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Gas prices frozen by dollar

Nov 28, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Despite oil prices plummeting globally, it's still not much cheaper for Okanagan residents to fill their tanks. Oil has dropped to a five-year low and dragged the Canadian dollar with it - a key factor in why Okanagan residents are still paying the same price for fuel. Dan McTeague senior...

Charity valet at the mall

Nov 28, 2014 / 4:53 pm

Update 5 p.m. Castanet has been informed that Orchard Park Shopping Centre has pulled their partnership with the organizers of the valet, due to weather and spacing concerns. Organizer Ben Calder says he is working towards negotiating a win-win for all parties and hopes the project can go-ahead...

Gospel tackles record levels of need

Nov 28, 2014 / 8:00 am

Photo: Contributed - Kelowna Gospel Mission Photo: Contributed - Kelowna Gospel Mission Breaking this record was bittersweet for Randy Benson. The executive director of the Kelowna Gospel Mission oversaw programs that fed more than 151,000 people in 2014. That's between 400 and 500...

Mystery found in church wall

Nov 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

When the members of St. Paul’s United Church decided to begin a demolition of their 60-year-old building for a new development, they weren’t expecting any surprises hidden in the stones, but that's exactly what they found. As the team pulled the original 60-year-old cornerstone...

Manchester joins Castanet

Nov 27, 2014 / 7:31 pm

Castanet announces the appointment of Jon Manchester as News & Content Manager, effective Jan. 5. General Manager Chris Kearney said, “This is the person we’ve been seeking for a long time. After scouring Western Canada for the ideal candidate, we found him in our own...

Back packing the pain

Nov 27, 2014 / 7:08 pm

Kelowna resident Tim Roth had a problem, and it was one his fellow sportsmen could also identify with, so after four years in the making he finally has a solution. The avid hunter says he has serious back pains and claims he isn’t the only one suffering, as most outdoors advocates...

An American thanksgiving

Nov 27, 2014 / 3:27 pm

In the spirit of American Thanksgiving, celebrated on this unseasonably warm Thursday in November, let us raise a feather or two to our “neighbours” among us. The expat population in the Thompson-Okanagan, according to Statistics Canada, has been steadily growing over the past decade...

Kelowna loves country

Nov 27, 2014 / 10:32 am

Kelowna radio listeners have a new favourite station, and it turns out y'all love country. Penticton/Kelowna station Country 100.7 has made huge moves from the June 2014 ratings, moving from fifth in the market overall to your top tuned in station. The country station's overall...

Local kids take Disney trophy

Nov 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

Two Kelowna kids have been keeping a secret from friends and family for months, but the time has come to tell everyone they are the winners of Disney XD Canada's Grizzly Cup. We shared the story with you in October of the the brother and sister duo who were battling on the TV show to reign...

Be a hero this Christmas

Nov 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

An international charity that is located right here in Kelowna is working with the Canadian Government to help children who are at risk globally. Be a Hero, has over 27 orphanages around the world and this Christmas the charity is focusing their efforts on children living in the...

Hit and run suspect gets bail

Nov 26, 2014 / 4:08 pm

The woman accused in the hit and run death of 83-year-old Julie Gillespie is free on bail. Sharon Marlene Scott was released on $1,000 bail. Scott, 71, has been charged with failure to stop at an accident with a person and failure to stop at an accident causing bodily harm. She was...

Last chance for winter tires

Nov 26, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Anyone who hadn’t already gotten their winter tires surely found themselves at a local tire shop this morning, following the Okanagan’s first significant snowfall of the season. Upwards of 20 centimetres fell in some areas, with treacherous road conditions leading to over a dozen...

Kelowna snow crews out in force

Nov 26, 2014 / 9:15 am

The phones are ringing off the hook at the City of Kelowna public works yard as crews work to clear streets following the first snowfall of the season. The question on everyone's minds, when will their street be plowed? "We are still battling our first priorities (school bus routes...

Defence perceives bias

Nov 26, 2014 / 5:01 am

Two men found guilty of numerous weapons charges in September were expected to be sentenced in a Kelowna courtroom Tuesday, but additional judicial applications have delayed the process. Admitted Hells Angels member Joseph Bruce Skreptak and Cory Montemurro were each found guilty of various...

Lottery scam: Not a winner

Nov 25, 2014 / 7:00 pm

It turns out a Kelowna senior is not a winner, after they were caught up in a Publishers Clearing House scam. The 76-year-old reviewed a letter from the giant magazine marketer, which indicated she was a winner of their Lottery Awards Program. However Cst. Kris Clark says when the woman...

Pet friendly my arf

Nov 25, 2014 / 3:48 pm

It would seem not everyone in Kelowna is as paw-sitive as Canadian Dogs Annual when it comes to just how pet-friendly our city is. A survey released by the magazine Monday says Kelowna is the most pet-friendly city in Canada. That survey certainly enlisted a number of responses from Castanet...

Charges laid in fatal hit and run

Nov 25, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Charges have now been laid against a 71-year-old woman in connection with the death of an elderly woman in Kelowna early Sunday morning. Sharon Marlene Scott appeared in a Kelowna courtroom Tuesday morning, charged with failure to stop at an accident causing bodily harm and two counts of failure...

Monday target for outdoor rink

Nov 25, 2014 / 12:40 pm

If all goes well, you should be able to take your first turn of the season on the outdoor rink at Stuart Park next Monday. That's the day the city is hoping to have the outdoor sheet up and running. Civic Properties Supervisor, Martin Johansen, says the city has fired up the chiller and...

Home for sale, FREE

Nov 25, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed UPDATE 12 P.M. - Nothing attracts our attention like the offer of a free home. It only took a few hours but the mobile home Carol Baker was willing to give away is gone. This message was...

Killed in hit and run

Nov 24, 2014 / 2:28 pm

Update -- 2 p.m. The woman arrested in connection with Sunday's hit and run was a contracted driver with the Kelowna Daily Courier. She was picking up paper bundles at the time. Courier Publisher, Terry Armstrong, says the paper feels terrible about this tragic incident and extends its...

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