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TWO IN HOSPITAL FOLLOWING HIGHWAY CRASH AT COFFS

Two motorists are recovering in Coffs Harbour Hospital, following a head on collision on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour this afternoon. The accident occurred at the James Small Drive intersection shortly before 2 o’clock. The driver of a van suffered minor injuries and was transported in a stable condition. The female driver of a Holden sedan was also transported in a stable condition. Highway traffic was disrupted for almost one hour while emergency services cleared the site.

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MAGPIES BACK IN GROUP 2

After failing to field a first-grade side in the group two competition this year, Bellingen’s Magpies are set to make a return in 20-19. Newly appointed coach, Dan Tempest, who played for the club as a junior, says he is looking forward to the challenge.

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UPGRADE FOR GRAFTON’S ELLEM OVAL

One of Grafton’s most popular sporting venues is set for a major make-over. Ellem Oval, which is both home to cricket and AFL, will receive almost $300,000 from a state government grant. The facelift will include the re-levelling of the playing surface and the realignment of the wicket. The oval’s fencing and irrigation system will also undergo a renewal. Ellem Oval is part of the Fisher Park sporting complex, which also includes hockey fields and tennis courts.

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MAN CHARGED AFTER DOG DIES IN CAR AT COFFS HARBOUR

A man has been charged with animal cruelty following investigations into the death of a German Shepherd in Coffs Harbour earlier last week. Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, about 2pm on Wednesday, after members of the public saw a deceased dog in an unattended Holden utility. Police say the owner of the one-year-old German Shepherd left him in the vehicle for a number of hours without water while he attended a nearby licensed premises. The Queensland man is due to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court in February 2019.

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