soccer player drugs ecstasy trafficking The Courier

Man pleads guilty to drug charges

A PROMISING soccer player blew $120,000 of his inheritance on drugs while trafficking ecstasy for 12 months, a court has heard. Jackson McIver, 22, earned about $1000 a week in drug money and bought lavish gifts for his girlfriend after turning his back on the sport. “By trafficking you exposed such misery to other young…

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Two ballet schools combine

TWO Ballarat ballet schools have merged to offer a bigger and better dance program from next year. The Academy of Classical Ballet and the Karen Mason Dance Studio, which both have about 150 students, will join forces at the beginning of 2015. Dance studio owner and director Karen Mason said the move would offer students…

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City plans for future

BALLARAT’S population is expected to swell by 60,000 people in the next 30 years, according to a new report. The City of Ballarat’s long-term strategy, released on Tuesday, revealed the city’s population was expected to hit 160,000 people by 2040. Today Tomorrow Together: The Ballarat Strategy outlined broad plans to help grow and improve the…

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Residents unite to protest cuts

ANGRY residents gathered on the steps of Ballarat Town Hall on Thursday to protest funding cuts to the ABC and SBS. About 40 protesters dressed in “I love ABC” T-shirts and carrying placards that said “No cuts to ABC and SBS” attended the public rally, which was one of six held in the country. The…

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Mothers publish book to support charities

TWO Bacchus Marsh mothers have turned an inspirational verse they painted on a board in the backyard into a children’s book for charity. Tammy Bennett and Nerissa Kennedy co-wrote and self-published the nursery rhyme-inspired book I Found the Answer. Ms Bennett said the pair wanted to tell children around the world they were ‘stars’. “Twinkle,…

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National win for cheerleaders

A NEW Ballarat-based cheerleading team out-danced every club in its division to claim victory at a national championship at the weekend. Ballarat Cheerleading, which has only been active since March this year, entered a first-level team in the World Cup Cheer and Dance competition in Melbourne. Club owner and coach Catey Wylie-O’Brien said while the…