Murder trial begins

By Jessica Howard The trial for a man accused of murdering missing 46-year-old Keith Foggin is expected to span over three-weeks. Christopher John Trotter appeared in...
Youth Award winners with Moorabool Mayor Cr. David Edwards. Photo - Helen Tatchell

Our talented youth

By Helen Tatchell As a direct result of the 2013-2016 Youth Strategy, Moorabool’s Youth have been acknowledged. The third Youth Awards were held by Council at...
Acting CFA Chief Officer Alen Slijepcevic, Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard, Emergency Services Minister James Merlino and Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley at the announcement of the new $31m CFA training site for Ballan. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Jobs and growth

By Kate Taylor The state government has bought land near Ballan upon which it will build the replacement of the Fiskville Training Academy. The $31 million Victorian Emergency...
Photo – Helen Tatchell

Neglect leads to demolition

By Jessica Howard Bacchus Marsh residents will soon say goodbye to the town’s century-old signal box.  The traditional box, located at the Bacchus Marsh train station,...

Long list of theft ends in jail

By Jessica Howard The Ballan man who was found with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen items has been jailed for nine months. Shaun...
New Ballan RSL President, Rick Campey at the Aleppo Pine Tree Photo - Helen Tatchell

And in the morning, we will remember them

By Jessica Howard Ballan RSL has re-established a lost tradition by hosting the town’s first Anzac Day dawn service in many years. The commemorative event saw...
Ken Handford and his grandson Photo - sumbitted

Family seeks justice

By Jessica Howard The family of murdered war veteran Ken Handford was gut wrenched when the convicted killer received a considerable discount on his jail...

No license, theft and unregistered vehicle

By Jessica Howard A female fuel thief who stole from a Ballan service station was disqualified from driving at the time, a court has heard. Julie...
(L-R) Bacchus Marsh Primary School students Tilly, Dean, Elsie and Lachi walk laps at school Photo – Jessica Howard

Walking around the nation

By Jessica Howard A group of Bacchus Marsh Primary School students have walked over 1,200-kilometres since the beginning of term one.  The grade four class spend...
Reserve Chairperson Bill Smith and BFNC member Joanne Raffaele, show the cracks in the court that a $2 coin can fit in. Photo - Helen Tatchell

Reserve – not what it’s cracked up to be

By Helen Tatchell Cracks are appearing at the Ballan Recreation Reserve sporting facility, literally. The multi-use netball court was nearly deemed unusable after large long and...