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Mayor pleased with council’s accomplishments in first year

It’s been a year since Red Deerians went to the polls to elect a mayor and eight councillors for a four-year term.

Mayor Tara Veer says the 2013-2017 council — made up of three rookies and five returning members — has accomplished much over the last 12 months. READ

Councillors’ thoughts and highlights from first year

Buck Buchanan, third-term councillor “It’s going to be stellar for the community,” said Buchanan on Red Deer securing the Canada Winter Games. Along with Coun. Dianne Wyntyes, Buchanan sat on the bid committee. READ

Traffic fatalities decline

Traffic fatalities are on a downward trend in Alberta at the same time that collisions are up. READ

15-year-old Shania Evans missing since Oct. 16

Red Deer RCMP seek the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Shaina Evans. Evans was reported missing on Oct. 16. READ

RCMP trying to locate Paige Hamborg, 15

Red Deer RCMP are trying to locate Paige Hamborg, 15. The teen was last seen on Thursday, at about 8 p.m. when she left her home. Police have made checks at various locations but have not been able to find her. READ

Wrong-way pickup crashes into semi on Hwy 2 near Lacombe

A pickup truck travelling the wrong way down Hwy 2 collided head-on with a semi trailer near Lacombe early Friday morning. READ

Young athletes overwhelmed by school after suffering concussions

Returning to school after a mild traumatic brain injury is one of the most difficult obstacles a student can face in their recovery. READ

Shelter seeking cash from city for emergency response plan

Safe Harbour predicts a busier winter season at its homeless shelters. Stacey Carmichael, director of programs with Central Alberta’s Safe Harbour Society for Health and Housing, said shelters were full last winter and over the summer. READ

MPs ‘running on adrenalin’ after shots fired: Dreeshen

When they began to realize it was gunshots they were hearing just outside in the hallway, Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen and fellow Conservative members quickly began to take defensive action. READ

House fire in Anders causes $20,000 damage, Wednesday

A house fire in Anders that started in an outdoor wooden planter box caused $20,000 in damage on Wednesday night. READ

Emergency wait times at regional hospital third longest in province

Emergency patients waiting for a bed at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre had on average the third longest wait in the province for 2013-14. READ

Chamber honours businesses

It was an emotional evening at the Red Deer College Arts Centre on Wednesday, as tribute was paid to the soldier killed earlier in the day at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, and recipients of Business of the Year awards shed tears on stage. READ

Stettler woman wants tougher bylaws after dog attack

A Stettler-area woman is fighting for tougher dog bylaws after her family’s beloved chocolate Labrador was mauled to death by a neighbour’s pit bulls. READ

City of Red Deer, local authorities closely monitoring situation in Ottawa

The mayor of Red Deer, Tara Veer, has issued a statement about the situation in Ottawa. READ

Warm fall weather breaks records across the province

Call this week’s hot October weather what you like, but don’t call it climate change. READ

Police seeking robbery suspect; surveillance image shows distinctive sweater

The sweater says it all for one local thief. Police have released video surveillance images of a crook who broke into Café O Play at 2080 50th Ave. early Tuesday. The culprit was wearing a green and yellow sweater with the word “Crook” across the back. READ

Pine Lake development nixed by Red Deer County

Concerns about fire and police protection and infrastructure shortages scuttled a proposal to build 150 homes on Pine Lake. READ

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. 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

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