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MEDOWIE RESIDENTS DIG DEEP FOR FARMERS

Medowie residents have also dug deep – raising thousands for our farmers at a community fair today. The festivities included a car and bike show, petting zoo, and – appropriately – a shearing demonstration. Known as “bale out the drought” – the event was organised by Ben Niland, and Chris Doohan, who saw the situation facing producers firsthand earlier this year. “I came back through Bathurst, and Carcoar, and Lithgow, and it was just diabolical. There’s just no feed there.” “We’re at about 30,000 at the moment, and we’re hoping after the end of today, that 50,000 is within reach.” All proceeds were donated to Rural Aid. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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GATECRASHERS DISRUPT ADAMSTOWN PARTY

A party in Adamstown turned ugly last night, when 300 gatecrashers turned up. Police attended the Lockyer Street property at around 8pm, and shut down the celebration… but from there, brawls reportedly broke out in the street, with revellers smashing bottles and windows. Council workers were quick to clean up the mess today, while police are investigating claims of malicious damage. (VISION ONLY)

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COP INJURED AND TRUCK VANDALISED AT MAYFIELD

A female police officer has been treated in hospital, after allegedly being assaulted at Mayfield yesterday. Shortly before 1pm, a man was making a grocery delivery on Mounter Street, when a male armed with a golf club began damaging the parked truck. When officers arrived and arrested a 33-year-old man, it’s alleged he kicked the senior constable in the mouth. He’s been granted conditional bail. (VISION ONLY)

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BIG WINS AT 2018 BUSINESS AWARDS

Former NRMA chairman Kyle Loades was honoured for his tireless community work, at last night’s Hunter Business Awards. The self-made entrepreneur was named Business Leader of the Year. “It’s really having the knowledge to get on, and take on something and succeed, many of the people here in this room have contributed to whatever I have happened to have done along the journey.” – Kyle Loads, Business Leader of the Year. Carrington sign manufacturer Hi Vis Group won the Presidents Award, while Prue McPherson was named the Kristen Keegan Young Business executive. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED SHOAL BAY GLASSING

Charges have been laid against a 32-year-old man, after two men were struck with a glass at Port Stephens. It’s understood the pair, aged 42 and 43, were playing pool at a licensed premises at Shoal Bay in the early hours of Saturday morning, when they got into an argument with another man. Police will allege during the argument the pair were struck with a schooner glass. They were taken away for treatment, while the 32-year-old was arrested and charged with reckless wounding. He was granted conditional bail to reappear in court later this month.

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POLICE OFFICER ASSAULTED DURING NEWCASTLE ARREST

A man has been granted conditional bail, following an incident which saw a police officer assaulted and a truck window smashed in Newcastle. It’s understood a man was making a grocery delivery on Mounter Street at Mayfield at around lunchtime yesterday, when a man approached his truck, hitting it with a golf club and smashing the passenger side window. A 33-year-old man was arrested nearby, with police alleging the man kicked a female senior constable in the mouth during the arrest. The officer was taken to hospital with a laceration, while the man was charged with a string of offences including destroy or damage property.

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