Thursday, July 2, 2015

New search for Lucille

Lucille Butterworth
NEW information about the 1969 disappearance of Lucille Butterworth has prompted police to excavate an area alongside the Lyell Highway between Granton and New Norfolk.

Miss Butterworth, then 21, was last seen in Claremont on August 25, 1969. At about 5.45pm that day, she disappeared from a bus stop near the corner of Box Hill Rd and Main Rd. She had intended to catch a bus to New Norfolk.

Police say they have recently received new information relating to a man who remains a person of interest in the case. As a result, they will excavate a site beside the Lyell Hwy, near Granton.

“The family of Lucille Butterworth deserves to know what happened.  Her brothers have lived for 46 years not knowing where she is or how she died,” Detective Inspector David Plumpton said. “We’re determined to do all we can to bring them some understanding of what happened,” he said.

“We also hope that this operation, together with the forthcoming coronial inquest, will prompt someone else with knowledge or memories of the events that night to come forward and talk to us.  It’s never too late.” The operation will begin early next week and is expected to take several weeks. It will include forensics police and excavation equipment.

Contrary to reports on the ABC today, Eve Askew - missing from Fitzgerald near Maydena since 1991 - was not successfully located at Karanja three years ago and remains missing.

Did you see the Granton crash?

POLICE are seeking witnesses to a two-vehicle crash on the Lyell Highway that left two local people seriously injured on Wednesday afternoon. Three people were taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital following the crash that occurred near Granton at about 4.40pm.

Involved in the head-on collision were a westward-bound white Toyota Corolla sedan being driven by a 67-year-old New Norfolk and a blue Subaru station wagon which was being driven in the opposite direction by a 46-year-old woman from Glenfern.

"The driver and sole occupant of the Toyota was extricated from the vehicle by emergency service personnel.  He and the driver of the Subaru were conveyed to the Royal Hobart Hospital. The passenger in the Subaru, a 64-year-old man from Glenfern was also conveyed to the Royal Hobart Hospital," Acting Sergeant Bradley Coulson said.

"The crash occurred on a straight section of road.  At the time the weather was fine and roadway dry. Due to the crash the Lyell Highway was closed for a period of approximately four hours whilst investigations were made and the scene was cleared," Acting Sergeant Coulson said.

Police would like to hear from any member of the public who may have witnessed the crash or seen either vehicle beforehand. Contact Acting Sergeant Coulson on 6230 2111.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Take care tonight and tomorrow

Bureau of Meteorology

Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3:36pm on Wednesday 1 July 2015.

Snow covered roads above 400 metres will make driving conditions dangerous during Thursday in parts of the Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 11pm Wednesday.

Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and King Island forecast districts

Issued at 3:37pm on Wednesday 1 July 2015.

Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and westerly winds are expected during Thursday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and King Island forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next warning will be issued by 11pm Wednesday.

Tough day at the office for the Eagles

SFL Season 2015 
Round 10 Review

CLAREMONT has moved a game clear in first spot on the SFL ladder after defeating New Norfolk for the second time this year. Early season victories by the Magpies over the Eagles are commonplace but a rarity by the time the season goes on.

The 26-point victory at Abbotsfield Park gives Claremont a greater chance of finishing top of the ladder at the end of the season and the rewards of a week’s break and a home final with a potentially clear path to the SFL Grand Final.

Claremont coach Kim Excell told the Mercury after the game that not too much should be assumed from the win, with his opposition coach and the Eagles' prime mover Caden Wilson going down early on with a hamstring injury. “We were quite pleased with the win but New Norfolk has a few players out,” Excell said.

Wilson, who is more than likely to miss at least two to three weeks, was disappointed in the Eagles first half which saw them trail by 41 points at the long break. “The conditions were pretty bad out there but to Claremont’s credit they used the conditions well,” Wilson told the Mercury.

Earlier in the day Claremont defeated New Norfolk by 57 points in the Reserves match.

There are no SFL games this weekend due to a competition bye. 

Claremont  3.5 (23) 7.9 (51) 7.13 (55) 8.14 (62)
New Norfolk 0.3 (3) 1.4 (10) 2.5 (17) 5.6 (36)
Goals - Claremont: N. Matthews 2, S. Salter 2, N. Brown, L. Green, A. Bennet , J. Gillie; New Norfolk: S. Bonnitcha, Z. Gardam, N. Clayton, J. Horne, J. Clifford.
Best - Claremont: J. Grant, N. Brown, D. Fox, B. Barwick, S. Jones, A. Bennett; New Norfolk: M. Horne, B. Chaplin, J. Clifford, J. Taylor-Evans, J. Horne, L. Browning.

