Jordyn Thomson

The Summerland Review has wrapped up its Summerland Shop Local campaign. (Jordyn Thomson - Black Press)

WATCH: Winner drawn for Summerland Shop Local campaign

One lucky person will get eight $25 gift cards from the participating businesses

The Summerland Review has wrapped up its Summerland Shop Local campaign. (Jordyn Thomson - Black Press)
The Penticton RCMP executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant on Dec. 18 for a Winnipeg Street residence. Methamphetamine, cocaine, suspected fentanyl, a shotgun and more were seized, and Daryk Reinders, 41, was arrested and is facing multiple charges. (File Photo)

Penticton RCMP seize illicit drugs, firearms from Winnipeg Street home

Daryk Reinders, 41, has been arrested and faces multiple charges

The Penticton RCMP executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant on Dec. 18 for a Winnipeg Street residence. Methamphetamine, cocaine, suspected fentanyl, a shotgun and more were seized, and Daryk Reinders, 41, was arrested and is facing multiple charges. (File Photo)
Bylaw officers Richard Thom (left) and Glenn Duffield, led by bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert, walk toward city hal, past the new location of the city’s kindness meter. This year the meter collected around $1,000 for 100 More Homes Penticton. (File Photo)

Penticton residents donate $1,000 to city’s kindness meter

The upcycled parking meter collects donations for 100 More Homes Penticton

Bylaw officers Richard Thom (left) and Glenn Duffield, led by bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert, walk toward city hal, past the new location of the city’s kindness meter. This year the meter collected around $1,000 for 100 More Homes Penticton. (File Photo)
Penticton’s Pamela Hanson is sharing her story to encourage everyone to make smart choices this holiday season. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

‘Think twice’: A Penticton woman’s plea to drunk drivers

Pamela Hanson’s life was changed forever when a drunk driver hit her vehicle head-on

Penticton’s Pamela Hanson is sharing her story to encourage everyone to make smart choices this holiday season. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Hailey and Jaxsen, students at the Naramata Elementary School, put on a wonderful performance as Canada’s lovable brothers Bob and Doug Mckenzie in the school’s Christmas concert. The staff and students put on two performances of the concert on Dec. 13, which were both well-attended by friends and family. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

PHOTOS: Naramata Elementary students show off Canada’s culture in Christmas concert

The staff and students put on two productions of their Christmas concert on Dec. 13

Hailey and Jaxsen, students at the Naramata Elementary School, put on a wonderful performance as Canada’s lovable brothers Bob and Doug Mckenzie in the school’s Christmas concert. The staff and students put on two performances of the concert on Dec. 13, which were both well-attended by friends and family. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
From left: Kai, Matthew, Ashley and Julia Fagan will be opening their door to the Penticton community so that those who have nowhere to go on Christmas Day can celebrate it with them. The family will be hosting a dinner and visit from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 25 and those interested in attending are asked to message Ashely M. Fagan on Facebook to get her address and more details. (Contributed)

Penticton family opens its doors to community on Christmas Day

Those without a place to go on Dec. 25 are invited to celebrate the holidays with the Fagans

From left: Kai, Matthew, Ashley and Julia Fagan will be opening their door to the Penticton community so that those who have nowhere to go on Christmas Day can celebrate it with them. The family will be hosting a dinner and visit from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 25 and those interested in attending are asked to message Ashely M. Fagan on Facebook to get her address and more details. (Contributed)
The Canadians in the crowd at the 4-man bobsleigh ceremonies at the BMW IBSF World Cup jumped into action when the broken sound system couldn’t play the national anthem on Saturday. The Canadian team headed by Summerland-native Justin Kripps took gold in the event on Dec. 14. (Photo from Twitter)

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

The Canadians in the crowd at the 4-man bobsleigh ceremonies at the BMW IBSF World Cup jumped into action when the broken sound system couldn’t play the national anthem on Saturday. The Canadian team headed by Summerland-native Justin Kripps took gold in the event on Dec. 14. (Photo from Twitter)
The Penticton Vees lost 2-0 to the Vernon Vipers on Dec. 13 at Kal Tire Place. (File Photo)

Unlucky Friday the 13th as Penticton Vees fall to Vernon Vipers

The home-and-home series wraps up tonight at the South Okanagan Events Centre

The Penticton Vees lost 2-0 to the Vernon Vipers on Dec. 13 at Kal Tire Place. (File Photo)
Penticton city council wrapped up 2020 budget discussions on Dec. 12 after three full days of deliberating. Council voted to approve the staff recommended 2.9 per cent tax increase and an increase to the business tax multiplier. (Photo from Google Maps)

Penticton council approves 2.9 per cent tax increase in 2020 budget

Council will vote in the new budget at an upcoming meeting in the new year

Penticton city council wrapped up 2020 budget discussions on Dec. 12 after three full days of deliberating. Council voted to approve the staff recommended 2.9 per cent tax increase and an increase to the business tax multiplier. (Photo from Google Maps)
This image was posted to Facebook by a Penticton resident alleging that their friend’s mom had her rear car tires stolen overnight in the city on Dec. 12. Western News has reached out for more information on this matter. (Photo from Facebook)

Penticton resident allegedly has rear car tires stolen

The resident woke up today to find their back tires missing and their car on blocks

