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Area crime numbers down
Police-reported crime has increased across Canada but not in Brooks or Bassano.
The 2015 Crime Severity Index was released by Statistics Canada last Wednesday. It indicates there were 1.9 million incidents reported under the Criminal Code in 2015. That’ up by 70,000 incidents from the year before but lower than it was five years prior.
However, that’s not the case in the Brooks and Bassano detachments.  Full Story >
County considers Emerson Bridge Park expansion
The county run Emerson Bridge Park continues to be full and now there is some consideration being given for expansion.
The park has 33 sites which are first booked and filled each weekend.
“We believe there’s another 10 sites that could be serviced relatively easily,” said county director of agricultural services, Todd Green.  Full Story >
County gives future homeowner a break
The County of Newell’s Municipal Planning Committee approved variances for a moved-in mobile home that will provide temporary shelter for a family while their permanent home is built.
Over the last month Pedro Wiebe cleared a parcel of land 1.6 kilometres northwest of Tilley so he can build a home for his young family.
While the house is being built he and his family will live in a 1972 trailer.
Moved-in homes over 20 years of age do not comply with the County of Newell’s Land Use Bylaw.  Full Story >
DVIT, RCMP, safe communities to host men’s program
The Domestic Violence Intervention Team (DVIT) has received $25,000 through the federal justice department’s Family Violence Initiative grant.
Among the areas the grant supports, one is to raise public awareness and encourage public involvement in responding to family violence.
The funds will be used for an event engaging men and boys that will be co-hosted by the RCMP, DVIT and Safe Communities committee.  Full Story >
Local business donates $7,000 to women’s shelter
Romer Environmental is taking pride in the new Brooks women’s shelter which is currently under construction in the Meadowlake area.
Last week Mike Rommens of Romer Environmental Ltd. presented $7,000 to the shelter’s executive director Shauna Bell.  Full Story >
Scandia’s EID Historical Park will open for Earl Taylor Day
Volunteer help combined with assistance from the County of Newell staff has resulted in the go-ahead for the annual Earl Taylor Day at Scandia’s EID Historical Park.
High winds on July 15 caused extensive damage throughout the 17 acre park including toppling trees, smashing windows and moving a building.
The following day park board chairperson Rosalind VanHal closed the park because of the damages and unsafe conditions.  Full Story >
Area crime numbers down 

Contract extended for Bandits’ coach 

County considers Emerson Bridge Park expansion 

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