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April, 2014

Umpires score

Originally published: Thursday, 24th April, 2014

AFL Broken Hill has announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with Cristal Mining that will see the company’s logo feature on umpiring uniforms. 

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Legacy woos golfers

Originally published: Thursday, 24th April, 2014

Legacy will hold one of its biggest fundraisers of the year this Sunday - it’s the annual charity golf day at the BH Golf and Country Club.

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Last Cab arrives

Originally published: Thursday, 24th April, 2014

The director and crew of “Last Cab to Darwin” have been in the city scouting for sites.

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Cabinet changes ‘good for region’

Originally published: Thursday, 24th April, 2014

Changes to the NSW State Government Ministry could have positive impacts for the Far West Region, according to Mayor Wincen Cuy.

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Residents to shoulder $280,000 mine rate reduction

Originally published: Thursday, 24th April, 2014

City Council plans to shift more than $280,000 in mine rates onto residential ratepayers in its 2014/2015 budget.

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Tickled ink to be back

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

Belinda Warburton recalls feeling “gutted” when local police shut down her and husband Stephen’s local tattoo parlour earlier this year.

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ORL steps up

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

Weekly double headers and a festival atmosphere will make 2014 the biggest year for the Outback Rugby League since its return in 2007.

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Convoy of classics

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

A group of avid car lovers drove through the city yesterday after attending a National Car Rally.

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Bad egg ruins woman’s Easter

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

A brazen thief ruined a local cake maker’s Easter after running off with her handbag on Good Friday.

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Fine free CBD

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

Business owners in Argent Street say they haven’t seen a City Council parking inspector for months, and drivers are taking advantage of the absence.

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Invaluable experience in BH

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014

Engineering students from the University of NSW gained a valuable insight into their future professions when they toured three of BH’s mining operations this week.

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Quarters shortened if players injured

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014

Local AFL umpires will now be enforcing a rule where quarters will be shortened if a player is injured.

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Friendship spawned by adventure

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014

A chance encounter while trekking through the Great Sandy Desert has spawned an enduring friendship for adventurers Graham Burgess and Elaine Taylor.

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Wilcannia Tourism Association working on reputation

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014

Wilcannia has long struggled with a bad reputation, but one group of locals is looking to change that perception - one tourist at a time.

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History crumbling

Originally published: Thursday, 17th April, 2014

In an old section of the Wilcannia cemetery lies the six children of John and Ellen Ortloff.

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A very special Easter for loving couple

Originally published: Thursday, 17th April, 2014

A shared love of dancing and a busy family life has held the key to a long and happy marriage, according to Gordon and Ina Langbine.

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Stiffer penalties for bad behaviour

Originally published: Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Police have warned residents to behave in public or run the risk of severe penalties.

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Dynamic duo make Country Cup team

Originally published: Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Eliza Cumming and Angel Simmons are taking their game across the Tasman for the Pan Pacific Basketball Championships.

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Families flock to Village fair

Originally published: Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Pieces of red ribbon adorned employees’ uniforms at Broken Hill Village yesterday to symbolise the long-awaited opening of the city’s new shopping complex.

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Off around the world

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

Locals awoke to the sounds of revving motors and classic cars driving out of the city yesterday on their way to London.

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A bird in the bush is worth everything

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

Most Broken Hill residents have seen an emu or two in their time, but not many could say they have spotted 60 distinct types of bird near the city in just four days.

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Joyrider jailed

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

A young mother who went on a drug-fuelled joyride in a stolen front-end loader on the Wentworth road was sentenced to two years’ jail yesterday.

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Boost we needed: Mayor

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

Broken Hill’s mayor says that the opening of a new shopping centre today could give a big boost to the local economy and tourism alike.

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Scholarships to improve Aboriginal dental health

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

More Aboriginal people will be trained to work as oral health professionals in country towns across NSW under new a initiative launched by the State Government.

