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Swimming synchronicity

Performing to the song Grace Kelly Emily Heidinger goes through her routine in the Red Deer Recreation Centre pool on Sunday during the second-annual Sunday Sensory Showcase hosted by Red Deer Parks and Culture.

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Spring cleaning

Using a motorized broom, Lynn Burton of Red Deer sweeps gravel and debris from the sidewalk of one of his clients in downtown Red Deer recently. Burton, who operates a yard care business, wanted to get the sidewalks cleaned for his customers prior to the city cleaning the streets.

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River Bend golf Course open

Getting into the swing of the season, Brian Beingessner and his two sons Mark and Brett hit the links at River Bend Golf and Recreation Area on Sunday afternoon. The three played the par three pitch and putt while many others took to the driving range and the main 18-hole golf course for some early season swinging. The course opened for the 2009 season on Saturday. For information on hours of operation, call 403-343-8311.

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Driver Gary Clark

Racing season opens

They were off and running at Alberta Downs horse racing track Saturday.

Driver Gary Clark
Nexcycle Plastics Inc. employees Agung Wibowo

Recycling facility burns in Red Deer

Flames lit up the early morning sky Sunday when a fire swept through a plastics recycling company on Riverside Drive.

Nexcycle Plastics Inc. employees Agung Wibowo
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Smooth as silk

Painstakingly working with a tiny needle and thread of silk, Marie Xaing works on a progressive silk embroidery in an art form that dates back 2,500 years ago in China.

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More than 100 kids seized from Alberta drug houses

More than 100 kids have been apprehended from drug houses or drug dealers in Alberta since the province introduced Canada’s first legislation to protect youngsters from such situations.

Rocky man beaten

A middle-aged man was assaulted and sustained serious injuries in Rocky Mountain House Thursday night.

Horse owner and trainer Larry Thomas of Edmonton gets a nudge on the shoulder from his horse named Wish

Race to wire for new track at Lacombe

The owner of Alberta Downs is hoping this weekend’s opening day won’t be a false start.

Horse owner and trainer Larry Thomas of Edmonton gets a nudge on the shoulder from his horse named Wish

Efforts continue to free Lindhout

There’s nothing new, officially, on the status of kidnapped Central Alberta journalist Amanda Lindhout — although the Internet continues to circulate troubling rumours.

A cyclist rides past the recently sold Ranchers Valley Inn.

Hotel becomes housing

Operators of Potter’s Hands have reached an agreement to purchase the Rancher’s Valley Inn in downtown Red Deer.

A cyclist rides past the recently sold Ranchers Valley Inn.

Warrant issued in attempted bank robberies

Red Deer City RCMP have issued a warrant for Stephen Taylor, 44, of no fixed address, in relation to two robberies April 9.

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Cultural Diversity Day

As part of the their social studies curriculum, 10 Grade 6 classes, about 230 students, took part in Cultural Diversity Day. The day raised the student’s awareness of cultural diversity, and some of the classes also focused their attention on individual diversity. Here Sarah Schultz, left, and Amanda Acorn, were challenged to come up with an innovative method of crossing a room. Students were asked to pair up and come up with a different method of making their way across the room, thereby stimulating problem solving and acceptance.

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RCMP Insp. George Stephenson

Inglewood residents express frustration over drug activity

Some Inglewood residents voiced frustration at a public meeting on Wednesday night about the police’s inability to shut down a suspected drug house near a recent murder scene in their neighbourhood.

RCMP Insp. George Stephenson

Sexual assault charge laid after man allegedly lifts Calgary child’s dress

Charges have been laid against a man accused of lifting the dress of a five-year-old girl outside a Calgary townhouse.

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Art of nature

Spring Run Off is a 2008 pastel by Judith Martin that’s part of the Art of Nature show Metamorphosis. Her works join those of 20 other artists in a variety of media currently on display in the Marjorie Wood Gallery of the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

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Man accused of abducting Penhold teen ordered to undergo psychiatric assessment

A judge has ordered a psychiatric assessment for a man accused of abducting a teenage girl in central Alberta.

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The playoff journey begins

Peter Collinge says he has been a Calgary Flames fan ever since the team came to Calgary from Atlanta. In addition to the large flag which he draped over the back of his vehicle once the regular season was completed, he also has had a small Flames flag on his antenna and a Flames emblem on his trailer hitch, kept on display during the entire regular season. The Flames begin their quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup on Thursday in Chicago.

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Jared Eszczuk leaves the Red Deer courthouse on Tuesday.

Former Rocky Mountain House teacher gets conditional discharge

A “disgraced and humiliated” former Catholic school teacher was handed a conditional discharge Tuesday after pleading guilty to a single count of sexual assault against five young girls.

Jared Eszczuk leaves the Red Deer courthouse on Tuesday.
As a result of an increase of 64 per cent in the number clients that utilized the Red Deer Food Bank last month over March

Food Bank hard pressed by surge in demand

Red Deer Food Bank served a whopping 64 per cent more people in March than the same month in 2008.

As a result of an increase of 64 per cent in the number clients that utilized the Red Deer Food Bank last month over March