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PUPPY KILLER BEHIND BARS FOR MINIMUM OF 12 MONTHS

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It was a crime that sickened an entire community – and today the Hunter man who bashed and killed nine puppies was jailed for a minimum of 12 months. 25-year-old Nathan Thompson had pleaded guilty to 10 offences, and has also been banned from ever owning a pet. Read More »

NEW PROGRAM HELPS REFUGEES STAY SAFE IN THE SURF

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Swimming in the ocean is a skill many people use everyday – but for refugees and new immigrants, it can be a daunting experience. Now a program run by the Cooks Hill Surf Club is hoping to change that. Read More »

MACKERALS WARM UP FOR WINTER SEASON

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Most of us spend less time in the water over the cooler months… but the Merewether Mackerals are just warming up. Their winter swimming season began today, with their first session in the baths since the multi-million dollar upgrade. Read More »

PORT STEPHENS BUSINESSES GETTING BACK ON THEIR FEET

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Now to today’s other news, and insurer IAG has been left with a $300-million from the storms that lashed the state last week. As claims are lodged, businesses in the Hunter are slowly getting back on their feet… and the clean-up continues. Read More »

PEOPLE OF DUNGOG RALLY AROUND FLOOD VICTIMS

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The people of Dungog are rallying together, to support those whose lives have been turned upside down by the floodwaters that raged through the small town last week. 80 people are homeless, and even more had floodwater go through their homes. Read More »

COMMUNITIES TO REMAIN CUT OFF FOR DAYS

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It’s almost a week since the cyclonic storm that devastated parts of the Hunter, but nine communities could remain cut off by floodwater for several days to come. Efforts are now made to extend emotional support to those hardest hit. Read More »

SES INUNDATED WITH CALLS IN NEWCASTLE

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The SES is still being swamped by calls for assistance with more than 900 recorded by late this afternoon in Newcastle alone. Meanwhile, Ausgrid has 800 staff on the ground, most trying to restore power to Hunter and Central Coast homes. Read More »

RECORD CROWDS PREDICTED AT DAWN SERVICE

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With record crowds predicted at the Anzac Day dawn service in Newcastle, organisers are urging people to make the most of additional public transport. This year, the RSL is expecting an extra 10,000 people to make the trip to Nobbys Headland. Read More »

SMALL TOWN RAMPS UP FIGHT AGAINST RIO TINTO

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The community of Bulga took its fight against the expansion of a Rio Tinto mine to Sydney today. A declaration featuring 2,000 signatures was handed to the Premier’s office, just over a month after the project was recommended for approval by the Planning Assessment Commission. Read More »

MORE BUS SERVICES FOR THE HUNTER

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From tomorrow, close to an additional 70 weekly bus services will be rolled out in the Hunter. While Labor MP Sonia Hornery has welcomed the news, she says some areas continue to be neglected. Read More »

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