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By Graham Turvey THE A Grade Champion of the UHVGA for 2018 is Captain Phil Ledgerwood who won by 4 shots. B Grade Champion is Lindsay Hodge who won by 2 and C Grade Champion is Brian Dever who won by 6. The Nett winner is Gary Gray with 147 nett. Twenty-two Vets played the […]



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All Hands Needed for Fire Season

THE Rural Fire Service are imploring people to volunteer ahead of this year’s fire season, which will start a month early on September 1. Tim Butcher, from Liverpool Plains Rural Fire Service has said volunteers have spent the last 12 months combating fires and this fire season is of high concern. “The inherent dryness of […]



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Drought Priorities

THIS weekend the federal government announced additional funding for drought affected areas, including grants of $1 million to local government areas. The Upper Hunter Shire Council was identified as a Council which may be eligible for a grant  to support infrastructure and upgrades including carting water. Steve McDonald, general manager for the Upper Hunter Shire […]



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Most Affordable Rent in the State?

LOCAL real estate agents and community support workers have scoffed at a report by Compass Housing claiming the Upper Hunter Shire is the most affordable area in the state for rent. The Affordable Housing Income Gap Report states that residents of Scone and surrounds only pay 20 percent of their income on rent, that there […]



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Good Eggs Win Delicious Gold Medal

MERRIWA’s Papanui Open Range Eggs were awarded a gold medal at the Delicious Produce Awards last week in Sydney. It is the third consecutive award for the local egg producers from Delicious and Di Killen said  the award is nice news during the drought. “We are always so thrilled to get an award it’s recognition […]



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Fireworks Warning

A private fireworks show is planned for tonight in Scone at approximately 7:30pm and pet owners are advised to ensure their animals are secured. The fireworks will be released in the south-eastern part of the town in the vicinity of Scone High School and Safework, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Fire and Rescue and Police […]



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Birds Get Savvier

THE first Savvy Birds event was a great success, with the event in Scone drawing the same number of women as their events in Tamworth. Dimity Smith, co-founder of Savvy Birds said the feedback from the more than 50 women who attended had been amazing. “We couldn’t believe that many people in Scone came to […]



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Bumper Crop of Quolls

THIS week pouches were checked and 30 Eastern quoll joeys were discovered at the Aussie Ark in the Barrington. The Eastern quoll became extinct on mainland Australia in 1963 due to foxes and feral cats, but survives in the wild in Tasmania. Last year the the quolls were bred for the first time at the […]



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Khan’s Ride Conquered

THE Archiblad brothers and their cousin have finished the Mongol Derby, with no bones broken and more than $150,000 raised for multiple sclerosis research raised. Touted as the toughest horse race in the world it stretches 1,000 kilometres over ten days, is inspired by the horse messenger system of Genghis Khan and only has 45 […]



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What’s On This Weekend: Aug 17-19

FRIDAY, August 17 NSW Floral Art Exhibition What: Scone will host a NSW Floral Art Exhibition this weekend with 21 exhibitors from across New South Wales, including artists who have competed internationally. People are welcome to come a view the displays or participate in 11 classes to hone your floral artistry. When: 9am to 5pm […]



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Total Fire Ban Issued

THE New South Wales Rural Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the Greater Hunter due to worsening weather conditions than originally forecast with strong winds and drier conditions. Winds in the Upper Hunter are approximately 45 kilometres an hour, with gusts of 50 to 60 kilometres expected. With a top temperature today […]



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Bypass Update Tonight – More Truck Movements

TONIGHT Daracon and the Roads and Maritime Services will provide an update to residents on the Scone bypass at the Council Chambers. Shay Riley-Lewis, community liaison for Daracon said she will provide an update on what will be happening during the next month. “In August there will be work on the water main and sewerage […]



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Veteran’s Golf: August 15

By Graham Turvey IT was great to have Vice President Rod Upton back with us – not playing because of his sore hand but helping to collate the scores on the white board, at Aberdeen Golf Club on Tuesday, August 14. Twenty-seven Vets played in the first round of the Championships plus the usual stroke […]



