A selection of weird and wacky town/village names throughout the world:
Kentucky, USA: Possum Trot, Thousandsticks, Tyewhoppety, Monkey’s Eyebrow, Booger Branch.
The Heathcote gold mine is expanding its operations. Approval has just been granted to the Heathcote Gold Joint Venture for an extension of the mine pit into the Red Hill area. For the first time, mining activity will be visible from the town.
Heathcote might soon have a tourism information rotunda in the park opposite the municipal offices. Two brothers in their 20s have been charged with various riotous behaviour and assault charges following an incident at the Heathcote Police Station. Police say the two men came in to report an assault on Monday night and during a scuffle they fought each other and a police officer. Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, called in for a whistle-stop visit to Heathcote last Friday as part of a threeday tour of country areas. He was greeted by 100 district residents at an informal afternoon tea at the RSL Hall.
The Heathcote Pre-school’s major fundraiser for the year, the popular wine and cheese night, was again a roaring success … Although numbers were down slightly this year, the festivities raised a fine $3000 for the pre-school.
Heathcote’s SES group will speak with local traders in an attempt to convince them that the Operation Coffee Break caravan set up in the town on public holiday weekends is not bad for business.
The Heathcote District Football League’s 1995 season ended in sensational circumstances at the weekend when the Elmore Football Club refused to play against Broadford. At the centre of the problem was a smell, mud-covered oval which has been labelled “a disgrace” and “an embarrassment to the Shire of Mitchell”.
50 YEARS AGO
Two matters that had McIvor councillors “stumped” at the last monthly meeting were the items of a refrigerator for the Shire supper room kitchen and the heating and ventilation in the hall. Cr. Gary Dowd, a representative of the north-western riding was nominated as Shire President-elect at the July meeting of the McIvor Council. The Mia Mia Junior Red Cross would like to invite some of the school children from Heathcote, Costerfield and other schools to take part in the Mia Mia Junior Red Cross “Walkathon” on Saturday 12th September.
125 YEARS AGO
Mining Intelligence: A spiteful trick – Some miscreants were successful in stopping the workings at the Costerfield Mine last week, where pumping operations have been going on. The stoppage was caused by someone putting some pieces of quartering down the pumps.