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Zombies return today

Oct 31, 2014 / 12:52 pm

The walking dead will again stagger down Penticton's Main Street today. The second annual Zombie Walk and Costume Parade, held by the Downtown Penticton Association, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the city's downtown. The walk begins on Main Street at Nanaimo Avenue. Participants...

Ghost stories

Oct 31, 2014 / 5:00 am

In the early 1900s, a young girl by the name of Minnie fell off a wagon, hit her head on a stone and drowned in Ellis Creek. The story could have ended there, but some visitors to Penticton's historic Fairview Cemetery have since sensed the spirit of a little girl roaming the grounds. She...

Sentencing in obstruction case

Oct 30, 2014 / 8:03 pm

A former Oliver man who said he was handled roughly by a police officer during his arrest in 2012, was sentenced to a heavy fine Thursday in a Penticton courtroom. Anthony Bryant, now a resident of Meadow Creek, was found guilty of impaired driving, obstructing a police officer, failing to stop...

Campaign sign shot at

Oct 30, 2014 / 10:30 am

RDOS candidate Joel Malcolm said he is concerned after a window with one of his campaign signs appeared to be shot at. Malcolm, of Oliver, learned Wednesday morning from John Micka, owner of the Sunshine Cafe, that the front window of the cafe had been shot at with what appears to be a BB Gun...

Abused cat loses leg

Oct 29, 2014 / 6:00 pm

An active and friendly feline is recovering and ready for a second start in her young life – as a three-legged kitty. Allegedly thrown out of a second-floor window, Chucky, a one-year-old cat, came into the BC SPCA’s care as a stray in Osoyoos. X-rays showed she suffered from...

More candidates forums ahead

Oct 29, 2014 / 3:09 pm

One forum for the 25 people running for six seats on the Penticton council has come and gone, but there will be more opportunities to hear from the candidates. Residents have organized their own forum for mayor and councillor candidates. This opportunity is inspired by the Facebook group,...

Unique Golden Mile wine

Oct 29, 2014 / 1:40 pm

Some South Okanagan wineries could soon be putting an exclusive label on their products. Several wineries on the "Golden Mile" wine route in the South Okanagan filed an application with the BC Wine Authority to have the region recognized as a unique geographical area that produces...
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Firefighters union thanks city

Oct 28, 2014 / 6:00 pm

The Penticton Professional Fire Fighters Union Local 1399 is thanking the city for a resolution passed last week. On Monday, the council passed that resolution to bring back two firefighter positions, effective Jan 1, 2015. The statement from the union reads: We want to thank City Council...

Dead body not suspicious

Oct 28, 2014 / 1:21 pm

The Penticton RCMP confirmed Tuesday that the body of a man was found in an abandoned shed in a field off Green Mountain Road on Monday. The death has been deemed not suspicious, and it appears the man was there for several days. His family has been located and advised. The BC Coroner is...

Repeat sex offender sentenced

Oct 28, 2014 / 9:39 am

A Keremeos man who pleaded guilty to sex offences will spend the next five years behind bars. Helge Wilson, 61, was given the sentence in a Penticton courtroom on Monday, after the court heard the circumstances of the offences: sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching. According...

Wine tourism summit coming

Oct 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

This November 8, a cornucopia of wine and food enthusiasts will take to social media to celebrate Wine Tourism Day, Tweeting, Facebooking, and Instagramming special events and promotions to encourage travel to the world's wine regions. In the heart of BC wine country, All She Wrote, the...

Body found in Penticton

Oct 27, 2014 / 5:36 pm

A body was discovered behind the Super Save Gas in Penticton Monday. According to Penticton Indian Band community member Allen Kroeger, he discovered the body inside a shed near the Super Save Gas on Green Mountain Road earlier today. There is also unofficial confirmation from the RCMP that...

Sentenced for $41K theft

Oct 27, 2014 / 1:06 pm

An Osoyoos man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $40,000 from the fire protection district was given a conditional sentence of 12 months, Monday, in a Penticton courtroom. Judge Gregory Koturbash handed down the sentence for Michael McWhinnie, which includes two years probation, after...

WestJet lands in Penticton

Oct 26, 2014 / 3:49 pm

Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt Photo: Bill Everitt WestJet airlines touched down in Penticton for the first time Sunday afternoon. The...

Who can help owl sanctuary

Oct 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

At four inches high and weighing under three ounces little ‘Tiny’ the Northern Pygmy Owl is in need of help. The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO) has been looking after the bird named ‘Tiny’ along with several of his extended Raptor family members...

Peach City Radio needs support

Oct 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

On the heels of three major announcements from the Peach City Community Radio Society comes word that their recently submitted application for license has been granted a hearing with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, (CRTC). Peach City Radio, at their recent media...

Street of broken promises

Oct 24, 2014 / 4:25 pm

Since Garry Gratton moved to Corry Place in Penticton 15 years ago, he has been to city hall every year to get improvements made to the street's infrastructure. Now it does appear something may finally get done, after council discussed the matter at this week's meeting. But Gratton,...

WestJet Penticton flight, Sunday

Oct 24, 2014 / 10:05 am

There will be plenty of excitement in the air this Sunday, when the inaugural WestJet Encore flight from Calgary to Penticton lands at the airport. On board, will be WestJet representatives, as well as Penticton MLA Dan Ashton. They will be greeted by local government representatives, including...

Mayor in theft scandal

Oct 23, 2014 / 9:13 pm

6:48 p.m. Oct. 23, update: Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells issued this statement late Thursday afternoon. There will not be a press conference tomorrow, Friday. My final statement is my apology. It is unfortunate that Mr. Betz could not accept it. There was a time frame – a year and a...

Bully for the Opera

Oct 23, 2014 / 4:29 pm

The world premiere performance of Stickboy, a new opera exploring the subject of bullying, will open this evening at the Vancouver Playhouse. Written by Penticton spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan, with music by composer Neil Weisensel, Stickboy is produced by Vancouver Opera. The...
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