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Due to the weekends’ wet weather, Mandy Macgowan’s family fun day fundraiser has been rescheduled for this Thursday evening.
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Mrs Macgowan decided to coordinate the day to raise funds to support the families of a recent car crash.

Along with the help of Kerrie Giles and Kerry Pryde, Mrs Macgowan has coordinated a family fun day at the foreshore.

The fun day will feature a barbecue, jumpy castle and face painting by Aleesha Watson as well family photography sessions available for purchase.

Mrs Macgowan will be photographing families, couples, animals and loved ones this Thursday, January 15 at Ada Ryan Gardens.

She said she knew one of the victims, Natasha Turnbull, so she wanted to do something to support all of the affected families.

“[The money raised will] help take the financial strain off these families, they’re suffering enough without having money to stress about too,” she said.

For a donation of $50, Mrs Macgowan will photograph people in the community between 5 and 7pm and is encouraging everyone to be involved.

A sausage sizzle will be available for purchase so there will be no need to cook dinner for the family.

“Just bring your loved ones down to the gardens and come see me, have your photos taken and enjoy a fun day with your family,” she said.

“Anyone that you cherish and would like to capture a moment with to treasure forever.”

Mrs Macgowan said bookings were not required, people could simply attend on the day.

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Four local youths will represent the state this week at the Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup. Pictured were Luke Karssen, Jorja Eldridge, Tia Bails Development Network Squad Program coach Sean Sheedy and AJ Day.Four Whyalla youths will face tough competition from January 12 to 17 as they represent the state at the Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup in New South Wales.
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Tia Bails, Jorja Eldridge, AJ Day and Luke Karssen travelled to Adelaide on January 9 to join their fellow team mates as part of the South Australian Country Basketball squad.

The state squad left for Albury Wodonga the next day where teams will play one to two games each day.

This will be Luke, Jorja and AJ’s first time competing in the cup however this will be the second time Tia represents Whyalla and the state.

Tia was selected for the under 14 girls’ team in 2013 and her talent on the court saw her travel to New Zealand as a member of the country cup team.

Last year she continued to enjoy success being selected for an under 15s team that competed in Melbourne.

This year, 14-year-old Tia will be joining her fellow Sharks team mates as they compete in the under 16 girls’ competition.

“I’m a little nervous as I think I might be against girls that are much bigger than me,” Tia said.

Twelve-year-old Jorja will be hoping her height will be an advantage as she heads into the competition with her team the Sharks in the under 14 girls’ competition.

“I’m a little bit nervous but excited at the same time,” Jorja said.

Twelve-year-old Luke will be playing for his team the Redbacks in the under 14 boys division but said he was not too nervous going into the competition.

AJ will also be playing in the under 14 boys’ comp on opposing team the Sharks.

The 12-year-old said he was looking forward to having fun.

“I want to try to be selected to travel to New Zealand,” AJ said.

While most kids have been taking it easy over the school holidays, the Whyalla representatives have been training each weekday for the past three weeks minus a short break over Christmas.

Development Network Squad Program coach Sean Sheedy said only 10 children from across the state were selected for each team for the SA Country squad.

“We’ve pushed them pretty hard but I think they’re ready,” he said.

Mr Sheedy said the kids would face some hard competition during the cup but they would be up for the challenge.

“They’re competing against the best kids in Australia but they’ll definitely do Whyalla and their families proud,” Mr Sheedy said.

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The June 9 fire at the Junction Hotel at Ravenswood. Picture: PETER WEAVINGHOW IT UNFOLDED:PICTURES and VIDEO: Ravenswood Junction Hotel owners in shock
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POLICE have interviewed two men in relation to a fireat the Junction Hotel in Ravenswood last year.

Bendigo Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Colin Grenfell said detectives travelled to New South Wales on November 5 to interview a former Bendigo man.

He said another man, from Bendigo, was interviewed in Bendigo on the same day.

A 39-year-old man, from Golden Square, was interviewed on September 25.

Detective Sergeant Grenfellsaid the men were released and no charges were laid.

He said the fire remained suspicious.

The historichotel, on the Calder Highway,sustained $300,000 damage during the blaze on June 9.

The fire was discovered at 9.35pm and was believed to have started at about 9pm.

The hotel had not been in operation for more than 12 months at the time of the fire, and the owners were using it as their place of residence.

The owners were away from the property on the night of the fire.

It had been on the market since January last year.

