ONE YEAR AGO
• Heavily armed RCMP took a man into custody after a woman was reported to have been murdered in Delburne. Sgt. Pat Webb of Calgary RCMP said a 48-year-old man w as arrested around noon following a search. A 44-year-old woman was found dead in a residence at the end of 22nd Street in the
• Joe McLaughlin, the Red Deer Advocate’s managing editor, is retiring from the post after more than 23 years as head of the department. John Stewart was promoted from news editor to replace McLaughlin. In making the announcement, Advocate publisher Fred Gorman paid tribute to both journalists, who had spent their entire careers at the Advocate. “Obviously Joe’s been a tremendous asset to not only the Advocate but for Central Alberta,” Gorman said.
FIVE YEARS AGO
• A Red Deer high school stepped up security after rumours spread online that a gun-toting teen would target students and staff. Vice-principal Rick Ramsfield said there was no evidence to suggest the rumours were true, but school officials decided to err on the side of caution.
10 YEARS AGO
• Jamie Salé, a native of Red Deer, and her partner David Pelletier earned a perfect score in winning the Four Continents figure skating competition in Osaka, Japan shortly after posting the first ever 6.0 scores in Canadian doubles figure skating competition and winning the nationals.
25 YEARS AGO
• Activist Abbie Hoffman and businessman Jerry Rubin debated the cause of the Yuppie in Red Deer. The pair, U.S. political activists in the late 1960s were here March 8 for a debate at the Capri Centre. At one time, they worked together promoting change in the system through revolution and riots, but have since followed different paths. A press release described Mr. Hoffman as still a Yippie, believing that little people can work together and beat city hall. Mr. Rubin had become a Yuppie (Young Urban Professional) and thought that to change city hall you must eventually become city hall.
The men were brought in by Red Deer College as a way to stimulate the academic environment, said Ed Kamps, faculty development co-ordinator.
50 YEARS AGO
• Occupancy of the 24-classroom River Glen School being constructed in the city by the Red Deer School Division was expected next September, according to 1959 annual reports submitted this week to the division’s ratepayers. At the same time, additional classroom requirements were being studied for Benalto, Penhold, Elnora and Innisfail.
90 YEARS AGO
• The Red Deer U.F.A. and especially its Executive were to be congratulated on the great success of the Farmers’ Ball in the Armouries. Despite sickness in the country and the difficult roads, there was a splendid turnout and the members may well feel satisfied with their first venture as all enjoyed themselves heartily.
100 YEARS AGO
• The CPR announced plans to build a $20,000 railway station in Red Deer within the year. The new station was to be made of brick.