The week that was in the Hunterphotos

The week that was in the Hunter | photos HUNTER: Sygna reigned proud over Stockton Beach for more than four decades, but in the end it was nature’s awesome force that brought her there and also took her away. Picture: Justin Martin

CESSNOCK: Two inmates are in critical condition on Friday after a fire in Cessnock jail about 8pm on Thursday night. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

HUNTER: The Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces is here. In the lead up to this year’s event, take a look back at photographs of the Festival of the Fleeces from the Fairfax archives. Picture: Marina Neil

SINGLETON: Singleton’s bat colony is seeking asylum in All Saints Anglican Church grounds as work progresses on removing the damaged trees in Burdekin Park.

SINGLETON: Bulga was chosen as the ideal location to launch the Greens campaign for Hunter.

MUSWELLBROOK: Campbell’s Corner is one of the most iconic buildings in the Muswellbrook township.After years of planning and around 14 months of construction, the newly refurbished Campbell’s Corner was officially opened.

MUSWELLBROOK: Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen has slammed the Stop TAFE Cuts campaign as “completely and utterly misleading”.

HUNTER: Hundreds of sheep will soon be donning red socks and marching through the streets of Merriwa.

SCONE: One of the greatest horsewomen the Upper Hunter ever produced has been laid to rest in her hometown of Scone.

HUNTER VALLEY: All Hunter Valley school students and youth groups are invited to join an innovative sustainability leadership training initiative provided by OzGREEN.

HUNTER VALLEY: People from across the Upper Hunter and beyond joined Denman Men’s Shed in their celebrations at the weekend.

CESSNOCK: Police and shelter staff are concerned about the number of horrific animal abuse cases being reported in the Cessnock area. Picture: Perry Duffin

CESSNOCK: Cessnock councillor Cordelia Troy has announced a last-minute bid to contest the federal election.

HUNTER: Surveillance cameras will be placed at a number of illegal dumping hot-spots around the Hunter Region.

DUNGOG: The country’s largest women’s organisation has ramped up its fight against Lyme disease in a bid to stop it destroying lives.

DUNGOG: Dungog High School student Emma Brand dives into childcare for work experience.

PORT STEPHENS: Mayor Bruce MacKenzie used Wednesday’s public inquiries into a council merge with Dungog to slam the Baird Government’s “grubby” treatment of Port Stephens.

PORT STEPHENS: The 2016 Blue Water Country and Blues Music Festival is on this weekend.

PORT STEPHENS: Hunter River High School has become the state’s first “aerospace school” after partnering with four prominent businesses in the industry for the government’s pathways in technology pilot program.

LAKE MACQUARIE: Cheryl Thompson became the first woman to be honoured with life membership since the amalgamation of Toronto Country Club and Toronto Workers Club. Picture: David Stewart

LAKE MACQUARIE: Melva Henry celebrated her 103rd birthday this week. She reckons socialising with the women at Toronto Ladies Golf Club helps to keep her feeling young.

LAKE MACQUARIE: Work on the $7.5 million Lake Macquarie Community Mental Health Facility is a step closer, with the construction tender awarded to North Constructions. Picture: Ryan Osland

MAITLAND: The Rutherford’s Bradford Hotel will host the inaugural Bradford Hotel Crab Races, an attraction that’s tipped to become an annual event.

MAITLAND: Lorn wildlife photographer Jim Thomson recently added four awards to his substantial collection.

MAITLAND: The Hunter Valley is set to be decked out in rainbow colours for the inaugural Pokolbin Pride festival from October 20-24. Picture: Marina Neil

NEWCASTLE: The Newcastle Knights’ major sponsor and a Lake Macquarie multi-millionaire who tried to buy the club are embroiled in a legal dispute with a French construction company that could further derail an already troubled season for the rugby league franchise.

HUNTER: Nick Veljanovski: Desperate family cling for hope in search for missing son and brother. Picture: Brendan Esposito.

NEWCASTLE: Two striking and potentially controversial plans to save the historic former Newcastle post office building will be unveiled at a business lunch in the city on Thursday.

NEWCASTLE: Lindsay Young hoped a janitor in a Florida boxing gym would notice the envelope from Australia and take the time to read the poem he had penned about Muhammad Ali. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

NEWCASTLE: Poultry giant Ingham’s will cease production at its Cardiff processing plant in August, costing 199 permanent staff and as many as 160 casual employees their jobs. Picture: Marina Neil

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