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Five graduate from Badlands College

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Badlands College is evolving and so are its students as five graduated from its unique programming.
    On Sunday, May 27 the school held its graduation ceremonies and it was a great success for the school, celebrating its fifth year.
    “As a team, they were pretty tight,” said Executive Director of Badlands College, Dave Watson of the graduates. “They worked well as a team and supported each other. If they weren’t friends before, they most definitely are now.”
    The graduates include Jody Menchini. Watson explains that Menchini was actually  a 2017 graduate, but opted to have the ceremony this year with classmates. She graduated with honours from the Justice Studies Program and is working in her field.
    Sherry Johnston graduated with Honours from the business program, along with Jessica Shumard-Ahner.
    Cersten Peters graduated from the Health Care Program with a diploma in integrated nutrition. Peters has gone on to Red Deer College where she graduated from the Health Care Aide program.
    Haley Stern graduated from the Health Care program, also with a diploma in Integrated Nutrition. Watson said she has been actively working in her field and her coursework was an upgrade.
    He is proud of the hard work by all the students, each with unique circumstances.
    Watson says Badlands College is strong, and this fall is projecting to have 8-10 enrollments. He says its flexibility is attractive to some students.
    “It’s hard work, they could have family or kids, and they may say ‘I’m going to take a semester off,” he said.  
     In the school’s history, they have seen 15 graduate.

Locally set YA novel launches at public library


Order of Canada winning author Jacqueline Guest launched her latest book ‘Death by Dinosaur’ at the Drumheller Public Library today. The book is set in Drumheller where the protagonist Sam Stellar works at the Royal Tyrrell Museum as a summer student. She discovers a special fossil goes missing and the story evolves into a classic who-dunnit story as she finds out who is responsible. “I wanted to empower girls with a strong female lead,” says Guest, adding the novel is filled with real scientific facts to spur young imaginations. The young adult novel is available at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, where all copies are signed, and from online retailers. 

Road construction on highway north of Gordon Taylor Bridge begins Wednesday

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The town advises there will be traffic reduction on Highway 9 near the Gordon Taylor Bridge on July 3.

Crews will be working on replacing the medians on Highway 9 North before resurfacing the highway.

“There will be some traffic restrictions in the area so we ask that drivers are vigilant and to expect delays when commuting,” said director of infrastructure Armia Mikhaiel.

The work is expected to last until August 24 with lane reductions expected to occur at times.

The project is part of the town’s 2018 street improvement program, which will see work done on 2 Avenue West, Hunts Crescent, and Highway 9 South. More information is available on the town's website.

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