Two of Port Pirie’s youngest sportsmen, Daniel Lawlor and Nerida Caputo, will carry the Olympic Torch through the streets of Port Pirie and Daniel will light the community cauldron.
Recognition for our seniors. Eight received special awards from the Commonwealth government. They were: Joan Duffield (a member of the Country Women’s Association, Spastic Council, Port Pirie Trotting and Racing Club), Connie Goode (services to the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels), Miss Klemm (for a lifetime of community work), Miss McCallum of Booleroo Centre (lay preacher of the Uniting Church), Mr Viv Cornelius (involved in local events in Port Germein), Mr Jaeschke (Appila church elder), Clifford Sizer of Wirrabara (services to Meals on Wheels), Ronald Sizer of Wirrabara (for his services to sport).
Bound for the Sydney Olympic Game as volunteers were Val Rafanelli, Jean Smith and Antonette Mezzino.
Three netball identities received medals endorsed by the Queen for services to sport. They were Connie Broughton, Daphne Hutchinson and Val Rafanelli - all were netball veterans.
Mark Bickley, captain of the Adelaide Crows, and vice-captain Nigel Smart announce their resignations as leaders.
The Our Lady of Martyrs Port Pirie Italian Community committee unveiled the Italian Immigrants Memorial by the Governor of South Australia Sir Eric Neal at the boat ramp.
Two-hundred attended a miniature debutante ball at the Napperby Memorial Hall. They were Renee Noble - Bradley Dunstan, Katelyn Mudge - Colby Mudge, Chelsea Norton - Brodie Bell, Elisa Jacobs - Corey Clark, Kailee Smith - Kyle Wauchope, Laura Searle - Jake Davis, Paris Brown - Levi Howarth, Shannon Willis - Danny Francis, Lisa Maria Agius - Logan Smith, Emily Crossman - Edwin Atze, Samantha Gill - Mark Francis, Brianna Noble - Jayden Hannaford, Amanda Gill - James Storer.
The members of the Port Pirie Aged Care Committee, formed in 1985, were Mr J Green, Mr I Zubrinich, M Ferguson, L Faulkner, L Wardle, C Daly, C Goode, M Helmers, E Bone, B Caputo, L Rafanelli, D Neylon, L Malcolm.
Former footballers who lost out on their Recorder Medal in the Port Pirie Football League due to countbacks were recognised. They were Laurie Veale 1942, Fred Stigwood 1945, Spero Kotaris 1959, Jim McDermott 1965, Robin Lutz 1975.
The Lions Thirds win the club’s first SGL flag, captained by Andrew Congdon.
The Smelters Picnic Queen was Jane Cox, Junior Queen was Olivia Thorpe, Senior Queen was Jess Bailey. The Champion Babies were Tyron Johnson and Holly Fennell.
The Telstra call centre was closed with a loss of 45 jobs.
Award winners of SA Great Awards at Clare were Lucia Pichle, of the art gallery, and Jean Smith, from the Regional Masters Games.
A strawberry fete was held at the Butler’s Bridge Hall. It has been held since 1929 and marks almost 75 years that the premises have been used as a community hall. The hall was built by Mr J Kite on November 1, 1926. It was bought from Mr Kite for 388 pounds to become a community hall.
At the Tennis International, giving lessons to our junior players was legendary Australian tennis player Evonne Goolagong-Cauley.
Recognition for outstanding citizens for 2000 awards from the council was Hazel Pearce, John Sarantos, Louise Hausler, Harold Brown and Michelle Joyce (for Trevor Vonow). Citizen of the Year was Michael Corrieri and Junior Citizen was Daniel Lawlor.
Norma Lines and Jean Brackenridge were made life members of the Port Pirie Golf Club.
PHOTO: Dulcie Corrie, back, Aileen Hall, Kitty Matters, Edna Roberts, middle row, Shirley Wiskar, Lorna Finlay, (unknown), front, Maureen McDonald.