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Money for Local Hospitals

LABOR has announced they will provide more money to the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone and Murrurundi’s Wilson Memorial Hospital to address capital works and more nursing care as part of a state wide plan to improve health services in small rural communities. A $250 million fund for country hospitals and an additional $50 million […]



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Letter: The Health of Politics

The right to clean air; it ought to be a thing. It’s time to press the panic button on the air we breathe in the Upper Hunter and there’s no time to waste. At Tuesday night’s Upper Hunter Health Forum presented by Dr Ben Ewald, Dr John Van Der Kallen and Dr Bob Vickers from […]



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Calling Equine Local Legends

SCONE is bursting with equine legends and the Scone Horse Festival Committee is encouraging people to nominate them to be recognised in this year’s festival awards, with nominations closing next Friday. There are categories for Young Achiever, VIP and and Horse of the Year, with winners being announced at a dinner on Thursday, May 2. […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Semi Final Results

By Russell Sakey Rouchel  3 /  160 off 36 overs N Atkinson 43, Andrew Clydsdale 43, W O’Donnell 42* defeated Murrurundi 8 / 159 off 40 overs P Crowe 34, H Hobden 28, J Chapple 28, J Taylor 26*. A Clydsdale 3 / 19, S Brooker 2 / 16, Both sides were missing key players […]



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Weather in the Week Ahead

THERE were isolated showers on Sunday throughout the Upper Hunter, with the Bureau of Meteorology recording the following rainfalls: Scone: 7ml (Figtree Gully) 0.2ml (airport) Aberdeen: 3.8ml Merriwa: 20ml Murrurundi: 5.2ml Predicted temperatures for this week in Scone: Monday: 26 Tuesday: 28 Wednesday: 29 Thursday: 29 Friday: 32 Saturday: 35 Sunday: 35 There is the […]



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Pipeline Contractor Announced

LEED Engineering and Construction, an Adelaide based company, was announced as the successful tenderer for the detailed design and construction of the Murrurundi pipeline for the Upper Hunter Shire Council today. The 40 kilometre pipeline from Glenbawn Dam to Murrurundi will cost $14.2 million, with $13 million from the NSW government and $1.2 million from […]



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Scone Police Catch Slippery Suspect

TODAY local police received a frantic phone call from Scone resident, Karen McDonald who had arrived home to find an intruder of the most dangerous and slippery kind, a three and a half foot brown snake. “I came home and as I went to put my handbag on the wall unit I saw a brown […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

THE Bureau of Meteorology has said weather will be mainly fine this week with temperatures in the low 30’s. There is the possibility of light showers developing on Tuesday and a chance of thunderstorms reaching the Upper Hunter on Thursday, however the BOM has said they anticipate little if any rainfall. Thunderstorms on Saturday brought […]



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Drug Use Trends in the Upper Hunter

IN Scone Court last month Ben Hoffman a solicitor with Equilaw said he was seeing an increasing number of clients who expected to return a positive test to cannabis, but were shocked to find they also tested positively to methylamphetamine.

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Scone Golf Report: March 4

By Lyn Banks Five rounds have been completed in the Hunter River District Men’s Senior Pennant golf series. On Sunday, March 3 Scone defeated Branxton 2-1 at Cessnock. Mick Alsleben & Red Palmer won 2 & 1, Ross Banks & George Davidson won 5 & 4 whilst Charlie Manning & David Druce lost 2 & […]



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Candidates in the State Election

THE ballot draw for the state election to be held on March 23 has been held this morning and the following candidates are running in the seat of Upper Hunter: Share…



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Rainfall Overnight

THE Bureau of Meteorology recorded the following rainfalls in the Upper Hunter area from a brief overnight thunderstorm: Aberdeen: 7ml Merriwa: 0ml Murrurundi: 4ml Scone: 8ml (Airport) 12ml (Kingdon Ponds) There may be light rain around the Barrington, but in the rest of the Upper Hunter not enough to register in the gauge. Share…



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Veteran’s Golf: March 3

By Graham Turvey The fourteen Vets who played a 2-person ambrose event at Murrurundi Golf Club on Tuesday, 5th March were saddened, when it was announced that Murrurundi Golf Course, following our game today, is closed till further notice due to the very dry conditions. Thank you to Christine Smith for the lovely chicken sandwiches […]



