News archive

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August, 2014

Dogs to deliver in under-18s final

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

If you see one under 18s match this year, make it tonight when West and North battle it out for the Shingleback Premiership Cup.

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Volunteer Tai Chi Leader

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

I was born and raised in Murwillumbah, in North Eastern NSW, and although I miss family, I enjoy living in Broken Hill and have made some wonderful friends.

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Climate change in the bush

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

A hypothetical and workshop on 'Climate Change and the Bush' will be held in Broken Hill on Sunday, September 14.

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Service, dedication and bravery

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

Service, dedication and bravery were recognised yesterday at the Barrier Local Area Command Police Awards.

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Pages from the past: An extraordinary store keeper

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th August, 2014

Thhis is the story of W.J. Hammill, an extraordinary store keeper in Broken Hill.

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Winter wonderland

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th August, 2014

The Aquatic Centre is proving to be a winter wonderland for locals and visitors alike, with attendance numbers surging despite the cold weather.

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Tandou’s $6m drop

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th August, 2014

Disappointing cotton yields have seen water trading agribusiness Tandou report a $6 million drop in full-year profit on the back of higher earnings.

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Clean Energy Council’s warning

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th August, 2014

Clean Energy Council's warning Billions of dollars worth of investment in green energy projects will be lost if the renewable energy target is scrapped or reduced, the Clean Energy Council has warned.

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40 years of caring

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th August, 2014

Four Sisters of Compassion are descending on the city this week to help Southern Cross Care celebrate 40 years of caring for the aged in Broken Hill.

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Week of free tests

Originally published: Monday, 25th August, 2014

This week is Hearing Awareness Week and the Broken Hill Hearing Centre is offering free hearing checks.

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Youngsters get vocal

Originally published: Monday, 25th August, 2014

Eleven - year - old Hayley Cox wowed the judges at Broken Hill's 45th Annual Eisteddfod yesterday afternoon to win the Most Outstanding Singer under 12 years of age.

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Hop into an op shop

Originally published: Monday, 25th August, 2014

Locals are being asked to donate, volunteer or shop at a charity store this week during Op Shop Week.

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Competitive Central couldn’t hold North

Originally published: Monday, 25th August, 2014

Despite going down to North by 39-points, Central coach Brett Morris said the club gained some pride from their performance at the weekend.

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Indian deal to boost Uranium operations

Originally published: Monday, 25th August, 2014

Reports that an agreement has been struck that will see uranium sold to India is welcome news for the industry, according to a South Australian uranium explorer.

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ORL cops flak over penalties

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd August, 2014

The Outback Rugby League has defended its actions against claims from the Menindee Wedge-Tailed Eagles that it didn’t follow due process when handing out penalties earlier this season. 

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Roos in the zone

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd August, 2014

The all-conquering Roos travel to the Jubilee Oval for the first time in six weeks to take on the Robins today.

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Incident-filled day keeps firies on the go

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd August, 2014

Emergency services were kept busy by a suspected gas leak, a bunch of suspicious-looking tubs in a shed, and an oil spill yesterday.

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Magpies play for pride

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd August, 2014

Central’s Jarred Paull is hoping the club can rebound from a ‘dismal’ few weeks and finish on a positive note in their remaining two games.

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Labor pursues ‘no scabs’ rule

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd August, 2014

A policy that would prevent City Council from using contract labour could “potentially impede” the running of Council, according to general manager Therese Manns.

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Generosity blossoms on Daffodil Day

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd August, 2014

The Cancer Council held its national fundraiser, Daffodil Day, yesterday with stalls around the city selling merchandise and flowers.

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Jail smoke ban will raise tension

Originally published: Friday, 22nd August, 2014

Banning smoking in NSW jails is “an act of arrogance” that will heighten the tension inside prisons and make inmates resentful, according to a prisoner advocate group.

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Dental professor on a mission

Originally published: Friday, 22nd August, 2014

Sydney Paediatric Dentist, Professor Richard Widmer, is visiting the city to investigate whether a referral clinic for children could be could be set up here.

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Our first Eisteddfod

Originally published: Friday, 22nd August, 2014

Broken Hill has always boasted a wealth of musical talent, but it wasn’t until 1970 that plans were put in place to showcase all the city had to offer.

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Outback league down to wire

Originally published: Friday, 22nd August, 2014

Players from all three Far West communities are lacing up their boots for what is expected to be of the closest Outback Rugby League finals series in recent memory. 

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Dogs on the move

Originally published: Friday, 22nd August, 2014

The Bulldogs booked their place in next week’s Under 18 Grand Final against West with a 35-point victory in the Preliminary Final on Wednesday night. 

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Drop-your-pants prices too good to pass up

Originally published: Friday, 22nd August, 2014

The Broken Hill Contribution Fund, like many locals, can’t resist an End of Financial Year bargain.

