News review: Catch up on the biggest local news stories of the week

Legendary trolley circle sends Armidale into a Facebook frenzy

The “mysterious” ring of trolleys was found in the Armidale Central Shopping Centre car park on Saturday morning.

The holiday from hell

TAMWORTH: Linda Cork and Ben Nixon and their two young daughters were left stranded on the Mid North Coast, when thieves broke into their camper van while they slept, to steal the keys to their car.

The Nixon family. Photo: Supplied

The Nixon family. Photo: Supplied

62-year-old woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

GUNNEDAH: Leith Gatenby was sentenced to a Section 9 Bond for 18 months in relation to the charge of aggravated cruelty and fined a total of $4400 for other offences and ordered to pay veterinary costs incurred by the RSPCA for 51 dogs, amounting to $130,647.19.

‘Georgia loved life and gave it’

Two and a half years ago, Goondiwindi sadly lost Georgia Bourke. This week, Georgia’s mother Mary penned this moving story remembering her daughter.

Wrongfully claiming Aboriginal identity is a serious problem

MOREE: For four years, Grassroots Movement – a non-government funded organisation – has hosted meetings about the ever increasing claims to Aboriginality by people who do not qualify as a known, recognised, accepted identifiable Aboriginal person

Life in the balance

One whole week in May is missing from Tony Wilson’s life, but it’s extraordinary that he even has a life after beating the odds to make a full recovery after his heart stopped beating.

That Tony is with us at all – let alone returning to work at the end of the month – is due to a ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances that put the odds in his favour, and the ‘advanced life saving protocols’ carried out by skilled staff supplemented by a hastily-gathered backup crew at Tenterfield Hospital on that fateful day.

Huge wind farm equipment bound for Glen Innes

Giant transformer to hit the road

Giant transformer to hit the road

A 150 tonne transformer is bound for Glen Innes via the New England Highway. It’s going to the Sapphire Wind Farm and due to pass through the town on Tuesday, August 15.  The equipment which transforms power generated by the wind into a form which can be used on the grid is eleven metres long and about six metres in height and width.

Man in court over alleged historic Inverell assaults

A man will face court on Wednesday after being charged with alleged historical child sex offences in Inverell.

Earlier this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad recommenced an investigation into the alleged historical indecent assault of two young girls by a man known to them.

Confirmed case of Meningococcal Disease in New England Hospital

A young adult was reported to be in a stable condition in a New England hospital with confirmed meningococcal disease

Close contacts of the patient have been prescribed clearance antibiotics to prevent further transmission of the disease.

Dual emergencies put emergency services into action

Emergency crews were in hot demand on Wednesday responding to an emergency aircraft landing and a car fire – all in the space of an hour.

CAR FIRE: Green Land Rover alight on Rockvale Road. Photo: Rebecca Robinson.

CAR FIRE: Green Land Rover alight on Rockvale Road. Photo: Rebecca Robinson.

A twin engine Cessna 421 was forced to land at Armidale Regional Airport following a complete electrical failure.


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