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Stock Report: August 14

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE was a bit more competition in the cattle market yesterday, with a few nibbles everywhere. There is a bit more activity happening out of the south in Victoria and Tasmania where they have had a bit of rain. It is a bit of hope that they might come and help the […]



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Agents Shuffled on Council Land

LOCAL real estate agents were shocked to receive an unsigned letter from the Upper Hunter Shire Council advising them their agreement with Council to sell land in the Aberdeen Heights subdivision had been terminated and the “agreement has now been issued to an agent as an exclusive listing.” The agents voiced their concerns to scone.com.au […]



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Pre-Loved Art Auction

SCONE Rotary Club is encouraging people to donate some of their art and buy some pre-loved art at an auction to raise money for drought assistance. “It’s a great way to freshen up the art you have in your home and contribute to a great cause,” said Lindy Hunt from Scone Rotary. “All of the […]



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Savvy Birds Flock To Scone

THERE are some women doing some awesome things in our community and this is the opportunity to soak up that knowledge, said Dimity Smith organiser for Savvy Birds. Savvy Birds, which was founded in Tamworth will be spreading its wings and holding the first of their events in Scone next Thursday. The speakers at their […]



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Before and During a Drought

FARMERS throughout the district are watching their land change before their eyes. Patricia Taylor talked about the changes she has seen on her property near Moonan, where she has lived for 28 years and has been in the family for more than 100 years. See photos of Patricia’s property below. Share your photos and story […]



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Local Students Win With Fat Cattle

ST Joseph’s High School have taken out the 2018 Herdsperson competition at the Royal Queensland Show, affectionately known as EKKA, showing cattle in their best fattened condition – a sight for sore eyes for many producers during the drought. See photos below. The herdsperson competition is judged on public relations, the display, cleanliness of the […]



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Stock Report: August 7

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 1032 cattle yarded at the Scone sale yards today, in probably one of the plainest yardings I’ve seen in some time. A good number of the yarding was made up of cows and the majority of those suffering the conditions. We saw all cows cheaper once again, but the plain […]



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Veteran’s Golf: August 7

By Graham Turvey The wonders of modern technology – Beryl in the Muswellbrook Golf Club pro-shop weaved her magic when twenty Vets played a 2-person ambrose event on Tuesday, August 7. Printed on their cards the pairs of players had their correct total handicap, divided by 4, available immediately. Thanks Beryl. Get well soon Rod […]



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Rainfall in Last 24 Hours

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded the following rainfalls during the last 24 hours in the Upper Hunter: Scone -8.6ml Merriwa – 4.8ml Murrurundi – 9ml The next front will come through on Saturday, but it is unlikely to reach the Upper Hunter, expect only a couple of milimetres at best.   Share…



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Treating Dog Bites Every Month

THERE were 18 people treated for dog bites at hospitals in the Upper Hunter Shire last year, according to data from the Hunter New England Area Health Service. The Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone treated 13 people from July 1 last year until June 30 this year and in the previous year there were 12. […]



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Cash for Farmers as Hay Prices Skyrocket

ON Saturday the federal government announced some farmers affected by drought would be able to access up to $12,000 in cash payments. Families on the Farm Household Allowance could receive a $6,000 payment in September and another in March, while single farmers without children could receive two payments of $3,600. The government has also changed […]



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Showers in Past 24 Hours

DURING the past 24 hours the following rainfalls have been recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology across the Upper Hunter: Aberdeen: 1.4ml Barrington (Carey’s Peak): 5.8ml Merriwa: 2ml Murrurundi: 4.2ml The light rain is only expected to fall for the next few hours before clearing. There is a chance of light rain on the weekend […]



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JBS Workers Strike a Deal

MEAT Workers at JBS Scone have voted to accept a new agreement, after more than 70 of them walked of the job in protest last month. Grant Courtney, Newcastle and Northern NSW secretary for the Australasian Meat  Industry Employees’ Union said the workers knew JBS was a highly profitable company and wanted a better offer. […]



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Map: Dodgy Dog Trails

THERE is currently an issue with dangerous and menacing dogs in Scone. The map below was developed to show in which streets people have encountered problem dogs including attacks, being bailed up, or unrestrained dogs. If you’ve had a “dodgy dog” experience please contact us to add the street where the incident occurred to the […]



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Teenager Attacked by Dog in Scone

THE parent of a 13 year old boy who was attacked by a dog on Saturday afternoon is furious that nothing is being done.

