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Power Outages

THE scheduled power outage planned for tomorrow between 8:30am and 3pm in Scone has been cancelled, but further outages will occur this week in Scone. The cancelled works on Sunday would have impacted: Hayes Street; Park Street; Philip Street; Sherwood Street, Susan Street, Sydney Street; Wareemba Street and Waverley Street.  On Tuesday power to the […]



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Break Out the Popcorn and the Sparkles

THE Scone Film Festival is now the longest running film festival in the Hunter, outlasting many others and offering exclusively Australian short films and set to screen it’s 11th program on Saturday night. Catherine Bolton, president of the Scone Film Festival is excited about opening night on Saturday and the array of great short films […]



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What’s On

If you’d like your event listed in What’s On, please send the information to: news@scone.com.au. Friday, September 20 Luke O’Shea Concert – St Mary’s What: A songwriting workshop at St Mary’s culminates in a short concert by the students followed by a concert by nine time golden guitar winner Luke O’Shea. Bring a chair or […]



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Making it Fun and Keeping it Real

THE digital world can be challenging, but in many ways it can also make life much easier. To help people get the good things out of online, the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has organised a scavenger hunt on Wednesday, October 16 beginning in Elizabeth Park and taking you….well who knows what Lee has planned?! “We […]



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Rainfall in the Past 24 Hours

THE Bereau of Meteorology has reported the following rainfalls in the Upper Hunter in the 24 hours until 9am this morning: Aberdeen: 17ml Bunnan: 19ml Cassilis: 16ml Glenbawn Dam: 13ml Merriwa: 14ml Moonan: 10ml Murrurundi: 14ml Rouchel Brook: 15ml Scone: 21ml (Figtree) Yarrandi: 16ml



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Editorial: The Overpass: A Tale of the Ridiculous

IN 100 years time when people are waiting at the level crossings on Liverpool Street and Kelly Street and they wonder why an overpass wasn’t placed in town, here is the story of how it failed to happen….read more



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Land Purchased for Overpass

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council has purchased land at 2912 Kelly Street, just south of the industrial area of Scone, in the hope of building a rail overpass to link the old industrial area with the meat works and sale yards to the new area and the bypass. In a statement issued by the Council […]



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Scone Stock Report: September 17

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 1,150 yarded at the Scone sale yards today, with the market firm to five cents easier but the market held up quite well. There were a very good number of export cattle penned. Trade cattle were cheaper on quality and feeder cattle were back 10 cents. However, younger feeder were […]



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Scone Man to Retire After Keno Win

YESTERDAY a Scone man won $73,000 on Keno at the Scone RSL Club and said it came at the perfect time allowing him to retire earlier than expected. The man, who wished to remain anonymous, relived the moment he realised he had won on the Keno 8 Spot ticket when a Keno official phoned him […]



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Grammar’s Approach Yielding Results

THIS week Scone and Murrurundi communities will be able to hear first hand how the Scone Grammar School’s wellbeing program is yielding results at an information night. See details of sessions below. Paul Smart, principal of the Scone Grammar School said the approach to wellbeing has been shown to produce 11 percent better academic results. […]



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Local Farmers Take to YouTube

THE drought is dragging out and while there are no clouds gathering on the horizon, some local farmers have found silver linings talking to other farmers and welcomed the chance to do a YouTube video for the Local Land Services. Rob and Jenny Lee from Merriwa, said there are many tough decisions they have made […]



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Dartbrook Decision May Be Challenged

AUSTRALIAN Pacific Coal, the owners of the Dartbrook mine near Aberdeen, are considering an appeal against a decision by the Independent Planning Commission not to grant a five year licence extension for the mine. In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange last week, the Company said the five year extension was necessary to justify […]



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Golden Guitar Winner Inspiring Songs in Scone

NINE time Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea, will be holding a two day music workshop at St Mary’s Primary School Scone this week, culminating in a concert on Friday night. While Luke is a renowned singer and songwriter, he has also had a career as a teacher and loves the opportunity to inspire a new […]



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Enforcement of Water Restrictions Begins

A TEN percent reduction in the high security water allocation at Glenbawn Dam triggered Level 1 water restrictions on July 1 for most of the Upper Hunter Shire area, with enforcement of the restrictions beginning today. Residents who breach the restrictions will be given a warning and on the third breach receive a $200 penalty. […]



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Scone Golf Report: September 16

By Julie Leckie THURSDAY golf was played in sunny but breezy conditions for the Hunter Belle Cheese 18 Hole Stableford with a good number of ladies turning up for the chance to claim prize winning vouchers  to the fabulous Hunter Belle Cheese CafĂ©. A huge thank you to Hunter Belle Cheese for sponsoring this event. […]



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Update on Grass Fire

THE grass fire on the New England Highway at Halcombe Hill, near Aberdeen yesterday began when a camper trailer travelling south, lost a wheel and the metal rim sparked a fire.  Aberdeen and Scone Rural Fire Services attended and were able to extinguish the fire quickly. There was community speculation a cigarette may have been […]



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Weather the Week Ahead

TODAY will begin warm dry, but this afternoon a cold front will begin to reach the Upper Hunter, bringing fresh and gusty winds and the possibly of a light shower in the evening. On Tuesday there is the possibility of some thunderstorm activity as the front moves further east, but any rain is expected to […]



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Westpac Retrieval from the Barrington

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter is transporting a 53 year old male from the Barrington to the John Hunter Hospital. The man was in a motorbike accident on Thunderbolts Way and sustained head and chest injuries. He is in a stable condition.



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Fire Near Halcombe Hill

EMERGENCY services have been called to the New England Highway near Halcombe Hill, Aberdeen. The fire is in the 80 kilometre zone near the south bound lane. (See photo below) To avoid the scene, light vehicles can detour: Travelling north: Segenhoe Road and Gundy Road to Scone, or Dartbrook Road, Nandowra Road and Moobi Road […]



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What’s On

If you’d like your event listed in What’s On, please send the information to: news@scone.com.au. Friday, September 13 Scone Art Prize What: 2019 Scone Art Prize Exhibition. When: 10am – 4pm, Friday, September 13, 2019. Where: Scone Arts and Crafts Hall, 63 Kingdon Street, Scone. Cost: $2 at the door. Related story: Sculpture a Standout […]



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On Your Bike!

COUNCIL has planned five free bike rides to get people back on their bikes and start peddling through bike week. Bill Rose Complex to Cressfield Stud A 45 kilometre social road ride from the Bill Rose Sports Complex in Scone to the Cressfield Stud in Parkville. It will be a fully supported ride with coffee […]



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Westpac Called to Cassilis

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter is on route to a motor vehicle accident on the Golden Highway at Cassilis. Initial reports are that a car has rolled and the occupants may be trapped.



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Veteran’s Golf: August 20

By Graham Turvey It was cold and windy start for the 23 Vets who played a 2-person Ambrose event at Denman Golf Club on Tuesday, August 20. Thank you Kevin Warby for volunteering to play an individual round. Locals Terry Mitchell and Gary Ashmead did best with 67.75 from Brian Dever and Rod Upton 2nd […]



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