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On Monday, workers with West Coast Amusements were setting up rides and games at the fairgrounds of the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Fall Fair and Corn Festival 2021 Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 17 3:00 p.m. Food Trucks open 4:00 p.m. Midway open…

Agassiz-Harrison recorded 29 new cases of COVID-19, breaking a record for the second week straight. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

Second straight record week for COVID-19 cases in Agassiz-Harrison

29 new cases of COVID-19 breaks last week’s record of 23

A semi truck flipped on Highway 1 near Hope on Sept. 16, 2021. (Edward Ryder photo)

Semi truck flipped on Highway 1 near Hope in construction zone

Traffic delays expected as truck lays across most of both lanes westbound

Harrison Hot Springs Resort. (File)

Hospitality works in Harrison and beyond ratify new contract with management company

The new four-year contract affects hundreds of workers in Harrison and 13 other communities

Harrison Hot Springs Resort. (File)
Rennah is awaiting a heart transplant in Edmonton. Meanwhile, students at Vancouver Career College where her mom has been studying have been raising funds to help support the family. A major fundraiser is planned in Abbotsford on Sept. 25. (Submitted)

Abbotsford college students rally for family facing heart transplant

Students, teachers, community members being ‘kidnapped’ for bail donations

Rennah is awaiting a heart transplant in Edmonton. Meanwhile, students at Vancouver Career College where her mom has been studying have been raising funds to help support the family. A major fundraiser is planned in Abbotsford on Sept. 25. (Submitted)
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District of Kent pledges continued advocacy for Agassiz-Rosedale bridge improvements

Transportation minister Rob Fleming responded to letter of concern from local officials

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The Central Fraser Valley Transit operations and maintenance facility on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford. (Screengrab from BC Transit video)

BC Transit experiencing service challenges in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack

Central Fraser Valley routes and schedules may change with little notice, transit company warns

The Central Fraser Valley Transit operations and maintenance facility on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford. (Screengrab from BC Transit video)
Campaign signs have dotted the Agassiz-Harrison landscape for weeks ahead of the Sept. 20 federal election. More than 15,000 voters have cast their ballots in advance throughout the Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding. (Adam Louis/Observer)

More than 15,000 vote in advance in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon ahead of federal election

21 per cent increase from the 2019 election as Sept. 20 approaches

Campaign signs have dotted the Agassiz-Harrison landscape for weeks ahead of the Sept. 20 federal election. More than 15,000 voters have cast their ballots in advance throughout the Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Effective Sept. 15, patrons of the Community Recreation and Cultural Centre age 12 and older must provide prof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and two doses by Oct. 24 to participate in some programs and activities. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Council approves vaccine card policies for CRCC

Proof of both doses required by Oct. 24

Effective Sept. 15, patrons of the Community Recreation and Cultural Centre age 12 and older must provide prof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and two doses by Oct. 24 to participate in some programs and activities. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Jared Davidson was one of the tenants impacted when the Many Ways Home Society in Abbotsford issued a “notice to vacate” to 45 tenants in August. But now that two agencies have stepped in to help, all the tenants can remain in their homes. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Province provides $149K for 19 transitional-housing tenants in Abbotsford

BC Housing steps in after Many Ways Home Society ceases operation

Jared Davidson was one of the tenants impacted when the Many Ways Home Society in Abbotsford issued a “notice to vacate” to 45 tenants in August. But now that two agencies have stepped in to help, all the tenants can remain in their homes. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Two Mission RCMP members patrol the back entrance of Hatzic Middle School after a threatening phone call was received. / Kevin Mills Photo

Update: Mission middle school cleared after shooting threat put building on lockdown

Hatzic Middle School students have been sent home under watchful eye of Mission RCMP

Two Mission RCMP members patrol the back entrance of Hatzic Middle School after a threatening phone call was received. / Kevin Mills Photo
Jaclyn Smith Ferland, formerly of Abbotsford, has been missing in Costa Rica since Aug. 17.

Former Abbotsford woman has been missing in Costa Rica since Aug. 17

Search efforts have been underway to locate Jaclyn Smith Ferland

Jaclyn Smith Ferland, formerly of Abbotsford, has been missing in Costa Rica since Aug. 17.
Project rendering of the building at the planned summit of the Cascade Skyline gondola project proposed for a location east of Chilliwack. (Submitted)

Cascade Skyline Gondola researching vision for Stó:lō interpretive centre

Cheam First Nation and gondola project principals look to Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Project rendering of the building at the planned summit of the Cascade Skyline gondola project proposed for a location east of Chilliwack. (Submitted)
Libraries are a go-to destination for books, but computers at Chilliwack-area branches are also available for visitors who need internet access and printing get a vaccine passport. (COURTESY PHOTO, King County Library System)

Chilliwack-area libraries offer help to those needing vaccine passports

Local Fraser Valley Regional Library branches will provide internet access and paper printing

Libraries are a go-to destination for books, but computers at Chilliwack-area branches are also available for visitors who need internet access and printing get a vaccine passport. (COURTESY PHOTO, King County Library System)
Google Maps screenshot taken at 7:40 a.m.

TRAFFIC: 2 Langley crashes slowing westbound Highway 1 commuters

Volume heavy starting from Mt. Lehman Rd. in Abbotsford to 264th St. in Langley

Google Maps screenshot taken at 7:40 a.m.
There are reports this young man went missing along the banks of the Fraser River in Chilliwack while fishing on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (Facebook Karen Norvell)

UPDATE: Still searching for 22-year-old missing near the Fraser River in Chilliwack Monday

Jess Austin Nadin went fishing and was reported missing at 11:30 a.m on Sept. 13

There are reports this young man went missing along the banks of the Fraser River in Chilliwack while fishing on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (Facebook Karen Norvell)
A recent acquisition by Denciti Development puts together 7985 Lickman Road and 43971 Industrial Way in Chilliwack, in a move to deliver retail, commercial, and industrial possibilities. (CBRE)

Property acquisition off Highway 1 in Chilliwack to fuel economic growth

‘Location truly serves as gateway to Trans-Canada Highway and the Fraser Valley,’ says Denciti CEO

A recent acquisition by Denciti Development puts together 7985 Lickman Road and 43971 Industrial Way in Chilliwack, in a move to deliver retail, commercial, and industrial possibilities. (CBRE)
Harrison Hot Springs Council is currently meeting at Memorial Hall on Esplanade Avenue. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Harrison Hot Springs Council is currently meeting at Memorial Hall on Esplanade Avenue. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Former Chilliwack drug user Mike K. speaks about his experience as an addict in the third part of The Hidden Crisis video series. (Justin Booth/ Dock Visual Media)

VIDEO: ‘My experience with cocaine was a real dark place,’ says former Chilliwack addict

Chilliwack man speaks about life when he was an addict as part of overdose prevention video series

Former Chilliwack drug user Mike K. speaks about his experience as an addict in the third part of The Hidden Crisis video series. (Justin Booth/ Dock Visual Media)
A person holds an Elections Canada voter information card after receiving it in the mail. Canadians will go to the polls for the federal election on Monday, Sept. 20. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Advance polling open for four days, starting Sept. 10

Electors have a few choices for voting ahead of federal election day

A person holds an Elections Canada voter information card after receiving it in the mail. Canadians will go to the polls for the federal election on Monday, Sept. 20. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)