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Betty Clark. (Photo submitted)
Betty Clark. (Photo submitted)
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Celebrate International Trails Day in Ponoka

Come celebrate International Trails Day on Ponoka’s scenic river valley trail system…

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
George poses for a photo in front of the gazebo by the community garden, one of his favourite places to come out and enjoy nature or people-watch. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
George poses for a photo in front of the gazebo by the community garden, one of his favourite places to come out and enjoy nature or people-watch. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Alberta’s declining COVID-19 numbers are a positive sign for the province. (photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Red Deer down to 634 active COVID-19 cases

Central zone down to 2,054 active cases

  • May 18, 2021
Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Alberta’s declining COVID-19 numbers are a positive sign for the province. (photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Ponoka experiencing thunderstorm, hail

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for central Alberta on May…

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
A new 4-H Alberta scholarship has been named after Marilyn Sharp for her long-time volunteer contributions as a member of the community advisory panel for the Prentiss site east of Red Deer. (Photo submitted)

Lacombe resident Marilyn Sharped honoured with a 4-H scholarship in her name.

The scholarship is made possible by generous donations from MEGlobal and Dow Canada,

A new 4-H Alberta scholarship has been named after Marilyn Sharp for her long-time volunteer contributions as a member of the community advisory panel for the Prentiss site east of Red Deer. (Photo submitted)
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Restrictions a mixed bag for local Ponoka golf courses

Golf courses in COVID-19 hot spots across the province have felt the…

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Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 2,211 COVID-19 cases Thursday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 2,211 COVID-19 cases Thursday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks about distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

VIDEO: U.S. President Biden boosting world COVID vaccine sharing commitment to 80M doses

Biden administration hasn’t yet said how the new commitment of vaccines will be shared

Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks about distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Ponoka’s annual community clean up begins May 25

The Town of Ponoka’s annual back alley collection of compostable yard waste…

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Mayor Rick Bonnett. (Screenshot)

WATCH: Ponoka council calls on gov’t to support rural small businesses

Ponoka council is calling on the provincial government to increase funding to…

Mayor Rick Bonnett. (Screenshot)
More than 400 COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta Wednesday, according to multiple reports. (File photo)
More than 400 COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta Wednesday, according to multiple reports. (File photo)
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MLA Ron Orr on ousting of two UCP members

MLAs Drew Barnes and Todd Loewen were voted out on May 13, 2021

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Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Alberta adds 1,195 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Red Deer has dropped to 760 active cases

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Preparation work began this week for new pavement overlay and road repairs on 50 St. (Karen Douglass/Ponoka News)

2021 Ponoka pavement, concrete improvements underway

The Town of Ponoka’s annual Pavement and Concrete Improvement Programs for 2021…

  • May 14, 2021
Preparation work began this week for new pavement overlay and road repairs on 50 St. (Karen Douglass/Ponoka News)
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is asking Albertans to do their part by observing gathering limits, staying home if unwell, wearing masks and maintaining physical distance. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Three new Central zone COVID-19 deaths, Alberta adds 1,433 cases

Red Deer down to 802 active cases of COVID-19

  • May 14, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is asking Albertans to do their part by observing gathering limits, staying home if unwell, wearing masks and maintaining physical distance. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Mayor Rick Bonnett. (Screenshot)

VIDEO: Ponoka town council calls on province to increase funding to small rural businesses

With stricter public health measures implemented this week in Alberta to help…

Mayor Rick Bonnett. (Screenshot)
The lights of several emergency vehicles could be seen near the Sunken Bridge on May 13. (Photo submitted)

2 women in hospital after single-vehicle rollover outside of Ponoka

One of the woman, the passenger, was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries

The lights of several emergency vehicles could be seen near the Sunken Bridge on May 13. (Photo submitted)
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021, file photo, licensed practical nurse Tami Arnold prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to Donna Wilson, 82, at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, Ohio. The push to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus is hitting a roadblock: A number of states are reporting they are running out of vaccine, and tens of thousands of people who managed to get appointments for a first dose are seeing them canceled. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Several options now available to get a COVID-19 jab in Ponoka

Five pharmacies now have vaccine doses, as well as BRMC

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021, file photo, licensed practical nurse Tami Arnold prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to Donna Wilson, 82, at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, Ohio. The push to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus is hitting a roadblock: A number of states are reporting they are running out of vaccine, and tens of thousands of people who managed to get appointments for a first dose are seeing them canceled. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
L-R: Shirley Rabbit, Maryanne Bruno and Solomon Bull. (Photos submitted)

Maskwacis Elders: Cree values, language need to be revitalized

“I am the fifth generation of my family. My great grandfather was…

L-R: Shirley Rabbit, Maryanne Bruno and Solomon Bull. (Photos submitted)