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Duke Dawe (left) celebrates his 90th birthday with his 100-year-old Air Force buddy Joseph Monteyne on Saturday, Oct. 2. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Flyover commemorates Vernon Air Force veteran’s 90th birthday

After beating COVID-19 this summer, Duke Dawe was treated to an aerial formation by Vernon Flying Club

Duke Dawe (left) celebrates his 90th birthday with his 100-year-old Air Force buddy Joseph Monteyne on Saturday, Oct. 2. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The kindness meter stands outside City Hall. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton councillor questions why COVID restart funds haven’t been spent

‘Businesses and families hanging on by their fingernails’: Judy Sentes

The kindness meter stands outside City Hall. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Watkin Motors Ford will host the Drive 4UR School program Saturday at Harwood Elementary. (photo submitted)

Another Vernon school added as COVID-19 exposures mutiply across B.C.

Over 1,000 school exposures logged province-wide since the start of the school year ‘and it is only early October’

Watkin Motors Ford will host the Drive 4UR School program Saturday at Harwood Elementary. (photo submitted)
A pop up garden was constructed at Komasket Park, with 60 boxes, for the Okanagan Indian Band’s Food Security Initiative in 2020. (OKIB photo)

Poverty-reduction funds granted to Okanagan First Nations

OKIB focusing on food security, Osoyoos hosting community well-being sessions

A pop up garden was constructed at Komasket Park, with 60 boxes, for the Okanagan Indian Band’s Food Security Initiative in 2020. (OKIB photo)
The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)

Police respond to body discovery in Vernon

Investigation into death ongoing after unresponsive person found near Performing Arts Centre

The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)
La Carraia Gelato was broken into and had cash, equipment and some cookies stolen Oct. 4, 2021. (La Carraia Gelato - Facebook)

Two arrested after gelato shop smash and grab in Vernon

Investigation links one man to string of recent break-ins downtown

La Carraia Gelato was broken into and had cash, equipment and some cookies stolen Oct. 4, 2021. (La Carraia Gelato - Facebook)
Road work continues along Vernon’s new transportation corridor. (Google Maps)

Roundabout of road closures continue in Vernon

2-week detour underway at 30th Street and 37th Avenue

Road work continues along Vernon’s new transportation corridor. (Google Maps)
Brandon Miller and Kim Merlo dish up dinner on Monday evenings with Packman Open Hearts for Vernon's homeless or those needing some nutrition. (Contributed)

Thanksgiving food donations needed for Vernon’s street population

Residents asked to share their bounty for Monday night dinner

Brandon Miller and Kim Merlo dish up dinner on Monday evenings with Packman Open Hearts for Vernon's homeless or those needing some nutrition. (Contributed)
The students of Len Wood Middle School planted 215 trees Tuesday, Oct. 5, in honour of the children found at the former Kamloops residential school. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Armstrong students plant 215 trees in honour of children

Len Wood students honour children found at former Kamloops residential school

The students of Len Wood Middle School planted 215 trees Tuesday, Oct. 5, in honour of the children found at the former Kamloops residential school. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
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RCMP get Vernon families online with internet safety

Online safety presentations with the White Hatter offered to students and parents

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La Carraia Gelato was broken into and had cash, equipment and some cookies stolen Oct. 4, 2021. (La Carraia Gelato - Facebook)

Thieves smash doors, steal cookies from Vernon gelato shop

New business broken into Monday night; cash, iPad stolen

La Carraia Gelato was broken into and had cash, equipment and some cookies stolen Oct. 4, 2021. (La Carraia Gelato - Facebook)
Penticton RCMP officers have the highest caseload in B.C., according to police chief

Crime caseloads has put Penticton in crisis mode: Mayor

Penticton’s reputation with residents and tourists at stake, says one councillor

Penticton RCMP officers have the highest caseload in B.C., according to police chief
Lumby’s J.W. Inglis Elementary. (School PAC photo)

Vernon and Lumby schools added to COVID-19 exposures

Local area now has 6 schools reported by Interior Health

Lumby’s J.W. Inglis Elementary. (School PAC photo)
Petro Canada pumps selling at 157.9 Tuesday, Oct. 5, while Super Save on is selling for 143.9. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Gas jumps 14 cents in Vernon

Petro Canada selling regular fuel for 157.9

Petro Canada pumps selling at 157.9 Tuesday, Oct. 5, while Super Save on is selling for 143.9. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Black scars above Monte Lake from the White Rock Lake wildfire are captured by drone footage Oct. 4, 2021. (Erick Ortiz video still)

VIDEO: White Rock Lake destruction in Monte Lake caught on camera

Drone footage shows charred trees and remains after the fire scorched the area

Black scars above Monte Lake from the White Rock Lake wildfire are captured by drone footage Oct. 4, 2021. (Erick Ortiz video still)
Area residents shared their fondest memories of the Oyama Library and what the branch means to them in a video filmed Sept. 28, 2021, by Alison Beaumont. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Oyama library closure hits community in the heart

Video shares fond memories of little branch set for closure

Area residents shared their fondest memories of the Oyama Library and what the branch means to them in a video filmed Sept. 28, 2021, by Alison Beaumont. (YouTube)
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39% of Central Okanagan public schools potentially exposed to COVID-19

Health officials have noted potential exposure events at 21 local schools in the last few weeks

(Black Press Media file photo)
Volunteers unload bags of donations from the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive at Vernon’s Salvation Army food bank Sept. 25. (Salvation Army photo)

North Okanagan gives record support for Thanksgiving food drive

City and Coldstream collection more than doubles previous years

Volunteers unload bags of donations from the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive at Vernon’s Salvation Army food bank Sept. 25. (Salvation Army photo)
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No foul play suspected with body found across from Penticton detachment

RCMP said the deceased was a local man experiencing homelessness

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Leaf drop-off has been cancelled in Coldstream.

Coldstream parking lot closed, leaf program cancelled

Red gate parking lot at Kalamalka Provincial Park closed for hydroseeding Tuesday

Leaf drop-off has been cancelled in Coldstream.