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Sharon Wiener and Ben Manea, owners of Walla Artisan Bakery Cafe. Manea died in June due to complications with his diagnosis of ALS. (Western News file photo)

Widow shares final words of wisdom from beloved Penticton baker

Ben Manea, owner of Walla Artisan Bakery and Café, died on June 15 due to complications from his ALS

Sharon Wiener and Ben Manea, owners of Walla Artisan Bakery Cafe. Manea died in June due to complications with his diagnosis of ALS. (Western News file photo)
The Penticton’s courthouse. (Western News file photo)

Penticton senior accused of attempted murder in alleged stabbing

A 77-year-old Penticton man was arrested and charged last week

The Penticton’s courthouse. (Western News file photo)
Construction is now complete at the South Skaha Place project that will provide 26 units of affordable housing for independent seniors in Okanagan Falls. (Submitted photo)

Affordable housing project in Okanagan Falls ready for tenants

South Skaha Place now accepting applications for affordable housing units

Construction is now complete at the South Skaha Place project that will provide 26 units of affordable housing for independent seniors in Okanagan Falls. (Submitted photo)
Penticton Fire Department disaster dog Sammy and handler Fire Chief Larry Watkinson are working with Burnaby Fire Department firefighters and the USAR team heading to the Bahamas to help with rescue efforts. (Photo courtesy of Mike Biden/Penticton Fire Department)

Penticton fire chief and dog Sammy head to Bahamas in wake of Hurricane Dorian

Penticton fire chief joins Burnaby firefighters to help communities in the Bahamas

Penticton Fire Department disaster dog Sammy and handler Fire Chief Larry Watkinson are working with Burnaby Fire Department firefighters and the USAR team heading to the Bahamas to help with rescue efforts. (Photo courtesy of Mike Biden/Penticton Fire Department)
Old Dominion, with special guests Mitchell Tenpenny and Meghan Patrick, will perform at the SOEC on Feb. 8, 2020.

Old Dominion announce concert date in the South Okanagan

We Are Old Dominion tour in Canada will included a performance date in Penticton

Old Dominion, with special guests Mitchell Tenpenny and Meghan Patrick, will perform at the SOEC on Feb. 8, 2020.
The Reklaws, brother-sister duo Jenna and Stuart Walker (at right), are performing at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton on Oct. 25, will be special guests on the Dean Brody and Dallas Smith (at left): Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone Tour. (Submitted photo)

CCMA winners Reklaws to perform in the South Okanagan

Tour stops at the South Okanagan Events Centre in October

The Reklaws, brother-sister duo Jenna and Stuart Walker (at right), are performing at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton on Oct. 25, will be special guests on the Dean Brody and Dallas Smith (at left): Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone Tour. (Submitted photo)
Block 300 Casual Steak House saw a busy first week when it opened its doors on June 7. (Photo from Facebook)

South Okanagan restaurant serves humble pie asking for a second chance

Block 300 Casual Steakhouse had a rocky start and is looking for a second chance from customers

Block 300 Casual Steak House saw a busy first week when it opened its doors on June 7. (Photo from Facebook)
Flags fly outside the Okanagan Correctional Centre’s offices, which line the front of the building, behind windows near the public entrance to the jail. (Western News file photo)

Protest planned as assaults on Okanagan correctional officers ‘skyrocket’

Officers will rally against prison violence on Sept. 9 in the South Okanagan

Flags fly outside the Okanagan Correctional Centre’s offices, which line the front of the building, behind windows near the public entrance to the jail. (Western News file photo)
RCMP say they are no longer looking for information from the public about a hit and run that left a Parksville man dead in the early hours of Aug. 24. ��� NEWS file photo

Woman, 78, attacked in violent incident in Penticton

A 78-year-old woman was taken to hospital

RCMP say they are no longer looking for information from the public about a hit and run that left a Parksville man dead in the early hours of Aug. 24. ��� NEWS file photo
The fire burning at Ollala Creek, above Keremeos, is now estimated at six hectares. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)

Quick BC Wildfire response results in Okanagan lightning strike fires doused

Lightning storm resulted in nine wildfires in the Okanagan region

The fire burning at Ollala Creek, above Keremeos, is now estimated at six hectares. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire)
RCMP tape was seen early this morning around a portion of Skaha Beach, near the marina, where an unidentified body was found on the shore. (Mark Brett — Western News)

Update: Body found on shoreline of Penticton beach

Penticton RCMP are investigating an area of Skaha Beach

RCMP tape was seen early this morning around a portion of Skaha Beach, near the marina, where an unidentified body was found on the shore. (Mark Brett — Western News)
RCMP said they are hoping the public can help locate and return a stained glass art piece stolen from the family’s home on McKinney Road while they were under wildfire evacuation during the Eagle Bluff wildfire. (Submitted photo)

