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9am: And that's the end of another mad morning rush. Thanks for joining us, we hope to see you again tomorrow. But before we go, here are the winners to our two latest giveaways...
Roary the Racing Car: Sheridan Docksey
Support Small Business Day $100 vouchers: We had so many great entries, which is fantastic to see how highly we hold our small businesses in Bendigo. Unfortunately we could only pick three winners, and they are:
Brylee Hemming: My favourite small business is the coffee van at Lake Weeroona in Bendigo. They have the most friendly staff, great coffee and a fantastic atmosphere!
James Deacon: View Point gallery is fabulous. A small business that supports many other small businesses is the ultimate winner for the local community.
Rebecca Nunn: I nominate McDonald's Framing in Bendigo as my favourite as they contribute to the community and don't expect anything in return. Such generous people :)
8.50am QUIZ ANSWERS: Are down the bottom...
8.45am POLL: Today's important question has a footy flavour:
Need some help deciding? Get some inspiration here.
8.39am: Gee, the bats didn't get a whole lot of love in yesterday's poll, What's your opinion on the bats in Rosalind Park?
62.75 per cent said: Hate them, they're a bad look
24.51 per cent said: Love them, leave them where they are
2.94 per cent said: Bats? What bats?
And 9.8 per cent offered their own words, most of which weren't in favour of the winged creatures.
8.37am WHAT'S ON: Community events happening about town today:
The Bendigo Regional Genealogical Society’s next meeting will be held Thursday, 25 September at 7.30 pm. Guest Speaker: Ms Joy Roy. Subject: “Trove and digitized newspapers – what a treasure trove!” Visitors are most welcome. Venue: Uniting Church Hall, Church Street, Kangaroo Flat. Contact: Yvonne 0414819986
Old Time Dance
Time: 8pm to 11pm. Entry: $5. Venue: Eaglehawk Senior Citizens Rooms, Darling St. Contact: 54421815.
Breast cancer support
CASSIA is a fun-loving group of women who socialise on the second Thursday of the month for dinner, sometimes combined with bowls, croquet or a movie. New members very welcome. Contact: Judy on 5447 9926 or Ronnie on 5443 3257.
Left of Centre Choir meets on Thursday evenings. Contact: For more information, phone Evalyn on 5444 5049 or 0413 426 821 or email email@example.com
8.34am THE WAY WE WERE: We turn the clock back to Eaglehawk in 1901...
8.30am: Did you know that today is Comic Book Day?
8.28am QUIZ: Time to test your brain power...
1. What did the Kyoto Protocol intend to curb the emission of?
2. The London NYC Hotel, Manhattan, was the first US restaurant of which UK chef?
3. What was Craig David’s second UK No 1 single?
4. What does the letter C stand for in the acronym NICE?
5. Who is the record producing son of Sir George Martin?
8.22am: More gutters not enjoying the rain - this one is from Justin Webster whose carport copped the brunt of the storm:
8.18am: Need a laugh? On the go has got you covered....
Where do animals go when their tails fall off?
8.13am GIVEAWAY: Today we've got speedy Roary the Racing Car to giveaway - how awesome is he? He even talks... Zip off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact number for your chance to win. Winner will be announced at 9am.
8am: On the front page of today's Addy, Bendigo Theatre Company’s showing of Chicago has reached its final rehearsals; and a man has been charged over allegedly making a death threat against Bendigo councillor Mark Weragoda. Read more about the alleged death threat here.
7.56am TRAINS: No reported delays this morning so we hope it's smooth sailing for you.
7.50am: Phil Gutteridge's gutters couldn't cope in last night's storm either...
We're sure this would have been a familiar sight in many homes across central Victoria!
7.43am NEWS: Be wary of parking under trees today, says the Bendigo State Emergency Service.
"Typically after a heavy storm we start to see trees down in a 24-hour period after that," says the service's Natalie Stanway. "Particularly gum trees can become a little tenuous."
She also advised cleaning gutters before a storm could avoid water damage, after crews were called to eight homes last night. Read more here.
7.32am STARS: Maybe today's horoscopes will have better advice - find them here.
7.27am TECHNOLOGY: Did you hear about the bending iPhone 6 Pluses yesterday? Dubbed "bend-gate", some iPhone 6 Plus owners have discovered their new phone's aluminium body literally bending in their pockets.
Well today, The Age's Daily Life debunks an iOS 8 myth: You cannot recharge your phone by sticking it in the microwave. Errrr, would you actually try that?
Read more here.
7.24am NEWS: Calling all fashionistas! The Bendigo Fashion Festival launched last night and organisers are promising it will be the biggest one yet.
This is what creative director Penny Holloway had to say:
"Everyone get ready - expect champagne flowing, snapping cameras, red carpets, goodie bags, models galore, music, prizes and an insane atmosphere"
Sounds pretty good to us! See pics from the night and read more here.
7.17am POLICE NEWS: In other news, the arrest of a drunken Shepparton man in Bendigo appears the likely source of a false social media rumour of a terror threat in the city. Police have confirmed there has been no terror threat-related event in Bendigo - which is great news. Read more here.
7.15am: How'd you fare with last night's storm? We're just checking in with the SES to see what happened overnight, but crews were kept busy with water damage earlier on in the night - read more on that here.
