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Getting Down and Dirty: Essential Winter Tasks

By Scott Cooper As our weather turns cooler it is often our inclination to turn to more indoor activities yet gardening in winter shouldn’t be neglected and for most gardeners the time is far from quiet. Australian winter gardens rarely need to be drab with a vast array of natives, flowers and vegetables to plant. […]



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Opening Night for Murrurundi Art Prize

TONIGHT is the opening night of the inaugural Murrurundi Arts and Crafts prize and exhibition. There have been more than 80 local works contributed for the prize and this year there will also be a pop-up craft table with a variety of artisan wares for sale. Supper and wine will be provided. WHEN: 6:30pm, Friday, […]



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Treadmill Challenge for Suicide Awareness

ANYTIME Fitness in Scone is donating the use of two treadmills for 24 hours from 3pm tomorrow to raise funds for Suicide Prevention Australia. Fiona Sheldrake is the Gym Manager at Scone’s Anytime Fitness and is pleased to be able to donate the use of the facilities for an important cause. “It is a nation […]



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Linking Opportunities for Locals

LEE Watts said she is excited to be a director on the board of JobLink and promote that the organisation does more than address unemployment. “At the moment we are putting together a proposal to help women who are escaping domestic violence, after they have been assisted by Upper Hunter Homeless then we develop their […]



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City Ball Buys Hay for Scone

ON Saturday night more than 140 people raised $35,000 at the Rural Aid Black Tie and Boots Ball. Charles Alder, chief executive officer of Rural Aid said guests gathered from throughout the state to support the Ball and farmers in Scone. “The ball was held in Maitland, with guests coming from Newcastle, Brisbane, Canberra, the […]



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Stock Report: May 22

By Stuart Sheldrake There were 1,346 cattle yarded at the Scone cattle sale yesterday in a market that saw god cattle remain firm, but plainer cattle getting very hard and light weaners. A good number of cows and a lot of younger cows unfortunately due to the season. The best of the cows made $1.86 […]



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Accident North of Muswellbrook

AT approximately 10:20am a Mazda sedan car travelling north on the New England Highway collided with a horse transport truck approximately two kilometres north of Muswellbrook near Sandy Creek Road. Police say it appears the sedan appears to have crossed onto the other side of the road and collided with the south bound truck. The […]



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Don’t Miss the Bus

THE BreastScreen New South Wales bus will be leaving the Scone Senior Citizens Centre on June 6. The risk of breast cancer increases with age, so women over 40 years of age and especially women over 50 years of age are encouraged to undertake breast cancer screening. Breast cancer is the most common form of […]



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Youth: Wussification, Resilience and Alarming Trends

TONIGHT Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, an expert in child and teenage mental health will help local parents navigate the increasingly stormy waters of raising a young adult. “First I will tell them the bad news and then tell them what they can do about it,” said Dr Carr-Gregg. “The bad news is that the youth suicide […]



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Chilly at Neighbourhood Centre

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre will soon be able to accept perishable food items for their community pantry thanks to a donation from BHP to buy a cool room. Lee Watts, manager of the Centre said they were excited to be able to accept perishable foods. “At least one family a day is in contact […]



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Going the Extra Mile

“I possibly should have twigged by the fact that I was sitting next to the managing director of the company,” said Rachael McGuirk, the 2018 winner of the Helloworld NSW and ACT manager of the year and national manager of the year. Rachael has been working in travel for 18 years and from Scone competed […]



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Autumn Aerial Baiting Underway

THE Local Land Services have begun aerial and ground baiting in the Hunter to combat the wild dog problem. There are more than 180 landholders participating in the program from Lostock to Scone, covering 755 kilometres and dropping more than 31,000 baits. Luke Booth, biosecurity team leader said it was a credit to the community […]



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Veteran’s Golf: May 15

By GrahamTurvey It was a bit cool in the morning but the day was sunny, pity there’s no rain for the farmers, for the 19 Vets who played a stableford event at Muswellbrook on Tuesday, May 15. It was a good warm-up game for our trip to Henbury on Thursday. The winner with 41 points […]



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Bunnan Polocrosse: First Carnival

By Racheal Finlayson First Carnival, Seven Teams, Two A Grade Finals LAST weekend the first polocrosse carnival of the season in the Hunter Zone was hosted by Quirindi. The local Bunnan Polocrosse Club were in attendance, in force and fielded a massive seven teams at the carnival, which saw 58 teams in attendance. Bunnan had […]



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Traffic Lights Out

THE traffic lights in Scone at the intersection of Kelly Street and Liverpool Street are not operating and people are asked to take care. UPDATE: The traffic lights are operating. Share…



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Merriwa Supporting Water Petition

SPURRED on by the win against the rate rise the community response to a petition to demand the state government fund water infrastructure has been described as overwhelming by organiser Mary Jane Blake. “Our voices are obviously being heard and we want to emphasise that by coming forward and signing the petition it can make […]



