News catch up: 11 stories you may have missed
It's been a big week, with 50 years of the Roma Saleyards among the events we covered across the Surat Basin. There were some important news events you may have missed.
Catch up on these 11 news items >>
$5B in 50 YEARS
Between eight of the original Roma Saleyards agents there's more than 400 years of experience but not one of them expected to see the cattle-selling facility grow to the scale it has today. Lew Thomlinson started working on the original yards in 1957 and back then he said there wasn't even gravel on the floor.
"In those days we used to have a monthly sale and we'd clear 7000 hereford weaners at the sale."
HORROR HOME INVASION
A terrifying ordeal in the early hours of the morning has left a man seriously injured and his wife fearful, but the elderly couple, who are new residents in Miles, aren't letting it put them off their new town.
It started just like any normal Friday night: coming home and getting ready for bed after a nice meal at the Miles Bowls Club.
ROMA ROARS LOUD
After a few tough weeks when they lost one of their own, and then four years of tireless fundraising was destroyed by vandals in seconds, winning club of the year is exactly the boost Roma Lions needed.
FROM DALBY TO LAS VEGAS
Meet the young Dalby lad who never imagined his passion for entertaining would send him around the world. But an outstanding performance during the state championships of the Karaoke World Tour has earned him a ticket to Las Vegas, where he will compete on an international level against some of the world's best karaoke singers.
MEMORIES FROM MUCKADILLA
Rubble may be all that is left of the Muckadilla Hotel Motel, but for Mel and Carol Jones the memories they had will stay engrained with them forever. The former owners returned to Muckadilla to reminisce on their fond memories of the pub, following the tragic hotel fire.
ONE FOR THE ROAD
Thallon has been named one of the best street art destinations in the nation after being selected as a finalist in the 2019 Australian Street Art Awards. Travis Vinson and Joel Fergie's creation The Watering Hole - Thallon Graincorp Silo Mural has been shortlisted in the 'Best Rural Art' category, with winners set to be announced in November.
EX-COUNCILLOR IN COURT
Former councillor and 2016 mayoral candidate Charlene Hall faced court for assaulting a woman she believed was sending inappropriate messages to her husband.
DALBY MUM TURNS BODY BUILDER
Just a year into her bodybuilding career, Dalby mum Stacey Darr has made it as a pro and represented Queensland at a national level. But she just hopes she has made her little town proud.
DROUGHT ANGELS RESPOND
Following PM Scott Morrison's visit to the Western Downs, Chinchilla-based organisation Drought Angels penned their own perspective on the drought crisis.
"... John F. Kennedy was famously quoted as stating 'the farmer is the only person in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale and pays the freight both ways'."
Tim Connolly has lived about as many lives as you'd expect from a cowboy. He's ridden bulls around the world, lost mates to chopper and light plane crashes, grew up on a remote property, and lived in the Territory, Mt Isa and the eastern coast, but somehow he keeps finding his way back to Mitchell.
>> HIS STORY
It's classed as one of the most prestigious campdrafts in Australia and is one of the 'Big Three' that make up the Triple Crown Series of campdrafts in October. This year the Grandfather Clock Campdraft will run from October 16 to 19, with competitors travelling from all corners of Australia to compete for the "Grandfather Clock" trophy.
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