Hosea Luy has joined the Lithgow Mercury's editorial team.
There was festivity in the air at the Lithgow Work For the Dole (WFD) Project's first open day, which was held in great Christmas spirit.
Lithgow's 2017 Australia Day events will centre on Eskbank House.
Halfway through January already? Yes. Check out the best photos of the week.
We take a look back at what was making news back in January 1996.