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Travel and tourism expert believing a lot of work is needed to revitalize the City of Merritt's downtown.

The keynote speaker at this past weekend's 2018 Community Futures provincial conference, Roger Brooks didn't hold back when asked about the obstacles preventing local business from prospering.

For one, more signage is needed.

"I found the Spirit Square. But, there is no name on it, so I wasn’t sure what it was. There's no calendar of events there, so I have no idea what takes place there. I think that's the start of downtown, but I'm not sure because there is no wayfinding. And, I walked by the Country Music Hall of Fame three-times before I saw the sign, which was way up and kind of hidden."

Brooks is behind a 'Resurgence of Downtowns' video series, which was presented to members of city council, and area businesses over the last year.

His was also critical of local businesses closing at 5pm on weekdays.


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Local candidates announced for 2018 BC Municipal Election.

Starting with the City of Merritt, three candidates have put their names forward for Mayor; Incumbent Neil Menard, former Mayor Susan Roline, and Councillor Linda Brown.

And, 11 candidates are running for Council; Incumbents Kurt Christopherson and Ginny Prowal, as well as Catherine Belliveau, Mike Banghu, Adam Echart, Travis Fehr, Tony Luck, Elijah Mack, Emma Martin, Susan Samure, and Melvina White.

In the TNRD, Area N Director Herb Graham has been acclaimed for the third consecutive election and will serve a fifth consecutive term.

Meanwhile, in Area M, there will be a race; Former Merritt Mayor David Laird is up against Linda Murray and Sam Roline.

As for School Board, in the City of Merritt, Gordan Swan and Brian Jepsen return as trustees, and are joined by NVIT Dean, Jon Chenoweth.

And, in TNRD Area M and N, Incumbent Gerry Ellingsen is up against Everett Hoisington.

The candidate list remains unofficial until the end of the week.

The 2018 Municipal Election is scheduled for Oct 20th.


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Ribbon being cut on new $3.5-million Rocky Pines community centre.
The 4,000 plus sq/ft building on the Lower Nicola Indian Band's Rocky Pines reserve is being offically opened today.
It contains meeting rooms, a kitchen, and offices which could eventually house a beauty salon and possibly even a convenience store, which Chief Aaron Sumexheltza says it will directly benefit young families, children, parents, single parents and elders who live in Rocky Pines.
"Rocky Pines is our most populated reserve and we are excited to be able to provide services on the reserve, especially when it comes to our young families that live there."
The new community will also host both after school and evening activities for children and families.
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Roughly 50 people participating in annual Terry Fox Run.

The annual run put on by the Rotary Club of Merritt at Voght Park was one of more than 700 held across the country yesterday to honour Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope.

Organizer John Graham says there were a lot of familiar faces, despite the intermittent weather.

"Another success. We didn’t have a huge crowd, but that may be because people were expecting rain. But, we did quite well, and we appreciate all the people that came."

Graham says the total amount of money raised for the Terry Fox Foundation locally was not yet tabulated.

More than $750-million has been raised through the event to support cancer research since the inception of the Terry Fox Run.


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Merritt's Roger Sloan has earned himself a P-G-A Tour card for next season with his runner-up performance at the Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho. 
South Korean Sangmoon Bae beat Sloan by a single stroke in the Web-dot-com Tour Finals event. 
However, Sloan still earned enough money to get one of the 25 PGA Tour cards available in the four-event series.
The Merritt golfer previously held his PGA Tour Card in 2015.
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