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Fuel for School at Morning Bites

LOCAL students on their way to school can now grab a healthy start to their day at the Morning Bites food van. The van was the idea of Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre, in partnership with Joblink Plus, Foodbank NSW, Woolworths Scone and Coles Scone and it began operation this week. […]



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Veteran’s Golf: May 21

By Graham Turvey Twenty-four Vets, including visitors Bob Fry, Brian Payton, Steve Harris and Darryl Wynn played a two ball best ball stableford event on Tuesday, May 21 on the delightful Denman Golf Club – what a pleasant day it was. Thanks Brian Dever for the tasty pies for lunch. Martin Byrne & Bob Minch […]



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Ready for Reconciliation

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council will be having a flag ceremony in Scone to mark Reconciliation Week on Monday. Mayor Wayne Bedggood said Council wanted to build stronger and more inclusive relationships with indigenous members of the community. When: 10am, Monday, May 27, 2019. Where: UHSC Administration Building, 135 Liverpool Street, Scone. More Information: 02 […]



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Slap on the Back for Festival

THE author of The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas, will be delivering the Patrick White Oration address at this year’s Scone Literary Festival in November. Mr Tsiolkas will deliver an address written fittingly: “On Patrick White: Writers on Writers“. The award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist and screen writer is best known for his novel The Slap and Barracuda, […]



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Letter: Red Shirts Mean So Much

From Richard Jones OAM, CEO of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter: There are more than 1000 people and 37 Support Groups throughout Northern NSW who wear red volunteer shirts in support of the Community’s Own Westpac Rescue Helicopter… and they wear them with pride! Providing a vital emergency service for our community would not be possible […]



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Joyce Thanks New England Voters

The following is a message from Barnaby Joyce MP: A special thank you to the people of the New England for placing their faith in me and the Coalition Government to deliver for them again. To all the people in Scone and Aberdeen right up north to Liston and Tenterfield, to Inverell and Ashford and […]



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New Laws Tougher on Country People

TODAY new laws for low range drink driving and driving with drugs present in your system come into effect. It will mean an immediate licence suspension for three months and an on the spot fine of $561. Previously, people with low range drink driving would receive a court attendance notice and the ramifications of the […]



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Fires in Scone this Weekend

LOCAL fire and rescue crews were busy over the weekend, with call outs to two fires and another to assist ambulance with rescue equipment. Car Fire The first fire was reported at 12:10am on Saturday with a car alight in Birrell Street, Scone. The car was completely destroyed and the fire crew had extinguished the […]



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Weather – the Week Ahead

THE weather will be dry this week, with no rainfall predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology. The temperatures this week are 4 to 5 degrees warmer than average, with a cool change set to come through at the beginning of next week. The lowest overnight temperature will be on Thursday night when it drops to […]



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Where to Vote

Polling booths in the federal election tomorrow open at 8am and close at 6pm. You can vote at the following places within the Upper Hunter Shire area: ABERDEEN Aberdeen Public School, 31-33 Segenhoe Street, Aberdeen. BLANDFORD Blandford Public School, New England Highway, Blandford. CASSILIS Cassilis Public School, 37 Coolah Road, Cassilis. GUNDY Gundy Soldiers Memorial […]



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Voting 101 – You Can’t Vote for the Prime Minister!

THERE are two ballot forms: A small green one for the House of Representatives (also called the lower house) A big white one for the Senate. The Green Ballot To make your vote count you need to number EVERY box on this ballot paper. The green ballot is to elect who you want to represent […]



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Some Candidates in Tomorrow’s Election

FOUR candidates in tomorrow’s election contact scone.com.au and since they have made it a priority to reach you, we’ve decided to just run a few lines from each so that you know who they are when you go to the ballot box tomorrow. Two are for the lower house (the small green ballot): Adam Blakester, […]



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Editorial: Unfortunately No Update

First, apologies to our readers for the lack of stories during the last few days, we have been busy attending court in Tamworth covering a case. However, today when the outcome was determined and we were ready to report, a non-publication order was put in place for the matter. It means we are not able […]



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Three Day Sickness Alert

CATTLE producers are being warned to watch for signs of three-day sickness in their herd due to dry weather altering the usual season of the sickness. Dr Lyndell Stone, district veterinarian for Hunter Local Land Services, said three day-sickness, also known as bovine ephemeral fever (BEF) is typically seen in mid to late summer, but […]



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Inquest into Horse Trials Begins

TODAY a two week inquest into the deaths of Olivia Inglis and Caitlyn Fischer began in Lidcombe Coroner’s Court. Olivia, a 17 year old, died at the Scone Horse Trials on March after her horse Coriolanus hit a jump, fell and crushed her. On April 30, the equine community was rocked again by the death […]



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Weather This Week

THERE will be dry, mostly sunny conditions this week as a high slowly moves through the state. The temperatures in the Upper Hunter will be around 22 degrees with overnight lows of 6 to 9 degrees. Over the weekend there was a light dusting of snow in some parts of the Barrington as the cold […]



