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Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Bylaw passes first reading

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Council narrowly approved first reading of a bylaw that would replace its decade-old Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Bylaw (SDAB) Tuesday night.

While the completely revised bylaw contains several changes that will bring it better in line with provincial legislation, the one that has created the most debate among council was to what degree council should be involved… […]

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Council passes debenture bylaw for civic centre upgrade

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Town Council gave unanimous second and third reading Tuesday night to a borrowing bylaw that permits the town to borrow up to $2,875,000 to upgrade St. Germain Plaza, home of the Morinville Town Offices and the Morinville Public Library.

Renovation of the Civic Plaza building was approved last December in the 2011 budget; however, the original estimate of … […]

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Around the Town – midweek edition

Fiddlin’ around – Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Champion Scott Woods brought his fast-paced concert of old time fiddling, gospel music and perennial favourites to the Morinville Parish Hall May 24. The two-hour performance was a fund raiser for the St. Jean Baptiste Parish restoration and maintenance project. […]

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More than 3,000 drivers nabbed in weekend blitz

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – The May long weekend proved to be an expensive one for many motorists. Alberta RCMP and sheriff integrated units cracked down on 3,263 unsafe drivers over the weekend, a weekend that coincided with National Road Safety Week… […]

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County proclaims seniors’ Week

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Sturgeon County – About a dozen seniors representing nine seniors groups attended Sturgeon County Council for a photo opportunity Tuesday morning. Before lining up for a group shot with council, Sturgeon County Councillors unanimously proclaimed Seniors’ Week for June 6 to 12… […]

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Sturgeon County donates $10,000 to Slave Lake relief

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – County Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to donate $10,000 to the Red Cross for the Slave Lake relief efforts. In presenting the request for decision, Sturgeon County Commissioner Chris Micek said the idea had strong support among county staff, many of whom have family in the community… […]

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Play to take Morinville residents back in time

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A camera and tripod set up in the back room of the Morinville Public Library was focused on a number of Morinville residents last week or a serious of interviews that will form the basis of an upcoming play. […]

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Chamber looking to adopt businesses in Slave Lake

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Shortly after raising just short of $7,000 at its silent auction to aid businesses in Slave Lake, the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce has come up with another way its members and other local businesses can assist those companies affected by the wild fires that recently divested the town of 7,000… […]

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Monday morning News – May 23

The May 23 holiday edition of Monday Morning News hits store shelves and restaurant counters Monday morning. This week’s edition is our largest issue of the news magazine yet – 28 pages of strictly Morinville news and views. This week’s issue contains the following news stories… […]

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Familiar face at familiar grocery store

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – There is a familiar face roaming the aisles of the Morinville Sobeys these days. Stuart Trenchard is back to run the store but this time as franchise owner.

A long-time resident of Morinville, Trenchard worked his way up through the grocery business starting as a stock boy in the local IGA at the age of 14. Over the next six-and-a-half years as he worked his way through school Trenchard also worked his way through various positions in the store. After graduating from NAIT with a major in marketing… […]

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Community Cultural Centre opens with heart

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – With the keys to the under budget and ahead of completion date Community Cultural Centre in hand, Morinville’s business community had the opportunity to be the first to be wined, dined and toured through the new facility ahead of its official opening June 11 and 12… […]

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Morinville parent delivers cookies to Dave Hancock

By Stephen Dafoe

Edmonton – Morinville parent Thomas Kirsop arrived at the Alberta Legislature Thursday morning with enough cookies to feed plenty of politicians and government employees as well. But the delivery of biscuits and cookies wasn’t intended as a coffee break snack, it was a symbolic gesture to advise Education Minister Dave Hancock that – in Kirsop’s opinion – he is not doing his job with respect to the secular education issue in Morinville… […]

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Ron Cust Morinville Rotary’s third Integrity award recipient

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – When Morinville Fire Chief Ron Cust walked into Wednesday night’s Rotary meeting in Morinville, he fully expected to deliver a speech on this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival and how groups like Rotary can attract and retain volunteers. But Cust was brought to Rotary on false pretences – the real reason for his being summoned was to receive the club’s Integrity Award, the third the Morinville service club has given out in its 15-year history… […]

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Sturgeon County Fire Update

Submitted by Sturgeon County

Sturgeon County – Emergency Services crews, along with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) crews are continuing to work at extinguishing the fires in the area… […]

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Morinville looking to make amendments to land use bylaw

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Some key issues in Morinville’s existing Land Use Bylaw could soon be addressed if proposed amendments are passed by Morinville Town Council. Councillors had an opportunity to look at those amendments May 17 during the monthly Committee of the Whole meeting… […]

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Morinville looking to set some community standards

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Residents who fight in public, loiter or disturb the peace could find themselves with a stiff fine if a new bylaw coming before Morinville Town Council is passed. So too could property owners who don’t look after their lawns or who release unpleasant odours into their neighbour’s yards.

Morinville Town Council spent part of their May 17 Committee of the Whole meeting discussing and asking questions about a new Community Standards Bylaw administration will bring to council for first reading sometime in June… […]