A look back at 2014 in Ponoka News headlines (2)

Prison cells full during Stampede week (July 9)

  • Jan. 7, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Prison cells full during Stampede week (July 9) – Cases of public intoxication almost reached a record this year during the Ponoka Stampede.

Developments seeing growth in town boundaries (July 9) – Town staff have been busy accepting development applications this year, not only for new housing starts but also for commercial development.

Attempted robbery foiled at Fountain Tire (July 16) – On July 11 at 8 p.m., two Ponoka RCMP members observed a break and enter in progress at the Ponoka Fountain Tire location.

Fourth generation farm celebrates 100 years, The Deleeuw farm has always been a cohesive family operation (July 23) – With humble origins as a homestead for Belgian immigrants, the Deleeuw family farm has flourished under the care of four generations of farmers and have recently been recognized with the Century Farm Award by Ponoka County for their achievement.

Taxpayers Federation critical of growing Alberta debt (July 23) – A protest against the billions of dollars of debt that Albertans are facing found its way to the front door of Ponoka Town Hall, July 16, with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Debt Clock.

MSW Meats wins at Texas longhorn show (July 30) – A Texas longhorn steer bought by MSW Meats in Ponoka seven years ago just won Grand Champion Steer at the Canadian National Longhorn Show in Red Deer last weekend.

Wheat Growers displeased with Grain Commission (Aug. 6) – A decision by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to discontinue discussions over an insurance-based model for grain payments to prairie farmers has left the Canadian Wheat Growers Association (CWGA) unhappy.

Water meter installation to cost $1.3 million over three years (Aug. 6) – By now most residents in the Town of Ponoka have seen vehicles with the logo of Neptune Technology Group on them.

Axe-wielding man arrested by Ponoka RCMP (Aug. 13) – Police arrested an Edmonton man in Ponoka last week for terrorizing two elderly women and a young girl with an axe.

Downtown seeing variety and quality in new stores (Aug. 13) – Empty downtown stores haven’t stopped some entrepreneurs from offering some exclusive products destined to stir some excitement in Ponoka’s downtown area.

How Alberta blew through an extra $41 billion (Aug. 20) – Governments, like families, make choices. And governments, like families, sometimes make choices that deny them other options: for example, spend money on having dinner out every night may preclude the purchase of a nicer automobile.

Gas thief with countrywide arrest warrants gets six months in jail, fine (Aug. 20) – After being caught sleeping in the Prairie Boys Truck and Car Wash parking lot, with evidence of having siphoned gasoline there, a man with a long history of property offences has been sentenced to six months plus one day in jail and a $2, 875 fine plus a victim surcharge fine.

NFU supports backing out of insurance-based system (Aug. 27) – After talks between the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) and Atradius Insurance over an insurance-based system protecting grain farmers collapsed, the National Farmers Union (NFU) voiced their support of the decision.

Couple urges county to strengthen unsightly premises bylaws (Aug. 27) – Despite previously agreeing a conclusion had been reached, Ponoka County councillors are once again requesting unsightly premises landowner Albert Brown’s presence at council.

Downtown businesses work together for growth (Sept. 3) – Downtown business owners came together in a collaborative effort on Aug. 27 at the Rising Sun Clubhouse to discuss different ideas on how to bring customers to the downtown area.

Boy taken to hospital after accident with pickup ­(Sept. 3) – One boy was lucky to receive non-life threatening injuries Aug. 26 at 5:45 p.m. after a truck ran into him while riding his bike.

Vandalism targets accident-hit family (Sept. 10) – The mother of the seven year-old boy who was hit by a pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 53 and 2A on Tuesday, Aug. 26 is appealing to public for information that could lead to the capture of vandals who smashed the windshield of her car, the only means of transport for the family.

Fall storm causes havoc on Ponoka streets (Sept. 10) – Mother Nature made her presence felt in Ponoka Sept. 8 with a fall snowstorm that wreaked havoc on Ponoka streets.

Family Meats shut down over E. coli concerns (Sept.17) – A Ponoka slaughterhouse received a shock last week after Alberta Health Services (AHS) closed its doors over concerns of E. coli contamination.

Council approves allocation of surplus funds (Sept. 17) – Town councillors have approved the transfer of $370,000 to reserves after showing surplus funds in Ponoka’s operating budget.

