In case you missed it: Top 5 stories of the week Feb 21-27

Here's your weekly snapshot of news in the Gladstone region with five of the top news stories from The Observer over the week February 21-27:

1. Boyne Smelter to cash in ... if it survives 5 years

If Boyne Smelter can survive the next five years it will be able to cash in on the "brightest future of all the metals". That was the message from the company's general manager Joe Rea yesterday as he kept no secrets from contractors, industry leaders and executives at the annual Gladstone Engineering Alliance industry update.

2. Florist exits Goondoon St to escape high rent

Nuellie de Fleur has shut its high street doors. They're setting up the business from their home garage. The managers say high rents combined with diminishing foot traffic have forced them out of the CBD.

3. Kurt Kempton has been laid to rest

A bottle of Bundaberg Rum sat on Kurt Kempton's coffin Monday morning as family and friends said goodbye to the kind natured 26-year-old Boyne Valley man. Men and women, some in high-vis and others dressed in black, were brought to tears at the sight of Kurt's parents Jacqui and Warren as they continued to grieve the tragic loss of their son. 

4. Gladstone has a visit from an international passenger plane

Virgin Australia confirmed that both planes - including one international passenger plane - were meant to land in Brisbane, but couldn't due to weather conditions. One plane was flying from Perth, the other was from Denpasar, Indonesia.

5. Major drug raids across the region finish up an eight-month police investigation

An eight month police investigation which has involved officers from a special state organised crime unit from Brisbane has seen 38 people arrested on 117 drug and firearm related offences in the Gladstone and Tannum Sands region.

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