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Motorist who knocked down Walsall university worker found guilty… 

24 Apr

A MOTORIST who knocked down a university worker from Walsall as he walked to work has today been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.


Pint-sized patrols to fine Walsall drivers at school 

24 Apr

A second scheme training up pint-sized police community support officers to walk the beat in Walsall and tackle parking issues around their school has been launched.


I survived M6 horror crash thanks to Midland Air Ambulance 

24 Apr

Motorist Jo-Anne was badly injured in smash but her passenger died.


IN PICTURES: Walsall FC family fun day 

24 Apr

Gallery created by Walsall Advertiser...


Two men injured after car smashes into garden wall and overturns… 

24 Apr

TWO men had to be cut out of their vehicle after a car smashed into a garden wall before overturning along a Walsall road.


Car fire in Kings Road, Kingstanding thought to have been… 

24 Apr

Fire fighters were called to a car park in Kingstanding last in the early hours today (Thursday, April 24).


Teenage gang member jailed after loaded pistol found at Wolverhampton home 

24 Apr

A teenage gang member has been locked up for five years after police found a loaded pistol at his home.


West Midland Travel Ltd admit breaches after Walsall father is… 

24 Apr

A BUS company has admitted breaching health and safety regulations after a young Walsall father was crushed to death between two vehicles.


Slade star Noddy Holder to receive Freedom of Walsall at special… 

24 Apr

SLADE star Noddy Holder will return to Walsall to receive his prestigious Freedom of the Borough title during a special ceremony in June, it has been revealed.


‘Give and take’ is the secret to Walsall couple’s 60 years of… 

24 Apr

THEY first locked eyes on one another at a butchers shop in Walsall town centre.


Battle to save Dartmouth House in Walsall is over as council… 

24 Apr

THE fight to save a Walsall community base is over after council chiefs reaffirmed their decision to demolish the centre.


Walsall man admits stealing grandfather’s life savings 

24 Apr

A WALSALL man will be sentenced at Crown Court after admitting to stealing his elderly grandfather's life savings.


Watch: X Factor hopefuls line up for chance at stardom 

23 Apr

Thousands of wannabes took what they hoped was the first step to stardom when they auditioned for the X Factor today...


Tributes to Walsall Arboretum lake victim Christopher Mills 

23 Apr

FRIENDS and family have paid tribute to a Walsall man whose body was recovered from Hatherton Lake at Walsall Arboretum.


Gangster caught with loaded pistol is jailed for five years 

23 Apr

Wolverhampton Heath Town Crew member Agandy Anderson arrested after battle with rival gang...


IN PICTURES: Walking the Way of the Cross, Walsall 

23 Apr

Gallery created by Walsall Advertiser...


POLL: Should we celebrate St George’s Day? 

23 Apr

Today is St George's Day and as such, we want to know what you think of the occasion.


Walsall lake death father a real-life Del Boy who just wanted to make people happy 

23 Apr

He was a real-life ‘Del Boy’ who wanted to make all around him ‘happy’.


Black Country taxi drivers call to keep cars longer 

23 Apr

Taxi drivers say they are struggling to make ends meet due to rules stating they must replace their vehicles every 10 years.


Mannequin recovered after reports of drowning in Walsall lake 

23 Apr

EMERGENCY services scrambled to the scene of a Walsall lake after reports of a drowning - only to find a mannequin bobbing in the water.


M6 crash between lorry and two cars at Junction 8 at Great Barr -… 

23 Apr

A MAN has been injured in a crash between a lorry and two cars on the M6 at Junction 8 near Great Barr this morning (April 23).


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Signatures still required on pedestrian crossings for Shire Oak petition 

24 Apr

I'm running this request again for signatures to the online petition for pedestrian crossings in Shire Oak following the sad death of Jack Garrington - if you haven't signed, please do.


Easter News Update – 24 April 2014 

24 Apr

There was no update last week due to the intervention of Easter, however the hot news this week is that I’ve put on several pounds from chomping too much chocolate!  Must get out on the bike and ride it off! Transferred from my Facebook page, ...


