The Border Watch : January 23rd 2015
NEWS TIPS email@example.com YEAR IN REVIEW 23 In the final instalment of a 12-part series, we look back on the stories that made headlines during 2014 in The Border Watch. DECEMBER HEARTBROKEN Mount Gambier family struggled to come to terms with the loss of four people in a horrific car crash near Millicent. A The tragic accident cost the lives of Mount Gambier mother Michelle Doyle, 45, her two children Joshua, 22, and Jessica Doyle, 16, as well as her mother Bev Khan, 66, of Horsham. Brad Kelly - who was Joshua’s business partner in a newly opened Robe restaurant and was in the vehicle at the time of the accident - was flown to Adelaide with a broken pelvis. ROMINENT community figures celebrated the 60th anniversary of Mount Gambier’s proclamation as a city. Former civic leaders joined elected members and council staff to mark the occasion at Mount Gambier City Hall. Mayor Andrew Lee invited longserving former councillor Merv White - whose 27 years of service recently came to an end - to cut the celebratory cake. P The official proclamation took place on December 9, 1954, with South Australian Governor Sir Robert George delivering the declaration outside the town hall. T HE region faced the shock of another tragic death after volunteer firefighter Brian Johnston was killed while on duty. The Millicent Country Fire Service volunteer was attending a grass fire near Rendelsham when he was struck down by another emergency service vehicle. Tributes flowed for his dedication to the community through his 49 years of service to the CFS, which he joined in his mid-teens. Mr Johnston was standing at the rear of his vehicle on CITY PRIDE: Mount Gambier teenagers Meg Gazzard, Ryan Burley, James Parker and Genna Geddes were crowned dux of their respective schools following the release of their Year 12 results. the Southern Ports Highway preparing to fight the blaze when he was hit by a fire truck. Despite efforts of the emergency services, including paramedics and medical personnel, the 65-year-old Millicent resident and Wattle Range CFS deputy group officer died at the scene. T HREE Mount Gambier men accused of murdering a drug dealer were found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter by a Victorian Supreme Court jury. Mark James Moreland, 37, Christopher Nathan Tippins, 30, and Tai Thorp, 22, were arrested and charged with murder following a dramatic kidnapping of Gordon Hamm on the Nelson bridge on July 17, 2013. The body of Mr Hamm - who was a resident of Mount Gambier and an alleged methamphetamines drug trafficker - has not been found. All of the accused pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. A string of witnesses from Mount Gambier and Nelson were compelled to give evidence during the four-week trial. Despite the three accused admitting they took part in a joint criminal plan to ambush Mr Hamm, the jury did not deliver a murder verdict. ROM complicated medicine to the broad spectrum of engineering, the sky is the limit for Mount Gambier’s top performing Year 12 students of 2014. Speaking with The Border Watch just hours after learning of their success in the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), the top performing students from the city’s four secondary schools shared their hopes for the future. With an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.9, Meg Gazzard’s hopes of studying high level medicine could become a reality. Also looking to enter the medical world is Mount Gambier High School’s dux Genna Geddes. Studying biology, chemistry, maths applications and psychology, Ms Geddes achieved a score of 98.4. A talented musician, Grant High School’s Ryan Burley showed he has what it takes to achieve in the classroom with a 96.35. The school’s dux completed English studies, physics, maths studies, specialist maths and music ensemble and solo performance. With an ATAR of 98.5, St Martins Lutheran College dux James Parker achieved high results in maths studies, specialist maths, physics and English communications. F THE FIGHT: Max and his father Russell Hooper raise their gloves to signify “The Fight” is over. S MAX Hooper sat watching his favourite wrestlers enter the ring on television with a beaming smile, it was hard to believe it was just weeks prior that he was facing the biggest fight of his life. While celebrating his ninth birthday, Max continued to A recover from surgery after a benign tumour the size of a small apple was removed from his brain. Arriving home in Mount Gambier following a monthlong stay in Adelaide, Max came out on top in what the family dubbed “The Fight”. AND WE’RE OFF: The SA Power Networks Blue Lake Fun Run was again a success. The event attracted almost 1250 people, who stepped up to the challenge in a choice of a 3.2km, 6.8km or 10.4km circuit up Bay Road and around the iconic Blue Lake. A share of the profits was presented to the Anxiety Disorder Association South East (ADASE), the South East Junction mental health centre and a disadvantaged youth sports scholarship program coordinated by the Rotary Club of Mount Gambier Lakes. R UNNERS took over Bay Road as hundreds of people lined up for the SA Power Networks 2014 Blue Lake Fun Run. Seasoned runners to casual walkers tested their stamina over the 10.4km, 6.8km and 3.2km circuits, but several South East support providers will be the event’s big winners. The Rotary Club of Mount Gambier Lakes awarded a share of profits to Anxiety Disorder Association South East (ADASE), the South East Junction mental health centre and a disadvantaged youth sports scholarship program. An initiative introduced by OPAL in 2010, the fun run continues to draw strong community support with almost 1250 participants. On the course, it was Warrnambool teenager Thomas Hynes who collected his third successive win in the premiere 10.4km event, albeit half a minute slower than last year, crossing the line in 35 minutes and 30 seconds. M ARITIME experts plunged into the clear waters at Carpenter Rocks to carry out field work at the shipwreck site of the Hawthorn. A team of divers from Adelaide and New South Wales extensively scoured the wreck after rough winter conditions ceased, providing optimum underwater visibility for their research. One member of the dive team was Department of Environment senior heritage officer Amer Khan. Mr Khan said it was important to follow up a notification about the wreck from St Martins Lutheran College Year 11 student Carl von Stanke. The Border Watch, Friday, January 23, 2015 - 23 HISTORIC PLUNGE: Department of Environment senior heritage officer Amer Khan and Carl von Stanke took the plunge into the clear waters at Carpenters Rocks in pursuit of the Hawthorn shipwreck.
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