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Double drug-driving bust
TWO men were caught allegedly driving under the
influence of drugs in the Riverland last week.
At around 9am last Tuesday, a 45-year-old
Loxton man was pulled over by police on the
Brown’s Well Highway at Peebinga and returned a
positive reading for methylamphetamine.
At around 10.30am the same day, a 42-year-
old man from Morgan returned a positive reading
after he was stopped on the Goyder Highway at
Each driver is expected to face consequences
after forensic testing is completed.
Renmark drivers behave badly
RIVERLAND police caught two drug drivers in
Renmark on Thursday.
At around 4pm, a 47-year-old Chaffey man
allegedly tested positive to drug driving after
being stopped in relation to speeding offences
on Government Road.
He allegedly returned a positive result to meth-
The man was issued with a traffic infringement
notice and a driver direction notice not to drive for
Meanwhile, at 5.10pm a 51-year-old Renmark
man allegedly tested positive to drug driving after
he was stopped on Renmark Avenue.
He allegedly returned a positive result to meth-
The man was issued with a driver direction not
to drive for 24 hours.
Cannabis crop discovered
A 50-year-old man from Barmera was reported for
cultivating cannabis yesterday.
Riverland police located three mature cannabis
plants in the rear yard of his home.
He will be summonsed to appear in court at a
IT’S the popular Loxton
North band bursting
with personality, wit,
and a bit of filth – but,
after 13 years of ‘Eagle
Rocking’ through local
establishments, the Door
Snakes are calling it
“We’ll stop at the end
of the year, but we’re
total sell-outs so we’ll
probably pull a ‘Farnsey’
and just change our
name and come back,”
said lead singer and gui-
tarist Tristan Kemp.
According to Kemp,
by the time he and his
bandmates David King
(drums) and Gavin
‘Gogs’ Wright (bass)
finish up at the end of
2017, they will have
been playing together for
over 13 years.
“We’re still having a
good time of it, so we
want to make sure we’re
going out on a high,” he
“We have had some
people come up to us,
who were really sad to
hear we’re finishing up
and asking us why.”
The lads couldn’t set-
tle on just one highlight
of The Door Snakes’
existence, but Wright
gave honourable men-
tions to their regular pub
“All the big crowds
and support we’ve
received in Loxton,” he
“We’ve played gigs
where people had their
first kiss, and weddings.”
Kemp agreed, saying
The Door Snakes had
created their own brand
after playing at several
local proms, weddings,
birthdays and other mile-
“A few Loxtonians
will come join us on
stage for certain songs...”
“And, of course,
there’s Eagle Rock. We
always see the bouncers
rolling their eyes as we
start playing that one.
“We’ve played well
over 300 gigs now. After
that many gigs, and most
of them being local, you
feel like you’re part of
the scenery. So it will be
weird not playing.”
Gogs said it would be
sad to say goodbye to
The Door Snakes, but
the timing was right.
“We’ve just got dif-
ferent things going on
in our lives now, and the
set-up and pack-up can
get a bit much some-
times,” he said.
King said the band
had enjoyed some busy
years, playing 47 shows
“That was our most
in one year,” he said.
“The support from the
community has been
ing, and has been so
consistent – even with
Kemp said The Door
Snakes intend to finish
with a bang, playing
their farewell in Loxton
on December 29.
Riverland band The Door Snakes – also known as Gavin ‘Gogs’ Wright, David King
and Tristan Kemp – will play their final show at the end of the year.
PHOTO: Pamela Perre
A RENMARK teenager has made it
through as a finalist in the Channel 9
Young Achiever Awards.
Jackson Wickham, 17, was one of five
local nominees in the annual competition
and is a finalist in the Santos Regional
Service Award category – one of 10
Jackson was a semi-finalist in the same
category in 2016.
He is the youngest ever deckhand on
the ps Indsutry and is on the management
committee and editor of its newsletter.
Jackson is also a member of Cobdogla
Steam and Irrigation Museum and
In 2015 he was named Renmark’s
Young Citizen of the Year, has attained
his bronze medallion, white card and boat
licence, and his goal is to be a ‘Murray
The finalists will be presented and
winners announced at an Awards Gala
Presentation dinner to be held at the
Hilton Adelaide on Friday, April 28.
Each category winner will receive
$2000 and one will be chosen as the
Premier’s young achiever of the year and
will win an additional $2000.
All finalists will go into the People’s
Choice Award, run through the Facebook
page (Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards),
visit the page and vote for a finalist.
For more information about other
finalists or to purchase a ticket to the
gala dinner visit the website (www.
Finalist spot for Jackson
Last hurrah for
The Door Snakes
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