This week’s Willenhall North Lib Dem Cllrs Surgeries…….. 

24 Apr

Midland Heart’s Oakwood Lodge, Chaucer Ave The Square New Invention Willenhall North Liberal Democrats hold regular Advice and Listening Surgeries at the following locations: This week members of the team will be at the following location to ...


What was lost, now restored 

24 Apr

I am indebted to a Burnell yet again, as top chap and fellow cyclist Richard contacts me and points out something he noticed that I didn't - Bullings Heath Grove is now a real place, with street signs and everything.


As good as a rest 

24 Apr

Change, be it geologically imperceptible or earth shatteringly violent, shares the inevitability of both death and taxation...


Walsall Wood take shine off Continental’s Star 

22 Apr

Easter Monday afternoon (21stApril 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Continental Star at Dales Lane, and I think it's fair to say that the lads from Walsall Wood trounced their Rushall hosts.


Labour Calls for a Fair Deal for Drivers and Customers 

22 Apr

Doug James and Zulf Ali with taxi drivers who are calling for a fair deal for all private hire cars.


Manager of the Season Awards (alternative list) 

22 Apr

We’re coming to the tail-end of the English football season and, for many, it’s all over bar the shouting.


Don’t disrupt the bingo! 

22 Apr

Today, reader and longstanding friend of the Brownhills Blog Stuart Cowley mailed me the above wonderful image of Chasetown Working Men's Club Committee from years past, when Stuart's Dad was involved.


If the cap fits… 

22 Apr

On Sunday I rode up Coppice Lane in Brownhills for the first time in a few weeks, and noticed that contractors for The Coal Authority - the body charged with monitoring and remediating historic mineworkings - had been hard at work capping the two ...


Watch the Parliamentary debate on Great Barr Hall 

21 Apr

If you missed it, please take a look at this video of the special adjournment debate held in Parliament with the Planning Minister.


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    Whilst walking to work the sunrise this morning appeared to happen at just gone 7.20, so by the time I was cutting through to get to the turn to Bentley I managed to catch the sun just shining through


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A cloudy, cool start to the morning. The day will see some breaks in the cloud allowing some bright and sunny spells, 14 c 

24 Apr

The weather forecast for the Cannock Chase and surrounding area for Thursday 24th April.


Low pressure system continues to build 

24 Apr

After an overcast start the remainder of today we will see the cloud fragment a little during the morning to allow for some brighter spells to break through.


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Features »

Werecat Weirdness 

24 Apr

Every few months I do an article for New Page Books' Creature of the Month column.


Stalking the Herd – Reviewed 

23 Apr

My latest Mysterious Universe article is a review of Chris O'Brien's new book, Stalking the Herd .


Some of the students! 

23 Apr

This series of pictures contains a picture of a Yorkshire minor who could not go back down the mine because of the illness which a lot of miners suffered from.


Back to Portland to the end! 

23 Apr

I returned to Portland after getting the all clear on the Sunday ready to get back to work on the Monday.


Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 109 – 19th April 2014 

23 Apr

I could argue that this week's run report is deliberately late as with so few other races going on, I wanted to include Pete's result from the Boston Marathon in the one run report.


Jamaica Inn or out? 

23 Apr

Well the BBC’s much vaunted period drama, Jamaica Inn has drawn quite a bit of criticism of late but it’s not only the poor sound that is disappointing – I think the whole thing is rotten.


Let’s Go To Bed 

23 Apr

If I went about my dressmaking in a logical manner I'd identify the gaps in my wardrobe and make something accordingly, but that would be far too sensible and I'd probably be bored before I'd even pinned the thing out.


Sumdog Competition Update! 

23 Apr

The latest scores are as follows:- Year 5-6 competition the top four are…..


