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Work on multi-million pound city centre retail and housing scheme to begin in early June

Work on a major redevelopment project at Smyth Patterson Ltd in Lisburn city centre is due to get under way in early June, it has been confirmed.

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Pictured with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP (left) at the Palace of Westminster are Mayor Tim Morrow; Chairman of Invest NI, Mark Ennis; Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson and Chairman of the council's Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE. Pic by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye

Tasty trade mission aims to boost local business

Two hundred business people joined Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and a Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council delegation at the Palace of Westminster on April 18 for the local authority’s first ever food and drink trade mission in London.

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Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Sam Nicholson welcomes Chris McNabb from GM Designs to the Dromore Town Centre public realm scheme along with Lissa O'Malley, Regeneration Officer and Nigel McIlrath, Corporate Project Officer from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Pic by Edward Byrne Photography

Town centre to get £1.1m facelift

A major facelift planned for Dromore town centre has moved a step closer with the appointment of a contractor to carry out a new public realm scheme.

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Thieves steal ‘substantial amount of cash’ from shop

Thieves steal ‘substantial amount of cash’ from shop

Detectives investigating a burglary at a shop in Aghalee in the early hours of this morning (Friday, 20 April) have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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Light aircraft crash claims two lives

Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed in County Antrim, not far from Belfast International Airport.

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Sofie Owens, Barista at Ground Espresso Bars, officially launches the company's pioneering initiative 'Reuse at Ground'.

Local coffee outlets to offer special deal in bid to reduce waste

Coffee chain Ground Espresso Bars has doubled-down on its ethical duties by launching a pioneering initiative - ‘Reuse at Ground’ – which aims to encourage members of the public across Northern Ireland to change their habits and reduce waste by offering an unprecedented 50p off all hot drinks when a reusable cup is used.

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Police seize heroin in Lisburn

Police seize heroin in Lisburn

Police have seized a quantity of heroin during a stop and search operation in the Lisburn area.

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Pictured with the 'Beefeaters' at the iconic Tower of London are the Chairman of the council's Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE; Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson; Head of Hillsborough Castle, Patricia Corbett and the Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow. Pic by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye

Surge in visitors could bring £30m a year into local economy

Plans to develop the Lisburn and Castlereagh area’s tourism potential could boost the local economy by up to £30 million per year, the council has said.

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Jim O'Hagan Chief Executive of Libraries NI: Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee; Graham Bailie, Head of Branch Network, Barclays Northern Ireland and Leslie Smyth, Digital Inclusion Communications Manager, Department of Finance promote the upcoming Google Digital Garage event.

‘Digital Garage’ parks up in Lisburn

A free ‘Google Digital Garage’ workshop for individuals, organisations and businesses will run at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn on April 26.

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Celebrating 10 years of LaganView Enterprise Centre: Pictured (l-r) are Danielle Sanaghan, Nicola Smith, Diane McLucas (all Barkingham Palace), Joanne Casey (centre manager), Peggy Kambule (director of LaganView), Sharon Gibson (New Horizons Credit Union) and Adrian Bird (Resurgam Trust).

Marking a milestone for social enterprise

Staff and volunteers at LaganView Enterprise Centre, Lisburn will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the community enterprise facility next week.

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Air Ambulance NI.

Firm backing emergency medical service that saved worker

A Co Down building supplies firm is holding a fundraiser for Air Ambulance NI, just weeks after the helicopter emergency medical service was called to the aid of one of its employees.

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Julie Mills from Hilden Brewery is looking forward to the Hilden Spring Fair on April 29.

Hilden Brewery to host spring craft fair in support of Cash for Kids charity

Lisburn-based Hilden Brewery is inviting people of all ages to its Spring Fair, which will take place on Sunday, April 29 in support of local charity Cash for Kids.

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Nicola Fitzsimons (left) from Live Here Love Here with volunteers from the Growing Our Community Project.

Groups invited to apply for grant funding of up to £5,000

Applications are now open for Live Here Love Here’s Small Grants Scheme, which is giving communities in Lisburn and Castlereagh the opportunity to benefit from up to £5,000 of funding to improve their local area.

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Joel Cunningham, Mattie Connolly, Conor McDonald and Fiachra Crossey have been praised by animal rescue charity Doggy 911 for their generosity.

Animal rescue charity praises Lisburn lads for ‘selfless generosity’

A Co Down-based animal rescue charity has praised four “lovely” young men from Lisburn for their generosity during a street collection in the city on Saturday.

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Mayor Tim Morrow with Jacqueline Evans launching the upcoming Vintage Tea Evening at Cafe Vic-Ryn in aid of the Mayor's charities.

Vintage tea evening in support of Mayor’s charities

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh, Councillor Tim Morrow will be hosting a Ladies’ Vintage Tea Evening at Café Vic-Ryn, Lisburn on Wednesday, April 25 (7pm).

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Laurelhill Community College, Lisburn. Pic by Google

Schools are secure and sustainable, principals assure parents

The principals two Lisburn post-primary schools named in an Education Authority report that raises questions about the sustainability of school provision have stressed that their schools are not at risk of closure or merger.

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Police investigating the break-in at Knockmore Primary School, Lisburn. Pic by PSNI Lisburn

Police investigating ‘appalling crime’ at local school

Police investigating a burglary at Knockmore Primary School in Lisburn have described the incident as “an appalling crime”.

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Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the council's Environmental Services Committee, and TV presenter Paul Clarke are pictured with the top three winners in the Junior and Senior sections of the Environmental Youth Speak competition. Pic by Philip Magowan

Young people speak out about environmental issues

A total of 26 pupils from 20 schools across the council area participated in the 2018 Environmental Youth Speak competition at Lagan Valley Island.

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Trainee Firefighter Control Operator, Claire Costello from Dromore was awarded Top Trainee at the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Regional Control Centre Graduation Ceremony.

Local trainees have life-saving role to play

Five local people were among 14 Trainee Firefighter Control Operators who successfully graduated recently following the completion of an intensive 16-week training course.

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