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Fires destroy homes in Sylvan Lake, Rimbey

A number of people have been left homeless after separate fires in Central Alberta destroyed two homes on Sunday.

The first fire occurred at about 4:30 a.m. in Sylvan Lake at 4 Falcon Close. READ

Drop-in shelter for homeless closing

Just as colder weather approaches, the only day drop-in shelter for the homeless and other street people in Red Deer has had to close its doors. READ

Lawyer hired to provide opinion on controversial Wildrose board election

Newly elected board members in Wildrose’s fractious Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre constituency have called in a lawyer. READ

Red Deer among the most business-friendly cities in the country

It’s slipped a bit down the entrepreneurial pole, but Red Deer can still claim to be one of the most business-friendly cities in the country. READ

AHS hoping almost half of Albertans will get flu shots

Alberta Health Services hopes 45 per cent of Albertans will get their free immunization shot this season to protect against influenza. READ

15-year-old missing

Police are asking for help in locating 15-year-old Megan L’Hirondelle. READ

Natural selections: Ecoliving Fair

Advanced seed theory and the scoop on poop were among topics served up for the fall version of ReThink Red Deer’s EcoLiving Fair on Saturday. READ

Lessons learned after illegal donations brought to light

Some of the communities singled out for making illegal donations to the PC Party say those issues have been dealt with at their end. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said last week that the Progressive Conservative Party accepted more than $102,000 between 2004 and 2010 from taxpayer-funded municipalities, school boards and post-secondary institutions. READ

Staying sanitized with water ionization

Russian scientists working during the paranoid era of the Cold War can take a healthy measure of credit for leading-edge technology aimed at keeping deadly bacteria out of the food supply. READ

Castor Pharmacy Museum a treasure trove of pharmaceutical curiosities

The minds behind Dr. Chase’s Syrup of Linseed and Turpentine were a confident bunch. READ

Judge allows grieving mom to display ‘shrine’ to son in court

A grieving mom will be allowed to display her son’s ashes and other items in court during appearances of the people charged in connection with his death. READ

Calgary-based duo supports Keyboard for Kids

As a professional musician who’s spanned the gamut from opera to pop, Brandi Sidoryk said she owes everything to her school band classes in Rocky Mountain House. READ

Public urged to press for more beds at regional hospital

A local surgeon says Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is overcapacity every day and needs dozens of new beds to address the shortage. READ

Parkhurst guilty of more charges

A man serving six years in prison after a violent arrest in Red Deer was sentenced on Friday for the incident that he was wanted for in the first place. READ

Teens share their concussion stories

Blake Stillings, Lucas Walker, Cody Miner and Alyssa Dunbar have more in common than most 16-year-old Grade 11 students. All four have had their academic, athletic, personal and physical lives devastated by post-concussion syndrome. READ

Charges pile up for apprehended fugitive

A man wanted in relation to a Central Alberta crime spree is now facing 43 Criminal Code charges, with more pending. READ

Pro-Anglin supporters angry after names removed from ballot at riding AGM

Controversy has erupted once again in the contentious Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre riding held by firebrand Wildrose MLA Joe Anglin. Tempers flared at Wednesday’s annual general meeting for the riding when pro-Anglin supporters’ names were removed from a ballot to elect constituency association positions. READ

Second bank robbed; suspect being sought

Police are looking for a suspect after a second bank in Red Deer was robbed this week. READ

Health-care staff hold information pickets

Having already faced six possible cases of Ebola in Alberta, now is not the time for Alberta Health Services to delay contract negotiations with workers, says the president of Health Sciences Association of Alberta. HSAA represents 17,000 AHS workers, including lab technologists and diagnostic imaging staff, who have been without a contract since March 31. READ

Police searching for 16-year-old Blackfalds girl

Police are requesting the public’s help in locating Jamaica Daniels. The 16-year-old girl left her Blackfalds home on Oct. 11 and is considered missing. READ

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