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Downtown Trick or Treat set for Halloween

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The Ghosts and Ghouls will be haunting downtown Drumheller again this Halloween, with great support from the business community.
The annual Downtown trick-or-treat is set to go on Tuesday, October 31. This is an annual tradition where the downtown community decorates the core and hosts hundreds of local trick-or-treaters.
To facilitate this, the downtown core will be blocked off so young Halloweeners will be safe.
Many outside the business community are supporting the annual trick-or-treat by donating candy, which will be divided up evenly among participating businesses. Candy donations can be dropped off at Bikes and Bites or Dry Canyon Collectables.
Candy donations will be accepted until October 30.
The Downtown trick-or-treat goes from 4-6 p.m.
A note for trick or treaters, residents of the Manors and Sunshine Lodge are always appreciative seeing all the great costumes, so make sure to visit!

Trial date set for historical sexual assault


Trial dates have been set for a man accused in a historic sexual assault case from his time at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills.
In March of this year, Derek Taplin was apprehended by Winnipeg Police on a Canada-wide warrant and charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a young person, four counts of sexual interference, four counts of sexual assault and four counts of invitation to sexual touching.
His arrest followed a two-year investigation undertaken by Three Hills RCMP.
Through the investigation, police have identified four alleged victims from multiple incidents at Prairie College between 2002 and 2004. Taplin was a student union president, a volunteer position, and was not employed by the college.
On Friday, October 19 an agent for Taplin’s council appeared in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller. Trial dates were set for November 26-29, 2024 and December 3, 2024.
Defense waived delay.
According to a police release at the time of the arrest, police believe there may be more alleged victims and are urging any other victims or anyone with information to come forward.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault or harassment, or if you have information about a crime of sexual nature that may assist an ongoing investigation, please contact the Three Hills RCMP at 403-443-5539. If you would like to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by submitting a form online at

Standard chooses realtor for subdivision lot sales

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Standard village council approved a motion to move forward with one of three realtors to assist in selling empty lots in its new subdivision during the regular Wednesday, October 11 council meeting.
Council members heard from administration that each of the three realtors had provided different commission rates, and administration also noted each of the three realtors also had varying sales and marketing strategies.
It was noted the lots were assessed under $50,000, though the value of each varied due to sizing of the individual parcels. Administration explained a previous council motion had set the recommended price at $25,000; however, in order to sell the lots for below the assessed value council would need to hold a public hearing for each lot sold.
Administration recommended to rescind the previous motion and impose at least a $50,000 sales price per lot. This would save time for all those involved, including the buyer, council, and administration.
A total of three real estate agencies had submitted quotes for the sale of these properties, and council discussed at length which of the three quotes would have the best results for the best cost. It was explained, although the sale of these properties would not have any cost to the municipality, a commission fee would be deducted from the revenue.
Council passed a motion in favour of entering into a six month contract with Remax Central, based in Calgary, for the sale of all lots, with the possibility of an additional six month contract extension. Administration explained Remax would use its marketing strategies and commission on each lot would range between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on whether a partner site was utilized.


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