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$1 Million in Drought Funding

UPPER Hunter Shire Council was successful in receiving $1 million in federal grant funding for drought relief, which will be spent on a range of projects including: water filling stations for Scone and Merriwa enabling farmers and others to ‘fill up’ their pods; maintenance and repairs on Merriwa Youth Centre; mobility access toilets and outdoor […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket – Round 18 Results

By Russell Sakey Another unbeaten century to Nate Atkinson, 111* in the final round of the 2018 /19 competition. Ladder: Merriwa Murrurundi Rouchel Belltrees Bushrangers Belmore Bulls Aberdeen Bunnan Muswellbrook Silver Muswellbrook Blue Games on Saturday, March 9: Merriwa v Murrurundi at Merriwa Rouchel v Belltrees at Saunders Oval Round 18 Results: Rouchel 9 / […]



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Level Crossing to be Targeted

POLICE will be targeting dangerous driving at level crossings during a two week enforcement and awareness operation beginning next Monday in the New England area, but residents of the Upper Hunter are also reminded to adhere to the law with level crossings. Bernard Carlon, executive direction for the Centre for Road Safety said a moment […]



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Weather – The Week Ahead

THE Upper Hunter will experience temperatures six to eight degrees higher than average this week and there is the chance of storms on Wednesday. The higher temperatures are due to a high pressure system over the Tasman Sea which extends a ridge of high pressure over northern New South Wales and south west of that […]



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The Lead Up to Johnson’s Rampage

IN open court Judge Tim Gartelmann described Rodney Johnson’s actions as “staggeringly dangerous” and said it was “astonishing no one was killed”. He described the carnage left by Mr Johnson as “akin to a war zone” and said there was “no sentence other than imprisonment would be appropriate”. Judge Gartelmann spoke of the trauma of […]



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Johnson: The Facts on the Day

On October 11, 2017 Rodney Johnson stole a semi-trailer in Murrurundi and went on a psychotic rampage down the New England Highway culminating in the truck stopping and bursting into flames in Singleton. The details of the offences that day are set out in the agreed statement of facts and included the following: At approximately […]



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Sentencing for Rodney Johnson

JUDGE Tim Gartelmann handed down sentencing to Rodney Johnson this morning in Newcastle District Court. Mr Johnson who had stolen a truck in Murrurundi on October 11, 2017 and went on a rampage down the New England Highway, through several towns before crashing in Singleton was sentenced to an aggregate term of imprisonment of 12 […]



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Meet the Candidates in Scone

THE Scone Chamber of Commerce will be holding a meet the candidates forum on Wednesday, for the upcoming state election. The forum will begin with each candidate introducing themselves, followed by answering some pre-determined questions and then mingling with attendees. When: 6:30pm, Wednesday, March 6. Where: Scone RSL Club, 71 Guernsey Street, Scone. Share…



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Community Muster for Drought

TOMORROW the Department of Primary Industries are mustering at the Scone RSL Club to hear and share experiences of the drought and prepare for the future. Key speakers will include Dennis Holberg will discuss emotional well-being, Gerard O’Brien from accounting firm RSM Australia and Alister Bennett ANZ’s NSW state agribusiness manager. WHEN: 5pm-7:30pm WHERE: Scone […]



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Pranksters Revealed…

THE people behind the piles of horse manure left around town yesterday have been found to be part of the Scone Horse Festival. The prank was to launch this year’s official theme of “Legends, Myths and Fantasies”, explained Festival president David Gatwood. “The people of Scone like to have fun so we thought we’d better […]



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Council Meeting: February 2019

THE Council meeting on Monday began with an impromptu announcement from the Hon., Michael Johnsen MP that the Council had been successful in a grant application for phase one of the Scone Revitalisation to the tune of $2,965,782. Related story: Some Money for Revitalisation. Later in the meeting Cr Sue Abbott drew issue with State […]



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Bringing the Teal to Scone

MIM and Liv Bower have been inspired by a close family friend to raise money for Ovarian Cancer today and hope the Scone community will help them when they drop by Coles this afternoon. Their mum, Michelle Bower said she was incredibly proud of the fundraising her girls had done to date and while they […]



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What the Manure is Going On?

