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What’s On This Weekend: May 26-28

FRIDAY Murrurundi Art Prize – Opening Night What: Murrurundi Art Prize – Opening Night When: 6:30pm, Friday, May 26, 2017. Where: RSL Hall, New England Highway, Murrurundi. Cost: $10 entry – catered event. Related Story:Murrurundi Ready to Hang. Scone Films Presents – A Man Called Ove What: Starring Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars and Filip Berg. […]



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Bucket Load of Syringes

MORE than 30 syringes were recently collected from the garden of the Woolworth’s car park in Scone, which is used as a thoroughfare for the Belmore Hotel and several needles were found at the front door of the store following the Scone Cup racing carnival. “It would be good to get this off the streets,” […]



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Business Mums Meet

MOTHERS who run businesses or are considering starting a business are invited to attend the first Start Up Mum chapter in Scone on Monday. Michelle Smith began Start Up Mum in 2016 on the Central Coast and since then has opened 11 chapters across Australia and generated an online community 0f 5,500 members. “Our local […]



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Scone Stock Report May 23

There was 1230 cattle penned this week in a very similar yarding to last week with most of the yarding made up of weaners and vealers. 200 export cattle were of a plainer offering and sold firm to slightly cheaper rates due to quality, no bullocks really penned, veal bullocks reached $2.85. The majority of […]



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Turangga Dispersal Sale

INGLIS has announced they will be holding a dispersal sale for local thoroughbred stud Turangga Farm in July at Scone’s White Park. Owner Stuart Ramsey is scaling back operations, with his son John to establish his own property and will continue to build a breaking in, training and breeding operation. The unreserved sale will consist […]



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Best Maintained at Wingham

By Lisa Bright LAST week 19 students from St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen joined another 400 students from 10 schools to show 140 steers at the Wingham Beef Week and came home with the ribbon for Best Maintained Team and success across several classes. See photos below. Results Paraders classes With the large number of […]



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Big Rewards Ahead of Home Carnival

By Racheal Finlayson LAST weekend seven teams-worth of Bunnan Polocrosse players trucked out to Coolah for the annual Cassilis Polocrosse Carnival. This year a new competition, the Toprail Pinnacle, was run in conjunction with the normal club competition and drew some of the top players from across the Eastern side of the country. Teams of […]



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Roadworks Rear End

THERE was a rear end accident over the weekend at the Turanville roadworks. The accident involved a 4wd and a trayback ute who were both travelling north approaching the traffic lights at the start of the roadworks, the driver of the 4wd said the sun was in his eyes and he didn’t see the ute […]



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Farm Makeover Time

THE Merriwa Landcare Group aim to inspire local landholder with the latest ideas in farm biodiversity next month when they hold a forum in Cassilis. The program will feature practical farmer to farmer sessions including: Uralla farmer-grazier, Tim Wright provide a guide to managing holistically for a sustainable future; Merriwa Landcare’s inspire diversity project – […]



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District Focus on Wild Dogs

WILD dog control is an issue throughout the entire Upper Hunter area and the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce are calling all local landowners to their June breakfast meeting to tackle the issue as a region. The meeting will focus on the economic and personal stress caused by the increasing activity of wild dogs and the […]



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Droving for Donors

THERE is a gazetted stock route over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Scone man Steve Ernst is hoping to herd 40 head of heifers across the harbour in November to raise awareness for organ transplant in regional areas. “Of course we have to pay a toll which is a threepence,” laughed Steve Ernst. Mr Ernst […]



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Lost Locks for Vicki

IN memory of Vicki James, more than $8,000 was raised by Meg Adams, Mac Dawson and Shane Bowman rin the World’s Greatest Shave earlier this month. “Hopefully Vicki would have been proud, after yelling at me for cutting my hair off,” laughed Ms Adams. “I had my head partial shaved and partially cut by Kim […]



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Scone Court Report: May 2017

MAGISTRATE Prowse was faced with some testing moments this court session with non attendance and ill prepared prosecution cases. He noted that it has been a mystery of the local court for years that cars are available every other day of the year except on the list day for court.

A prosecution case was brought before the court with a new charge, but no statement of facts and when written facts were handed up Magistrate Prowse said if it was an academic piece of work it would be sent back with “have another go”. Magistrate Prowse seemed further exacerbated by the prosecutors long winded explanation and overzealous justification of his own opinion, prompting the Magistrate to say, “in my opinion I am reasonably confident that at this point in time it is my opinion that counts.”

During proceedings Magistrate Prowse is often asked for his legal advice, which as Magistrate he is unable to provide explaining, “I don’t give legal advice, when I was a lawyer no one listened to me anyway.”

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Pushing On With Helmet Reform

SUE Abbott was in court this week for not wearing her bike helmet when riding on a local cycle-way. While some people have criticised Ms Abbott for being a Councillor and not adhering to the law, she argues that Australian law is out of step with the rest of the world and in a democracy […]



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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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Jock Keeps Kicking Goals

JOCK Madden is going from strength to strength since being selected in the Knight’s under 16’s team, he is the leading point scorer for his team, the second highest scorer in the competition, is playing in the grand final this weekend and is one of 40 players selected for the ‘emerging blues’ state of origin […]



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Tigger-iffic Donation

THE Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival have chosen three charities to support this year including the Variety Club, Riding for the Disabled and the Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship. The first of the donations was $1,000 given to local people who are participating in the Variety Club Bash whcih raises money for children who are […]



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Off to a Bowling Start

THE greens were full with 11 teams of barefoot bowlers, watched by more than 80 spectators last night at the Scone RSL for Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre fundraiser. More than $1,500 was raised to help the Centre buy its own building to house the services they provide to the community well into the future. Lee […]



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Groceries Help Make Ends Meet

EVERY week local charities are seeing more people in our community struggling to afford the basics and they are banding together to help bridge the gap. The Seventh Day Adventist Church has established a food pantry and the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre and Upper Hunter Homeless Service are organising Share the Dignity bags. The Seventh […]



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Greens Get the Go Ahead

BAREFOOT bowls, with a band and a BBQ will be going ahead tonight at the Scone RSL, starting at 5pm. The evening is a great family night and will help the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre to move into their own building. All registered players will receive a free BBQ and there are some great raffle […]



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Poachers Caught Red-Handed

IN a joint three day operation between local Police, and the department of primary industries game licensing unit last week 31 incidents of illegal hunting were identified. The operation used drones for aerial surveillance on public and private land, which resulted in two vehicles, firearms, ammunition, hunting bows, binoculars, spotting scopes clothing and knives being […]



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Police Update: April 29

ACCIDENT NEAR WINGEN FOLLOW-UP: AT approximately 9:10am on Tuesday, April 26, a sedan was pulled over on the western side of the New England Highway facing north when it appears to have attempted a u-turn across double unbroken lines when it was hit in the driver’s side door by another north bound Ford Ranger. The […]



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A Chapter Closes in Murrurundi

By Des Dugan THE demise yesterday of the local Murrurundi Post Office is bound to create a lot of discomfort in the small town as the elderly miss bill-paying and banking services. Today’s computer savvy populous are used to working the internet to do transactions; the elderly are not so fortunate. The post manager and […]



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