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Broncs’ last game of the football season

With the Kerrobert Rebels coming to Wilkie SK October 28 – in a game originally scheduled for October 6 but delayed due to that day’s snow storm – the McLurg HIgh School Broncs were in a must-win situation. Not only a must-win, but they had to beat the Rebels by at least 10 points if they were to extend their season into playoffs.

Alas, it was not to be, but as said in the wrap-up report in the school newsletter, “It was a good year that has lots of positive things that we can build on for next year.” Coaches this season were Mr. Kent, Mr. Wickett, Mr. Majewski and Mr. Mamer.

There are some photos and a report in today’s issue – October 28 – of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Below are some additional shots from the second half of that final game against Kerrobert:

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Tomorrow’s paper

Our Grade 12 students are in the midst of their final high school exams and then it will be time to truly celebrate! Yes, tomorrow’s edition of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald is the annual grad feature. Be sure to get your copy and check out all the graduates in Wilkie, Unity and Luseland. If you have someone graduating, you may want to pick up an extra copy or two of the paper for grandparents, etc.

Along with the special pages on our grads, the June 24th Press-Herald also has lots of Wilkie news, including:

  • an NSRBL report on where the Brewers are at (including the dates of their three last non-playoff home games);
  • photos and a story on family fun at the park; and
  • an update on burn victim Tristan Clark.

You will also find information on where you can pick up your paper if the threatened postal strike next month comes to pass.

Below, after the traditional grad hat toss!

after the hat toss

Schools issue warning to parents about possible predator

With several communities reporting children and youth being approached by a suspicious male, RCMP have issued several media releases and Living Sky School Division is asking parents to talk to their children about “stranger danger.”

The most recent incident was report by Battleford RCMP, after a nine-year-old boy was approached April 18 at approximately 8 pm in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. The suspect in question was a male driving a white, 15-passenger van with cardboard in one rear window. The male driver is described as older and of First Nations descent. No further information was obtained.

The information is being shared with the public in hopes of obtaining further information in relation to this van.

On April 11 a similar incident was reported to RCMP in the Cando, SK area and the vehicle in that situation was reported as a white pickup truck.

Earlier this spring, March 25, Sandy Bay RCMP received a report that around 11 pm the previous night, a 14-year-old girl had been walking home from a relative’s house in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan when an unknown male in a black truck stopped to talk with her. The man in the truck called the girl over to the window and, when she was close enough, he grabbed her by the wrist. The girl was able to break free from the man and ran home while the black truck drove off in the opposite direction.

That vehicle was described as a black truck, possibly a Dodge Ram.  The driver was described as an adult male in his 30s with light skin. He was wearing a black hoodie, a hat which said “Creighton” on it and glasses. The man also had a scratch on his left cheek and was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

A police sketch has been rendered of the suspect in the Sandy Bay incident.

police sketch

Investigation thus far has failed to locate the individual.

RCMP was reminding parents to talk to their children about the inherent dangers of speaking with strangers . Parents should ensure appropriate safety precautions and plans are discussed with their children. Travelling with an adult or a friend is always best as well as advising a parent or guardian of your destination/return.

All incidents of suspicious persons and activity should be reported to the RCMP.

All persons with information about crimes being committed are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at

Next week’s paper

The November 9th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald features our annual Remembrance Day tribute.

Of course, we also still let you know what’s been happening in and around the Town of Wilkie, so look for:

  • an article to let you know who’s back and who’s new on the Wilkie Outlaws roster;
  • a Talk of the Town from bylaw officer Randy Kammerer, talking about parking;
  • photos and a report from the abandoned theatre held October 31 at Norman Carter; and
  • learn about tornados in an article about Tornado Hunter Ricky Forbes making presentations to students in area schools.

Yes, we still have hockey news, the RCMP Report, financial planning information, a Top 10 and an editorial page too! All this for only $1 – or as a subscriber, even less than that!

Below, Ricky Forbes, driver for the Tornado Hunters team, prepares for a student presentation. Did you know that you can now catch the Tornado Hunters on TV? CMT, Sunday evenings!

Ricky Forbes, Tornado Hunter

Next week’s paper

You will find plenty to read and see in the September 15th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald – 20 pages worth! Among the articles and photos are:

  • back to school news from both McLurg High School and Norman Carter Elementary School;
  • coverage of the McLurg Broncs’ first football game of the season;
  • car show/show and shine news from Unity; and
  • the winner of the latest Trip of the Month draw revealed in Wilkie Thoughts & Tidbits,

along with regular features such as the RCMP Report, Faith Matters, our editorial page and the back page Top 10.

Photo below was taken at the Broncs’ season opener September 5, played in Wilkie SK, against the Kerrobert Rebels:

McLurg High School football team vs. Kerrobert

McLurg Valedictorian – Class of 2014

Chelsea Gruber, daughter of Darrell and Lori Gruber, was the valedictorian for the McLurg High School Class of 2014. We thank Chelsea for sharing this photo and her speech with us!

Chelsea Gruber, Wilkie SKGood evening teachers, staff, friends and family of the graduates of 2014.

It is an honour to have the opportunity to speak to you all on behalf of my graduating class. Three years ago, when we began high school, graduation seemed so far away. The past three years with my classmates have come and gone in the blink of an eye, and here we are, ready to find our place in the world.

When we came to McLurg after completing Grade 9 at St. George, we were welcomed with open arms. It didn’t take long for us to stop feeling like the new kids and to start feeling like one of the gang. I feel so blessed that I have been able to spend my high school years with such an inclusive, funny, caring and close group of people.

