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Sandwell Council in crisis: Police investigating allegations of corrupt land deals

Halesowen News:

9:49am Thursday 16th October 2014

CORRUPTION at Sandwell Council is being investigated by the police and external auditors after allegations of fraudulent land sales involving a cabinet member.

PM takes Dudley Council and NHS to task in exclusive interview with News

Halesowen News:

10:58am Thursday 10th July 2014

THE Prime Minister had a lot to say about Halesowen and Dudley borough when he visited the Halesowen News this week.

The Waiting is over - beautiful music on route to Britain from Barcelona

Halesowen News: Raquel and the Professor

12:35pm Monday 30th June 2014

A BRAND new band, by way of Birmingham, Columbia and Barcelona, is putting the beauty back into the Britain often boring music scene.

Controversial UKIP candidate urged to stand down after VAT revelations

Halesowen News: UKIP candidate Dean Perks

9:40am Thursday 15th May 2014

CONTROVERSIAL Halesowen and Rowley Regis UKIP candidate Dean Perks has been urged to stand down after it emerged he owed the taxman more than £10,000 in missed VAT payments.

Tech-savvy criminals now using heat-seeking drones to target cannabis farms

Halesowen News: Flying drones will become a more familiar site in our skies

10:11am Thursday 17th April 2014

FLYING drones fitted with heat-seeking cameras are being used by criminals to find cannabis farms in Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury so they can steal the crops.

Halesowen's Akufo destroys Italian to become two time world champion

1:45am Sunday 8th December 2013

RELENTLESS Halesowen kickboxer Simon Akufo is the champion of the world for the second time.

Outraged parents go yampy over school's Black Country accent ban

Halesowen News: "It ay fair" - Aynuk and Ayli made a career out of the Black Country accent

5:00pm Wednesday 13th November 2013

OUTRAGED Cradley parents said “I cor believe it” when told their children are being banned from using Black Country phrases at school.

Escaped killer: The killing of Kevin shocked a city

Halesowen News: Murdered: Quinton student Kevin Ricketts.

7:10am Thursday 31st October 2013

THE murder of Quinton student Kevin Ricketts in 1995 was one of the most grisly in West Midlands crime history.

No doubt that 12 Angry Men at The Rep is a Shaw fire winner

Halesowen News: All bar one - 12 Angry Men.

1:02pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

EVER since watching the classic 1957 film 12 Angry Men as a child I have been waiting for the call to serve my Queen and Country as a juror.

Profile of a killer - Phillip Simelane

Halesowen News: Phillip Simelane: Slipped through the net.

12:02pm Thursday 3rd October 2013

PHILLIP Simelane’s long history of violence and mental illness began at school and got progressively worse as he got older.

Brum Rep welcomes all star cast for 12 Angry Men

Halesowen News: Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughn are appearing in Twelve Angry Men.

3:38pm Wednesday 18th September 2013

A STELLAR cast has been announced for an all-star production of Twelve Angry Men at the new Birmingham Repertory Theatre next month.

The easy way to get a timeless memento of your holiday

Halesowen News: Miami

5:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013

EVERYONE loves a memento from a holiday, after all you save up all year to go on them and sometimes memories just will not do.

Halesowen and Rowley Regis UKIP candidate in Sharia Law storm

Halesowen News: UKIP hopeful Dean Perks

3:15pm Friday 2nd August 2013

NIGEL Farage has been urged to expel UKIP’s Halesowen and Rowley Regis prospective parliamentary candidate Dean Perks after he revealed he is a big fan of thieves having their hands chopped off.

Calls for shamed laptop porn councillor to resign

Halesowen News: Cllr Ray Burston

12:06pm Tuesday 16th July 2013

SHAMED Conservative Councillor Ray Burston is facing calls for him to resign as a councillor after being caught watching pornography on his council laptop.

Master of melancholy Cohen set for triumphant Midlands return

Halesowen News: Leonard Cohen is returning to the Midlands.

10:50am Friday 28th June 2013

THE master of melancholy Leonard Cohen has announced he is returning to Birmingham in September.

EXCLUSIVE: Shocking EDL plan to subvert children's education uncovered

Halesowen News: The English Defence League

1:22pm Thursday 20th June 2013

THE ENGLISH Defence League is attempting to subvert children’s education in Halesowen and Sandwell, the News can exclusively reveal.

