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Amazing Alley Art

Something vibrant and unexpected is happening in the alleyways of Red Deer’s downtown.

Exotic flowers and forest scenes have sprouted up on brickwork at the back and sides of buildings on Ross Street and Little Gaetz. The downtown is also gaining some star power from portraits of Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen being painted on the side of the Fratters Speakeasy live music venue at 5114-48th St. READ

Seeing downturn as an opportunity - Red Deer Oil and Gas Expo

Plunging world oil prices have been felt at industry trade shows all year. But the companies that are coming out are as focused as ever, said Red Deer Oil and Gas Expo organizer Dwayne McArthur. READ

Mother guilty of assault on son

A former Bentley-area woman accused of 15 years of sexual, physical and emotion abuse against her children was acquitted of all but one charge. READ

Police chase ends with river rescue

A man who sped through a residential neighbourhood in a stolen truck on Saturday, before abandoning it and jumping into the Red Deer River, faces both criminal and traffic charges. READ

A little blood can go a long way

Blood donors are needed to help children like four-year-old Brielle Robichaud fight cancer. In January, Brielle was diagnosed with a tumour in the middle of her brain. Surgery was too dangerous due to the location of the tumour. She was too young for radiation. The only treatment option was chemotherapy. READ

Tour brings ‘ambassadog’ to Red Deer

Who better to teach about the importance of kindness than a big, lovable dog. Toby, a three-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, is on a Million Acts of Kindness Tour for the next six weeks to teach kindness, acceptance and respect. READ

Rimbey senior home takes another step forward

A long-awaited Rimbey seniors complex has cleared another hurdle — but not without some controversy. Town council approved bylaw changes last week to allow Rimoka Housing Foundation, which will build the 80-unit complex, to subdivide the site it will sit on and donate 2.7 acres containing a wetland back to the town. That leaves about five acres for the almost-$17-million seniors building. READ

Event give people a chance to look at Red Deer’s heritage

Want to get an insider’s look at Red Deer’s famous “Green Onion” or a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at a water treatment plant? The City of Red Deer is opening the doors to places that most people have never gone before in its first Doors Open event on Sept. 27. READ

No site for warming centre set but city to have one up for Nov.

City staff are optimistic a spot for a temporary warming centre will be secured well before the temperatures begin to drop. Two weeks ago council nixed a former city parks building at 4934-54th Street in the soon-to-be re-developed Railyards District. READ

Police say shooting in Eckville an isolated incident

Two men are being treated for serious injuries after a shooting in Eckville on Wednesday. READ

Three Hills man broke into Prairie Bible Institute

A man who broke in to the Prairie Bible Institute dormitories in Three Hills has received an 18-month conditional sentence. READ

City of Red Deer hosting Doors Open event

Want to get an insider’s look at Red Deer’s famous “Green Onion” or a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at a water treatment plant? READ

Shooting in Eckville under investigation

Two people are being treated for serious injuries after a shooting near Eckville on Wednesday. READ

Clubhouse a safe place to socialize, build confidence

Most days Glenda Carlson can be found slicing and dicing vegetables in the kitchen. READ

Municipalities around Sylvan Lake float talk of joint development plan

Interest has been revived in creating a joint development plan for municipalities around Sylvan Lake. READ

Lakeview Parent Link Centre opens in Sylvan Lake

Lakeview Parent Link Centre in Sylvan Lake officially opened Wednesday, but the fun for families started earlier this summer. A total of $350,000 in provincial funding was announced in April for the centre and outdoor programs started in early July. The centre is located in the Sylvan Lake Community Centre. READ

Lacombe County creating Ag plan

An Agriculture Plan is being created in Lacombe County to ensure its primary industry remains strong. Feedback from about 300 residents was gathered through a mail-out and a public meeting at the county office in the spring. READ

Municipalities find middle ground

Lacombe County and Sylvan Lake have settled their planning differences. A memorandum of understanding between the two municipalities was reached recently with help from a mediator. READ

Eleven people charged with impaired driving in August

Local Mounties charged 11 people — including one that crashed into a police car ­— with impaired driving last month. READ

Man charged with drug offences fails to appear in court

A preliminary hearing for a man arrested in a drug raid was put on hold when he failed to come to court. READ

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