Crimes, crashes and fire: Gympie's year in review
Bells Bridge rock quarry plan
BELLS Bridge could soon be ready to rock out with plans for a "small to medium scale” quarry lodged with Gympie Regional Council.
Spiked drink almost killed me
NO ONE goes out on a Saturday night looking for the kind of trouble that nearly killed Mitchell Cooper.
Another life lost
TRAGEDY has struck the Gympie community again with the death of a 30-year-old woman in a motorbike crash on Tuesday night.
Ripped off at the pump
GYMPIE motorists are being ripped off at the bowser, with petrol prices approaching a five-year record high.
Green waste fees 'not fair'
FEARING green waste charges "discriminate” against some residents, Gympie Region councillor Mark McDonald has called for them to be pruned from the region's controversial dump gate fees.
THE co-chairs of the NAIDOC Committee in Gympie, Aboriginal elder Aunty Lillian Burke and Sean Connelly, have overcome cultural barriers for the past 10 years and are prime examples of what reconciliation is all about.
Brave new world
IT'S a world-first invention and it is expected to be available to Gympie motorists in the next decade.
Rock attack on teen
A GYMPIE mother who witnessed a group of youths throwing large stones at another youth near Kidd Bridge on Monday afternoon has posted footage of the incident on Facebook.
Wide load mayhem
GYMPIE traffic descended into mayhem yesterday morning after a truck carrying an unspecified wide load hit the Mary Valley Highway overpass on the Bruce Highway near Normanby Bridge.
6.5 years prison for Adams
A FORMER senior citizen of the year has been jailed for the rape and repeated sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl.
I didn't murder him
MURDER accused Lindy Yvonne Williams claimed to have found her brutally dismembered partner George Gerbic's torso in a house.
'But I could have spent even more'
MURDER accused Lindy Yvonne Williams admitted feeling entitled to spending her dead partner's money - but told police she could have spent even more.
Cold is gold
THE region's coldest winter in four years may have city teeth chattering, but farmers have been left thrilled by the chill.
Frantic day for paramedics with two serious accidents
A MAN travelling between the Cooloola Coast and Gympie was killed near Laminex yesterday when his car left Tin Can Bay Rd and hit a pole, snapping it in half and severely impacting the front of the car.
Who stuffed up?
WITH the Rattler's independent review under way, new questions have surfaced over Gympie Regional Council's pitch for State Government money in which the "need” for steel sleepers was noted and that the heritage train was "close to operational now”.
Curra to get a CBD
CURRA residents could see construction work early next year on their suburb's new CBD.
Kids, 12 & 14, force mum on crime spree
A FORMER Gympie mum, now living in Nambour, drove her two sons to the shops they intended to burgle.
'Violent act of madness'
ACCUSED killer Lindy Yvonne Williams allegedly bought an electric saw 10 days after her boyfriend was murdered, a court has heard.
After 15 years jail ... wife killer walks
AFTER 15 years in jail, convicted Glenwood wife killer Russell Stewart Henry Crump is out on parole.
Guilty: Web of lies catches torso killer
THEY'D tried knocking at George Gerbic's Tanawha home - a sprawling place of manicured gardens - a few times before a woman opened the door. Months of trudging up driveways, knocking on doors, needing to set eyes on the person whose name was next on their list. Detective Senior Constable Brett Long showed his badge and asked after Mr Gerbic. Lindy Williams, a late-50s, manicured, bleached-blonde, said he wasn't home.
Boy, 15, charged over stabbing
A 15-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly stabbing another teenager at a house party at Tin Can Bay late Saturday.
Stiff sentence for bad grandad
KILKIVAN businessman Wilfred Kenneth Monckton was noted for his good character, until he was convicted of sex offences in Gympie District Court this week.
Pie Creek siege
A GYMPIE man was attempting "suicide by cop” when he threatened police during a 12-hour siege at Pie Creek on Tuesday night, Gympie Magistrates Court has been told.
IT'S NOT quite as scary as the famous train scene in Stand By Me, but the Mary Valley Rattler's recent return to Gympie region rail corridors warrants a warning just the same.
Future starts here
GYMPIE'S bypass might be three years from completion, but one top Australian transport expert says work to secure the city's future must start now.
Beloved bus driver killed
HE was a straight shooter, a deep thinker and well loved. The death of retired bus driver John Garrott will leave a hole in many Gympie hearts.
Major fall from grace
IT MAY have been a hero's fall from grace, but that was no help for Glynn Daryl Snare's two victims during a bad night at Imbil on June 22.
Something in the water at Goomeri
TRACES of the dengue mosquito have been found in more than half of tested non-compliant rainwater tanks at Goomeri, Gympie Regional Council has revealed.
Mary St facelift splits council
THE planned $3million beautification of Upper Mary St has caused a rift within Gympie Regional Council, with two councillors asking if the project can be scrapped.
'This road will kill someone'
IT WAS a perfect storm of factors that very nearly led to tragedy on Rossmore Rd at Kilkivan on May 27.
'I felt like an insect'
A MAN employed by a Rainbow Beach tour company says he has endured repeated racial taunts at work, to the point of having to take sick leave for mental distress and anxiety.
Imbil cracks down on nudie run
THINGS got interesting in Imbil on Sunday night when the Mary Valley Stags held their annual end-of-year celebrations at the showgrounds.
Yeehar! Pre-Muster Party is on
COUNTRY is about to hit the city, with the 2018 Pre-Muster party given the official green light ahead of the region's iconic event.
Too busy to get high
A MOTHER who dealt drugs has "belatedly” got help for her problems.
Lucky strike for Jax
A FLASH of brown was all four-year-old Jaxon Bird saw before the Saturday stroll outside his Langshaw home became an afternoon of terror.
North Deep Creek on fire
TWENTY fire crews and at least one water bomber worked into the night to bring under control a huge bushfire threatening homes and properties at North Deep Creek.
'Ready to bolt'
ONE call from her brother was all it took to convince Trisha Dunford she needed to be ready to haul out at a moment's notice on Monday.
$100k USC carrot
GYMPIE council has dangled a $100,000 carrot for the region's future education, but questions have been raised about why ratepayers must foot any cost at all.
'Threat to bay tourism'
YEARS of campaigning to save Tin Can Bay's unique dolphin feeding institution may have been wasted if a new council fishing and walking jetty is built at Norman Point, it was claimed yesterday.
'Lost in their own BS'
"I AM hugely disappointed in the Liberal Party,” Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien said as he contemplated yesterday's leadership battle in Canberra.
Who pays the most tax?
WORKERS in Gympie postcodes paid a whopping $177.1million in tax for 2015-16, the latest figures released by the Australian Tax Office reveal.
ONLINE gamers are not the only ones suffering internet lag in Gympie, with data revealing the region's household connectivity rate is well below state and national averages.
A SHOCKING report reveals the number of people who died from a drug overdose in the Gympie region has more than doubled since the last report four years ago.
Top of the class
COOLOOLA Christian College has taken a seat at the front of the class with the highest single school results in this year's NAPLAN tests.