Pacific Hwy ranked worst road in NSW for fifth year running

THE Pacific Highway has been voted the worst road in NSW for the fifth year running, the NRMA says.

Bridge is next step toward finished highway upgrade

Project Director from Pacific Complete Chris Wilkinson, Pacific Hwy upgrade general manager Bob Higgins, member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker and memebr for Clarence Chris Gulaptis at the site of one of many bridges to be built as part of highway upgrade between Arrawarra and Ballina.

Pacific Hwy work begins on 55 metre long bridges at Halfway Creek

Man dies after one punch assault in Coffs Harbour

Detectives from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command have formed Strike Force Gerda to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 26 year-old man

Strike Force Gerda to investigate circumstances of one punch assault

Fires make the morning a little hazy

The glorious view over Coffs Harbour that Sealy Lookout provides was a little hazy this morning due to fires burning in the region.

Fires create a hazy start to the morning across the Coffs Coast

Grant sought for next stage of Jetty project

STEPPING UP: Keinan and Ella Noble, from Sawtell, check out the features of the recently opened Jetty4Shores project.

Council lodges $5.35m application to complete next stages at Jetty

Our beaches draw crowds

COOLING OFF: There were plenty of visitors who enjoyed the Coffs Coast’s beaches over the school holiday period.

Large numbers during holidays great news for Coffs tourism operators

Medals honour marine couple

PROUD DAY: National Service Medal recipients Linda and Tony Jones with Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker.

Medals honour for couple after years of Marine Rescue volunteering

CCTV on watch

HERE’S LOOKING: More CCTV cameras could be installed in Coffs Harbour to target crime.

CCTV cameras expected to be adopted at tomorrow's council meeting

Gary returns to swell craft

FINDING MEANING: As Gary’s mental health improved he returned to painting surfboards.

With a little help, Gary is overcoming his mental illness demons

Positive drug drive test may not mean impairment, cops admit

Greens MP says roadside testing has no lower limit for detection

What to do with aging prison population?

Number of NSW prisoners aged 45 or older tripled in three decades

Going bananas for a good cause

BANANA DO: Mershelle Williams brings a new meaning to the Big Banana with her wacky hairstyle.

Going bananas for a good cause

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COLUMN: What does a normal marriage look like in 2015?

New Zealand's first gay couple to be legally wed, Melissa Ray (left) and Natasha Vitali, are thought to have parted.

It's easy to forget that not everyone is OK with marriage equality.

Editorial - October 6: Golden point dims finals gloss

Editorial - Wednesday, October 6: Golden point dims finals gloss

Our lost past: Australian life before everything changed

The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert by Jukuna Mona Chuguna and Pat Lowe. Publisher: Magabala Books. RRP: Paperback $16.95. Also available as an e-book.

THE frontier wars on this continent cost Australia dearly.

OPINION: Golden try is answer for the NRL

APN senior sports reporter Wayne 'Ticker' Heming

The NRL Golden Try is wonderful TV and extraordinary theatre

Need to develop a culture of trust in business

What is paramount to business success? Trust among the team says Yale Morgan.

What is paramount to business success? Trust among the team

OPINION: Don't judge people for what they wear

Large structured handbags hold all your essentials and this shade of watermelon is fresh and delicious.

Should it really matter what we leave the house in?

NSW the state for dad jokes (not sure if that's good or bad)

NSW dads have been given the dubious honour of telling the best (worst?) dad jokes in Australia.

Money still pouring in for Coey family

Kellie, Jared and Zain Coey. Photo: Enigma Visions Photography

The tally is at $67,350 - six times more than the initial target

200 police in raids after Parramatta station shooting

Police raids across Sydney follow shooting at police headquarters

Four ways you can avoid hassles with snakes this summer

An eastern brown snake

Being aware of these facts may help you if you encounter a snake

The lucky twist at the end of the Lennox Head twister

Despite having been caught up in the 2010 tornado disaster,Cronulla couple Allana and David Baigent returned for their annual camping trip to Lennox Head in 2011.

We've started a series re-visiting some major stories we’ve covered

Hoon-dini hands himself in to Lismore police after crash

RUNAWAY DRIVER: The remains of a car that hit a tree on Ballina Rd on Saturday night. The driver fled the scene.

Driver sped away from police, crashed into tree, fled scene on foot

You may not see them, but orcas visit Northern Rivers coast

A file photo of a killer whale near Fraser Island in July 2013.

Killer whales are more common on North Coast than many might think

Victorian cop charged with murder

Timothy Baker.

Man shot 3 times after being pulled over for routine traffic stop

Choice names top eight shonky products

Choice has awarded eight products and services with Shonky Awards in 2015.

Eight companies have been awarded a gong in the Shonky Awards

More funds, drop fee changes: Unis say

University students

Universities call for end to 'intolerable' uncertainty

Police appeal for witnesses to fatal Westbrook crash

Scene of fatal crash on the Gore Highway west of Westbrook. Second fatal in same area in a day.

