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Highway 5A 15 kilometres north of Merritt is closed until further notice due to a single vehicle accident involving a semi-truck.

There is no estimated time of opening at this point.

Road conditions between Merritt and Kamloops on Highway 5A are reportedly treacherous.

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As the weather turns to winter this week, there's a good chance it'll carry through to add a Christmas feeling to next weekend's Country Christmas festivities in Merritt.

Jim Steel of Environment Canada says by looking at the long range forecast, it's quite likely.

Country Christmas weekend of course, kicks off on the 25th with the Community Christmas concert  followed by a weekend of music and festivities.

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The Merritt Community Cinema Steering Committee is actively pursuing plans to develop a four-plex movie theatre in the City.

Spokesman Kurt Christopherson says the results of a survey conducted in the Spring to see if there was interest in establishing a movie theatre showed positive ressults.

Christopherson says 90-per cent of those surveyed said they'd go at least once a month.

He says with that kind of a result, the Committee is going to continue on with their investigations and hope to get a four-plex theatre up and running in downtown Merritt, possibly within two years.

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VSA Highway Maintenance was out in force on the Coquihalla Highway and the Okanagan Connector last night, as a winter onslaught caught motorists.

VSA released an advisory early last night advising that most roads were wet prior to the freeze that set in, making for very slippery driving conditions.

VSA crews have been out sanding and plowing, but despite their efforts, RCMP and emergency crews responded to numerous accidents.

A number of people were treated for various injuries, but none are reported to be life threatening.

Authorities ask drivers to please drive according to the existing road conditions.

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Former BC cabinet minister Bill Bennett says Premier Gordon Campbell spit in his face during a heated exchange on a ranch in Merritt several years ago.

Bennett says Campbell was furious at him for not being impressed with a caucus retreat early in the government's first term in 2001.

Bennett, who was turfed from cabinet yesterday, alleges the outgoing Campbell has ruled by intimidation and has reduced some Liberals to tears with his abusive comments.

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