Drunk driver had 15 beers before crash

A Wendouree man who drank 15 pots of beer before getting behind the wheel and driving500 metres before crashing his car, has been taken off the road.

Ballarat Magistrates’ Court heardMarc JamesSwanson thought he was right to drive, despite drinking 15 pots of heavy beer at a local sporting event on September 28.

Swanson then took the intersection of Grandview Grove and Norman Street too fast beforeskidding his car into a power pole.

When police arrived Swanson’s breath was tested, which revealed his blood alcohol level was 0.150.

Asked by magistrate Gregory Robinson if he really thought he was below the limit when he got behind the wheel, he replied “no”.

“I just got in the car, I wasn’t really thinking,” he told the court on Monday.

“It was a stupid decision.”

Swanson was convicted and fined $750.

He also lost his licence for 15 months.

Truck driver driving on iceA BALLARAT truck driver has also been taken off the road after he was caught driving with ice in his system.

The Ballarat Magistrates’ Court heard David Brewer was driving a prime mover on Dana Street on March 17 when he was intercepted by police.

Police checked his driver log book at the time which had no record of his driving that day.

Further checks also revealed he had worked over the 12-hour maximum driving limit on two occasions.

Brewer was then asked to undergo testing for drugs, which showed he had ice in his system.

Representing himself, Brewer pleaded guilty to the offences and said he simply made a mistake with his log book.

“I’m only a truck driver, I’m not real smart,” Brewer told the court.

“It (legislation) get’s real complicated.”

As for the drugs, he said he had taken it three days before and thought it would be out of his system.

For the log book breaches he was fined $1500. He was also fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months over the drug driving charge.

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Filly makes high of $15,500 at Wagga auction

MEETING THE MARKET: Sheros Australian Stock Horse Stud open day and sale featured an auction of 38 horses. Stud principal and vendor Andrew Sheridan addresses the crowd. Picture: Laura Hardwick BUYERS shelled out a high of $15,500 to secure lots at the Sheros Australian Stock Horse Stud Open Day and Sale.

The event –held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga –fielded a catalogue of 38 horses.

Sale vendor Andrew Sheridan of Illabo said he was thrilled with the show of support and the engagement of the crowd during the various educational presentations.

The sale was backed up by a colt starting challenge, an incentive event and mini clinics provided by leading horsemen including Ben Hall and Ron Wall.

Fellow Illabo horse breeders Terry and Edna Hillier presented the top lot –a yearling filly by Traditional Acres –which met with spirited competition to make the sale high of $15,500.

The filly was secured by John Casey of Tumut.

Mr Sheridan said an overall sale average of $4400 was achieved and he was encouraged by the support from horse enthusiasts representing a range of disciplines.

“We had people there who compete in campdrafting and challenges,” he said.

A highlight of the event was the auction of a pony which was prepared by Mr Sheridan’s daughter Nell, 5.

The pony was sold to raise funds and awareness for spinal research after a good friend of the Sheridan’s sustained injuries in ahelicopter accident while mustering.

The pony made $4700 and Mr Sheridan said his daughter already had plans to prepare another pony for charity to be sold in April next year.

See photos from the event here.

One of the feature events on the program at the open day was the incentive which was open to purchasers who had secured lots at the previous sale.

Tarcutta horsewoman Karen Mansell impressed judges to win the $5000 cash and prizes on her horse sired by Shero’s Respect. The mare was secured at the previous Shero’s Stock Horse Stud Open Day and Sale.

“There were three components, a working dry section, an obstacle course and a 60 second free style,” Mr Sheridan said.

Competitors were judged by Matt Holz and Ron Wall.

Emma O’Shea was successful –for the second time in a row –at winning the breaking in competition.

She won the event at the previous open day and sale at CSU.

“The standard was the highest that we have seen yet,” Mr Sheridan said.

A wet winter and spring allowed the horses to be presented in good condition and Mr Sheridan said he was proud of the lineup.

“It is good to see that they will be in the industry and people will be using them in the campdraft, challenge and pleasure industry,” he said.

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Small towns in mourning

RESPECTED MAN: Tony Douglas was riding in Rutherglen about 7pm Sunday when he crashed.

THE Barnawartha community is mourning the death of Tony Douglas, who died in a crash on the Murray Valley Highway on Sunday evening.

