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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.

If you have questions: A call centre (403-342-8132) will be set up to answer questions related to transportation, or access in and out of communities during the race. Calls will be answered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 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

Teenager reported missing found safe

The second of two teenagers reported missing early in July has been found and is in good health, say Red Deer City RCMP. READ

Police thank public for help in locating missing 20-year-old man

Red Deer RCMP have located a missing 20-year-old man in good health. Duncan Lagrelle was seen in Red Deer on Aug. 20. READ

Three new schools change education landscape in Red Deer as students set to return

Red Deer is starting the new school year next week with three shiny, new schools — a first for the city. READ

Slain RCMP officer’s police dog to return to work soon

The memory of Const. Dave Ross still looms large over the grounds at the RCMP Police Dog Services Training Centre south of Innisfail, especially this month as his former canine partner Danny has returned to retrain and bond with a new handler. READ

First of three draws for Kraft Hockeyville game tickets takes place Saturday

The first of three draws for tickets to the Kraft Hockeyville Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames pre-season game in Sylvan Lake on Sept. 24 takes place on Saturday. READ

Cost estimate for Sylvan Lake Multiplex soars by $3 million

Architects will be sharpening their pencils to bring down the cost of Sylvan Lake’s proposed multiplex. READ

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