PILES of horse manure have been found throughout Scone this morning, puzzling early risers. The droppings were reported this morning in Kelly Street and initially people speculated it could be someone sending a message to Council about their revitalisation plans. Read: Some Money for Revitalisation. However, droppings were also discovered at local schools and Jared […]



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Veteran’s Golf: February 26

By Graham Turvey Early autumn weather was enjoyed by the 27 Vets at Aberdeen Golf Club when they played a stroke and putting event on Tuesday, 26th February. Doug Dowell has the greens looking good and playing truly. Winner was Graham Boles with nett 65 from Doug Dowell 2nd 66 C/B, 3rd Brian Dever 66, […]



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This Year’s King of the Ranges

DAVID Mitchell from Tooma said he just kept rocking up and at the end of the day with a bit of luck and hard work was crowned King of the Ranges for 2019 in Murrurundi on the weekend. David who has won the King of the Ranges twice before in 2012 and 2014 and was […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket – Round 17 Results

by Russell Sakey Aberdeen 194 off 40 overs C French 52, A McNeil 48, C McNeil 42*, M Sharma 14. C Stocks 2 / 23, defeated Merriwa 6 / 185 off 40 overs B Strachan 51, J Osmond 37, S Stokes 28, J Maben 13. N Connor 3 / 42, M Sharma 2 / 35. […]



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Some Money for Revitalisation

THE state government last night announced $2,965,782 in stage one funding for the Scone main street revitalisation representing approximately 15 percent of the $19 million project. Michael Johnsen MP attended the Council meeting last night to make the announcement to Upper Hunter Shire Councillors and said it was not a commitment before an election, but […]



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Predicted Flood Impact of the Bypass

FLOOD modelling for the bypass predicts a 10 percent increase in water levels on the western side of the bypass, but on the eastern side is expected to remain the same or be improved. The modeling was presented to the community on Saturday morning by the Roads and Maritime Services, however many residents remain concerned […]



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Weather in the Week Ahead

THERE is a high pressure system in the Tasman creating some offshore flow over the area. From a rainfall perspective there is a slight chance of light showers over the course of the next few days. The conditions will be quite settled with temperatures increasing throughout the week. There were some light showers over the […]



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Scone Court Report – February 2019

OFTEN people are unrepresented in court and struggle with understanding and complying with court and legal processes during their defence. However, Darrell Dawson appeared in court this month to challenge a charge of speeding more than 10 kilometres and after a lengthy hearing, Magistrate Soars dismissed the charge. It was certainly the most entertaining matter […]



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Bypass Flood Meeting

TOMORROW morning between 9am and 11am there will be a community meeting at the Scone Arts and Crafts at 63 Kingdon Street, Scone in relation to flood impacts with the Scone Bypass. The project’s hydraulic specialist will provide information on flood modelling, flood impacts, mitigation measures and emergency response arrangements. The broader project team will […]



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Not Enough to Register

THERE have been some light showers in the Upper Hunter, but not enough to register in the Bureau of Meteorology’s rain gauges. Tropical cyclone Oma is the main influence for the coastal region, bringing some south-easterly winds and light rainfall. The cyclone is not moving anywhere in a hurry and it is predicted to head […]



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Scone Needs CT for Emergencies

By Taylah Fellows HOSPITALS in Scone, Singleton and Muswellbrook do not have access to CT scans after hours. Stephen Ward and his wife Tracy know all too well the real-life consequences of not having a CT scan available in the Upper Hunter after Stephen suffered a stroke in 2013. The couple waited an hour and […]



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Veteran’s Golf: Feb 19

By Graham Turvey Once again the hardiness of Vet golfers was evident when 18 Vets came to Denman Golf Club on a 40 degree day on Tuesday, 19th February for a stableford event. The course is in good nick thanks to the many volunteers who improve and maintain it. Gary Gray is “cock-of-the-walk” as he […]



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Editorial: Robbing the Local Court System

THE average teenager in Scone has more technology at their disposal than the Scone Court House and it is costing the local community in terms of police resources, adjournments to other courts which cost participants time and money and depriving the local community of hearing matters directly in the local public interest. The spirit of […]



