2017 - A Year in Review

A look back at the Top Local News Stories of 2017 ...

January

Finance Minister Visits Vegreville; Provincial Finance Minister Joe Ceci visits Vegreville, part of a tour of communities and small businesses to gauge what's important to them in the upcoming budget

Mayor Speaks with Immigration Minister; Vegreville's Mayor has finally had a chance to speak to the Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in regards to the decision to close the Case Processing Centre

Willingdon Residents Vote for Dissolution; The Village of Willingdon will come under the umbrella of the County of Two Hills, likely this summer, now that residents have decided the village is no longer viable

 


February

Census Figures in For Region; Vegreville Population dipped for the second consecutive Census according to data released by Stats Canada.

Mayor and Councillors Finally Meet Minister Face to Face; For the first time since it was announced, officials with the Town of Vegreville have had a face to face meeting with the Immigration Minister to discuss the pending closure of the Case Processing Centre

Vegreville to be Home For New Grain Terminal; GrainsConnect Canada is expected to break ground on a new high throughput grain terminal this summer


March

Vegreville Fire Department Makes Donation for Fire Fighters in Ukraine; After a presentation earlier this month to the Vegreville Rotary Club, a pair of Edmonton Fire Fighters collecting used equipment for Fire Fighters in the Ukraine have received a substantial donation from the Vegreville Fire Department

 

 

Town Continually Frustrated by Government Response to C.P.C. Closure; Vegreville Town Council continues to be frustrated by the Federal Government's response to the impact the closure of the Case Processing Centre would have on the town

 

Lakeland College Named One of Alberta's Top 70 Employers; Lakeland College has been named one of Alberta's Top 70 employers for 2017

 


April

 

Firefighter Honoured for 40 Years Service; A pair of monumental milestones were celebrated at the Mundare National Hall.

Vegreville Approves 2017 Budget; Budget includes $8 Million Dollars for Vegreville's RCMP Building

E.I.C.S. Eliminates Basic School Supply Costs for Parents; Elk Island Catholic School Division will be expanding what costs it covers for parents and students

 


May

Funding Will Take Big Trucks Off Tofield Roads; Capital funding in the 2017 Provincial Budget will help fund a bypass on Highway 834

School Resource Officer Program Faces Uncertain Future; Vegreville and Mundare's School Resource Officer Program is reaching the end of it's pilot period, and it's continuation is in question

Moving C.P.C. Will Cost Millions More Than Expected; The relocation of Vegreville's Case Processing Center to Edmonton will seemingly have Canadian tax payers paying more than initially expected


June

Service Interruption at Tofield Hospital Emergency Department; Alberta Health Services is advising residents in and around Tofield that as of this morning, the Tofield Health Center’s Emergency Department will be closed for 48 hours

 

Whirling Disease Lab Opens in Vegreville; The Government of Alberta is spending $9.3 million to combat the spread of Whirling disease in wild fish populations, and InnoTech Alberta's Vegreville facility will play a big part in that

 

 

Senator Unger Calls on Senator Harder to Defend Vegreville; Vegreville's fight to keep the doors of the C.P.C. open was brought forward on a new stage late last week


July

Extensive Vegreville RCMP Investigation Yields Over 600 Stolen Credit Cards, Weapons & Methamphetamine; Vegreville RCMP have laid several charges on a pair of Vegreville residents after an extensive investigation into stolen property.

 

 

Willingdon Receives Dissolution Papers; The Village of Willingdon will officially dissolve and become a hamlet on September 1st, falling under the governance of the County of Two Hills

Town Loans V.M.S.A. $100,000 For New Soccer Park; Vegreville will soon have a new Soccer Park, with construction to be completed by next spring


August

RCMP Continue Investigation Into Missing Teen; Vegreville Mounties are continuing to investigate the disappearance of 17 year old James Candy

Randy Bachman Ready To Rock vEGGfest!; Randy Bachman, of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner-Overdrive fame, is ready to take the stage in Vegreville

Work Begins on Soccer Park; Work has officially begun on the new soccer park in Vegreville


September

RCMP Make Arrest in Tofield Missing Persons Case; On September 6, 2011, 49-year-old Miles Naslund was reported missing from his rural home near Tofield; after several years of investigation, two men and one woman have been arrested and charged in connection to Naslund's disappearance and death

Two People Charged With Assault on Elderly Person In Care; Two people have been charged with assault after allegations of assault on an elderly woman in Killam

Canadian Chambers of Commerce Vote For Rules on Federal Office Closures; The ‘Rural Canada Matters’ campaign that originated in Vegreville in the wake of the federal government’s decision to relocate the Case Processing Center to Edmonton continues to gather support around the country


October

 

'It's MacPhee for Me' According to Majority of Vegreville Voters; Residents in the Town of Vegreville have a new Mayor ...

 

Littlewood Tasked With New Assignment; Alberta's Premier has tasked the MLA for Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville with some new responsibilities

 

 

Small Businesses And Citizens Recognized At Awards Gala; Vegreville area businesses were honoured last night with the sixth Annual Vegreville and Area Awards Gala

 


November

vEGGfest Future Uncertain; It's do or die for the future of vEGGfest

Town Releases Cost of Fighting to Keep C.P.C.; The Town of Vegreville has released the cost of fighting the closure of the Case Processing Centre

Vegreville Firefighters Put in Long Day Battling Two Fires; The Vegreville Fire Department was tasked with a heavy work-load.


December

Vegreville Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrants; On November 29th, RCMP members on patrol in Vegreville noted a male walking through a parking lot who was known to be wanted on several outstanding arrest warrants. The male noticed the police vehicle, and attempted to run. After a brief foot chase, the male was arrested.

 

New Soccer Park Gets Major Donation; Richardson Pioneer has made a $75,000 donation to the Vegreville Minor Soccer Association

 

 

 

Town Approves 2018 Operating Budget; Vegreville Town Council approved the 2018 Operating Budget and with it a Tax Hike for Vegreville Residents.

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