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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.

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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GROUP 4 TEAMS OFFERED A SECOND CHANCE

Gunnedah will be hoping for Group 4 rugby league redemption this weekend, hosting Narrabri in Sunday’s Preliminary Final. It comes after a 40-4 defeat at the hands of the defending premiers last week. The Bulldogs have reason to be confident, winning all three matches between the teams this season. But with the Blues the only side to have beaten Norths this season, the hosts are aware of the threat of this weekend’s opponent. While in second division, minor premiers Kootingal will hope to shake off a home loss to Barraba, welcoming Bundarra to town for a shot at the grand final. (no audio.)

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LOCAL WINS BIG

A Tamworth pensioner is $100,000 richer after a lottery win yesterday. He purchased the five consecutive number draw at a Peel Street newsagency. The same outlet produced a top prize Scratchie winner last year, and a division one Lotto winner in 2013. Yesterday’s lucky man says he’ll use the many to cover his bills, and to share with his family. (no audio)

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