Construction has started on the first stage of a $125 million dual tower community centred around the city’s iconic SkyNeedle.He said SkyNeedle Apartments were positioned at the heart of South Brisbane, with connectivity to the Brisbane CBD and Southbank.A cafe during stage two will be incorporated at the base of the SkyNeedle, becoming a standout feature enhanced by water features.An exclusive residents’ recreational space will include a resort-style pool, barbecue pavilions and seating areas. Mr Pradella said next year marked the 30-year milestone since SkyNeedle made its debut at Expo 88 and expected the first tower to be completed by late 2018. Developer Pradella has started construction on the first stage of a $125 million dual tower community centred around the city’s iconic SkyNeedle.Brisbane hairdresser Stefan Ackerie bought the structure in the 80s, later selling it to developer Pradella Group in 2015.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Pradella director Kim Pradella and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk launched the start of construction on the ‘legacy landmark’, with more than 70 per cent of apartments in the first tower selling for a total of $38 million.Mr Pradella said the first tower included one and two-bedroom units, however a few buyers had opted to amalgamate apartments to create a larger property with a customised floorplan. He said the apartments were designed to be as iconic as their namesake and was Brisbane’s next step in its emergence as a ‘new world city’.“These residences will really be next level in terms of their accessibility and amenity,” Mr Pradella said.“The SkyNeedle makes this community immediately identifiable not only for locals but also visitors. “It is the wow factor that sets this development apart from all others across the city.” Kim Pradella and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at the SkyNeedle construction site.A BRISBANE icon known for once lighting up the city skyline will get a facelift as part of a new development that has just kicked off.Incorporating the refurbished SkyNeedle as part of South Brisbane’s $125 million dual tower SkyNeedle Aparment project, the first tower will comprise 110 of the total 237 apartments.SkyNeedle, an 88 metre pillar, was a key feature of Brisbane’s World Expo in 1988, and remains a prominent marker on the city skyline.
Cassandra Ranee Hummel, 31, of Moores Hill passed away Thursday April 28, at Dearborn County Hospital at Lawrenceburg. She was born Wednesday February 6, 1985 the daughter of Joseph and Phyllis (Fugate) Hummel. She loved giving hugs, playing with her dog Toto, and making people laugh. She loved her music and toys, and enjoyed holding babies.Cassandra is survived by parents, Phyllis (Bob) Crosthwaite of Moores Hill, father Joseph (Sherry) Hummel of Moores Hill, brothers Anthony Hummel of Dillsboro and Joshua Crosthwaite of Milford, Ohio, sisters: Theresa Ollman of Milan, Amber Gabbard, and Amber Elder both of Moores Hill. She was preceded in death by Paternal Grandparents: William J. (Rosella) Hummel; Maternal Grandparents: Jasper and Mary Fugate. Step Maternal Grandmother: Mattie Florence, one brother: James Hummel.Funeral services will be Monday May 2, 2016, 1PM at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Steven O’Brien of the Dillsboro Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery at Moores Hill. Visitation will be 3-5 Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Riley Hospital for Kids through the funeral home. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester St, PO Box 156, Moores Hill, In., 47032, (812)744-3280. Go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) ELLSWORTH — In its three seasons as a program, the Ellsworth-Sumner Memorial High School football team has yet to win a game. But head coach Duane Crawford is optimistic about this year.“The kids are more comfortable on offense and defense,” Crawford said. “There are some definite bright spots.”On Friday night, Ellsworth-Sumner hosted Mount Desert Island in a preseason scrimmage at EHS. Ellsworth-Sumner lost 44-12, which, Crawford said, was an improvement from last season’s preseason scrimmage against MDI.“In the same game last year, we couldn’t get anything going on offense,” Crawford said.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThis time, senior Devin Wright posed as a threat to MDI, leading Ellsworth-Sumner with 79 yards on 11 carries.“Devin doesn’t need a whole lot to make things happen,” Crawford said, adding that one focus in practice will be strengthening his offensive line. “We’re still working on getting a little quicker on offense. But that’s why we have preseason games.”Junior Jacob Shorey scored Ellsworth-Sumner’s only offensive touchdown. He finished with 63 yards on 10 carries.On defense, one of Ellsworth-Sumner’s highlights included freshman Javon Williams stripping the ball from MDI and returning it for a touchdown.“On all of MDI’s big plays, we had kids in position to make those plays,” Crawford said. “We just need to make those tackles.”Crawford also noted that MDI is a good team that he expects to make the Class C playoffs.Ellsworth-Sumner, technically a Class B team for its combined enrollment, was granted permission to stay in Class D — the class for smallest-sized schools — for another season. One of the teams on Ellsworth-Sumner’s schedule late September is Camden Hills — a new program that also finished winless last season.“I expect us to be better this year,” Crawford said, “but it’s still too early to tell.”One struggle remains consistent for Ellsworth-Sumner: its team size.Crawford said he plans to start this season with 30 players, barring any preseason injuries.“We’re thin and basically one person deep at all positions,” Crawford said. “Things won’t get easier for us on Friday nights.”Ellsworth-Sumner will host Orono in its first regular-season game at 7 p.m. on Friday.George “Toogie” McKay coaches an Ellsworth-Sumner Memorial High School football practice on July 7 at EHS. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSMeet Coach “Toogie”Ellsworth-Sumner Memorial High School football coach George “Toogie” McKay won’t disclose how he got his nickname.“There’s a story behind it,” McKay says. “But it’s one sweeter than football coaches should have.”McKay has been coaching football in Maine for about three decades, with the majority of his career spent at Mount Desert Island High School. Now, he’s helping head coach Duane Crawford build a program at EHS.“He brings a wealth of knowledge,” Crawford says. “He has just been around the game so long. He has so much insight to offer.”In recognition of McKay’s long-term coaching career, the Little Ten Conference recently named the high school lineman of the year award after him.McKay played football all four years as a student at Bar Harbor High School, where he graduated in 1963.“I didn’t really have a choice,” McKay says of his introduction to football. “My father played on an undefeated team for Bar Harbor back in 1939.“I heard a lot about it,” he adds, laughing.McKay’s sense of humor, as well as his tough-love approach to coaching, shines through his stories. In his early high school years, McKay describes himself as a “little fat kid” whose father would often give him lessons on how to block after he returned home from practice.“He’d be blocking me all over the living room, and my mother would be screaming at him, ‘Leave him alone!’” McKay recalls with a smile. “When you’re 5’3 and 130 pounds, that wasn’t a lot of fun. But I grew.”McKay played linebacker, the same position as his father. He also wore his dad’s number 50.Since then, McKay has never strayed from the sport. He coached at MDI High School for 22 years, Old Town High School for one, and he has been with the EHS program all three years.“He’s definitely tough on the kids, but they respect that,” Crawford says. “He’ll be upset with them, and five minutes later, he’ll be telling them a funny story.”Beneath McKay’s tough exterior is a soft spot — perhaps one, as he might describe, that’s “sweeter than football coaches should have.”“I want the kids to play to their potential,” McKay says. “I just want them to be successful.” Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016