IN THIS EDITION:
* A damage bill of more than half a million dollars is expected after a semi-trailer loaded with an excavator smashed into the Kanandah Road railway bridge on Saturday afternoon.
* Broken Hill High School student Samuel Greville has become the 29th student in 29 consecutive years to be selected by Rotary to attend the National Science Youth Forum in Canberra. FULL STORY: Page 4.
* Wilcannia Boomerangs will now move on to next Sunday’s ORL grand final at the Jubilee Oval against the Menindee Yabbies. Next week will also see the grand final of the ORL women’s mini-competition between Wilcannia Warrika and Menindee Twisted Sisters played as a curtain raiser to the men’s game. More details pages 19 and 20.
* Over 470 infringements have been handed out in the 12 months since Council’s parking ticket robot has been in operation. The $80,000 licence plate recognition system was purchased earlier last year by council in a bid to crackdown on illegal parking, particularly in Argent Street.
* Councillors have rejected a claim that they lack independence. A local has suggested that candidates for local elections should run independently, but most councillors said party politics did not influence local decision making. Mayor Darriea Turley said it is a democratic right to have political values.
* With Spring making an unexpected early entrance, gardener Bob Pascoe shares his tricks of the spade to help locals prepare. Read all about it on page 5.