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Accident Near Power Station

THERE has been a two car accident on the New England Highway near the power station. One north bound lane is blocked, with debris on the road and other motorists attempting to get vehicles to slow down. Emergency services are on their way. PLEASE drive with caution in this area. Share…



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VOTE: Reaction to Picnic Ban

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Race Club Justifies No Picnics

THE Scone Race Club has acknowledged the community backlash on their picnic ban at this year’s Scone Cup, explaining if they didn’t implement the picnic ban food vendors may not attend the event and they described the vendors reluctance to supply services as “rightfully so”. This is the first year the ban has been implemented […]



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Truck Stop Development Deferred

A proposal for a truck stop and retail development on the corner of Macqueen Street and Perth Street in Aberdeen went before the state planning commission this afternoon in Scone and the panel unanimously voted to defer the decision, pending more information from the applicant. Further details requested by the panel included: Further information to […]



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Environment Top Priority at Candidates Forum

By Janie Jordan Robust questions on the environment, including Adani, water, coal mining and CSG drilling dominated the Candidates’ Forum held in Murrurundi on Tuesday evening at the CWA Rooms. In a packed room of nearly 60 people from many parts of the Upper Hunter and Liverpool Plains, including Scone, Quirindi and Aberdeen, six of […]



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This Cup – No Picnic

EVER since the Scone Cup began race goers have been able to take a picnic and enjoy the races, but the tradition has been broken this year with a new ban being introduced on the picnic basket. The Scone Race Club has banned on any food being brought into the race course on Friday for […]



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Army Getting People on Their Feet

By Des Dugan It was a fun night for the 50 or more volunteers here in Murrurundi for the week to help farmers and townsfolk get back on their feet. The dinner on Monday night at the White Hart Hotel was serenaded by the Army Band amid tales told by workers of their experiences helping […]



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Veteran’s Golf: May 7

By Graham Turvey The winner of the Ossie Miles Trophy for 2019 is Martin Byrne who won with 39 stableford points at Muswellbrook Golf Club on Tuesday, May 7 in a field of 20 players. Second was Vice Captain Graham Turvey 37 and third Jock O’Connor 36. It was great to have Judy Miles and […]



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Golf Course Not Ready

THE new Scone Golf course was scheduled to hold the inaugural golf tournament on Thursday, as part of the Horse Festival, however the golf course is not ready to be played. The Scone Race Club and Horse Festival had planned a sportsman’s lunch with celebrities being invited to play a round of golf on the […]



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Welcome Drought Relief

SIX truck loads of hay rolled onto the Carter’s farm, Yarrabin, at Timor yesterday, to be shared among 16 local farmers. The hay run was organised by Rural Aid who are in the area this week helping the local community…. WATCH the video news story: Share…



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Suspected Fire at Scone Grammar

THIRTY students have been evacuated from Scone Grammar School as a precaution, while fire crews try to pinpoint the smell of burning in the library. Fire and Rescue NSW said nobody was at risk during the incident and the electrical burning smell seems to be coming from the ducted air conditioning. Crews will be tracing […]



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Winning Photography in Scone

THE photography culture in Scone continues to grow and this year’s Scone Photographic Prize at the Scone Arts and Crafts building has doubled in size. MACH Energy came on board as a major sponsor and together with Scone Arts and Crafts, HelloWorld Travel Scone and Scone Instant Images, bolstered the prize pool to $2,250. Amanda […]



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Good Haul by Tractors

THE Rattlin’ Bones and Engine Groans tractor trek were hoping to raise $6,000 on their trek last week through the Upper Hunter for the Mark Hughes Foundation, in honour of their mate Brian Morgan from Aberdeen who passed away last year with brain cancer. The trekkers are thrilled to announce they raised more than $9,000 […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

A cold front will be coming through the Upper Hunter towards the end of the week, bringing with it the chance of showers on Friday. On Friday there will be west to north-westerly winds all day and the cold front is predicted to come through on Saturday with temperatures dropping to 14 or 15 degrees […]



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Rainfall in the Last 24 Hours

The strong cold front which moved through the central part of the state yesterday, bringing welcome rain to the Upper Hunter, has moved to the far north east of the state. There is a slight chance of light showers in the Upper Hunter during the afternoon, but nothing significant is predicted. The rainfalls between 9am […]



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Horse Festival VIPs Announced

THE VIP’s for the Scone Horse Festival have been announced with Bob Paton taking top honour, Mitch Wamsley named young achiever and horse of the year going to Frank. Bob Paton has overseen the maintenance and upgrading of the Rosedale Equine Complex in Murrurundi for more than 20 years, using his own equipment and volunteering […]



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What’s On This Weekend

FRIDAY Opening Night – Scone Arts and Crafts Members Exhibition WHAT: More than 200 artworks from painting, to sculpture, craft and photography. Winners for each category will be announced tonight. WHEN: 6:30pm, Friday, May 3 WHERE: Scone Arts and Crafts, Kingdon Street, Scone COST: $10 – wine and canapes will be served. The exhibition will […]



