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The story of a Malmesbury man who named and shamed his rebel children on a community website brought a huge increase in new users to This is Wiltshire.
The story of single parent Dave Forward and his two children, picked up by the national newspapers soon after its publication in the Gazette and Herald, brought 20,000 new users to the This is Wiltshire website in only three days.


The Press Association has compiled two new camera-ready sports supplements to follow last year’s hugely successful World Cup and Ryder Cup specials which were widely used by regional newspapers.
This time the focus is on the Cricket World Cup and Six Nations Rugby, which get underway in February.


Readers of the Leamington Observer have been given the chance to have their name remembered forever.
The paper’s Zambia Appeal hopes to raise enough funds to build an operating theatre in the very basic medical centre in the village of Sioma. Readers donating £20 or more will be commemorated on a plaque with their name on inside the new theatre.


The Herald Express has managed to successfully re-house two elderly dogs.
Two readers of the Torquay paper saw the appeal, made on behalf of South Devon Animals in Distress, and took the dogs home within hours of it going to print. The dogs, Tallon and Joey, are now living with their new owners in Paignton, South Devon.


How to deal with the problems facing Bath will be a main topic covered at the Bath Chronicle Business Breakfast.
The guest speaker will be Chief Constable Steve Pilkington, from Avon and Somerset Police, who will use the benefit of his experiences of policing deprived areas of south London to suggest ways in which to deal with the criminals in Bath.


An appeal in The West Briton newspaper launched last month has paid off for a Truro family.
Ali Eyers, (18), suffers from a rare condition called intracranial hypotension and the family appealed in the paper for help to raise the money needed to send her to America for treatment. Readers, friends and family, raised £11,000 in just a few weeks.


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