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Elim Pentecostal Church eyes St. Anthony’s School site

    The Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle is actively seeking out a new facility and is showing interest in the original St. Anthony’s School for its new home.
    St. Anthony’s School is slated to move to its new location on North Dinosaur Trail in 2011. Pastor Dan Dannhauer of Elim Pentecostal told The Mail the church has its designs on the school.
    “The rumour is true, we have written a letter of intent, but we have not made an offer or anything like that,” said Dannhauer. “We are still in the negotiation process and the school is not moving out until at least January.
    “Our membership has given us the green light to go ahead and negotiate, we’re at that place already.”
    He explains they are working with a real estate agent for the developer who currently owns the land.
    He envisions the building housing the congregation and the administrative aspects of the church. Elim Pentecostal has outgrown its current facility, and the new location will give it ample room to grow.
    “Our building is too small and too crowded, and with all the stuff we do, we are stepping over each other,” said Dannhauer.
    Because of the size, for the project to make sense, he says they hope to share the building with other organizations in the valley.
    “We’re looking at all the possibilities,” said Dannhauer. “We are looking at potential leasees,” adding they are looking at inking conditional leases in the next couple of months.
    He said they would use the gymnasium as their sanctuary on Sunday, but would allow for other uses, as they feel that kind of space is a necessity in the community.
    “Our key is we want to be a church in the community, for the community, about the community, and our ministries circle around that,” said Dannhauer.
    Before they make an offer Dannhauer said they need to take an inventory of what will be included in the school.
    “In the next week or so we are going through it again to know what the school is leaving and taking, and then we’ll be able to make a definite offer,” said Dannhauer.
    “We are really excited. It is just a matter of getting the money together and building strategic partnerships we could facilitate through that building.”

Inmate gets three years tacked to sentence for drug possession

    An inmate at the Drumheller Institution has been sentenced to three more years in prison after corrections officers discovered drugs in his cell.
    Sean Critch appeared in provincial court on Friday, May 28. He was charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking and simple possession. He pleaded guilty.
    The court heard how on February 27, a corrections officer was doing a range walk when he observed Critch in his cell wrapping a package in cellophane. When officers entered his cell, Critch tried to flush the package down the toilet.
    When officers opened the package they discovered 53– 200 mg tablets of morphine and less than one gram of heroin. The tablets were packaged for distribution. The cache of drugs had an institutional value of approximately $10,600.
    Critch has a related criminal record, and is currently serving a seven-year sentence. The crown and defense joined in a submission for a sentence of three years, citing Critch’s early plea as a mitigating factor.
    Judge Grieve accepted the joint submission and sentenced Critch to three years for each count to be served consecutive to each other, but concurrent to his existing sentence.

New principal at Greentree School

    Greentree Elementary School will have a new head next school year, when a principal from Fort Vermillion will replace Anne Morgan as principal.
    Morgan, who has been principal in Drumheller for 17 years, will be retiring after the current year, to be replaced by Chris Connell.
    “I am somewhat sad... I will miss so many of the kids and staff here,” said Morgan, who was principal of Central School up until it merged with Greentree in 2003.
    Morgan is retiring alongside her husband and moving to Calgary to be closer to her family.
    “It has been wonderful, but to everything there is a season.”
    Connell, 40, is currently the principal of Blue Hills Community School with the Fort Vermillion School Division.
        The new principal chose Drumheller when the position opened, and is looking forward to living and working in Drumheller.
    “It will be a little bit of a challenge,” Connell said in regards to the larger size of Greentree. The Blue Hills Community School hosts 109 children compared to Greentree’s 360 pupils.
    Connell has 10 years of principal experience in Fort Vermillion, who teaches K-9, whereas Greentree only serves till Grade 6.
    He brings to the table a long history of experience as principal, English as a Second Language education for the foreign exchange students at Greentree, and said he is focused on school improvement through work with school staff.
    “Drumheller is a beautiful place, I’ll be closer to family, and I am looking forward to living there.”


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