Phase 1 re-launch of economy going well, say town officials

Although the Phase 1 re-launch of the economy, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, has had its challenges, the re-opening of businesses has gone well.  Recently, Mayor Doug MacPherson; Marian Carlson, the town’s chief administrative officer; and Jason Hemmaway, the town’s director of emergency management discussed the re-opening.  “Overall, things are going well,” MacPherson said. “The population as a whole, Town of Claresholm, … Read more

Singer/songwriter goes online to perform during pandemic

Singers like to sing in front of people.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, with gatherings limited to 15 people until recently, it was difficult to do that.  Stavely singing sensation Mariya Stokes found a way by going online, and she has taken good friend and roommate Allayna Van Diesen along for the ride.  Starting back on March 30, Stokes launched “Fiyah … Read more

Willow Creek Composite High school announces 2020 valedictorian

Willow Creek Composite High School has named its Grade 12 class valedictorian for 2020.  On May 21, the school announced on social media that Nadine Thyssen will be this year’s valedictorian.  Principal Jackie Kark said even with the cancellation of classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the process for determining the valedictorian was not that different.  They still used school-awarded … Read more

Starling named football coach of the year

The Willow Creek Composite High School Cobras football team was the best in the province in 2019, but behind every great team is a great coaching staff. On May 14, Kelly Starling, the Cobras’ offensive coordinator, was named Football Alberta’s High School Tier-4 coach of the year. “I was surprised,” he said upon hearing about the award. “It’s pretty humbling.” But … Read more