This week's Westmeath Independent is now on the shelves and features the best local news, sports, features and photography coverage. Our stories include:
* Man dies after falling into the River Shannon in Athlone
* Local residents set to protest Lough Ree water extraction plan
* Plans lodged for major extension to town's cinema
* Decree for €160,000 in Athlone Town stadium court case
* TD Naughten says there's a 'ticking time bomb' over Monksland boundary issue
* Portiuncula ward plan could be affected by children's hospital cost overrun
* Plan predicts population growth of 8,000 in Athlone
* Dean Crowe panto promises lots of laughs for all the family
* PHOTO SPECIALS: Tang carol service; Roscommon Tidy Awards ceremony; Westmeath Cathaoirleach John Dolan's Christmas Dinner; Ganly's Christmas Party, The Best Reader's Pictures of 2018; Garrycastle GAA's Derek Daly memorial 5k Walk/Run.
* Christmas creative writing, our annual Christmas Quiz, and Christmas cards from Cornafulla NS
* Cooney pleased with Westmeath players' attitude as Kildare await
* Clann na nGael hold off Brigid's rally to secure U-20 football title
* Details of the annual Westmeath Independent Sports Awards night later this month
All this and more is in this week's paper, which is out now.