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Superheroes rise to the challenge

Originally published: Thursday, 21st August, 2014

Pathology staff from the local hospital rose to the challenge last week with a cupcake fundraiser.

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Characters on parade

Originally published: Thursday, 21st August, 2014

School students across Broken Hill have been transported to a world of fantasy this week.

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Top marks to baker boys

Originally published: Thursday, 21st August, 2014

It turns out that boys are actually very good at making lamingtons.

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Federal cuts hit home

Originally published: Thursday, 21st August, 2014

City Council will have to make deeper cuts to services after federal funding figures released this week showed the city will lose about $176,000.

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Rule blocks League’s run

Originally published: Thursday, 21st August, 2014

Two forfeits in the Outback Rugby League have intensified calls for the league to allow clubs to register more players.

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Reg puts new spin into war-era motor

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th August, 2014

Reg Pedergnana is a very handy man but when you consider what he can do, that term does not do him justice.

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Young fireman lost in line of duty

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th August, 2014

The Fire Brigade Employees’ Union has joined the Cobar community in mourning the loss of a firefighter who died fighting a hotel blaze on Sunday morning.

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Academy action

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th August, 2014

Former North junior in elite AFL squad

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Aquifer revisited

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th August, 2014

The state government is investigating whether a body of water beneath Menindee Lake can secure Broken Hill’s dwindling water supply.

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Those kids sure got rhythm

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th August, 2014

Music concerts usually take weeks or even months to prepare, but yesterday Broken Hill Public School did it all in a day.

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Big plans for Village

Originally published: Saturday, 16th August, 2014

The Patton Village Committee has applied for a $2.2 million for the upgrade of the main shopping area in Patton Street.

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Showtime for galahs

Originally published: Saturday, 16th August, 2014

GALAHS are starting to show off and perform for their partners all over Australia, as they get ready for the breeding season.

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Shelter shutdown

Originally published: Saturday, 16th August, 2014

A petition containing the signatures of about 14,000 people was presented to MPs on the steps of NSW Parliament this week in protest at state-funded women’s refuges being closed down. 

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Milestone match for courageous rover

Originally published: Saturday, 16th August, 2014

He may not be the biggest on the field but size has never mattered to Nick Agius.

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Forfeits, penalties add intrigue to ORL finals

Originally published: Saturday, 16th August, 2014

The makeup of the Outback Rugby League top four remains full of intrigue after one side was forced to forfeit and another was hit with a points penalty leading into the last regular season round today.

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Motorcade of merriment

Originally published: Friday, 15th August, 2014

Yesterday more than 300 colourful characters entertained children and shared breakfast with them at North Public School.

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Ley backs Hockey, fuel excise

Originally published: Friday, 15th August, 2014

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has defended comments made by Treasurer Joe Hockey that reintroducing fuel indexation won’t hurt the poor.

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Pooncarie residents can’t be rattled

Originally published: Friday, 15th August, 2014

Pooncarie locals appear to have shrugged off a decent-sized tremor that hit the area in the early hours of yesterday morning.

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Newmarket hits 40

Originally published: Friday, 15th August, 2014

The Broken Hill Greyhound Racing Club is celebrating another chapter in its rich history this Saturday afternoon.

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Waiting game

Originally published: Friday, 15th August, 2014

Suspended Central Darling Shire councillors will now have to play the waiting game after public inquiry hearings wrapped up yesterday.

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Bryce reaches the ton

Originally published: Friday, 15th August, 2014

It is a hobby that has taken him from the grounds of Broken Hill to the green pastures of the Adelaide Oval.

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Joeys back on track

Originally published: Thursday, 14th August, 2014

With consecutive wins under their belt, St Joseph’s soccer club are confident that normal transmission has resumed.

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Artwork launched as Cup countdown begins

Originally published: Thursday, 14th August, 2014

With the Silver City Cup fast approaching, the Club has released the artwork which will feature on the 2014 poster and brochure.

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Battle against bullying

Originally published: Thursday, 14th August, 2014

An anti-bullying consultant has spent a week in the city delivering seminars to students, parents and teachers.

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Touched by cancer

Originally published: Thursday, 14th August, 2014

Friends Marlene Satterthwaite and Sue Kersten are shaving their hair off for Prostate Cancer at the end of the month.

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Outback dental program should be expanded: RFDS

Originally published: Thursday, 14th August, 2014

The Flying Doctor says its mobile dental model has improved the oral health of many in the bush and should now be expanded across Australia.

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Hospital heroes answer the call

Originally published: Thursday, 14th August, 2014

Local pathology staff are going on a super fundraiser for sick children.

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Tree service pruned

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

City Council will no longer collect tree branches lopped by Essential Energy anymore because it says it can’t afford it.

