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Veteran’s Golf: Sept 26

By Graham Turvey The greens were in top condition for the Vets when 25 members played their stroke with putting event at Aberdeen Golf Club on Tuesday, September 26. Happy 42nd wedding anniversary to Captain Max and Nellie Holz for September 20 and congratulations on the sale of the property. Graham Boles did clearly the […]



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Update: Murrurundi and Moonan Fires

FIRE fighters have downgraded the fire, approximately three kilometres south of Murrurundi, to patrol and a fire at Moonan is also under control. “At Murrurundi it’s pretty much smouldering, we’ve been across this morning and had a look in the chopper and our intent today is between both of the choppers to bomb that,” said […]



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Barefoot and Bowling

IT’s time to get barefoot and bowling for the annual TransCare fundraiser. Local businesses have once again supported the community event with great prizes and people are registering their teams. Alan Gordon, chief executive officer of TransCare said the event began 11 years ago at the suggestion of Brian Brown and is still going strong. […]



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Scone Golf Report: Sept 19-26

By Lyn Banks Scone golfers have started playing on alternate local courses and a number have been attending open days in the Hunter area as well. The ladies had a group of eight head to Merriwa on September 20 for their Open Day and it was also the Hunter River District Ladies Sandgreen Championship. In […]



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Council Meeting: September 2017

OF note at this month’s meeting of the Upper Hunter Shire Council the confidential business of the meeting had an issue that required four Councillors to leave the room. Out one door went Cr Sue Abbott and out another door went Cr Kiwa Fisher, Cr Ron Campbell Collison and Cr Maurice Collison. There were only […]



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Murrurundi Fire – Timely Reminder

THERE is a grass fire burning approximately three kilometres south of Murrurundi and one at Mt Helen’s near Willow Tree. Myles O’Reilly, district coordinator for the Liverpool Range Fire Service said there is no cause for alarm at this stage, but it is a timely reminder for people in townships to have a fire plan. […]



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Fair Trading and Fairer Internet Access

ON Friday the National Broadband Network and Fair Trading will be the focus of discussion at a luncheon held by the Country Women’s Association in Scone. There will be information on the progress of the National Broadband Network for Scone residents and the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading will provide information on knowing […]



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Holiday Colour

EXPENDING energy and making a mess is the hallmark of school holidays and on Wednesday local children are encouraged to do just that at the colour fun run. There will be a 2 kilometre, 4 kilometre and ‘whatever you can’ run, walk or skip distances at the Bill Rose Sports Complex oval followed by paint […]



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Hottest September Day on Record

SATURDAY was the hottest day on record for September in Scone and Murrurundi and a total fire ban persists for the Upper Hunter. Scone reached a top of 35.2 degrees on Saturday topping the previous record of 33.6 degrees on September 24 in 2006. Also on Saturday, Murrurundi had its hottest September day with a […]



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Accident in Susan Street

A collision occurred at approximately 8:35pm at the intersection of Susan Street and Waverley Street involving an small Kia Rio and a courtesy mini-bus. There were approximately eight people in the mini-bus including elderly with two being treated by ambulance for minor injuries. Share…



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Scone Court Report: September 2017

THIS month Magistrate Prowse was again annoyed at documents not being available from the Director of Public Prosecutions office to the court and further confused by the inability of their representatives to appear in Scone court for matters when they readily drive through the town on their way to Tamworth court. But his blood pressure really rose at what he described as the definition of usury from the registry office which charged in excess of $40 for postage, when stamps only cost $1. Even after the matter had ended he continued to voice his outrage, “what an outrage…anyway I am outraged!! It is usury or gouging or both! Anyway, let’s move onto something else before my blood pressure goes any higher.” His consideration of concept of equality was less stressed, “that’s the funny thing about equality, everyone thinks they are entitled to be treated equally.” While he objected to the term “juvie” being used to describe gaol as being American and trivialising gaol he did refer to a phone as a lamb shank bone, which was an interested variation on the dog and bone.

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Total Fire Ban Declared for Tomorrow

A total fire ban has been declared for tomorrow starting at midnight tonight for the Upper Hunter Region with the level being rated as severe. If you are travelling total fire bans have been declared in the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Illawarra / Shoalhaven, Central Ranges, Far South Coast, Far Western, Lower Central West Plains, […]



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Changing Murrurundi: Dooleys Store

By Des Dugan IN just over two years Duneet Kalra and Ajaypal Singh have managed to carve out a nice little commercial business in Wallabadah and Murrurundi. The partnership, which first bought the Wallabadah service station two years ago, was an indication of what is to come for Murrurundi. Their purchase of the Maureen and […]



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Inspiring Young Business People

YOUNG people are being encouraged to consider becoming business owners to help create a vision and growth in our community and nominate for the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards program. Ben Wyndham, president of the Scone Chamber of Commerce said young entrepreneurial people can innovate the local economy. “We know we are going to need […]



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Community Help Mona

THE local community have reached out to the Knight family following a fire which destroyed the home of 92 year old Mona Knight. Related story: Fire – Thankfully Nan Wasn’t Home. UPDATE: Wednesday, September 21 – Unfortunately Tess, Mona Kinght’s much loved 13 year old shitsu cross passed away today. “Nan is understandably upset and […]



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Veteran’s Golf: Sept 19

By Graham Turvey A big ‘thank you” to Gary Morley who sponsored the U H Veterans’ Mulligans Day stableford at Aberdeen Golf Club on Tuesday, September 19. The day proved to be a success, especially for Bob Lawman, who was able to re-play an out-of-bounds shot with no penalty. There were 28 players in all, […]



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Cottage Best Steak Again

THE Cottage restaurant in Scone has crowned New South Wales Regional Steak Restaurant winner at the 2017 Awards for Excellence held at Luna Park on Monday night. They were also awarded the Northern New South Wales Consumer Vote Award. The business has only be operating for two years and this is the second time they […]



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Fire – Thankfully Nan Wasn’t Home

HAYLEE Knight said her family are relieved her 92 year grandmother, Mona Knight, was not in her home in Aberdeen this morning when fire ripped through destroying a lifetime of precious items and leaving her home irreparable. Mona had suffered a fall on Sunday morning and is still being cared for at the Scott Memorial […]



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Horses Bring Memories and Hope

“THERE are not many Clydesdales around now, but before the second world war and before tractors, we had four on our place to plough,” recalled Jack Flaherty a resident at Strathearn. “When you got a new one, you put it in the middle of the older ones and they soon teach it how to plough,” […]



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Editorial: Last Hurdle for Sheep Farmers

IT is rare to be able to rally private industry and a swag of government departments to agree on a workable solution for the devastating wild dog problem, but that is exactly what local sheep farmers have been able to achieve. But Craig Murphy, chair of the Hunter Valley Combined Wild Dog Group, said the […]



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Sheep Farmers Hopeful

LOCAL farmers are breathing a sigh of relief and now say it is time to band together to make a new approach to wild dogs work and stop the decimation of the sheep industry in the Upper Hunter.

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New Local Base for Chopper

THIS morning the Westpac Rescue Helicopter which services the Scone area, celebrated the opening of new extensions at their Tamworth base. Richard Jones, chief executive officer of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service said the extensions are incredible improvement. “The new additions to the base at Tamworth Airport are exceptional and we are thrilled to reveal […]



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Letter: Thank You Robert Ryan

The following letter to Robert Ryan from the Upper Hunter District Cricket Association was contributed to the editor: THE Upper Hunter District Cricket Association received a letter during the off season nominating yourself for Life Membership of the Association. At the recently held AGM the Committee unanimously voted to confer Life Membership on you. The […]



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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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