Author Brooke and illustrator Skye with ‘The boy with a different brain’ book.

Educating what’s inside

By Jessica Howard A Bacchus Marsh mother has written a new book that is breaking down the barriers of autism. The Boy with a Different Brain has...
(L-R) Peyton and Teneal will represent not only their local Greendale and Coimadai CFA brigades, but Victoria. Photo – Jessica Howard

Testing skills

By Jessica Howard  Two Moorabool juniors will put their skills to the test at the 2017 biennial Australian Fire Cadet Championships. Greendale Fire Brigade’s Peyton Dodds...
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Murder case coming to an end

By Jessica Howard   UPDATE The owners of the Springbank house that Mr Handford had lived in for close to two decades have struggled daily with the...

Keep the buzz in bees

By Kate Taylor A little secret army is buzzing around Ballan – but it’s under attack, unknowingly, from local farmers and backyard gardeners.  From hives in...

Remains of missing man found in car

By Jessica Howard & Helen Tatchell The remains of missing man Brian Andrews have been found nearly 10-months after he was last seen at his Inglis...
Marlene Gilson's exhibition 'What If?' explores colonisation and the idea of Aboriginal people landing on the shores of England. Photo - Submitted

Exhibition asks ‘What If?’

By Jane Gardner Gordon artist and proud Wadawurrung woman, Aunty Marlene Gilson, says she’s always had a love of history, houses and nature. So it’s...
Travis Stephenson at the 2017 BFL Grandfinal Photo - Helen Tatchell

The big friendly gentleman

By Jessica Howard 400 games, five grand final appearances and a match played alongside his 17-year-old son are just some of the remarkable milestones experienced...
Marigold (centre) will be situated around the town promoting the Flower and Garden Show and is pictured with another decorative scarecrow friend and Kate Tubbs (right). Photo – Jock Taylor

Meet Marigold

By Jessica Howard Contrary to its name, the Bacchus Marsh Flower and Garden Show is about much more than just plants. In its fourth year,...
(front) Bacchus Marsh Men's Shed President Alec McQuie, Vic Men's Shed Association member Bob Forde, Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard and Don Nardella (Member for Melton) with members at the announcement of new funding. Photo – Jessica Howard

More stable home for shed

By Jessica Howard Bacchus Marsh Men’s Shed has welcomed close to $30,000 in funding in order to establish a new home. The local community group...
Local sculptor Paul Blizzard, pictured with his children (L-R) Indya, Jarra and Sage, designed and crafted an autumn leaf and literacy themed notice board outside the Ballan Library. Photo – Jane Gardner

Notice anything?

By Jessica Howard Ballan residents will now be more in the know thanks to a new notice board outside the local library. The new board...