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...
(L-R) Back - Principal Melinda Williams, Tennis legend Todd Woodbridge, Fiona Manifold (ANZ) and (front) students, Mia, Ryder, Isla and Brinn  Photo – Jessica Howard

Racquets just ace

By Jessica Howard Prep students from Bacchus Marsh Primary School have been served up 130 new tennis racquets. Todd Woodbridge, a 22-time grand slam Australian tennis...
(L-R) Bianca Timofte, Thomas, Edith and Tony Paarhammer with their award. Photo – State Govt. Vict.

Prestigious winners

By Jessica Howard Victoria’s 2017 Manufacturer of the Year is located right on Ballan’s doorstep. Paarhammer Window and Doors took out the prestigious award in the...
Mr Prendergast at the Bacchus Marsh Lion Zoo, aged 16 Photo - submitted

What is your safari story?

By Jessica Howard  An escaped water buffalo running down the Western (Ballarat) Highway and a two-year-old mauled by a lion are just some of the...
Brothers Clancy and Banjo Luke were presented with Captain Koala Honorary Firefighter certificates by Ballan Fire Brigade Captain Kaine Myers and CFA Operations Officer Chris Bigham. The boys are pictured with Captain Koala. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Hero duo bro’s

By Jessica Howard Two young brothers have been hailed heroes after they alerted authorities to a fire at the Ballan Primary School gymnasium. Banjo and Clancy...

Car park finally sells

By Kate Taylor A new childcare centre and medical centre are set to be built on formerly council-owned land in Bacchus Marsh. The site, at 3 Graham...
Chris Broncinetti (BM Hist. Soc) reads the life of Kelvin Edwards Photo – Helen Tatchell

A true local Marshian

By Jessica Howard It was Kelvin Edwards’ dying wish to donate his autobiography to the Bacchus Marsh and District Historical Society. Close to one year on...