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News archive

This is an archive containing every news story ever posted on the BDT website. If you’re looking for a specific article, try the search box at the top right hand side of this page. Otherwise you can just browse the archive by selecting a year and month below.

March, 2014

Honesty and the Blues key to happy marriage

Originally published: Monday, 31st March, 2014

Kevin and Barbara Spangler will be celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today.

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The Dash is back

Originally published: Monday, 31st March, 2014

The popular YMCA Desert Dash is on again this weekend, this time with a new course.

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Roos sound early warning

Originally published: Monday, 31st March, 2014

A fit and firing South have surged to win their fourth straight Lightning Cup.

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Hunt for wild dog solutions

Originally published: Monday, 31st March, 2014

Wild dogs looking for water are creating problems for graziers in the western region, according to Landcare.

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Festival’s lasting message

Originally published: Monday, 31st March, 2014

The Festival of Respect has come to an end, but Far West Commnuity Legal Centre CEO Tracey Willow says the event’s positive message will live on. 

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Bush sticks with immunisation

Originally published: Saturday, 29th March, 2014

Parents in some of the wealthiest suburbs of Sydney might think that getting their children immunised is not a good thing, but out in the bush it’s a different story.

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PCYC to host Master class

Originally published: Saturday, 29th March, 2014

Taekwondo instructor Lee Hermansson and student Byron McGeorge have been busy preparing for the arrival of Master Noel Keating.

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BOWLED OVER

Originally published: Saturday, 29th March, 2014

Clubs fear for future of indoor sport

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Lights out for Earth Hour

Originally published: Saturday, 29th March, 2014

When Clancy Van Aalst from Broken Hill was living in India last year, power outages could occur daily for up to hours at a time.

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Shire council fears

Originally published: Saturday, 29th March, 2014

Page predicts reduced community services

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New gear for a new season

Originally published: Friday, 28th March, 2014

The Y’s Men’s Club of Broken Hill has chipped in to give junior footy a kick along for the upcoming season. 

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Big fire danger for BH seniors

Originally published: Friday, 28th March, 2014

Elderly Broken Hill people are among the most in danger from home fires in country NSW, according to Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW).

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Training for the worst

Originally published: Friday, 28th March, 2014

A complex training exercise involving a multi vehicle level crossing accident and chemical spill tested the city’s emergency services and medical students yesterday.

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A fundraiser with attitude

Originally published: Friday, 28th March, 2014

The Toy Library has a busy couple of days coming up with a movie fundraiser and an open day.

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Musos creditors won’t wait for Demo merger offer

Originally published: Friday, 28th March, 2014

Creditors of the Musicians’ Club have baulked at a delay that could have secured a lifeline from the Democratic Club.

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Unearthing the Hill’s history

Originally published: Thursday, 27th March, 2014

Broken Hill and other frontier mining towns developed “fierce loyalties” but each was connected by similarities that united them across the continent.

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Back to the ‘40s at Theatre 44

Originally published: Thursday, 27th March, 2014

Go back in time this weekend to the 1940s and the great songs of the era with the latest concert at Theatre 44.

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Emergency response test

Originally published: Thursday, 27th March, 2014

The skill and resolve of emergency services and students from the University Department of Rural health will be tested today as a simulated crisis unfolds somewhere in Broken Hill.

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Gladys’ amazing milestone

Originally published: Thursday, 27th March, 2014

She saw the Sydney Harbour Bridge built and was there when the Japanese submarines invaded the harbour, but for ex-Sydneysider Gladys Mills, it was a Broken Hill landmark that left her in awe.

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Final attempt to save Shorty

Originally published: Thursday, 27th March, 2014

A City Councillor last night urged fellow representatives to go back on a decision to close Shorty O’Neil Village, due to alleged mismatched figures and the uncertain future of 42 bed licences.

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Shorty shift switch

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th March, 2014

City Council will soon outsource shifts at its Shorty O’Neil Village at the expense of current employees, according to the union.

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BHPS to rock at Stones tribute

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th March, 2014

A group of local students will have the chance to immerse themselves in musical history as they prepare to perform in the “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll” Rolling Stones tribute show next month.

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Glenn aces again

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th March, 2014

A hole-in-one is a rare and special occurrence but it is all about luck and getting the right shot, says Glenn Williams who now has two aces up his sleeve.

