The year of 2017 has been one of significant change and upheaval for South Australia.
ABC News broke the story of abuse at the Oakden aged care facility in Adelaide’s north-east, followed by revelations of mistreatment and cover-ups in the State Government-run institution.
There were all the machinations of state politics: from Nick Xenophon’s planned re-entry to State Parliament, to the opening of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and subsequent resignation of former health minister Jack Snelling.
Take a look back at some of the other big stories of the year.
Battery bets and shirtfronting a Federal Minister
In March, Tesla boss Elon Musk made an intriguing wager on Twitter with Australian entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes.
His said his company would install one of the world’s largest batteries in South Australia, which was still reeling from 2016’s state-wide blackout.
“Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?” he tweeted.
Mr Musk visited Adelaide in July and put pen to paper, choosing to build the 100-megawatt system next to the Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown in the Mid-North.
But he didn’t have to worry about footing the bill because the battery was completed on time and South Australian taxpayers chipped in $50 million.
Also in March, SA Premier Weatherill awkwardly confronted Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg in a press conference over the Commonwealth’s repeated criticism of the State Government’s handling of its electricity supply.
South Australia’s industrial transition
The Holden plant at Elizabeth closed during October, ending decades of car manufacturing in both Adelaide and interstate.
There was delight in Whyalla as a British entrepreneur stepped in to buy the city’s Arrium steelworks with plans to “transform” the facility and secure its future.
Mystery surrounded Chinese mining magnate Sally Zou, who regularly takes out full-page ads in the local paper — including one where she sought a large home for her family in SA.
And construction of the Darlington Upgrade in Adelaide’s south this year included a delicate operation to move a 3,000-tonne bridge into place.
Tragic stories from the courts
Some of the state’s most-viewed stories this year came from its busy courts system.
A Queensland woman was sentenced for murdering her elderly grandfather in Adelaide’s south after claiming she was motivated by a horror television series.
An Adelaide couple were jailed for kidnapping and torturing their babysitter in an 18-hour ordeal.
The SA coroner started investigating the death of an Adelaide woman who had been taking up to 800 laxatives a day.
Federal Court proceedings were launched against Heinz after a product for toddlers — marketed for its fruit and vegetable content — was found to contain large amounts of sugar.
And in a Columbian court, Yorke Peninsula woman Cassie Sainsbury was sentenced to six years in prison for trafficking cocaine.
She was caught at Bogota’s El Dorado international airport in April trying to smuggle 5.8 kilograms of cocaine inside 18 separate packages of headphones.
Triumph and heartbreak on the sporting field
Adelaide Crows women’s team captain Erin Phillips and coach Bec Goddard led the team to the inaugural AFL Women’s Premiership in March.
The men’s side went on to reach the AFL Grand Final for the first time in almost 20 years.
Despite being clear favourites after winning the minor premiership, they essentially failed to turn up and suffered a humiliating 48-point loss to the Tigers.
Port Adelaide’s SANFL side, the Magpies, had better success. They reached the grand final against Sturt but lost by one point in an Adelaide Oval thriller as the Double Blues won back-to-back premierships.
South Australians remembered equestrian great Gillian Rolton at a state funeral in November.
And Syria may have failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, but it wasn’t without support from a small but passionate group of local fans.
Only in South Australia: The quirky tales we loved
This year we started the Curious Adelaide project and set out to find answers to the questions you have about our fair city.
Elon Musk returned to Adelaide to launch his next generation rocket, promising fast trips around the earth and future missions to the moon, Mars and beyond, at the International Astronautical Congress.
Craigburn Primary School was hoping to raise $900 for charity by getting students and teachers to don a dress.
But after Senator Cory Bernardi drew attention to the school’s so-called “gender morphing” the school’s fundraising went into overdrive.
The school has so far raised more than $310,000.
Meanwhile, Catholic boys school Blackfriars was forced to cover up a rather unfortunate statue after it gained traction on social media.
And there was great consternation when Adelaideans were woken by an “earthquake” during September, although nobody could agree where it came from.