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Rate Rise Rejected

AN application by the Upper Hunter Shire Council for a 20 percent rate rise has been rejected by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). IPART stated that reasons for rejecting the application included the Council failed to “adequately communicate the full impact of the proposed SV (special variation) to the community”and “did not adequately […]



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$3.1 Million Worth of Yearlings Sold

THE two day Inglis Scone Yearling sale wrapped today with 220 horses sold for a total of $3.15 million. The top priced horse was a filly by Wandjina and Galleries from Southern Cross Thoroughbreds near Wingen which sold for $110,000. Yesterday there were three lots which sold for more than $100,000. Jonathan D’Arcy, director of […]



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Premier Announces Eyes and Ears

THE New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian has announced the government will be funding a new position for Pip Job as ‘State Drought Coordinator’. The Premier was scheduled to make the announcement in Scone this morning, but the media conference was changed to Dubbo. Niall Blair, Minister for Primary Industries said the new position will […]



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Premier’s Plans Changed

PLANS for the Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian to visit Scone this morning and make an announcement were changed and the media conference will now occur in Dubbo. Some local residents were hoping to ask the Premier questions of their own including state funding for drought relief, regional water infrastructure support, town revitalisation […]



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Snow Still A Possibility

The Bureau of Meteorology  has said there was no snow on the Barrington overnight, but it is still possible in the next couple of hours, with increased chance this evening and the early hours of tomorrow morning. If there is a light dusting, it is not predicted to last long with light rain forecast in […]



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Beanies Instead of Fascinators

THE Bureau of Meteorology has suggested beanies may be the best head wear at the Scone Cup tomorrow,with a top temperature of 15 degrees and wind predicted. A large cold pool is approaching from Victoria, which is currently in the south-west of the state and expected to arrive in Scone early tomorrow morning. There is […]



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Bracing for Race Day

THE first stop after the races on the way to a pub for many race goers is the nearest hot chips and with the close of the Vogue Cafe, the new owners of the Satur Food Market are bracing themselves. Manu Sharama and Mary Ing have said locals have warned them how busy they will […]



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Locals Clamber for Courses

LEE Watts manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said they have been surprised at the number of local people enrolling in the short training courses they have on offer. “These short accredited courses are getting people jobs and I’m really excited,” said Ms Watts. “There have been 17 people enroll for the responsible service […]



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Incredible Junior Stockman

JUDGES were amazed at the horsemanship skills shown by local junior riders at the Junior Stockman’s Challenge in Murrurundi on the weekend. Sasha Watson, from the Murrurundi and District Pony Club said many of the juniors outperformed seniors with their skills. “It was fabulous and our finals judge was Paxton Pulford who has competed and […]



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Farmers Not Museums Need Help

“It is little wonder farmers are becoming so angry, they are being treated with complete contempt by all levels of government,” said John Preston from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party following the announcement of the federal budget in which no allocation was given for drought relief. “In the middle of one of the worst […]



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Yarns and Farm Fun

TODAY children from around the district will go to the Jack Johnson Gala Day and tonight the fun for grown ups will continue at the Yarn’s Night as part of the Scone Horse Festival. Jack Johnson Gala Day: When: 8:30am, May 8, 2018. Where: White Park, 100 Guernsey Street, Scone. Cost: Free. Yarns Night: When: […]



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Cans and Bottles Help Local Charity

THE reverse vending machine at Woolworths in Scone now has an option to donate to the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre. Lee Watts, manager of the Centre, said she is excited to have received the news. “The machines are very popular and a great incentive receiving a 10 cent refund for returning eligible beverage containers for […]



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Local Girl Shines at Tentpegging Championships

MERRIWA’S own Emily Ninness was one of the best junior riders at the Australian Tentpegging Championships played in Scone on the weekend. A team from North East Victoria took the top spot in A grade, B grade winners were Wild Track from Queensland, C grade winners were Maitland and Melissa Elms was also a notable […]



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Friends and Family Depending on You

FIRST-AID training will be conducted in Scone on Saturday. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said everyone should know basic first-aid. “It literally saves lives and you never know when you may need to use it,” said Mrs Watts. “Many people assume there will be someone else around who knows first-aid, but […]



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2018 Scone Horse Festival Parade – Gallery

“THE weather was magical which always helps and I just had a good feeling early on as the crowd was building and the floats were coming in,” said David Gatwood president of the Scone Horse Festival. “It was colour personified, we had 70 floats and everyone was having fun and that is what a festival […]



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Acres Liberty Beau: Scone Horse of the Year

THE inaugural Scone Horse Festival Horse of the Year was awarded to Acres Liberty Beau, owned by Allan Young. The 19 year old Australian Quarter Horse cross Australian Stockhorse stallion has been prolific in camp drafting, winning 91 to date. Owned by Allan Young, campaigned by Jorjia Edwards and Tamika Edwards in the juvenile campdraft, […]



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Millie Fisher: 2018 Horse Festival Young Achiever

LAST night 17 year old Millie Fisher was announced as the 2018 Scone Horse Festival Young Achiever. Millie is a highly talented young show jumper who has been competitive at the highest levels of Junior competition in Australia for several years. She is the current Sydney Junior Champion, Hunter Valley Junior Champion, won both Super […]



