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Understanding Dog Aggression

DR Mel Prunster is passionate about helping dog owners better understand their animal’s behaviour and had some timely advice about how to identify the early signs of aggression and simple steps to manage the behaviour. Dr Prunster explained the simplest way to understand a dog’s arousal is to think of a sink, whereby the more […]



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Veteran’s Golf: October 16

By Graham Turvey An excellent Muswellbrook Golf Course greeted former Vets’ captain Max Holz when he visited and played in the stableford event on Tuesday, October 16. The greens and fairways were delightful for the 29 Vets who played. Best wishes to Bob Minch for his knee op. Max Holz did best with 41 points […]



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Two More Dogs Attack – Still at Large

AT approximately 4:30am today an alpaca was attacked by two German Shepherds in Sherwood Street, Scone. See video of the dogs below – the dogs are not the same two German Shepherds responsible for killing a pet sheep in Susan Street yesterday. The owners of the alpacas (who have asked for their names to be […]



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Car Crash Last Night in Susan Street

LAST night the Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifted a 47 year old male to the John Hunter Hospital after a car rolled over in Scone. The patient was taken to a park in Singleton by road ambulance due to weather conditions making it unsafe to land in Scone. Police media unit can confirm that a there was […]



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Finance with the Fabulous Fox

FROM starting out helping her dad on a milk run Jane Ryan has always been inspired by the idea of being able to work to get want you want, a philosophy that led to a career in finance placing her in the top ten percent of financial planners nationally with ANZ and establishing her own […]



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More Dog Attacks in Town

YESTERDAY morning Deb O’Brien walked outside to find “Mumma sheep” as her grandchildren named her dead and the two German Shepherd’s responsible still in the paddock.

When the dogs saw Deb they rushed towards her barking viciously.

Deb said she had never been so scared in her life and was a wreck by the time she made it back into her house in Susan Street.

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Combat in a Wheel Chair

FIGHTING Spirit will air tomorrow night on the ABC, it is the latest documentary by Brad Cone who followed the story of the 11 members of the Invictus Games wheelchair rugby team. See the trailer at the bottom of the story. “During the next two weeks it’s going to be non-stop hysteria with Prince Harry […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket – Round 2 Results

By Russell Sakey Round 2 Results Bushrangers 6 / 188   defeated  Brook Blue 89 Aberdeen 1 / 104  defeated  Belmore Hotel Bulls 97 Murrurundi 157   defeated  Brook Silver 95 Rouchel 3  / 109  defeated  Bunnan 108 Merriwa 1 / 137  defeated  Belltrees 133 See full results below… Bushrangers 6 / 188 off 40 overs […]



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Tag Some Graffiti

THE Upper Hunter Youth Council is preparing for Graffiti Removal Day in Scone on Sunday and encourage residents to report graffiti. The focal point of this year’s efforts will be the Scone Youth Centre and the clean up will make the students eligible to apply for a grant to paint a mural and fund anti-graffiti […]



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Fun Goes On

THE rain yesterday could have put a dampener on the Free Family Fun Day, but more than 100 children came out to play. Lee Watts, manger of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said it was a great day out despite the quick venue change to the Council Chambers. “At 10 o’clock I was panicking we […]



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What’s On

Saturday, October 13 CWA Kids Cooking Day What: The Country Women’s Association at Merriwa will be hosting a day to share their baking secrets with the youngest cooks in our community. They will be taught how to make a mini chocolate cake and decorate it. There will also be a movie and craft. Where: CWA […]



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Last Call for Photographs

ENTRIES for the Murrurundi Photographic Prize close on Monday, October 15. Mandy Archibald, president of the Murrurundi Arts and Crafts Council said they were pleased with the buzz the prize was generating this year and want to encourage people who may be thinking twice about entering to take the plunge. “There are some great amateur photographers […]



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Wild Dog Co-ordination

WILD Dog expert Stuart Boyd-Law will be the guest speaker at a free information day by the Hunter Local Land Services and North East Singleton Wild Dog Association in Singleton on Saturday, November 3. The information session will discuss everything from identifying signs of wild dog activity and evaluating impacts on your property and livestock, […]



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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. FARROW MECHANICAL – as moved from 28 Main Street, Scone to 12-14 Sherwood Street, Scone. They are in Martin’s shed, the same shed as the Roads and […]



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Rainfall in the Last 24 Hours

“THE rainfall has come from a broad trough system lingering in inland New South Wales and also some fairly substantial southerly winds associated with a ridge extending along the coast which have brought in quite a lot of moisture so quite a lot of showers along the coast and the eastern side of the Range,” […]



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Colour Fun Run – Cancelled

THE rain was a welcome relief last night, but unfortunately the colour fun run scheduled for today at White Park in Scone has been cancelled for this year. However, the Free Family Fun Day is still on at the Scone Council Chambers: Free Family Fun Day – STILL ON. Share…



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Free Family Fun Day Still On

THE family Fun Day scheduled for today is still on, but has changed location to the Council Chambers in Scone. In the forecourt and inside the Council will be face painting, two plays, Sparkles the clown and her new off-sider, a trapeze, a free morning tea and a free lunch. When: 10am – 1pm. Where: […]



