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WARREN WRIGHT COMPLETES 48 HOUR FITNESS ODYSSEY

A remarkable feat for a Tamworth man who wrapped-up an epic 48-hour fitness challenge today. 43-year-old Warren Wright clocked up more than 500-kilometres on the cross trainer, all in an effort to raise money for the Cancer Council. When times got tough, Wright says it was those very patients he drew inspiration from. No stranger to gruelling challenges, earlier this year Wright completed a 24-hour gym workout. PLEASE NOTE: SOME VISION AND AUDIO WILL BE UNAVAILABLE

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CLOSE CALL FOR SAN REMO RESIDENTS

There was a close call for residents on the Central Coast today, as a fast-moving grass fire threatened homes at San Remo. Around 30 people were evacuated just after 2:30pm, as fire crews scrambled to contain the two-hectare blaze. Thankfully, the fire was brought under control within an hour. No one was injured, but thick smoke blanketed the area, well into the afternoon. (VISION ONLY)

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NEW BRIDGE FOR BOWRAVILLE

Bowraville is set to get a new bridge at the town’s main entry point, with the State Government today agreeing to contribute $500,000 toward the $2.5-million project. Lanes Bridge, which is an aging timber structure, regularly goes under water even with minor flooding in the Nambucca River. The new bridge will be a concrete beam construction which will be increased in height and length. “getting bridges like that one at Bowraville fixed and improved is very important to productivity, there’s a lot of important dairy farms out there and beef producers.” (runs: 10 secs, ends: beef producers) “that’s really exciting news for us, Lanes Bridge has been a millstone around out necks for years, it’s going to be a very expensive bridge to replace.” (runs 8 secs, ends: to replace)

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MAN CHARGED OVER MARYLAND FATAL STABBING

A 21 year old man will front court this afternoon charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in Newcastle overnight. Police were called to a Maryland property around 9pm where they found a 52 year old man with multiple stab wounds to his chest and stomach. He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene. A short time later a 21 year old man was arrested nearby. He was taken to Waratah police station and has been charged with murder. He’s been refused bail and will face Newcastle Local Court today.

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SAWTELL’S HIDDEN TREASURE

A Sawtell woman has joined the ranks of the state’s Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, which recognises the work of female volunteers. Stephanie Greacon (pron: greeshion) received the honour today from the Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser for her volunteer work with the RFS, where she is captain of the Red Hill brigade. The award is among just 103 handed out statewide each year. “It’s just a real honour, it means that people in the community appreciate the work that everybody does in the RFS and it makes you feel very special and warm inside I guess.”

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