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Two men in a Brush and a dog called Rex

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th April, 2014

In one of the greatest adventure stories of motoring history, we follow the challenges of Australian legendary “Overlander” Francis Birtles, his friend Sid Ferguson and a foxy dog called Rex as they drive a car for the first time across Australia from Fremantle to Broken Hill then onto Sydney in March and April of 1912.

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Eagles soar above new United

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th April, 2014

There was no fairytale return for United at the weekend as they suffered a heavy defeat in a trial game against Menindee Eagles.

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Working to 70 too hard a slog

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th April, 2014

With the federal government flagging the prospect of raising the pension age to 70, the local mining union has expressed concerns over workers’ ability to “push through” decades of long shifts and physical labour.

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Stargazer creates storm of interest

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th April, 2014

Planetary scientists from around the world are abuzz with excitement thanks to the work of a local amateur astronomer.

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‘Drug dealer’ out on $50,000 bail

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th April, 2014

A man facing more than 100 counts of supplying methamphetamine has been released on bail after his step-father offered up $50,000 in surety.

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Gallant Magpies run down in final minutes

Originally published: Monday, 14th April, 2014

North remain undefeated after two rounds of football after registering a nail-biting seven-point win over the Magpies at League Headquarters on Saturday.

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Couple celebrates best union of all

Originally published: Monday, 14th April, 2014

They’ve enjoyed success in small business but Joe and Dianne DeBono also know a thing or two about the business of marriage. 

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End of the line

Originally published: Monday, 14th April, 2014

The seat of Murray-Darling will disappear next year, taking with it the last Broken Hill MP to represent the city and the Far West in State Parliament. The Silver City has had continuous representation in the lower house since 1968, but our influence goes back a lot further than that ...

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City has stars in its eyes

Originally published: Monday, 14th April, 2014

If Hollywood actor Hugo Weaving visits his old stomping ground, the Palace Hotel, over the coming weeks, bar restaurant manager Jon Hanrahan said he’d buy him a beer.

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Airline targets Council over passenger tax hike

Originally published: Monday, 14th April, 2014

A war of words has erupted over a proposal to increase passenger taxes at the local airport.

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Big changes for West

Originally published: Saturday, 12th April, 2014

West will field a vastly different team against South today as they look to bounce back from last week’s disappointing defeat.

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North have the edge

Originally published: Saturday, 12th April, 2014

Round 2 of football today will see last start winners North and Central going head to head with the chance for the winner to go top of the ladder.

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Fine art on display

Originally published: Saturday, 12th April, 2014

Some of the finest artists in the city will display their works in the 53rd annual exhibition of the Willyama Art Society tonight.

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Investors’ paradise

Originally published: Saturday, 12th April, 2014

Housing in Broken Hill is among the most affordable in the country, according to one of Australia’s leading property information providers.

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Slippery guest

Originally published: Friday, 11th April, 2014

BDT employee Hayley Jewitt had the shock of her life when she came home from work.

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Drugs problem “under control”

Originally published: Friday, 11th April, 2014

Drug crime in Broken Hill is “certainly not going up”, according to the Barrier Local Area Command’s Acting Detective Inspector Matt McCarthy.

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Seeing pink

Originally published: Friday, 11th April, 2014

BH North Public School has proven that it pays to be pink.

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‘Gen Y’ goes gourmet

Originally published: Friday, 11th April, 2014

 Some generation Y foodies are spending up to $600 a week on gourmet produce such as seafood, cheeses, olives and cured hams.

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New era begins

Originally published: Friday, 11th April, 2014

Months of hard work and preparation will be put into practice this weekend when 

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Photography workshop with outback twist

Originally published: Thursday, 10th April, 2014

It’s a long drive from Sydney to Broken Hill, but photographer Michael Ellem said that it was definitely worth it to reach a “beautiful location.”

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More rain to come

Originally published: Thursday, 10th April, 2014

Broken Hill will get more rain today before it rapidly clears tomorrow, according to a local meteorologist.

