National award brings honour to Blyth

The honour that a Queen’s Birthday brings to individuals is equally as impressive for their hometown, the Blyth community shares. Last month their much-loved resident Hannah Wandel, who continues to call Mid North her home, was presented with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). At 32, she is quite possibly one of a few young […]

Hospital promise made

Health Minister Stephen Wade has gone on the record to confirm there is “no intention” for the state government to close the Balaklava hospital. In fact, he highlighted how the health site is among the five or six in country SA to currently undergo a major health check via a ‘service plan’, run in conjunction […]

Public libraries new agreement

A returned international educator who also calls the Mid North home fears changes to SA’s public council library set up will greatly impact the future of his much-loved service. Currently, the Local Government Association South Australia (LGASA) negotiates a New Memorandum of Agreement with the Libraries Board of SA. This will be the first agreement […]

Ben’s black belt honour

Ben Mann is possibly Mid North’s youngest person to achieve a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Freestyle Martial Arts, and he already has his eyes on the next level. On the cusp of his 23rd birthday, the Hamley Bridge resident gained what he described as one of his “hardest gradings of his life so far”, […]

Stirring piece wins Balco prize

Clare Valley artist Maria Holst Salomonsen took out the 2021 Balco Balaklava Art Prize for their piece ‘Running on empty’, a felt and wire sculpture depicting a dam drying up, at a presentation held at the Balaklava Courthouse Gallery on Sunday. Maria’s work was picked out of 96 artworks exhibited from 58 artists ranging in […]