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Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro at Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre. Photo/ Alberta Health Services.

Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre receives funding for emergency department and medical device processing renovations

The Government of Alberta and AHS has designated $6 million for the upgrades.

More than 2.8 million Albertans have been vaccinated so far, with 61.3 per cent of Albertans 12 and over fully immunized against COVID-19. (File photo)

Alberta hits 75 per cent vaccine milestone in fight against COVID-19

Alberta reported 101 new cases of the virus Thursday

  • Jul 22, 2021
Santa drag racing for toy drive

Santa drag racing at Central Alberta Raceway this weekend

Event is a fundraiser for the Rimbey Christmas Bureau

Santa drag racing for toy drive
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw praised Albertans Tuesday for their efforts to get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

45 per cent of Red Deerians fully vaccinated

Province reports 69 new cases of the virus

  • Jul 20, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw praised Albertans Tuesday for their efforts to get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Forest fires and grass fires across Alberta and B.C. is causing a haze of smoke to settle over both provinces. Photo courtesy of Metro Creative Connection.

Wildfire smoke and its impact on your health

What impact does wildfire smoke have on your health and how to prevent it.

Forest fires and grass fires across Alberta and B.C. is causing a haze of smoke to settle over both provinces. Photo courtesy of Metro Creative Connection.
About 74 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine against COVID-19 and 59.7 per cent are fully immunized with two doses. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
About 74 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine against COVID-19 and 59.7 per cent are fully immunized with two doses. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Ponoka Stampede director Terry Jones, left, with the Tennant family. (Photo submitted)

Bluffton-area rancher takes the heifers in Ponoka Stampede Cattle Raffle

‘As soon as we saw them, I knew we would take them’

Ponoka Stampede director Terry Jones, left, with the Tennant family. (Photo submitted)
Trains are allowed to go 80 km/h, in the City of Lacombe, which many feel is too fast. The city has a laundry list of issues with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (Photo by Advocate staff)

Lacombe frustrated with rail company foot dragging

Lack of information following derailment and cluttered right-of-way among issues frustrating council

Trains are allowed to go 80 km/h, in the City of Lacombe, which many feel is too fast. The city has a laundry list of issues with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (Photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer’s Frank Krepps, who landed in France on D-Day, holds a photo of himself taken in 1942. (Advocate file photo)

Two central Alberta D-Day veterans have died

Joseph Young and Frank Krepps fought through Europe in Second World War

Red Deer’s Frank Krepps, who landed in France on D-Day, holds a photo of himself taken in 1942. (Advocate file photo)
Red Deer County has four active cases of the virus, Lacombe County has one and Clearwater County sits at two. (Black Press file image)

Red Deer has 18 active COVID-19 cases

Alberta identifies 41 new COVID-19 cases Friday

Red Deer County has four active cases of the virus, Lacombe County has one and Clearwater County sits at two. (Black Press file image)
2021 Grade 9 class. Back row, L-R: Ethan Plumb, Liam Tennant, Collin Hagen, Logan Bundt and Tristan Panrucker. Front row, L-R: Ella Ross, Alyssa Bundt, Delia Belcourt and Shayza Burt. Missing: Leah Sheppard. (Photo submitted)

Bluffton School recognizes Grade 9 grads of 2021, 2020

‘All of these students deserved a proper send off’

2021 Grade 9 class. Back row, L-R: Ethan Plumb, Liam Tennant, Collin Hagen, Logan Bundt and Tristan Panrucker. Front row, L-R: Ella Ross, Alyssa Bundt, Delia Belcourt and Shayza Burt. Missing: Leah Sheppard. (Photo submitted)
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Ponoka-area resident named new transportation manager for Wolf Creek Public Schools

Rod Mercer ‘eager’ to embrace new challenge

  • Jul 15, 2021
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(Advocate file photo).

Red Deer’s COVID cases up two to 17 active on Wednesday

The provincial trend is still downward to 569 new cases

(Advocate file photo).
Photos and flowers can be found at a memorial at the fatal Wetaskiwin-area rail crossing. (Photo by Shaela Dansereau/Pipestone Flyer staff)
Photos and flowers can be found at a memorial at the fatal Wetaskiwin-area rail crossing. (Photo by Shaela Dansereau/Pipestone Flyer staff)
(Black Press file photo)

Red Deer down to 17 active cases of COVID-19

New provincial COVID cases drop to 624

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Citizens of Rimbey are showcasing their gardens during the Rimbey and Area Garden Tour

The Rimbey and Area Garden Tour creator Lorrain Morris is excited for the second year of this event

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From left, Roseann Glennon, Jamie Coston, Chris Graham and Brad Kurdish.

Rimbey Food Bank benefits from generous donation

Donation came from the recent sixth annual Rock Ride

From left, Roseann Glennon, Jamie Coston, Chris Graham and Brad Kurdish.
Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the best thing Albertans can do is get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the best thing Albertans can do is get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
(Black Press file photo)

Central Alberta RCMP detachments launch new security camera registry

Participating communities are Rimbey, Sylvan Lake, Innisfail, Blackfalds, Rocky Mountain House

(Black Press file photo)