Ladysmith News Staff

Ladysmith Steelers coach Greg Owens has received a 12 month suspension from VICFA. (Ladysmith Steelers/Facebook photo)

Ladysmith Steelers football coach suspended from league for harassment, abuse of power

The Vancouver Island Canadian Football Association suspended Greg Owens for 12 months

Ladysmith Steelers coach Greg Owens has received a 12 month suspension from VICFA. (Ladysmith Steelers/Facebook photo)
The landing page of the new redesign of ladysmith.ca. (Town of Ladysmith photo)

Town of Ladysmith touts redesigned website

The mobile-friendly website will improve online service delivery for site users

The landing page of the new redesign of ladysmith.ca. (Town of Ladysmith photo)
A pedestrian was transported to hospital after being struck while crossing Roberts Street. (Cole Schisler photo)

Pedestrian struck crossing Roberts Street

The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with police

A pedestrian was transported to hospital after being struck while crossing Roberts Street. (Cole Schisler photo)
The RCMP are reminding drivers to find alternative ways home if they have consumed anything that impairs their ability to drive. (Black Press file photo)

Impaired Ladysmith driver flees road check twice on the same night

The officer issued the driver numerous violation tickets, and a four-month driving suspension

The RCMP are reminding drivers to find alternative ways home if they have consumed anything that impairs their ability to drive. (Black Press file photo)
Emergency services were on scene at 1st Avenue and Warren Street after a skateboarder was struck by a vehicle. (Submitted photo)

Skateboarder ‘bumped’ by vehicle on 1st Avenue

Emergency services personnel say the skateboarder is uninjured

Emergency services were on scene at 1st Avenue and Warren Street after a skateboarder was struck by a vehicle. (Submitted photo)
2021 property assessments have been sent out to homeowners across the province. (File photo)

Assessed home values in Ladysmith rise by seven percent

High demand and low inventory leads to Vancouver Island wide assessment increase

2021 property assessments have been sent out to homeowners across the province. (File photo)
Kelly Frenchy, Muriel Jack, and Katherine Aleck were excited about their vacations. (Cole Schisler photo)

Looking back at the biggest news stories of 2020

Before we say good riddance to 2020, let’s take a look back on some of the year’s biggest stories

Kelly Frenchy, Muriel Jack, and Katherine Aleck were excited about their vacations. (Cole Schisler photo)
The Ladysmith Arts Council and the Ladysmith Ambassadors Program both requested to put their Grant in Aid funds toward events in 2021. The Ladysmith Ambassadors are pictured here at the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas photo)

Council votes to allow unused 2020 Grant in Aid funds to be carried over to 2021

COVID-19 caused the cancellation of some events that received GIA funding

The Ladysmith Arts Council and the Ladysmith Ambassadors Program both requested to put their Grant in Aid funds toward events in 2021. The Ladysmith Ambassadors are pictured here at the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas photo)
Repair work is underway after the Stz’uminus reservoir lost 500,000 litres of water. (Cole Schisler photo)

Stz’uminus First Nation reservoir loses 500,000 litres due to damaged fire hydrant

Repair work is underway, and water deliveries are now going out to Stz’uminus members

Repair work is underway after the Stz’uminus reservoir lost 500,000 litres of water. (Cole Schisler photo)
Social Planning Cowichan conducted a series of COVID-19 surveys back in the spring, and has a new set of surveys for the winter. (Social Planning Cowichan/Facebook photo)

Social Planning Cowichan releases results of spring COVID-19 surveys

Surveys show how CVRD residents have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic

Social Planning Cowichan conducted a series of COVID-19 surveys back in the spring, and has a new set of surveys for the winter. (Social Planning Cowichan/Facebook photo)
Applications for the OCP Steering Committee can be dropped off at Ladysmith City Hall or emailed to info@ladysmith.ca. (File photo)

Town seeks community members for OCP steering committee

The deadline for applications is January 4, 2021, at 4 p.m.

Applications for the OCP Steering Committee can be dropped off at Ladysmith City Hall or emailed to info@ladysmith.ca. (File photo)
A couple from Saltspring is hoping to reunite a pouch of sentimental items with its owner. (Submitted photo)

Island couple looking for owner of lost pouch of sentimental items

The pouch was recovered outside Save On Gas in Ladysmith at around 10 a.m. on November 4

A couple from Saltspring is hoping to reunite a pouch of sentimental items with its owner. (Submitted photo)
A small group got together at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery to decorate this year’s poppies. (Submitted photo)

Waterfront Gallery and Ladysmith Legion partner on Poppy Project

Local artists decorated 32 poppies and placed them along 1st Avenue

A small group got together at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery to decorate this year’s poppies. (Submitted photo)
Doug Routley has retained his seat as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA. (Photo submitted)

Routley retains his post as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA

NDP stronghold in the riding continues despite a strong challenge from the Greens’ Istace

Doug Routley has retained his seat as Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA. (Photo submitted)
Maya Norte restaurant on Roberts Street in Ladysmith. (Submitted photo)

Maya Norte teams up with Disaster Aid Canada to support Flooded Schools in Melaque

Starting this weekend Maya Norte will have a specialty Melaque Cocktail and Tapas available

Maya Norte restaurant on Roberts Street in Ladysmith. (Submitted photo)
From left to right: Don Smith 1st Vice President, Mayor Aaron Stone, Legion President Darlene Paulson, And Sgt at Arms Greg Paulson. (Submitted photo)

Legion announces changes to Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day service

There will be no public Remembrance Day service this year

From left to right: Don Smith 1st Vice President, Mayor Aaron Stone, Legion President Darlene Paulson, And Sgt at Arms Greg Paulson. (Submitted photo)
The Town of Ladysmith is seeking additional funds to complete upgrades on the Machine Shop (File photo)

Town seeks $3.1 million in additional funds for Machine Shop upgrades

Intital grant of $1.8 million was used to upgrade the failing foundation of the building

The Town of Ladysmith is seeking additional funds to complete upgrades on the Machine Shop (File photo)
The Cowichan Valley Regional District has cancelled community centre and recreation programming through the end of April. (File photo)

CVRD Area H By-Election called for November 28

Two advance voting opportunities will take place on November 18 and 24

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has cancelled community centre and recreation programming through the end of April. (File photo)
(Black press file photo)

LETTERS: There is hope for this school year

LSS student, Ally Segreto writes on how the school has responded to COVID-19

(Black press file photo)
Larry Salmond is $50,000 richer thanks to his winning Keno ticket (Submitted photo)

Ladysmith man shocked out of his seat after $50,000 Keno win

Larry Salmond plans to purchase a new RV with his winnings

Larry Salmond is $50,000 richer thanks to his winning Keno ticket (Submitted photo)