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Party at the sports park

Sep 24, 2015 / 9:30 am

It's been accessible to the public for weeks, but Vernon's new running track and sports field officially opens this weekend. The Fulton Maroons will play the first football game on the artificial turf, Friday, followed by an official opening of the Greater Vernon Athletics Park on...

Chamber elects new prez

Sep 24, 2015 / 9:04 am

Tracy Cobb-Reeves will lead the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce for the next year. Cobb-Reeves was elected president following the chamber’s annual general meeting, Wednesday. She is director of communications at Kal Tire and previously served as vice-president of the chamber....

VJH 'over the moon'

Sep 23, 2015 / 6:16 pm

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation has rocketed past its 2016 fundraising target. The VJH Foundation set a goal two years ago to raise $2.5 million by mid-2016 to purchase equipment for the sixth and seventh floors of the Polson Tower. Wednesday, the foundation announced it had reached...

Erratic driver smashes cars

Sep 23, 2015 / 4:28 pm

A man was taken into custody after a bizarre road incident in Vernon Wednesday. RCMP spokesperson Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said Vernon police received a call from Lake Country RCMP about an erratic driver heading north. Noseworthy said Vernon officers started to head south when they saw the...

Flyboarders soar

Sep 23, 2015 / 3:30 pm

Some of the best flyboard riders in Canada are in Vernon this week to set a record – and lure sponsors. Members of Team CanFly are among 15 flyboarders on Kalamalka Lake today and Thursday in an effort to set a Canadian record for the most flyboarders on Canadian water at one...

Food drives save the day

Sep 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

The timing couldn't have been better, because the demand has never been greater. The Salvation Army Food Bank has had to purchase food items three times this year to keep up with the increase in demand, but a trio of food drives has restocked the nearly empty shelves. The Save On Foods...

Help society help children

Sep 22, 2015 / 6:00 pm

The Vernon Women’s Transition House Society is looking for volunteers to help get a site ready for the future Child and Youth Advocacy Centre. The society and partners have announced the former NOCLS group day home building has been leased for the new service. “A Child and Youth...

Murder trial postponed

Sep 22, 2015 / 2:48 pm

Justice will have to wait until next year in the death of a Lumby woman. A second-degree murder trial for Howard Everett Krewson, 55, was supposed to begin this week, but it has been pushed back until May, 2016. Krewson is facing a second-degree murder charge in the June, 2014 shooting death...

Joyriding pair in custody

Sep 22, 2015 / 11:39 am

UPDATE: Sept. 22 Monday's police incident in Westwold involved a stolen vehicle from Summerland, according to Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy of the North Okanagan RCMP. The RCMP received a report of a vehicle driving recklessly on Crown land about 12:30 p.m. The vehicle's licence plate...

Flyboards taking flight

Sep 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

Look. Up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a flyboarder. Flyboarding is taking the world of water sports by storm, and Team CanFly will be hitting Kalamalka Lake Wednesday and Thursday in an effort to break a record for the most flyboards on Canadian water. A flyboard is...

Accident sends one to VJH

Sep 21, 2015 / 5:25 pm

One person was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Monday afternoon, following a single-vehicle crash on Highway 97. A Ford Ranger pickup was southbound when it left the highway on a right-hand curve shortly before Bailey Road. The call came in just after 4 p.m., with ambulance, fire rescue and...

A gripping theft

Sep 21, 2015 / 12:23 pm

Police in Vernon are coming to grips with thieves who may be gaining traction, quite literally, after a recent crime. Someone broke into the Western Equipment storage yard at 1046 Middleton Way sometime overnight on Friday, Vernon RCMP report. Sixty sets of TRYGG brand tire chains were...

Mac's store robbed

Sep 21, 2015 / 11:42 am

Vernon RCMP are looking for a masked robber after a convenience store clerk was threatened with what police believe was bear spray. At around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a robbery at the Mac’s Convenience Store on 27th Street. “An unknown male in a ski mask entered the...

Drivers be warned

Sep 21, 2015 / 11:10 am

Okanagan drivers be warned: RCMP are watching. The Vernon/North Okanagan Traffic Services Unit is conducting a traffic enforcement project through Friday. “RCMP Traffic Services officers from West Kelowna, Sicamous, Revelstoke, Golden and South Okanagan units will be joining forces with...

Power restored

Sep 20, 2015 / 10:51 pm

UPDATE 10:50 P.M Power was restored to 1,828 customers in Lumby at 10:43 p.m. Sunday evening. UPDATE 9:30 P.M. BC Hydro reports the power outage in Lumby is due to a tree down across the power lines. The estimated time of power restoration is currently pegged at 10:10 p.m. Sunday...

Running for Terry Fox

Sep 20, 2015 / 10:24 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh When the inaugural Terry Fox Run was held in 1981, Betty Fox was told it would last about five years. The mother of Canadian...

New pharmacy for VJH

Sep 19, 2015 / 6:28 am

Vernon Jubilee Hospital's old emergency department has been transformed into an expanded pharmacy, completing the latest phase of construction at the hospital. The final piece of the project was installed last week, allowing the new pharmacy to become operational on Sept. 22. Health...

Take a walk, kids

Sep 19, 2015 / 5:22 am

City officials want Vernon students to get off the bus and take a walk. The City of Vernon is inviting area schools to participate in the upcoming International Walk (iWalk) event, an annual global event held around the world in October to raise awareness about the benefits of active travel to...

Porn sentence 1 day

Sep 18, 2015 / 2:20 pm

UPDATE 2:20 P.M. Ryan Hampton will be released from custody on Saturday after serving seven months in prison, despite being found guilty on eight of the nine counts against him. The judge presiding in Friday's case in Kelowna found Hampton guilty of possessing child pornography and six...

RCMP step up enforcement

Sep 18, 2015 / 6:51 am

Drivers in the North Okanagan are being given fair warning – the RCMP is watching. The Vernon/North Okanagan Traffic Services Unit will conduct a traffic enforcement project from Sept. 21 to 25, focusing on distracted drivers, impaired drivers, aggressive drivers and people not wearing...

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