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FINAL DAY OF HUNTER STATE ELECTION CAMPAIGN

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And in the Hunter – the Coalition had one last cash sweetener in Newcastle before the city votes tomorrow. While Labor rolled into Hamilton station on the train – one of the biggest election issues in the region. Read More »

BOYS FROM THE BUSH VISIT LAKE MACQUARIE

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A new exchange program is giving indigenous teens a taste of what it’s like to live in the Hunter. Police hope the experience will forge new friendships and encourage participants to stay focused at school. Read More »

WEST WALLSEND COLLIERY TO CLOSE MID 2016

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Glencore will close its West Wallsend Colliery several months earlier than first predicted. The impending closure will be felt by local businesses, still reeling following the loss of jobs from other mines in the area. Read More »

FINE AUTUMN WEEKEND

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Classic Autumn conditions have settled in across the region with cool nights followed by clear, crisp mornings. The bight blue skies for most allow for plenty of day time heating during the afternoon. This trend will continue across the weekend with some very nice surfing and boating conditions. Read More »

48 HOURS OUT … FIGHT CONTINUES FOR STATE GOVERNMENT SEATS

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Labor raised the spectre of the political donations scandal in the Hunter today, accusing Liberal candidates of deliberately not revealing their campaign backers. It came as the Coalition announced big dollars for a Newcastle school Read More »

LIFE TIME BAN FOR PUPPY KILLER, WHILE WAITING FOR FULL SENTENCE

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A Hunter man who brutally killed nine puppies has been banned for life from ever owning an animal. Nathan Thompson will be sentenced in May, after today being slapped with nine new charges over the sickening incident. Read More »

KIND WORDS FOR CAMERAMAN DAVID SCARLETT

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He’d be embarrassed by the attention, and knowing the man, a little surprised. Since his untimely death this week at the age of 50, there’s been a mountain of respect shown for NBN cameraman Dave “Captain” Scarlett. Dave worked in NBN’s Taree office for 23 years. This tribute from Manning Great Lakes Council General Manager Ron Pessselt was typical of the response. “Greater Taree City Council has had a close association with NBN Cameraman Dave Scarlett. The news of his death is shattering for his family work colleagues and the community. Dave was a friendly, likable person who was always easy to get on with and had a connection to our community. He assisted Council staff in his own time on community projects because he had the relevant expertise and because he cared. The Manning Valley will be lesser place ... Read More »

MORE FANTASTIC AUTUMN WEATHER

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We’re enjoying A beautiful run at the moment with cool mornings and comfortable temperatures during the day. There has been some activity around the border ranges thanks to a stalled trough flaring up a few showers and the occasional storm. We can expect more of the same in the coming days including the weekend, so enjoy. Read More »

GLOUCESTER WATER GIVEN ALL CLEAR AFTER CHLORINE CONTAMINATION

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Midcoast Water says tap water in Gloucester is now safe to drink, after extremely high levels of chlorine were detected in supplies earlier this week. The company has now brought in a contractor to conduct an independent investigation into the incident. Read More »

ELDERLY MAN FOUND AT MAITLAND

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An elderly man who went missing from Maitland Hospital on Monday has been found alive. 86-year-old Herbert “Nobby” Bartlett was found next to a swamp at the end of Bona street, about a kilometre from the hospital. Mr Bartlett was suffering cuts and from exposure. Police and the SES started a ground search yesterday. Read More »

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