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SEND OFF FOR MARINERS STALWART

Fri, 30/12/2011 - 15:59

There was a shock announcement from the Central Coast Mariners today.

Striker Matt Simon will play just two more matches for the club after signing a three year deal with Chunnum Dragons in South Korea.

Head coach Graham Arnold has called on Mariners fans to give the East Gosford junior, the send off he deserves.

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MAN CHARGED OVER WARATAH MURDER

Thu, 29/12/2011 - 12:39

A 48-year-old man accused of murdering a Newcastle resident in October has been refused bail in a Sydney court.
Michael Peter James Kaine, who was extradited from South
Australia, appeared via video link at Parramatta Local
Court.
He is charged with murdering Dennis Griffin, 62 at Waratah on October 4th.
The matter was adjourned to Newcastle Local Court on January 10.

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KURT FEARNLEY’S WHITE KNUCKLE RIDE TO HOBART

Wed, 28/12/2011 - 19:33

After a neck and neck finish to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Investec Loyal pipped Wild Oats X1 to cross the line first on Wednesday evening.

Hunter Wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley was aboard the winning boat and phoned his wife Sheridan in Newcastle just minutes after crossing the line.

Kurt says he suffered several bouts of sea sickness during the rough run down the New South Wales Coast.

While tired and bruised, he says its been an amazing experience, and was looking forward to celebrating with his crew mates, including NINE personality Karl Stefanovic.

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POETS PLEA FOR SUMMER SUN

Wed, 28/12/2011 - 17:59

The weeks of relentless rain and grey skies in the lead-up to the New Year have compelled one Hunter resident to pen a little bush poetry.

While stuck indoors, Bob Skelton, otherwise known as the Minmi Magster, has written a few verses on one of the wettest Decembers in decades.

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EARTHQUAKE VETERANS REUNITED

Wed, 28/12/2011 - 16:55

It’s 22 years today since Newcastle was struck by an earthquake, an event that left an indelible imprint on anyone who experienced it.
One of the enduring images of the quake was an NBN News interview, interupted by a much bigger story.

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AVOCADO CROPS SET TO HALVE

Tue, 27/12/2011 - 17:25

The cold start to summer has seen many people grab a blanket instead of a beach towel, but spare a thought for avocado farmers.

Constant overcast days have stunted fruit production, which could see next year’s crop halve.

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BOXING DAY BIG SWELLS ROLL IN

Mon, 26/12/2011 - 15:17

Large swells and rough surf kept many out of the water on Boxing Day, but the coastline was still a popular place.
The dangerous conditions will continue until later in the week.

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DRIVE SAFE DURING HOLIDAY PERIOD

Fri, 23/12/2011 - 18:00

Police will increase their presence on Hunter roads as holidaymakers hit the highways.

Operation Safe Arrival is now in force, with double demerits for anyone caught speeding, drink driving, or not wearing a seatbelt.

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WOMAN CRITICAL AFTER HIGHWAY CRASH

Fri, 23/12/2011 - 15:27

A 58-year-old woman is fighting for her life in Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital tonight, after a head-on crash on the Pacific Highway near Macksville.

The woman was a passenger in a car which crossed to the wrong side of the road, and collided with a B-double at Warrell Creek, early this morning.

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EAST TIMOR BIG GUNS FOR BOSSLIFT

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 18:02

Continuing our look at Exercise Boss Lift, where the employers of Army Reservists travel to East Timor.
Without the generosity of such businesses, there would be no Army Reserve, because it’s the bosses who allow their employees to go on overseas deployments.
But with sacrifice comes reward – the chance to let loose at a firing range – and take to the sky in a Blackhawk.

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FILIPPOU SENTENCED TO 31 YEARS JAIL FOR WILLIS MURDERS

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 16:30

A Newcastle man who murdered two brothers last year, will spend at least the next 25 years behind bars.

Christopher Angelo Filippou was today sentenced to a maximum of 31 years in jail, after shooting Sam and Luke Willis at close range, following a neighbourhood feud.

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RIG RECOVERY TO CAUSE LENGTHY DELAYS

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 16:16

Traffic on the Pacific Highway between Coffs Harbour and Grafton is facing major disruptions tonight, with road closures expected to cause lengthy delays.

Emergency crews have just begun a massive operation to recover a B-double, which overturned last night.

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OPERATION BOSSLIFT EAST TIMOR

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 11:08

Since 2006, Australian troops have been on the ground in East Timor, helping keep the peace in the newly independent nation.
A large part of the 460-strong force is Army Reserve from Northern New South Wales.
Last week, some of the diggers invited their day job bosses to come over and see what they are capable of, in what’s known as Exercise Boss Lift.
NBN’s Blake Doyle and Peter McDonald travelled with them to the capital Dili.

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OAKVALE WELCOMES EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT

Wed, 21/12/2011 - 18:32

There’s a baby boom taking place at a Hunter wildlife park.

Oakvale Farm and Fauna World has already received a very special delivery, right before Christmas.

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SERVICE HONOUR LONG TIME COMING

Wed, 21/12/2011 - 17:46

It’s been a long time coming, but there was recognition today for a former Australian serviceman, involved in one of New Zealand’s most difficult peacetime operations.
Lake Macquarie resident, David Armstrong, helped out following the 1979 Mount Erebus plane crash.
An Air New Zealand Antarctic sightseeing flight crashed into a steep snow-covered peak, killing 237 people.
Mr Armstrong led a team tasked with recovering bodies and personal effects from the scene.
Today he was presented with the New Zealand Special Service Medal.

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1pm News Update

Wed, 21/12/2011 - 12:19
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HEALTHY STOCKING FILLERS

Tue, 20/12/2011 - 14:55

The Mid North Coast Local Health Network says tooth decay rates are on the rise for the first time in decades.

To combat the problem, it’s urging people to swap lollies and chocolates for toothbrushes and dental floss for Christmas gifts this week.

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RACING ON FOR BOXING DAY

Tue, 20/12/2011 - 09:53

Horse racing’s governing body has put the Newcastle Jockey Club on notice – but will allow one of the region’s biggest events, the Boxing Day races, to go ahead.

Stewards say more work is needed on Broadmeadow’s troubled track, and the club is determined to avoid another racing blackout.

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SPORTS STARS GET EARLY RUN ON Q1′S LATEST ATTRACTION

Mon, 19/12/2011 - 18:16

Do you fancy yourself a thrillseeker?

Well forget the Bridge Climb – Australia’s tallest residential tower is offering an adrenalin hit like no other.

It’s the Skypoint Climb at Q1 on the Gold Coast, and today sports stars got an early test run.

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BUSINESSMAN SEEKS SOLACE IN EAST TIMOR

Mon, 19/12/2011 - 15:47

There will be a special tribute to a young Newcastle soldier, killed while on duty in East Timor.

An army bar will be named in honour of reservist, Beau Pridue, who died in a truck crash in September.

His day job boss, Newcastle businessman Andrew Griffiths, has just gone to East Timor to learn more about Beau’s life as a digger – and NBN News went along.

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