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Update: Blandford Accident

NSW Ambulance has confirmed the accident on the New England Highway at Blandford involved a truck which collided with a tree and rolled at approximately 3:10pm. There are multiple patients, a male patient sustained a head injury and being transported to hospital. The Tamworth based Westpac Rescue Helicopter was unable to land on scene and […]



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Accident Blandford

INITIAL reports have been received that there has been an accident involving a truck near Haydons Lane at Blandford. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is on route. Ambulance crews from Scone, Murrurundi and Quirindi have been called. Traffic affected in both directions. More details to follow. UPDATE: Update Blandford Accident. Share…



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Roadworks at Aberdeen

BEGINNING Monday the Roads and Maritime Services will be upgrading drainage, widening the road, resurfacing and new line marking on the New England Highway near St Andrews Street in Aberdeen. There will be lane closures and 40km speed limits in place from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 6pm for nine weeks, with some work […]



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Plea for By-Standers to Act

APPROXIMATELY 30 people gathered at the Scone Council building tonight to commemorate the passing of one woman each week at the hands of her partner. Local frontline leaders in the fight against family violence urged people not to stay silent as victims or by-standers. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre, a local […]



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Tractor Trek Rolls On

EIGHTEEN tractors pulled up at Ian Morgan’s place in Aberdeen last night on the trek to raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation in honour of his son Brian Morgan who died of brain cancer at the end of last year. Ian and Brian had been members of the Rattlin’ Bones and Engine Groans club […]



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Locals Not Lazy Say Meat Union

THE Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union has criticised the Australian Meat Industry Council for claiming the reason they don’t employ local people is because they are lazy and on drugs. The Union said the meat industry prefers to use overseas workers is because they are cheaper, don’t know their workplace rights and therefore easier to […]



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Yancaol Bolsters Chopper Service

THE CEO of the Wesptac Rescue Helicopter said he was thrilled to announce Yancoal have signed a three-year agreement to support their northern New South Wales service. The Yancoal logo will take its place on the four rescue helicopters alongside other major sponsors including NSW Mining, Glencore, BHP Billiton, CFMEU, Caltex, Coal Services and NBN […]



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Veteran’s Golf: April 30

By Graham Turvey FIFTY veterans contested for the Challenge Shield at Muswellbrook Golf Club when visitors Henbury Vets took on UHVGA on Tuesday, April 30.  Thank you to Beryl and Jason in the pro-shop and treasurer Bob Minch who organised much of the day – lunches, groups, raffle, score cards, carts and even a porta-loo. […]



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Council Meeting: April 2019

AT last night’s Council meeting things got a little heated when the issue of the new sale yards was raised, the latest incident report for Gummun place was requested following more medication errors and the issue of homelessness was flagged as an issue that Council needed to start acting on. Councillors present at the meeting […]



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Cleaning the Pipes

TODAY the Upper Hunter Shire Council will begin cleaning the water main pipes in Murrurundi, before moving onto Merriwa and Cassilis. There will not be any disconnection of water for residents during the cleaning, but there may be some noise from pumping, using a new ‘zero water loss’ method with a NO-DES machine being operated […]



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Accident Near Dartbrook Turn Off

THERE has been a two car collision near the intersection of Dartbrook Road and the New England Highway, just south of Aberdeen. One car appears to have been turning right into Dartbrook Road when it collided with the north bound vehicle. The Highway is open in both directions, but people are advised to drive carefully […]



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Vigil Planned for Tomorrow Night

TOMORROW night a candlelight vigil will be held at the Council building in Scone as part of a national event to commemorate the deaths of women from domestic violence. Currently in Australia one woman each week is murdered at the hands of her partner and domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women, […]



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Unicorn Magic in Scone

RETURNING to school was a little bit magical today, with the appearance of unicorns at the Yellow Cottage, Scone Preschool and St Mary’s Primary school. The unicorns visited the children and some shopkeepers in Scone to apologise for a recent mess they left…see story: What the Manure is Going On? http://www.scone.com.au/what-manure-going-on/ Just a normal day […]



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Overwhelming Objections to Dartbrook

MORE than 1,500 submissions were made to the Independent Planning Commission for the Dartbrook Mine modifications near Aberdeen, with an estimated 95 percent lodged as objections. According to the Commission there was “a late flood” of submissions during the final days. Kirsty O’Connell, committee member of Friends of the Upper Hunter, which formed in March, […]



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Chopper Retrieval Last Night

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter attended the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone last night at approximately 9pm. The crew treated a 47 year old female patient with a medical condition and transferred her to the Mater Hospital in Newcastle. Share…



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Only Chance to Meet the Candidates

THE newly formed group, Concerned Women of the Upper Hunter, are holding what is believed to be the only candidates’ forum in the Upper Hunter Shire area on Tuesday, May 7 in Murrurundi. Pammie Seccombe, spokesperson for the group said they wanted the people of the Upper Hunter to have the opportunity to meet the […]



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Early Voting Begins Today

VOTING early is increasingly popular, with more than 21,000 people of the 50,000 registered voters in the state seat of Upper Hunter casting their vote early at the last election. If you’d like to avoid the crowds on election day and free up your Saturday you can cast your vote from today at an at […]



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