This month marks the 50th anniversary of Red Deer County News. For 50 years, this newsletter has been keeping the residents and business owners of Red Deer County informed on the business of local government.
So much has changed in the last 50 years. For instance, Red Deer County had only gone by that name for 7 years when the County News was created. Prior to that we lived in the County of Red Deer, which was preceded by the M.D. of Penhold.
Red Deer County originally had a Reeve instead of a Mayor at large, and the School Board and County were run together. Gasoline Alley had barely scratched the surface south of the City of Red Deer.
This newsletter was originally typed on a typewriter and sent out like everything else – through the mail. Now it is made on a computer, and available over the internet at our County website.
Although much has changed, the purpose of County News remains the same – to inform ratepayers on the latest happenings from Red Deer County staff and Council.
Through this newsletter, residents and business owners have learned a great deal about our Council, Planning, Operations, Protective, Community, and Corporate Services. That does not even touch all of the important partnerships between the County and its various partners.
Over the years, County News has changed in size, design, and focus, but one constant is the commitment by staff to keep members of the public aware of the business of their government. This commitment has never been so important as right now, as Covid-19 disrupts so many facets of our lives.
We all know that local media is facing difficult times. Outside of major cities, the number of newspapers, radio stations, and television affiliates is steadily decreasing. That is why it is more important than ever to have a consistent, quality source for all of the news coming from Red Deer County Centre.
Each time we ask, Red Deer County News is listed as the number one source for information by our residents. I am very thankful for the men and women who have worked to create this newsletter over the years, and I hope it is around for at least fifty more!