Queensland boy lucky to be alive

A LOCKYER Valley boy has lost his hearing, but is lucky to be alive, after suffering from a severe case of Influenza A, meningitis and a blood clot.

What your coffee says about you

What coffee you drink says a lot about your personlity, the experts say.

WELL this is an awkwardly accurate account...

Get ready to swelter in spring heatwave

You might want to head to the nearest body of water today.

Highs of up to 35 expected

New Year drug boom backfires for mum

The New Year was a smokin' hot time for the meth and marijuana business.

Her rap sheet includes crimes deemed disgusting and appalling.

Things to do this weekend

AND THEY'RE OFF: Don't miss the action at Bundamba Racecourse today.

What's on in Ipswich

COMMENT: Phone scams on the rise

We're keen to hear from anyone who received a suspicious call

Join in the fun as MKR finalists cook up storm

Valerie and Courtney will be at the Heart and Soul Festival this weekend.

There will also be 80 stallholders and a range of food trucks

Where did $2m drug haul come from?

The stash was massive. But it's a mystery who owned the drugs.

Beer drinkers are getting fruity fresh for summer

ON TAP: Pumpyard chef Garth Kelly and Corinne Browne test out the new Lime Lager.

Ipswich brewery whips up Lime Lager in time for scorcher weekend

Hundreds of Ipswich workers prepare for last day on the job

LAST DAYS: The last day of slaughter at Churchill Abattoir will be on Thursday.

Support services are doing all they can to limit the impact

$1.5m for motorsport park will allow drivers to up-skill

Willowbank

2.25ha of tarmac, run-off sand traps and safety barriers on offer

'Something to cheer about': PA puts Ipswich on the map

CHEERS: PA Hotel staff accept the award for Regional Overall Hotel of the Year award at the 2017 AHA National Awards for Excellence.

National honour for Prince Alfred Hotel

Bucking bull, country fun and jobs on offer at new city bar

JUST WAITING: The bull is in the building ready to ride at the launch of Johnny Ringos in the old Hotel Metropole building on October 6.

New honky-tonk bar home to bucking bull and plenty of jobs

iPhone 8: So what are the cheapest deals around?

So what's the best deal with the latest iphones

Comparison website has crunched the numbers

'It's been extremely dry': Farmers desperate for rain

Ross McInnes Harrisville dairy farmer.

Almost no rain has been recorded by the Amberley weather station

Here's what brands to buy to help struggling dairy farmers

Tweed valley Dairy farmer, Ron Stoddart attends to his cows for the afternoon milking session. Stoddart Farm has a new Dairying syteme where the cows are miked and fed at the same time.

Dairy farmers' desperate plea after drop in branded sales

Plumb job nets $20m for locals

Paul Fuller, director of Valley Earthworks, one of the local business to benefit from jail work.

Major contracted awarded for new Grafton Correctional Facility

'Bad place': ACCC lashes out at Curtis Island exports

An aerial view of the three LNG export sites at Curtis Island.

ACCC raises concern about action on gas ban.

L'Oreal heiress and world's richest woman dead at 94

French businesswoman Liliane Bettencourt, the heiress of cosmetics giant L'Oreal and daughter of the company's founder, has died. Bettencourt was also considered the richest woman in the world.

L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was worth $49 billion.

Sell dog shares before they bite you

Paul Clitheroe says turning over your shares frequently will only stack up brokerage. Plus, you may miss out on dividends and potentially be out of the market during upswings.

Paul Clitheroe on buying and selling shares.

'Financial stress' for firm's former staff as $61m owed

Dalby-based Ostwald Bros announced 260 redundancies last month.

How best to claw back millions owed? That's still to be figured out.

Super hunt worth it

"Take control of your financial affairs now."

Forget religious freedom, focus on human freedom

There is nothing 'free' about religious belief that is built on authoritarian ideas.

LETTERS: YES campaign becoming more militant

YOUR SAY: THE campaign for same sex marriage is now in full swing

Where are we heading as a nation?

colourful reflection of Canberra's new parliament building in a fontain pond at sunset.

Things are moving fast

Time for government to tax fat and sugar

Hot box goodies. Photo: Claudia Baxter

People are choosing to consume junk food because it is cheaper.

Why it's essential to bolster grassroots cricket

Northsiders bowler Kev Cumming is among the experienced players representing the South East Queensland Stormers next weekend.

Time to act after contract dispute resolved

Our silence means more Aussie girls will keep being abused

Award-winning Sky News broadcaster, Paul Murray begins his regular column in The Observer.  Paul's program provides robust debate and is a must-see for the political set.  His column promises the same.

How the system fails young girls who are forced into marriages

OPINION: Taking a holiday is damn hard work

Greg Bray, columnist for the Gladstone Observer. Photo Brenda Strong/The Observer

On A Lighter Note with Greg Bray

'Go back to your country': Doctor cops alleged racist rant

Doctor Furyal Moughal, visiting the region from Brisbane, was left shocked after she says she was told to return to her own country at a Hervey bay business this week.

