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Celebrating Local Educators

ON Sunday St Luke’s Church in Scone will be holding a service to celebrate education. “So many people give their time to teach others, pre-schools, day care, schools, TAFE, music, adult education to name a few and we would like to take the opportunity to give thanks for their dedication and celebrate their success,” said […]



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Horse Win Gives $30,000

A MENTAL health summit being held in the Upper Hunter during the next two days has been made possible by Duca Valentinois’ win at the Scone Cup earlier this year. Pauline Carrigan, founder of Where There’s a Will said the support of Godolphin may help reduce suicide and improve well being across the Upper Hunter. […]



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Alma Celebrates 100 Years

LAST Friday a nine year old boy asked to visit Alma Lennon because he wanted to see what someone who was 100 years old looked like. “I just wondered what he expected to see,” laughed Ms Lennon. “I thought it was funny,” she said. Alma celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday in Scone and joked […]



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A Bridge Too Far

AN 81 year old resident is standing her ground against Council after works on Middlebrook Road turned sour.

Elaine Herden and her daughter Kylie live on property near the Middlebrook Bridge and were at their wits end when they phoned Councillor Lee Watts to ask for her help in protecting their land during Council’s construction of the new bridge.

“They (Council employees) were caught one day walking around our place and they never had permission, so they surveyed it without our permission,” said Kylie Herden.

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Business as Usual

THIS morning it is business as usual at the Scone abattoir despite Australia being one of the countries listed by China as not adhering to their food labelling standards. China has temporarily suspended beef from six Australian meat work companies and the government is working to lift the ban as soon as possible. Patrick Hutchinson, […]



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Devil Ark Quoll Joeys

THIS morning the Devil Ark confirmed the birth of the first Eastern Quoll joeys successfully bred at the Barrington Tops breeding facility. The Eastern Quoll is extinct on the Australian mainland and has not bred in this region for over 100 years. In 2016 Devil Ark opened its doors to the Eastern Quoll with assistance […]



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Scone Stock Report: July 25

By Stuart Sheldrake 890 Cattle were yarded today in a similar yarding to last week, about 130 export cattle were yarded which were firm across the board, the best of the cows made up to 225 to 226 cents. The majority of the yarding was weaner cattle along with a few handy vealers but not […]



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Brilliant Bisc Tops Sale at $600k

TURANGGA Farm’s Unreserved Dispersal of In-Foal Mares Sale at White Park on the weekend grossed $4,171,500 from 87 lots sold and set a Scone record of $600 000 for an individual sale. The sale averaged $47,948 per lot with Brilliant Bisc from Elvstroem x Stella Cadente and in foal to Exosphere, making the top price […]



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Tax Help at the Neighbourhood Centre

IF you need tax help this year the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has a volunteer to offer Tax Help starting in August. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has been able to offer this service again. “The Scone Neighbourhood Centre is able to offer tax help this year commencing in August. This […]



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Motorised Scooters and Road Rules

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resouurce Centre will be running a free information session for scooter users after recent consultation and need people to express their interest before the day. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SNRC) organised the sessions. “Further to a recent round table chat with scooter users a free Information session […]



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Scone Court Report: July 2017

Magistrate Peter Miszalski presided in the Scone Court this month and is one of two of the longest serving Magistrates in New South Wales, the other being Magistrate Darryl Pearce who was sworn in with Magistrate Miszalski. Magistrate Miszalski expressed concern at the number of matters which he sees before the court that involve young […]



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Take Your Best Shot

THE Murrurundi Photographic Prize is open for entries and organisers are encouraging local photographers to get snapping. The Prize is open to photographers from the following postcodes: 2328, 2329, 2333, 2336, 2337, 2338, 2339 and 2343. The categories include: Best in Show $500 Animals and wild life $200 Landscape and gardens $200 Portraiture $200 Open […]



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It’s Sporty the Devil’s Birthday