7am WEATHER: Good morning Bendigo! We're in for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers this morning, top of 19 degrees. For more weather, click here.
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Good morning. Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
A suspected plot to behead two police officers by an 18-year-old terror suspect with links to international group Islamic State has elevated fears of further terrorist attacks just days before AFL grand final weekend.
► To check out the front pages of Fairfax publications for today, click here
6.55am: Summer's warm weather is on its way, but with the sunshine comes the all-too-familiar threat of fires. Read more
6.53am: If you are a little squeamish, don't read about one man's injury after his foot was crushed in the grab of a bobcat bucket in a workplace accident. But if you do, you'll appreciate the quick-thinking of his workmates. Read more
6.50am: The West Australian Parliament has heard that the niece of convicted paedophile David Farnell contacted the Department of Child Protection to report that her uncle had a child in his custody months before the baby Gammy saga hit the headlines. Read more
6.46am: The next step in the redevelopment of the Ballarat Railway Station precinct was announced on Wednesday with $5.3 million committed to the project. Read more
6.43am: Back in December 2008, a community wondered whether an abandoned yacht, moored among the pine trees on the edge of the Penrose State Forest, was an early indication of rising sea levels threatening the non-coastal idyll. Now the mystery has taken another turn. Read more
6.40am: That old poker machine gathering dust in the garage or standing pride of place in dad's man cave could cost you a five-figure fine. Yes, really. Read more
6.37am: Tasrail is set to cut 14 train drivers and rail officers because of stalled mine projects in the state’s North-West. Read more
6.35am: Hunter rugby league legend and Maitland councillor Brian Burke has slammed the end-of-season tradition of mad Monday after vandals damaged two of the city’s sports facilities this week. Read more
6.32am: If the internet loves cats then these two are stars in the making. Lion cubs Chitwa and Zuri are a school holiday hit at a NSW zoo. More photos
6.30am: Talk about #firstworldproblems ... Dubbed "bend-gate", some iPhone 6 Plus owners have discovered their new phone's aluminium body literally bending in their pockets. Read more
6.25am: Calls for burka bans by Tasmanian MPs Jacqui Lambie and Brett Whiteley have been controversial, but a majority of Australians agree. Read more
6.22am: Northern Territorians should welcome, not worry about, foreign investment in the region’s agricultural sector, according to Primary Industry and Fisheries Minister Willem Westra van Holthe. Read more
6.20am: Yikes! Two men have been convicted and fined $32,000 for crabbing offences in Queensland. Read more
6.17am: A Horsham teenager put her vocal skills to the test when she had the opportunity to sing on stage with Australian performer Reece Mastin. Read more
6.14am: Twelve artists are taking part in 'The f Word' project, a multi-disciplinary project exploring contemporary feminist art in regional Victoria. Read more
6.08am: A woman was involved in a naked romp, had her breasts fondled and took part in group sexual activities in the early hours of the morning at a Finley hotel in April, a court has been told. Read more
6.04am: Jetstar will consider raising airfares and cutting flights that could lead to local job losses if Newcastle Airport doesn’t back down in a stoush over landing fees. Read more
6.02am: Victorian police uncovered a massive cannabis-growing operation at Sebastopol on Tuesday night after being called to the property on a burglary tip-off. Read more
6am: We hope you're ready to jump into Thursday. Maybe don't take it to this extreme ... or you could take a leap from the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa. Click below
BENDIGO: A NSW man has been charged over allegedly making a death threat against Bendigo councillor Mark Weragoda. Read more
DUBBO: Seems there's nothing quite like a certain cut-price supermarket chain to attract a crowd. There were balloons, bargains and ... oh, yes, queues too! Read more
WARRNAMBOOL: After cogitating about "over-ratedness" recently, the Super Terrific Happy Hour podcast turns its gaze on the under-rated. Listen here
NEWCASTLE: Mobile food truck vendors are feeling left in the lurch – and that the city is missing a valuable new opportunity to reinvigorate city life – by inaction on a council policy. Read more
SYDNEY: Telstra chief executive David Thodey has warned there is "a long way to go" before renegotiations of its $11.2 billion deal with the government and NBN Co are finished, despite both parties signing a non-binding commercial framework. Read more
CANBERRA: A deal to resettle refugees in Cambodia will be signed by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, a statement from the Interior Minister of Cambodia has confirmed. Read more
► He was the former deputy chief of the all-powerful agency tasked with steering the world's second-largest economy, brought down for corruption by a jilted mistress who blew the whistle. Read more
► This coalition building is a devilish business. As US President Barack Obama launched missile strikes against the so-called Islamic State from air and sea in the early hours of Tuesday, five of his usually skittish Arab allies were at his wing tips – but none of his allies from Europe and elsewhere. Read more
► UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has painted a grim picture of the world noting that 100 years on from the start of World War I, the "horizon of hope" is once again darkened by war, intolerance and widespread violence against women. Read more
► Most Americans did not even know that the Khorasan group existed, let alone of its alleged plans to blow up Western passenger aircraft with explosive clothes, before a volley of US Navy Tomahawk missiles hit the group in Syria. Read more
Like many local footballers, former North Ballarat Rebel Jake Lloyd dreamt of hitting the big league. But even he finds it hard to believe this week he will play in the AFL grand final. Read more
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