Good morning south-west - May 19, 2014

Good morning, south-west! Welcome to another week. Grab a coffee and let us fill you in on what's going on in the region.

Weather

A Partly cloudy one today with isolated showers extending from the west this afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms near the coast tonight. Winds will be northwesterly blowing between15 to 25 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures in the low 20s.

Check your seven-day forecast here: Warrnambool  Port Fairy  Hamilton  Portland  Mortlake  Colac

Morning news

Making news today:

There are reports police knew Derrinallum man Glenn Sanders was wearing a vest rigged with explosives weeks before the deadly explosion at his home. His lifelong friend also tells us what lead to the seven hour siege, that ended with two huge explosions, on April 12. Read the story here

There is growing oppoition to a proposed business only levy aimed at better marketing Warrnambool's businesses. Many retailers told The Standard they feel the program would be an unnecessary impost. 

Hawkesdale P-12 Teacher Britt Gow was awarded the Lindsay Thompson Fellowship for her work blending digital learning with traditional face-to-face teaching, at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards on Friday night. Warrnambool East Primary School was also a winner. Read all about it here.

Hundreds of people and train enthusiasts took part in celebrations marking two decades of the Cobden Miniature Railway yesterday. 

Voting has begun for the 2014 Wedding of The Year Competition. View the entries and cast your vote here

Pic of the day

Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

This little pug didn't let post-surgery recovery get in the way of a "walkies" along the foreshore yesterday morning as part of the RSPCA Million Paws Walk. Read the story here.

Birthdays

If today is your birthday you share the date with AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (1954), Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh:  (1890-1969), militant US civil rights leader Malcolm X (1925-1965) Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti (1942) and Australian musician James Reyne (1957).

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