A house fire claimed the life of a man and two children on March 24 in Kingaroy St, Kingaroy
A house fire claimed the life of a man and two children on March 24 in Kingaroy St, Kingaroy Matt Collins

9 stories that broke our hearts in 2018

THE South Burnett region constantly proves that no matter how many times we get knocked down, we continue to rise back up, each time stronger than the time before.

No matter the adversity, the tragedy or the heartache, we always get behind our neighbours and support them in their time of need.

Here are just some of the extremely sad stories that broke our hearts in 2018.

We wish all of those involved in these stories all the very best in 2019 and beyond.

FIRE TRAGEDY: Town rallies for survivors of deadly blaze

 

The house in Kingaroy St where a father and two children perished on Saturday, March 24.
The house in Kingaroy St where a father and two children perished on Saturday, March 24. Christian Berechree

$2m in storm damages: Farmers pick up the pieces...again

 

STORM: Agricultural minister David Littleproud and Nanango member Deb Frecklington survey the damage at the Easy 8 Orchards in Kumbia from the severe storm on October 11.
STORM: Agricultural minister David Littleproud and Nanango member Deb Frecklington survey the damage at the Easy 8 Orchards in Kumbia from the severe storm on October 11. Matt Collins

Boy airlifted after tree falls in storm aftermath

 

11-year-old boy, Connor Creagh was crushed by a tree during severe South Burnett storms in October.
11-year-old boy, Connor Creagh was crushed by a tree during severe South Burnett storms in October. Contributed

Teenager's stolen bike got him through the hard times

 

STOLEN BIKE: Jake Liedtke said his bike has gotten him through some hard times
STOLEN BIKE: Jake Liedtke said his bike has gotten him through some hard times Contributed

Kingaroy boy's heartbreaking letter to Santa

 

A KINGAROY boy's heartbreaking letter to Santa has paid tribute to his hard working mum.
A KINGAROY boy's heartbreaking letter to Santa has paid tribute to his hard working mum. April Trace

Teenager gets new kidney but loses his dad

 

NEW KIDNEY: Damon Merry with his two sisters, Isabeau and Alex during one of Damon's many hospital visits.
NEW KIDNEY: Damon Merry with his two sisters, Isabeau and Alex during one of Damon's many hospital visits. Natasha Burrows

'When I touched her she cried': Mum's fury over ER saga

 

Addyson Hopkins, 4, was continuously turned away from the Kingaroy Hospital emergency department with severe tonsillitis and discharge from her left ear.
Addyson Hopkins, 4, was continuously turned away from the Kingaroy Hospital emergency department with severe tonsillitis and discharge from her left ear. Kaitee Hopkins

Mother's desperate plea after death of baby son

 

WANTS TO SEE CHANGE: Felicity Aitken sharing a moment with her son, Shai.
WANTS TO SEE CHANGE: Felicity Aitken sharing a moment with her son, Shai. Contributed

'I was nearly homeless': Mum speaks out on housing crisis

 

Kimberley Jones of Kingaroy faced the very real prospect of living in her car with four kids when she could not find a rental property.
Kimberley Jones of Kingaroy faced the very real prospect of living in her car with four kids when she could not find a rental property. Christian Berechree
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Iconic Mundubbera event needs your help

Iconic Mundubbera event needs your help

Mundubbera Rotary seeking listing for upcoming auction.

Council's unpaid rates double in two years

Council's unpaid rates double in two years

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Who wants to shave a Gladiator?

Who wants to shave a Gladiator?

Gayndah Gladiators to lose their locks for a good cause.