Police trying to locate blue Falcon which may have been in the area

One third of cancers 'our fault'

A third of all cancers could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking.

ONE in three cancers in Australia are caused by lifestyle factors.

Breast cancer gene cannot be patented, High Court rules

Two-time cancer survivor Yvonne D'Arcy has led the legal battle over the ownership of the patent by US company Myriad Genetics.

HIGH Court rules the breast cancer gene BRCA-1 cannot be patented.

Why almost half of women feel sad after sex

A study has found 46% of female university students reported PCD symptoms at least once in their lifetime.

ALMOST half of women experience post-coital dysphoria symptoms.

Satnav leads pensioners into deadly shoot-out in Brazil

Regina Murmura and her husband Francisco. Regina was fatally shot after a satnav app directed her and her husband to a notorious Brazilian slum.

SATNAV leads pensioners into drug gangs' deadly shoot-out in Brazil.

Economy class is about to get a lot worse

Airbus is one of several companies filing for patents for plane seating designs as plane manufacturers seek new ways to cram more passengers onto planes.

A NEW seating design could make economy class a lot worse.

Two Eastern Brown snakes battle it out in frenzied fight

A still from the video showing two Eastern Brown snakes fighting at Byron Bay, posted on Facebook by Cheyne Seabrook. Photo Contributed

A VIDEO of two brown snakes fighting has been posted online.

Solar customers concerned about $599 to repair rusty screws

HAVE YOU BEEN AFFECTED? We want to hear from you. Call our office or email Helen on

The email invited customers to spend up to $599 to repair screws

Pets and their owners line up for a blessing at St Mark’s

BLESSED: Geoff Farmer, Rev. Julie Simpson, Rev. Barbara Diery, Rev. Kaye Pitman and Joel Farmer with Rocky at the blessing of the pets at St Mark’s Anglican Church.

Church offers pet blessings on feast day of animal-lover St Francis

Tweed Valley 'priestess' offering sexual healing

Sexologist and “priestess of Goddess”, Kerri Ryan, in her temple at Uki.

The 'sexologist' says she can help you heal.

Doctor helps woman deliver own baby with natural caesarean

After Dr Wallman made the incision and moved the baby’s head and shoulders to the right position, the new mum reached down, grasped her baby under its shoulders, pulled him out, and laid him on her own chest.

Dr Wallman has helped a woman deliver her own c-section baby

Massive sinkhole opens up in UK residential street

The sinkhole appeared on a residential street overnight Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Council had been notified of a 'small hole' then it opened up

Stephenie Meyer rewrites Twilight Saga

Author Stephenie Meyer has rewritten the Twilight Saga to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

AUTHOR rewrites the Twilight Saga to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner selling home for $45 million

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are selling their former marital home for about $45 million following their split in June.

BEN Affleck and Jennifer Garner are selling their marital home.

Kanye West wants son 'to feel purpose'

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West at the 2015 Met Gala

Kanye West hopes his unborn son "can feel purpose"

Keira Knightley files police complaint

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley files police complaint against man

Ashley Judd told: Will you watch me take a shower?

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd says she was sexually harassed by Hollywood studio boss

Kylie Jenner wears Spanx

Kylie Jenner has confessed to wearing Spanx

Maserati Ghibli gets new range of engines for 2016

The Maserati Ghibli will be available with a new range of engines for 2016.

Cleaner, more efficient engines will power the 2016 Maserati Ghibli.

Watchdog signals blitz on false 'free range' egg claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has  has released a guide to assist egg producers to have a better understanding of their rights and obligations when promoting their products as free range.

Not acceptable to say free range when outdoor range isn't used often

Star's Cars: Olympic Triathlete Courtney Atkinson

ON FORM: Australian triathlete Courtney Atkinson is hoping to make his third appearance at an Olympic Games at Rio 2016.

Decorated triathlete tackles our motoring questions

Surf businesses suffering as shark fear continues in Ballina

DOWNTURN: Surfboard maker Wayne Webster is just one Ballina Shire surf business suffering due to the shark attacks and sightings off the coast.

Shark situation has had a 'dramatic impact on psychology' of locals

Chinese workers to flood in: report

Penny Wong

China FTA could disadvantage Aussie workers

Taxi driver retreats after boast of hitting Uber driver

Taxi drivers are furious over the invasion of Uber drivers in Queensland.

'My comments do reflect the level of frustration that I feel'

TPP: Biggest deal in history reached

Trade minister Andrew Robb speaking during a press conference in Canberra, Monday, Feb 17, 2014. Mr Robb commented on the Korea Australia free trade agreement.

Australia, 11 Pacific-rim nations reach biggest deal in history

New business: Beautiful Elegance for stunning formal looks

LOOKING GOOD: Xavier Catholic College student, Brittany Honeysett, was styled by Nettie Sutherland. Fraser Coast Chronicle / contributed.

Bigger store full of more fashion to open its doors

Banker led with compassion, ended up in charge of the bank

Roy McKerihan and friend climbing Mount Blanc, 1917

Roy McKerihan was known as “the banker with the human touch”