■ Ten years ago
February 8 2008
Within a week, Echuca residents will have access to internet speeds up to 350 times faster than current dial up and ADSL connections available.
An upgrade at Echuca’s exchange, as well as Kyabram’s, will see high-speed ADSL2+ made available to Echuca businesses and residents, revolutionising internet connection in the region.
The upgrade will be 350 times faster than the standard dial-up connection and 78 times faster than an ADSL connection.
An Echuca business was thrown into turmoil on Tuesday afternoon with the discovery of an almost 2m long snake skin near a filing cabinet in the office.
Trevor Jolly, owner of Joliman Lawyers, was shocked to find the snakeskin of what is believed to be a black snake inside the company’s Anstruther St building.
Mr Jolly immediately called a snake catcher to search for the snake. However the search was unsuccessful.
Rich River Golf Club members and guests competed in a stableford event on the composite two course last Tuesday, giving them an opportunity to appreciate both courses.
High scores were the order of the day, with Ron Johnson surviving a countback on 41 points to take first place narrowly from promising junior Lachlan Wilson, who continues to improve.
Frank Severino was third with 40 points after another countback.
■ Thirty years ago
February 8 1988
Returned servicemen from all over northern Victoria will converge on Echuca tomorrow night to hear their state leader Bruce Ruxton speak.
Mr Ruxton, state president of the Returned Services League, will address his members and the public at Annesley St at 7.30pm.
Echuca-Moama sub-branch president Mr Bill Lynn said servicemen were expected from as far away as Cohuna, Elmore, Koondrook and Kyabram.
Aboriginal Australians will be provided with a tangible record of their past and strong support for their future if 63 projects under The Australian Bicentennial Authority’s $7.$7.46 million National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program (NATSIP) achieve their aims.
Echuca Racing Club’s tall ship came in on Saturday — the Australian Bicentennial meeting — when a large crowd paid a record February gate of $3069.
The February meeting is traditionally the quietest of the season.
■ Fifty years ago
February 9 1968
Nearly 3000 children have been enrolled at Echuca and Moama schools since school re-commenced on Wednesday.
With 214 children attending Moama Public School this year, the total number of children at Echuca’s three primary schools is 1266.
St. Mary’s primary school has enrolled 403 pupils, with 48 children in Grade One.
A Queensland fruit picker was sentenced to 14 days gaol when he pleaded guilty to a stealing charge in Echuca Court of Petty Sessions on Tuesday.
He is Russell Alexander Potter, of Rockhampton, who pleaded guilty to having stolen a shaving kit, beakers, a jacket and other goods, the property of Edward George Hughes labourer of Maroochydore, at Kyabram on February 3.
In a day in which batsmen generally were on top, Moama collapsed in their vital Echuca Cricket Association match against Nondescripts on Saturday and were dismissed for 134.