Year in Review - January 2018

By Charles Lefebvre
December 23, 2018 - 8:00am

MEDICINE HAT, AB — 2018 had only just started, but there was plenty of news to report on in Medicine Hat and the surrounding area.

Here are some of the top stories from January 2018.

January 4:  City changes rules around facility usage 

Revised rules about facility usage came into effect, meaning organizations looking to rent gymnasiums, ball diamonds and other facilities would have to pay more to use the facilities, and also had to provide member lists. The Girl Guides were among those upset with the changes, noting they work to keep information private. The city later announced it work work with groups on facilty usage.

January 10: Community helps stranded B.C. family

Dan Behrends from Vernon was moving to Ontario when his car broke down outside of Redcliff. Staff members at Murray Chevrolet Cadillac learned about his story, and helped get him back on the road.

January 10: Redcliff rallies together after racist remarks made to local business

Residents of the town supported a business owner who was the victim of a racist tirade over the phone earlier in the month.

January 11: Charge laid in 2017 murder.

Robert Hoefman, 56, was officially charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of James Satre, who was found dead in October 2017. Hoefman was previously charged with one count of extortion, which police allege is connected to the murder. Hoefman remains in custody. A trial date has not yet been set.

January 16: Couple gives away truck to family in need. 

Mike Muminovic and his wife Amra gave away a free truck to a deserving family through Facebook. The couple decided to do it as a way to help out someone in the community who had struggled, and needed assistance. The couple received more than 500 submissions before deciding on a winner.

January 18: Canalta Centre announces new general manager. 

Tammy Sweeney joined the Canalta Centre as general manager, replacing Peter Jelinski, who was let go by SMG last year.

January 23 : Ralston teacher awarded British Empire Medal. 

Sonia Stanton, a teacher at Ralston School, received one of the highest civilian honours from the United Kingdom for her work at the British liaison for the school. In her role, she helps children and families make the transition from the British to the Canadian education system.

January 31 - Catholic Board votes to close Ecole St. Thomas d'Aquin 

The closure is due to a lack of growth in the single-track French immersion program and close to $1.5 million in repairs needed at St. Thomas. The school held its last day in June.

MHPS issues multiple charges following Friday night check-stop