A unique reunion was held in Magherafelt recently when well known driving instructor Pat Deehan met up with a former student with a difference. Magherafelt man Pat, who continues to run a driving school in the town, met former student Jim Patterson 45 years after he helped the Kilrea native pass his driving test. The [...]Click here to read "Special reunion in Magherafelt"
The heartbroken family of a County Derry pensioner who vanished almost a year ago held an emotional service to celebrate his life at the weekend. Garvagh Kenneth Thompson disappeared in October last year during a trip to Ballycastle Harbour. The 65-year-old had been due to travel to Australia to visit his sister Valerie just weeks [...]Click here to read "Heartbreak of missing man’s family"
A south Derry woman is spearheading a drive to encourage people to take part in National Trails Day next month. Kilrea woman Hanna Shields, who has climbed Mount Everest, is urging people across the North to rise to the occasion and get active on October 3. Over 10,000 people took part in a range of [...]Click here to read "Hannah backs new health initiative"
A County Derry man has been arrested by police investigating the shooting of an RUC man in Magherafelt 29 years ago. The 54-year-old man was arrested in Swatragh on Monday morning and taken to Antrim PSNI holding centre for questioning. John Proctor was shot dead in the car park of the Mid Ulster Hospital on [...]Click here to read "Man arrested over RUC man’s murder"
A new initiative has been launched to help people from ethnic minorities who have moved to the Magherafelt area. The Magherafelt Ethnic Support Programme was launched at the offices of Magherafelt District Council last week. The programme, which has been funded by the European Union’s Peace III project, aims to provide support and advice to [...]Click here to read "New project to support local migrants"
A north Derry schoolboy has received a prestigious award after battling against Leukemia. Little Ethan McLaughlin received the child of courage award this summer after being nominated by two of his teachers at Saint Canice’s Primary School, Feeney. The 8-year-old was diagnosed with the blood condition when was just three-years-old and has spent the following [...]Click here to read "Bravery award for local schoolboy"
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has met with Castledawson residents opposed to the destruction of local homes to make way for a controversial link road. The Stormont chief, who is also MP for Mid Ulster, met with worried residents in Castledawson last week. Local people are opposed to Department for Regional Development Road Service plans [...]Click here to read "McGuinness visits Castledawson residents"
A County Derry woman is sending out an SOS to people across the county to help her live the dream of strutting her stuff on the catwalk. Craigbane woman Annemarie Nicholas hopes to become the Angel Face of the North West when the competition final is held in Derry’s City Hotel later this month. Anne [...]Click here to read "Craigbane woman had model ambitions"
The £36 million Magherafelt Bypass scheme has moved a step closer to getting underway. Transport Minister, Conor Murphy, last week revealed he has instructed officials to make the necessary statutory orders for the scheme. He said: “Having considered the Inspector’s Report into the Public Inquiry held in April/May of last year, and all the representations [...]Click here to read "£36m bypass plan moves forward"
A new £1.6m sports centre in Garvagh has been dedicated to a well-known former businessman and councillor. A special ceremony was held at the weekend to open the Jim Watt Sports Centre. Joined by members of the Watt family and councillors from Coleraine Borough Council, the new centre was unveiled by the Mayor of Coleraine, [...]Click here to read "New sports centre opens in Garavgh"