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Dullest and wettest June for five years, warmer than usual

The Armagh Observatory has reported that June 2017 was dull, wet and warmer than average.

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The Gobbins. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Gobbins Path reopens for summer season

The Gobbins cliff path at Islandmagee will reopen tomorrow (June 30) after a 12 month closure.

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Larne and Inver Primary pupils.

Pupils try their hand at growing ‘monsters’

Green-fingered primary pupils have been planting ‘monster veg’ for the Mid and East Antrim Flower Show which takes place in August.

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Action needed now to cut speed limit

Action needed now to cut speed limit

Ulster Unionist councillor Mark McKinty has issued a strong and stark call to action following a fatal traffic accident in Ballycarry.

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Welcome for
beach clean

Welcome for beach clean

DUP Councillor Cheryl Johnston has welcomed an undertaking by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to clean the beach at Carrick’s shore front.

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Brighter Whitehead members.

Volunteers working hard to ensure Whitehead is blooming for judges

The Ulster in Bloom judges will cast their eye over Whitehead next month as the seaside town competes for a top spot in the Small Town category.

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Pupils Samuel Whaley and Amy Wilkinson, from Larne Grammar School join Ian Luney, president of AES UK and Ireland and Monika Wojcieszek, from Ulster Wildlife, at the launch of the electricity generator's new Biodiversity Action Plan.

Protecting rare wildlife species at power plants

A plan to protect and enhance the wildlife surrounding two of Northern Ireland’s largest power stations has been launched by AES UK & Ireland.

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The Small Blue Butterfly discovered in Co Fermanagh

Rare butterfly previously feared extinct discovered in Northern Ireland

A surveyor from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency has discovered a rare butterfly previously thought to be extinct in the province.

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Road resurfacing in East Antrim

Road resurfacing in East Antrim

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council members have been updated on programmed infrastructure works for the area by the Department for Infrastructure.

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Celebrating the launch of the 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competiton Awards were (from left) David Brown and Bill Pollock, Brighter Whitehead, Frank Hewitt, Translink Chairman, Cllr Paul Reid, Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Moira Rodgers, Brighter Brighthead, Ald Freda Donnelly, NI Local Government Association Vice President, Gerard McAatarsney and Brian Goodfellow, Translink NI Railways.

East Antrim asked to celebrate ‘best blooms’

The 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition was officially launched during Northern Ireland’s Bus and Train Week (June 5 – 11).

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Bashfordsland Wood. INCT 15-464-RM

Public meeting over new development

Concerns over the proposed Bashforde Park Village housing development were highlighted at a public meeting at Oakfield Community Centre in Carrick last Thursday.

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The McCloskey family getting hands on history

Big Dig to unearth hidden history

The Belfast Hills Partnership along with the National Trust are tooling up for this year’s Big Dig on Divis and the Black Mountain.

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Bashfordsland Wood. INCT 15-464-RM

Conservationist to hold public meeting

A public meeting will take place at Oakfield Community Centre, in Carrick, next Thursday evening (June 8), from 8.00 pm until 10.00 pm.

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Wood pellets

RHI list: Officials withhold 48 claimants’ names

Although the vast majority of the names of non-domestic RHI claimants have been released, details of some major claimants have been withheld – with little explanation as to the reasons for each decision.

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Wood pellets

IN FULL: Non-domestic RHI claimant list

The Department for the Economy has today published the full list of individuals and companies who have received more than £5,000 under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

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Barn owl (c) Margaret Holland

Volunteers needed to transform the fortunes of barn owls

Wildlife lovers are being urged to help safeguard one of Northern Ireland’s most endangered birds, by getting involved in Ulster Wildlife’s annual survey of barn owls this summer.

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Stan Woods and Noel McKee from the Whitehead Wombles pictured at a previous award ceremony with Mayor Audrey Wales.

Stan is Whitehead’s Citizen of the Year

Whitehead Community Association has presented its coveted Citizen of the Year award to local man Stan Woods.

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Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE with Jodie- Ann McAneaney at the launch of the 2017 Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme.

Grant boost to ‘love the place you live’

Carrick residents are being urged to take a pride in their local environment through a ‘Live Here Love Here’ small grant programme.

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Mayor Cllr Audrey Wales distributes seeds for the Tallest Sunflower competition.

‘Get sowing and growing’ - who can grow the tallest sunflower?

Five thousand free packs of sunflower seeds are being distributed to schoolchildren in Mid and East Antrim Borough.

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Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

The Armagh Observatory has reported that April 2017 was much drier than average, and slightly warmer and much duller.

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