As of 6:00 am, this morning (October 3rd), Lacombe Online has changed it's name to Central Alberta Online (CAO).
For the past eight years Lacombe Online has been serving all of Central Alberta with the most in-depth news coverage. To reflect this area of coverage, it was felt a name change was necessary.
“We realized that we were serving a much bigger area than just Lacombe. We basically cover everywhere from Rocky Mountain House to Stettler, East to West, and Wetaskiwin to Innisfail, North to South, and every center in between. We have been covering all of Central Alberta, and that's why we changed the name,” said Darin Clark, News Director for Central Alberta Online.
The news website’s coverage, and operations will stay the same. Central Alberta Online’s newsroom will remain in the City of Lacombe at Sunny 94 Studios and will continue to serve the Lacombe area.
“Lacombe has always been a major focus for Lacombe Online and that is not going to change. The name change is just a better reflection of the whole area that we're covering,” added Clark.
Clark expects that on-air news coverage on Sunny 94 will also remain the same. The radio station’s contests will still be held on the website as well.
“If you type in ‘Lacombe Online’, it will automatically change over to Central Alberta Online. If you've been using Lacombe Online as your local source for years, you can still expect to get that same quality reporting in stories that you've always had,” explained Clark.
With Facebook removing online news in Canada, many people have also been downloading the Lacombe Online App. The app will remain the same. When you update it, the name change will be visible and the apps icon will change.
Sunny 94 and Central Alberta Online look forward to continue with coverage of all of our local communities.