Paul Cowley

Supporters dance during a rally that Whistle Stop Cafe owner Christopher Scott helped organize against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Mirror on May 8. Scott was fined $20,000, must pay nearly $11,000 in court costs and is on probation for 18 months after he was sentenced on Wednesday. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Supporters dance during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, Alta., on Saturday, May 8, 2021. (File photo from THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Updated: Mirror café owner fined $20,000 for holding anti-shutdown rally in May

Christopher Scott sentenced to three days in jail satisfied by time served and $11,000 in court costs

Supporters dance during a rally that Whistle Stop Cafe owner Christopher Scott helped organize against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Mirror on May 8. Scott was fined $20,000, must pay nearly $11,000 in court costs and is on probation for 18 months after he was sentenced on Wednesday. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Supporters dance during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, Alta., on Saturday, May 8, 2021. (File photo from THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Central Alberta is seeing growing investor interest as the energy industry sees brighter days. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Improving energy industry fortunes being felt in rural central Alberta

Residential markets hot in Lacombe County and Nordegg

Central Alberta is seeing growing investor interest as the energy industry sees brighter days. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Central Alberta is seeing growing investor interest as the energy industry sees brighter days. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Improving energy industry fortunes being felt in rural central Alberta

Residential markets hot in Lacombe County and Nordegg

Central Alberta is seeing growing investor interest as the energy industry sees brighter days. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
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Sentencing to continue for man who pleaded guilty in deadly 2019 shooting at Lacombe

Accused man unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw manslaughter guilty plea

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Sentencing to continue for man who pleaded guilty in deadly 2019 shooting at Lacombe

Accused man unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw manslaughter guilty plea

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Red Deer hospital’s ICU is at 77 per cent capacity, with 17 COVID patients receiving intensive care. (File photo by Advocate staff)

ICU help coming for Red Deer hospital

About 20 Canadian Red Cross health workers going to Red Deer hospital

Red Deer hospital’s ICU is at 77 per cent capacity, with 17 COVID patients receiving intensive care. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Sylvan Lake's Flags of Remembrance ceremony organized by Veterans Voices of Canada was interrupted by an anonymous threat made to RCMP.
(Photo from Veterans Voices of Canada Facebook page)

Sylvan Lake flag ceremony shut down by anonymous threat

Flags of Remembrance is an annual event organized by Veterans Voices of Canada

Sylvan Lake's Flags of Remembrance ceremony organized by Veterans Voices of Canada was interrupted by an anonymous threat made to RCMP.
(Photo from Veterans Voices of Canada Facebook page)
Vancouver Island Health Authority dealing with surge of vaccination requests following measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lacombe doctors plead with residents to get vaccinated

Lacombe hospital emergency room “inundated,” say physicians

Vancouver Island Health Authority dealing with surge of vaccination requests following measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest. (Black Press Media file photo)
Two Habitat for Humanity duplexes were recently finished in Blackfalds and their owners officially welcomed on Aug. 10. (Photo from Habitat for Humanity Facebook)

Habitat for Humanity completes two duplexes in Blackfalds

Dedication ceremony to welcome four families to their new homes held on Tuesday

Two Habitat for Humanity duplexes were recently finished in Blackfalds and their owners officially welcomed on Aug. 10. (Photo from Habitat for Humanity Facebook)
City of Lacombe will hold a public hearing on Aug. 9 to get community input on whether VLTs should be allowed in the community. They were removed following a plebiscite in 1998. (File photo from The Canadian Press)

VLTs can return to Lacombe after council lifts ban

VLTs banned in Lacombe since 1998 after two plebiscites supported removal

City of Lacombe will hold a public hearing on Aug. 9 to get community input on whether VLTs should be allowed in the community. They were removed following a plebiscite in 1998. (File photo from The Canadian Press)
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)
A man plays at a video lottery terminal at Tioga Downs, in Nichols, N.Y., on October 16, 2014. The Supreme Court of Canada will look at whether a potentially groundbreaking court case that takes aim at video-lottery terminals can proceed and, if so, on what grounds. The high court has agreed to jointly hear two challenges flowing from a decision of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal that cleared the way for a class action alleging VLTs are inherently deceptive, addictive and illegal under the Criminal Code. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mike Groll

Lacombe seeks public input on bringing back VLTs

VLTs have been banned in the community since 1998

A man plays at a video lottery terminal at Tioga Downs, in Nichols, N.Y., on October 16, 2014. The Supreme Court of Canada will look at whether a potentially groundbreaking court case that takes aim at video-lottery terminals can proceed and, if so, on what grounds. The high court has agreed to jointly hear two challenges flowing from a decision of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal that cleared the way for a class action alleging VLTs are inherently deceptive, addictive and illegal under the Criminal Code. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mike Groll
Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr (centre) sits down with some farmers and agri-business representatives during the round table discussion portion of the Ponoka consultation tour stop on August 2019. (Black Press file photo)

Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr relishes job as culture minister

Orr said he is well suited to the culture portfolio

Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr (centre) sits down with some farmers and agri-business representatives during the round table discussion portion of the Ponoka consultation tour stop on August 2019. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer respiratory therapist Sarah MacKenzie was among the first central Alberta health professionals to receive the Pfizer vaccine in December 2020. Since then, nearly 3.4 million doses have been administered and COVID cases are falling rapidly. Photo by Alberta Health Services

Red Deer COVID cases continue to fall sharply

Red Deer cases almost into the double digits after topping more than 900 only five weeks ago

Red Deer respiratory therapist Sarah MacKenzie was among the first central Alberta health professionals to receive the Pfizer vaccine in December 2020. Since then, nearly 3.4 million doses have been administered and COVID cases are falling rapidly. Photo by Alberta Health Services
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Red Deer down to 102 active COVID-19 cases

Central zone has 332 cases with 26 in hospital and five in ICU

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Lacombe is considering allowing responsible drinking in parts of a number of parks including Michener Park.
(Black Press file photo)

Lacombe considering responsible alcohol consumption in some park areas

Alcohol consumption limited to designated areas from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lacombe is considering allowing responsible drinking in parts of a number of parks including Michener Park.
(Black Press file photo)
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says all kindergarten to Grade 12 students, other than some in northern Alberta, can return to schools following the May long weekend. (Photo from Government of Alberta)

Education minister says falling COVID-19 cases makes school return safe

Number of school teachers and staff self-isolating has fallen to 2% from 12%

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says all kindergarten to Grade 12 students, other than some in northern Alberta, can return to schools following the May long weekend. (Photo from Government of Alberta)
Quentin Lee Strawberry was found not guilty of second-degree murder in connection with stabbing death of Joseph Gallant in March 2019. (Photo from RCMP)

Updated: O’Chiese man found not guilty of 2019 stabbing death of Red Deer man

Quentin Strawberry found guilty of assaulting murdered man’s common-law partner

Quentin Lee Strawberry was found not guilty of second-degree murder in connection with stabbing death of Joseph Gallant in March 2019. (Photo from RCMP)
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Lacombe man to apply to withdraw manslaughter guilty plea

Tyler John Campbell wants to change plea after judge rejected seven-year sentence

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