Quick thinking staff save Drouin student after snake bite

Deakin Hawke, back at Drouin primary school after almost dying from snake bite on a school camp trip to Canberra, and his forever grateful parents Lee and Teneille (front left) with the school staff that played big roles in saving him, from left, principal Brad Wheller, Candie Ellis-Williams, Dave Janssen, Rachel O’Dwyer, Jake Harper and Jo-Anne Kondo.

Drouin parents Lee and Teneille Hawke got the type of ‘phone call in late October that all parents dread. It was from the principal of Drouin Primary School Brad Wheller telling them that their 12 year-old son Deakin was just

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Ficifolia Festival street parade cancelled

The familiar street parade will not go ahead next year after the lack of people power and sponsorships forced the cancellation.

For the first time in its 32 year history, there will be no street parade at next year’s Ficifolia Festival. A lack of people power and sponsorship has forced Ficifolia Festival committee president John Griffiths to make the difficult decision

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Aggravated burglars caught in Morwell

The police were able to catch up with the offenders after their burglary.

A Drouin man who was allegedly stabbed, bound and placed in the boot of a car was able to escape his captors and flag down a passing car late on Sunday night. A man and woman were in custody at

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Cricket returns after three week washout hiatus

Jake Harper was stoic at the crease for his Drouin side, but it ultimately wasn't enough against the Panthers on Saturday.

Drouin 7/182(cc) defeated Yarragon 2/183 Yarragon has sent a signal of their intent this season, toppling reigning premiers Drouin at Bellbird in their Division 1 clash. Bowling first, Jayakody removed Bell (0) in the first over to give Yarragon early

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Chairo Christian School opens $6 million theatre for performing arts

At the official opening of the Chairo Cultural Centre are (from left): architect Warren van Damme, business manager Roger Simons, principal Judy Linossier, builder Sam Broccio, Chairo chairman Jeff Calway and Chairo executive principal Simon Matthews.

Chairo Christian School recently unveiled its new $6 million Chairo Cultural Centre performing arts space. In addition to a 400-seat theatre, the new building now houses a drama, dance room and other offices. Previously, students used the campus’ Tyson Hall

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Drouin drug bust as crop house shut down

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More than 250 cannabis plants were seized when police shut down a sophisticated crop house in Drouin on Thursday night. Divisional Response Unit police executed a search warrant at the Summerhill Bvd home. Police said the warrant unveiled a sophisticated

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Drouin’s own Father of the Year

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Drouin father Chris Youngman was shocked and humbled to be announced Victorian Father of the Year on Friday. Chris, 36, gave up work to keep his family together after his son Lucas was diagnosed with leukaemia just days after his

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Drouin secure finals place

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It was a hard, relentless slog but Drouin got the job done and with some other results falling in its favour locked in the fifth place in the Gippsland League finals. The Hawks won 3-8 to 2-3 against one of

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Drouin business fire

A fire that consumed the workshop area behind Stihl Shop Drouin on Thursday morning has been deemed non-suspicious by investigators.  Photograph by Peter Eshuis.

Investigators have ruled out any “foul play” in a fire that destroyed the workshop area of a Drouin business last week. Drouin CFA members had to force entry to Stihl Shop Drouin in Princes Way after a passer-by noticed a

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Spartan success

Celebrating the completion of a challenging race are, from left Raffi Van Venrooy, Winter Van Venrooy, Willow Major, Harlan Van Venrooy, Hudson Delaney and Haydn Major.

Baw Baw Shire received a significant economic boost last week with more than 3700 children taking part in the Spartan children’s race held across two days in Drouin. With previous Spartan races held predominantly in metropolitan areas, its first foray

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