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Staff mourn the death of assistant editor

Staff at the Oldham Evening Chronicle are in mourning this week following the death of friend and colleague Jim Austin. He had fought a four-year battle with cancer and died at the Royal Oldham Hospital on Saturday. Jim, (pictured), who

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A group of youngsters aged between 12 and 16 have become the latest columnists for the Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald.The young villagers will write and design their monthly Snowdon Speaks column in which they will tell readers about their lives,

150-year-old Chronicle gets ready to party

The Oldham Evening Chronicle is getting ready to mark its 150th birthday with a month-long series of celebrations. An exhibition, roadshow, special supplement and staff party will all form part of the festivities as the paper commemorates 150 years as

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Oldham Evening Chronicle journalist Roger Halstead has become the first recipient of a Golden Boot award from Oldham Rugby League Club’s official supporters’ club.The rugby league writer has worked at the Chronicle since 1961, and the award recognises Roger’s devotion

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A couple exposed by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle for ripping-off hard up families across Britain have been ordered to pay back £36,000.The pair, who admitted making at least £250,000 in a mail order scam, were caught after a Chronicle reporter

Ian creates golfing landmark

A former Oldham Evening Chronicle journalist has been busy redesigning the seventh hole of a local golf course. Ian Bennett retired last July after 36 years a the Chronicle’s Saddleworth reporter. Now he has followed in the footsteps of Alistair

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Former journalist Peter Green has won the Order of Mercy, for 50 years of charity work.He has volunteered for the National Association of Hospital and Community Friends since the 1950s. The award – the charity equivalent of the OBE –

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Readers of the Oldham Evening Chronicle are being quizzed about what they think of their paper.The Chronicle is putting a series of questions to its readers as part of Local Newspaper Week.It plans to highlight the views of readers, newsagents,

Death of former Chronicle reporter

Former regional newspaper journalist Alec Greenhalgh has died aged 68. He started his journalism career aged 15, as a reporter with the Oldham Evening Chronicle, and later worked for Oldham Press Agency, the Daily Sketch and the Manchester Guardian. While

Chronicle cracks down on phone thefts

The Oldham Evening Chronicle has joined forces with the police to crackdown on the growing number of mobile phone thefts. More than 700,000 handsets were stolen nationally last year, and thefts in Oldham have mirrored the national picture. Police have

Business as usual at the Chronicle

It’s business as usual at the Oldham Evening Chronicle following a tense few days. Racial tension in the town rose to the surface at the weekend when rioting broke out between white and Asian youths. And the Evening Chronicle found

"Contact us" plea from boss of riot-hit paper

The managing director of the Oldham Evening Chronicle has rejected accusations that the paper’s coverage of race issues has been biased. He spoke out after the newspaper office was targeted during violence in the town this weekend. Rioters threw a

Mystery Oldham columnist stands down aged 71

Oldham Evening Chronicle stalwart Gordon Maxwell has put the final words to a career that’s spanned 54 years. He is the paper’s former editor and has now been revealed as the man behind John Wilkes’ popular As I was Saying

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Police release car crooks' pictures

The Oldham Evening Chronicle has begun publishing pictures of car crime offenders. The move is part of a joint campaign with the police to cut car crime in the town centre. Police have agreed to supply pictures of the villains