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BALLINA TAKES OUR FAR NORTH COAST RUGBY TITLE

Ballina has completed a clean sweep in the Far North Coast Rugby Union carnival at Woodlawn today. Xavier Catholic College won the title for both the open’s and Under 14’s boys while Ballina High claimed the Under 16’s. Read More »

BLACKSPOT FUNDING ALLOCATED TO THE NORTHERN RIVERS

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$3-million will be spent making roads in the Northern Rivers safer as part of the federal government’s Black Spot Program. It’s been a long time coming for the Diadem/Magellan street intersection in Lismore, which has seen many accidents and near misses. In place of the current intersection a single lane round-a-bout will be built on the busy road. “Some of them will be like improving shoulders, some of them are blind corners, the one on Teven Road in Ballina is just to straighten a corner a bit so it’s not as dangerous. The accidents happen as a result of 2 people coming around the bend. So sort of different solutions for different areas.” Projects in Ballina, Kyogle and the Richmond Valley have also received funding. Read More »

KYOGLE FURIOUS AFTER BEING BYPASSED FOR BRIDGE FUNDING

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Kyogle Council is livid after missing out on funding under the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program. Despite having 203 timber bridges, and communities facing isolation, none of its six applications were successful.   Read More »

90-YEAR-OLD GOONELLABAH MAN LEFT SHAKEN AFTER ROBBERY

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An elderly Goonellabah man has thanked his neighbours for helping him chase down a woman who allegedly stole his wallet. The 38-year-old woman has been charged over the incident. Read More »

RSPCA CALLS FOR HELP AFTER ATTACK ON PUP

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The RSPCA is calling on the community to help find the person responsible for another sickening attack on a puppy in the Hunter. A male staffy-cross is in a critical condition, after being found with head injuries and multiple fractures, in national parkland at Cessnock. The RSPCA says a concerned member of the public called last night after seeing the dog, believed to be between one and two years old, by the side of the road. Wet weather hampered search efforts last night, but the pup was located this morning, and taken to the RSPCA’s Rutherford facility. It follows the brutal bashing deaths of a litter of unwanted puppies in the area last month. Read More »

SCULPTURE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE HOUSE WITH NO STEPS’ MOST REVERED

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The Alstonville Summerland House with No Steps today commemorated some of its most revered benefactors. Erecting a sculpture in their honour, the seven donors were remembered for their generous contributions. Read More »

CASINO PREPARES AS THE BEEF WEEK FESTIVAL APPROACHES

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The countdown is on to the 2015 Casino Beef Week festival, which begins in just four week’s time. This year the town will embrace princesses and princes as the festival theme of Disney movies is brought to life. The seven day event promises plenty of entertainment including a brand new busking competition which will showcase the region’s most talented musicians. This year’s Mr. Beef will also be another highlight as Casino’s finest men go on parade. The festival kicks off with its annual Beef Week Queen crowning on Saturday the 23rd of May. Read More »

KYOGLE MAN ROBBED AT KNIFE POINT IN HOME INVASION

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Two men have been charged after allegedly robbing a Kyogle home at knife point yesterday afternoon. Police allege two men entered an Ettrick Road address and threatened the 46-year-old occupant around 5pm, before fleeing with a sum of cash. Officers were called to the scene and chased down a vehicle on the Summerland way as it headed towards Casino. The male occupants were charged with armed robbery in company, with both men appearing in Lismore local court today. Read More »

WEATHER WATCH: TAKE CARE AS WILD WEATHER BATTERS THE COAST

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An intense east coast low is forming off the New South Wales Mid North Coast and will unleash the majority of its energy between the Central Coast and Manning, with the Hunter taking the biggest hit. A severe weather warning has been issued and flooding is expected on the Paterson and Williams Rivers. Localised flash flooding is also likely, while huge dangerous swell will develop with gale force winds reaching 100km/h along the Newcastle coast. The low is expected to retrogress or move back towards the coast which will intensify conditions. The wild weather will ease on Wednesday. Take care. Read More »

POLICE SEARCH HOME OF ESTRANGED HUSBAND

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Police are searching the home of John Edwards, the estranged husband of missing Grafton teacher Sharon Edwards. Forensic Services Group, a cadaver dog and officers are on site, and have removed some electronic equipment from the house. A separate search is being conducted at Mrs Edwards’ home in Grafton. It’s part of the ongoing Strike Force Burrow homicide investigation. Mr Edwards appeared in Grafton Local Court this morning, on six unrelated firearm charges. Read More »

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