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Veteran’s Golf: Jan 22

By Graham Turvey HIGH humidity was felt by the 26 Vets who played a stroke and putting event at Aberdeen Golf Club on Tuesday, January 22. It was great to welcome back former captain Max Holz. Also welcome were the course’s new fairway distance markers. Andy Medway made it two wins in two weeks with […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 13 Results

By Russell Sakey Results: Merriwa 8 / 215  defeated Rouchel 76 Murrurundi 6 / 269 defeated Bunnan 94 featuring 100* to Ben Crowe Aberdeen 2 / 87 defeated Muswellbrook Silver 82 Bushrangers 5/183 defeated Belltrees 5 / 183 Belmore Hotel Bulls 3 / 117 defeated Muswellbrook Blues 110. Details: Merriwa 8 / 215 off 40 […]



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Is Your Farm on the Map?

ANIMAL rights group Aussie Farms have published an interactive map of farms and animal industry facilities in Australia, including many in the Upper Hunter. Local dairy farms, horse studs, piggeries, egg farms and the abattoir are listed with many other farms identified and yet to have more detail on their operation added by their supporters. […]



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Locusts Blow Into the Upper Hunter

AUSTRALIAN plague locusts have been found on six properties in the Upper Hunter and the Local Land Services are encouraging farmers to take a closer look at grasshoppers and locusts on their properties. Luke Booth, biosecurity team leader for Hunter Local Land Services, said any sightings of the Australian plague locust should be reported immediately. […]



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Jess Laid to Rest

MORE than 1,000 friends and family attended the funeral of Jesus “Jess” Bebita in the Philippines on Saturday, more than a month after he was murdered in Scone. His childhood friend, Elden Fuentes, said it was unusual to have so many people at a funeral and his friends and family were still in shock. “They […]



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Weather Forecast for the Week

THE cool change was a welcome relief last night bringing with it some light showers. The rainfalls recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology were as follows: Merriwa: 23ml and 9.4ml Moonan Flat: 11ml Murrurundi: 4.6ml Rouchel: 0.8ml Scone: 3 ml Timor: 13ml Today there is a chance of further light showers as the system moves […]



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Hendra Vaccine Case Update

LAST month the matter of the class action against Zoetis, the makers of the Hendra vaccine, appeared before Justice Michael Lee in the Federal Court. (See related story: Hendra Class Action)

On hearing the initial submissions Justice Lee said, “…I can tell you that the one thing that’s clear to me in this case, is that a claim can be pleaded.”

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Air-con Rebates for the City

By Des Dugan PITY about wallowing in the heat. The New South Wales government offers a rebate of up to $1,000 for a new air-conditioner to help you handle this searing heat. However, there’s a catch. It has to be installed by an approved installer. And there appears to be no approved installers outside the […]



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Gala Cricket Day

PLAYING backyard cricket on Christmas and Boxing Day is an Australian tradition and in Scone on Australia Day the cricket gala day has become a community tradition. This year the gala day will be held again and everyone is welcome. Teams of seven all get the chance to bat and six on the team bowl. […]



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Stock Report: January 15

By Stuart Sheldrake THE sales today were hot and cheaper. THERE were 800 cattle yarded at the Scone saleyards today, with yards around the state seeing more cattle offloaded due to heat and calves coming off. Most categories were 15 to 20 cents cheaper, but good grain fed calves for kill were only five cents […]



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Veteran’s Golf: Jan 15

By Graham Turvey IT was stinking hot for the 18 Vets who enjoyed the well-watered Denman Golf Course on Tuesday, 15th January for their stableford event. Andy Medway won with 36 points from Gary Ashmead 2nd 34 and Graham Boles 3rd 33. Balls went to Greg Squires, Rod Auld, Terry Mitchell and Gary Gray all […]



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Race Over for Rush

By Des Dugan THE Labor Party is in disarray following the resignation of state candidate Martin Rush for the coming New South Wales election over an alleged assault on a female. The incident was supposed to have taken place late last year and reported recently in a letter to the Labor Party candidate review committee. […]



