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Chloe Jeffrey was living in a caravan in the bush with her partner and three young children when her partner was arrested. It gave Ms Jeffrey the break she needed and ended a cycle of family violence that might have otherwise been a life sentence for the young mother. More here.
Attacks on local government staff including librarians and home care workers can no longer be tolerated, says City of Ballarat CEO Justine Linley. More here.
The family of slain Kennington woman Jacinta Pompei has remembered their beloved daughter and sister as kind, sweet-natured and the life of the party. The 32-year-old was found dead on July 21 last year in the Mijuda Court unit she shared with partner Justin Kain Ellard, 37, who was found not guilty of her murder by reason of mental impairment on Thursday. More here.
A man who killed his partner with a hammer in their Kennington home in July last year, has been found not guilty of her murder by reason of mental impairment. More here.
Former Hindmarsh Shire councillor Wendy Robins claims she has been denied an election recount despite seven votes separating her from a seat on the council. More here.
Fatalities on Horsham district roads have halved in 2016, despite a perception that road trauma had increased this year. More here.
An Albury girl who comforted her father as he was dying will receive a medal for her bravery. Chevon Parker was on school holidays and travelling with her truck driving dad David in Warwick, Queensland, in April 2008. A tyre on his vehicle blew and the truck rolled, trapping him inside. More here.
Lawyers are urging flood-hit landholders to join a mega dollar class action against Lake Hume’s operators. A claim is being prepared alleging dam administrators, including the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, were negligent for failing to release water when it was safe to do so in August-September. More here.
Need a national news snapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.
►GOULBURN: The fire at the former St John’s Orphanage was contained at 7.30pm, NSW Fire and Rescue incident controller Kerri Borchard confirmed.
A total 50 firefighters were on scene. Full story.
► PORT MACQUARIE: A man has been shot dead after a police pursuit following a domestic incident which has left a Port Macquarie woman in hospital with serious stab wounds. Full story.
► WAGGA: The magnificent beast had his snout pointed towards Mrs Clinton for a strong majority of the Riverina Producer’s Market at Wagga Showgrounds on Thursday afternoon. Read all about it.
► WOLLONGONG: An 11-year-old autistic girl who went missing from her Warilla home has been reunited with her parents, after police broadcast her description from a chopper flying overhead. Full story.
► BEGA: The British Museum has yet again avoided negotiating the return of important Australian cultural artefacts, instead offering to loan the items for three years. Full details.
► SHOALHAVEN: A fatal car crash on the Princes Highway at Wandandian on Sunday has highlighted the need for urgent improvements between Jervis Bay Road and Milton, after it was found the stretch of road had an annual casualty crash rate more than double the NSW average. Full story.
► BALLARAT: An 18-year-old Sebastopol man who led police on a chase with a blown tyre, leaving behind a trail of destruction has been taken off the road for a year. Full story.
► NEWCASTLE: A TINY new species of frog with a gift for mimicry has been found in Port Stephens, living in swampland a short drive from Newcastle Airport. Find out more.
► SYDNEY: Police have charged a 34-year-old man over an alleged attack that left a second man in a critical condition in hospital on Thursday. More details.
► JUVENILE JUSTICE: A teenage boy who attempted to hang himself while in isolation in juvenile jail and another who cut his own face after a prolonged period of isolation are preparing legal action against the NSW government. More details.
►NSW: The NSW government has revealed its plans to eliminate the "super profits" enjoyed by the four insurance giants licensed to sell green slips in the state. More details.
► LAUNCESTON: Forced council amalgamations, changes to the Hare-Clark system, and a state government takeover of TasWater will be discussed at the Tasmanian Liberal Party Council meeting in Launceston this weekend. Full story.
► ENGLAND: Britain's prime minister cannot trigger Brexit single-handedly, the country's High Court has ruled, in a decision that embarrassed the government and gave new hope to 'Remainers'. Full story.
► BANGKOK: An unsupervised four-year-old elephant suddenly became agitated and attacked an Australian man on the Thai resort island of Phuket. Full story.
► LONDON: A new cache of emails hacked from the office of an aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin reveals a 2015 plot to destabilise the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv, the hackers claim. Full story.
On this day: 2001 - The movie "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" had its world premiere in London.
IAN Pengilley just loved the movies.
He was surrounded by movies during his career as a projectionist, which spanned more than four decades.
Ian watched movies in his free time and collected movie-related paraphernalia from books to posters.
Ian, the son of Frank and Edith Pengilley, was born in Quirindi and raised on a farm at nearby Caroona.
He was one of eight children and had two step-sisters.
The year 1958 marked the start of his love for the movies when the then 14-year-old left school to work at the cinema in Quirindi.
The passion for movies stayed with Ian for the remainder of his life.
Ian left Quirindi in 1962 to join the Royal Australian Air Force. Find out more.
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