Mullum fest patron Harry James Angus to honour Nina Simone

NINA Simone will be the special guest, in spirit and music, at this year’s Mullum Music Festival.

This weekend's markets

The Byron Bay Artisan Market is back today at Railway Park, Jonson St.

Where to get your coffee fix, weekly produce and socialising from

Topic of Cancer: The people speak: we want medical marijuana

Former editor of the Byron Shire News Digby Hildreth.

Even the Nats have climbed aboard the medical cannabis bandwagon.

Remembering the Oleander Festival at Historical meeting

TIGERS: Oleander Carnival Poolmans Service Station Tiger In Your Tank promotional girls- Dawn Clarke, Robyn Bannah, Nita Marr and Connie Keane.

The Oleander festival is subject of Byron history group meeting

Moon could hold secret to happiness

STAR GAZER: Our own Patsy Bennett

Byron Shire News astrologer says moon could hold secret to happiness

Community support for pregnant woman who lost van in fire

Hailey Ryan, of The Channon. is grateful for the help offered after her VW combi caught fire near Bangalow. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Community appeal for owner of fire-destroyed van.

Warnings after woman bitten by snake near Mullumbimby

A woman was bitten by a snake at Montecollum on Sunday.

Study funded by anti-vax group finds no link to autism

The study was funded in part by anti-vaccination group SafeMinds

A sad song of loss for Edgar and Mary

Danielle Dwyer as Mary and Ben Mackenzie as Edgar in The Ballad of Edgar and Mary.

The Ballad of Edgar and Mary at the Drill Hall Theatre Company.

Tributes flow for Bangalow rock star James Cruickshank

Guitarist and keyboardist from the Cruel Sea James Cruickshank of Bangalow pictured playing the organ at St Kevins Catholic Church in Bangalow. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

James Cruickshank passed away yesterday at the age of 53.

Make Byron Shire bush trails project Pozible

GO BUSH: Bush tails around the Byron Shire Photo Contributed

Make Byron Walking Trails project Pozible

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OPINION: Is cutting penalty rates worth spit on your burger?

Turnbull urged to check beneath his next burger patty

OPINION: Newman’s autobiography straight to the bargain bin

A number of bookstores have refused to stock it

OPINION: As you get older you can start to laugh at yourself

Can you relate to this? As I Age I realize that...

YOUR SAY: Golden point a golden disgrace

TARNISHED: A season’s work should not come down to a golden point situation, says one reader.

RE: Wayne Heming’s piece this week regarding the golden point

COLUMN: What does a normal marriage look like in 2015?

New Zealand's first gay couple to be legally wed, Melissa Ray (left) and Natasha Vitali, are thought to have parted.

It's easy to forget that not everyone is OK with marriage equality.

Our lost past: Australian life before everything changed

The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert by Jukuna Mona Chuguna and Pat Lowe. Publisher: Magabala Books. RRP: Paperback $16.95. Also available as an e-book.

THE frontier wars on this continent cost Australia dearly.

Childhood friend charged over fatal assault

UPDATE: Tyson Egan, 24, was refused bail after appearing in court today, charged over the death of lifelong friend Kyle Watkins in a drunken altercation.

Whispers abound of council election delay

Mayor of Lismore, Jenny Dowell says she 'wouldn't be surprised' if elections were pushed back.

Jenny Dowell 'wouldn't be surprised' if elections pushed back

Labor wants inquiry into school radicalisation

Labor says an audit of prayer groups should be expanded after a NSW police accountant was shot dead last week.

Labor says recent audit of prayer groups should be expanded

Opposition's highway talk a con: Hartsuyker

Work on the Arrawarra to Glenugie sections of the Pacific Hwy upgrade is forging ahead. This image was taken near Corindi.

Cowper MP claims Shorten's Pacific Hwy rhetoric is just a con

Developers remain banned from political donations

High court decision backs caps on political donations

Youngest dolphin at Marine Magic dies

The youngest member of the Dolphin Marine Magic family Ji- Ling passed away on Tuesday evening.

Loss of popular dolphin Ji has Dolphin Marine Magic mourning

Grass fire hits Rosewood Drive at Rural View

NSW State Emergency Services Fire Rescue Truck Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate.

TWO firefighting crews attended to a grass fire at Rural View.

Liberal conference jeers Turnbull for "no factions" comment

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gestures as he speaks Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Mr Turnbull was addressing delegates during the NSW liberal Party State Council in Sydney, Australia.

