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Despite a slow start, the Communities in Bloom program is proceeding after about a three year hiatus.

City Councillor Shelley Sanders says it seems people are a little gun shy because there seems to be a lot of work to do in preparing for the judges visit in late July and early August.

Councillor Sanders says it's not all about having everything ship shape for judging day.  She says that's a lot of work and pressure for one day.

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While the City continues efforts to improve economic development, there's no shortage of interest and possibilities.

Merritt City Councillor Alastair Murdoch says there have been numerous inquiries due in part to Merritt's ideal location.

Murdoch says there is a lot of potential for developers to move to the area.

He says marketing of the City is a key to Merritt's future growth and success.

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While City Council looks at converting Voght Park to a rugby field, there are some things that have to be considered.

City Coucillor Harry Kroeker says removal of the baseball diamonds is one thing but removal of the track is another.

Kroeker says before any major changes are made at Voght Park he expects the residents of the area will be consulted.

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A new hearing to determine whether child killer Allan Schoenborn will get escorted leave has been set for next Thursday.

Members of the B-C Review Board decided to reconsider whether to grant Schoenborn visits from a psychiatric hospital in Port Coquitlam after it learned his ex-wife lives in the same city.

Darcie Clarke discovered her three children -- ages five, eight and 10 -- murdered in their family home in Merritt three years ago.

Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible for their deaths because the judge said he was in a psychotic state at the time.

(The Canadian Press)

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The Chief of the Merritt Fire Department is anxious to begin recruit training as today is the deadline for new recruits to submit their applications to join the Department.

Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson says they are looking for paid on-call firefighters who have almost any regular work schedule.

Again, a reminder that the applications have to be submitted to the fire hall on Nicola Avenue. Applications are available online at


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