US family reunites with kidnapped daughter after 51 years using DNA

A woman who family members say was the toddler kidnapped by a babysitter 51 years ago, is reunited with family in Fort Worth, in a reunion filled with long-awaited hugs and tears of joy. Key points: Melissa Highsmith was 22 months old when she was abducted His birth mother hired a babysitter, who picked up … Read more

Rare 1920s physical culture program discovered among bombs during Sydney home renovation

Robert Laycock was helping renovate a house in a Sydney Harbor suburb when he found rare memorabilia from a 1920s physical culture performance hidden under the floor – and several old mortar shells. While the explosive discovery brought out the bomb disposal team and put a temporary halt to the renovation, it was the unearthing … Read more

Jessica Watson update: Outpouring of love as beloved sailor shares ‘honour’ a year after partner’s sudden death

Australian sailing star Jessica Watson has been inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame, just over a year after a tragic personal loss. Watson, who circumnavigated the globe at 16 years of age, lost her partner of 10 years, Cameron Dale, on August 30, 2021. WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Jess Watson’s story told in … Read more

A Woolgoolga wish come true as Elma Miller, 106, enjoys ‘bucket list’ meeting with alpacas

Born in 1916, Elma Miller has been through a lot, from the Spanish flu to COVID-19, many wars, four kings and a queen, and the advent of modern computers and cell phones. But despite being an avid knitter throughout her life, the 106-year-old has never encountered an alpaca – until recently. “She’s always been fascinated … Read more

95yo swimmer Marion Beulke goes for gold at Pan Pacific Games Masters on Gold Coast

If you’re thinking of resting and relaxing, 95-year-old swimmer Marion Beulke has a message for you: “It’s the safest way out.” Marion is the oldest competitor at the 2022 Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast and has no time for people who say they are too old to get active. “We’re prone to … Read more

2022 Midterm Election Results: Divided States of America

If you appreciate the bare-knuckle, tightly-divided, high-anxiety American politics of recent years, the 2022 election brings you good news. The final balance of power in the US Congress and state chambers won’t be clear for days, or even weeks in some cases, but early results suggest Republicans will likely regain control of the House, while … Read more

‘Gaming learning’ allows Queensland students to muster cattle, drive tractor, plant crops from classroom

Teachers call it “gamed learning” – an in-class lesson that feels like playing a video game. Key points: The Endeavor Foundation worked alongside teachers and students to design and create this technology Students with disabilities and students of all abilities can use the virtual reality program The program helps students learn real-life skills in a … Read more

Animation technology and public health combine to inform Yarrabah of signs, risks of Hendra virus

Wild horses roaming the streets, grazing the curb grass or being ridden bareback by youngsters are a familiar sight around the Aboriginal community of Yarrabah in Far North Queensland. Key points: Yarrabah has large wild horse and flying fox populations which could potentially lead to a Hendra virus outbreak An Indigenous creative crafted a high-tech … Read more

Commonwealth Games: Claire Colwill’s family create own Games village to cheer on Hockeyroos

When the family of a Commonwealth Games debutante realized they couldn’t make it to Birmingham, they brought Birmingham home. Mackay’s Claire Colwill only joined the Hockeyroos this year after years of representing Mackay and Queensland. At every major tournament, her 92-year-old grandmother has been there to cheer from the touchline. But the long journey and … Read more

Bronc-riding Australian women make history on US roughstock rodeo tour

Two trailblazing women from Queensland made history at world-class rodeo events in the United States that have traditionally excluded women. Rockhampton bronc rider Jaime-Lee Mant and Normanton’s Emily Collits joined 10 other women from the United States and Canada to show the world what they are made of on the American rodeo circuit. “If you … Read more