Turnbull met with laughter for asserting his party has no factions

NZ man left in Australian police cells for three weeks

John Parakuka spent nearly three weeks in an Australian Police cell

Qantas: Non-stop flight to UK will happen within two years

Qantas to pull off the non-stop journey using latest Boeing 787-9

A stitch in time takes a crafty turn

Ipswich’s Verna Hunt displays some hand-made quilts.

Quilting is the craft that never seems to fade in popularity

How colouring-in heals the psychological scars of trauma

Colouring-in has become a popular way for adults to relax and de-stress.

Domestic violence survivors are finding solace in colouring-in

One dead in Arizona campus shooting

The parking lot where the shooting happened was just outside a main dormitory on the campus. Photo / AP

One killed, three wounded in shooting at Arizona university

We could be living on Mars 'within decades', says Nasa

Mars true-color globe showing Terra Meridiani

Mission to Mars will be conducted in three stages, Nasa says

NASA confirms massive asteroid to pass close to Earth

Giant asteroid hurtling towards Earth expected to pass close by

Three snakes weighing 20kg found living in woman's roof

Snake catchers (L) Lee Davis and Roy McGrath with 3 pythons. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The sound of the snakes fighting and mating was keeping Joyce awake

Couple share engagement pic, accidentally announce pregnancy

Couple sharing engagement news also accidentally announce pregnancy

Shark attack saves man's life after he finds he has cancer

Shark attack saves man's life after he discovers he has cancer

XXXX Island auction offering paradise for charity

The sun is setting on the now-iconic XXXX Island.

All good things come to an end, but XXXX Island isn't going quietly

Forget planking, everyone’s doing the ‘frozen chook’

The frozen Chook on the roof of a house. PHOTO: Facebook - Frothpit

PLanking was sooo last year. Have you seen this Frozenchook?

Actor Brian Blessed delivers baby and he did what next?

Brian Blessed has a voice - and a birth story - you'll never forget. Photo / Getty Images

Brian Blessed: I delivered baby in the park, bit the umbilical cord

Growth means Sofia Vergara will need a surrogate

Sofia Vergara

Vergara willing to do whatever it takes to start a family

Daniel Craig slammed for 'slash his wrists' comment

The poster for the latest James Bond film: Spectre

Ellen Pompeo says the Bond star needs a reality check

Bruno Mars to produce sitcom

How does a musical sitcom sound to you?

Jack Black haunted by brothers death from AIDS

"Losing a family member is the worst thing I could imagine."

Tom Cruise set to move closer to Scientology HQ

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise has reportedly decided to move to Florida

Great Aussie Bake Off returns to the kitchen and our screens

Matt Moran and Maggie Beer are judges on the new season of The Great Australian Bake Off.

A DOZEN amateur bakers star in new version of food show.

Flight staff go above and beyond for anxious child

IN THE AIR: Chase Standley, pictured with staff from Qantaslink, who took him on a tour of a plane ahead of his first flight to Brisbane.

Traveling by plane can be a stressful experience for a anxio

HIV, homophobia the ghosts that haunt Chris

MESSAGE: A billboard at Palmview is part of a campaign to eradicate HIV by 2020.

HIV doesn't have to be a life sentence - just ask Chris.

Research shows whales can be just like boys in a bar

MONITORING BEHAVIOUR: A small pod of whales approaches a Sunreef boat off the Sunshine Coast.

Whales can be just a bit like boys in a bar

Redbank gets a facelift with mammoth shopping centre

Construction has begun on a new $140 million-plus Town Square in Redbank Plains. Photo Contributed

$140m project to boost job opportunities, consumer choice

Impact of Abbot Point dredging highly contested

Federal Member "rejects the accusation" dredging will destroy reef

Dairy farmer's fight-back strategy pays off

SHOW TIME: Katie Anderson with her award-winning Bluechip Toffees Apple-RC.

But their fight-back strategy was close to unique, they moved to VIC

Glencore to axe 535 jobs from its zinc mines

Employees monitor share prices at the Jakarta Stock Exchange on September 29, 2015. Resources firms led by mining giant Glencore headed a deep sell-off in Asian markets on September 29 following painful losses across Europe and New York as fears about China's slowing growth resurfaced.

Hundreds of jobs to go as the mining sector sinks further

Union invites Flynn MP to China FTA debate

Electrical Trade Union state organiser Craig Giddins.

Union members want to hear from Ken O'Dowd about the China FTA.

VW and Skoda diesel vehicles recalled

Volkswagen is recalling some vehicles with offending diesel engines.

VW Australia will recall all affected vehicles in 'Dieselgate'.