This image was posted to Facebook by a Penticton resident alleging that their friend’s mom had her rear car tires stolen overnight in the city on Dec. 12. Western News has reached out for more information on this matter. (Photo from Facebook)
Jordyn Thomson is a multimedia journalist with the Penticton Western News. (Mark Brett - Western News)

I’m Just Saying: Our society needs a re-sex education lesson

Jordyn Thomson is a reporter with the Western News

Jordyn Thomson is a multimedia journalist with the Penticton Western News. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Two public washrooms in Penticton have been vandalized recently, leading to their indefinite closure until repairs can be done. (Photo from Pexels)

Two public washrooms now closed in Penticton due to vandalism

The city is urging residents to report vandalism – found or ongoing – of public property

Two public washrooms in Penticton have been vandalized recently, leading to their indefinite closure until repairs can be done. (Photo from Pexels)
Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki addresses a crowd outside of the city hall. Council was forced to make some tough decisions regarding municipal grant applications this year due to an increase in applications received and what they total altogether. (File Photo)

Penticton city council forced to make tough calls with grant applications

The city received 43 applications totalling $993,000 but could only approve about 55 per cent

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki addresses a crowd outside of the city hall. Council was forced to make some tough decisions regarding municipal grant applications this year due to an increase in applications received and what they total altogether. (File Photo)
The Barley Mill Brew Pub and Gary Haupt (also known as “naughty Santa”) raised $1,000 for the Tree of Dreams at the brewery’s Photos with Awesome Santa event. (Contributed)

Penticton’s Barley Mill, Santa donate to SOS Medical Foundation

The brewery and local Santa raised $1,000 for the foundation on Dec. 7

The Barley Mill Brew Pub and Gary Haupt (also known as “naughty Santa”) raised $1,000 for the Tree of Dreams at the brewery’s Photos with Awesome Santa event. (Contributed)
Enjoy cookie decorating and get your photo with Santa at Coldwell Banker’s Furry Paws for Santa Claus Holiday Fundraiser on Dec. 14. (Stock photo)

Give back to the BCSPCA this holiday season with Coldwell Banker

The Furry Paws for Santa Claus Holiday Fundraiser runs on Dec. 14

Enjoy cookie decorating and get your photo with Santa at Coldwell Banker’s Furry Paws for Santa Claus Holiday Fundraiser on Dec. 14. (Stock photo)
Penticton city council is considering raising the city’s business tax multiplier to 1.83 per cent in 2020 and 1.91 per cent in 2021, which the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is opposed to. The chamber is urging council to consider the current needs of small businesses in the city. (Photo from Google Maps)

Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce concerned about proposed business tax hike

The City of Penticton is considering raising the BTM to 1.83 per cent in 2020, 1.91 per cent in 2021

Penticton city council is considering raising the city’s business tax multiplier to 1.83 per cent in 2020 and 1.91 per cent in 2021, which the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is opposed to. The chamber is urging council to consider the current needs of small businesses in the city. (Photo from Google Maps)
Day one of Penticton city council budget deliberations focused on health and safety as well as recreation and culture. Prior to discussions starting on Dec. 20, the city anticipated a tax increase of 2.9 per cent to account for an expected 4.2 per cent increase in expenses. (Photo from Unsplash)

Community safety, recreation and culture first topics of discussion in Penticton’s 2020 budget

Penticton RCMP clocked roughly 6,000 hours of overtime in ten months, at a cost of $422k

Day one of Penticton city council budget deliberations focused on health and safety as well as recreation and culture. Prior to discussions starting on Dec. 20, the city anticipated a tax increase of 2.9 per cent to account for an expected 4.2 per cent increase in expenses. (Photo from Unsplash)
The image on the left shows the condition one of the city’s public washrooms was left in that city staff had to clean up, and the image on the right shows a burn mark in another public washroom that was left by someone suspected of cooking drugs. (Contributed)

Vandalism closes public washrooms in Penticton’s Okanagan Lake Park indefinitely

A post by the city’s Facebook said the damage is ‘quite extensive’

The image on the left shows the condition one of the city’s public washrooms was left in that city staff had to clean up, and the image on the right shows a burn mark in another public washroom that was left by someone suspected of cooking drugs. (Contributed)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) recently reviewed an arrest made in Penticton in 2018 after a driver alleged he was seriously injured during an unlawful arrest. The man alleged he was “slammed” to the ground by the officer when he went to pick his wallet off of the ground, but footage from the officer’s dash cam tells a different story of the situation. (File Photo)

Officers’ use of force in Penticton arrest that injured a male driver deemed necessary: Watchdog

IIO reviewed the incident after the driver alleged he was “slammed” to the ground by an officer

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) recently reviewed an arrest made in Penticton in 2018 after a driver alleged he was seriously injured during an unlawful arrest. The man alleged he was “slammed” to the ground by the officer when he went to pick his wallet off of the ground, but footage from the officer’s dash cam tells a different story of the situation. (File Photo)
Ari Neufeld is just one of the local musicians who will be providing live music at Penticton’s Cannery Brewing this winter. (Photo from Facebook)

UPDATE: Busy lineup of live performances this winter at Penticton’s Cannery Brewing

Musicians like Ari Neufeld will be perfoming at the brewery throughout December and January

Ari Neufeld is just one of the local musicians who will be providing live music at Penticton’s Cannery Brewing this winter. (Photo from Facebook)