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Sylvan RCMP release drawing of suspect in attempted abduction

Sylvan Lake RCMP have released a composite drawing of a man who tried to get a 12-year-old boy into his vehicle on Wednesday.

At about 4 p.m. a 12-year-old boy was approached by the man who was driving an older grey Honda four-door car near Mother Theresa School in the area of Old Boomer Road in Sylvan Lake. The man drove up to the boy, grabbed him by the arm and then tried to pull him into his vehicle. The youth was able to free himself and run to safety. READ

Lacombe County rejects year-round fire permits

A proposal to bring in year-round fire permits was doused by Lacombe County council on Thursday. READ

Water levels in Red Deer River well below average

With this year’s mountain snowpack long gone, the Red Deer River will have to depend on summer rains for replenishment. READ

Postal strike would be bad for small business: Chamber

A lockout or strike at Canada Post, that could happen as early as July 2, would be bad for local business, says Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. READ

Police investigating attempted child abduction in Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake RCMP are seeking more information after a man attempted to pull a 12-year-old boy into his vehicle on Wednesday. READ

Sculpture park in search of a good home

Nineteen monumental stone carvings could be gifted to a Central Alberta community that commits to creating a sculpture park. READ

Bunny brouhaha as SPCA is swamped with rabbits

Red Deer & District SPCA are experiencing rabbit overload with 74 bunnies and counting. READ

Imagining an Icon: downtown arena project moves forward

The new $21.6-million arena in downtown Red Deer has taken a big stride forward with the Municipal Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of the development permit on Wednesday. READ

Angry farmers oppose county fee

A controversial Red Deer County proposal to charge a $100 fee for farm buildings has been rejected. READ

Caribou fence plan panned

Critics say the Alberta government’s plan to fence in threatened woodland caribou to protect them is an experiment and doesn’t address the real issue — loss of habitat, not wolves. READ

Tourism in your own backyard

There are signs that Central Albertans are going to be seeing more of themselves this summer than usual. That could be due to the combined impact of the low 78-cent Canadian dollar compared with the U.S. dollar, and the slump in the Alberta economy. READ

Red Deer, Olds colleges renew Campus Alberta Central partnership

Red Deer and Olds colleges renewed their partnership to provide rural Central Albertans with access to post-secondary education in small communities across the region. READ

New store caters to shoppers looking for the unique, different

A new store on Little Gaetz is giving new life to vintage threads. Imagine Vintage Wear opened last week boasting a collection of styles from the 1930s to the present day. READ

Arborists show climbing expertise at championship

Having an arborist for a father, who is also an arboriculture instructor at Olds College, put Toni-Marie Newsham on a career trajectory straight up a tree. READ

RDC target of cyberattack

Red Deer College managed to fend off a malicious cyberattack and being forced to pay a ransom on Friday although its information technology system wasn’t fully returned to normal until Monday afternoon. READ

Drug addict jailed for killing

A Red Deer drug addict who strangled a Potter’s Hands resident to death in 2013 has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. READ

RCMP seeking witnesses to Wednesday shooting

Red Deer RCMP are looking for witnesses following a shooting in the city on Wednesday evening that has left a man in life-threatening condition. READ

Villa Marie expansion approved despite opposition

A two-storey expansion to Villa Marie will go ahead despite opposition from adjacent neighbours who fear they will be left in the shade. READ

Community foundations join Fort McMurray rebuilding effort

Red Deer & District Community Foundation has joined efforts to raise money to rebuild playgrounds and other social infrastructure destroyed or damaged in the Fort McMurray wildfire. READ

Shooting incident near entrance to Kerry Wood Estates

City of Red Deer RCMP members investigated the scene of a shooting incident at the entrance to Kerry Wood Estates on Kerry Wood Drive on Wednesday evening. READ

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