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Scott’s Parable poised to close

A Gasoline Alley store that’s been a retail mecca for thousands of Christians is poised to close.

Scott’s Parable, which specializes in Christian books, music and gifts, is slated to cease operations in August — a victim of the public’s affinity for online shopping. READ

2015 will be an interesting year for cattle market

If you asked any rancher their Christmas wish the last few years, there was an easy answer — higher cattle prices! Well, this year they got that wish, and then some. In fact, 2014 will go down in the record books for “beyond imagination” market returns. Bred heifers that people balked at being too pricey at $2,500 last spring now look like they would’ve been a great deal. READ

Job vacancy rate higher than average

Local employers might cringe when they hear the unemployment rate for the Red Deer region — a rock-bottom 3.3 per cent in November. But it’s probably this area’s job vacancy rate that they can relate to most painfully. At 4.8 per cent, according to a Canadian Federation of Independent Business report issued on Tuesday, the figure — which represents the percentage of private sector jobs sitting unfilled — is more than two percentage points higher than the national average. “Alberta’s private sector job vacancy rate remains the highest in the country and has been on a slow, steady climb,” said Richard Truscott, the CFIB’s Alberta director. READ

What investors should know about the Santa Claus rally

Derek, what is the Santa Claus rally? During this festive time of year we experience bright lights decorating our city, stockings hung with care, holiday music on the radio, and of course the Santa Claus rally. READ

Hindsight Smartplate a new take on the backup camera

Spend much time in a Costco parking lot and you’re likely see some close encounters of the vehicular kind. But the near miss that Aaron Moseson witnessed was more disturbing than most. READ

Alberta Downs threatening to sue horse racing body

A Lacombe horse track owner is threatening to sue Horse Racing Alberta for more than $8 million in damages for scrapping his 2015 race dates. READ

Email and text communication — six basic rules for each

In my most recent column I recapped an online article that highlighted five key points for effective interpersonal conversations. READ

DOSE opens second location at south Red Deer yoga studio

A popular downtown coffee shop is stretching out to a south Red Deer yoga studio. READ

Studon sale provides opportunity

Don Sutherland has rejected a lot of suitors over the years, but he thinks his exacting standards have paid off. Stuart Olson Inc. (TSX:SOX) announced on Wednesday that it’s buying Studon Electric & Controls Inc. — the Red Deer company that Sutherland helped found and remains the president of — for $76.2 million. The deal is expected to close by Jan. 25, subject to Competition Bureau and TSX approval. READ

Small business confidence takes a slight dip in November

The confidence level of small and medium-sized businesses in Alberta slipped slightly in November, according to a recent survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. READ

Leroux offers insights for achieving success

When he was 16, Patrick Leroux contemplated suicide after he cost his hockey team an important game and was humiliated by his coach in front of his teammates. READ

Red Deer County wants restrictions eased on confined feeding expansions

Red Deer County plans to lobby other municipalities to ease restrictions on the expansion of confined feeding operations. Amendments approved on Tuesday to the county’s Municipal Development Plan allow the county to support expansion of feeding operations, under certain conditions, in agriculture-zoned areas covered by intermunicipal development plans (IDP). READ

Province prime for petroleum investments

Alberta remains one of the most attractive places in the world to invest in oil and gas production, says a study by the Fraser Institute. The Vancouver-based public policy research organization has released its eighth annual Global Petroleum Survey, which asked petroleum industry executives and managers about barriers to investment around the world. Alberta ranks second to Texas among 27 jurisdictions with large petroleum reserves. READ

Agri-Trade will have an international flavour

There will be plenty of farm talk at Westerner Park when the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo kicks off on Wednesday. But if you listen carefully, you might also hear Spanish, Turkish and other languages. READ

Business confidence reaching historic highs

Business confidence in Alberta appears to be moving in the opposite direction of the thermometer. READ

Hog exchange owner reacts to video showing abuse

Hidden-camera video shot at Western Hog Exchange’s handling facilities in Red Deer has attracted the scrutiny of CTV’s investigative program W5. READ

DataCan buys Lee’s Specialties

The business formerly known as Lee Specialties has been purchased by DataCan Services Corp. READ

Evraz going public, will offer shares

Evraz North America, which operates a pipe plant north of Red Deer, announced on Friday that it plans to go public. READ

Bower Place Shopping Centre rebranding

Bower Place Shopping Centre has rebranded itself as Bower Place. READ

Local companies make Venture provincial list of highest revenues

Central Alberta companies have strengthened their presence on Alberta Venture magazine’s annual list of the provincial companies with the highest revenues. Parkland Fuel Corp., High Arctic Energy Services Inc. and Gamehost Inc. of Red Deer, and Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) of Lacombe all remained on The Venture 250 for 2014, and improved their placement from last year’s list. READ

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