Claremont  3.3 (21) 6.6 (42) 9.9 (63) 12.12 (84)
New Norfolk 1.0 (6) 3.0 (18) 4.3 (27) 4.3 (27)
Goals - Claremont: M. Bird 4, S. Webster 2, A. Lockley, B. Lockley, C. Jetson, M. Carr, C. Parker, S. Woods; New Norfolk: T. Duggan, B. Ransley, C. Curtain, J. Banks-Smith
Best - Claremont: M. Siely, A. Lockley, N. Burdon, M. Bird, R. Stocks, T. Pennicott; New Norfolk: T. Duggan, J. Adams, N. Lester, A. Minchin, M. Thompson, J. Foster.

Clarence 3.5 (23) 8.9 (57) 8.11 (59) 13.11 (89)
New Norfolk 0.1 (1) 0.2 (2) 3.3 (21) 4.5 (29)
Goals - Clarence: J. Bromfield 3, J. Mazengarb 2, S. Lewis-Johnson 2, C. Berry, J. Brenner, B. Westbury, T. Westbury, A. Gaul, S. Storic; New Norfolk: S. Upton, A. Long, N. Wakefield, Z. Crosswell.
Best - Clarence: J. Mazengarb, S. Lewis-Johnson, J. Brenner, W. Press, A. Gaul, T. Westbury; New Norfolk: J. Whitford-Marriott, C. King, W. Lockley, R. Wakefield, Z. Crosswell, N. Wakefield.

In the other games last weekend:

Sorell 11.7 (73) d Huonville 9.10 (64)
SORELL managed to keep in touch with fifth spot on the SFL ladder following a hard fought contest against the Huonville Lions, running out victors by nine points. In the reserves it was victory to the Huonville Lions winning by 79 point.

Lindisfarne 17.7 (109) d Brighton 7.15 (57)
LINDISFARNE all but cemented a top three spot for season 2015 after a one-sided match against Brighton, winning by 52 points at Anzac Park that sees them move two games clear of the east Coast Bombers in fourth and saw Brighton give up fifth spot on the ladder to the Huonville despite its loss to Sorell.  In the reserves Brighton won by 54 points. 

Dodges Ferry 18.12 (120) d Hobart 10.16 (76)
A WIN to the Tigers at home would have seen them stay in touch with fifth spot on the weekend, but a fired-up Dodges Ferry was not prepared to let that happen and ran out comfortable victors by 44 points.  Hobart won in the reserves by 75 points.

East Coast 15.13 (103) d Cygnet 8.5 (53)
EAST Coast secured a critical win to move two games clear to win fourth place on the ladder with a fantastic 50-point victory over Cygnet at Cygnet. East Coast also won the reserves to defeat Cygnet by 38 points. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Our band beats the best in Europe

The Derwent Valley Concert Band performing in Germany.
THE Derwent Valley Concert Band has won two sections of the World Association of Marching Show Bands European Championships in Germany at the weekend. With two European championships, two gold medals and a trophy under its belt, the band is now making its way to Denmark for the world championships.

"There was great excitement when the results were announced," band president and musical director Layton Hodgetts reported from Germany earlier today. "The DVCB has won the European Open Championship in the March and Standstill sections with a score of 87.35," Mr Hodgetts said.

The band was also awarded a gold medal with a score of 85.75 points in the "on stage" concert band performance, while individual awards of a gold medal went to drum major Chris Rice and a trophy was awarded to Lyall McDermott for best conductor.

Before arriving in Rastede, Germany, last Thursday, the band had performed in Italy and Spain since leaving Tasmania a fortnight ago. Now the band is heading for Copenhagen to compete in the World Championships.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Yesterday's football scores

SENIORS: Claremont 8.14 (62) d New Norfolk 5.6 (36)

RESERVES: Claremont 12.12 (84) d New Norfolk 4.3 (27)

COLTS: New Norfolk v Clarence results not available

Friday, June 26, 2015

New Norfolk v Claremont tomorrow

SFL Season 2015
Round 10 Preview

New Norfolk v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park

CLAREMONT stays at home tomorrow (Saturday) after its massive victory over Brighton and will meet a white-hot New Norfolk which has not missed a beat since the last time these two teams met in Round 1 when the Magpies travelled to Boyer and found a way to win by 13 points.

Nathan Brown is no doubt the barometer for Claremont and he comes off a six-goal return last weekend and the crowd would be hoping that reigning William Leitch medalist and Eagles coach Caden Wilson will go head to head with Magpie gun.

Rohan Heron on Sean Salter is worth the ticket price alone and this game presents five out of the top seven goal kickers in the competition and is potentially the Grand Final preview. Watch for Braden Barwick to continue his great form for the Magpies and the wily veteran Roger Belcher is still delivering for the Eagles.  

Form player to watch: Braden Barwick (Claremont)

Prediction: New Norfolk by 24 points.

Milestone: New Norfolk's Rohan Heron playing his 150th senior game.