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No PPE in the pipes

Jul 3, 2020 / 6:00 pm

Photo: Halifax Water Since everybody is sanitizing and cleaning more vigorously since the pandemic began, you'd think there would be more instances of plumbing problems from people flushing away items that shouldn't be flushed. But

Church scorned for 'mob' sign

Jul 3, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Stephanie Wade Lavington Baptist Church has been getting a lot of attention over a sign that appears to be taking shots at Black Lives Matter protesters. The sign reads "Mobs: gullible, easily manipulated, irrational", and

Libraries to reopen to public

Jul 2, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester The Okanagan Regional Library will be opening many of its branches and will allow browsing and borrowing access. Users will be able to go into the library, browse the selection, use computers and borrow materials. Computer

New paving project

Jul 2, 2020 / 6:00 pm

Photo: Spallumcheen Township A portion of Back Enderby Road is being upgraded with a paving project that is taking place this summer. The 1.4 kilometre section that is being repaved will remain open, but it will be reduced to single-lane

Hwy 97A open after crash

Jul 2, 2020 / 1:40 pm

Photo: Steve Will UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. Vernon North Okanagan RCMP have confirmed the collision on Highway 97A involved two vehicles. "Both vehicles required tow trucks, and it appears the highway is now reopened," says Cpl.

Senior missing after paddling

Jul 2, 2020 / 10:27 am

Photo: Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Vernon RCMP are looking for a local senior who went missing on June 30. 73-year-old Wayne Orser was last seen at his house in North Westside, and it is believed he went paddle boarding on Okanagan Lake that

No more free parking

Jul 2, 2020 / 9:41 am

Photo: Contributed Make sure you have your change handy, because free parking downtown is now over. All on-street metered parking and two-hour parking zones are now being enforced by bylaw. Vernon council originally eliminated paid metered

Polson Park partially open

Jul 2, 2020 / 9:24 am

Photo: Contributed After some flooding earlier this week, Polson Park in downtown Vernon is now open again to vehicle traffic. The park has been closed to traffic since June 30 when heavy rainfall caused the Vernon creek to overflow and

New Rotary head elected

Jul 2, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Vernon Silver Star Rotary A new president and executive have been elected to the Vernon Silver Star Rotary Club. The new president is Teresa Durning, who will be bringing in her group of executive directors for the 2020-2021 season. With

Make some noise for Canada

Jul 1, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Vernon city council is asking residents to take part in a noise making Canada Day celebration. Council is asking residents to bang pots and pans from their homes at 9 p.m. on Canada Day, which will be replacing the annual


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