Mr Douglas, 48, died after police said he tried to overtake a four-wheel-drive on his motorbike when the vehicles collided.He leaves behind his wife Alex and sons Mark, Gary and Andrew.

A well-known personality in the Tallangatta and District Football League, Mr Douglas served as the Barnawartha Football Club’s umpires co-ordinator, winning the umpire of the year award for season 2016.

He was behind a push to have the first female umpires to officiate a game in fourth grade earlier this year.

Mr Douglas was also a member for the CFA.

Barnawartha Football Club president Chris Pierce said he was an excellent club man.

“Tony was very good to our club. If he wasn’t umpiring he’d be working the gate, or doing whatever job needed to be done,” he said.

“His boys haven’t played here for a few years but he’s hung around, he’s a great person to have at the club.He was a fun-loving, family-orientated guy, loved his fishing and golf. He’d do anything for you, he got along well with everyone.”

MISSED: Rosemary White lost her battle to recover from critical injuries suffered during a crash near her Edi home.

Meanwhile,75-year-old Rosemary Whitelost her battle on the weekend to recover from injuries sustained in a car crash six days earlier.

The remarkable life of the Edi Upper woman covered everything from a respected career as a teacher, to a large and loving family, to a reputation as a matchmaker.

One of her eight children, Basil, was driving on the night when he lost control and crashed into the tree. He died at the scene.

The youngest of Mrs White’s eight children, Julie Kennedy, describedher mum as “dearly loved by everyone, greatly admired, incredibly strong and a devoted mother”.

“She has such a kind and caring heart – so selfless, generous and always giving to others –and she saw the good in everyone,”Mrs Kennedy said.

“She was one-of-a-kind woman that was cherished by everyone she met.

“She would strike up a conversation with anyone and had a smile that would light up the room.”

TRAGEDY: Basil White was the driver when he and mother Rosemary crashed into a tree last weekend.

Mrs White and husbandDavid had five boys and three girls and she would eventually become affectionately known as “Nanny Moo”to the couple’s 19 grandchildren.

Fruit pickers in the King Valley would have known her as the woman who organised their employment and picked them up in her van, while tennis players knew her reputation as a player who could confuse opponents with devastating spin shots.

Mrs Kennedy said her mother had a wicked sense of humour and always had a story that would make you laugh.

“She acted as the local matchmaker also and had great delight when things worked out well,”she said. “She will be dearly missed by everyone, she is now resting peaceful with Basil.”

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Orana Outlaws’ triumphant seasonVIDEO, PHOTOS

The Orana Outlaws side was determined to win the Plan B Regional Bash this season after falling at the semi-final stage last summer.

An opening round win over the Central West Wranglersgot Jason Ryan’s men on their way and the campaign came to a victorious close on Sunday evening when the Outlaws defeated the Northern Rivers Rock in the final under lights at Australia’s home of cricket, the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Highlights from the Orana Outlaws’ Plan B Regional Bash final win at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday night.Here’s how the Outlaws’ season unfolded.

Even before the season proper began, hopes were high following the announcement of a powerful Orana squad for the second edition of the Plan B Regional Bash, with Nathan Pilon taking over the captaincy and Ben Patterson joining him as a marquee player.


No. 1 Oval, Dubbo. October 16

RATTLED HIS CASTLE: The moment when Ben Patterson bowled Central West’s Joey Coughlan was a real highlight but unfortunately for the Orana side Patterson had overstepped the mark and it was deemed a no ball. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

The season began with an emphatic win over local rivals, the Central West Wranglers.

Despite the Wranglers beginning well, man of the match Wes Giddings (3/15 and 27) led the Outlaws to a convincing seven wicket victory.

First wicket! Ben Strachan strikes for the Outlaws and removes Josh Toole lbw for 4. Wranglers 1/21 in the fourth over #PlanBBashpic.twitter苏州美甲培训/CCqlkRGIY3

— Nick Guthrie (@Nj_Guthrie) October 16, 2016ROUND 2SOUTH COAST CREW v ORANA OUTLAWS

Bradman Oval, Bowral. November 6

The second round clash with the South Coast Crew was a match the Outlaws seemed destined to lose until Mat Skinner and Marty Jeffrey combined in a crucial partnership which sealed a two wicket win.

