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Last Post at the Dawn Service

Watch the video of the last post, as played by Chris Lavis, at the Scone ANZAC Day dawn service. Share…



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Gundy’s Connection to Athens and Crete

IT was another great turnout at Gundy for ANZAC Day, with the memorial hall packed to capacity. See gallery below… Charles Cooke gave the ANZAC Day address and spoke of his experience in Athens last year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle for Greece and Crete, a battle which was lost but Mr […]



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Merriwa Reflects on ANZAC Day

By Lizzy Hagley THE ANZAC day services at Merriwa were well attended, especially by students from local schools. The cooler weather did not deter a large crowd from gathering at the Dawn service, where Brion Booth read a poignant and moving poem. Later, many community members gathered for the main service at the Cenotaph supported […]



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Fallen During Remembrance

THE warm weather during today’s ANZAC day ceremony caused several people in the crowd gathered in Scone to faint. Corporal Ben Waters left his post during the ceremony to assist some young school children who had fainted and provide support to local paramedic Melinda Jenkins. There were a total of six paediatric patients and two […]



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Courage Recounted on ANZAC Day

THE story of 22 nurses who were shot by the Japanese on the beach of Banka Island in Indonesia during World War II was of particular significance to the crowd gathered in Scone to commemorate ANZAC Day because it included the story of Sister Ada Joyce Bridge who was born in Scone on 6 July […]



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Aberdeen ANZAC Services

By Michael Flaherty DOC Milton led both ANZAC Memorial services at Aberdeen today and opened the dawn service with the meaning of why we are there. “Today, we pause to remember those that have given so much in the defence of our country,” Doc Milton said. “In cites and towns throughout Australia and overseas ceremonies […]



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Murrurundi Remembers at Dawn

By Des Dugan AS the bats shrieked in the background about 200 turned up at the dawn service to remember those who were called up and gave their life in conflicts around the world. From the war that was supposed to end all wars came two mounted horse, local children carrying wreaths and a smattering […]



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Youngest Soldier to Honour ANZAC’s

THE youngest soldier at this morning’s dawn service in Scone is set to address the main commemorative service later today. Lieutenant Joseph Smith is a 22 year old from the school of infantry in Singleton, who joined the army when he was 17. “I wanted to serve the country, protect Australia and our way of […]



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Respect Grows for ANZAC’s

THE number of people paying their respects to the ANZAC’s at the Scone dawn service continues to grow with more than 1,200 people in attendance this morning, spilling onto the roads surrounding the war memorial. George Clementson from the Scone Returned Services League sub-branch addressed the crowd and spoke of the origins of the dawn […]



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Murrurundi Sheep Dog Round Up

By Des Dugan IT took just two trainers to take out the top four spots at the Murrurundi and District Sheep Dog trials — Bill Davidson and Greg Prince. Wirchilleba Abby took out line honours at the Murrurundi Sheep Dog Trials three-day event over the ANZAC long weekend. Owner Bill Davidson coached the dog along […]



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ANZAC Sky Bound

By Michael Flaherty ANZAC day tomorrow will see what has become a local tradition at the Scone ANZAC Memorial Service of a flypast of four wartime aircraft headed by local man Ross Pay. “We will have Peter Willard’s Bird Dog and his Tigermoth and I am going to have the Harvard and the Mustang,” Mr […]



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Fun Run Has Run

By Michael Flaherty THE Scone Amateur Athletics Club held their fun run yesterday at the Scone Race Club with the 10km overall win taken out by Michael Southcombe from Muswellbrook. Mr Southcombe ran with his family and enjoys that this is something he can do locally, his son Will came first in the under 12 […]



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ANZAC Day Ceremonies 2017

Aberdeen 6.00am      Dawn Service – Memorial, Moray Street, followed by breakfast 8.30am      Assemble for March in Bedford St near pre-school 9.00am      March and Remembrance Service 10.00am    Official proceedings followed by brunch – Auditorium of Aberdeen RSL Cassilis 10.45am    Assemble on corner of Branksome and Ancrum Streets for a march across the bridge to informal wreath […]



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Merriwa Cup Cancelled

UNFORTUNATELY the Merriwa Cup has been cancelled due to wet weather. Share…



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Scone Court Report: April 2017

MAGISTRATE Roger Clisdell presided in Scone Local Court this month and jokingly said to solicitor George Fraser “you never know what a visiting Magistrate is going to be like and how he might deal with a section 32!” While he had a different style to Magistrate Prowse he shared interesting insights into the justice system with those who came before him, for example explaining that a apprehended violence order, “is a shield not a sword! You can’t wave it at someone as you walk down the street, it is for if they come near you and then you call the police.” He also took a different approach to being called ‘mate’ to other Magistrates, noting a colleague in Queensland who sent a man to gaol for the disrespectful approach.

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What’s On This Weekend: April 21 – 23

Saturday Merriwa Cup What: Annual Merriwa Cup race day. There will be fashions on the field, on-site book makers, Sky TV for interstate races, Country Women’s Association’s cafe, canteen and full bar. When: Gates open at 11am, first race 1:30pm, fashions on the field after race 2 at 2:05pm, Merriwa Cup 4:10pm. Where: Merriwa Racecourse, […]



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Thank You 5,000 Times Over

THIS week we surpassed 5,000 likes on our Facebook page, which is quite a milestone for our fledgling local news service and we would like to thank you for your support. We launched scone.com.au because we believe in the importance of local news to small communities and decided to swim against the tide of media […]



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Love for Patients and their Pets

WHEN an elderly Aberdeen man was transported to the John Hunter hospital for urgent medical care, he was worried about who would care for his little dog, thankfully local paramedics Melinda Jenkins and Mitchell Beaman are dog lovers and also cared for his beloved pet. Melinda Jenkins a Scone based paramedic who also fosters dogs […]



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Farmers Using Drones for Ferals

LOCAL Land Services are holding a drone demonstration day on May 10 to help farmers get maximum use of drones on their farms for weed and feral pest management. Phil Milling from Sky Land Management will give a live demonstration, compare the cost to ground based control and examine how effective and efficient drones are […]



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Vale Harley Walden

IT is with great sadness we report Harley Walden passed away in the early hours of this morning aged 79 at the Scott Memorial Hospital after a short illness with brain cancer. Related story: Sconeite Snippet – Harley Walden. Harley’s contribution to and knowledge of the history of the Upper Hunter thoroughbred industry can’t be […]



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Remember It’s 9-1-1!

TODAY local paramedic Mark Seccombe had his bike packed and headed off on an adventure across the United States for eight weeks. As his colleagues wished him well they gave lots of advice on staying safe, most importantly that he remembers it is 9-1-1 if he needs to call ambulance on the other side of […]



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Scone Stock Report: April 18

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE was a lighter yarding of only 750 yesterday, the best way to describe it would be a sprinkling of all types, but the market was very strong for all descriptions except for cows which sold to firm rates. Trade cattle and fed cattle sold for dearer rates across the board. Weaner […]



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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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Dartbrook Estimates 1.2 Billion Tonnes

AUSTRALIAN Pacific Coal released a report to the market yesterday estimating the coal resource at Dartbrook mine to be 1.2 billion tonnes. Mr John Robinson Jnr, chief executive officer of Australian Pacific Coal said the report showed the importance of developing the Dartbrook mine. “This CRE (coal resource estimate) confirms Dartbook as one of the […]



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