DEVIL Ark is celebrating this week with the first birthday of Sporty, one of Devil Ark’s cheekiest Tasmanian devils. Sporty was named after one of Devil Ark’s Project Partners, the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. General Manager of Devil Ark, Tim Faulkner noted the significance of Sporty’s birthday. “Not only is Sporty one […]



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Government Bus on the Way

THE Australian Government Mobile Service Centre Desert Rose will be in Murrurundi on Friday and Merriwa on Monday. In addition to the usual services a social worker from the Department of Human Services will be on board to assist with short-term counselling and referrals to support services, and a staff member from the Australian Taxation […]



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Mystery Choppers Over Scone

MANY people are wondering about the low flying helicopter movements over Scone last night. Scone.com.au contacted the Department of Defence who confirmed that the helicopters were military aircraft that were returning after participating in exercise Talisman Saber in Queensland. Exercise Talisman Saber  is a biennial combined Australian and United States training activity, designed to train […]



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Advice from the Snow Queen

DEBBIE Startin was up at 3am yesterday to see the first snow of the season fall on Pol Blu something she has done for the last 18 years. She lives at Coolongolook, near Nabiac and when the weather is right she stays at Gloucester at the foot of the Barrington ready to head to Pol […]



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Scone Leads Easter Sales

UPPER Hunter horses are leading the field after day one of the Inglis Easter sales with Bhima Stud claiming top vendor on aggregate selling eight horses for $3.1 million and Segenhoe Stud was leading vendor on average, selling four horses at an average of $726,000. Local farm Turangga also did well, selling two horses which […]



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Reminder: Rail Crossing Closure

TODAY from 9:30am until 3pm the Liverpool Street rail crossing in Scone will be closed for track work. The work will be continuous during that period and both lanes will be closed to traffic. Traffic will be diverted to the Kelly Street rail crossing near Elizabeth Park. Related story: Liverpool Rail Crossing Closure.   Share…



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Thoroughbreds – Round 8

Round 8 Report – Scone Rugby League Football Club By David Casson Scone teams played at different venues and different days for round 8. Reserve Grade and Ladies League Tag took on Merriwa away on Saturday while First Grade and Under 18’s travelled to Muswellbrook for Sunday matches. The weekend finished with wins to First […]



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Bred Well, Fed Well

A WORKSHOP is being held in Merriwa on Thursday to help Upper Hunter sheep farmers make more money from their sheep. The workshop will be conducted by the Meat and Livestock Authority and is funded by the Hunter Local Land Services. Chris Kemp, who is supplying the sheep from his Corriedale Stud property “Merrigal”, has […]



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Junior Rugby Union – May 29

Great sportsmanship was the theme of the day at the Inverell Gala Day last Sunday. The sun was out and the frost had cleared, resulting in some sensational rugby. Scone Junior Rugby Union teams made the four hour trek up north and continued to display strength and confidence on the field. There was also amazing […]



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Veterans Golf May 31

By Graham Turvey NINETEEN Veteran Golfers travelled to Murrurundi on Tuesday, May 31 for their stableford game on the sand greens and the beautiful scenery. It was a chilly start and then a sunny day. Local Greg Lawrence did best with 38 points from President Paul Gorman second 35 and Bob Thorley third 32 C/B. […]



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State Championship Rugby Wrap

THE State Rugby Union Junior Championship 15´s and 16´s were held in Scone over the weekend culminating on Sunday afternoon with the finals. In the 15`s Central West were victors over Central Coast 21 to 14 while in the 16´s Central Coast had a win over Hunter 21 to 3. Event co-ordinator Michelle Edwards was […]



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Police Update: Monday May 30

Break, Enter and Steal/Owens Gap: Bunnan Rd, Owens Gap Between 9am and 5pm on Saturday May 28 unknown people have entered a dwelling and removed a Tanaka brand petrol hole borer, a Toyota Landcruiser tongue and ball towing accessory, a 5 litre round fuel drum, a laser level tripod orange and silver coloured in a […]



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Missing Man Found at Telarah

