Good morning south-west - June 18, 2014

Good morning south-west! Yes, it's Wednesday but we'll help get you through hump day with the latest news.

Weather

In the south-west today, a high pressure system over northwestern Victoria will slowly move across the state and will reach the Tasman Sea on Thursday as the next cold front crosses waters south of the Bight. The front will cross Victoria late Friday and during Saturday.

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

Morning news

A smoking ban across Warrnambool’s sports grounds has gained unanimous support from city council.

Camperdown's main shopping strip hasn’t been upgraded for more than 20 years but that is about to change.

A young mum who became involved in a scuffle with store security after stealing clothes for her son’s birthday has been fined in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court. 

Our page one story today reveals businesswoman Raelene Ponting's pitch for local government.

A new sub rule has given WDFNL youngsters an opportunity to earn spots in senior starting sides. Watch our FootyHQ video to see some discussion on the impact, plus a preview of this weekend's footy action.

Know of something interesting happening in the south-west today? Let us know on Twitter (@WboolStandard), Facebook, email editor@thestandard.com.au, text 04 2784 2029, or call 5563 1800.

Pic of the day

Artist Rose Skinner (front) is helped by Deakin University fourth-year education students Anna Reid (left) and Cobie Canny in setting up the StoryBook interactive installation. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Artist Rose Skinner (front) is helped by Deakin University fourth-year education students Anna Reid (left) and Cobie Canny in setting up the StoryBook interactive installation. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Read the story: A book the kids can really get in to

Birthdays

If today is your birthday you share the date with Australian middle distance runner Craig Mottram (1980), Beatles legend Paul McCartney (1942), film critic Roger Ebert (1942), Guns n' Roses keyboardist Darren "Dizzy" Reed (1963) and  Australian poet George Essex Evans (1863).

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