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Corey fought to the end

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th March, 2014

The parents of former local man Corey Hawes, whose battle with cancer produced an outpouring of public support, have spoken about their son’s brave fight to the end.

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Lingstar goes under the hammer

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th March, 2014

Hundreds of business and station owners showed up at Kanandah Road yesterday to take part in a clearing auction of Lingstar’s assets.

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Blistering start for Iceni Magic

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th March, 2014

Winning is starting to become a habit for Iceni Magic.

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Volunteers driving local footy

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th March, 2014

Teamwork was the buzzword at the AFL Broken Hill season launch at the Demo Club last night.

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Local leaders better for BH

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th March, 2014

It’s an exciting time for the delivery of community services in the Far West after a number of changes in the public sector, according to the District Director of Family and Community Services (FACS).

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Watch out, kids

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th March, 2014

Safety concerns have been raised about illegal parking in zones in front of schools.

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Snakes invade local pools

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th March, 2014

Small snakes are being found in some backyard pools.

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Resident shocked by massive fee

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th March, 2014

A Broken Hill resident is encouraging locals shocked by large electricity bills to investigate further after she received an amended statement that differed close to $3000 from the original.

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Soccer kicks off

Originally published: Monday, 24th March, 2014

The Broken Hill Soccer Association says increased sponsorship from the Community Credit Union will help them invest in important infrastructure upgrades. 

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We’re ready, Sussan

Originally published: Monday, 24th March, 2014

 Federal MP Sussan Ley has insisted that same sex marriage was not a “high priority” for her electorate, but some local groups have hit back.

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Fingerprint scanners ‘invasive’

Originally published: Monday, 24th March, 2014

Alma Public School received a special delivery from Woolworths last week after outstanding participation in the supermarket’s Earn and Learn promotion last year.

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Hospital kiosk holding its own

Originally published: Monday, 24th March, 2014

The hospital kiosk has so far been “largely unaffected” by the opening of a cafe across the road, according to its treasurer.

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BRAVERY

Originally published: Monday, 24th March, 2014

On August 5, 2012, Leanne Barber awoke on a cold morning to the sounds of screams and cries for help.

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Fingerprint scanners ‘invasive’

Originally published: Monday, 24th March, 2014

Barry O’Farrell has backed the controversial move of using fingerprint scanners to track school children, but the Barrier Teachers Association says the measure goes too far.

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Natural beauty

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd March, 2014

Make-up comes off for cancer campaign

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Burglar given another chance

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd March, 2014

A landscape gardener who burgled two Royal Flying Doctor Service houses whose yards he helped maintain has been spared more time behind bars.

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Big day out for Broken Hill soccer

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd March, 2014

The Broken Hill Soccer Association is preparing to kick start their season with a bang.

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Dream run

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd March, 2014

Broken Hill’s Mitchell Henderson is a step closer to his AFL dream after being selected in the NSW/ACT Rams squad in the Under 18 TAC Cup.

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Old flats gutted by fire

Originally published: Friday, 21st March, 2014

A number of flats suffered considerable damage after fire ripped through a building on Billygoat Hill in Argent Street early yesterday morning.

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Budding Giants

Originally published: Friday, 21st March, 2014

Four of Broken Hill’s brightest AFL prospects are gunning for a spot in the Greater Western Sydney AFL academy side. 

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Stolen weapon poses danger

Originally published: Friday, 21st March, 2014

A high-powered hunting bow stolen from the back of a ute this week could do some “serious damage” in the wrong hands, its owner said yesterday.

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Drugged-up robbers terrorise young family

Originally published: Friday, 21st March, 2014

Three men who left a mother terrified and a man with knife wounds during two armed home invasions committed last year have been sentenced to a combined 25 years behind bars.

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Court decision a joke: victim

Originally published: Friday, 21st March, 2014

The 60-year-old victim of an unprovoked bashing says he felt “absolutely gutted” when his assailant walked free after a ruling in the District Court this week.

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Folk art show stirs imagination

Originally published: Thursday, 20th March, 2014

Alma Public School students made their way to Duff Street’s Broken Hill Art Exchange yesterday and left feeling inspired after seeing an exhibition of local self-taught artist Trisha B’s works. 

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Another medal in the collection

Originally published: Thursday, 20th March, 2014

 Clay target shooter Darryn Nicholls knows more than most that becoming world champion can be decided by the slimmest of margins. 

