Here's the good news from around Gladstone this week
JUST in case you missed them, here are some of the positive stories that have featured in The Observer in the past week. The news isn't always bad!
Fashionable friendship forms between business mums
TWO local mothers have harnessed the powers of Facebook to bring their homemade creations to the public - and the number of people "liking" their businesses continues to grow.
Jolene Butler started her clothing business Hippie Baby early this year, while her friend Sarah Morton started the hair accessories and hair board business Bow Peeps Treats last November.
Calliope Historical Village brings region's history to life
STEPPING into his time machine of memories, Harold Harvey reminisces about the days of Tilly lamps, PB15 steam locomotives and gramophones.
"Our modern lifestyle has developed around technology," the 81-year-old Port Curtis Historical Society president says. "Not personal interaction with the rest of the community.
Back in his days there were no phones to give a friend a bell. And social interaction was the key to communication.
Big acts on the way with entertainment centre drawcard
ENTERTAINMENT has been given a facelift in Gladstone with the city set to attract a variety of international, national and local shows to the region in 2014.
Since the new Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre doors opened, the centre has already hosted about 7500 people who turned out to 10 shows and 10 functions over 26 working days.
Oliver and Charlotte top the list of popular baby names
WHAT do the words Blue, Chevy, Blip and Daxx have in common? They are some of the most unusual and creative baby names of 2013.
The Baby Center has unveiled its lists of the top 50 baby names and top unusual names for 2013.
Charlotte and Oliver took the title for the top girl and boy names for 2013 in Australia.
Big crowd turns out as triathlon event races to success
SOLD out weeks before the actual event, Tannum Sands Triathlon was marked the most successful event held by the Frenchville Frogs in the area so far.
Now six years in, the triathlon had record entries at 220 competitors, with the spectator effort in pushing athletes along a big influence on club president Wayne Clifford's assessment of the turnout.
Boyne Island home lights up lives with Christmas display
FOR the past 15 years the Franklin home has shone brightly during Christmas time.
But this is the first year that Boyne Island street, Surita Ct, has been blessed with the Franklins' flash Christmas lights display.
Karl Franklin is the brains and the brawn behind the display which features everything from coloured LED lights to three dimensional characters and creatures.
BWS store at Stockland opens just in time for Christmas
THE $6 million expansion of Stockland Gladstone is nearing completion with the recent opening of BWS (Beer Wine Spirits).
Construction of the East Mall extension started in May, providing an extra 600sq m to the shopping centre.
Council approves $2.6m sports complex for Tannum
A NEW $2.6 million, 318ha sporting park at Tannum Sands is on its way after the Gladstone Regional Council approved an initial plan to get the project underway.
The sporting complex would include three soccer fields, a hockey field, an athletics track, long and triple jump area, pole vault area and full lighting.
Best mates share a birthday, school years and now an OP1
DAVID Madsen and Philippa Evans share a unique and enduring friendship, and now, after completing their entire secondary education together, they have double the reason to celebrate.
The two, who met in kindergarten, were ecstatic to learn they had both received a final grade of OP1.
Top marks for Chanel College as OP results are revealed
HIGH school students across Queensland have laboured throughout the year, and now they have received their final grades.
In our region, Chanel College principal Sharon Volp said she was extremely proud of the school's graduating cohort's final results.
"I was delighted to hear that 20% of the year had achieved OP grading from one to five," she said.
Are you up for a meaty challenge at CBD's new steakhouse?
MAMMOTH-SIZED portions, succulent ribs and a vibrant atmosphere are just some of the items on the menu at Ribs and Rumps.
The steakhouse, now open on Goondoon St, is joined to the Grand Hotel and The Coffee Club.
It opened its doors for the first time this week.
Calliope Crossroads interchange done in time for Christmas
MOTORISTS on the Bruce and Dawson highways will be able to use the new interchange at the Calliope Crossroads from Thursday night, weather permitting.
The move marks the next major milestone in the crossroads project, which is due to be completed in April.
Epidemic Over gets back together to support Birds of Tokyo
THEY have endlessly rocked the alternative music scene for four years as a band, but earlier in the year played their final gig as one.
Now, Epidemic Over is back, reuniting for a massive supportive performance with five-piece alternative band Birds of Tokyo.
Weather is looking good for Christmas day in Gladstone
GLADSTONE can expect an almost perfect day for Christmas on Wednesday.
At this stage a mostly sunny day is predicted with a top of 31 degrees, although there's a 60% chance of rain.