February 1998 was a month littered with triumphs and tragedies.
Arguably the month’s most graphic story was the Tumut river bridge scalping – a harrowing account of Matthew Dare’s near death experience jumping off the Tumut Bridge.
A fun activity with mates turned into a horror-movie scene as Mr Dare emerged from the river clutching his scalp and dripping with blood.
Lockhart woman and former The Daily Advertiser work experience student Natasha Smith passed suddenly with leukaemia only five days after her diagnosis.
Wagga residents Frank Dacey and Eathon Hockley also passed in a tragic car accident and were commemorated with large services.
But it wasn’t all bad news with rodeo champs, cricket thrills and national sports in focus across the region.
Check it all out in our throwback gallery!