The ugly side of professional sports (Sept.24) – In various chapters of my life, I have always been somewhat of a sports fanatic, played in a few of them over the years just to have fun, but now really enjoy watching a good game of any kind, and cheering for the great efforts of the participants no matter what the results might be.

Ponoka nursing student appalled at African health practices (Sept. 24) – A young Ponoka woman, who has recently returned from Africa upon completing her internship, has described her stay in Tanzania as an “eye opening experience” and said she would be looking forward to going back for another assignment there.

County challenges provincial government on cemetery issue (Oct. 1) – In order to protect Ponoka County residents from unrightfully zoned development, Ponoka County council and administration are issuing a stop order to the provincial government with regard to the development of a Sharphead Indian cemetery.

Councillors find CAO to fill administration’s top seat (Oct. 1) – After searching for eight months, town council has hired a new chief administration officer for the Town of Ponoka.

Postal worker charged, sentenced for possession of missing gift cards (Oct. 8) – A woman has been fined $300 after being caught using gift cards being sent through the mail and pleading guilty to possession known to be stolen.

Home fire victims grateful for heartwarming support (Oct. 15) – A family night of baking muffins almost became deadly for a Ponoka family whose home burnt down last week.

Regional library investing dollars for rainy day (Oct. 15) – A forward thinking strategy has allowed central Alberta’s Parkland Regional Library (PRL) network to productively use and grow a residual fund into a major asset base, which can now provide operational spending for the regions libraries up to a full year.

Bus tour looks at future visions for Ponoka (Oct. 15) – During a magnificent fall day last Friday, Oct. 3, 17 enthusiastic citizens of the Town of Ponoka and districts jumped on the comfortable Lions’ bus for a very interesting tour through the rich and rolling hills of north eastern Alberta.

Woman impersonates cousin to avoid arrest (Oct. 22) – A Samson Cree Nation woman was sentenced to heavy fines on Friday, Oct. 17 after pleading guilty to driving without a valid license and impersonation.

No options for residents on water meter exchange program (Oct. 22) – Town councillors voted down the request to give residents options on the wireless water meter system contracted to Neptune Technologies

MP Calkins recounts events of Ottawa shooting (Oct. 29) – A typical day for Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins changed drastically last week in Ottawa after an armed man shot and killed a Canadian soldier and then stormed the parliament building.

Town and county working together on airport study (Oct. 29) – An airport master plan for the Ponoka Industrial Airport is close to completion.

Province announces millions for senior safety, uncertainty baffles managers (Nov. 5) – Seniors’ safety may be looking up in Alberta after the province announced $70 million in funding last week to enhance fire safety and install sprinkler systems in aging seniors’ buildings.

Council approves replacement of North Bridge (Nov. 5) – Town councilors approved a plan for replacement of the North Bridge with construction scheduled to begin next year.

Stampede Assoc. sees new president and VP at AGM (Nov. 12) — The Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association (PSA) has had a good year with ticket sales seeing large increases.

Inaugural Festival of Trees garners huge success (Nov. 19) — Ponoka’s first annual Legacy Ford Festival of Trees ended Saturday Nov. 15 and the results far surpassed anyone’s expectations.

Prairie farmers want clarity on transparency of CWB (Nov. 19) — Farmers across Canada are becoming increasingly agitated over a perceived lack of transparency regarding changes at the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).

Funding, FNMI success top WCPS priority list (Nov. 26) — A survey questionnaire given by the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) has helped the Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) board of trustees identify the issues that they would like to place at the top of their priorities list.

Town approves $100K for Gemini high load corridor (Dec. 3) – Town council approved $100,000 to assist Gemini Corporation with a high load corridor project that will ease transport of high loads on High- way 53 from Ponoka to Highway 21 north of Bashaw.

FNMI student changes big priority for WCPS (Dec. 10) – As First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) students’ needs rise further to the forefront of many educational initiatives, the Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) board of trustees recently met with the division’s Wisdom and Guidance Committee to hear from the commit- tee on their work.

Draft budget shows 3 per cent tax increase to Ponoka residents (Dec. 17) – For the first time in many years Town of Ponoka budget deliberations were open to the public and the press.

Seven charged with abduction appear in court, four to be released on bail (Dec. 24) – Three suspects out of seven were remanded in custody by choice and four others were to be released pending bail after their first court appearance on Friday, Dec. 19 over charges of abduction and unlawful confinement of a Ponoka resident over an alleged drug debt of $200.