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McKay takes crown at speech contest

Despite stiff competition, Crossroads student Keith McKay proved he could speak with the best them, taking top honours at the district speech contest last Tuesday at the Emo Legion.

His speech, “My Socks,” earned him first place while Ginna Faykes (Atikokan High School) took second place with her speech, “Suicide.”

Stratton woman to receive Ontario volunteer award

Stratton resident Riet Carnahan is among 20 individuals, groups, and businesses who will be receiving a 1999 Ontario Volunteer Award later this month in Sioux Lookout.

Carnahan, nominated for the award by Barb Duguay, co-ordinator of the Emo and Rural Home Support and Emo Meals on Wheels, has been an active senior volunteer in both of these programs for more than five years.

Fire destroys Couchiching home

A Couchiching family barely had time to flee their home in the early-morning hours of Monday after being awakened by the sound of smoke detectors and the crackle of flames burning through the walls.

The Couchiching volunteer fire department rushed to the house, located on the south side of Highway 11 just before the Noden Causeway, after a call came in at 4 a.m.

Ag Days sees high attendance

The fourth annual Ag Days is being hailed a success by its organizers, with more than 60 people in attendance both Friday and Saturday at the Barwick recreation hall for the trade show, seed fair and lecture series.

The trade show was packed with exhibits, ranging from farm equipment, to elk breeders, to local businesses and service groups.