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No satisfaction for Stones’ fan

Originally published: Thursday, 20th March, 2014

You can’t always get what you want, as diehard Rolling Stones fan Andrew Wilson found out yesterday.

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No mines here, apparently

Originally published: Thursday, 20th March, 2014

Broken Hill has missed out on a share of $75 million for infrastructure projects in mining towns in NSW.

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Attacker walks free

Originally published: Thursday, 20th March, 2014

A man sentenced to at least eight months behind bars for an unprovoked attack on another man last year has avoided jail after his appeal was upheld in the District Court yesterday.

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RSPCA offers bargain felines

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th March, 2014

The Broken Hill RSPCA is offering half priced adoptions till the end of the month for all cats and kittens.

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Half day walk

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th March, 2014

The Barrier Rangers Bush Walking Club will hold its first walk for the year on Sunday, March 30.

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Cinema renovation a show of faith

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th March, 2014

Major renovations at the Silver City Cinema are testament to a belief in the local economy, according to business owner John Wren.

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Wilcannia co-op a goer

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th March, 2014

The potential for a planned Wilcannia co-op is looking brighter than ever with ideas from tourism to a butchers shop to be pitched soon.

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Legion a club no more

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th March, 2014

Club Legion is going into liquidation and it assets will be sold.

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PCYC takes teens under its wing

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th March, 2014

A program to help young people build relationships with police and the community has started again.

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Coles boss counting down the days

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th March, 2014

Excitement is building at the Gossan Street shopping centre site as Coles prepares to open the doors to its huge, bright white supermarket next month.

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Howse reclaims crown

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th March, 2014

Sidecar racer Rick Howse has made a triumphant return to his home track, taking out the King Of The Hill speedway event on Saturday night.

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‘Businesses will grow with a helping hand’

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th March, 2014

A local deli owner agrees with Mayor Wincen Cuy’s recent comments about the city’s future, but says City Council should be more supportive.

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Trip ruined

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th March, 2014

 A weekend away for Jenny Beer was turned upside down when her handbag and $1,000 was stolen.

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Eight Red pockets prize

Originally published: Monday, 17th March, 2014

South Australian trainer Kym Healy has won his second St Patrick’s Outback Cup with a horse that he essentially picked up from the scrapheap.

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Doubt over cash for vegies plan

Originally published: Monday, 17th March, 2014

A plan to pay children to eat fruit and vegetables has been pitched to the NSW Premier, but a local dietitian is doubtful it would work.

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Thank you BH

Originally published: Monday, 17th March, 2014

Former local Naomi Doyle put out a fundraising call for her daughter last year, and she has been overwhelmed with the response.

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Minister on the road

Originally published: Monday, 17th March, 2014

Minister for Western New South Wales Kevin Humphries was in the city over the weekend to speak with the community, and he was told the road leading up to the miners’ memorial was top priority.

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Fashionistas dress to impress

Originally published: Monday, 17th March, 2014

Fashionistas provided the judges with some tough decisions on Saturday with outstanding outfits.

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Copy boy works his way to top

Originally published: Saturday, 15th March, 2014

After gaining experience in almost all facets of the Barrier Daily Truth, Rod Niemann is now running the newspaper that hired him as a copy boy over four decades ago.

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Raring to go

Originally published: Saturday, 15th March, 2014

Defonet may have tasted success on the dirt tracks of Broken Hill before but trainer Paula Trenwith knows that will count for little when it comes to the Outback Cup today.

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Track in top shape

Originally published: Saturday, 15th March, 2014

Track curator Mick Wayman says the racecourse is in the best possible shape ahead of the eight-race St Pat’s Day program.

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SES seeks to give volunteers voice following ICAC inquiry

Originally published: Saturday, 15th March, 2014

An Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation into the NSW SES has provided the catalyst for a statewide roadshow designed to give volunteers a voice on the future of the organisation.

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Locals go on show

Originally published: Friday, 14th March, 2014

Three Broken Hill artists feature in four new exhibitions that open tonight at the Regional Art Galley.

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One for Rocky

Originally published: Friday, 14th March, 2014

Broken Hill Harness Racing will pay tribute to larger-than-life figure Ray Baker at the Carnival of Cups meeting tonight. 

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Fuel leak forces shutdown

Originally published: Friday, 14th March, 2014

A leaking fuel tank forced a Broken Hill service station to temporarily shut down yesterday.

