Grinches ruin Christmas with spate of thefts

FROM Ballina to Evans Head, Alstonville, Lismore and Casino, lights and decorations are being destroyed or stolen.

HSC results 2017: How your school performed this year

James Ruse Agricultural High School in Carlingford has topped the state again.

Rankings based on the highest achieving students in the HSC

Northern Rivers fans rush to watch new Star Wars film

IN CHARACTER: Star Wars fans Ethan, Malachi and Lachlan Gray, from Wardell, at the premiere of the new Star Wars The Last Jedi.

The Last Jedi marks 40 years of the franchise

Surfers still ‘s*** scared’ of Ballina

A 3m female white shark that was caught on a smart drum line at Ballina this year.

“Tell that to the people of Ballina.”

Daughter of former mayor faces arrest over $15k debt

Former Lismore City Council election candidate Belinda Nott is being threatened with arrest.

Daughter of a former Lismore mayor failed to appear in court

'Lot of pressure': Students to get HSC results today

Rivers Secondary College Lismore High campus student Sarah Lane, 17, is looking forward to getting her HSC results.

The wait is over for more than 55,000 NSW HSC students

FIRST LOOK: Plans revealed for INXS museum at Ballina

An artist's impression of the proposed INXS museum for Ballina.

Business leaders meet for exclusive look at cultural, arts hub

Who is nominated to the Palmie Awards 2017?

FINALISTS: Madeleine Lipson and Brian Pamphilon in the Bangalow Theatre Company's production of the Little Shop of Horrors.

The awards include theatre productions from the Northern Rivers.

Council crackdown on free parking at Ballina Airport

Ballina Shire Council is cracking down on motorists dodging paid parking at the Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport.

Do you avoid parking fees by parking at this spot?

TAFE student recognised at national awards

RUNNER-UP: Wollongbar TAFE student, Liam Muldoon from Cumbalum, was runner-up Vocational Student of the Year at the 2017 Australian Training Awards.

A TAFE student was runner-up Vocational Student of the Year

Backlash against brothel DA for Townsend

This flyer has been put together by Townsend residents opposing a development application for a brothel in the industrial precinct.

The Townsend community has hit out at proposal to set up a brothel.

'Best boss in the world' celebrates 10 years behind the bar

TOP JOB: Robyn Miles is the cheerful owner/manager of Allora's beloved Railway Hotel.

A leap of faith into pays off for a Southern Downs publican

First land release at coastal village in 20 years

Vacant lots are going for auction at Bayside Brunswick Heads.

The blocks are expected to be snapped up at auction this weekend

The vote that could bring down the PM

THE big day is here, though you might not have realised. It’s crunch time in the crucial by-election that could tear the Federal Government apart.

How did this law still exist in 2017?

Anna Thompson with her daughter Emily

The hardest conversation women have with their boss just got easier

Yamba athlete on track to Commonwealth Games

Celia Sullohern reacts after winning the Zatopek Womens 10,000m race at the 57th edition of Zatopek athletic championships at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne, Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Celia Sullohern earns automatic selection in Australian team.

Heartfelt tribute to 'beautiful couple' killed in crash

Carol and David Emert

Son pens emotional obituary for parents

Hard work and faith leads Josh to big HSC result

St Andrews Christian School captain Joshua Rowe shwos off his HSC results in which he received four Band 6 results.

Degree at Sydney University a possibility for St Andrew's captain

$500 reward for wooden suitcase containing swords

Sword swallowing is quite an art.

The swords were sold to a Lismore pawn shop more than 30 years ago

Date set for drug trial of Nimbin's Peter 'The Rock' Till

COMMITTED TO CANNABIS: Peter Till will face trial over commercial drug supply charges in March.

The 50-year-old will represent himself at his own trial

NHVR releases new work diaries

OUT WITH THE OLD: NHVR will release new electronic work diaries.

The draft EWD Policy Framework and Standards will be released

Christmas donations charities don’t want

Major Neil Dickson from the Salvation Army at a Christmas hamper packing station. Picture: Jono Searle.

Christmas donations: The do’s and don’t of gift-giving to charities

Owner hacked pet cat's leg off

Amy Matthews and Dharme Kinsey.

"It's a one-off thing. I'm shattered I did it” - Dharme Kinsey

A miracle delivery just before Christmas

NEW ADDITION: Michael and Mel Crossland with their newborn son Lochlan.

Well known Coffs Coast inspiration Michael Crossland's miracle baby

Outback axe murderer lodges appeal

He claims his trial judge botched a routine direction to the jury

The week in politics with Paul Murray

Sky News presenter Paul Murray

We have a crisis in boys' education, Paul Murray says

Stories Australia won’t recover from

The volumes of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse sit on the table before the signing ceremony of the release of the papers at Government House, Canberra, 15 December, 2017. Photo: Jeremy Piper

Australia's psyche will be forever changed

Jailed for killing ‘pretty’ niece

Derek Barrett (left) has been jailed for killing his niece Mengmei Leng (right). Picture: AAP/Instagram.

Sydney man secretly filmed his niece showering and then murdered her

Real reason the daredevil died

He was famous in China for posting videos and photos hundreds of metres in the air. Picture: Weibo

His death after falling from the 62nd storey shocked the world

Jailhouse wedding bells for Cassie Sainsbury

Cassandra Sainsbury. (60 Minutes)

Cassie Sainsbury is set to marry Scott Broadbridge inside prison

NORTH KOREA: Threat no one’s talking about

North Korea’s lack of safety is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’

Mystery millionaire: Rocky punter yet to claim whopping $2M

MAX PRICE: Tip Top Gold Max soft white sliced bread. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

The owner of the winning Keno ticket is yet to come forward.

What would you do if this crawled up your windscreen?

What would you do if this was on the other side of your windscreen?

Gympie contractor 'surprised' by scaly hitch-hiker.

Family trying to reclaim 'true' spirit of Christmas

OPEN HOME: Katrina and Ben Rickard with their kids Nikita, Hayley, Cody, Taylor, Nicholas, Mekayla and Thomas will be opening up their property for Christmas this year.

Family will open doors and property for Christmas festivities.

'Average Joe' fan keeps up with tennis star Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard does some modelling when she’s not playing tennis.

EUGENIE Bouchard has spent a third date with the fan.

WATCH: Rare piece of Mackay history washes up on beach

Bianca Wheatley at East Point Beach exactly where she found the bottle.

Rare bottle pulled from sand at East Point

Aussie actor tops 2017 BW’s Hot List

FORGET about soaring summer temperatures — this actor is the hottest thing this year after topping BW Magazine’s Host list for 2017.

George Lucas’ gripe with new Star Wars film

George Lucas

Lucas wasn’t happy when he saw how The Last Jedi was being made

Galactica: Second actress named as ‘cult member’

Battlestar Galactica’s Nicki Clyne is good friends with Smallville star Allison Mack. Picture: Instagram

A Battlestar Galactica star is the second actress to be identified

Foxx and Holmes go public for birthday bash

Katie Holmes laughs with rumoured boyfriend Jamie Foxx.

Hollywood’s most secretive couple is finally stepping into the light

Harry, Meghan set wedding date

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during the video of their engagement announcement and interview. Picture: Supplied

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have set a wedding date

What the Disney-Fox merger means for Marvel movies

Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have made $US13.4 billion so far Film trailer: Avengers — Infinity War.

The $68.3 billion merger between Disney and Fox has big implications

Dustin Hoffman hit with underage harassment claims

Dustin Hoffman at the 70th international film festival in Cannes.

THERE are more claims of sexual misconduct against the veteran actor