‘Flight risk’ remanded

By Jessica Howard A man accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of items to fund his lifestyle and pay off debt has...
Ballan’s OIC Sgt Michael Kearnes is urging residents to have the screws in their vehicle number plates changed on Saturday 25 March in Ballan. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Get screwed

By Jessica Howard As number plate theft in the region continues to rise, local police are urging the community to lock down their plates with...
Phil Burnell (SSA Team Leader), Pat Toohey (MSC) with a septic system recently completed on Noelle Shader’s property Photo – Helen Tatchell

Blackwood goes septic

By Kate Taylor    It was a who’s-who of local politics at the official start of the localised septic program in Blackwood.  Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas was...
Darwin, the groups mascot guards all the rubbish collected. Photo – Marika Ley

The best friends

Next time you sit under a shady tree or enjoy a nice scenic walk along a river track, take a moment to think who...
Coimadai brigade volunteers Mel Peterson and Stewart Geerling are reeling over the theft of a vehicle and essential equipment last week from their fire station. Photo – Jessica Howard

Thieves strike CFA Brigade

By Jessica Howard Heartless thieves have stolen around $150,000 worth of tools and equipment from the Coimadai Fire Station, rendering it inoperable for hours during...
Kassie Furness Photos – submitted/RacingPhotos

Success in the saddle

By Kate Taylor Jockey Kassie Furness has finished her Racing Victoria apprenticeship – and is already in fine form. Furness rode a double at Ballarat late...
Max Dennison Photo - Helen Tatchell

Tears as accused slammed by magistrate

By Jessica Howard An unlicensed driver who crashed a motorcycle into a Bacchus Marsh pedestrian crossing after doing burnouts has been refused bail. Max Dennison broke...

Accused killer to testify

By Jessica Howard One of the men accused of murdering Springbank war veteran Ken Handford could receive a reduced sentence after agreeing to testify in...
Ballan Sgt Michael Kearnes with Moorabool Community Register volunteer Audrey Stanaway. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Register and stay in touch

By Jessica Howard While Moorabool residents continue to feel safe thanks to their local community register, some areas of the shire are still under-represented. The Moorabool...
Sarah Nicholson home schools her son from their Myrniong residence. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Learning from home

By Kate Taylor A local group is smashing misconceptions about the practice of home schooling. When Sarah Nicholson’s son began turning into a bully at school,...