Blackbutt State School inclusion teacher Simone Newitt describes herself as
Blackbutt State School inclusion teacher Simone Newitt describes herself as "proud to be an Aspie”. Simone Newitt

NEWS CATCH-UP: Five stories you need to read from this week

IT HAS been a busy news week across the South Burnett.

To help catch up on what's been happening, the South Burnett Times has compiled a list of the top five stories that had readers clicking.

Teen behind spate of burglaries in region 'not local'

POLICE are searching for a teenage boy they believe is behind a spate of burglary offences in the Crows Nest and South Burnett areas.

Investigators have identified a 17-year-old boy, believed to be from the Hervey Bay region, as a person of interest in relation to the incidents.

Young girl's life-changing advice empowers teacher

BLACKBUTT State School's inclusion teacher and autism advocate Simone Newitt is "proud to be an Aspie”, but that wasn't always the case.

Ms Newitt, who embraces the term Aspie, which means someone with Asperger's syndrome, said she learnt a lot about her own autism from her autistic daughter Indigo.

Simone Newitt's advocacy for autism awareness took her to Singapore where she spoke at an international conference. It was her first time overseas in more than 30 years.
Simone Newitt's advocacy for autism awareness took her to Singapore where she spoke at an international conference. It was her first time overseas in more than 30 years. Simone Newitt

GALLERY: Road Boss Rally pulls up to deliver donations

THE Road Boss Rally crew roared into Kingaroy on Wednesday, where they stayed for the the night before heading to their Caloundra RSL finish line.

Road Boss Rally Car 500 team's Graham Townson and 'Ding' drop into Kingaroy.
Road Boss Rally Car 500 team's Graham Townson and 'Ding' drop into Kingaroy. Madeline Grace

Kingaroy's newest business owner swapping money for dough

ACCOUNTANT assistant Debbie Ovens knows a thing or two about managing money.

With a surname like Ovens, it seems Debbie was always destined for a career in cooking.

Cooking pizzas to be precise.

Ms Ovens is the proud new owner of Kingaroy pizza business, Aussies Pizza.

PERFECTING PIZZA CRAFT: New Aussies Pizza owner Debbie Ovens.
PERFECTING PIZZA CRAFT: New Aussies Pizza owner Debbie Ovens. Matt Collins

Meet Cherbourg elder who's championing community change

AS THE crowds gathered in Cherbourg last week for the official opening of the Muran Djan Centre and Yarning Circle, there was one person who couldn't have been prouder of the achievement.

Cherbourg Elder Uncle Bevan Costello was one of instigators who helped establish the centre, and fittingly, was the master of ceremonies for the momentous event.

Cherbourg elders Lillian Gray and Bevan Costello.
Cherbourg elders Lillian Gray and Bevan Costello. Claudia Williams
South Burnett

Ice fuels Cherbourg man's domestic violence abuse

premium_icon Ice fuels Cherbourg man's domestic violence abuse

The man abused his girlfriend of two years on multiple occasions.

Businessman to help pay Pisasale’s legal bills

premium_icon Businessman to help pay Pisasale’s legal bills

Jailed mayor will fight to overturn his extortion conviction