We’ve grown so much since then. Not only have we grown closer as a class, but we’ve acquired many skills that will take us far in our lives. We’ve developed work habits, learned to work well alongside others, and most importantly we have a better understanding of who we are as we head out into the world.

Much of what we learned would not have been possible without a little help. The teachers and staff at McLurg put in countless hours to help us get to where we are today, with tutorials, career guidance help and being positive examples in our daily lives, and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for preparing us for today.

Of course, nothing we have accomplished so far could have been possible without the constant love and support from our parents. You are amazing; thank you for helping us see our potential and for starting us on the greatest journey of our lives, which begins tonight.

Each graduate on the stage tonight has something very valuable to offer the world. As a diverse group of people, it is our differences that make us stronger together as a whole. Now that our time in high school together has finished, we are faced with the challenge of discovering how to use our special talents to make the world a better place for everyone. Whether we are continuing on to higher education or joining the workforce, we are given the chance to accomplish whatever we put our minds to.

It is important to remember, as we begin the next chapter of our lives, that in order to have a happy and successful life, you must be doing something that you enjoy and that you find important. Every one of us has the potential to make the world a better place if we set our mind to it!

I leave you tonight with one of my favourite quotes, from Dr. Seuss himself. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

I hope the world is ready for us, because we are certainly ready for it! Best of luck to you all wherever life takes you, and thank you for making high school full of fun, memories and laughter.

Monday’s paper

With school now out for the summer, look for photos of all three graduating classes in our area, in the upcoming Unity Wilkie Press-Herald, along with

  • a report on the 2014 graduation ceremonies at McLurg High School at Wilkie, SK, including who won the local scholarships; and
  • a report on the UCHS and Luseland School graduations, including local scholarship winners.

Also in next week’s paper, a rain report, new traffic safety laws effective June 27 and an explanation of the new anti-spam law effective July 1.

Preview of next week’s paper

Well … first of all, a warning that there is a sad mistake on the front page of the June 23 Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. After 105 years, Landis School closes its doors at the end of this month, never again to hear the laughter and chatter of children echoing down the halls.  Unfortunately the photos of the current staff and students, and the compilation of memories from former students, is headlined Luseland Memories.  Our apologies to staff and students of both the Landis and the Luseland schools!

Despite the error in the headline, the Landis School memories are well worth reading! Along with those, enjoy:

  • a profile on former McLurg resident and Unity United Church minister Louise Robson, who is retiring after 20 years as an ordained minister;
  • learning which Prairie Branches employees were recently recognized for milestone years of service;
  • a report on the Mexico House mission spearheaded by McLurg student Jada Woodrow; and
  • an update on the Wilkie Brewers 2014 NSRBL season.

The June 23 issue is also the annual “grad issue” – look to see which kids you know are already graduating from high school! In addition, students from all three area high schools went to Battleford June 12 to be recognized at the Living Sky School Division Student Hall of Fame banquet and we have listings of the award winners.

Mexico House Mission

Mexican single mom Celia and her family are now living in the brand new home built for her through the fundraising efforts of Wilkie SK resident Jada Woodrow. Jada and her family also helped build the new house shown on the right. Celia’s old house built of lumber, scrap metal, and plastic sheets is on the left.

10 McLurg students attend provincial track meet

At the Battle West District Championships in North Battleford, SK, May 28 and 29, McLurg High School had 12 students qualify for the provincial meet, which was held in Moose Jaw June 6 and 7. Overall, McLurg High School finished in fourth place, behind Unity Comp, John Paul II and North Battleford Comp.

Representing the Wilkie senior boys at provincials will be Tristan Huber in quadathlon and Mark Karstens in long jump and triple jump.

Five senior girls, competing in a number of events, were also on their way to provincials, with McLurg runners taking three of the four spots on the Battle West 1x100m relay team. Chelsea Gruber, Taylor Hoffman and Cjardai Ulrich will be running in the relay. Chelsea and Cjardai also will both compete in the 4x400m relay.

Chelsea also qualified for the quadathlon, Taylor will compete in 100m and triple jump and Cjardai will be very busy – competing in long jump, triple jump, 100m and 200m in addition to the two relays.

The other two senior girls going to provincials are Jessica Karstens, running in the 1500m and 3000m races and Rachel Mamer, competing in the throwing events of discus, javelin and shot put.

Allison Karstens will represent the junior girls, running the 3000m.

In the midget girls’ division, McLurg girls qualified two girls for the 4x100m Battle West District relay team – Rachel Cey and Jolene Gruber. Rachel will also run the 1500m and 3000m races as well as compete in discus. Along with the relay, Jolene qualified in long jump and triple jump.

Jordyn Thomas also qualified for midget girls’ discus and for high jump, but was unable to attend provincials.

In midget boys, Jayden Sittler was the only qualifier from McLurg, but was also unable to attend provincials. He would have competed in the 100m and 200m races.

(No medals were won at provincials, although there were some top 10 finishes. Full provincial results will be published in the June 16 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald.)

June’s first paper coming up

Yes, June already – we can hardly believe it over here at the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald office!

Next week’s paper will include:

  • a story and photo from the big farm safety day held for area Grade 4 and 5 students, including Norman Carter students, at the Unity SK Agroplex;
  • a preview of Gil Risling’s Louisiana Hayride Show, set to entertain at the Unity Community Centre June 7;
  • the latest, and possibly last, SSAI newsletter; and
  • photos, ads and employment opportunities galore;
  • and the results from the Wilkie Brewers’ first NSRBL game of the season.

Brewers v Cardinals