Closing time for Sporty

Linda Fowler (left) and Jenny Modra party in The Sporty for the final time on Saturday night.

It is the end of an era for Warragul’s favourite nightclub. This weekend The Sporty partied for the last time. Formally known as Jim’s Sports Bar, Retro Room and sometimes fondly as “The Dirt Bar”, it has been home to

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Knights recalls 1968 flag

A reunion will celebrate 50 years since Longwarry claimed the 1968 premiership – it’s last senior premiership.  The team included (back, from left) N. Taylor, R. Walton, R. Hough, A. Prout (vice captain), P. Oakes, W. I’Anson, J. Irwin, (centre, from left) Roy Ford (secretary), D. Anderson (manager), R. Christie, E. Denovan, P. Knights, J. Cook, G. Thomas, K. Watson (trainer) and R. Knights (president), (front, from left) R. Irwin, M. Johnson, R. Proctor, E. Guy (captain-coach), Ron Serong, B. Toy and (seated) mascot Wayne Serong.  Absent was R. Smith and F. Brasier (head trainer).

A mix of youth and experience, demanding trainings and an “Ironman” leader saw Longwarry claim the 1968 premiership, according to player and VFL/AFL legend Peter Knights. The “Blues”, as they were then known, came into the 1968 with a point

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Crime down 3.8%

Crime statistics are continuing to trend downwards across the Baw Baw police services area but police continue to hold concerns for increasing incidents of family violence.

Crime statistics are continuing to trend downwards across the Baw Baw police services area but police continue to hold concerns for increasing incidents of family violence. Warragul Police senior sergeant Duncan Bartley said statistics released last week by the Crimes

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House acquired

A Tarwin St resident has supported Baw Baw Shire’s proposal to acquire his home to improve a dangerous intersection, but he wants to be adequately compensated.

A Tarwin St resident has supported Baw Baw Shire’s proposal to acquire his home to improve a dangerous intersection, but he wants to be adequately compensated. Glenn Kimm told council he has spent about $100,000 on his home to provide

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Ray receives OAM

An Order of Australia Medal in yesterday’s Queen’s Birthday honours is the latest of a swag of honours for Trafalgar’s Ray James. 

An Order of Australia Medal in yesterday’s Queen’s Birthday honours is the latest of a swag of honours for Trafalgar’s Ray James.  But, modestly, he says he is only one person and couldn’t do what he does on his own.

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Soccer desperate for grounds

Warragul United Soccer Club secretary Paul Sheehan and president Peter O’Dea want answers on Baw Baw Shire’s commitment to upgraded or additional soccer facilities in Warragul.

A $2.5 million request for a synthetic soccer pitch in Warragul has raised questions about why soccer needs have dropped off Baw Baw Shire Council’s infrastructure priorities. Warragul United Soccer Club president Peter O’Dea told councillors the club wanted answers

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Permit required

Baw Baw Shire says construction of a new ambulance branch in Burke St, Warragul, would require approval under its planning scheme.

Baw Baw Shire says construction of a new ambulance branch in Burke St, Warragul, would require approval under its planning scheme. Director of planning and development Matthew Cripps said the site on the north side of Burke St and almost

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Do you drink too much?

We hit the streets to ask locals who enjoy the occasional happy hour in Warragul if they know how much is too much.  Amongst those offering comment was 25-year-old musician Emily Murdica.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beer holder, but good health is a different story – it is one of the leading contributors to Australia’s burden of disease. “Alcohol causes more than 3200 cases of cancer every

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Intersection concerns

Traffic lights planned for the busy Queen and Napier Sts intersection will be part of ongoing streetscape works undertaken by Baw Baw Shire.

Plans to install traffic lights at a busy Warragul intersection may allay community concerns about the intersection. A recent two car collision at the Queen and Napier Sts intersection ignited concerns that the intersection is dangerous for motorists and pedestrians.

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Luck saves umpire

It’s all smiles now for Danny and Sam Burke as they remember the moment a month ago when Danny came back to life, waving his arms around saying he just wanted to go home after his heart attack while umpiring a football game at Poowong, his revival and then being flown by air ambulance to Monash Hospital.

Although he “died” a month ago Danny Burke says he now feels no different to what he did before his near-death experience. The 46-year-old Warragul resident had a heart attack while umpiring a reserves’ grade football match between Poowong and

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