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South Pharmacy suits Eric

Originally published: Thursday, 10th April, 2014

Year 10 Willyama student Eric Degoumois is proving an asset to the team at the South Pharmacy as he completes his work experience this term.

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Doing “time” for youth crime

Originally published: Thursday, 10th April, 2014

A roofless, make-shift jail cell wasn’t the ideal place to be when the rain set in yesterday, but eight “inmates” did their time anyway.

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“Dealer” under surveillance

Originally published: Thursday, 10th April, 2014

Detectives intercepted phone calls to an alleged drug dealer for four months before arresting him in a raid on a Blende Street house this week.

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Plan to boost Potosi

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th April, 2014

Perilya plans to increase production to full licence capacity at its Potosi mine over the coming months and is seeking permission to put more trucks on the city’s streets. 

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Riders jump into action

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th April, 2014

Matt Quin has made a flying start in the MJG Engineering Motocross Series with a sharp ride at the weekend.

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Strong start

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th April, 2014

Chris Wilson and Kerry Turley have furthered their racing credentials with strong performances in the opening round of the ARB Off Road Racing Series.

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Light shed on doctor

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th April, 2014

A former Broken Hill Hospital Chief Superintendent and champion of workers’ rights was recognised at a ceremony at the Broken Hill Trades hall yesterday.

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Meth bust

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th April, 2014

A man will face more than 100 charges, including supplying crystal methamphetamine, after a search warrant was executed at a home in Blende Street yesterday morning. 

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Barrier District Cricket League presentations

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th April, 2014

Jarred Paull has capped a season of black and white dominance by taking out the Barrier District Cricket League’s Cricketer of the Year award at the Demo Club last night.

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Barrier District Cricket League presentations

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th April, 2014

Jarred Paull has capped a season of black and white dominance by taking out the Barrier District Cricket League’s Cricketer of the Year award at the Demo Club last night.

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Help recognise unsung heroes

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th April, 2014

Nominations for City Council’s Volunteer Week Awards are now open and Mayor Wincen Cuy is calling on people to help in the recognition of the city’s unsung heroes.

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Decline in beer drinkers

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th April, 2014

Australians are drinking less alcohol overall than any time in the previous 15 years, according to the latest figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Watering hole closed

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th April, 2014

The West Darling Hotel has been closed for more than a week and no-one is saying if this is temporary or if the city has lost another historic watering hole.

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State Government move to deregulate electricity

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th April, 2014

The State Government’s decision to move toward a deregulated electricity market has sparked conflicting responses and left customers guessing as to how their household bills will be affected. 

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Heartless thief swipes cash tin

Originally published: Monday, 7th April, 2014

A community volunteer raising cash to help keep young people out of jail had her donation tin stolen from the bar at the Rising Sun Hotel.

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Easter tips and tricks

Originally published: Monday, 7th April, 2014

As Easter draws closer, the urge to give into cravings and overindulgence is high.

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North too strong

Originally published: Monday, 7th April, 2014

The Bulldogs young brigade stood tall to help the club to a 53-point win over West in the opening round of AFL on Saturday. 

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The Dash steps up

Originally published: Monday, 7th April, 2014

More than 240 registered runners and walkers took part in the biggest ever YMCA Desert Dash on Sunday morning.

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No takers for Broken Earth

Originally published: Monday, 7th April, 2014

Get on the phone if you want to take over the Broken Earth Cafe.  