Former Halesowen world kickboxing champ back gunning for glory

Halesowen News: Simon Akufo

3:47pm Tuesday 28th May 2013

FORMER Halesowen kick boxing world champion Simon “Mr KO” Akufo is starting the road back to global glory with a European title fight on June 8.

Rowley Regis WW2 veteran's delight at finally getting Arctic Star medal

Halesowen News: Sandwell Mayor Keith Davies presenting Joseph Jones with medal.

5:14pm Tuesday 14th May 2013

FINALLY after waiting over 70 years Rowley Regis World War II veteran of the treacherous Arctic Convoys has had his heroics officially recognised.

Hundreds turn out for emotional funeral of Christina Edkins

3:27pm Friday 22nd March 2013

BIRMINGHAM came to a standstill as the funeral of murdered Halesowen schoolgirl was held at the city's St Phillips cathedral.

Norovirus outbreak sparks mental health beds crisis

11:00am Thursday 21st March 2013

DESPERATELY ill mental health patients are unable to be admitted to hospital due to a bed crisis in Quinton and wider Birmingham.

Sandwell children's services director suspended ahead of Ofsted report

10:09am Thursday 21st March 2013

SENIOR Sandwell Council boss has been suspended after a damning Ofsted inspection at its beleaguered children’s services department.

Help Zambia mark Livingstone's birthday by taking a trip to the Victoria Falls

Halesowen News: The Smoke That Thunders

5:25pm Friday 22nd February 2013

This year is the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of the first white man to set eyes on The Smoke That Thunders in Africa - Dr Livingston.

Barratt Homes new sales team hoping to pull in the punters

9:00am Saturday 23rd February 2013

BARRATT Homes is inviting homebuyers to meet their new team at its latest development in Halesowen.

Breaking News: Sandwell Council issue warning over Findus horse lasagne

Halesowen News: Findus beef lasagne, which is 100 per cent horse.

12:29pm Friday 8th February 2013

SANDWELL Council have issued an urgent warning to shopkeepers to remove the 100 per cent horse Findus lasagnes from their shelves.

Bourbon Orleans offering suite Mardi Gras deal

Halesowen News: Bourbon Orleans

2:45pm Friday 4th January 2013

JANUARY is a great month to keep an eye out for great travel deals and this year is no different.

Sandwell prepares for the invasion of the Cockney benefit snatchers

Halesowen News: Sandwell prepares for the invasion of the Cockney benefit snatchers

10:37am Thursday 6th December 2012

COR Blimey, Guvnor, the Cockneys are coming to Sandwell and councillors are going ‘radio rental’ over the cost of the invasion.

Good Samaritan helps mugged grandmother in Cradley Heath

11:08am Thursday 11th October 2012

A GOOD Samaritan came to the aid of a grandmother who was mugged in Cradley Heath in front of her four-year-old grandson.

Sandwell Council in gridlock over multi-million pound BT dispute

8:00am Thursday 27th September 2012

Sandwell Council is in gridlock due a massive dispute over a £300m 15 year contract with BT which provides vital services for the council.

Sandwell's Blind Dave stars in Paralympics opening ceremony

Halesowen News: Steve Dugmore pedals as Blind Dave waves to the crowds

10:12am Thursday 30th August 2012

LEGENDARY Sandwell charity fundraiser Blind Dave Heeley took part in last night’s Paralympics opening ceremony.

Earls Gymnastic Club wins fundraising race against time for Olympic equipment

Halesowen News: Image from PictureGalleryModule_ID:3164759

1:00pm Thursday 30th August 2012

AN UNPRECEDENTED fundraising drive is set to propel Halesowen ’s Earls Gymnastic Club to more Olympic glory.

Unforgettable homecoming as Halesowen honours Olympic hero Kristian Thomas

Halesowen News: Kristian happily being mobbed by children during his homecoming

1:42pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012

The heavens opened, the crowds got drenched and the band thought they would be electrocuted but when Olympic hero Kristian Thomas arrived it prompted scenes not seen in Halesowen since The Yeltz’s FA Vase successes in the 1980s.

Scorn poured on Sandwell Council's children's services plans

8:40am Tuesday 7th August 2012

SANDWELL Council’s plan to pay experts to help run its under-fire children’s department has been met with scorn.

Self-styled Oldbury Ninja nearly gets gunned down by armed cops

8:00am Thursday 19th July 2012

A SELF-STYLED Ninja warrior who nearly sliced his foot off playing with his Samurai sword came close to being gunned down by armed cops in Oldbury.

