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Rural areas go dark

More than 4,000 Central Alberta electricity customers were in the dark on Wednesday morning after separate incidents, including a power pole fire, knocked out power in the area.

Some residents in Penhold, Innisfail, Lacombe and Blackfalds lost power early in the morning after one power pole near the Penhold multiplex caught fire and another power line insulator came off the line near Blackfalds. Power for the majority of residents was restored by as early as 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. READ

Former River Glen School attendees invited to farewell event

Anyone who remembers having home school advantage for the annual River Glen Rodeo or simply attending the little school by the river is invited for a farewell hurrah on May 17. READ

Tour of Alberta 2014 includes Red Deer, Innisfail and Sylvan Lake

A true Central Alberta stage of the province’s only professional cycling competition will see riders in Innisfail, Sylvan Lake and Red Deer. READ

Safety code violations shutter Alberta Downs

The horses at the Alberta Downs Racetrack may be off to a late start. The Lacombe racetrack will not open on May 3 unless a laundry list of safety code violations are brought up to standard. READ

Heavy rains expected for Central Alberta

With heavy rain and some snow expected, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Red Deer, Innisfail, Ponoka and Stettler. READ

County to help acreage owners protect properties from environmental risks

The County of Red Deer is lending a green hand to help acreage owners protect their properties from environmental risks. READ

Satinwood School to close at end of year

A rural school east of Red Deer cherished by parents and students for its intimate feel will close at the end of the school year. READ

Canada Winter Games bid committee hosts open house to boost support for event

For those working hard on Red Deer’s bid package for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, it’s not a question of if but when. READ

Man jailed for role in kidnapping, extortion plot

One of four local men accused in a kidnapping and extortion scheme has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for the part he played. READ

Fire prevention goes a long way

Having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and never leaving cooking unattended can go a long way to prevent fires. READ

Storefront enhancement going ahead in Lacombe

Lacombe wants its downtown to put its best face forward. READ

Celebrate Lacombe’s historic Main Street at Flatiron Museum

Central Albertans are invited to join in the celebration of Lacombe’s historic Main Street on Thursday at the Flatiron Museum and Interpretive Centre. READ

Dawe's book 'Red Deer: The Memorable City' available again

More copies of Red Deer: The Memorable City by Michael Dawe will be available starting on Wednesday. READ

Red Deer County taxes may increase 3.89 per cent

Red Deer County homeowners could face a potential 3.89 per cent tax hike on their municipal tax bills READ

17-year-old male charged after Hunting Hills threat incident

RCMP have laid charges against a Red Deer teen believed to be at the centre of a credible threat to harm students at Hunting Hills High School. READ

Tour of Alberta host communities to be announced

The Tour of Alberta will announce the host communities for the 2014 edition of the professional cycling stage race on Wednesday. READ

Town of Innisfail must wait until Dodds Lake thaws to assess damage from spill

While an oil slick found in a drainage stream that feeds into Dodds Lake in Innisfail has been contained, town officials will have to wait for the lake to thaw to see what, if any, damage has been done. READ

Red Cross volunteer session tonight

The Canadian Red Cross is hosting an information session for prospective volunteers tonight in Red Deer. READ

Site of former wartime dance hall to be redeveloped

If the vacant lot at 5913 54th Ave. in Riverside Meadows could speak, it would probably belt out a big-band tune. READ

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