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Man lucky to avoid jail term

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

A young man who headbutted another man and broke his nose was told yesterday that he would be in jail if the NSW Parliament had made prison sentences mandatory for crimes of drunken violence.

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Road revival

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

Over $11 million is being sought from a NSW Government program for two major road projects in the region, including Broken Hill’s heavy vehicle bypass.

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Dance your way to fitness

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

The PCYC is offering ‘Dance 4 Fitness’ for people just wanting to have some fun and be active.

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AFL forced our hand: Hird

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

Sidelined Essendon coach James Hird says the AFL club never asked for an investigation into its supplements program and its players did not take any performance enhancing drugs.

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A musical journey into the past

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th August, 2014

Songs from some of the greatest musicals of all time can be heard at Theatre 44 on Sunday when the Broken Hill Philharmonic Choir presents its latest show, “Musical Memories”, at Theatre 44.

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Sport stars ready for SA’s best

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th August, 2014

A contingent of Broken Hill soccer teams are looking to punch above their weight at the South Australian Country Championships in Mildura this weekend. 

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Tackling truancy at Wilcannia

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th August, 2014

Wilcannia Central School finally has a full complement of truancy officers working to increase student attendance.

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Heritage listing may be on horizon

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th August, 2014

They won’t put a date on it but Mayor Wincen Cuy and MP Sussan Ley are confident the much-delayed heritage listing of Broken Hill is edging ever closer.

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Trevor’s rare snap

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th August, 2014

BH astronomer Trevor Barry caught this striking photo on August 4 of Saturn as it re-emerged from behind the moon.

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Hep C test priority

Originally published: Monday, 11th August, 2014

The local health service says testing for Hepatitis C was a priority area, especially now that most people can be cured from it.

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Uke blast hits high school

Originally published: Monday, 11th August, 2014

Broken Hill High School has been swept up in the worldwide trend of community Uke Groups.

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Who can stop the Roos?

Originally published: Monday, 11th August, 2014

Can anyone stop the runaway steam train that is the South Football Club?

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Taking it to the Vics

Originally published: Monday, 11th August, 2014

The St Patrick's Race Club has opened up an outlet in Mildura to cope with the drove of punters expected for next year's 50th race meeting.

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Building a better life

Originally published: Monday, 11th August, 2014

A local mum and son are heading overseas for a holiday with a twist - they will help build a house.

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SHIRE’S STRIFE

Originally published: Saturday, 9th August, 2014

Council rejected Govt help: former mayor

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Lights, camera, action!

Originally published: Saturday, 9th August, 2014

Filming will begin on a new short film project this weekend in the city.

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Pressure on Dogs with Kelly sidelined

Originally published: Saturday, 9th August, 2014

The North Football Club enters what is almost unchartered territory today when they take to the field without kingpin Jayden Kelly against South today.

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Heavyweights clash

Originally published: Saturday, 9th August, 2014

Supporters in Menindee have a rugby league feast on their doorstep today, with the top four Outback Rugby League sides coming together for a double-header.

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Do Broken Hill proud

Originally published: Saturday, 9th August, 2014

Do you remember the Broken Hill Proud campaign that was run during the early 90’s?

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St Annes’ Greg McCoy named top employee

Originally published: Friday, 8th August, 2014

Southern Cross Care recognised staff yesterday in it’s Employee of the Year Awards.

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City’s streets no place for hoons

Originally published: Friday, 8th August, 2014

A sleep-deprived policeman’s appeal for help to catch late-night hoon drivers has been answered by the public.

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Students educated on alcohol

Originally published: Friday, 8th August, 2014

A group of high school students improved their job prospects and their understanding of alcohol related issues at the Robinson College recently.

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Shinglebacks on life support?

Originally published: Friday, 8th August, 2014

A drop in membership numbers and participation is impacting the Shinglebacks’ ability to successfully fundraise for junior sport.

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Tidy Towns assessor impressed

Originally published: Friday, 8th August, 2014

Tidy Towns assessor Syd Smith was in the city yesterday and stopped to have a chat with Broken Hill public’s environmental club.

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LGNSW appoints new chief

Originally published: Thursday, 7th August, 2014

An experienced public servant and NSW grazier has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Local Government NSW (LGNSW)

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Couple returns to old stomping ground with 50 others

Originally published: Thursday, 7th August, 2014

Former local couple Sarah and Ian Jaensch have made a return trip to the city - with 50 parents in tow.

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Motocross champ gives our city thumbs up

Originally published: Thursday, 7th August, 2014

Former Australian champion Shane Metcalfe has given the Broken Hill Motocross scene two thumbs up following his visit to the Silver City last weekend.

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Story time for councillors

Originally published: Thursday, 7th August, 2014

A number of councillors headed to the City Library yesterday for a ‘meet and greet’ as part of NSW Local Government Week.