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Maurie moving on

Originally published: Friday, 14th March, 2014

If you’ve played Aussie Rules or had a hit of golf any time in past decade, chances are you’ve crossed paths with Maurie Hetherton. 

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Judge laments lack of opportunity for Aboriginal offenders

Originally published: Friday, 14th March, 2014

Redfern, the home of “The Block”, a once-notorious Aboriginal ghetto in Sydney, now has a crime rate that is lower than the NSW average, a judge told the local sittings of the District Court yesterday.

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New booklet offers help to partners

Originally published: Thursday, 13th March, 2014

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has produced a new booklet to help the partners of people diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Local a ‘tireless worker’

Originally published: Thursday, 13th March, 2014

Pam Lord was presented with her “Murray-Darling Woman of the Year” award at a special ceremony held at the NSW Parliament House last week.

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‘Local solutions’ to crime needed

Originally published: Thursday, 13th March, 2014

Developing crime management plans from the ground up was the main message from local politicians during a meeting of the NSW Rural Crime Advisory Group in city yesterday.

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Irene’s bold act of support

Originally published: Thursday, 13th March, 2014

You’re never too old to join the fight against cancer - just ask Irene Holmes.

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‘Watch what you write’

Originally published: Thursday, 13th March, 2014

A social media expert says the law is finally catching up with technology and people need to monitor what they say about others online.

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Laying the groundwork

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th March, 2014

A lot of groundwork goes into staging the city’s biennial Agfair event.

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Time for ‘truth’ about Tibet

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th March, 2014

A nurse working in Broken Hill will go to Canberra on Friday to tell politicians “the truth” about China’s treatment of Tibetans.

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Lifeline has X Factor

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th March, 2014

Australian singer-songwriter Reece Mastin will be in Broken Hill next month to help celebrate the 50th birthday of one of the city’s most treasured community organisations.

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Mick’s legend grows

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th March, 2014

The success of racing icon and former local Mick Robins was revisited this week with the induction of his dual Melbourne Cup-winning horse Rain Lover into the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame.

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Got their man

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th March, 2014

A young man who badly injured an 81-year-old woman when he mugged her in Oxide Street has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail.

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Shipboard romance that endured

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

They met at sea, courted in England, raised a family in Canada and now reside in Broken Hill.

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South dominate preseason stoush

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

Despite a bad case of sunburn, South coach Craig Thomas couldn’t have been happier following his team’s first hit out of the year. 

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More seek help

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

Of the 1104 people assisted by St Vincent de Paul locally in 2013, over half were new clients. 

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Fete will light up your day

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

There will be sharpshooters and shining lights at Burke Ward this week as the school holds its twilight continental fete.

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‘Ice’ and ‘hillbilly heroin’ leave their mark

Originally published: Monday, 10th March, 2014

A local physician said he “wouldn’t be a bit surprised” to learn that a number of expecting mothers in Broken Hill were addicted to methamphetamine.

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Teachers want full six years

Originally published: Monday, 10th March, 2014

Broken Hill teachers have voiced their disappointment over the Federal Government’s refusal to guarantee the full implementation of the Gonski Review’s recommendations for funding.

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Courtney wins top award

Originally published: Monday, 10th March, 2014

Courtney Gauci’s university experience will be made easier thanks to the David Bowler Memorial Award.

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Magpies' perfect season ends in premiership

Originally published: Monday, 10th March, 2014

Central have gone through the 2013/14 season undefeated to claim back-to-back Barrier District Cricket League titles.

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Perfect season up for grabs

Originally published: Saturday, 8th March, 2014

While it is an achievement to win a cricket premiership in any grade it is an outstanding feat to go through a full cricket season undefeated in all formats of the game at the highest level.

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West could turn tables on the Warriors

Originally published: Saturday, 8th March, 2014

Warriors narrowly beat West in the final minor round to clinch the minor premiership in B Grade a fortnight ago.

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Council fronts knockers

Originally published: Saturday, 8th March, 2014

A firm stance is being taken on anyone making defamatory comments about City Council via social media sites.

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Come here and say that!

Originally published: Saturday, 8th March, 2014

This baby bearded dragon sure picked an interesting place to sunbake - or did he think he could take on the world with his big new mate, a plaster goanna? “Good to see this little guy - probably one of last season’s hatchlings - has survived such a harsh summer,” said local photographer Beth Garland who took the shot.