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Police Stations with No Police – Bad Joke

By Taylah Fellows Lee Watts, candidate for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party said having police stations with not police to operate them is not good enough and sounds like a bad joke. “We have police stations in this electorate, but not enough police to staff them, much less enough police working in our towns,” […]



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Scone Court Report – January 2019

Matters before Scone Court in January included: BPW Aviation Pty Ltd T/as Airspeed v Suncoast Aero Engines, was a civil matter regarding a claim relating to engine repairs. The matter was adjourned until June 20. CARTER, Alex David, from Toronto, had two charges of common assault, one count of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical. Mr Carter […]



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Forensic Order Adjourned in Murder of Jess Bebit

JAMIE Cust appeared via video link in the Muswellbrook Local Court today from Long Bay goal, charged with murdering Jesus C. Bebit, known as Jess, in Scone on December 18 last year. Donna Smith, from Joplin Lawyers represented Mr Cust, as a legal aid client and explained to the court that she had not had […]



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Upper Hunter Schools Falling Behind

By Taylah Fellows SCONE High School has a maintenance backlog totalling $795,192.92 according to a report from the NSW Education Department. Labor has highlighted other schools in the Upper Hunter electorate which have fallen behind including: Muswellbrook High School: $1,220,110.53; Singleton High School: $1,119,532.72; Gloucester High School: $736,811.62, and Dungog High School: $383,173.31. The backlog […]



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Getting Ready to Harmonise

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre is preparing for Harmony Day and are calling for a diversity of dishes to be served on the night. Lee Watts, manager of the Centre, said the dishes created by the community were always the highlight of the celebration. “What better way to meet new people, to share experiences and […]



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Veteran’s Golf: February 12

By Graham Turvey Thirty-nine degrees was the forecast for the Vets’ golf at Aberdeen on Tuesday, 12th February but 24 tough Vets came to play on the well-maintained course. Aberdeen must be Brian Dever’s favourite course – he won with nett 62. Second was Lindsay Hodge and 3rd was Gary Morley both with 66 C/B. […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 15 Results

By Russell Sakey Results: Aberdeen v Bunnan draw Belltrees defeated Muswellbrook Blue Merriwa defeated Muswellbrook Silver Bushrangers defeated Murrurundi Belmore Bulls  defeated   Rouchel  Details: Bunnan 5 / 155 off 39.4 overs M Soper  62, G Davis 31, M Langan 29. M Sharma 2 / 24, Game was stopped for rain / declared a draw […]



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Rainfalls and Weather Forecast

THERE were patches of rain in the Upper Hunter during the weekend, with the Bureau of Meteorology recording the following totals: 24 hours until 9am on Saturday: Scone: 16.4ml Merriwa: 3.4ml Murrurundi: 6.8ml 24 hours until 9am on Sunday: Murr: 0.4ml Scone: 3.6ml Merriwa: 0ml There will be a  warmer front moving through the southern […]



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Highway Blocked North of Murrurundi

THE New England Highway is blocked in both directions, approximately one kilometre north of Murrurundi following an accident between two trucks. Police are directing traffic, but motorists should expect delays. Traffic updates: Live Traffic NSW. Share…



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Air Quality Worsened Dramatically

DOCTORS for the Environment released a report today showing air quality has markedly deteriorated in the Hunter and putting people’s health at risk. In the Upper Hunter the air quality in Muswellbrook, Singleton, Camberwell, Maison Dieu, Mt Thorley and Warkworth all exceed the national standards and in some instances were three to four times higher […]



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Pausing to Pamper

SOME pampering can make a huge difference to people who are struggling in our community said Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre and it is the reason behind the Centre joining forces with local businesses and community groups to hold a morning at the Senior Citizens Centre with support services and health […]



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Veteran’s Golf: February 5

By Graham Turvey Thirty-two Vets played an individual and two ball best ball stableford event at Muswellbrook Golf Club on Tuesday, 5th January in very warm and humid conditions. Welcome to visitor from Singleton, Wayne Taylor.  Mal Bruce was present and thanked the Vets who came to June Morris’s (his partner’s) funeral last week. Red […]



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