In The Courier this week

Oakbank farmer Nigel Brockhoff and his wife Margie were checking on their cattle when they were forced to seek shelter in the unoccupied house of a friend near Lobethal as the fire front approached.
He snapped this dramatic image as the palm trees in the garden burst into flames. Unfortunately the roof caught fire and, despite the efforts of CFS volunteers who arrived soon after, the home was destroyed. Mr and Mrs Brockhoff were unharmed.

Man killed defending his property

The Hills community is mourning the death of a Charleston man during the weekend’s inferno, while another Hills identity remains in a serious condition.
Local engineer Ron Selth lost his life as the blaze swept through his property in Charleston on Friday.
Mr Selth, of Crafers West business Ron Selth and Associates Consulting Engineers, is described by his family as a loving, optimistic and generous man.
Mr Selth’s neighbor, Charles Dunn, said the loss would be felt in the community.

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Also in this issue

  • Operation Noah: Those who endanger property and life through deliberate or irresponsible actions will face the full force of the law as police ramp up their annual fire safety campaign.
  • Skate series: The Strathalbyn skate park will get a workout from the best skateboarders in the State when the town hosts the Australian Skateboarding League SA qualifying rounds in February.
  • Ride for a reason: Most mountain bikers generally stick to the dirt, while road cyclists don’t often leave the bitumen, but Mt Torrens rider Carol Moore has broken the mould.
  • Cedars ‘coup’: Experienced director and entrepreneur Tori Dixon-Whittle will become executive director of the Hahndorf-based former home of Hans Heysen next year, overseeing the development of a new gallery and cultural centre.
  • Echunga display: The commitment of the Echunga community will shown in a brilliant display of color along the town’s main street during the Women’s Tour Down Under.