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PM’s backdown on changes to race-hate laws “a big relief”

Originally published: Thursday, 7th August, 2014

Broken Hill’s indigenous community has welcomed the Abbott government’s decision to rethink changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

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UDRH program helps children’s speech

Originally published: Thursday, 7th August, 2014

A program run through the University Department of Rural Health is helping to reduce communication difficulties in children.

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Message for tourists

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th August, 2014

Not being able to visit the Line of Lode has taken a toll with someone taking to a sign to warn visitors away from the closed site.

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Man thanks St John for saving his life

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th August, 2014

A participant in the inaugural ARB Paringa Desert 400 has thanked the St John Ambulance volunteers who saved his life by making a $1,000 donation to the local Broken Hill Division.

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Recyclers reap rewards

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th August, 2014

Clients at Broken Hill’s Karanda Respite Centre are enjoying a swag of goodies thanks to an environmentally friendly fundraising project. 

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Doctors scheme a “failure”

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th August, 2014

A scheme that forces overseas-trained doctors to work in the bush was failing medicos and the towns where they worked, according to the Rural Doctors Association of NSW (RDANSW).

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SPY POWERS

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th August, 2014

Imagine paying more for your internet or mobile phone connection just so the government could spy on you at its leisure.

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Sign up as next of kin

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th August, 2014

Missing Persons Week started on Sunday, and the focus for this year is Dementia sufferers.

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Gearing up for state champs

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th August, 2014

Four keen and thriving swimmers from the Silver City Swim Club have returned from the Junior Excellence (JX) and Division 2 Meets in Adelaide with outstanding results.

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Armed robber strikes South

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th August, 2014

Another armed robbery has been committed in the city’s south after a barman was robbed and assaulted at knifepoint.

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Family travels across world to visit ancestor’s grave

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th August, 2014

The great granddaughter of a man who died after he was forced to drink a bad batch of grog more than a century ago has travelled halfway across the world to pay her respects to him.

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Phone service launched for homeless

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th August, 2014

 The NSW Government has invested $4.5m into a telephone service for homelessness, but a local councillor believes more needs to be done.

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Good reason to dine in

Originally published: Monday, 4th August, 2014

If you’re a cooking enthusiast who’s keen to do something for charity, Camp Quality has the perfect event for you.

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ORL crackdown

Originally published: Monday, 4th August, 2014

The Outback Rugby League’s effort to clean up antisocial spectator behaviour was tainted by an unsavoury on field incident at the weekend.

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100-year-old membership

Originally published: Monday, 4th August, 2014

A rare piece of history dating back over 100 years has been unearthed following an appeal for new members from the Silver City Lodge No.7.

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A gun cook

Originally published: Monday, 4th August, 2014

Margaret Edwards didn’t have aspirations for a career in the kitchen, it was thrust upon her in the middle of the night by a mob of shearers. 

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Silver City link to pole pollution

Originally published: Monday, 4th August, 2014

The first lead pollution in Antarctica occurred as a result of mining in Broken Hill more than 20 years before explorers reached it, scientists have discovered.

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iVolunteer

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd August, 2014

I WAS born in Broken Hill and grew up in this area and married a Broken Hill man.

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‘Living treasure’ true to form

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd August, 2014

Local artist Howard Steer has donated a painting to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, which will auction the work on The Footy Show.

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Referee crisis: shortage forces match moves

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd August, 2014

A near-crippling referee shortage has hit the Outback Rugby League competition, with the league forced to reschedule two matches to Sunday afternoon due to a lack of whistleblowers.

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Bulldogs to pip Pies

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd August, 2014

The Jubilee Oval hosts the Bulldogs and the Magpies today in what is shaping as a very important contest.

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Sky’s the limit if stars align

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd August, 2014

Two exciting National Science Week events will showcase Western and Aboriginal Astronomy in outback NSW.

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Attacker walks free

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd August, 2014

A man who was sentenced to a year in jail for brutally assaulting his pregnant partner on two occasions walked free yesterday after lodging an appeal.

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Campaigner ends pain

Originally published: Friday, 1st August, 2014

After years of battling with cancer, former local Max Bromson passed away on Monday.

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New mums join celebration

Originally published: Friday, 1st August, 2014

Local breast feeding mums kicked off World Breastfeeding Week with a catch-up and some cake, yesterday.

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Trailblazers want to help

Originally published: Friday, 1st August, 2014

A group of volunteers are a part of a pilot program that will give support to hospital patients with dementia or those requiring palliative care.

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Shelter putting the bite on

Originally published: Friday, 1st August, 2014

The RSPCA is getting ready to host one of their biggest fundraisers for the year.

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Council to seek $15m to revamp Argent St

Originally published: Friday, 1st August, 2014

City Council will ask the state government for more than $15 million for an Argent Street makeover it says will double tourism within the next five years.

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