McIvor Times

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10 YEARS AGO

The McIvor Times, September 1, 2010

Readers may remember Heathcote’s Bailey Wilson, who found a sum of money on a Heathcote footpath and handed it in to the police station … The owner did eventually retrieve the money, but Bailey’s honesty did not go unrewarded. In a classic case of someone knowing someone, Sergeant John Olver of Heathcote police had a word to his son at the Footscray police station, who had a word to an acquaintan­ce within the ranks of Footscray Football Club. Bailey, a Footscray supporter, was unaware of all the backroom wheeling and dealing, but in due course was surprised by a Bulldogs-emblazoned cap and a letter from the Dogs praising him for his honesty.

Member for Rodney Paul Weller experience­d a principal’s role firsthand when he joined Heathcote Primary School principal Cindi Bruechert for a day at the school last week.

Heathcote CWA branch celebrated its 21st birthday recently with lunch at Pyalong Hotel.

Football: Heathcote’s seniors and reserves teams are all prepared to take on LBU in grand final at Colbinabbi­n on Saturday. Heathcote’s under 14s football team will play Euroa in the grand final of the Seymour District Junior Football Netball League on Sunday.

25 YEARS AGO

The McIvor Times, August 30, 1995

A tree-planting program for the main street of Heathcote has been disrupted. The City of Greater Bendigo had planned to plant up to 40 advanced trees as part of its aim to “green” Heathcote … However, a number of traders were taken by surprise when council workmen started cutting the bitumen at the edge of the kerb and they reacted angrily. They were concerned about the placement of the trees – some believed they would block off signs and others were worried about parking and traffic flow.

Residents of Heathcote will get a $1.9 million water quality upgrade this financial year. Late yesterday, Coliban Water announced the new capital works for Heathcote which is says will radically improve the taste and quality of the town’s water supply.

Heathcote police have abandoned their plans for a ski and water sport club for youth, due to lack of interest.

Two Heathcote primary schools and the kindergart­en last week received gifts of cash from the Heathcote Hotel Social Club.

Last Saturday, ten Heathcote D grade netballers fought against the odds to take out the annual lightning premiershi­p at Colbinabbi­n.

The Cougars team have taken out the Heathcote Squash winter pennant series.

Heathcote basketball­er Rebecca May has her sights set on a basketball scholarshi­p with an American university.

50 YEARS AGO

The McIvor Times, September 8, 1970

The Heathcote Football Club achieved a rare feat on Saturday at the Colbinabbi­n Recreation Reserve, when they scored a triple premiershi­p win, taking out the seniors, seconds and third eighteens premiershi­ps.

Several letters of protest from ratepayers were tabled at the August meeting of the McIvor Shire Council. Mr. K. J. McMahon complained about the maintenanc­e of the road from Tattersall’s shearing shed running north to the Rushworth bush boundary … Several South-Western Riding ratepayers – F. J. Granter, E. V. Watkins, E. L. Ellis, T. F. Hicks, T. L. Wakins, J. E. Ellis and R. F. Rowe – complained about the state of the Spring Flat Road…

The Toolleen Golf Tournament was played last weekend on a new composite course over 29 holes with a capacity field. Len Prior (Bendigo) holder of the “Jack Hill” Tray, successful­ly defended the open title…

The Shire Secretary (Mr. D. Maxwell), reported to the last meeting of the McIvor Shire Council that the by-laws of the shire were incomplete and recommende­d that the council review the position.

Pyalong Shire Engineer, Mr. J. C. Isherwood, told the August meeting of council that the design of Hayes’ Bridge was complete, and plans were almost finished.

125 YEARS AGO

The McIvor Times & Rodney Advertiser, September 6, 1895

Letter to the editor – Dear Mr. Editor. Many thanks for informing me of the whereabout­s of my shoe. If we lived in the time of Princes and Cinderella there might have been some fun, but I am afraid the poor shoe little enjoyed its criticism and the loneliness of its situation apart from its mate, and at last to have to submit to the indignity of being arrested and marched off in the care of a constable. I wonder if it walked quietly uphill or kicked on the road. It surprises me how it got there. Perhaps it was on the road for water supply, as you mention hose; and being found near the tap, to which it takes kindly although it objects to being rated; or it may have mistaken the day for Revision Court and thought its attendance was required. At any rate if it had behaved in the way it has been brought up to, it would have left the company it found itself in and walked home as fast as it could to its owner.

Knowsley: Mr. H. Bywater had the misfortune to have his travelling chaff-cutter totally destroyed by fire on Monday last while cutting chaff at Mr. D. English’s farm at Barnedown. How the fire started is unknown as it was first noticed under the riddle of the chaff-cutter. The men employed at once attached the cable of the traction engine to the chaff-cutter, and hauled it away, owing to the strong wind that was blowing at the time all efforts to extinguish the flames were futile. The stack of 30 tons also burned, together with a quantity of chaff that had been cut. The loss is a serious one as both parties were uninsured.

Mining Intelligen­ce: Revival in the Heathcote District – For some time past the gold returns in the Heathcote district have been … on the increase and the … earnings have steadily increased. This increase has naturally brought prospector­s

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