Joe Fries

Students to receive first aid training

Upwards of 500 local students annually will soon be receiving enhanced first-aid training that could save lives.

Students may be held up in class

School days may be stretched by five minutes next year to make up for lost time.

French immersion enrolment at capacity

Local students interested in the late French immersion program are already showing promise in mathematics.

Voyeur sentenced to $500 fine, community service

Summerland man recorded two friends having sex at a party and it didn't take long for the video to end up with police

Doctor ‘lucky to be alive’ after attack

A local psychiatrist is “lucky to be alive” after he was allegedly attacked Friday afternoon at Penticton Regional Hospital.

Van Alphen named school board chair

Linda Van Alphen was chosen to lead the Okanagan Skaha School Board.

Update: Police ID psych patient accused of assaulting doctor at Penticton hospital

Nurses' union says patient calmly walked out of a closed-door meeting and announced doctor may have been dead

School staffing bolstered with $1 million from province

Staffing at local schools will be bolstered with $1 million in top-up funding from the B.C. government.

Summerland woman arrested at Kelowna grow-op

A 32-year-old Summerland woman was arrested earlier this month at an alleged marijuana grow-op in Kelowna.

Orchardist injured after confronting apple thieves

An orchardisist recovering after trying to chase off two men he caught stealing apples from his property.

Little interest in Wharton site

Developers have shown little interest in retrying a project on Wharton Street.

Fewer student suspensions recorded

Major suspensions assessed to local students hit a four-year low during the 2013-14 school term.

Coroners sound alarm about drownings

Special efforts should be made to educate young men about drowning prevention

Update: One-day strike hits Penticton-area schools next week

Parents asked to keep kids at home as teachers ratchet up pressure on B.C. government to agree on a new contract

Federal support sought for trail work

Organizers working on a plan to connect the entire Okanagan with an off-highway trail are pinning their hopes on some help from Ottawa.

Organizers hoping feds like Trail of the Okanagans

Plan to connect entire valley with path for walkers and cyclists may hinge on fresh round of infrastructure spending

School renovation deemed low priority

A proposed $15-million renovation of Summerland Secondary School has been deemed a low priority by the B.C. Education Ministry.

Fundraiser benefits young cancer patient

As a little boy fights for his life in a Vancouver hospital, friends in the South Okanagan are organizing a fundraiser.

Kidney walkers lace up for fundraiser

It’s a good thing doctors aren’t always right, as Penticton resident Grant Bogyo can attest.

Accident victim unaware of lawsuit against school district

School district also in the dark about lawsuits over 2011 crash near Summerland that injured nine Penticton students