A doctor of Pakistani descent allegedly copped a racist rant.

Welfare card will be 'assessed' after twelve months

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt announces $1.9 million funding for new facilities at St Patrick's Catholic School in Bundaberg.
Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

Long-term costs are expected to be less than $1000 per participant.

Footy player punched, strangled girlfriend

Chris Rose.
Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

Jail for Boxing Day violence

Cassie Sainsbury attends a beauty pageant inside Bogota jail

El Buen Pastor Prison Beauty Pageant, Bogata Colombia. Picture: Nathan Edwards

She spent a day dancing and cheering at a raucous beauty contest

Julie Bishop’s travel matches beloved team’s away games

Then American vice president Joe Biden at a West Coast match with footballer Mason Cox and Julie Bishop in 2016. Picture: Mark Stewart, Herald Sun

Foreign Affairs minister spent tens of thousands on travel

AFL player labels The Project racist after interview

Ex-Collingwood AFL player Heritier Lumumba held back tears on The Project describing the tag he carried around at the club. Picture: The Project/Channel 10

Heritier Lumumba went on the show to talk about racism

‘ATTACKER’ SPEAKS OUT: ‘Why I wanted to nut Tony Abbott’

Astro Labe, 38, of North Hobart, is accused of assaulting former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Picture: Sam RosewarneSource:News Corp Australia

Tony Abbott assault accused states why he headbutted former PM

High Court finds Malcolm Roberts was a UK citizen

Senator Malcolm Roberts was born in India in 1955 to an Australian mother and Welsh father. Picture Kym Smith

High Court declares Malcolm Roberts was a dual citizen

Contact lens parasite leaves mum blind and paralysed

A simple contact lens sparked a nightmare chain of events for Claire Wilkinson. Picture: Press Association

Mum left paralysed and blinded by parasite in contact lens

Customers rage over baked beans change

Heinz Baked Beanz 420g is selling for $2.09 on Farmers Direct.Source:Supplied

Kraft Heinz announces changes to baked beans

Sort of boobs men fancy is very surprising

Search data shows a shift in types of boobs people want to see online

The Sort Of Boobs Men Fancy Are Very Surprising

First aid gets a dose of reality

LIFE-LIKE SCENARIOS: Nola Pearce adds the finishing touches to a TraumaSim participant.

Emergency situation training may help drivers in the field

Australia's fighters can't fight

The F-35 Lightining II Joint strike fighter has led a protracted, troubled - and expensive - development.Source:Supplied

Australia’s F-35A stealth fighters not at a fighting standard

Protestor who set himself on fire outside NZ parliament dies

Another witness saw the man walking around on fire, then heard a high-pitched scream and saw the man fall over.

Man suspected of custody dispute allegedly self-immolated

Model tells ‘every sex slave detail’

Chloe Ayling.

Chloe Ayling is to tell all about her Black Death sex slave ordeal

Man's penis stuck in gym weight: three hours to free him

Firefighters in Worms, Germany, used a hydraulic saw and a grinder to free the entrapped man's member. Picture: Facebook

t took a hydraulic saw, a grinder and three hours to free man

Web series to poke fun at Noosa on national stage

The Circle will stream on Domain next month.

Pot-shots for sarongs, fitness fanatics, early-morning leafblowers

Alleged Beerwah arsonist to face court

Pair set fire to store to claim insurance, police will allege

Fine for busker with dangerous item in case

A busker was fined after police found something potentially dangerous in his guitar case.

Busker fined after police found something unusual in guitar case

Epic camel train stops in Gympie amid 2000km journey

Outback camel train on epic healing journey to the coast

Latham strikes at Yunupingu

Former Labor leader Mark Latham has caused outrage with an offensive tweet about the state memorial service for late Aussie music legend Dr G Yunupingu.

His tweet indicated he had never heard of the triple platinum muso

Why '90s Hollywood heart-throb disappeared

IN THE late 90s, Casper star Devon Sawa was a teen heart throb beloved by millions of teenage girls. Then, he disappeared. Now he explains what happened.

Wengie now a Powerpuff Girl

Australian YouTube star Wengie  voices the new PowerPuff Girl Bliss.

Aussie makes debut as the fourth Powerpuff Girl

Wild HIMYM theory is blowing our minds

A new How I Met Your Mother fan theory would change a major plot point.

If this new theory is true, it’s opened up a whole new can of worms.

10 things to do these school holidays to beat the heat

School holiday movies. The Lego Ninjago Movie

Here's ten things to do around Ipswich to keep the kids entertained

Only movie trailer you need to see this week

What kind of animal would banish these puppers?

IT’S been almost four years since the last Wes Anderson film.

Biggest Bachelorette mystery solved

Jourdan suffered an injury on the first episode of The Bachelorette.

ONE moment this week left viewers absolutely stumped.

Holly Valance picks unusual name for new daughter

Holly Candy and husband Nick have added a new baby to the family.

Former Neighbours star and her husband are parents for a second time