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Delia School 'ahead of schedule,' detail design stage complete for Morrin School


As the 2020-2021 school year begins to wind down, work on the rebuilds for the Delia and Morrin Schools continues without signs of slowing down.
Construction on the new Delia School has been ongoing since September 2020 when ground first broke on the new facility.
“With Delia School, we are ahead of schedule but are still uncertain as to when the move-in will happen during the 2021-2022 school year,” says Prairie Land School Division Superintendent Cam McKeage.
Staff were recently given a tour of the new school building.
Residents in the Village of Morrin will also see the existing K-12 Morrin School rebuilt.
Red Deer company Group2 Architecture and Interior Design were announced as the prime consultant for the new school in October 2020.
“In regards to Morrin School, we just finished the detail design stage which means we have completed 40 per cent of the overall design of the school,” McKeage told the Mail.
Friends of Morrin School Council has been busy fundraising to include bleacher and educational space, along with a library expansion

in the new school. As of Tuesday, May 10, a total of $628,859.31 has been raised.

Hanna joint forces investigation results in drug charges

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A joint investigation between the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) and the Hanna RCMP came to a conclusion today with the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of 1st Avenue West. The investigation began in March.
The warrant was executed which resulted in the seizure of what is believed to be fentanyl and evidence to support trafficking.
Kristie Birchmore, 46 and Patrick Bell, 56, both from Hanna are facing a charge of possessing fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Both were brought before a Justice on Thursday, May 6 and were released on no cash release orders. Both are set to appear in court again on May 26, 2021 in Hanna.
RCMP say this is another example of the value of the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit. They have provided vital services to the Hanna Detachment area since they were created including dismantling a copper theft group responsible for thefts in the Hanna rural area and disrupting drug trafficking within the town of Hanna in two investigations.

Drumheller not COVID hotspot as regional, provincial restrictions go into effect

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced stronger COVID-19 regulations, which place province-wide and regional hotspot restrictions, to help “stop the spike” as cases continue to climb across the province on Tuesday, May 4.
Last week, Alberta reported the highest number of cases per capita in North America, and the province exceeded more than 25,000 active cases for the first time since the start of the pandemic as of Sunday, May 9.
“We must act to bend the curve down one last time,” Premier Kenney said during a recap on the new restrictions on Wednesday, May 5.
Regional restrictions are in effect in COVID hotspots, which have more than 50 cases per 100,000 population and at least 30 active cases.
As of Monday, May 10 the Town of Drumheller and neighbouring Starland County are not classed a COVID hotspots and are not affected by enhanced restrictions.
However, neighbouring municipalities Kneehill County and Wheatland County are both under enhanced restrictions, which include reduced attendance at funeral and church services. Personal and wellness services, such as hair salons, aesthetics, and tattoos, were also asked to close in high case areas, though these services are permitted to remain open by appointment only in areas with lower case numbers.
Schools across the province have returned to online learning, affecting Kindergarten to post-secondary students. Restaurants, cafes, and bars throughout the province have also returned to take-out and delivery only as restrictions prohibit indoor and outdoor patio dining.
During the restrictions recap, Premier Kenney also announced an additional 1.3 million Albertans would be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as the age of eligibility was reduced to those 12 years of age and older. The announcement came the same day Health Canada approved the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 years and older, making Canada the first country to approve the vaccine for anyone younger than 16.
“If we receive the supply we’ve been promised, we expect to complete this entire phase (of vaccine rollout) by the end of June,” Premier Kenney said.
As of Monday, May 10 there are 26 active cases and 428 recovered cases in the Town of Drumheller, including 181 recovered cases at the Drumheller Institution.
There is one active case in Starland County, 32 in Wheatland County, and 55 in Kneehill County.


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