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Characters come to life at city’s own Archies

Originally published: Saturday, 5th April, 2014

A combination of colour, character and clinking glasses made for an outstanding evening at Gaara Arts’ Broken Hill Archies last night.
The exhibition of portraits inspired by the Archibald Prize attracted a sizeable crowd to the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum.
Those in attendance sipped wine and enjoyed finger food while viewing art showcasing local identities ranging from renowned artists and business owners to everyday colourful characters.
Although the exhibition was not a competition, Geoff DeMain’s captivating portrait of Ron Tumes was selected as a highlight of the works on show.
Gaara artist and exhibition organiser Maureen Clark said she was impressed with the number of people in attendance and the quality of work on display.
“It’s gone really, really well, all of the art lovers are here, people that enjoy exhibitions and something a bit different,” she said.
“It’s quality art and an exceptional range of styles, it’s just so interesting to see what people can do.”

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Hopes dashed

Originally published: Saturday, 5th April, 2014

Local Nationals MP John Williams has all but conceded his tilt at the Upper House is over following a disappointing preselection ballot yesterday.
Mr Williams will be one of five NSW Nationals running for the Legislative Council at next year’s State election after he secured a spot on the Nationals’ ticket yesterday.
But the Member for Murray-Darling said his fourth position meant he had little hope of winning a seat.  
“At this stage it looks like an unwinnable position,” Mr Williams said after voting which took most of the day.
Barring a large swing to the coalition in March, he said only the first three Nationals’ candidates on the combined Liberal-Nationals ticket would win seats.
The three candidates ahead of Mr Williams are Nationals state director Ben Franklin, Cooma-Monaro Shire Council deputy mayor Bronnie Taylor, and MLC Trevor Khan.
The fifth position will be filled by Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Melinda Pavey, who has served in the Legislative Council since 2002.
Mr Williams’ decision to run for Upper House pre-selection came after the redrawing of the state’s electoral boundaries which will see his seat of Murray-Darling scrapped.
He was one of eight candidates seeking preselection from the central council yesterday which voted in the theatrette of Parliament House.
Each candidate spoke for 10 minutes then answered questions for a further 10 minutes before the 84 representatives began voting.
Mr Williams said he only narrowly missed out on finishing higher after receiving the second highest number of primary votes in the first three ballots.
But he said the flow of preferences cost him dearly.
“I had pretty good support but ... I didn’t have the preferences to get me through.”
He admitted the result had left him very disappointed.
“I put a lot of effort into winning (a spot) and it didn’t come off, but that’s democracy at work.
“It was one of those things.”   
Nationals’ state chairman Niall Blair said that the candidates offered a diverse range of skills, experiences and backgrounds.
“Each of the eight candidates would have made excellent representatives for the people of regional New South Wales, and the quality of those who were chosen is a testament to the depth of talent we had in this preselection” Mr Blair said.
He congratulated all the candidates on the good spirit displayed throughout what was a very competitive process.
“Unfortunately only five people could be successful today, but each of the candidates conducted themselves with the utmost dignity, and I am certain that they will all play a significant role in our election campaign.”

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Young Guns fire

Originally published: Saturday, 5th April, 2014

The Silver City Young Guns are looking to boost their stocks ahead of the 2014 Outback Rugby League season.
The club is holding a registration day at Lamb Oval this morning for junior players.
Western New South Wales Game Development Officer Matt Kiddle said that all clubs in town were looking to build up stocks before the season kicks off in about a month’s time.
“We’re encouraging everyone to get out there ... it’s a great way to keep fit and make some mates in the process,” he said.
The club will be taking registrations in the Under 11 to 17 age groups.
Interested players will need a copy of their birth certificate to register.
The $60 sign up fee pays for rego, socks, and shorts.
There will be a sausage sizzle as well as National Rugby League giveaways.