Up in the bell tower with Halesowen's famous bell ringers

Halesowen News: The St John the Baptist bell ringers

5:52pm Wednesday 20th June 2012

Halesowen Newsman Adam Smith joined Halesowen’s St John the Baptist Church bell ringers as they embarked on a summer of celebrating national milestones.

Reformed Dexys, complete with Rowley Regis member, playing Brum

Halesowen News: Dexys are playing the Birmingham Symphony Hall.

3:48pm Wednesday 13th June 2012

LEGENDARY band Dexy’s Midnight Runners are playing a Birmingham homecoming gig and former Rowley Regis Grammar School pupil Pete Williams will be joining them.

Exclusive: Sandwell Council unaware how much troubleshooter will cost

Halesowen News: Peeved - Sandwell Council chief executive Jan Britton

11:20am Thursday 26th April 2012

Sandwell Council have admitted they do not know how much it is costing for an external troubleshooter to tell management they could do better.

Halesowen Cricket Club mourns murdered former player

8:43pm Wednesday 18th April 2012

Halesowen Cricket Club is mourning former player Louis Vorster who was tragically murdered in his native South Africa last night.

Voters piggy in the middle in Sandwell's battle of the Derek Rowleys

5:45pm Wednesday 4th April 2012

Would the real Derek Rowley please stand up!

Peeved Sandwell Council supremo takes ball home over blog storm

Halesowen News: Peeved - Sandwell Council chief executive Jan Britton

3:36pm Thursday 22nd March 2012

THE chief executive of Sandwell Council has decided to address employees behind closed doors after being infuriated his daily blog was being reported by the News.

With a heavy heart I'm off to watch millionaire tat again

10:58am Saturday 10th March 2012

I can't be bothered to go down the Villa today.

Prepare for an avalanche of talent when Alpine perform live

Halesowen News: Alpine

2:14pm Friday 9th March 2012

Oldbury indie band Alpine are headlining The Bandquet in Stourbridge later this month.

US hip hop heavyweight Young Jeezy to appear in the Midlands

Halesowen News: Young Jeezy

2:48pm Wednesday 7th March 2012

HIP Hop heavyweight Young Jeezy is set to give Midlands music fans a treat next month by appearing in Birmingham.

Sandwell housing supremo gets a taste of the front line

Halesowen News: "Time for a brew?" Rapid response employee Neil Plowman with Councillor Simon Hackett

10:53am Tuesday 28th February 2012

RESIDENTS got a surprise this week when Sandwell’s housing supremo turned up with maintenance teams to get a taste of the front line of housing emergencies.

Man the barricades for the Villa Are a Bit Crap protest

Halesowen News: Getting this through the post was like throwing a boomerang on Sunday and it hitting me on the head on Thursday

3:53pm Friday 10th February 2012

First things first. An apology.

Bye bye Villa season ticket it was nice knowing you

Halesowen News: "Yo blood, you want some prat's Villa season ticket to cut ya K-Pat with?"

2:35pm Friday 3rd February 2012

My Villa season ticket is no more.

Why get worked up for Wolves when it will be a stinker

Halesowen News: Up the Villa

12:33pm Friday 20th January 2012

I once asked David O’Leary why his record was so poor in local derbies and when did he think he would get one over on Steve Bruce.

Head to France to win your lover's heart this Valentines

Halesowen News: Will tree or wont tree? A love nest in a tree house in Avignon

3:56pm Wednesday 18th January 2012

Valentine’s Day is approaching as fast as a cheesy chat-up line from a drunken romeo who stumbled into a speed dating night.

After the fun of FA Cup I'm not Keane to be back in the Premier League

Halesowen News: 'Welcome to Bristol you Villa boys - we need the overtime'

2:40pm Friday 13th January 2012

Well the FA Cup was fun wasn’t it?

Rovers away will be a cracking day even if Bent jumps ship

Halesowen News: I cant wait to meet the Bristol Rovers welcoming committee

12:11pm Friday 6th January 2012

Can I just use this opportunity to apologise for last week’s outbreak of optimism after watching the Chelsea game.

Controversy over Sandwell Council's mass sacking of wardens

2:57pm Thursday 5th January 2012

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour, dog fouling, littering and drinking in the street are set to rocket in Sandwell due to controversial plans to halve the number of street and park wardens, it has been claimed today.


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