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December 23, 2017
Another Death at Level Crossing

POLICE have confirmed a man was hit and killed by a train at approximately 9:50pm at the Kingdon Street rail crossing in a Scone. Police forensics are on their way to scene. On Friday the coroner handed down recommendations following the deaths of Timothy Morgan and John Lawler in 2015 and 2010 respectively, at the […]

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December 23, 2017
Christmas Cuteness: Charles and Charlotte

THE odds of miniature twin foals surviving is 1 in 10,000, but Prince Charles and Princess Charlotte found their feet and are thriving. Cindy McGrath from Avatar Springs in Parkville, has been breeding miniature horses for more than 30 years and said she was shocked when the mare delivered twins. “She delivered a foal then […]

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December 22, 2017
Scone Court Report: December 2017

MAGISTRATE Prowse often refers to this time of year as the “killing season”, with many people drink driving or driving dangerously on our roads which all too often results in people losing their lives. Several people who came before the court this month will be spending Christmas away from their friends and family having committed offences which Magistrate Prowse judged to be sufficiently threatening to the safety of the rest of the community. However there was still a splash of Christmas cheer in the court room, which Magistrate Prowse’s keen eye spotted. Looking at solicitor Mark Diggins he noted, “that is the most hideous tie I’ve ever seen, but it seems to suit you!” But the complements for Mr Diggins did not stop there, “if it wasn’t for people like you Mr Diggins then the wheels of justice would stop grinding, coming in on your day off is a testament to that, not withstanding your choice of tie.”

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December 22, 2017
Inquest Recommendations Handed Down

TODAY the Coroner, Magistrate Prowse made recommendations following the inquest into the deaths of Timothy Morgan and John Lawler. See previous court report: Coronial Inquest: Lawler and Morgan. The first finding was that Liquor and Gaming New South Wales and New South Wales Police should give consideration to amending the requirements for obtaining the Responsible […]

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December 22, 2017
Christmas Services 2017

CHRISTMAS services and the birth of Jesus Christ can be celebrated in worship at churches in the Upper Hunter area. See below for church service times and locations. In order of service times. Sunday December 24 9.00am – Anglican- Scone- St Lukes, Liverpool Street (Holy Communion) 9.00am – Uniting Church- Scone Uniting Church, Main Street. […]

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December 22, 2017
Double Demerits Begin

TODAY double demerit points come into effect until January 2, in a bid to slow down drivers and reduce the road toll during the holiday season. The Roads and Maritime Services has suspended all major roadworks until January 7 and also on Australia Day to reduce delays for drivers. Drivers are encouraged to allow plenty […]

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December 21, 2017
Helping Hounds with the Heat

By Peta Gay Raiton, veterinarian, PetMedical Dogs are very susceptible to overheating in hot weather. A dog with heat stroke will pant and drool excessively. The gums will turn brick red and they will become wobbly on the legs with muscle tremors progressing fitting and death. Hot humid days are the most difficult for dogs, […]

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December 20, 2017
Rooster Scratching Around

THE fast food chain Red Rooster has confirmed they are looking for a suitable site to open a new store in the Upper Hunter. The business said it is currently considering sites in Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone. No further information is available at this stage.

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December 20, 2017
Changes Approved for McDonald’s

ON Monday Council approved a development application for McDonald’s to make changes to their site including building a new playground and changing their drive through. Daniel Zammit, franchisee of Scone McDonald’s said the playground will be completed in the first half of 2018, while changes to the drive-through will be done in a few years. […]

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December 19, 2017
Total Fire Ban Tomorrow

AT midnight tonight a total fire ban for the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney and North Western will come into effect. The forecast hot and windy conditions for tomorrow are a dangerous combination for bush fires and the amount of dry grass in the Upper Hunter is further cause for concern. No fires may be lit […]

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