AROUND SA: Stories from across South Australia

There is so much going on around South Australia - and each week we will bring you an array of news, faces and features which will highlight some of the most interesting characters and events we have in our communities.

And, don't forget to discover what's happening around South Australia over the next couple of weeks.

Enjoy the read.

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WHEEL TO WALK: Sarah Arnold and Charles Brice are teaming up for a huge fundraiser for spinal cord research.

WHEEL TO WALK: Sarah Arnold and Charles Brice are teaming up for a huge fundraiser for spinal cord research.

Final countdown to remarkable charity ride

Stuart Taverner - Naracoorte Herald

It's just days before former Naracoorte resident Charles Brice and a group of friends, family and supporters begin a 300km charity ride from Paruna to Adelaide. The ride will be a gruelling physical and emotional challenge as it retraces the route that Charles took after he was involved in a devastating motorbike accident that left him a quadriplegic. Read more about the ride here.

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DESIGN: The state government released the detailed designs of a new secondary school in Whyalla.

DESIGN: The state government released the detailed designs of a new secondary school in Whyalla.

$100 million high school's design unveiled

Louis Mayfield - Whyalla News

The design for the new $100 million secondary school in Whyalla, which will combine the three existing government schools in the region, has been revealed. Read more about the project here.

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INSPECT: Michael and Ruby Treloar inspect a field or wheat near Cummins. The Lower Eyre region is forecast to produce 834,000 tonnes of grain this harvest season.

INSPECT: Michael and Ruby Treloar inspect a field or wheat near Cummins. The Lower Eyre region is forecast to produce 834,000 tonnes of grain this harvest season.

Lower Eyre crops given late booster

Jarrad Delaney - Port Lincoln Times

Lower Eyre Peninsula farmers could have decent results for this year's harvest following late September rains raising the soil profile across the district. The Winter Crop Performance Edition of Primary Industries and Regions SA's Crop and Pasture Report shows the region's crop estimate is 834,000 tonnes, including 436,000 tonnes of wheat, 235,000 of barley and 106,000 of canola. Read more about the report's details here.

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Betts on books

Peri Strathearn - Murray Valley Standard

No-one can kick a goal of the year from the pocket quite like Eddie Betts, but his skill on the field hides a lingering challenge off it. He could not read or write when he was drafted into the Australian Football League, and did not know what he was signing when he put pen to paper on his first professional contract.

The teenaged forward took a three-year literacy and numeracy course soon after that, and has since been inspired to share his struggle in a series of children's books. So it was Eddie Betts, author, who read My Kind to a booked-out crowd of young footy fans and their parents at Murray Bridge Library this afternoon. Read more here.

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STYLE: Joe van der Lee shows his bowling style while at his 95th birthday party at the BHAS Bowling Club.

STYLE: Joe van der Lee shows his bowling style while at his 95th birthday party at the BHAS Bowling Club.

Still bowling at 95

Greg Mayfield - Port Pirie Recorder

At 95 years old, Joe van der Lee is cruising the bowling greens. He still plays pennant competition for Royals despite having celebrated his birthday in September. Read more about Joe here.

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WHAT'S ON AROUND SA

THIS WEEK

OCTOBER 1-31

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations - Various events and times throughout the month. For more details click here.

OCTOBER 12 & 13

Lochiel 150-years celebration - various venues, from 10am-4pm, displays, reunion lunch, book launch and more. Details here

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

Burra Show - official opening by Andrew 'Cosi' Costello, 10am-10pm. SportsShear competition, ute muster, young farmers challenge, horses in action, prince and princess of the show, prime lamb and hogget competition, wool pack fashions, petting zoo, facepainting, Circus Elements, displays, rides, sideshows and more. Details here

Family Fun Day - Blanchetown Oval, 11am-4pm, stalls, family entertainment, wildlife interaction and more. Details here

NEXT WEEK

OCTOBER 18-27

Renmark Rose Festival - Various places and times. Flowers, community activities and more. Visit here for details.

OCTOBER 18-20

South Coast Jazz Festival - Goolwa, various locations and times, various entry costs. Full details here

OCTOBER 18 & 19

Cleve Area School 70th Birthday - 1301 Rehn Rd, Cleve - 4pm start, school tours, markets, food, music, fun. Details here

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

Carlton Draught Murray Bridge Gold Cup - hospitality packages to suit everyone, bus transport available to and from Adelaide, food vendors, bars, tote facilities, Fashion at The Races qualifying event with a cash prize of $1000 for the best dressed womenswear.Details here

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Clare Show - Horrocks Hwy, 9am-5pm. Livestock, ag produce, entertainment, side shows, food and drink available, entry fees. Details here

Coonalpyn Show - 7.30am - 5pm. Discovery trail, interactive pavilion activities, bouncy castles, stump toss, vintage cares, food and coffee, trade stalls, horses in action, live music. Details here

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

Roseworthy Show N Shine - Roseworthy Hotel, 3 Main North Rd, 11am-3pm, displays, live music, details here

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