Fire destroyed church hall
■ Ten Years Ago October 31, 2008 Police are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire which destroyed the community hall at Echuca's Seventh Day Adventist Church early Wednesday.
The hall is in Leichardt St, Echuca East, where grass and hedge fires broke out at the weekend and trees were set alight last year.
CFA and Victoria Police fire investigators who worked in the remains of the building following the 3.30am fire were unable to find the cause.
Police believe they have gone a long way towards breaking up a network of criminals following drug raids on properties in Kyabram, Tongala and Melbourne on Wednesday.
Echuca detectives and Tongala and Kyabram uniform police were among more than 40 officers who carried out searches at one Tongala home, 12 Kyabram residential and industrial premises and in five Melbourne suburbs.
The day was the culmination of a 10-month investigation and resulted in eight people being arrested in Kyabram and Tongala and six in Melbourne.
Perfect conditions met the Echuca-Moama Triathlon Club members as they prepared for the first of the full swim, bike and run format from the YMCA on Wednesday.
The mood was intense and there was plenty of sledging before the start.
The first group was off in a flash and hit the water hard with arms and legs flailing, all jostling to be first out of the water in the 200m swim. ■ Thirty Years Ago November 2, 1988 A Melbourne woman was taken to hospital for observation yesterday after a boat jackknifed into the car in which she was a passenger.
A punt being towed by a Holden Rodeo jackknifed when the cable broke at about 2pm yesterday on the wooden bridge at Moama.
The boat hit a Toyota Corona heading towards Moama. The Toyota and boat were extensively damaged. No one was hurt.
Broad-ranging discussions on Australia’s future over the ‘‘green house effect’’ is taking place this week.
MLA for Murray, Mr Jim Small, has been invited to join in and participate on ABC radio and TV tomorrow night in Sydney, together with a variety of people from all walks of life.
‘‘We have heard so much about what could happen over the next 40 to 50 years, if temperatures were to rise by three to four degrees celsius and the effect this could have on seasonal conditions,’’ he said.
Former Echuca boxer Colin Mitchell won a silver medal in the bantam wight division at the Australian Amateur Boxing Championships contested at Hobart on the weekend.
Colin lost the gold medal on a points decision to Eddie Rounan of New South Wales.
The Victorian Amateur Boxing Championship offered no excuses for his loss to Rounan, even though he fractured his right hand in the first round of the fight. ■ Fifty Years Ago November 1, 1968 Mr. J. R. McEwen, the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Minister of Trade, will be among the official guests at the Echuca Agricultural and Pastoral Society’s annual show to be held next Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9.
Mr. McEwen, who will be accompanied by his wife, only returned to Australia on Tuesday from Geneva where he took part in the negotiation of an International Sugar Agreement.
He has been a regular visitor to Echuca Show’s in past years and has told the A. & P. Society’s committee that he is looking forward to next week’s fixture.
Preliminary work on a new assembly hall to be built at the Echuca High School has commenced.
The headmaster at the school, Mr. W. French, said yesterday that the decision to go ahead with the project had been made at a meeting of the school Advisory Council.
He said that the school would have to raise between $30,000 and $36,000 and that the government would provide $72,000.
Some high standard basketball was witnessed by the crowd who attended the A Grade round of matches played at the Echuca District Basketball Association’s courts last week.
YCW were in fine touch, and overwhelmed new side, East, to win by 62 points.
Bernie Oliver guarded in dashing style, and fed his forwards well, while Lindsay Thorn, Laurie Phillips and Bernie Phyland consistently scored from around the court.
VINTAGE VIEWS: A shot down Hare St in 1935 — a fair bit has changed in the past 85 years.