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Des Collison: 2018 VIP of Scone Horse Festival

DES Collison was last night announced as the VIP for this year’s Scone Horse Festival. Des has been announcing of camp drafts, rodeos, shows and beef bonanzas for more than 45 years. He has volunteered with the King of the Ranges since its inception and is involved with many community organisations. He is the well […]



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Guy Glad to be in Horse Capital

GUY McLean prefers to be called a horseman than a horse-whisper, “because the horse is always put before the man and that is my life, it’s all about the horses,” said Mr McLean. Guy will be performing at Scone White Park on Saturday afternoon and has spent his first few days in town visiting local […]



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000 Is Down – UPDATE: Restored

Emergency services have advised 000 is not receiving all calls, please phone 131 444. UPDATE: At midday emergency services advised 000 is back to normal. Share…



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There to Support Women

LAST night community members gathered and held candles in remembrance of the women who have been killed by their families and those who continue to be subjected to domestic violence. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SNRC) said it was important people talk about the issue. “On average in Australia one women […]



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Junior Stockmen Gather

THIS weekend Murrurundi Pony Club will host a Junior Stockman’s Challenge with more than 40 entries from throughout the Hunter and ‘over the Range’. Lissa Baxter, from Murrurundi Pony Club said it was a great feeder event for the King of the Ranges. “There are 40 competitors, with the youngest being 5 years old and […]



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Council Meeting: April 2018

THE following matters were raised at the Upper Hunter Shire Council meeting on Monday: Medication incidents: Cr Sue Abbott asked for more information on the report from Gummun Place aged care facility in Merriwa, for the medication incidents mentioned to be detailed and part of their report to Council. Homeless housing: Cr Abbott asked what […]



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Aussie Ark Kept Afloat

GLENCORE yesterday announced they will give the Aussie Ark in the Barrington Tops $450,000 over the next three years to support six threatened Australian species. Liz Gabriel, director of Aussie Ark said they thought they were receiving a donation of $150,000 and were shocked to hear it would be a total of $450,000. “Aussie Ark […]



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Veteran’s Golf: May 1

By Graham Turvey Twenty Vets played their stableford event at Denman Golf Club where the greens were excellent, the tees were good and the fairways dry – like the rest of the region, on Tuesday, 1st May. Welcome to new member Mick Harker. Captain Phil Ledgerwood won the event with 36 points on a count […]



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Keeping a Light on for Domestic Violence

TOMORROW night the community is called to a candlelight vigil as part of National Remembrance Day, commemorating women who have lost their lives at the hand of domestic violence. On average one in four women will be subjected to domestic violence and in Australia one women per week dies. The vigil will begin at 5pm […]



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Cattle Deaths: Nitrate Poisoning

AN initial report from an autopsy on 12 cattle which died at the Scone sale yards last Tuesday, indicates the cause of death was nitrate poisoning. Local Land Services are the lead agency of the investigation and have reported their initial findings to the Upper Hunter Shire Council, which operate the facility. Steve McDonald, general […]



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Council Corner Campbell’s

CAMPBELL’S Corner is a show piece in the main street of Scone, is heritage listed and is in a heritage conservation area, yet did not have Council approval for the bright red and green exterior. Meanwhile the Civic Theatre, which is being renovated has had to adhere to a myriad of heritage guidelines including having […]



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$54,000 Shade of Grey

CHRIS Winter, is a local icon having run the barber shop for more than 40 years and is familiar with many shades of grey hair, but the recent dealings with the shade of grey of the barber shop roof is enough to make anyone’s hair stand on end.

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Expert Answers Parents Questions

DR Michael Carr Gregg, one of Australia’s leading experts in child and teenage mental health will be coming to the Upper Hunter next month for a Where There’s A Will parent and carer information seminar. The challenges of millennial parenting such as alcohol, online safety, sleep and specific issues in regional areas will be covered, […]



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Scone Golf Report: April 19-23

By Lyn Banks THE Scone lady golfers have been on the road in recent weeks with the ladies playing at Quirindi on April 19. Noreen Marshall and Narelle Rutter were runners up on the day. A day of hospitality and friendship was enjoyed with visitors from Werris Creek and Nundle involved also. In the ladies […]



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New Middlebrook Bridge Open

TODAY the new Middlebrook Bridge was officially opened, allowing local landholders to cross the bridge in trucks without holding their breath. Barnaby Joyce, federal member for the seat of New England said the old timber bridge badly needed replacing. “It was doing it tough towards the end, I think you’d have to say a prayer […]



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Murrurundi Marches on ANZAC Day

By Des Dugan ANZAC Day in Murrurundi was witnessed by a crowd of well over 200 including local identities, schoolchildren and dignitaries. The march from Adelaide Street to the Memorial Gates at the local Bowling Club on the New England Highway was led by Don Adams who was celebrating 60 years in the Returned Servicemen’s […]



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