The News has a look back at the top feature stories of the year.ASHLEIGH WILLIAMSON December 28, 2012 4:40am
JOE THE COCKATOO
Rushworth woman Denise Corbin became the third owner of Joe the cockatoo almost seven years ago.
Ms Corbin became the first person to physically touch Joe, who has never flown in his life of more than 55 years.
However, Joe still squawks the name of the first owner, Rita.
‘‘When Rita died, he was handed to her kids and was living in the bush near Rushworth with the second owner,’’ Ms Corbin said.
‘‘He barks like a dog and coughs like a bloke with emphysema. He mumbles to himself while the dogs are barking.’’
Joe is a real character who Ms Corbin intended to keep for as long as she could.
‘‘Cockatoos can live up to 100 years,’’ she said.
Meeting Donald Bradman as a teenager gave Stan Brown the knowledge to become a great cricketer in his own right.
Stan played cricket for Yalca North for 73 years, retiring aged 84.
The all-rounder represented Nathalia Cricket Association at Country Week every year from 1934 to 1967.
His unbeaten 100 in just 57 minutes against Alberton in 1937 is still believed to be the fastest Melbourne Country Week century.
That century led to Victoria Country selectors naming Stan to play a touring English side at Benalla.
Stan had then English captain Sir George ‘‘Gubby’’ Allen caught at cover in that game.
Stan also played football for Yalca North until he was 51 and was recognised for 70 years of firefighting service this year.
His service pre-dates the Victorian Country Fire Authority.
‘‘We used to fight fires with a bamboo pole and canvas hose about three inches wide at the end,’’ he said.
‘‘We had to beat fires out.’’
Stan, 98, still lives on the Yielima cattle, grain and sheep farm where he was raised by his parents.
He helps his sons Don and Ernie manage the farm.
‘‘When I get in the tractor, I’m as quick as they are,’’ Stan said.
For the rest of the year’s best feature stories, grab a copy of today’s News.
Closure of central Shepparton McDonald's store offset by creation of jobs at other restaurants.
Tungamah came up against Katandra on a windy but sunny day on Sunday at the Bear Pit.
Justice Parliamentary Secretary Ben Carroll visited Beechworth Correctional Centre and Dhurringile Prison on Thursday.
They might be competition, but butchers Kieran Hinck and Bo McCormack-Hall agree on quality over quantity.
A controversial chicken hatchery to be built 1km south of Rochester has been approved by Campaspe Shire after a tense council meeting last week.
Alicia White hits 300 game milestone
The Centenary of the Gallipoli landings saw large crowds turn out in Seymour, Nagambie, Avenel and Puckapunyal.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
More than 200 people braved a cold, wet autumn morning to take part in the biggest Anzac Dawn Service Heathcote has seen in decades.
A motion passed at Monday night's Moira Shire Council meeting to begin proceedings to sell the Cobram Caravan Park has met with mixed reactions from councillors.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
The tradition of the riderless horse in memorium to those Light Horsemen lost in battle led the ANZAC day march in Benalla this 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.
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