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Nick Hornby-Howell is a reporter with NBN News in Tamworth. After finishing high school in Newcastle, Nick studied Sports Media at the University of Canberra.

NIAS APPLICATIONS OPEN

The region’s top junior athletes are being encouraged to register for this summer’s Northern Inland Academy of Sport programs. 11 sports have training squads, including netball and hockey. After running a 15-a-side and sevens rugby programs last season, NIAS now only has one for the shortened version of the game. While individuals who don’t compete in the nominated sports are recommended to apply for the ‘Lonestar’ program, which has recently had a BMX rider and sprinters. Trials are expected to commence in November. (no audio)

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SEMI FINAL DOUBLE HEADER

The final four teams in this year’s Northern Inland Premier League have agreed to play their semi finals at the same ground. They’ve given the green light to a double header at Tamworth’s Scully Park this Saturday. The first match will see three-time defending champions Oxley Vale-Attunga take on Norths United, to see who earns the first spot in the grand final. It’ll be followed by a sudden-death match under lights between North Companions and Tamworth FC. (no audio)

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NOMINATIONS ENCOURAGED FOR CITIZENS OF THE YEAR

Residents throughout the Tamworth Region are being encouraged to nominate community leaders for the 2018 Australia Day Awards. With many donating their time to aiding their community, Tamworth Regional Council Mayor Col Murray labelled the recognition as part of the fabric that holds society together. “Recognise and acknowledge, and also celebrate, the true genuine leadership. The true passion that people are able to deliver.” Forms are available on Council’s website. (Vision accompanied by audio in part)

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STEVEN JOHN JOHNSON SENTENCED

Steven John Johnson has today been sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison, after killing a man in South Tamworth two years ago. On May 15, 2015, the 39 year old got into a fight with Ken Matthews on Goonoo Goonoo Road. Mr Matthews died 24 hours later. Having been behind bars since his arrest, Mr Johnson will be eligible for parole in May, 2019. (no audio)

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