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Non-profit combat

Tucked away in the Burnt Lake Industrial Park in a fair-sized office space, a husband and wife team moonlight teaching Japanese jiu-jitsu, but neither of them get paid to do so.

They operate a non-profit martial arts and self-defence dojo, offering a wide array of classes, called the Alberta Jiu-Jitsu Association. READ

Sunny weather brings tourists to Central Alberta in droves

Despite a colder, wetter start to the summer, tourism in Central Alberta picked up to a torrid pace as the region was treated to warm, sunny weather for much of the season. READ

BOLT off to strong start: officials

The introduction of a new commuter bus service from Lacombe and Blackfalds to Red Deer — and vice versa — got off to a good start, say officials, except for when a train delayed the bus. READ

One dead in early morning crash

One man is dead and another was taken to University of Alberta hospital after two dirt bikes collided early Saturday morning. At about 6 a.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP were called to the crash, which happened on a gavel lane way behind Lodge Place in Sylvan Lake. On scene officers found two heavily damaged dirt bikes and two seriously injured males. READ

Warm July, August make up for cool start to summer

A rainy start quickly gave way to a solid, warmer than normal, summer in Central Alberta. Bill McMurtry, Environment Canada meteorologist, said the month-to-month breakdown showed a slightly cooler than normal June, followed by very warm temperatures in July and August. READ

Red Scorpions still on RCMP’s radar

It started the way numerous RCMP investigation files start, through developing intelligence, interaction and talking to people. It led to a four-person arrest, all of whom police believe to be either members or associate members of the Red Scorpions, a B.C.-based gang that has started to crop up in Red Deer. READ

Exhibit to showcase oil and gas industry impact on Central Alberta

A new museum exhibit in Red Deer will show how the oil and gas industry has affected Central Alberta, and how area residents have affected the industry. READ

Tour of Alberta: What you need to know

Schools: Red Deer schools near the race route will be dismissed at noon. They include Central Middle School, Gateway Christian School, Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, Alternative School Centre and Grandview Middle School. This will alleviate transportation issues and encourage staff and students to be spectators at the event. READ

Tour promises exciting day

The elite of the cycling race world will pedal through Innisfail, Sylvan Lake and Red Deer on Thursday. The Tour of Alberta starts on Tuesday in Calgary with a prologue and time trial. Over five days, the pro cycling race will travel along 800 km of urban and rural roads and some 50 communities in the province. It wraps up in Edmonton on Sunday, Sept. 7. READ

Alberta Downs must pay for paving project

Alberta Downs will not be allowed to change its financial commitment for a $420,000 road paving project. READ

Ex-Gull Lake man loses appeal

A Calgary-based judge has turned down a former Gull Lake man’s bid to escape legal costs exceeding $300,000. Dale Andrew Mather, 63, and his son, Kayle, were ordered to pay legal costs incurred by the Summer Village of Gull Lake in a legal dispute over work they performed on the shore in front of their adjoining properties during the summer of 2009. READ

Menacing cloud likely supercell

Storm clouds that belonged on the big screen darkened the sky over the northeast end of Gull Lake around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night. “It was like this massive, creepy cloud. We’ve never seen anything like it. It was almost like apocalyptic,” said Carina Moran, 33, of Gull Lake, on Friday. READ

Man receives conditional sentence for thefts

One of two men charged in connection with a series of thefts throughout Central Alberta last fall has been given a conditional sentence of one year. Olds-area residents Kevin Leischner, 43, and Jason Furlong, 29, were each charged in November with five counts of break and enter with intent to commit a criminal offence by RCMP investigating break-ins at homes and businesses in or near Sundre, Innisfail, Olds and Three Hills. READ

Repeat drunk driver sent to jail

A 71-year-old man has been jailed for five months after his fourth impaired driving conviction in nine years. Court heard on Friday that Allen Barthel of Red Deer blew more than three times the legal limit when he was arrested for impaired driving at the scene of a minor collision in a Red Deer residential area on the evening of April 20. READ

Lacombe preserving its heritage

Lacombe has long been Central Alberta’s heritage building treasure trove. A number of buildings have made the province’s historical designation list, such as the Blacksmith Shop, the oldest running shop of its kind in Alberta. READ

Towle goes over the edge for charity

MLA Kerry Towle channelled her inner Batwoman and helped raise money for Easter Seals by rappelling down a 29-storey building in Edmonton on Thursday. READ

RCMP hiring second criminal intelligence analyst

One after another, robbery files began landing on Sandra Bibby’s desk late in September 2012. READ

Drug overdose deaths climbing

International Overdose Awareness Day is Friday and Central Alberta AIDS Network Society is working to break silence. READ

RCMP looking for 14-year-old

Police are looking for help finding a Red Deer teenager reported missing on Wednesday. READ

Teenager missing since June found

A Red Deer teenager missing since late in June is reported to be found and in good health. READ

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