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Car ends in Timmy's flowers

Oct 5, 2015 / 9:51 am

Multiple people were injured in a three-vehicle crash this morning in Penticton. According to witnesses, the accident occurred about 8:30 a.m., leaving debris from the three vehicles spread across Channel Parkway and Fairview Road. The accident caused one vehicle to leave the road and end up...

Accident snarls traffic

Oct 4, 2015 / 5:00 pm

No one was seriously injured, but two cars were badly damaged, after an accident Sunday afternoon in Penticton. At about 3:55 p.m. fire, police and ambulance were called to an accident involving a car and a pick-up truck at the intersection of Martin Street and Eckhardt Avenue West. Eckhardt...

JCI program gets recognition

Oct 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Penticton's Top 40 Under 40 program recently earned recognition. The program, held in 2013/2014 in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, was recognized as the best local community empowerment program in Canada from JCI Canada at the JCI National Convention...

Amazing habitat race

Oct 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Habitat for Humanity South Okanagan is presenting the second annual Amazing Habitat Race in Penticton on Saturday, Oct. 17. Based on the hit TV show “The Amazing Race," teams of four will travel by foot and vehicle around Penticton, completing challenges along the way. At the start...

Daycare centre opens doors

Oct 3, 2015 / 6:33 pm

It was a long time in the making, but late last month the doors of a new daycare centre in Penticton finally opened. On Saturday, owner Tina Bootsma joined others in celebrating the grand opening of Kid's Connection at Yorkton. "It has been a bit of a haul, but it is well worth...

Library ribbon-cutting

Oct 3, 2015 / 3:53 pm

An estimated crowd of more than 200 people gathered Saturday morning to be the first customers at the new Summerland Library. The official ribbon-cutting happened at 9:30 a.m. and the doors were opened to invite guests into the new 8,000 square-foot building. Invited to participate in the...

Centre ponders refugee role

Oct 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

Things are picking up at the Naramata Centre. There has been little activity at the centre since it closed, but a community meeting was held Thursday night, and three work and engagement weekends are planned in this month. "The purpose of the gatherings is to clean up in preparation for...

Origin of fire found

Oct 2, 2015 / 4:36 pm

The origin of a fire on Penticton's Main Street Wednesday morning was an exterior garbage can. Following his investigation, fire inspector Ken Barbour said Friday that right beside the garbage can were openings to the building, and that's how the blaze was able to spread. "We...

Celebrating the grape

Oct 2, 2015 / 3:51 pm

A festival that celebrates the grape harvest in the Okanagan is returning this weekend. The Oliver Festival of the Grape will take place, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, at the Oliver Community Centre. More than 50 Okanagan wineries will be offering tastings, and there will be a Kid Zone play area,...

Fire ban still in place

Oct 2, 2015 / 3:45 pm

Although the B.C. Wildfire Service has rescinded a campfire ban on lands within its provincial fire jurisdiction, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s temporary open fire ban, which includes campfires, remains in place for properties within RDOS fire protection areas. This...

A long and winding road

Oct 2, 2015 / 1:38 pm

A Penticton artist and his loyal dog have completed their long walk across Canada. Robin Edgar Haworth and Koda made it to Ottawa this week, their destination in the Right The Wrong walk. "I would say it's one of the most fantastic walks I've ever been on and I've met some...

Winery concerns aired

Oct 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

Winery owners, government officials and city councillors attended a session on how grocery wine sales might place the B.C. wine industry at risk in Penticton on Thursday. The purpose of the town meeting, held by the B.C. Alliance for Smart Liquor Retail Choices, is to get enough support to call...

Fire puts business on hold

Oct 1, 2015 / 2:25 pm

The owner of a building that burned Wednesday on Penticton's Main Street, as well as its tenants, are awaiting word on the cause of the fire and extent of the damage. Nikos Theodosakis said Thursday he had no news and didn't know when the businesses in the building would...

Sisters in Spirit vigil

Oct 1, 2015 / 10:27 am

Photo: Contributed Missing and murdered indigenous women will be honoured in Oliver this weekend. The Sisters in Spirit Vigil, happening nationwide, will take place Sunday at the Osoyoos Indian Band Community Hall. “This event is about raising awareness of the missing and...

Honoured in orange

Oct 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

People of all ages gathered at Penticton's Gyro Park, Wednesday, to mark Orange Shirt Day. The annual event honours those who attended residential schools. "This is to commemorate the children and what they lost, their sense of self," said Darryl-Jean Cerenzie with the Okanagan...

Businesses closed due to fire

Sep 30, 2015 / 6:15 pm

The building on Penticton's Main Street where a fire broke out early Wednesday morning is owned by Nikos Theodosakis. Theodosakis said there were two businesses on the main floor, Hooked on Books and Fibonacci, as well as about 10 businesses upstairs that were impacted by the...

Six months for sex offender

Sep 30, 2015 / 4:00 pm

A Summerland businessman who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation was sentenced to six months in jail, Wednesday, followed by two years probation. Joshua Roberts, 39, received the sentence from Judge Gregory Koturbash in Penticton court. Roberts pleaded guilty to the exploitation charge in...

Graffiti cleanup a hit

Sep 30, 2015 / 3:44 pm

A pilot program to clean up graffiti in Penticton's downtown core has council's support. After hearing the effort is working, council directed staff to budget $28,000 for next year to continue the partnership with the Downtown Penticton Association. "It was a unanimous decision...

Street reopens after fire

Sep 30, 2015 / 10:35 am

UPDATE 10:30 A.M. The 200 block of Main Street has now reopened to traffic after a structure fire at Fibonacci Roastery & Cafe early Wednesday morning. UPDATE 8:52 a.m. According to deputy fire chief Dave Spalding, six firefighters and two engines responded to the structure fire on...

Trio responds to lawsuit

Sep 30, 2015 / 9:38 am

Trio Marine Group has issued a statement on its project, following the launch of a civil lawsuit against a commercial waterslide at Skaha Lake Park. "We would like to recognize people’s passion for this project, both the positive and the not so positive," the company said...

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