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More than £115,000 has been raised by the South Wales Evening Post and Port Talbot Courier’s Steel Blast Appeal following last year’s Corus explosion in Port Talbot.
The appeal has already paid out £87,000 to the families and survivors and the remainder has gone to the burns unit at Morriston hospital which treated the injured steel workers.

The Tamworth Herald has been celebrating its 135th birthday.
Its comment column told readers how the paper had survived revolutionary changes, several new owners and moving to different premises since it was first launched in 1868. It added: “Thanks to a very dedicated staff – past and present – we have always withstood those pressures and the Herald is now the biggest it’s ever been and is read by more people than ever.”

George Micklewright, former Labour council leader in Bristol, has been unceremoniously dumped by his own party – partly because of a series of articles he wrote in the Evening Post.
The articles gave an insight into the inner workings of the council behind its public façade and are believed to have led to Mr Micklewright’s failure to be selected as a candidate for next year’s local elections.

The assistant editor of the Bridgwater Mercury, Kate Gent, has been presented a book about Somerset by town chiefs as a farewell gift on her departure from the paper. Kate has spent the past five years reporting on Sedgemoor for the Mercury.

Romford Recorder deputy editor Barry Kirk has spent the last three months with 60 local amateur players, rehearsing three times a week for an annual community play.
Bubbles in the Air recently finished a five-performance run at the Queen’s Theatre to rapturous acclaim.

Little Arta Gjini will finally be able to have life-changing surgery on her badly-burned legs thanks to the generosity of Lincolnshire Echo readers.
Cash donations totalling more than £5,000 have flooded into the Echo’s offices ever since the Albanian youngster’s plight was highlighted in the paper.

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