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Penticton Secondary School is one of two in the South Okanagan that has reported potential COVID-19 exposures ahead of winter break. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Two South Okanagan Schools report COVID-19 exposures ahead of winter break

Penticton Secondary School and Osoyoos Secondary School both had exposures according to Interior Health

Penticton Secondary School is one of two in the South Okanagan that has reported potential COVID-19 exposures ahead of winter break. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Gregory Byron donated blood for the 157th time on Christmas Eve, 2020. He has donated enough blood for over 470 life-saving transfusions over the last 50 years. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Osoyoos man donates 14 bodies worth of blood in 50 years

Gregory Byron has been donating blood since he was 17-years old

Gregory Byron donated blood for the 157th time on Christmas Eve, 2020. He has donated enough blood for over 470 life-saving transfusions over the last 50 years. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Holiday spirit will be hard to muster this year, but it’s needed now more than ever. The Christmas tree outside City Hall in Penticton was helping to bring some cheer Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

COLUMN: It’s hard to find happy in these holidays

It is hard to find happiness in these holidays, still we must try

Holiday spirit will be hard to muster this year, but it’s needed now more than ever. The Christmas tree outside City Hall in Penticton was helping to bring some cheer Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Snowmaking is continuing at full blast on Apex Mountain on Nov. 20. (Apex Mountain Resort Facebook - Jeff Plant)

Apex Mountain gets fresh powder after Monday snowstorm

The mountain’s snow report has 25cm in the last 24 hours

Snowmaking is continuing at full blast on Apex Mountain on Nov. 20. (Apex Mountain Resort Facebook - Jeff Plant)
Santa and Oliver firefighters are carolling across town every night until Dec. 23. (Oliver Fire Department)

Oliver Fire Department spreading holiday cheer around community

Saint Nick will be in town every night until Dec. 23

Santa and Oliver firefighters are carolling across town every night until Dec. 23. (Oliver Fire Department)
The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre's annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

‘More important than ever’: Discovery House shines light on addiction

The addiction treatment centre lit up their recovery homes for the season

The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre's annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Two more deaths were reported McKinney Place in Oliver. (File)

COVID-19: Two more deaths in Oliver’s McKinney Place

The long-term care facility currently has 56 cases of the virus

Two more deaths were reported McKinney Place in Oliver. (File)
For farms and orchards who need workers in the spring, it’s already time to start looking for them, and there a re a few things to keep in mind. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Wages to increase in 2021 for seasonal farm workers

Canadian government has regulations in place for those hiring seasonal help

For farms and orchards who need workers in the spring, it’s already time to start looking for them, and there a re a few things to keep in mind. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Baldy Mountain is live-streaming the ski-hill on the resort’s Youtube page. (Baldy Mountain)

Baldy Mountain has fresh powder ready to shred for opening weekend

The South Okanagan mountain is currently sitting on a 60cm snowbase

Baldy Mountain is live-streaming the ski-hill on the resort’s Youtube page. (Baldy Mountain)
Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole are one of the live musical acts that will be performing in Oliver’s Venable Theatre next year. (Submitted File)

Oliver’s Venables Theatre announces rescheduled performances for new year

A number of the socially-distanced concerts were delayed due to the province’s health mandate

Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole are one of the live musical acts that will be performing in Oliver’s Venable Theatre next year. (Submitted File)
Community support has been a highlight of the season, providing plenty of gifts of food and toys for the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society to provide to families. (Submitted)

Community rallies for season of giving

Groups across Keremeos showed their support to those in need over the holidays

Community support has been a highlight of the season, providing plenty of gifts of food and toys for the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society to provide to families. (Submitted)
From left to rightKeremeos Elks president Bruce Dennett and Dave Barker accept a donation from Keremeos Royal Purple president Marie Farren and Joan Popovich. (Submitted)

Ladies of the Keremeos Royal Purple donate to help Keremeos Elks

The donation will help the Elks to keep their hall running

From left to rightKeremeos Elks president Bruce Dennett and Dave Barker accept a donation from Keremeos Royal Purple president Marie Farren and Joan Popovich. (Submitted)
Penticton RCMP are seeking the identity of the man pictured here in relation to a sexual assault that took place on Dec. 3. (RCMP)

Penticton RCMP look to identify a sexual assault suspect

A woman was grabbed and pulled into some bushes near Granby and Atkinson Dec. 3

Penticton RCMP are seeking the identity of the man pictured here in relation to a sexual assault that took place on Dec. 3. (RCMP)
The ornaments for a previous year’s V2A Homes for the Homeless Fundraiser. (Submitted)

‘Homes for the Homeless’ in Penticton raises record $5,400

The fundraiser had it’s most successful year yet and tripled 2019’s total

The ornaments for a previous year’s V2A Homes for the Homeless Fundraiser. (Submitted)
The Village of Keremeos has begun preparing 2021’s budget. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos looking at status quo budget for 2021

Residents can expect to see a 0.4 per cent increase to their taxes

The Village of Keremeos has begun preparing 2021’s budget. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The Penticton and District Arts Council is making their Holiday Cheer colouring book available for free online. (Submitted)

Arts council want to share colourful holiday cheer

The Penticton Arts Council is making their colouring book available free online

The Penticton and District Arts Council is making their Holiday Cheer colouring book available for free online. (Submitted)
Steve McKenzie, Lynda Jones Layng and Lisa Spalding have been braving the cold waters of Okanagan Lake every morning. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Near freezing temperatures won’t keep these Penticton swimmers out of the lake

The trio of swimmers have been swimming in Okanagan Lake since the community centre pool closed

Steve McKenzie, Lynda Jones Layng and Lisa Spalding have been braving the cold waters of Okanagan Lake every morning. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
COVID-19 cases at Oliver’s McKinney Place have reached 41 so far.

Another COVID-19 case at Oliver care facility as Interior Health calls for reinforcements

A 14th staff member tested positive, with 27 positive residents

COVID-19 cases at Oliver’s McKinney Place have reached 41 so far.
Vees goalkeeper Yaniv Perets stands watch while Tyler Ho takes the puck around the back of the net in the last game of the Okanagan Cup’s round robin stage on Nov. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton could be the ‘hub-city’ for a potential BCHL bubble

Seventeen teams would stay and play all their games in the South Okanagan

Vees goalkeeper Yaniv Perets stands watch while Tyler Ho takes the puck around the back of the net in the last game of the Okanagan Cup’s round robin stage on Nov. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The site the new hotel will be built on. (City of Penticton)

South Okanagan city inks deal for $1.5M hotel near convention centre

The new hotel would provide 100 to 110 rooms for Penticton

The site the new hotel will be built on. (City of Penticton)