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Alberta’s fate in the hands of voters

When it comes to voter turnout, will Albertans ever see the likes of 1935 again?

That was the year of the largest voter turnout for a provincial election in Alberta’s history. It was 81.8 per cent of eligible voters. READ

Woman gets probation for car theft

Stealing a car that sat idle at a gas station and then driving it around for four days landed a Red Deer woman 18 months of probation. READ

Sylvan Lake pool closed temporarily

Sylvan Lake swimmers will be left high and dry for a few days after corrosion issues forced the closure of the town’s pool. READ

An eye-opening walk

Meandering around downtown, but viewing it through a different lens offered perspective on how design concepts can also be an approach to crime prevention. Steve Woolrich, owner SeCure consulting solutions — a crime prevention and security consulting firm, lead a Jane’s Walk through downtown Red Deer Saturday. READ

Extra day boosts advanced poll turnout

After three days of advanced polling, turnout was expected to outpace last election’s benefiting from an extra day in the 2015 campaign. In the 2012 Alberta election, there was a total of three days of advanced polling. This election there are four days available for voters to cast their ballots ahead of the May 5 voting day. READ

Dogs attacked in Rocky: fundraiser now on to help with vet bills

A public fundraising campaign is underway to help pay expensive veterinarian bills for two dogs that suffered serious injuries during attacks by other dogs in Rocky Mountain House. READ

Councillors want more public input into budget

Red Deer city Councillors Frank Wong and Paul Harris want more community input before the final budget votes are tallied. READ

Man accused of pulling gun on police

A suspect is accused of pulling a gun on police when they tried to arrest him. READ

Metalhead urges youth to vote

Take it from a metalhead: Young Albertans need to protect their own interests by voting in Tuesday’s provincial election. Justin Shadows, the bellowing vocalist of Red Deer groove metal band Leave the Living, is tired of seeing rising tuition fees, cuts to education, and other costs borne by the young. READ

2015 PSAC forecast cut in half

Nobody was expecting good news to come out of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada’s mid-year drilling forecast update, which took place on Thursday in Calgary. READ

Lacombe-Ponoka Election too close to call

Blackfalds mayor and self-confessed political junkie Melodie Stol has run a political election pool for years. READ

Teen pleads guilty to charges in eight robberies

A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to 17 charges, including eight robberies of businesses in Blackfalds and Red Deer last winter. The youth, who can’t be named because of provisions in the Canada Youth Justice Act, entered the pleas on Thursday. Four other youths are accused in connection to the robberies that the 17-year-old pleaded guilty to. READ

Now closed for season: Temporary winter warming centre for homeless

A temporary winter warming centre for the homeless will close on Friday. The City of Red Deer and community agencies set up the temporary warming place for the homeless population following the closure of the Berachah Place last year. READ

Woman charged with armed robberies including one at candy store

A Red Deer woman has been charged in connection with three robberies, including one where a clerk was threatened with a screwdriver. READ

New publisher named for Red Deer Advocate

A veteran newspaper publisher is eager to guide the Red Deer Advocate and its sister papers in Central Alberta as the industry evolves. READ

Liberal leader David Swann makes arts funding announcement during campaign stop in Red Deer

A Liberal government would double the Alberta Foundation for Arts funding and invest in the First Nations’ art community. READ

It could have been her, says city woman who survived Nepal disaster

A Red Deer woman caught in Nepal’s devastating earthquake has provided a frightening eye-witness glimpse of the disaster. READ

Advance polls now open

As Alberta voters get closer to Tuesday's provincial election, they may start asking about how, when and where they can vote. READ

Moore campaign sorry for polling station error

Pamphlets from Christine Moore, Progressive Conservative candidate in Red Deer North, told some Riverside Meadows residents to vote at the wrong polling station. READ

Minor damage from Oriole Park fire

Fire investigators say a combustible material left on a stove caused a fire in Oriole Park home on Tuesday that caused in $3,000 damage. READ

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