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MID NORTH COAST POLICE AWARDS

Mid-north coast police officers and support staff took time out today to enjoy the accolades of their superiors. Assistant Commissioner Lee Shearer presided over an awards ceremony that also recognised acts of bravery and dedication, sometimes in harrowing circumstances.

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GROUP PLANS FORESHORE RALLY

A group opposed to the commercialisation of parts of Port Macquarie’s foreshore, plans to take its message to the people. The Foreshore Protection Association will stage a public rally on the weekend to drum up support for its campaign to save Westport Park.

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MANGO TANGO

There’s some sweet news for mango fans on the Northern Rivers – with farmers predicting a promising season. The trees are beginning to flower and in just a few months customers can taste some home-grown goodness.

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COUNCIL BLOWS “FAMILY” BUDGET

Four months after announcing it would have a modest budget surplus this financial year, Port Macquarie Hastings Council has revised its estimate and is now forecasting a deficit of more than $330,000. The blowout is being blamed mostly on the delayed opening of the Glasshouse cultural centre.

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FOUR CAR COLLISION ULMARRA

A man is in a serious but stable condition in Lismore Base Hospital, following a crash involving four-vehicles on the Pacific Highway north of Grafton this morning. Two occupants of a truck and the driver of another vehicle sustained minor injuries in the incident.

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RUSSELL CROWE’S FINEST SHOW

Russell Crowe has lent some of his star attraction to a museum at Nymboida. The actor has donated priceless memorabilia from his movies. Curator of The Museum of Interesting Things, Bruno De Oliva, says Crowe fell in love with the Coaching Station Inn, while on a motorcycle trip through the valley with Tom Cruise in 1998. After stopping there for lunch he later purchased the historic Armidale Road complex, which includes a pub, motel accommodation and now a museum. [display_podcast]

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DOB IN A DRUG DEALER

Mid north coast police are urging locals to “dob in a dealer” as they continue their war against illegal drugs. The campaign builds on the success of Operation Pannelling which led to 27 arrests and the seizure of more than $4-million worth of cannabis.

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