhirst, 94, poses for a photo at her home in Rimoka in Ponoka. (Photo by Madison Fleck/SAIT)

Seniors Week profile: A lifetime of music with Arlene Dewhirst

By Madison Fleck For Ponoka News Arlene Dewhirst has always loved music.…

  • Jun 9, 2021
Arlene Dewhirst, 94, poses for a photo at her home in Rimoka in Ponoka. (Photo by Madison Fleck/SAIT)
Harold Radke, 83, poses for a photo at his home in Rimoka in Ponoka, Alta., on Thursday, June 3, 2021. Radke was one of Ponoka’s first milkmen, and would deliver to the some 300 houses in Ponoka, Crestomere and Morningside.  (Photo by Madison Fleck/SAIT)

Seniors Week profile: Memoirs of Ponoka’s milkman, Harold Radke

By Madison Fleck For Ponoka News These days, getting milk delivered straight…

  • Jun 9, 2021
Harold Radke, 83, poses for a photo at his home in Rimoka in Ponoka, Alta., on Thursday, June 3, 2021. Radke was one of Ponoka’s first milkmen, and would deliver to the some 300 houses in Ponoka, Crestomere and Morningside.  (Photo by Madison Fleck/SAIT)
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Seniors Week profile: Hank Fessler’s family moved to Ponoka in 1939

Hank Fessler, 93, resident of Seasons Retirement Community Ponoka, has two children,…

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Seniors Week profile: Joyce Hagemann enjoyed working with children as a teacher

Joyce Hagemann, 90, was born and raised in Ponoka. Joyce has four…

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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said she’s encouraged by the data in Alberta’s fight against COVID-19. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta adds 139 new cases, active COVID-19 cases hit lowest mark since March 9

Red Deer down to 166 active cases of the virus

  • Jun 8, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said she’s encouraged by the data in Alberta’s fight against COVID-19. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
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Ponoka alumnus self-publishes first book

Dale Boddy’s book “Profile of an Effective School Superintendent” now available online

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People show up to the location where a family of five was hit by a driver, in London, Ont., Monday, June 7, 2021. Four of the members of the family died and one is in critical condition. A 20 year old male has been charged with four counts of first degree murder and count of attempted murder in connection with the crime. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Brett Gundlock

Mosque to host vigil for family killed in London, Ont., vehicle attack

Pickup truck mounted a curb, struck family as they were out for an evening walk, then drove away

People show up to the location where a family of five was hit by a driver, in London, Ont., Monday, June 7, 2021. Four of the members of the family died and one is in critical condition. A 20 year old male has been charged with four counts of first degree murder and count of attempted murder in connection with the crime. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Brett Gundlock
Mary Lynn Ellingson, right, and Linda Graafland with their balloon display for the 215 children found in Kamloops, B.C. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Ponoka community supports Every Child Matters

Local tributes to remains of 215 children found in Kamloops, B.C.

Mary Lynn Ellingson, right, and Linda Graafland with their balloon display for the 215 children found in Kamloops, B.C. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
There are 351 people currently hospitalized by COVID-19 in Alberta, with 94 of those individuals in an intensive care unit. Thirty-seven of those in hospital are in Central zone including eight in ICU. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
There are 351 people currently hospitalized by COVID-19 in Alberta, with 94 of those individuals in an intensive care unit. Thirty-seven of those in hospital are in Central zone including eight in ICU. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron speaks during a press conference and prayer vigil at the former Muscowequan Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan at Muskowekwan First Nation, Sask., on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

Indigenous leaders frustrated after Pope passes on apologizing for residential schools

More than 60 per cent of residential schools were run by the Catholic Church

FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron speaks during a press conference and prayer vigil at the former Muscowequan Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan at Muskowekwan First Nation, Sask., on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
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Mamawi Atosketan Native School holds drive-in grad

A drive-in graduation ceremony for the three graduates from Mamawi Atosketan Native…

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