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Award deadline nearing

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate an educator who has made an impact for the Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.

The annual awards are meant to recognize teachers, support staff, principals, and the many others who are a part of, and make a difference in, the education system.

Nominations for this year’s awards are due Jan. 31.

$28,000 in fines for Smith

Former district resident Donald Smith, now living in Kenora, was sentenced here Monday to a total fine of $28,000, along with two years’ probation and 240 hours of community service, after being found guilty last May on four counts related to making, possessing, and distributing obscene material.

Justice Jack McCartney of Thunder Bay sentenced Smith as follows:

Timbits claim gold in Dryden

The Fort Frances Timbits girls’ Novice hockey team took the top prize at the Kathy Sanders Memorial hockey tournament in Dryden with a 6-1 win over the Thunder Bay Canadians in Sunday’s final.

Annalise Hayes led the attack with five goals while Maighyn DeGagne added the other one.

Garage fire

The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service responded to a garage fire on the 900 block of Christie Avenue North yesterday evening.

Sixteen firefighters responded to the blaze, which was reported at 6 p.m., Fort Frances Fire Chief Gerry Armstrong said this morning.

He noted firefighters were on the scene for about two-and-a-half hours.