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Walsall FC »

BLOG: ON THE FRINGE 

24 Apr

In the latest of his weekly columns, Scott Brotherton takes a look at Walsall manager Dean Smith's options in the summer, as several first-team players reach the end of their contracts; It’s coming to that time of year when Dean Smith will...


WESTCARR LINKED WITH SUMMER SWITCH 

24 Apr

Walsall Football Club top scorer Craig Westcarr is being linked with summer switch to several of the Saddlers' Sky Bet League One rivals, including Coventry City and Milton Keynes Dons.


IN PICTURES: Walsall FC family fun day 

24 Apr

Gallery created by Walsall Advertiser...


Walsall striker Febian Brandy’s eyes on the future 

24 Apr

Febian Brandy today targeted a strong finish to his Walsall loan while admitting he wants his own future sorted quickly.


Matt Maher previews Walsall FC v Stevenage 

24 Apr

Express Star reporter Matt Maher looks ahead to Saturday's clash with Stevenage.


THE MATCH PREVIEW: Vs STEVENAGE 

24 Apr

This coming Saturday, Walsall Football Club make the trip to Hertfordshire to take on Stevenage in Sky Bet League One; The Saddlers head into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Gillingham, and have won just two of their last ten league...


Walsall must find shooting boots for next campaign 

24 Apr

WALSALL 1 GILLINGHAM 1PUZZLED would be a fair description of those onlookers who have regularly watched the Saddlers this season.


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Sport »

Willenhall Town FC – Midlands ‘Super League’ Set For Next Season 

24 Apr

A NEW Midland ‘super league’ is set to be formed in time for next season, by Robin Jones – Non League Football Paper...


Colts – Walsall v Kidderminster 

24 Apr

WALSALL 21 KIDDERMINSTER 25...


Over 35′s 9v9 Summer League 

24 Apr

Staffordshire FA have organised a ‘veterans’ (over 35) summer league which will take place on the outdoor 3G pitch at St.


Gethin is warned title rival will be ‘invincible’ 

24 Apr

WALSALL'S British lightweight champion Martin Gethin has been warned by the man coming for his title: I will be invincible.


Scholars join worldwide tributes to dying teenager 

23 Apr

Chasetown...


Road runners setting off from Seel Park 

23 Apr

Mossley...


Pro Clubs Snap Up Colron Talent 

23 Apr

Three Boys From Colron Under 8's Boys Have Moved On To Pastures New.


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Business »

Optimism among manufacturers sees fastest rise since the early 70s – CBI survey 

23 Apr

Business optimism among manufacturers saw its sharpest improvement since 1973, on the back of strong growth in orders at home and abroad.


Primark seeks to crack US market 

23 Apr

PRIMARK is to open stores in the United States for the first time as it looks to replicate the success behind a 26% jump in profits in the last six months.


Championing Better Work and Working Lives 

23 Apr

Championing Better Work and Working Lives:a celebration of Black Country skillsDate: Thursday, 22 May 2014Time: 9:00am - 4:00pmLocation: Ramada Park Hall Hotel, Park Drive, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton WV4 5AJ.


Jobs created at new Stafford Land Rover dealership 

23 Apr

A NEW motor dealership set to deliver new jobs to Stafford has taken its next step forward with a ground-breaking ceremony.


St Modwen resi scheme in Staffs green-lighted 

23 Apr

DEVELOPER St Modwen has secured outline planning permission for a residential scheme at Little Haywood in Staffordshire.


Round Table Special: Information and skills are the keys to export success 

22 Apr

Information is key to Midland firms looking to export, a group of manufacturers have told experts from the UK’s overseas trade advisers UKTI.


Lifestyle: Motoring – Jaguar Land Rover; Audi; Renault 

22 Apr

A NEW generation of car buyers is looking beyond factors such as luxury and performance when deciding on their next choice of vehicle.


Lifting the lid on engineering feat 

22 Apr

Heavy engineering made a return to one of the Black Country’s most historic industrial sites, when the 10-ton lid for a steelmaking crucible was delivered to a firm.


