The Onoway Tribune
made its first appearance as Onoway's local newspaper
in March 1979.
Archived editions of the paper make fascinating
reading. Try to imagine the village of Onoway as it
was almost 25 years ago.
The editorial of January 9, 1980 edition recognized
how well The Tribune had been received locally
but also touted its encouragement of shopping locally.
This edition included ads from Skinner's Meats, Koch's
Home Furnishings, Onoway Credit Union, Onoway
Agencies, Laine's Fashions, Onoway Radio & TV
Service, Myron Cleaning Services, Ke-Dal Appliances,
Heike's European Delicatessen, John Mills Insurance,
Joyce & George's Cafe, and Onoway Building
Supplies while Eddy Dales General Store ran a "Recipe
of the Week".
A huge ad announced the Grand Opening of Sears on
January 15th. Coffee and donuts would be served and
there were free give-aways: panty hose!
Other good news - The Onoway & District Chamber of
Commerce sponsored Saturday matinee movies at the
Community Hall ("Oliver Twist" ran that week);
admission $1 for children 12 years and under and $1.50
for people over 12.
Prime Minister Joe Clark was nominated to represent
the Yellowhead riding for the Progressive
Conservatives in the upcoming February election.
The January 16th edition of The Tribune
devoted big space to the grand opening of the Onoway
Curling Rink addition. Onoway Council had plans to
reclaim the old lagoon for a 9-hole golf course and
work had begun along highway 43 on the railway
overpass that was to be part of the expansion to 4
Onoway Post Office reported that it was now sorting
all mail according to postal codes. If the code wasn't
on a letter or parcel, employees would have to consult
a list in order to send the item through the system.