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Martin Rush Steps Down

MARTIN Rush, Labor candidate for the Upper Hunter in the upcoming state election has stepped down following an article Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday reporting on an anonymous letter alleging Mr Rush assaulted his female flatmate in September last year. Mr Rush has denied the allegations. Michael Johnsen is the current member for the Upper […]



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Tips on Beating the Heat

LOCAL ambulance have recommended the following four steps to stay well during the heat this week: Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks. Keep cool, do less and avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day. Check on elderly friends, neighbours and relatives, especially if they live alone. Have […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 12 Results

By Russell Sakey Results: Belltrees Bushrangers defeated Aberdeen Murrurundi defeated Rouchel Bunnan defeated Muswellbrook Blue Merriwa defeated Belmore Hotel Bulls Belltrees defeated Muswelbrook Silver This weekend was the first this season where wet wickets were involved. It resulted in mainly low scores, but also some very close contests. Bunnan won by one run over Muswellbrook […]



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Ambos Prepare for the Heat

LOCAL ambulance are encouraging people to stay well during the hot weather by drinking plenty of water and staying cool. During periods of extreme heat the ambulance have more call outs and want to get the message out to make sure people stay hydrated, stay cool and call them immediately if they are unwell. Mark […]



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Weather Set to Scorch

THE Bureau of Meteorology has said they expect a week of 40 degree temperatures, with little chance of rain. Expected temperatures: Today: 36 Tuesday: 40 Wednesday: 43 Thursday: 43 Friday: 43 Saturday: 41 Sunday: 30 Overnight temperatures will also remain warm, tonight it will get down to 20 degrees, but for the rest of the […]



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Treasured Gowns to be Televised

ON Sunday night ABC TV News will feature a story on wedding gowns from the Upper Hunter. Rebecca Bowman, a local social historian has spent the last 18 months photographing treasured wedding gowns in the Upper Hunter and recording the stories of the brides who wore them, after her interest was sparked from a neighbour’s […]



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Rainfall Totals

THUNDERSTORMS brought patchy falls to some areas of the Upper Hunter yesterday. The totals recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology were as follows: Aberdeen: 0.4ml Bunnan: 2ml Cassilis: 25ml Ellerston: 4.6ml Kars Springs: 8.6 Merriwa: 28ml Murrurundi: 6.6ml Scone: 10ml In Ellerston some residents found 69ml in their rain gauge and enjoyed the downpour despite […]



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Venturing Online

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre will be helping more people get online this month taking them step by step through the process and building their confidence. Lee Watts, manager of the Centre said she was excited to receive funding from ‘Be Connected’ to provide free, personalised and face to face support to older Australians go […]



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Break-ins Last Night

THERE were two break-in’s to local businesses in Scone last night. Sew Scone had a padlock taken and a small amount of cash, while Victoria’s had a back door jimmied open and a window cracked. Deborah Fergusson, owner of Sew Scone said she was disappointed and frustrated her business was broken into after having had […]



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Murder Matter Adjourned

JAMIE Cust a 20 year old man from Muswellbrook was mentioned in Muswellbrook local court today charged with the murder of Jesus C. Bebita, a 41 old man from Scone. Police allege the murder occurred sometime between 3am and 4:15am on December 18 and Mr Cust was apprehended at approximately 6:15am the same day. Mr […]



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Man Charged with Murder

THE 20 year old man from Muswellbrook who turned himself into police yesterday,following the death of a 41 year old man in Scone, has been charged with murder. The police took the man to the John Hunter Hospital for treatment for minor lacerations to his fingers and when he was released back into the custody […]



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Update: Accident South of Parkville

THE two vehicles involved in the collision on the New England Highway south of Parkville shortly after 3am were a Martin’s Stag tipper and a B-double. The vehicles were both northbound when the b-double collided with the back right corner of the Martin’s truck. The local driver of the Martin’s truck was uninjured, however the […]



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Q Fever Warning

LOCAL Land Services are encouraging people to get the Q fever vaccine following new cases of the disease in the Hunter. “In recent weeks we have heard of new cases of local producers being affected by Q Fever, and we want to encourage landholders to consider vaccination,” said Dr Kylie Greentree, district veterinarian for Local […]