Art piece stolen from South Okanagan home during wildfire evacuation alert

Home broken into and items stolen while family on evacuation from the Eagle Bluff wildfire

RCMP said they are hoping the public can help locate and return a stained glass art piece stolen from the family’s home on McKinney Road while they were under wildfire evacuation during the Eagle Bluff wildfire. (Submitted photo)
Grooveyard employees (including Westley, at right) was surprised when rocker Gowan (left) stopped by the Penticton store on Monday. Gowan is the lead singer for Styx which is performing on Wednesday with Loverboy at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Sept. 4. (GrooveyardPenticton Instagram)

Styx lead singer Gowan surprises South Okanagan record store employees

Rocker Gowan dropped in to a Penticton record store for a little shopping

Grooveyard employees (including Westley, at right) was surprised when rocker Gowan (left) stopped by the Penticton store on Monday. Gowan is the lead singer for Styx which is performing on Wednesday with Loverboy at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Sept. 4. (GrooveyardPenticton Instagram)
John Brittain, 68, being escorted into the Penticton courthouse in April. Brittain and his ex-wife, Katherine Brittain, have been named in a civil lawsuit by the daughter of a couple that were fatally shot. (Western News file photo)

Suspect’s ex-wife was ‘conspirator’ in fatal Penticton shooting spree, lawsuit claims

John Brittain and his ex-wife Katherine Brittain were named in a civil lawsuit

John Brittain, 68, being escorted into the Penticton courthouse in April. Brittain and his ex-wife, Katherine Brittain, have been named in a civil lawsuit by the daughter of a couple that were fatally shot. (Western News file photo)
John Brittain, 68, being escorted into the Penticton courthouse in April. Brittain and his ex-wife, Katherine Brittain, have been named in a civil lawsuit by the daughter of a couple that were fatally shot. (Western News file photo)

Ex-wife of alleged South Okanagan shooter called a ‘conspirator’ in civil lawsuit

John Brittain and his ex-wife Katherine Brittain were named in a civil lawsuit

John Brittain, 68, being escorted into the Penticton courthouse in April. Brittain and his ex-wife, Katherine Brittain, have been named in a civil lawsuit by the daughter of a couple that were fatally shot. (Western News file photo)
Joelle Mbamy, owner of Sunrise Pharmacy, is being investigated by the B.C. College of Pharmacists. (Western News file photo)

South Okanagan pharmacist denies wrongdoing in overdose death of employee

Sunrise Pharmacy owner still under interim order from the College of Pharmacists of B.C.

Joelle Mbamy, owner of Sunrise Pharmacy, is being investigated by the B.C. College of Pharmacists. (Western News file photo)
Darren Boyce found this vintage gem of a tape deck while shopping at Penticton’s Value Village in June. He searched out, and managed to find, who the mystery voices were that recorded themselves on the tape. (Submitted photo)

Mystery of the South Okanagan voices found on vintage tape deck uncovered

Darren Boyce bought what he believes is a early-to-mid 1960s tape deck from Value Village in June

Darren Boyce found this vintage gem of a tape deck while shopping at Penticton’s Value Village in June. He searched out, and managed to find, who the mystery voices were that recorded themselves on the tape. (Submitted photo)
Smoke drifts across Highway 97 in Okanagan Falls as firefighters worked on a blaze that started is believed to have started in the back of the Ok Falls Barber Shop and jumped to a neighbouring residence on the morning of Sept. 1. (Kristi Patton — Western News)

Update: ‘Flames shooting everywhere’ as Okanagan Falls business burns

Fire crews from both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden fire departments were called to an early morning fire

Smoke drifts across Highway 97 in Okanagan Falls as firefighters worked on a blaze that started is believed to have started in the back of the Ok Falls Barber Shop and jumped to a neighbouring residence on the morning of Sept. 1. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
First responders were called out Friday morning for the report of a helicopter in Skaha Lake however it turned out to be training exercises. (File photo)

False alarm for downed helicopter in Skaha Lake

Emergency responders called out but it was a false alarm

First responders were called out Friday morning for the report of a helicopter in Skaha Lake however it turned out to be training exercises. (File photo)
Jordan Rapp raises his arms in celebration as he prepares to cross the finish line to win the 2011 Subaru Ironman Canada. (Western News file photo)

Estimated 10,000 people will visit South Okanagan during Ironman 2020

One year to go until Subaru Ironman Penticton

Jordan Rapp raises his arms in celebration as he prepares to cross the finish line to win the 2011 Subaru Ironman Canada. (Western News file photo)