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Golden Globes: Red carpet glamour Comedian and Golden Globes host Tina Fey. Picture: Getty Images
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Actor Matthew McConaughey and and model, Camila Alves. Picture: Getty Images

Comedian and Golden Globes host Amy Poehler. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Amy Adams. Picture: Getty Images

Australian actress Naomi Watts. Picture: Getty Images

Naomi Watts and husband Liev Schreiber. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Emma Stone. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Diane Kruger. Picture: Getty Images

The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne and partner Hannah Bagshawe. Picture: Getty Images

Singer Lorde. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Anna Kendrick. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Julianne Moore. Picture: Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Emily Blunt. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Kate Hudson. Picture: Getty Images

Kelly Osbourne. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Michelle Monaghan. Picture: Getty Images

Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike. Picture: Getty Images

Annie star Quvenzhane Wallis. Picture: Getty Images

Australian actress Frances O’Connor. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Katherine Heigl. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Kate Beckinsale. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Christine Baranski. Picture: Getty Images

Entourage’s Adrian Grenier. Picture: Getty Images

Entourage’s Ken Dillon and “Turtle”, Jerry Ferrara. Picture: Getty Images

Host of Entertainment Tonight Nancy O’Dell. Picture: Getty Images

Singer Conchita Wurst. Picture: Getty Images

TV personality Giuliana Rancic. Picture: Getty Images

Model Chrissy Teigen and musician John Legend. Picture: Getty Images

TV personality Maria Menounos. Picture: Getty Images

Girls’ star Allison Williams. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Jane Fonda. Picture: Getty Images

Model Heidi Klum. Picture: Getty Images

Actors and siblings Jake and Meg Gyllenhaal. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Helen Mirren. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Keira Knightley and her musician husband James Righton. Picture: Getty Images

Actors Channing Tatum and Jenna Dawson. Picture: Getty Images

Catherine Zeta-Jones. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Katie Holmes. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Jennifer Aniston. Picture: Getty Images

Girls’ Lena Dunham. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Claire Danes. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Reese Witherspoon. Picture: Getty Images

TweetFacebookBoyhood, won best movie, drama; best director for Linklater; and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.

Perhaps the chief Oscar rival to Boyhood, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s backstage romp Birdman, also fared well. It won best actor in a comedy or musical for its lead, Michael Keaton.

But in a shocker, Birdman was upset by Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel for best film, comedy or musical. The film was Anderson’s biggest box office hit yet, but not an award season favorite.

Kicking off the show, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time in mocking Hollywood’s most tender subjects: the hacking of Sony Pictures over The Interview and the sexual assault allegations against Cosby.

The hosts welcomed Hollywood’s ‘‘despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats’’ to the Globes to celebrate ‘‘all the movies that North Korea was OK with’’. A North Korea government character, played by Margaret Cho, voiced her displeasure.

The hosts also relished their favourite target: George Clooney. Of the night’s Cecil B DeMille honoree, Fey suggested the lifetime achievement award might have been better off going to his new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

The recent terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo hung heavily over the show. Clooney and others wore ‘‘Je Suis Charlie’’ pins, and Helen Mirren was among the people holding up signs that read the same on the red carpet.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma drew a standing ovation for a speech pledging support of free speech ‘‘from North Korea to Paris.’’

The night had an orchestrated but carefree spirit, filled with the usual high dose of glamour, celebrity cameos (Prince!) and even the drink-swilling return of an old Globes villain, the former host Ricky Gervais.

The DreamWorks sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 took best animated film over the favourite, The Lego Movie.

The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything won best score for Johann Johannsson.

The Russian entry Leviathan took best foreign language film.

In one of the evening’s most hotly contested categories, best actor in a drama, Eddie Redmayne emerged as victorious for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Julianne Moore won best actress in a drama for her startling performance as an academic with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice.

Amy Adams surprised in taking best actress in a comedy or musical for her performance in Big Eyes.

As the only major awards show to honour both movies and TV, the Globes have also benefitted from television’s rise. Fey and Poehler alluded to that by leading the crowd in a call-and-response cheer, chanting ‘‘Movies … Awesome! TV … Better!’’

Amazon, crashing the party like Netflix did before it, celebrated its first Golden Globes for the sexual identity comedy Transparent, winning best TV series, musical or comedy. The show’s star, Jeffery Tambor, landed best actor in the category, dedicating his award to the transgender community.

AMC’s adaptation of the Coen brothers’ acclaimed 1996 film, Fargo, came in the leading TV contender with five nominations and won best miniseries or movie, as well as best actor, miniseries or movie, for Billy Bob Thornton.

Accepting the Globe for best original song for Glory in the civil rights drama Selma, the rapper Common raised the status of the group behind the Globes even higher: ‘‘I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press.’’

-Picture, Drama: Boyhood.

-Picture, Musical or Comedy: The Grand Budapest Hotel.

-Actor, Drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

-Actress, Drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice.

-Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood.

-Actor, Musical or Comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman.