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Cracker of a Christmas Celebration

MORE than 1,200 people were at Christmas in the Park this year in Scone. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said it was a great turn-out which went off with a bang. “It was just so exciting to see so many people come down and celebrate Christmas together as a community,” said […]



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Weather – the Week Ahead

THE Bureau of Meteorology has said there will be dry conditions for the rest of the week with temperatures in the low 30s climbing to 37 degrees on Sunday, with no predicted rainfall. The weather will be settled conditions under a high pressure system with westerly winds bringing warmer conditions into the weekend. There is […]



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What’s On

Friday Movie: Juliet, Naked What: Scone films presents “Juliet, Naked” a romantic comedy starring Rose Byrne as Annie stuck in a long term relationship with Chris O’Dowd as Duncan and an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe layed by Ethan Hawke. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its […]



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Blandford Primary Gets Top Marks

BLANDFORD Primary School was a stand out in the Upper Hunter in data released this week by researchers at Macquarie University into national NAPLAN results for year 5 reading ranking schools ‘below’, ‘close to’ or ‘above’ the national average. See Upper Hunter school rankings below.  They initially found that socio-economics with postcode correlated to school […]



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Santa Good to Go

SANTA and his helpers are in town and ready for Christmas photos. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said she was glad Santa made time in his schedule for the children of Scone. “He is incredibly busy at this time of year and we are just so glad he has made time […]



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Business Moves in Scone

If you have a business which is opening, closing, changing hands, moving or donating to a community cause and would like to tell the town, please contact us. MEDISCORE: Shop 8A, Campbell’s Corner, 167 Kelly Street, Scone. Home-based sleep studies, CPAP set up and review and CPAP sales and supplies. Patients with sleep disorders can […]



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Rainfalls

IN the 24 hours until 9am this morning the Bureau of Meteorology recorded the following rainfalls: Scone: 39ml Abeerdeen: 16ml Merriwa: 6ml Murrurundi: 13ml Cassilis: 5ml There will be some residual showers in the Lower Hunter today, but if the Upper Hunter receives any rain it is likely to be less than 1ml. On Friday […]



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Fireworks for Christmas

A FIREWORKS display will be the grand finale of Christmas in the Park on Saturday. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said, “we are very excited and invite everyone to our Christmas in the Park event, a community event on this Saturday 1st December.” “All the favourites will return, with an opportunity […]



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Weather Forecast

WHILE a storm has just passed through Scone, the Bureau of Meteorology has said the Upper Hunter won’t experience the heavier rainfalls experienced on the coast today. During the next 24 hours 5 to 10ml may be expected with the chance of localised thunderstorms delivering 20-30mls in some parts of the region. North westerly winds […]



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Low Flying Air Craft Alert

THIS weekend a twin-engine Cessna Conquest will be flying low over Scone as part of safety checks by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The checks are conducted every three years and will include 23 regional airports throughout the state. Corporate Air, who are subcontracted by CASA, will fly as low as several hundred feet, […]



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Veteran’s Golf: November 27

By Graham Turvey Thank you to Treasurer Bob Minch for organising the Christmas prizes and to Brian Dever for organising the shot-gun start for the 26 Vets who played a stroke and putting event at Aberdeen Golf Club on Tuesday, November 27. Vice President Rod Upton who has been away for six weeks having medical […]



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Have You Seen This Man

NEW South Wales Police are asking Hunter residents to keep an eye out for Norman James Daniel in relation to cattle stealing offences in Mudgee where it is alleged that he stole cattle from the Mid Western Regional Council Saleyards. Mr Daniel is known to frequent the Aberdeen and Muswellbrook areas and people are urged […]



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Deer Culling Brings Relief

NEARLY 2,000 deer have been culled from the Upper Hunter, thanks to the latest intensive aerial program by the Hunter Local Land Services Biosecurity team. The program was in response to community concerns of the feral species on drought stricken farmland and moving further into townships. To date this year 4,235 deer and 2,434 pigs […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 8 Results

