A 57-year-old Gympie woman has been arrested in relation to the alleged murder of 54-year-old Nambour butcher Bruce Saunders, 54.
Peter John Koenig, 61, of Gympie, and Gregory Lee Roser, 59, of Deception Bay, appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with the alleged murder of Bruce Saunders in an industrial woodchipper on a rural property outside Gympie in November.
A 57-year-old Gympie woman has been arrested in relation to the alleged murder of 54-year-old Nambour butcher Bruce Saunders, 54. Peter John Koenig, 61, of Gympie, and Gregory Lee Roser, 59, of Deception Bay, appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with the alleged murder of Bruce Saunders in an industrial woodchipper on a rural property outside Gympie in November. Patrick Woods

The 6 best things I read this week

ANOTHER week goes by and it has been a bit of a strange one in the Gympie region and for The Gympie Times.

Today we bid a fond farewell to Tom Daunt, a reporter who started here with us just over two years ago as the sport writer.

Tom is an old Gympie lad who went to St Patrick's College with his brothers and who also spent time in the police force stationed here in his home town.

WATCH THE VIDEO: Tom's sense of humour has a great time with the Mary River croc sighting near Kidd Bridge

He is a great bloke with an awesome sense of humour and is stepping away from the hectic life of a country journalist to take a posting with the Gympie Regional Council communications department. You might catch us tonight at Soma Soma giving Tom the send off he deserves.

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Gympie Times reporter Tom Daunt looking very sad today as he contemplates his future outside the warm confines of The Gympie Times. dfbf

We have a new journalist starting with us in a couple of weeks, coming direct from the North Burnett Times. Can't wait to introduce him to you all.

Things are always changing - but sometimes you can't help but think, the more things change the more they stay the same.

Twenty years ago we were writing about the gun debate and running letters and stories on local gun shop owner and gun advocate Ron Owen.

We are still doing it today.

Love him or hate him, Mr Owen has been an integral part of the gun debate in Australia, and is still today the owner of a gun shop and a passionate advocate for gun owners.

CONTENTIOUS: A post-Port Arthur massacre story in The Gympie Times outlined local gun owner Ron Owen's opposition to proposed firearm bans nationwide.
CONTENTIOUS: A post-Port Arthur massacre story in The Gympie Times outlined local gun owner Ron Owen's opposition to proposed firearm bans nationwide. Contributed

The easily biggest story of the week, however - and the month and the decade - is the arrest of the three people who have been questioned for weeks by police over the horrific woodchipper death of Bruce Saunders at Goomboorian.

CLICK HERE: HOw the Woodchipper murder case unfolded

That trial is going to be a media circus.

Bruce Saunders was interviewed by the Seven Network about his butcher shop several years before his tragic death.
Bruce Saunders was interviewed by the Seven Network about his butcher shop several years before his tragic death. Contributed

Tomorrow you can look forward to some more awesome reads in The Gympie Times.

Reporter Josh Preston has spent hours putting together a fascinating list of the secret sites, passages and tunnels that exist in, under and around the Gympie region that most people have no idea of.

Josh Preston getting hios yearly flu shot off  Dr Rod Day in Gympie.
Josh Preston getting hios yearly flu shot off Dr Rod Day in Gympie. Renee Albrecht

Some of them are creepy, some are downright sad.

Richard Walding at Emily Reilly's grave
Richard Walding at Emily Reilly's grave

Josh has also compiled an interesting big read on the most beautiful properties in the region. It's a great pointer to our real estate guide too. And you can find all of Gympie region's Open Homes for this weekend online now as well - that is something different.

If you are planning on hitting the garage sale trail this weekend, here is our list of local garage sales, something we are also putting online every weekend for your convenience.

Don't forget, if you think we are doing something we shouldn't be doing at The Gympie Times, or not doing something we should be doing, please don't hesitate to call me directly on 54804233 or email me at editor@gympietimes.com.

Until then, I hope you've had a lovely week and that you are in for a great weekend.

Stay warm, because as we had in our weather story today, things could get a bit chilly.