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Leonie Wright Refused Bail

LEONIE Wright was refused bail today in Newcastle local court, no pleas were entered and the matter was adjourned to Tamworth local court on October 15. The police facts of the matter state that on September 28 police were granted a firearms prohibition order and a weapons prohibition order, which were served on Ms Wright […]



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Hats On for Mental Health

THE whole town is being encouraged to wear a hat on mental health day next Friday. The Upper Hunter Youth Council and Scone Rotary Club have joined forces to raise awareness and funds for mental health in our community. Mary Spora youth services supervisor for Upper Hunter Shire Council said it was a great way […]



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Veteran’s Golf: October 9

By Graham Turvey The Denman district had received about 45 mm of rain over the last few days and so the golf course was growing lush and green for the 24 Vets who came to play a stableford event on Tuesday, October 9. Welcome back Bob Fry and Brian Payton. Get well soon vice president […]



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Scone Woman on Firearms and Drug Charges

LEONIE Wright a 46 year old from Scone appeared in custody in Muswellbrook court today on 13 charges including: firearm found at premises – subject to prohibition order; use prohibited weapon contrary to prohibition order; possess prohibited weapon without permit; two charges acquire pistol – subject to firearms prohibition order; use, supply etc stolen firearm […]



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Inaugural Ball for Where There’s A Will

SOME of the best war planes in the world are about to be bumped from their home for a night with the Where There’s a Will Foundation set to host their Inaugural Rainbow Ball in the Pay’s Aircraft hangar on Saturday, November 17. The spectacular location will come alive for the black tie event, with […]



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Rick Has Had a Gut Full

A BUSH poet’s breakfast will be a new addition to the Scone Literary Festival this year. Janie Jordan, president of the Festival said the spoken word is iconic in Australian story telling and they were excited to include more poetry in the Festival. “The spoken word is very important, it is literary and some of […]



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Cricket Results: October 7

By Russell Sakey Round 1 Results: Bunnan v Belmore Hotel Bulls – washed out. Rouchel v Aberdeen – Aberdeen forfeited. Murrurundi 7/160 defeated Belltrees 142 Murrurundi: B Crowe 30, M Cameron 25, J McClymont 24, A Juratwich 18; W Osmond 3 / 44, A Williamson 2 / 18 Belltrees: C Simpson 77, E Geary 13; […]



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Editorial: Election Coverage

LEE Watts announced today that she will be running as the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party candidate for the Upper Hunter in the state election. During Lee’s last state campaign as an independent candidate, I was her campaign manager and will once again support her during this campaign. While I will continue to write for […]



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Lee Watts Running in State Election

  By Di Sneddon Lee Watts is running for the State election under the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party because it’s a decision that can  enable the big difference to what is needed in the Upper Hunter. Frustrated at the city centric funding behaviour, knowing the need for rural communities and fed up with the […]



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Rainfall – Past 24 Hours

WHILE there was the promise of 20 to 30 ml from the weather system moving through the Valley, the decent falls did not make it into the Upper Hunter. The system is continuing to move north-east, with only a few millimetres expected today and the system will clear tomorrow. Recorded rainfalls in the last 24 […]



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Council Meeting: September 24

WAYNE Bedggood was returned as Mayor for another two years unopposed and Cr Maurice Collison was reelected as Deputy Mayor. Other issues raised including whether the Shire should reject any money from coal mines for the community, if a heritage assessment should be avoided on the Murrurundi hospital in case a new design needs to […]



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Quality and Quantity at Scone Short Film Festival

THIS year more than 200 people enjoyed eight Australian Short Films, rarely played outside of capital cities, in Scone on the weekend. David Curzon who directed the film The Passengers has toured the world screening his film in more than 30 locations and said he was honoured to play the film in Scone. “We’re very […]



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Sheep Set to Make a Comeback

THE recent success of a wild dog program is making sheep a viable option in the Upper Hunter again. The Local Land Services in the Hunter has coordinated a new program, using baiting, trapping and shooting simultaneously and targeting hot spots identified by local sheep farmers. Craig Murphy, the chair of the Hunter Valley Combined Wild […]



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Scone Court Report – September 2018

THIS month Magistrate Soars warned that there will come a time in terms of general deterrence that she will be putting someone in goal for repeat drink driving and again expressed her concern at the high rates of repeat drink driving in the local community.