THE 43 year old male that walked from a campsite at Timor Caves early on Saturday morning has been located at his home in Telarah. Sergeant Paul Lighezzolo of Hunter Valley LAC confirmed the search for the man was scaled down at 1pm yesterday after the police received credible information and it was likely that […]



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Pink Tank For Yellow Cottage

THE latest addition to the Yellow Cottage is a pink tank, thanks to a good natured bidding war at the pink stumps fundraiser. Kirsty Hails, director of the Yellow Cottage said she was bidding on the tank for the preschool and while Maurice Collison won the tank, he then donated it to the Cottage. “It […]



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No Fewer “Bloody Idiots”

POLICE are frustrated with local people who continue to drink and drive. More than 40% of cases brought before the local court since January have been related to drink driving and that figure does not include people before the court for driving whilst disqualified, which is often related to an initial offence of drink-driving. Inspector […]



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Camper Missing at Timor – Update

  POLICE are still searching for a man who walked away from his campsite at 4am yesterday morning at a Timor Caves campsite. The party of three adults and one child were camping at the site when the 43 year old walked in a westerly direction away from the site. The campers had been consuming […]



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Camper Missing At Timor

POLICE have just launched a search for a 43 year old male who walked off from a campsite at Timor Caves at 4 am yesterday morning. He reported missing to police at 7pm last night. The man is described as being of thin build, 180cm or 5 foot 11 inches tall, with blonde hair, blue […]



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Thank You Vaughan Amidy

TRANSCARE has farewelled loyal driver Vaughan Amidy, who has driven the bus from Merriwa to Muswellbrook and Scone since the beginning of 2006. Helen Schlegel, transport coordinator for TransCare said Vaughan’s help will be missed. “Vaughan has not only been a great asset to TransCare, but also the local community,” said Ms Schlegel. “We will […]



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Merriwa Chemical Training

IF you use agricultural or veterinary chemicals on your farm have you checked if your chemical certificate is still current? The certificates expire every five years and Merriwa Landcare is running a free chemical training course for farmers to obtain a certificate or renew it with a refresher. The course will be conducted by a […]



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What’s on This Weekend

  Bunnan Polocrosse Annual Carnival Bunnan Polocrosse Club is holding their annual carnival this weekend. The competition has grades in open, women’s, juniors and sub junior divisions. Play commences at 8am on both days and canteen and bar facilities are available all weekend. On Friday night there will be homemade pies on offer and the […]



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Snow Predicted Tomorrow

THE Bureau of Meteorology predicts there will be snow on the Barrington Tops tomorrow, as the coldest air passes over during the day and local police warn people sightseeing to take proper precautions. Rain is predicted to pass through the region early in the morning, creating the chance of snow above 1200 metres and showers […]



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Police Update: May 27

CAR STOLEN AND BREAK IN A grey 2006 Lexus sedan with number plates CTZ27T which was parked at a house in Eveleigh Court, Scone was stolen between 7pm on Wednesday and 1:55pm on Thursday. The key to the car was stolen from the house in Eveleigh Court, which was broke into by opening the closed […]



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Scone Stock Report: May 27

By Stuart Sheldrake YESTERDAY approximately 1,300 Angus and Angus-cross females were penned. The market was very strong. There were approximately 500 cows and calves with the top pen of cows and calves making $2,450 and there were a couple of those. Across the board the cows and calves averaged $2,065. The best pregnancy tested cows […]



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Farmers Bring Hunters to Heel

By Des Duggan THE increase in illegal deer hunting in the Murrurundi region has forced Department of Primary Industry on the front foot pushing a joint department and police campaign. A meeting last night in Murrurundi attended by at least 30 farmers and land holders outlined the legal rights of farmers and suggested outcomes when […]



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Illegal Hunting Addressed Tonight

TONIGHT the game licensing unit of the NSW Department of Primary Industries is holding a meeting in Murrurundi to discuss illegal hunting. It follows operations to combat illegal hunting in the Upper Hunter last month by the game licensing unit and local police: Poachers Caught Red Handed. The meeting will discuss the range of resources […]



