News journalist John Lewis looks back at the year that was 2012 and the stories that stayed with him.December 6, 2012 4:22am
"Vanessa's story is such a powerful one of resilience in the face of unimaginable tragedy it hit the national headlines - but it also needed to be heard by our community. It was a privilege to talk to her," John said.
"Eddie has a great sense of humour and was full of terrific yarns about his life on the road - it was a pleasure to meet and talk to him. Anyone who spends 60 years in the driver's seat on Aussie roads deserves to have their story told," John said.
"Lina and George were brave and honest in letting me into their home after such a terrifyingly close brush with tragedy. Their story of survival also had an important safety message for all of us," John said.
"We are surrounded by senseless deaths - but teenager Kane's story was made special by his decision to donate his organs and help the lives of others," John said.
"Telling his story was a chance to shine a light into the darkness and find something positive."
"It's the passions that drive people that make the world such a fascinating place - and who would have thought an accountant from Kyabram was also a Russian Roulette stunt pilot?" John said.
"Never judge a book by its cover, or an accountant by his briefcase."
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
A man has been taken to Echuca hospital after being trapped for several minutes in his vehicle.
Steve Glassborow has returned for a twentieth year, bringing a range of his bronze sculptures.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
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