10 Warwick stories that defined a decade
WHILE Warwick may be known as a peaceful rural town that doesn't mean it hasn't had its own share of shocking news.
Making national news and hitting the community to its core, here are 10 times over the past decade where the community has been left reeling by the headlines:
FLOODS, FIRE AND NATURAL DISASTERS
Perhaps the past ten years can be best categorised by the natural hardships that struck our proud region.
In 2010, Warwick was cut off for days as floodwaters hit the town, and again in 2013, when massive rain deluge ran through homes and businesses.
Reliant on the land for our huge portion of our economy through agriculture, natural disasters have a way of affecting the Rose City like no other tragedy.
Which brings us to this next one.
WORST DROUGHT ON RECORD
Worthy of its own listing, the decade has also been plagued by unparallel dry conditions for producers.
Forcing countless families off the land and others into desperate times, it was a hardship that rippled throughout our community no one unscathed.
However, heading into a La Nina season this spring, things seem to be slowly looking up for our rural sector.
Not all doom and gloom, this decade also brought with it the 150 year anniversary of Warwick becoming a municipality.
The big day was even celebrated with Warwick born politician and then premier Anna Bligh tagging along for festivities.
It made papers all over the nation when Vince O'Dempsey was finally found guilty of murder in 2017.
Forty-three years after Barbara McCulkin and her two young daughters went missing, Vincent O'Dempsey was found guilty of murdering the family and sentenced to life behind bars.
When tragedy strikes, our community has a way soldiering through together.
This was the instance in one unforgettable 2018 heartbreak, when Scots PGC student Amy 'Dolly' Everett tragically took her own life.
The community rallied around her family, eventually igniting a worldwide anti-bullying campaign and platform.
POLOCROSSE WORLD CUP
Of course, it wouldn't be a fair list without mentioning one of our proudest sporting achievements.
When the Adina Polocrosse World Cup came to town in 2019, our region was placed under an international spotlight.
The event ended up pumping more than $5.6 million into Warwick's economy as more than 44,000 visitors descended on the city, visiting shops, supermarkets and hidden tourist gems.
Making national news this year was a police investigation into the death of Warwick toddler Connor Horan.
Connor died in 2018 while in the care of his babysitter, a family friend.
Connor's family made a public appeal in January for anyone with information to speak with police, and in February, said babysitter Lisa Rose Halcrow was charged with murder and grievous bodily harm.
Halcrow appeared before the Warwick Magistrates Court just last week, remaining in custody until her next appearance on October 12.
The guilty verdict of former Warwick Show and Rodeo President for underage assault sent shockwaves throughout the community.
In 2017, Fanning, then 74, was found guilty on one count of indecently treating a child under 16, after the mid-1980 event resurfaced.
"The other side of the coin is of course that it was that position of respect in the community that seems to me emboldened you to act the way that you did because you had contact with these people who were keen on horses - young children keen on horses - and that actually gave you the opportunity to offend," Judge Deborah Richards told Fanning in his trial at the time.
Fanning was made eligible for parole on May 31, 2018.
It took three years to finalise, but eventually Ian Hannaford was found guilty of Warwick grandmother Gail Lynch's murder in 2015.
In 2012, Ms Lynch went to the shops, paid her rent and returned home where she deleted Hannaford's contact details from the dating site where they had met.
They are her last known movements and the body of the loved Warwick grandmother has never been found.
The Toowoomba man was sentenced to life behind bars and will not be eligible to apply for parole until 2027.
THE PANDEMIC HITS OUR TOWN
A decade of unexpected news, no one could have predicted anything quite like 2020, and the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.
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