AROUND SA: Stories from across the state

The beautiful Barossa Valley
The beautiful Barossa Valley

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.

This week it seems our youth have hit the spotlight in many ways. The Barossa is jumping for joy as Tanunda local George Alice celebrates after taking out the title of Triple J Unearthed High for 2019. To read about her achievement and hear the winning song check out the story below. As we get excited about the country show season there are some kids, such as those from Cleve, who have been working hard and preparing for the Royal Adelaide Show for almost 12 months. And, if your children want to go to the best regional school in Australia, then prepare to make the move 'overseas' to Kangaroo Island. For the second consecutive year the Kangaroo Island Community Education has been named the country's best regional school.

In our final story for the week find out why Port Lincoln nurse Amanda Treagus has decided to speak about the terror she felt after she sustained serious injuries when a patient turned on her. And don't forget to find out what's happening around South Australia over the next couple of weeks.

Enjoy the read.

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SURPRISE: A regular school photo day was interrupted by Triple J radio presenters Ben and Liam to deliver the shock news to George Alice, seated.

SURPRISE: A regular school photo day was interrupted by Triple J radio presenters Ben and Liam to deliver the shock news to George Alice, seated.

Talented teen 'Unearthed'

Barossa Herald - Stuart Taverner

Tanunda year 11 student George Alice has taken out the title of the most talented high school student in Australia after taking part in a Triple J competition. The 16-year-old was named the Unearth High 2019 champion after radio presenters visited her at school. She has been described as a prolific performer and writer who should go onto bigger and better things. To read her story and listen to her track, Circles, click here.

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Some of the injuries sustained by nurse Amanda Treagus.

Some of the injuries sustained by nurse Amanda Treagus.

Nurse speaks out for change

Port Lincoln Times - Billie Harrison

Unfortunately violence against staff is becoming more prevalent in hospitals across Australia and last week Port Lincoln nurse Amanda Treagus was the one of the latest to sustain some serious injuries. Mrs Treagus said it was becoming more common for nurses to deal with a range of mental health and drug affected people and she wanted to tell her story so it could be used as a catalyst for change.

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Some of the staff and students from Kangaroo Island Community Education

Some of the staff and students from Kangaroo Island Community Education

Best in Australia, again!

The Islander - Stan Gorton

For the second year in a row, Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE) has taken out the title of Australia's best regional school of the year. KICE took out the award against the best private and public school across the country and was the only South Australian regional site to be a finalist. Read all about the win and how staff and students combine to make KICE great.

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SHEEPWALKING: James Nield, Hugh Hammat, Taylah Haire, Britney Crosby, Chad Alcock, Courtney Grigg, Taylor Dolling and Riley Evans.

SHEEPWALKING: James Nield, Hugh Hammat, Taylah Haire, Britney Crosby, Chad Alcock, Courtney Grigg, Taylor Dolling and Riley Evans.

Students are ready for showing

Eyre Peninsula Tribune - Rachel McDonald

It's that time of year again, when rural meets urban at the Royal Adelaide Show at the Wayville Showgrounds. And for some students it's not just about having fun - like the youth from the Cleve Area School who have spent a year preparing livestock and other entries to take on the State's best.

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Red Bull Holden Racing Team's Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup with Coorong District Council Mayor Paul Simmons ahead of the OTR Supersprints this weekend.

Red Bull Holden Racing Team's Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup with Coorong District Council Mayor Paul Simmons ahead of the OTR Supersprints this weekend.

WHAT'S ON AROUND SA

SALA Festival - Venues across South Australia in August. The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is a statewide festival of Visual Art, with displays in many regions and rural towns. Program - https://www.salafestival.com/

THIS WEEK

AUGUST 23, 24, 25

OTR Supersprint - The Bend Raceway, Dukes Highway, Tailem Bend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm. Supercar racing as well as historic touring cars, drifting event, live music and more. Visit website here

AUGUST 23 & 24

Hahndorf Winter Lantern Festival - Friday is opening night concert, from 7pm with a dusk lantern parade and festival on Saturday from 2pm onwards. Stalls, workshops, live music, kids activities and more. More details here

Quorn Cup - Quorn Racecourse, 10am-6pm, Fashion at the Races competition, free kids' entertainment, shuttle bus available. Click here for details.

AUGUST 24 & 25

Gawler Show - Saturday, 9am-9pm, Sunday, 9am-5pm. Sideshows, arts, crafts, displays, fireworks, sheep dog trials, showbags and so much more. Range of ticket prices. For information click here.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Illuminart at Mount Gambier - Inside Railway Lands, to view from the fuel tanks, Wehl St, 6pm-7.30pm. Projection of a range of art from SA artists. Bring a chair, thermos or drinks and some nibbles to have while you watch the hour-long show. For information click here.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Port Lincoln Show - from 9am-5pm. Stalls, kids' entertainment, arts, crafts, displays. Various ticket prices. More details here

Illuminart at Goolwa - View from parking area near Spirit Australia Cruise Centre, 6pm-7.30pm. Projection of a range of art from SA artists. Bring a chair, thermos or drinks and some nibbles to have while you watch the hour-long show. For information click here.

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NEXT WEEK

AUGUST 30 & 31

6/18 Hours of Melrose - 6 Stuart St, Melrose, Flinders Ranges, 12am-12am. Mountain bike racing, live music, parade. Information - http://www.bikemelrose.com.au/

Royal Adelaide Show - Goodwood Rd, Wayville, various times. It's that one time of year! Animals, displays, food, rides, showbags, entertainment and more. Visit https://theshow.com.au/

AUG 31 - SEPT 1

Yamaha Off-Road Championship - Dukes Highway, Coonalpyn, 8am-4pm. Sprint formats with classes for men, women, veterans and more. Visit https://www.aorc.org.au/rounds-8-9-sa/

SATURDAY AUGUST 31

Festival of Wirra Wirra - 463 McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale, 11am-4.30pm. Best of local wineries, food trucks, live music. Visit https://www.wirrawirra.com/events/festival-of-wirra-wirra/

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