-Actress, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, Big Eyes.

-Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash.

-Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood.

-Foreign Language: Leviathan.

-Animated Film: How to Train Your Dragon 2.

-Screenplay: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman.

-Original Score: Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything.

-Original Song: Glory (music by John Legend, Common), Selma.

-Series, Drama: The Affair.

-Actor, Drama: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards.

-Actress, Drama: Ruth Wilson, The Affair.

-Series, Musical or Comedy: Transparent.

-Actress, Musical or Comedy: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin.

-Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent.

-Miniseries or Movie: Fargo.

-Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman.

-Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo.

-Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey.

-Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart.

Previously announced:

Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: George Clooney.


At home
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HAPPY New Year to all and may this year be a good one; and that you enjoy your bowling days with your friends.

We played social bowls to start the year off and the results are as follows:

In the game of pairs J Nash and C Lockrey defeated M Hinton and S Wolters 25-7

In the triples game D Matherson (skip), R Gillogly and P Marcus defeated K Carlton, C O’Donnell and D Polley 31-11.

In a pennant trial of J Ditton (skip), L Dennes, P Weir and J Pedron defeated G Bell (skip), T Rushworth, J Thorburn and M Hollebone 25-14

Winners with largest number of ends were P Marcus, R Gillogly and D Matherson a win + 17 ends.

Next week

Thursday January 15 will be first round of the club triples championship and social bowls.

“Play or forfeit rule applies ladies.”

See you on the green.


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Kerryn Harrington
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POINT guard Kerryn Harrington has signed on to stay with the Champions IGA Bendigo Lady Braves for the 2015 SEABL season.

After having a year off basketball in 2013, the young gun had a standout season last year, averaging13.1 points and 2.2 assists per game.

“I am really excited to return to Bendigo,” Harrington said.

“We fell short of our goal last seasonand I am extremely focused on doing anything I can to help our group succeed.”

Lady Braves head coach Jonathan Goodman said it was exciting to see Harrington return to the team.

“She was fantastic in her comeback seasonand we can only expect bigger and better things for season 2015,” he said.

“Her work ethic and will to win is unmatched.

“She is one of the premierdefenders in the league.”

Harrington is currently playing in the WNBL with Adelaide Lightening.

The Lady Braves will continue to announce further signings once the WNBL restrictions have been released.

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Chewy, the Maltese Shih Tzu, cools off on January 18, 2013. The day soared to 44.1 degrees, the fifth highest recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology. Picture: Addison HamiltonWe are mid way through summer and have experienced some scorching hot days around the Riverina. But didyou know we haven’t come close to cracking the hottest days on record? So, as you prepare to slip, slop, slap this Australia Day, take a look back at the hottest temperatures recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology.
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All temperatures are in degress Celsius.

February 7, 2009 – 45.2 degrees

Ivana Silinzieds, 13, of Wagga cools off in the fountain at the Victory Memorial Gardens on February 7, 2009. Picture: Brett Koschel

January 23, 2001 – 44.8 degrees

The front page of The Daily Advertiser on January 23, 2001.

January 1, 2006 and February 1, 1968 – 44.6 degrees

Fires raged out of control at Eurongilly, 20 kilometres from Junee, on New Year’s Day in 2006. Picture: Les Smith

A story in The Daily Advertiser on January 2, 2006 when the mercury hit 44.6 degrees Celsius.

January 3, 1990 and January 3, 1973 – 44.2 degrees

January 18, 2013 – 44.1 degrees


January 23, 2001 – 46 degrees


January 12, 1878 – 49.6 degrees


January 5, 2013 47.9 degrees

The front page of The Daily Advertiser on January 7, 2013.


January 31, 1968 – 46.1 degrees


February 7, 2009 – 45.4 degrees


February 7,2009 – 44 degrees

An excerpt from The Daily Advertiser on February 9, 2009 about the high temperatures experienced two days earlier. February 7, 2009 recorded the highest temperatures in Wagga, Gundagai and Narrandera.


January 1, 2006 – 45.1 degrees


January 1, 2006 – 43.2 degrees


January 18, 2013 – 42.6 degrees


January 30, 1973 – 44.3 degrees

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The Whyalla community has farewelled crash victims James Moore and Natasha Turnbull.The Whyalla community has farewelled car crash victims, James Moore and Natasha Turnbull at ceremonies last week.
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The friends and family of James celebrated the young man’s life with a service at Bunyarra Christian Centre on January 7.

Almost 400 people attended the service with a wake held afterwards at Whyalla Hockey and Sporting Community Club.

About 40 people from Flinders University including James’ work colleagues and friends also attended the service.

