Hometown love for Bundy Rum with top Chamber award

BUNDABERG Rum has been recognised at a local level, taking out the major award, the Auswide Bank Business of the Year, for the Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience.

Balaclava-clad home invasion haunts mother

TERRIFIED: A mum has been left traumatised after nine intruders entered her home wielding weapons.

18-year-old last week pleaded guilty before a judge in Court

Community support the building block for business winners

AMAZING: Kleidon Masterbuilt Homes' Melissa Steele accepts the Trades Business of the Year gong.

"When we got the People's Choice, my legs were like jelly”

Youth jobs crisis gets worse in Bundaberg

TOUGH TIMES: Labor's Leanne Donaldson says youth unemployment is a major issue.

The opposition claims 700 youth jobs were lost in Wide Bay last year

Rheed on Swiss summit after breaking a world record

ON TOP: Rheed McCracken is the fastest man over 100m in the T34 class after winning the Swiss Nationals on Saturday.

Bundy's Rheed McCracken breaks a world record in the 100m

Lana's Farmers Markets off to 'cranking' start

MARKET EVENING: Crowds at Lanas Markets.

"It all just meshed together really well”

Woman fighting for life after Ring Rd crash

Emergency service crews at the scene of a two-vehicle crash.

She sustained serious head injuries

Bridge that's built to last

OPEN ROAD: Work completed on Monto-Mount Perry Road bridge, with two lanes of traffic.

Monto-Mt Perry Road bridge works completed last Thursday.

Your shout: South Kolan Hotel down but not out

STILL OPEN: Despite being hit by a four-wheel-drive Alec and Jo Duffy's South Kolan Hotel is still serving meals and beer.

Pub trades on despite 4WD destroying half the building

Auswide bank wins award

Auswide Bank Bundaberg.

Loan gong for Bundaberg bank

$20m available for Wide Bay business to create jobs

SHOT IN THE ARM: Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt says the funding is a "much-needed” boost for the region.

Cash for infrastructure, innovation, training

Awards will recognise best in the Bundy business

BIG NIGHT: Yale Morgan and Trish Mears enjoy the success of local businesses at last year's awards.

Tourism providers added to the mix this year

Vape store 'raided by health department'

NEW SIGNS: Shane Kerrigan has changed his signage to comply with health department regulations at his e-cigarette shop, iVape, on Bourbong St.

Business owner says it's a little bit ironic

Where the 13,000 mining jobs are

Rio Tinto's Amrun

THE mining and resources downturn is over and jobs are coming back

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Failed training provider sues SmartCity College for $3m

SHUT: A now-closed SmartCity campus, which is up for lease.

EXCLUSIVE: Lawsuit lodged against SmartCity by failed training head

Businesses deliver big boost to Base soup kitchen

ORDER UP: Celebrating the installation are (from left) Base Services' Tiff Spary, GJ Gardner Homes' Ed Thomas, All About Plumbing's Mick Grills, Joyce Mayne's Michael Farrugia and Chris Napier from GJ Gardner Homes.

City businesses, services rally to benefit not-for-profit group

Careers Australia fails: 15,000 students, 1000 staff gone

Group's 1000 staff sent an email that they had been stood down

Sunshine Coast traineeship company collapses

Australian School Based Traineeships Pty Ltd offered training in retail and hospitality.

Students with disabilities hit hard by collapse of firm

LETTERS: Government will undo our schools' hard work

THE Turnbull plan will leave a shortfall in federal Gonski funding of $3.2 billion across Australian schools over the next two years.

LETTERS: RSPCA ads warm and fuzzy but wrong

HALF-TRUTHS: The RSCPA Approved ads fail to say the animals it features are brought into this world for no other reason than to be prematurely ended, says a reader.

Campaign fails to show other side

LETTERS: Abducted by aliens?

CLIMATE CHANGE: A reader says the maths needs proving.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Cashless card will crucify the poor

NOT ON: A letter writer says the proposed cashless welfare card would be a disgrace.

Letter writer says he disagrees with proposal

Margaret Court deserves to be heard on gay marriage

Margaret Court on The Project with host Waleed Aly.

Tirade of abuse against tennis great reeks of hypocrisy

Parenting: Public outbursts only have one result

No one likes to stand in line but patience is a virtue.