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Lions helping to set Lara free

Originally published: Saturday, 8th March, 2014

A local family, with the help of the Lions Club, is raising money for their little girl to attend conductive education programs.

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Police track down alleged bus deviant

Originally published: Saturday, 8th March, 2014

Broken Hill Police have made an arrest in relation to an incident that took place in front of three young girls on a public bus last Friday, February 28.

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Benefits go far beyond the green

Originally published: Friday, 7th March, 2014

The benefits of playing golf as a youngster go far beyond simply learning how to sink a putt on the green.

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Costly miscalculation for AFLBH

Originally published: Friday, 7th March, 2014

An accounting error dating back five years has cost AFL Broken Hill more than $30,000.

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Ready for race day

Originally published: Friday, 7th March, 2014

While the recent heavy rain caused havoc on the streets, they have proven an “absolute godsend” to preparations for next weekend’s St Pat’s races.

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Pop into our place, Jamie

Originally published: Friday, 7th March, 2014

Broken Hill may be getting its very own pop-up kitchen, as well as a visit from the creator of “pop-up’ kitchens, British chef Jamie Oliver.

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Helping hand

Originally published: Thursday, 6th March, 2014

Broken Hill grassroots sporting clubs and organisations that are doing it tough are being urged to apply for state government assistance.

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Water Commissioner in Menindee

Originally published: Thursday, 6th March, 2014

NSW State Water Commissioner David Harriss met with a number of key stakeholders during a visit to Menindee yesterday.

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Battle for control

Originally published: Thursday, 6th March, 2014

Musicians’ Club administrator Robert Brennan has withstood a challenge to his position and has vowed to try and restore the club to its former glory.

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Deviant on the loose

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th March, 2014

Broken Hill Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a man allegedly committed an indecent act in front of three girls, the youngest just eight years old.

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Fashion show to spring surprises

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th March, 2014

The St Pat’s Fashion Parade is on tonight and organisers are looking forward to presenting some exciting surprises.

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Country star a Cup starter

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th March, 2014

One of Australia’s most prolific country music artists is set for an appearance in Broken Hill this month.

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Dogs win flag

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th March, 2014

North has scored its second flag in as many years in under 17 cricket with a big win over West in Monday night’s grand final.

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Streets flooded in thunderous downpour

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th March, 2014

Broken Hill received about 10.4mm of rain yesterday afternoon in a sudden, torrential downpour that caused flash flooding and prompted police to close a stretch of road in the city.

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Clay target shooter joins elite club

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th March, 2014

It’s a blazer that admittedly won’t be worn too often but that doesn’t dilute its significance.

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YMCA thrilled with Swimathon generosity

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th March, 2014

The Broken Hill public raised more than $5,000 at the YMCA Swimathon on Sunday.

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Sydney Symphony passes baton on to teachers

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th March, 2014

Teachers throughout the Far West were treated to a master class in music education at a workshop held at Willyama High School on Saturday.

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Caught in the web

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th March, 2014

 Schoolkids exposed to ‘data mining’

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Favourites West go down in tight contest

Originally published: Monday, 3rd March, 2014

North have booked their place in the Barrier District Cricket League final after a tense 18-run upset win against West at the Alma Oval.

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Old bikers’ badge show

Originally published: Monday, 3rd March, 2014

They’ve hit the highways across the country but on Saturday night members of the Broken Hill Ulysses Motorcycle Club converged at the Silver City Workingmen’s Club.

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Tourism jolt tipped as bookings mount

Originally published: Monday, 3rd March, 2014

St Pat’s Race Club President Margaret Corradini hopes the Silver City’s premier race meeting will provide the trigger to revitalise the local tourism market.

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Mayor backs another rise for residents

Originally published: Monday, 3rd March, 2014

City Council should shift the rates burden from the mining companies onto businesses and residents for another year, according to the mayor.

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Electricity costs soar

Originally published: Saturday, 1st March, 2014

Electricity costs are putting a great strain on household finances with some residents paying as much on power bills as they are in rent, according to Lifeline’s Financial Counsellor Sherrie Wilkins.

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Dive in at the Swimathon

Originally published: Saturday, 1st March, 2014

The YMCA is hoping to make fear of water a thing of the past for kids at the 2014 Swimathon on Sunday.

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Handberg, Attard boost Robins’ line-up

Originally published: Saturday, 1st March, 2014

West and North do battle at the Alma Oval today in the Barrier District Cricket League Preliminary Final.

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