Libraries turn new chapter, still vital for society says columnist

Libraries have evolved, but are still an integral part of our society, says Edmonton Journal city columnist Paula Simons. Simons gave a presentation at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library on Sept. 26 speaking to the importance of the public library in the digital age. While the instruments of delivery have changed, libraries still play an … [Read more...]

Doc Walker bringing ‘heartland’ sound to Beaumont

Doc Walker lead singer Chris Thorsteinson just finished a three-hour ride on his bobcat and is now ready to talk country. Seated at his cabin on the lake after doing some landscaping (he said it helps him clear his mind), Thorsteinson said growing up in small towns on the prairies has always been central to the band’s identity. “I grew up in … [Read more...]

Jonathan Pratt receives 8-year sentence for crash that killed 3

Jonathan Pratt has been sentenced to eight years in prison for causing the deaths of local men Bradley Arsenault, Kole Novak and Thaddeus Lake in 2011. Pratt was found guilty in May of three counts of manslaughter and three counts of impaired driving causing death. A collision reconstructionist said Pratt's Dodge Ram was travelling nearly … [Read more...]

Beaumont resident killed in Airport Road collision a man of strong faith

The 43-year-old Beaumont man killed on Sunday in a two-vehicle collision has been identified as Cyprien Nsengiyumva, a local pastor and father of four. Leduc RCMP responded to a 911 call of a collision between a small car and a tandem axle utility trailer on Sunday, May 11 at approximately 6 p.m. The collision occurred on Airport Road, west of … [Read more...]

Jonathan Pratt guilty of manslaughter in triple-fatal collision

A judge has found Jonathan Pratt, the man accused of impaired driving in a collision that killed two Beaumont teens and one Leduc County teen, guilty of three counts manslaughter and three counts impaired driving causing death. The ruling was delivered at a Wetaskiwin courthouse on Thursday morning. Three counts of blood alcohol level over .08 … [Read more...]

Car was travelling 199 km/h in triple-fatal collision

The court heard more evidence this week during the trial for a man who is accused of impaired driving in a collision that killed three young men near Beaumont. Among those details is that the vehicle Pratt was allegedly driving was travelling at nearly 200 kilometres per hour at the time of the collision and was found almost 180 metres from the … [Read more...]

Beaumont triple-fatal drunk driving crash trial commences

The trial for the man charged in connection with the alleged drunk driving deaths of two Beaumont youth and a Leduc County youth is underway more than two years after their deaths. Jonathan Pratt pleaded not guilty to all nine charges. Pratt is charged with three counts each of impaired driving causing death, driving with a blood-alcohol … [Read more...]

One man dead after non-suspicious fire

The deceased man from last Monday’s fire has been identified as Daniel Dumont, 54, of Beaumont. Beaumont RCMP responded to a complaint of a fire at 4802-43 Avenue at approximately 7 a.m. on April 28. When fire crews arrived on scene the blaze was quickly extinguished. Beaumont RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the fire but it has been … [Read more...]

Beaumont resident worth his weight in steel

If you’re looking for a lift, Beaumont resident Kendall Solbak might be a good person to ask. But don’t ask for a lift with his car. Solbak recently won gold and bronze metals at the world drug-free powerlifting competition. In October, Solbak attended the World Bench, Deadlift and Push/Pull, Curl Championships and International Powerlifting … [Read more...]

A ride to remember

On his 5,250 kilometre bike ride from Beaumont to Prince Edward Island, local resident Bruce Morrison managed to lose 25 pounds. But he also gained an experience he’ll never forget. “It was a lot more fun than I could have imagined,” Morrison said. “It was a really invigorating experience.” Morrison decided he want to embark on his … [Read more...]