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Santa’s Anonymous Ponoka to hold first annual ‘Sleigh Run’

Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) is continuing its long tradition of bringing holiday…

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Alberta Municipalities is pushing for a referendum on the question of having a provincial police force, as was promised by the premier in 2019. (File photo by Advocate staff)

70% oppose replacing Alberta RCMP, says National Police Federation

UCP says provincial police service could better address the root causes of crime in communities

Alberta Municipalities is pushing for a referendum on the question of having a provincial police force, as was promised by the premier in 2019. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw Tweeted Friday that Alberta’s COVID-19 testing should be able to detect any new variants of COVID-19. (Black Press stock photo)
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw Tweeted Friday that Alberta’s COVID-19 testing should be able to detect any new variants of COVID-19. (Black Press stock photo)
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RCMP investigating fatal multi-vehicle crash on Highway 2

One person is dead following a multi vehicle collision near Ponoka. On…

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Alberta under 5,000 active cases of COVID-19, Red Deer down to 132 active cases

Alberta reported an additional 379 COVID-19 cases Thursday as the province dipped…

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As of 7:55 a.m. on Nov. 25, the Northbound QEII is closed near Ponoka due to numerous motor vehicle crashes in the area. (Facebook)

Northbound QEII closed near Ponoka

Millet Fire Department: ‘Worst highway conditions on QEII Hwy that we have seen in years’

As of 7:55 a.m. on Nov. 25, the Northbound QEII is closed near Ponoka due to numerous motor vehicle crashes in the area. (Facebook)
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Maskwacis RCMP make multiple arrests, recover firearm

Maskwacis recently conducted several search warrants, leading to multiple arrests and the…

  • Nov 24, 2021
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Silver Valley 4H club report

For the beginning of the year, our Silver Valley 4H club had…

  • Nov 24, 2021
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Winter wear: L-R: Ponoka Elementary School principal Nathan McEntee, accepts a donation of winter wear from Halla Letendre and Pastor Rob McArthur from Home Church Ponoka, Nov. 17. Members of Home Church donated $2,500 worth of winter clothing for PES students, including: 26 pairs of boots, 46 gloves, 27 toques, 25 jackets, and 20 snow pants. “We are grateful for such great community connections and support for our students,” said McEntee. Pastor Rob mentioned that with the waves of COVID, they decided to create a new wave, celebrating love. (Photo submitted)

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Winter wear: L-R: Ponoka Elementary School principal Nathan McEntee, accepts a donation…

Winter wear: L-R: Ponoka Elementary School principal Nathan McEntee, accepts a donation of winter wear from Halla Letendre and Pastor Rob McArthur from Home Church Ponoka, Nov. 17. Members of Home Church donated $2,500 worth of winter clothing for PES students, including: 26 pairs of boots, 46 gloves, 27 toques, 25 jackets, and 20 snow pants. “We are grateful for such great community connections and support for our students,” said McEntee. Pastor Rob mentioned that with the waves of COVID, they decided to create a new wave, celebrating love. (Photo submitted)
Whether the Town of Ponoka gets enough ‘bang for its buck’ under its Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) membership was discussed during town council March 26.
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Ponoka to receive $1.3 million for municipal projects

The Town of Ponoka has been allotted over $1 million in Municipal…

  • Nov 24, 2021
Whether the Town of Ponoka gets enough ‘bang for its buck’ under its Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) membership was discussed during town council March 26.
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Judy Dick, right, publisher of Ponoka News, presents Violet Smith, from the Ponoka Food Bank, with the donations collected from Ponoka News’ food drive during Almost Midnight Madness on Nov. 19. A total of 572 lbs of food and $100 cash was collected for the food bank (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

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Judy Dick, right, publisher of Ponoka News, presents Violet Smith, from the…

Judy Dick, right, publisher of Ponoka News, presents Violet Smith, from the Ponoka Food Bank, with the donations collected from Ponoka News’ food drive during Almost Midnight Madness on Nov. 19. A total of 572 lbs of food and $100 cash was collected for the food bank (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Ponoka Mayor Rick Bonnett is trying to enlist support from other municipalities for more equitable provincial funding for small and rural municipalities.
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Town of Ponoka gives updates on projects

Ponoka town council approved first reading of a borrowing bylaw for $1.7…

  • Nov 24, 2021
Ponoka Mayor Rick Bonnett is trying to enlist support from other municipalities for more equitable provincial funding for small and rural municipalities.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said on Tuesday that youngsters aged five to 100 can start getting vaccinated on Friday. (File photo from The Canadian Press)

Parents can book youngsters for vaccinations starting Wednesday

391,000 children aged five to 11 eligible for Pfizer vaccine

  • Nov 23, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said on Tuesday that youngsters aged five to 100 can start getting vaccinated on Friday. (File photo from The Canadian Press)
The Ponoka Aquaplex has gotten some upgrades. (Photo submitted)

Town announces new provincial health requirements at their indoor recreation facilities

As of Tuesday, Nov. 23, the Town of Ponoka implemented several changes…

The Ponoka Aquaplex has gotten some upgrades. (Photo submitted)
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Bashaw RCMP charge male for attempted murder

Male victim was stabbed in Lacombe County after offering a pedestrian a ride

  • Nov 23, 2021
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Man who fatally shot Ponoka man in 2019 to be sentenced in January

Tyler Campbell pleaded guilty to manslaughter in February but later tried to withdraw plea

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Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)

Red Deer at 150 active cases of COVID-19

Five new deaths due to implications of COVID-19 have been reported in…

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)