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Help Firies Get Ready

LOCAL Rural Fire Services are reaching out to the local community this weekend in an effort to educate people about the fire season ahead and hopefully get more volunteers on board. This fire season is expected to be one of the hardest with some of the driest conditions faced in living memory and many farmers […]



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Wheels for Westpac

MORE than 80 riders will hit the road tomorrow to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in the annual Alive and Well on Farms Ride for the Chopper. The riders will begin at 11am tomorrow in Tamworth, are expected in Ellertson on Sunday via Nundle and on Monday will travel through Scone to Singleton, finishing in […]



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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. AQUIS – Despite the new signage for Aquis at 185 Kelly Street, where the news agency was once located, Aquis will not be moving in and for […]



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What’s On This Weekend: Sept 22 – 23

If you would like your event included in What’s On This Weekend please contact us. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 MACINTYRE CUP – Polo Tournament What: The polo tournament is played over two days, with the final for the Macintyre Cup played on Sunday. See related story: Fun Sport with a Proud History. When: Saturday, September 22. […]



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Fun Sport with a Proud History

DUNCAN Macintyre said the Macintyre Cup polo match being played this weekend in Scone, is a great opportunity for people to get together and enjoy watching ‘rugby on horseback’. Duncan’s great, great grandfather Donald Macintyre was one of the founders of polo in the area and the Cup is named in his honour. “It’s just […]



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New Chapter for Literary Festival

JANE Jordan has stepped into the role of president of the Scone Literary Festival and said she is excited to keep up the momentum of the festival which while only in its fifth year is attracting exceptional writers and avid readers of all genres. From bush poetry to steamy sex scenes, crime writing and conversations […]



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Stock Report: September 18

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 703 cattle yarded yesterday in what was a fairly quiet week. The market was very similar to the last few, but plainer cows were 10 or 15 cents dearer. Trade calves to the butcher shops, so good finished trade vealers and yearling cattle were ten or 15 cheaper, but everything […]



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Veteran’s Golf: September 18

By Graham Turvey With thanks for a government grant and local volunteers the Denman golf club-house will be gaining a new roof very soon. The club is getting stronger – they just need some rain like the rest of the Upper Hunter. Twenty-one Vets played a 2-person Ambrose event at Denman on Tuesday, Sept 18. […]



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Show As Good As Ever

ORGANISERS of the Merriwa Springtime Show were pleasantly surprised that the numbers at this year’s show held firm during the drought. “It was much better than we expected the gate takings were equal to last year, our bar was up 15 percent on last year, overall entries in most sections were equal to if not […]



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Calling All Snappers

PHOTOS maybe taken with an iPhone or with a state-of-the-art camera; they might be shot by an amateur who captures a great moment or a professional with great technique; all photos and photographers are welcome at the Murrurundi Photographic Prize. Mandy Archibald, president of the Murrurundi Arts and Crafts Council said the prize is so […]



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Town Prepares for Touch

CONSIDERING Scone is a town of 5,000 people, having 1,000 people playing in the touch football competition is remarkable. David Casson, member of the Scone Touch Association committee said when the teams play in away competitions other towns are amazed at the number of players from Scone. “It’s easily the largest sporting competition in Scone, […]



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Hay Transport that Stacks Up

TO assist with the movement of hay, food and stock during the drought, the Roads and Maritime Services has introduced a new New South Wales Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Notice which allows eligible vehicles to operate without applying for a permit. The changes mean each truck can move more hay, but with many carriers […]



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Glenbawn Dam Falling Into Summer

GLENBAWN Dam is currently at 64 percent of its storage capacity and falling, but Water NSW said water security in the area is possibly the best in the state.

However, with the ongoing drought and mines set to draw more water from the Dam Upper Hunter Shire Council is considering voluntary water restrictions.

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Scouts Take to the Sky in Scone

THERE were planes buzzing over Scone this weekend as more than 100 Scouts took their turn to fly out to Glenbawn Dam as part of the Scone Air Camp, which is held every five years. Three Cessna 172 aircraft from Camden, which are owned by the Scouts and flown by Scout leaders, were on hand […]



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Total Fire Ban Issued

A total fire ban has been declared for Greater Hunter today, due to forecast hot and windy conditions. The Rural Fire Service may issue a harvest safety alert for areas of heightened risk, so harvest operators should monitor conditions and check they are operating within guidelines. During a total fire ban the following applies: no […]



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Drought Doesn’t Dampen Show

THE Merriwa Springtime Show, on this weekend, has attracted a record number of cattle entries to the surprise of organisers. “I was worried the drought would affect numbers, but it’s going through the roof,” said Rob Tindall, president of the Merriwa Springtime Show. “Lots of poultry entries, our cattle section is much better than any […]



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Seeking the Family of Gaz

DARACON are hoping to reach the next of kin for “Gaz”. UPDATE: The memorial to “Gaz” is for Gary Hall, who passed away on January 17, 1999. Gary was travelling to Sydney from his home town of Moree riding his trike. He collided with a truck near the 50 kilometre zone north of Scone. Gary […]



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What’s On This Weekend: Sept 14 – 16

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 MERRIWA SPRINGTIME SHOW When: 8am – 2pm on Friday, see times for Saturday and Sunday below. Where: Merriwa Showground, Crn Golden Highway and Dutton Street, Merriwa. Full Details: Community Calendar: Merriwa Springtime Show. SCONE ART PRIZE When: 10am – 4pm. Where: Scone Arts and Crafts Hall, Kingdon Street, Scone. Cost: Gold coin […]



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Drought Support at Springtime Show

LOCAL Land Services will be on hand at the Merriwa Springtime Show tomorrow to help farmers with the latest in farm technology and drought support assistance. There will be a series of presentations between 10am and 2pm, with times for each presentation available at the front gate, including: A beginners guide and the power of […]



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