Jaguar Land Rover China plant ‘to start production before year is out’ 

22 Apr

The Gaydon giant’s China president has revealed “a product from the Land Rover stable” will be produced at the plan in Changshu within a matter of months...


Excellent 95% Audit Awarded For Easter 

17 Apr

Not only are Jenks and Cattell Engineering happy to be enjoying the Easterbreak, but are also proud to announce yet another excellent audit within the factory and shop floor based in Willenhall, Wolverhampton.


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Outdoors »

A Walk Along The Nature Trail 

24 Apr

Today armed with my camera I decided to take a break and have a walk around the nature trail to see what was out and about for people to see.


April 23rd – Spinning home from work, I noticed fresh flytipping… 

23 Apr

April 23rd - Spinning home from work, I noticed fresh flytipping in the gateway again at the Shelfield end of Jockey Meadows on Green Lane.


Queen’s House, Greenwich Park on Flickr. 

23 Apr

Queen’s House, Greenwich Park on Flickr.


Evening Light Over London, from Greenwich Park on Flickr. 

21 Apr

Evening Light Over London, from Greenwich Park on Flickr.


April 20th – An odd day, really. I had a family thing to do most… 

21 Apr

April 20th - An odd day, really.


Neither east nor west ….. (at Greenwich Meridian) 

20 Apr

Neither east nor west …..


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Unity BatchMode Console 

23 Apr

If you’ve made a game that has a dedicated server in Unity using -batchmode you probably noticed that when you use Console.


9 reasons why I LOVE C# 

18 Apr

I always enjoyed coding in c++.


Easter opening hours 

17 Apr

The Customer First contact centre which deals with enquires from all members of the Accord Group (except Fry Housing Trust) will be closed on Friday, 18 April and Monday, 21 April .


Jacqueline Wilson chats to us ahead of Hetty Feather show in… 

17 Apr

Jacqueline Wilson has sold over 35 million books in the UK alone.


Volunteer Vic gets behind dog walk 

17 Apr

A long term volunteer for Acorns Children’s Hospice is asking the community to get behind the Acorns Dog Walk in Sutton Park on 27th April.


The UK’s Top Takeaways Are Near You! 

15 Apr

Advertisement Feature Remember those nights when you had to sort through a sad stack of old takeaway menus to find something - anything - for supper? Well those days of disappointing dinners are well and truly over now hungryhouse.


A (Final) Update on Tony Anthony 

11 Apr

It is now 9 months since we learned that International Evangelist Tony Anthony’s testimony had been investigated by the Evangelical Alliance and found to be untrue.


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Easter News Update – 24 April 2014 

24 Apr

There was no update last week due to the intervention of Easter, however the hot news this week is that I’ve put on several pounds from chomping too much chocolate!  Must get out on the bike and ride it off! Transferred from my Facebook page, ...


News Update 11 April 2014. 

11 Apr

My Facebook page has been red-hot this week.


On your own… 

10 Apr

Time to update your operating system? Support for Windows 3.1 ended years ago, XP has now gone the same way.


How low are you willing to go? 

4 Apr

Stolen in a recent charity shop burglary, can you help with enquiries? The below press release was issued by our Corporate Communications department recently following a burglary at the St Giles Hospice Shop in Walsall Town Centre, I...


News Update 4 April 2014 

4 Apr

Last week I had a new Facebook page set up for work use and have found that I’ve been posting to it regularly (largely because it’s so easy to make a quick comment).


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LocalGov »

SEN spend on legal representation 

23 Apr

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Ken Upton on 23 April 2014.


SEN spend on legal representation 

23 Apr

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Ken Upton on 23 April 2014.


Address's of hostels 

23 Apr

Internal review request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by edward surridge on 23 April 2014.


SEN spend on legal representation 

23 Apr

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Ken Upton on 23 April 2014.


Volunteer jog leaders wanted 

23 Apr

Keen joggers interested in sharing their passion with others are being urged to consider signing up to become a volunteer leader.


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