In The Courier this week

BUSH SKILLS COME TO TOWN: It was a rough ride that nabbed Lincoln Adams the coveted title of Legend of the Lower Lakes at the annual three-day Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge in Strathalbyn over the weekend. The keen Victorian stockman spent eight long seconds on the back of a bucking horse to claim the title, out-performing the favorite and inaugural event winner Darren Towns in Sunday’s finals challenges.


Huge drug haul

Tip-offs from the public have led police to uncover what they describe as one of the largest Hills drug busts in recent memory as around 250 cannabis plants were seized in two separate raids last week.
A 60-year-old Paradise man has been charged with two counts of cultivating a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug after police discovered two sophisticated hydroponic setups in Carey Gully and Lobethal. An early morning raid last Wednesday led police to discover 140 plants concealed in an old barn on Ostigh Road, Carey Gully.
Police investigations then led to a second Hills property on Kenton Valley Road, Lobethal, where they uncovered a second hydroponic operation with 117 cannabis plants on Thursday.
Hills police Operations Inspector Mark Walker-Roberts praised the public for their role in the discovery of both grow houses.


Also in this week’s issue

  • Remains found: A body discovered in the Hills on Saturday may be that of a man who went missing in the area last month.
  • Dogged persistence: Getting the family pup to pose for a photo takes patience, snapping four energetic border collies takes persistence, but what about a group photo with more than 500 energetic dogs?
  • Measured approach: While some Adelaide schools are openly calling on parents to pick a side in the same sex marriage postal vote, Hills high schools are shying away from the politics and embracing open discussion and learning.
  • Report disputed: Mining company Terramin Australia has disputed claims that the proposed re-opening of the Bird-in-Hand mine could threaten more than $800m of economic activity over five years and almost 900 full time jobs.
  • Cat controls: There is strong support for a cat registration system to be introduced in the Mt Barker district, a survey shows.

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