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SINGLETON CRASH CLAIMS TWO LIVES

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An 18-year-old woman has died in hospital, following a car crash south of Singleton on Saturday afternoon. The woman is the second victim, with a 16-year-old girl also losing her life, when the Toyota Camry they were travelling in left the Golden Highway at Whittingham and hit a tree. The 18-year-old was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition, but died yesterday afternoon. Local police are assisting officers from the Crash Investigation Unit to investigate the circumstances leading up to the crash. Read More »

PUPPY KILLER SENTENCED TO 18-MONTHS GAOL

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A Hunter man will spend at least the next 12-months behind bars for brutally killing nine puppies. 25-year-old Nathan Thompson wept as a sentence of 18-months gaol was handed down in Newcastle Local Court today. Thompson bashed the animals over the head with a rock on March 11, and dumped their bodies in bushland at Kurri Kurri. Only one survived – the aptly named Lucky. The prosecution said the attack was at the top end, in terms of force and brutality, and that the 8-week-old puppies couldn’t protect themselves. The court also heard that Thompson was under the influence of the drug ‘ice’ at the time and he hadn’t slept for a number of days. The defence argued that Thompson is young and can be rehabilitated. Read More »

MAITLAND’S EAST END A FASHIONISTA’S DREAM

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As work continues on Maitland’s Levee precinct, a range of unique boutiques are working on their end of town. They’ve organised a ‘shop hop’ to attract more business, and made tickets free, following a difficult two weeks for the city. 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 »

ROADS DAMAGED FOLLOWING FLOODING

Several roads around Maitland remain closed, following last month’s cyclonic storm. A major landslip on Maitland Vale Road has made it impassable. Engineers are assessing what can be done to re-open the road. Paterson Road at Largs and Tocal Road at Mindaribba also require significant repair work. Read More »

UNIONS RALLY FOR MAY DAY MARCH

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Job losses in the Hunter’s struggling manufacturing industry were brought into the spotlight today, in a march through Hamilton for May Day. Beaumont Street was blocked off while hundreds of union members took a stand, calling on the state and federal governments to protect local jobs and support workers. “It’s all about the weekends, about the sick leave about the holidays, all those benefits that unions have fought for over the decades.” It’s part of an international movement, dating back to the 1800s. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS RALLIES TO HELP STORM AFFECTED RESIDENTS

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SES crews were today scrambling to answer a remaining 700 calls for help across the Hunter, with heavy rain predicted for the rest of the weekend. A flood watch is in place for the Paterson and Williams rivers, with minor flooding expected tonight. Read More »

STARS OF NEWCASTLE DANCE FOR CANCER COUNCIL

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The first Stars of Newcastle gala is being hailed a resounding success, with more than $140,000 raised for the Cancer Council. 11 stars busted out their best dance moves for the fundraiser – the result of weeks of hard work. And a special shout-out to NBN’s own Natasha Beyersdorf, who took out the title of top fundraiser, with a whopping total of $31,000. Read More »

WINE COUNTRY ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’ AFTER SUPER STORM

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The wild weather has taken its toll on vineyards in the Hunter Valley. Wineries say some visitors have cancelled their holidays thinking the tourist destination is still storm-affected, when in fact it’s business as usual. Read More »

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