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McGregor back in SANFL

Originally published: Saturday, 5th April, 2014

Former Central player Lachlan McGregor will line up in his first game for Woodville-West Torrens Eagles in the SANFL today.
The 24-year-old small forward has been named in the forward pocket for his new club.
He transferred to the Eagles in the off season after spending four years with Langhorne Creek in the Great Southern League.
McGregor played A Grade footy in Broken Hill for the Magpies as a 15-year-old and was a member of Under 16 and U18 NSW/ACT Rams squads.
Woodville-West finished second on the ladder last season but were eliminated in the second week of the finals.
The SANFL competition kicked off on Thursday night and attracted the second highest rating for a home and away match broadcast on television since 2001.
An average of 72,261 viewers tuned in on 7Mate for the match between Norwood and Port Adelaide, which included commentary from former Silver City media personality John Casey.
The Eagles’ Round One game against Central District begins at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval at 2.30pm.
Live scores can be found on the SANFL website at sanfl.com.au

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New-look North

Originally published: Saturday, 5th April, 2014

The winds of change appear to have swept through the North footy club, with coach Mark Pitt naming six A Grade debutants for the club’s opening game.

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Tarantula surprises resident

Originally published: Friday, 4th April, 2014

A late night cigarette break became a frightening ordeal for a Wolfram Street resident after a large tarantula was found lurking near the back door.

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RFS recognises committed volunteers

Originally published: Friday, 4th April, 2014

Three local volunteers were among 15 people from Western NSW to be awarded Long Service Medals for more than 50 years of commitment to the Rural Fire Service.

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Local identities captured in art

Originally published: Friday, 4th April, 2014

The Gaara Arts group will tonight open an exhibition of portraits inspired by the Archibald Prize.

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Ready to race

Originally published: Friday, 4th April, 2014

Two Silver City drivers are hoping to put their hometown knowledge to good use at the ARB Paringa Desert 400 this weekend. 

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GP “busier” since rival clinic opened

Originally published: Friday, 4th April, 2014

A GP with a surgery in the town square claims his practice has been busier since the Super Clinic opened in December.

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Tembys to farewell Argent Street

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd April, 2014

After well over a century in Argent Street, Tembys Pharmacy is moving shop.

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Firies and Legacy team up for smoke alarm campaign

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd April, 2014

Fire fighters will be out replacing batteries and smoke alarms for Legacy Widows and the elderly this weekend.

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Tower turnaround

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd April, 2014

A 10-storey phone tower that was to be erected in Williams Street until residents complained now has a proposed new location.

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School of the Air preschoolers come together for playtime

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd April, 2014

Broken Hill’s School of the Air preschool students, who normally live hundreds of kilometres from each other, came to the city yesterday for a rare opportunity to meet their classmates. 

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Council meets with LGNSW to discuss reforms

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

Only a “strong two-way relationship” with government will deliver good outcomes for ratepayers and councils in the Far West, according to Mayor Wincen Cuy.

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Local MP’s fundraising efforts recognised

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

Local MP John Williams’ substantial fundraising efforts in Parliament have been recognised with a prestigious award.   

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April Fools stunt goes “too far”

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

An April Fool’s prank has turned sour after a local man had his identity stolen.

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Something for everyone at this year’s Agfair

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

From freestyle motorcycle shows and rock climbing to a rum distillery, Broken Hill’s Agfair organisers have got something for everyone.

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Loader thief gets four years jail

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

A Victorian man who stole a 14-tonne front-end loader before leading police on a 40 kilometre pursuit has been jailed for four years.

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Dough-raising campaign kicks off

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st April, 2014

The hospital and a local bakery are teaming up to sell hot cross buns to raise money for the hospital.

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Injury cruels Staker’s return

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st April, 2014

After a heroic return from two knee reconstructions last year, Broken Hill Robin and Brisbane Lions utility Brent Staker is again dealing with the frustration of injury. 

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Megan’s memory honoured

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st April, 2014

The Toy Library honoured a young local mother yesterday by building a bike track and bus shelter in her memory.

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Top tourist spot ‘ideal office space’

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st April, 2014

The restaurant with the best views in town might soon become the next Broken Hill landmark to be consumed by the government bureaucracy.

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Councils fear reforms delay

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st April, 2014

The body that represents the State’s 152 councils fears the O’Farrell government may not begin its reform of local government before the next NSW election.

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