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Community Futures receives $196,400 RCAP grant for business planning


hospital.jpgCommunity Futures Big Country announced in a press release that they have been awarded a grant by the Rural Community Adaptation Fund.
    This first portion of a total grant application of just under $400,000, together with the matching fund from partners, is giving the project a budget of $200,000. 
    This will allow for a business plan to be prepared for the implementation and operation of a health training post secondary institution.
    This initiative is still looking at using the old hospital building as  a possible location for the institution, although Webber highlighted, “At this point, because we are in the planning stage, we are not ruling any opportunities out.”
    Jordan Webber, now project manager of this initiative, told The Mail that the Town of Drumheller and Community Futures Big Country are formal funding partners in this initiative and other municipalities will be approached now the grant has been approved.
    “This has been made possible because of the support we have experienced from the community and local businesses up to this point and we are very grateful and excited by what this means for the future,” said Webber.
    This grant will also enable consultants to be engaged, whom Webber confirmed will be coming on board April 1.
    The project leadership team was also announced. 
    With Webber as project manager, Jon Ohlhauser, who had up to now been volunteering his time and expertize for this project, has also been appointed as project leader.
    Community Futures will be hosting a public forum on April 8 at 7:00 pm at the Newcastle Community Hall, where they will be outlining the next steps of the project.
    The business planning phase is anticipated to be fully completed in six months.

Farm fire calls out five departments


A building fire at the farm of Art and Candace Grenville last Wednesday evening, March 31, brought a quick response from four Starland County Fire Departments and the Drumheller Department.

            Sometime after 6 p.m., a fire was spotted by a passerby of the farmhouse near the intersection of Highways 9 and 56, who alerted 911. The Grenvilles, who live across the road, were at the scene trying to prevent the fire from spreading until crews arrived.

            The fire consumed a shed, which had a history with the area, as had been moved to the site in the 1970’s. It was formerly the garage building that had been at the Morrin Corner Service location for many years.

            No injuries were reported in the incident, and there was some smoke damage to a dwelling on the site.

Damage was limited to some older vehicles.




…and I don't even golf




Newcastle residents Bob and Vicky Davidson awoke on April Fool’s Day to find their front lawn had been turned into a mini golf course. Bob had dug up their lawn last year and replaced it with artificial green turf. Bob suspects a neighbour had staged the prank, and, not knowing which neighbour, now plans retribution for them all.


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