Mandy Moraes

The intersection at Moilliet Street and Despard Avenue where a 12-year-old boy was struck by an oncoming vehicle last Friday while crossing at a marked crosswalk. (Mandy Moraes photo)

12-year-old Parksville boy recovering after being hit by vehicle

RCMP say speed and alcohol not factors; charge still being considered

The intersection at Moilliet Street and Despard Avenue where a 12-year-old boy was struck by an oncoming vehicle last Friday while crossing at a marked crosswalk. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Liam Docherty, left, and Gerry Barnum, right, at the 2019 Texada Blues and Roots Festival on Texada Island. (Submitted photo)

13-year-old Qualicum Beach musician nominated for prestigious 2020 Maple Blues Award

Docherty hopes for support from local voters to help bring award to Vancouver Island

Liam Docherty, left, and Gerry Barnum, right, at the 2019 Texada Blues and Roots Festival on Texada Island. (Submitted photo)
The Parksville water tower currently located at 600 Alberni Highway will be donated to the EN Division Canadian Railway Historical Association. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Parksville water tower saved from demolition by E&N

‘It has heritage status written all over it, which attracts money’

The Parksville water tower currently located at 600 Alberni Highway will be donated to the EN Division Canadian Railway Historical Association. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A sign posted by the City of Parksville which details the intent to clean Mark’s Nature Park on Nov. 9. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A sign posted by the City of Parksville which details the intent to clean Mark’s Nature Park on Nov. 9. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Dead bodies probe: Did you pick up any hitchhikers near Whiskey Creek recently?

Police say two individuals leaving grisly scene may have flagged down passing motorist for a ride

A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Investigators remained on-site along Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 4. One officer was seen heading towards the scene in a white hazmat suit, following a large canopied transport truck. (Mandy Moraes photo)

3 dead bodies drawing eyes to the significant bush population west of Parksville

Official: ‘There are a lot of people living here, you just can’t see them’

Investigators remained on-site along Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 4. One officer was seen heading towards the scene in a white hazmat suit, following a large canopied transport truck. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Mobile Forensic Response Unit on-site along a Whiskey Creek back road on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Three dead bodies and a fourth injured man, were discovered at the site on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Mobile forensic unit remains in Whiskey Creek following discovery of 3 dead bodies

RCMP confirms officers will be processing the scene for a few more days

Mobile Forensic Response Unit on-site along a Whiskey Creek back road on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Three dead bodies and a fourth injured man, were discovered at the site on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Protesters against the demolition of St. Andrews Lodge in Qualicum Beach took shifts along the Island Highway on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, to maintain social distancing regulations while demonstrating. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Protesters against the demolition of St. Andrews Lodge in Qualicum Beach took shifts along the Island Highway on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, to maintain social distancing regulations while demonstrating. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)

WATCH: Nearby residents stunned by grisly discovery of 3 dead bodies in gravel pit near Whiskey Creek

‘It’s actually unnerving because the area is so nice and calm’

A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)

UPDATED: 3 bodies discovered in gravel pit near Whiskey Creek

RCMP: ‘We do not believe there is any ongoing risk to the public’

A police vehicle blocks access to a dirt road near Whiskey Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Three bodies were discovered in a gravel pit on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs will receive $26,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside charity organization. (Facebook photo)

100+ Women Who Care to donate $26K to Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs

‘100 per cent of that goes directly to the charity’

The Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs will receive $26,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside charity organization. (Facebook photo)
Chief Michael Recalma and wife Sharon Recalma at the Qualicum First Nation Campground. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Chief Michael Recalma and wife Sharon Recalma at the Qualicum First Nation Campground. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Highway19A between Tomm’s Food Village and Esso gas station in Bowser. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Oceanside RCMP look into report that woman in SUV approached youngsters in Bowser

Anyone with information regarding incident asked to call police

Highway19A between Tomm’s Food Village and Esso gas station in Bowser. (Mandy Moraes photo)
From left: Paxton Gilmour and Keana Hugh, circa 2015. (Photo submitted)

Parksville woman, 22, mourned following suspected hit-and-run incident on Highway 19

‘She was very kind and bright and was always that person laughing’

From left: Paxton Gilmour and Keana Hugh, circa 2015. (Photo submitted)
Parksville city hall sign. (PQB News file photo)

Panhandling in Parksville could come at a cost

Council votes on amendment to add $50 fine for solicitation in certain areas

Parksville city hall sign. (PQB News file photo)
Tallie Hazelman, 5, jumped into the ocean with her father for 100 consective days, finishing on Oct. 7, at the Parksville Community Park. She was cheered on by her mother and two younger siblings. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Parksville youngster makes 100 consecutive jumps into the Pacific

Tallie Hazelman, 5, reached personal mark last week

Tallie Hazelman, 5, jumped into the ocean with her father for 100 consective days, finishing on Oct. 7, at the Parksville Community Park. She was cheered on by her mother and two younger siblings. (Mandy Moraes photo)
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Qualicum School District’s first electric school bus is on its way

Charging stations to be installed this fall

(File photo)
A convoy of trucks drove through Parksville to Coombs on Saturday (Sept. 26) in memory of Chuck Pratt. (Photo submitted)

Convoy of trucks rolls through Parksville to Coombs to honour Chuck Pratt

‘It was both his families: his trucker family and his family’

A convoy of trucks drove through Parksville to Coombs on Saturday (Sept. 26) in memory of Chuck Pratt. (Photo submitted)
Animal care technician Megan Buemann, with blind raven ambassador Dougal as he shows off for the camera at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Dougal the blind raven enjoys role as ambassador at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

Bird helps animal care technicians teach visitors about his species

Animal care technician Megan Buemann, with blind raven ambassador Dougal as he shows off for the camera at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Three Vancouver Island photographers place in BC SPCA 2020 Wild-in-Focus photography contest

Three Vancouver Island photographers place in BC SPCA 2020 Wild-in-Focus photography contest

Out of 956+ submissions province wide, both winners place in separate categories

Three Vancouver Island photographers place in BC SPCA 2020 Wild-in-Focus photography contest