Border breakfast wrap-up | Monday December 14, 2015

It's not long to go now and @joysdelights on Instagram is spreading the festive cheer "Santa's little helpers stopping by for some Lollies. Thanks for the picture girls!"

It's not long to go now and @joysdelights on Instagram is spreading the festive cheer "Santa's little helpers stopping by for some Lollies. Thanks for the picture girls!"

7.00AM:  Good morning and welcome to the Border Breakfast Wrap-Up. Over the next few hours we will be bringing you as much information as possible from across the Border region and nationally.

Weather, road conditions, breaking news, we will have it all - and we'd love to hear from you! If there's anything happening in your part of the world, drop us a line! Email scott.hazlewood@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Ex-detainee ordained in Wodonga

FEELING AT HOME: Berlin Guerrero celebrates his induction as a minister at the Emmanuel Uniting and Anglican Church Wodonga with his family.

FEELING AT HOME: Berlin Guerrero celebrates his induction as a minister at the Emmanuel Uniting and Anglican Church Wodonga with his family.

From being held captive in jail to being separated from his family for years, Berlin Guerrero’s journey to become an Australian pastor has not been easy.

Mr Guerrero was ordained on Thursday night at the Emmanuel Uniting and Anglican Church Wodonga after an international effort secured him sanctuary. 

His fight to practice his faith began years ago as a young pastor in the Philippines.

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Albury properties of mayor and tennis ace Margaret Court given all-clear for demolition

Home to a champion: The childhood residence of Margaret Court will be razed following demolition approval by council.

Home to a champion: The childhood residence of Margaret Court will be razed following demolition approval by council.

APPROVAL has been given for the demolition of homes once occupied by an Albury mayor and a tennis champion.

Albury Council officers this month backed plans to flatten the houses of John Roach and Margaret Court.

Mr Roach was mayor of Albury for 12 years and served on the council from 1959 to 1999.

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Woman rescued after night at Dinner Plain

A simple afternoon walk in the Alpine National Park turned into a frightening night lost alone in remote bushland for a woman on holiday.

It was the second time in four days a poorly-prepared hiker had to rely on emergency services for rescue in the North East.

Sergeant Trevor Schultz, of Wangaratta police, said the 62-year-old from Melbourne was staying by herself at McNamara’s Hut near Dinner Plain on Saturday when she became lost.

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Luke Stevens doubles up

HISTORY MAKER: Luke Stevens took out the Albury-Wodonga Gift for the second time at the Albury Sportsground. Not bad for a 21-year-old. Picture: MARK JESSER

HISTORY MAKER: Luke Stevens took out the Albury-Wodonga Gift for the second time at the Albury Sportsground. Not bad for a 21-year-old. Picture: MARK JESSER

TARNEIT sprint machine Luke Stevens has created history by becoming the first athlete to win multiple Albury-Wodonga Gifts.

The 2014 winner stormed home ahead of David Flood and Dean Dobric at the Albury Sportsground on Saturday, as he stepped up preparations for next year’s Olympics in Rio.

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► STOCKTON: A Stockton service station, at the centre of a long-running dispute between residents and its recalcitrant operator, has burned to the ground in suspicious circumstances just two weeks after Crown lands revoked the lease. Read all about it.

► BALLARAT: Over 1600 competitors in the Ironman 70.3 event on Sunday got to see a Ballarat icon in more detail than many locals, with a swim in Lake Wendouree before a ride and run. Read more.

Open water: The competitors swam 2km in Lake Wendouree for the first leg of the Ironman 70.3.

Open water: The competitors swam 2km in Lake Wendouree for the first leg of the Ironman 70.3.

► WARRNAMBOOL: Quick-thinking firefighters pulled wrapped presents from a house fire that left a Warrnambool family homeless 12 days before Christmas. Read all about it.

House fire on Ocean Grove, Warrnambool. Family and fire crew were able to rescue the family's Christmas presents from the burning fire undamaged. Picture: Amy Paton

House fire on Ocean Grove, Warrnambool. Family and fire crew were able to rescue the family's Christmas presents from the burning fire undamaged. Picture: Amy Paton

► LAUNCESTON : A Launceston man has been struck off the roll of legal practitioners because a judge determined he engaged in professional misconduct after he was found guilty of stealing from his former employer.

The Legal Profession Board of Tasmania applied to the Supreme Court to have Adrian John Hall, 40, removed from the roll of practitioners. Full story.

► BENDIGO: A man has been hospitalised after being assaulted in the toilet of Universal nightclub on Saturday morning. Full story.

The 41-year-old was at the venue with his wife when he was assaulted by a stranger in the toilets between 2am and 2.30am.

► WOLLONGONG: Fire crews will spend days monitoring more than 300 hectares of charred bush at Maddens Plains after an out-of-control blaze was contained at the weekend. Full story.

Fire fighters spent the weekend at an out of control fire at Maddens Plains. Picture: Mick Reynolds, NSW RFS

Fire fighters spent the weekend at an out of control fire at Maddens Plains. Picture: Mick Reynolds, NSW RFS

► WEST WYALONG: Two men stole cars and guns from a Mirrool property on Saturday before shooting at the vehicles’ owner and leading police on two dangerous high speed chases. Full story.

► MOUNT ISA: Mount Isa received its first decent downpour the city had seen in a while with 25.2 millimietres recorded at the airport. However there were reports of more than 50 mills in gauges across town. Read all about it.

► DUBBO: The man in red was the most popular person at Saturday's Christmas Fair event, which was strongly supported by the Dubbo community for what was an uplifting night for all involved. Read all about it.

Having a great time on one of the rides at Saturday's Christmas Fair were Cali Dowton and Brooklyn Dowton. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

Having a great time on one of the rides at Saturday's Christmas Fair were Cali Dowton and Brooklyn Dowton. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

NATIONAL NEWS

THE two words uttered by fisherman Denis Rivers when he hauled in this massive beast will be left to your imagination but there is nothing fake about the bull shark in this story.

The Port Macquarie fisho, who true to the sport refuses to give away his favourite spot to drop a line, was left cut and bleeding after a one hour struggle with the monster. Read more here.

A fifth plastic surgeon will start work in Northern Tasmania within the next 18 months, to help cope with increasing demand.

Plastic surgery, especially cosmetic, has been on the rise across Australia for the past decade and Tasmania is not missing out on the trend. Full story.

Plastics nurse Chanea Ralston and Plastic Surgeon Maria Popa. Picture: Geoff Robson

Plastics nurse Chanea Ralston and Plastic Surgeon Maria Popa. Picture: Geoff Robson

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