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 weekend.
Enjoy the read.
Stretching their limits
Barossa Herald - Stuart Taverner
Barossa ambulance crews are being put under pressure and working up to 96-hours straight as hospital ramping and workloads increase, according to a union representative. Currently the Barossa has two ambulance crews during the day and one at night with other crews required to be on-call if needed which is stretching current resources.
No coverage for emergencies
Naracoorte Herald - Laura Sneath
Lucy Pearce wants to highlight the lack of mobile phone coverage in regional South Australia after her fiance suffered a workplace injury and could not call for help. Jon Paenga was involved in a serious farm accident but couldn't make an emergency call because he could not access a mobile signal - which is why Lucy is petitioning the Federal Government for more action.
Creating a jobs bonanza
Port Pirie Recorder - Greg Mayfield
Plans for an abattoir to be built near Port Pirie could provide up to 600 jobs when it is gets to full production. A development application for the $72 million project is expected to be approved with the business anticipated to process about 3000 cattle and 300 sheep daily with the possibility of goats and camels as well.
Lock up and learn
Murray Valley Standard - Peri Strathearn
Excited laughter, eye-to-eye contact and interesting conversation has infiltrated the Meningie Area School again as a new trial creates a more positive, interactive atmosphere. Students are being asked to put their phones in a special pouch when they arrive at school which is then locked by a special device. Reports from other participating schools across the country have shown increased student engagement and a drop in detentions as a result.
WHAT'S ON AROUND SA
Loxton Lights Festival - Over 350 illuminated Christmas scenes, paintings and coloured light displays across the town. Details - click here
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
Christmas market - Cleve District Hall, Main St, 5pm-8pm, range of stalls etc. Details - click here
Barossa Christmas Parade - Murray St, Tanunda, from 5pm, parade at 7pm. Displays, Christmas shopping, market stalls, craft fair, food and drink available. Details - click here
Naracoorte Christmas Pageant - Town Squares, Smith/Ormerod Street, from 5pm, pageant from 6pm. Children's entertainment, magician, Santa.
Eudunda Christmas Party - Bruce St, 5pm-9pm. Includes food and beverage sellers, market stalls, entertainment, surfing competition Santa's Magic Cave and more. Details- click here
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
Port Pirie Christmas Pageant - Starts on Gertrude St,5.30pm-10pm. Pageant starts at 7pm. Fair and events at the park. Details - click here
Mt Pleasant Christmas Parade - from 5.30pm-9pm. Parade and Street Party with market stalls, food and drink sellers, street performers, competitions, kids activities and more. Details - click here
Mount Barker Christmas Pageant - Starts cnr Gertrude & Norman St, 10am-10.30am. The second largest pageant in SA. Details - click here
Mannum Christmas Parade & Street Party - Randell St, from 6.30pm, Fireworks at 9.30pm. Live music, free activities, food stalls. Details - click here.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
Motorcycle Riders Association Toy Run - Leave Victoria Park, Adelaide at 11am, onto freeway to Callington. Live music, entertainment, food stalls, show and shine. Details - click here
Christmas Pageant - Main Street, Quorn, Details - click here
Williamstown Christmas Parade - Queen Street, 2pm-7pm. Parade at 3pm. Food, drinks, raffles, children's activities, Santa and more. Details - click here
Murray Bridge Christmas Carols - Sturt Reserve Wharf, from 6.45-9.15pm.Take a chair or rug and enjoy the free program. There will be food stalls open from 5pm, candles and programs available for purchase, face painting. Details - click here