James’ parents, Carrol and Rod Moore, along with their family thanked everyone who took the time to come to their son and brother, James’ funeral.

“We are sorry we did not get to thank you personally but your thoughts and wishes are so much appreciated,” Mrs Moore said.

In lieu of flowers, attendees were asked to consider a monetary donation to a memorial palaeontology scholarship in James’ name.

The family are continuing to develop the scholarship and anyone interested in donating can do so through the Whyalla National Australia Bank branch or at the Moore’s family business, Spencer Gulf Bearings.

Hundreds of community members attended a public celebration of Tash’s life at a ceremony at South Whyalla Football Club on January 8.

Due to poor weather, the event, which was originally to be held at Ada Ryan Gardens, was moved indoors and saw hundreds of people pack the club to say their goodbyes.

Surviving car crash victim and fellow passenger Jason Bristow has since been released from hospital and attended both services.

Mr Bristow spoke at both services and acted as pall bearer for best friend James.

Fourth passenger, Amy Jones, has been transferred to Whyalla hospital and continues to receive treatment for injuries sustained as a result of the crash.

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“Intense” fire: Crews from the Macarthur Rural Fire Service zone have returned from battling the Sampson Flat bushfire in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills.Camden and Campbelltown’s Rural Fire Service volunteers have returned from battling South Australia’s massive Sampson Flat bushfire.
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The second group of volunteers returned late last week and the five trucks and one transport vehicle the Macarthur zone had sent returned on Saturday.

Campbelltown group two officer, Brett Turner, left for South Australia on January 3 and spent the next four days overseeing the strike force on the ground.

He said volunteers from brigades in the Campbelltown, Camden and Liverpool areas put up their hands to help out.

‘‘Our guys went into the field first thing on Sunday morning and they did three daytime shifts from early in the morning through to late in the evening,’’ Mr Turner said.

‘‘Their first job was property protection on multiple houses then trying to contain the fire through backburning.

‘‘They were also heavily involved in mopping up.’’

Mr Turner said the crews worked hard as the fire was ‘‘of a large scale and was intense at times’’.

‘‘[The volunteers] do it out of good will and to bring normalcy back to people,’’ he said.

Macarthur district officer Brendan Doyle said fires in NSW were very similar to those in South Australia, ‘‘it’s the topography that makes fires different’’.

He said the volunteers had acquitted themselves well in South Australia and shown how hard the brigades had trained over the off-season.

‘‘The crews are glad to be home and they’ve gone home for a long deserved rest,’’ Mr Doyle said.

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Whyalla hospital emergency department staff saw a higher number of people over the Christmas and New Year period. Pictured were nursing staff (back, from left) Trudy McLauchlan, Nicole Rotherham and (front) Abbey Bolton.Whyalla hospital staff received a higher number of people presenting to the emergency department during the Christmas and New Year period.
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More than 50 people presented to Whyalla hospital’s ED on Christmas Day and more than 40 people on New Year’s Day.

Whyalla hospital director of nursing and midwifery Jim McMenemy said the daily average for the hospital’s emergency department was 31.

“Throughout the Christmas and New Year period we continued to see a steady number of people presenting to our emergency department,” Mr McMenemy said.

Mr McMenemy said data showed at least 10 patients presented to the hospital for non-urgent cases, prompting a reminder to community members to consider whether their medical situation was an emergency.

“Most Whyalla residents know that our ED is for emergencies and only present if they have an urgent medical condition, but sometimes people may come to our ED when they could be better cared for elsewhere,” Mr McMenemy said.

“People who are thinking of going to an ED, but are unsure if they need emergency care should call their GP for advice or visit the SA Health website, which has a list of afterhours and alternative health services.

“People should also ask themselves if their situation really is an emergency.”

Mr McMenemy said it was often already a tough day for hospital staff to be working on special days such as Christmas or New Year’s Eve without added workloads from non-emergency medical issues.

“Hospital EDs are busy places and it is vitally important that our doctors and nurses are free to respond to genuine emergencies,” Mr McMenemy said.

“If people are suffering with a cough, cold, minor ailment or are not sure if their condition requires emergency care, they should first seek advice from their local health provider,” Mr McMenemy said.

“This will ensure they receive the care they need while also helping to avoid placing unnecessary pressure on hospital doctors, nurses and allied health staff.”

Mr McMenemy said people would still receive medical care if required when they did attend ED, irrelevant of what the scale of severity their case was.

“All patients who present to an ED are seen as soon as possible and assessed by an experienced triage nurse and I would like to reassure the community that anyone who needs urgent, emergency care will always be seen as a priority,” Mr McMenemy said.

“People who need emergency care should always call 000 for assistance or alternatively travel directly to a hospital for treatment if they can safely do so.”

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