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James Calls It A Day

JAMES Constable has worked for Council for 31 years, he began as a casual worker in 1985 constructing causeways, building bridges and taking to the roller on roads. In 1988 he was able to follow his passion of gardening with the Council and became the Parks Supervisor. “Working with a group of people, working as […]



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Get Behind the Simple Test

MOST forms of bowel cancer are slow growing making it one of the most preventable and curable cancers, more than 90% of people with stage one bowel cancer survive and still more than 80% for stage two, yet in Australia it is the second highest cancer killer after lung cancer. A simple $10 test can […]



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Councillors Efficient or Evasive?

THIS month Councillors dedicated an entire 15 minutes of their time to address 127 pages of matters put before them in the public meeting. While reporting on Council meetings since January it is a pattern that Councillors go through the motions with lighting speed sparing little time for discussion and certainly there has been no […]



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Council Meeting: May 2016

THE May meeting of the Upper Hunter Shire Council began with a presentation by Jill Hamling outlining the work of the new not-for-profit organisation Showstoppers Performing Arts Company for People with Disabilities and the recognition of Council employee James Constable, who has retired after 31 years of service. The comments made within the Council meeting […]



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Simultaneous Storytime in Scone

HATS from around the world were donned by local children as part of the 16th National Simultaneous Storytime today. Sharon Bancroft, library assistant at Scone and Upper Hunter Library had to become a woman of many hats to create and source hats for the story “I got this hat”, written by Jol and Kate Temple. […]



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3,000 Likes – Thank you!

THE scone.com.au Facebook page has reached 3,000 likes, so we’d like to say THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting our 100% local news: locally owned, locally operated and only local stories. Thank you for liking our Facebook page: www.facebook.com.au/scone.com.au Thank you for more than 330,000 page views. Thank you to our more than 87,000 users. […]



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Dartbrook Estimates 1.2 Billion Tonnes

AUSTRALIAN Pacific Coal released a report to the market yesterday estimating the coal resource at Dartbrook mine to be 1.2 billion tonnes. Mr John Robinson Jnr, chief executive officer of Australian Pacific Coal said the report showed the importance of developing the Dartbrook mine. “This CRE (coal resource estimate) confirms Dartbook as one of the […]



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Jock Keeps Kicking Goals

JOCK Madden is going from strength to strength since being selected in the Knight’s under 16’s team, he is the leading point scorer for his team, the second highest scorer in the competition, is playing in the grand final this weekend and is one of 40 players selected for the ‘emerging blues’ state of origin […]



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Tigger-iffic Donation

THE Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival have chosen three charities to support this year including the Variety Club, Riding for the Disabled and the Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship. The first of the donations was $1,000 given to local people who are participating in the Variety Club Bash whcih raises money for children who are […]



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Off to a Bowling Start

THE greens were full with 11 teams of barefoot bowlers, watched by more than 80 spectators last night at the Scone RSL for Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre fundraiser. More than $1,500 was raised to help the Centre buy its own building to house the services they provide to the community well into the future. Lee […]



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Groceries Help Make Ends Meet

EVERY week local charities are seeing more people in our community struggling to afford the basics and they are banding together to help bridge the gap. The Seventh Day Adventist Church has established a food pantry and the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre and Upper Hunter Homeless Service are organising Share the Dignity bags. The Seventh […]



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Greens Get the Go Ahead

BAREFOOT bowls, with a band and a BBQ will be going ahead tonight at the Scone RSL, starting at 5pm. The evening is a great family night and will help the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre to move into their own building. All registered players will receive a free BBQ and there are some great raffle […]



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Poachers Caught Red-Handed

IN a joint three day operation between local Police, and the department of primary industries game licensing unit last week 31 incidents of illegal hunting were identified. The operation used drones for aerial surveillance on public and private land, which resulted in two vehicles, firearms, ammunition, hunting bows, binoculars, spotting scopes clothing and knives being […]



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