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Local MLAs caught off guard by Wildrose mass exodus

Total shock. Complete surprise. Disbelief. Stunned. Embarrassed.

We’re not talking about the day after one terrible yet somehow incredulous office party. READ

Flu, whooping cough team up

A few children in Central Alberta deserve an extra toy under the tree this Christmas for battling the flu and whooping cough at the same time this season. READ

Trust fund set up for victims of Sylvan Lake-area crash

Three Filipinos who came to Alberta for a new life will be remembered at a funeral service in Rocky Mountain House on Friday. READ

Hwy 899 closed due to truck fire

A highway near Consort is still closed after a tanker truck carrying condensate caught fire after hitting a horse on Wednesday night. READ

Sylvan Lake man killed in Hwy 11A collision

A 51-year-old Sylvan Lake man is dead after his van collided with a pick up truck on Hwy 11A on Wednesday. READ

Five arrested in possible kidnapping

RCMP arrested five suspects after an alleged abduction in Ponoka on Wednesday afternoon. READ

Task Force calls for end to cap on long-term care beds

Sixteen advocacy, health care and seniors groups are calling on the Prentice government to eliminate its cap on the number of long-term care beds and increase funding for care and medically trained staff at seniors’ facilities. READ

Festival of Trees raised more than $1M for maternity care

Red Deer’s Festival of Trees 2014 raised $1.07 million to improve maternity care at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. READ

Wildrose Party executive vows to continue fight

While the Wildrose Party suffered a major blow on Wednesday, there remains a sentiment to fight on. READ

Farm shop destroyed in fire

A large farm shop was destroyed in a Tuesday night blaze east of Penhold. READ

Lighting up the festive season

Snowmen frolic in bumper cars and Santa Claus rides the ferris wheel nightly in Andy and Dawn Legault’s front yard. READ

Rental vacancy in Red Deer up slightly

A slowdown in the flow of people coming to Alberta and an increase in the number of apartments available for them to live in has removed some of the sizzle from the province’s hot rental market — including in Red Deer. READ

Lacombe moving ahead with performing arts centre

While a proposed new concert hall for Red Deer was pushed far into the future, Lacombe is plowing ahead with plans for its first performing arts centre. “We have tremendous support from the community,” said Lacombe city Coun. Grant Harder. So far, this includes a municipal grant from the City of Lacombe, which approved this week $25,000 towards planning the performing space and coming up with estimated project costs. This grant will be matched by the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation through various community fundraisers, including a big band concert in April. READ

Mail bombing trial extended by a week

An extra week has been added to the trial of a man accused of sending a bomb that killed a disabled mother in Innisfail. RCMP allege that Vicky Shachtay, 23, died in an explosion shortly after receiving a package delivered to the doorstep of her home on Nov. 25, 2011. READ

Police seek suspect in laptop theft

Police are looking for a woman who stole a laptop from Future Shop on Nov. 20. Red Deer RCMP say the suspect entered the store around 4:30 p.m. and discussed the laptop with staff. When the laptop was taken to the cash register for payment, the woman grabbed it and ran from the store to a waiting vehicle. READ

Red Deer man jailed four years for hit-and-run collision

A Red Deer man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a hit-and-run collision that left a woman so badly injured that her leg had to be amputated. READ

Stolen vehicle involved in collision in Penhold

Two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries in a collision in Penhold early Monday morning that closed a section of Hwy 2A for more than an hour. READ

Suspects sought in connection with break-in at underground parking garage

RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify a man and a woman who broke into an underground parking garage on Ironside Street at about 6 a.m. on Dec. 5. READ

RCMP hunting for suspects who broke into parking garage

Red Deer RCMP are seeking public help to identify two men who broke into an underground parking garage in Deer Park late Thursday night. READ

Charities hard at work in Christmas season

With only 10 days left until Christmas, local charities are in the homestretch of their busiest season of the year. READ

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