By Russell Sakey John Bull Shield: Singleton v Upper Hunter Singleton all out 93 Upper Hunter 0/95, B Smith and J Duffin. Results: Merriwa defeated Aberdeen Rouchel defeated Belltrees Bunnan defeated Bushrangers Murrurundi defeated Muswebrook Blue Belmore Bulls defeated Muswellbrook Silver Details: Merriwa 4 / 145 G Sheehan 55, C Stokes 33, D Munro 27*. […]



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Anonymous Scratch-It Winner in Merriwa

NSW Lotteries has said a Merriwa shopper has won $10,000 on a $1.10 Raining Cash Instant Scratch-It ticket last week, which was purchased from the Merriwa Newsagency. Merriwa Newsagency team member Libby Cashen said she was delighted to discover her outlet had sold a top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its tickets. “Lucky them!” she exclaimed. “I […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket Results: Round 6

By Russell Sakey Winners: UHDCR Assn Rep team – John Bull Shield. Aberdeen, Belltrees, Merriwa, Rouchel, Bushrangers. Summary: 1 personal 102 score H Quinlivan – Belltrees. Two team scores over 200 runs, one game came down to a 2 run difference after each of the 40 overs batting.   Details: Rouchel 9/ 151 off 40 […]



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Remembering the Past to Maintain our Future

by Mike Wong THE mood was sombre at the Merriwa Cenotaph as locals and visitors alike came to pay their respects to the fallen and to those continuing to serve our country on the centenary of Remembrance Day. See photos below. One hundred years ago, after continuous warfare raged for more than four years, World […]



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Murrurundi Remembers the Great War

By Des Dugan A world conflict that killed 10 million, had 65 million men in battle, resulted in 21 million wounded and seven million civilian deaths ended on this day one hundred years ago on the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The news was carried to Australia via […]



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Crosses and Poppies in Honour of the Fallen

By Nancy Lee THE Aberdeen Sub-Branch of the RSL, which was re-established just over twelve months, created a ‘Field of Remembrance’ on the lawn of the Aberdeen RSL Club. Sandy Morrison, president of the Sub-Branch and former combat engineer in the Army Reserve said, they wanted to remember all of Aberdeen’s fallen soldiers and give […]



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Aberdeen Marks Centenary of Armistice

By Nancy Lee MORE than 60 people from Aberdeen and surrounds came together this morning to mark Remembrance Day at Aberdeen RSL. From the small town, 109 men served in World War I and 142 have served in other conflicts since. Against a backdrop of a ‘Field of Remembrance’ made of 300 crosses and poppies […]



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Two Brothers Remembered

Jack and Percy Riley from Stewarts Brook were only two kilometres apart on the Western Front when they were injured within two days of each other. Bruce Brown, a veteran of Vietnam, told the story of his great-uncles during the commemorative service of Armistice Day in Scone: Both Percy and Jack Riley were on active […]



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A Return to Honour Family

AT the age of 89, Betty Hickey (nee Lee) wanted to be in Scone for the 100 year commemorative service. Her family were all born in Scone and her father, Clifford Lee, aunt Florence Lee and uncles George, Sidney and Howard all served in World War I. Her uncle Sidney Lee was killed at Lone […]



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Remembering When the Guns Fell Silent

THE Scone community gathered this morning to remember the cease fire of World War I marking the 100 year anniversary of the war to end all wars. Vietnam veteran, Bruce Brown led the service and recounted the stories of his great uncles who served on the western front during the war. Related story: Two Brothers […]



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Remembrance Day Services – 2018

Scone Remembrance Day Service Where: Scone Memorial Pool, 2/14 Guernsey Street, Scone When: 10.30am, Sunday, November 11, 2018, followed by lunch at the Scone RSL Club The Scone RSL Sub-Branch is holding a centenary dinner on Friday night. The Scone Literary Festival will have guest author and historian Ross McMullin present “Ode to the Fallen” […]



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What’s On

Friday, November 9: Scone RSL Sub-Branch Centenary Celebration When: 6:30pm, Friday. Where: Scone RSL Club, 71 Guernsey St, Scone. Tickets: $60 – available at the Club. Scone Films Movie: Crazy Rich Asians – Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn […]



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