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Better-than-expected numbers help Sylvan Lake lower tax hike

Sylvan Lake residents will get a little tax relief.

Council had expected to boost taxes 2.47 per cent for 2016. READ

Sylvan Lake town council blocks mobile food vendors from prominent corner

Mobile food vendors will not be allowed to set up on one of Sylvan Lake’s most prominent corners. READ

Housing boom helps Lacombe city council trim tax hike

A mini housing boom in Lacombe helped city council trim taxes. READ

Hunting Hills High School evacuated after bomb threat

Hunting Hills High School was evacuated on Wednesday morning because of a bomb threat. READ

Central Alberta woman among applicants for doctor-assisted death

Ten years ago when there was no chance at physician-assisted death, Martha Kostuch took control of her terminal diagnosis. READ

Cabbie faces long recovery after attack

The son of a Red Deer cab driver who was attacked while he was working the very early hours of Monday said his father suffered many injuries. READ

Harper preparing to ending role as politician

OTTAWA — Former prime minister Stephen Harper is preparing to step down as a member of Parliament. READ

Property owners dig in heels against proposed gravel pit

A proposed gravel pit will provide no benefit to residents while saddling them with noise, dust and traffic problems, say Red Deer County property owners. READ

Cool weather, extra patrols brunt damage by weekend warriors

A mix of bad weather and good policing sharply limited the level of damage typically seen in the West Country during the Victoria Day long weekend, says the head of the Rocky Mountain House RCMP. READ

Group backing liquefied natural gas project finds sympathetic ear in Red Deer

A group of supporters of a $36-billion liquefied natural gas project in B.C. will pass through Red Deer on Wednesday morning hoping to garner support as they make their way to Ottawa by bus. READ

Suspect charged after attack on Red Deer cab driver

RCMP have arrested and charged a man with aggravated assault and robbery after a Red Deer cabbie was attacked and his taxi stolen early on Victoria Day. READ

Rain, wind tests runners at Woody’s Marathon

It’s hard to argue when Brendan Lunty says he doesn’t mind running the marathon in the rain. He’s been in 12 Woody’s marathons, and on Sunday he won his sixth-straight event. The Woody’s Marathon, Half Marathon and 10 km were held Sunday. There was also a 1 km run for the kids. READ

Parents request transfer of Benalto school

Benalto School supporters have formally requested the building be turned over to them. Those trying to save the school want to assume the title as part of their bid to maintain it as a charter school. READ

Tiny horse, big attitude

Andrew is an itty-bitty horse with a sassy, over-sized attitude. When annoyed, he rears up on his hind legs and bucks in the air, said his Rimbey-area owner, Jaynie Williamson, 15. “Only it’s not very scary,” she added — since Andrew stands only 24-inches high. Even by miniature horse standards, that’s short. READ

Municipalities join forces to boost economic clout

Clearwater County and Rocky Mountain House are joining forces to boost their economic development clout. READ

211 service expanding to Red Deer County

211 phone service to help people find community and social services is expanding to Red Deer County in July. United Way of Central Alberta already provides the 211 phone service in Red Deer to connect residents with information on community and social services provided by non-profits and government. Previously, Red Deer County residents could only access the 211 service online at READ

Pharmacist left mark on community, customers

Family and friends are honouring the life of long-time Red Deer resident Ken Sproule who made his mark on the city through ample community service and superior customer service as pharmacist and owner of Sproule’s Mountview IDA Drugs. READ

Fire bans lifted across much of the region

Fire bans were lifted for the Rocky Forest Area and many Central Alberta communities and counties thanks to recent precipitation. READ

Red Deer SPCA taking in pets from Fort McMurray

Red Deer & District SPCA is caring for 51 more pets evacuated from Fort McMurray. READ

Economic spinoffs of Memorial Cup pegged at up to $19 million

Long after the cheers have died down the MasterCard Memorial Cup’s legacy will live on. READ

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