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In this week’s Newtownabbey Times: Leah McFall, lottery fever, Ballyclare banner and an alco-pop in the council chamber.

Leah McFall talks to the Times ahead of facing the public vote for the first time on the BBC’s The Voice.

The Carnmoney girl has so far impressed judges and the public with her unique singing talent and has been hotly tipped to win the competition.

Also this week lottery fever brings the feel good factor to Doagh village.

Claims paramilitaries are holding Ballyclare people to ransom as “divisive” loyalist “welcome” banner returns.

Council set to put dog control order to bed after lengthy committee meeting.

And Newtownabbey Councillor Robert Hill defends drinking an alco-pop in the council chamber.

In sport:

Powerlifting championships come to Valley Leisure Centre.

Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton returns from TT with bag full of trophies.

Templepatrick Cricket Club’s Jay Hunter continues rich vein of form by hitting 150 in a day.

And Comrades celebrate promotion year at awards bash.