Finding Uncle Les

How DNA tracked a fallen Digger after nearly 100 years AFTER nearly 100 years, closure at last for the Reid family, with the body of missing soldier Maurice Leslie Reid, or Uncle Les as he was affectionately known, identified last week following extensive DNA testing. The results were confirmed last week, DNA from a fourth […]

Police news: Thieves hit three chemists

Police are investigating a series of chemist robberies in Snowtown, Balaklava and Mallala early yesterday morning. Police believe there were no more than two offenders involved in the series of burglaries at this stage. At about 4.20am, police responded to reports that the front glass windows of the Newberry Chemist on Fourth street, Snowtown, had […]

House building plan for Dublin

A HOUSE construction business is set to move into Dublin within the next 12 months, creating a number of local jobs. The company behind the development will base itself at its new site on the corner of Dublin and Port Wakefield road, opposite the township. A development spokesperson said the business will construct lightweight homes […]

Nine new homes for Wattle Grove

A FURTHER nine new homes to be built by Homestead Homes in Wattle Grove, Balaklava, have received developmental approval by Wakefield Regional Council and are expected to be completed by June this year. WRC building development officer Dustin Guthberg said the new homes were the middle stages on an ongoing development in the town. “The […]

Now a Federal grain enquiry

A SECOND inquiry into grain exports has been launched, this time at a Federal level. Liberal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, along with senators Bill Heffernan, Mary Jo Fisher and Nick Xenophon, supported the inquiry to investigate consistent allegations of monopolistic practices in the industry. Mr Ramsey said he was pleased to have been able […]

‘No’ to council rates cap

Councillor’s motion defeated in vote COUNCIL rates will not be capped after  Central Ward councillor Owen Chapman’s motion to limit rate rises to three per cent per annum was voted down at last Wednesday’s Wakefield Regional Council (WRC) meeting. Only Cr Chapman and Western Ward councillors John Kipling and Darryl Pain supported the motion after […]

Owen man will face court over $46,000 purchase:

Fake $100 notes for car Police arrested a 36-year-old man from Owen and charged him with deception on Saturday after allegedly paying for a $46,000 vehicle with counterfeit $100 notes. Detectives from Elizabeth CIB allege the man paid for the HSV Commodore in December last year with 460 fake notes. An Elizabeth CIB spokesperson said […]

It’s sunflower season!

THE sun has really been shining at Hoyleton over the past few weeks while the Robinson family’s sunflower crops come into full bloom. Greg and grandson Tom sowed the 20 hectare crop in late December with a John Deer 1890 single-disc drill. While not the first sunflower crop grown on the property, it is the […]

Manoora relics may find a berth

AFTER 17 years service to the Royal Australian Navy, the HMAS Manoora (II) is set to be decommissioned in coming months. The transport frigate is named after the Mid North town of Manoora, an ongoing relationship between the Navy and the community since the first HMAS Manoora was commissioned about 60 years ago. Clare and […]

Growth brings service boost

District Council of Mallala (DCM) has successfully enhanced accessibility to council services for people living in Two Wells and district. The recently renovated service centre in Two Wells will officially be opened next Wednesday, March 23 at 10am. The centre has been operational since December 2010. Chief executive officer, Charles Mansueto, said there would be […]