UNITED: The Orana Outlaws squad together at Bradman Oval in Bowral before its thrilling win over South Coast in the second round. Photo: FACEBOOK

Skinner was named man of the match after taking 2/16 with the ball and scoring 31 not out, and even he admitted he was shocked to feature so heavily for the Outlaws.

Orana coach Jason Ryan delighted after Mat Skinner’s heroics send Outlaws to #PlanBBash finals at @scghttps://t.co/[email protected]_NSW

— Nick Guthrie (@Nj_Guthrie) November 6, 2016SEMI-FINALORANA OUTLAWS v WAGGA WAGGA SLOGGERS

Sydney Cricket Ground, December 11

The Outlaws returned to the SCG after being beaten in the semi-finals in the inaugural edition of the Plan B Regional Bash.

LEADER OF THE PACK: Nathan Pilon was a standout behind the stumps all campaign and produced some fantastic stumpings in the finals. Photo: CRICKET NSW

This time the Wagga Wagga Sloggers were the opponents and a brilliant 128 run partnership between Jordan Moran and captain Nathan Pilon set the Outlaws up for a clinical 28 run win.


Sydney Cricket Ground, December 11

STANDOUT: Jordan Moran was one of Orana’s best on finals day, making scores of 75 and 26 in the last two matches as the Outlaws went on to win the title. Photo: CRICKET NSW

The Orana Outlaws met the men from the north coast in the final of Country Cricket’s NSW premier Twenty20 competition.

It was far from easy for the Outlaws, who had to deal with some excellent Northern Rivers bowling and also some light rain shortly after taking to the field.

HE’S GONE: Wes Giddings enjoyed some quality moments for the Orana Outlaws this season but this moment in the semi-final against Wagga was not one of them. Photo: CRICKET NSW

But despite that, the boys from out west played the better cricket when it mattered and scored a thrilling 13 run win.

Mitch Bower was named man of the match in the decider after belting a brutal 51 from 21 balls late on and he said a patient approach was crucial at such an important time in the game.

Orana captain Nathan Pilon speaks to Cricket NSW after Orana’s win in the final on Sunday night.Captain Pilon was also delighted after the win, and while he played a key role throughout the campaign, he was adamant the title win was a team effort and said the mateship within the side was one of the big reason’s behind Orana’s success.

Orana Outlaws win!! They’re the 2016/17 #PlanBBash champions after outstandingly tough 13 run win over Northern Rivers at @[email protected]苏州美甲培训/DZRpvOv8Wq

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Life savers put through their paces

File photo: SuppliedBefore they take to the beaches across the Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Taree and Forster regions this month, lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) wereput through their paces in Forster to ensure they enter the summer season in peak condition.

Ahead of what promises to be a busy summer watching, the lifeguards undertook a gruelling testing session where they completed a rigorous pool session before hitting the beach for rescue scenario training exercises.

The day’s activities are designed to not only test their fitness and conditioning levels but also refresh their knowledge before returning to duty.

The event took place a day after all the local beaches were reopened after Colin Rowland was attacked by a great white shark on December 1 at The Ruins, Booti Booti National Park.

“As a precaution an extra jetski was tasked to the area to do a sweep. There wasn’t any doubt that the event would happen – though if it was deemed necessary a contingency plan would have been implemented,” Surf Lifesaving NSW’ Liam Howitt said.

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MidCoast Council lifeguard supervisorWarren Keegan said the training days were an important milestone for all lifeguards.

“The lifeguards are all very professional, they know the high standards we expect of them and have worked diligently throughout the year to ensure that they reach them,” Mr Keegan said.

“These training and testing sessions are extremely important for everyone involved in the ALS as they are not only a great opportunity to build team spirit, but also the chance to see where their fitness and skills are at ahead of the season.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to catch up with those from other council areas as well and build on the culture that is well established,” he concluded.

Lifeguards from the ALS will be patrolling beaches in the Kempsey, Port Macquarie, and MidCoast Council areas from mid-December.

Tips to keep safe include swimming between the red and yellow patrol flags; read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information; always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water; never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs; if you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm; in an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police;be sun safe by slipping on some protective clothing, slopping on some sunscreen, slapping on a hat, slidingon a pair of sunglasses, seekingsome shade and sipping on lots of water to stay hydrated.

For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or download the app.

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