I was witness to an epic parenting fail (and we've all been there)

SATIRE: The spin on terms you thought you knew

Wardrobe malfunctions just don't mean the same things these days as what they used to in 2004 - the day Janet Jackson (pictured with Justin Timberlake) bared her chest during the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston.

There's a new era of meaning on the horizon

Man has possible bleeding to the brain after one punch

A man has possible bleeding to the brain after a one punch attack.

Possible bleeding to the brain after getting punched in the face

Gable Tostee: in his own words

Gable Tostee opens up in his most in-depth interview ever. Picture: Jerad Williams.

Gable Tostee opens up in his most in-depth interview ever

Woman dies in tinny collision in Queensland

Police are investigating the collision of two boats on the Gold Coast.

Tinny collided with seven metre cruiser

Sad end to hunt for missing mother and daughter

Benalla mother and daughter Judy and Isabel Stephens’ bodies have been found.

“Two bodies were then located approximately 1km from the vehicle.”

Tyrrells 'surprised' at Schapelle Corby's bag

Police securing Schapelle Corby (holding handbag) leaving the house in Kuta lane to go to Parole Board with a picture of William Tyrell on the bag. Picture: Lukman S. BintoroSource:News Corp Australia

Corby had an image of the missing boy displayed on her handbag

Volvo's FH XXL concept cab surprise

WHAT A TEASE: Volvo shows off it's Concept FHXXL Concept cab in Brisbane.

FH XXL Concept Cab unveiled.

Schapelle Corby documents freedom on Instagram

Schapelle Corby has set up an Instagram account.

“Almost at the airport.. with my @mercedescorby,” she posted.

Shock as miner wastes $110K redundancy

Methamphetamine also known as crystal meth

Addiction spurred by redundancy from mine job and shoulder injury

Stores are running out of Marvel discs and parents aren’t happy

This kids disc craze is just getting crazier

Climber shares pictures of last adventure

Frank Marchetti pictured at the top of Kala Pather at 5650m. It was one of the summits the group climbed to during the 2017 trip.

Mackay photographer shares pictures

Schapelle Corby’s final day in Bali

More than 100 police officers will be involved in Schapelle Corby’s deportation.

Schapelle Corby has spent her final night in Bali

McCulkin tragedy: A summer evening’s drive becomes murder

Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Vicki and Leanne disappeared from Highgate Hill in January of 1974. Vincent O'Dempsey, from Warwick, has been found guilty of their murders.

The girls and their mum had no reason to fear O’Dempsey.

Investigation into the death of 4yo reopened after 19 years

Kevin Hjalmarsson was killed as a toddler in Sweden

It became known simply as the “Kevin case”.

Ariana Grande to host benefit concert in Manchester

Ariana Grande performs on stage in Manchester before a suicide bomber detonated a device, killing 22 and injuring a further 59.

Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester

Bus full of Coptic Christians gunned down in Egypt

Egyptian officials say dozens of people were killed and wounded in an attack by masked militants on a bus carrying Coptic Christians, including children, south of Cairo.

Children are among at least 28 people massacred in Egypt

Man flamed after labelling Byron Bay single girls 'stuck up'

Single man flamed on social media after labelling Byron Bay women 'loopy'.

"Most of the girls here are ... very stuck up, or just not right.

Incredible video of hair-raising crosswind landing

There's nothing like a good crosswind landing to get your heart pumping.

How's this for a nailbiting plane landing

A to Z of Woolworths Marvel Heroes Super Discs

Woolworths Marvel Heroes Super Discs are the latest craze in collectables.

What is Woolworths latest collectable craze about?

Woman shamed while exercising by thin bullies

BODY SHAMERS: Kylie McGuigan is trying to find Tracey - a woman who was mercilessly mocked and photographed by two slim women as she tried to climb Mount Coolum for the first time on Wednesday.

Woman bullied, photographed during exercise

Miracle babies: Sextuplets born after 17 year battle

Sextuplets born at VCU Medical Centre.

The delivery involved a 40-person team.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson gives mate Beau Ryan a clip

Besties!

And now Beau Ryan has a surprising new hairdo.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

BEN Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day in a joint announcement.

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.