The 13 year old boy who is 160 cm tall and weighs 65 kg was walking with a friend down Stafford Street in Scone when a dog he described as an American staffy type of pig dog ran out of its yard and grabbed the boy on the leg.

The attack knocked the boy to the ground before he was able to free himself and call for help.

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Drought at the Checkout

SOME produce is getting harder to source with the drought impacting most of New South Wales and parts of Queensland, but Coles in Scone is keen to help local farmers at the checkout announcing $5 million in grants and interest free loans and are partnering with the local Country Women’s Association to distribute funds where […]



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Study Finds Critical Turning Point for Students

THE results of a pilot study involving five Upper Hunter schools has shown Year 4 is a critical time for children to be taught how to bounce back from difficulties. Before the trial there was a notable decline of resilience and well being in Year 4, 5 and 6 students across all schools, but after […]



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Stock Report: July 31

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 1,137 cattle penned at the Scone saleyards yesterday. It was a very tough day at the office. In the last fortnight conditions have deteriorated and we’re just starting to see calves coming off cows and a lot more cows coming onto the market that probably people were trying to feed, […]



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Veteran’s Golf: July 31

By Graham Turvey THE wombats, kangaroos and echidnas are reclaiming the Murrurundi Golf Course and leaving lots of fertiliser, no doubt due to the very dry conditions. Anyway, 13 Vets enjoyed their stableford event on Tuesday, July 31, plus the pies for lunch. Thanks John Norman. Get well soon Rod Upton. Bob Thorley did best […]



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Accident at Aberdeen

AT approximately 5:30 this evening a white station wagon had a collision with a 4WD on the New England Highway in Aberdeen. The occupants of the vehicles only sustained minor injuries and were attended to by Scone and Muswellbrook ambulance on scene.   Share…



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Council Meeting: July 2018

LAST night’s Council meeting began with a presentation from Russell Griffiths a resident of Murrurundi who is frustrated with the lack of response to dangerous dogs in the town. “I am here tonight to present to this Council documented victim and witness statements from 37 members of the Murrurundi community.” Mr Griffiths detailed some of […]



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Whittling Waiting Times – Walk-Ins Still Welcomed

RESIDENTS of Scone have given consistent feedback to the Scone Medical Practice that they want to see the doctor of their choice and not spend as much time in the waiting room. Many doctors are booked for weeks in advance, leaving patients with no choice but to wait for the duty doctor. However, the GP […]



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Some Emergency Relief for Drought

A $500million drought package announced today by the state government isn’t enough but might be an indication that decision makers are beginning to realise the catastrophic situation farmers are in. This is the opinion shared by Ian MacCallum whose family have farmed their Moonan Flat property for 170 years. Never has he seen or heard […]



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Slow Down for Emergencies

LOCAL ambulance said they are at risk when attending accidents on the highway and are glad a new law to slow down when emergency services are on scene will take effect on September 1, according to Mark Bell manager of Scone Ambulance. “There is large amounts of danger when we attend accidents, especially on the […]



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Westpac at Moonan Flat

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter from Tamworth has landed at Moonan Flat to care for a 19 year old male who fell from a horse at Ellerston. The man was transported by private vehicle to Moonan Flat where he was met by the Scone Ambulance and the Westpac helicopter. He has sustained a closed head injury […]



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Bloom Markets Back

THE Bloom Markets will be on tomorrow at the Scone Public School. The school fundraiser always attracts a good crowd with plenty of locally crafted products and entertainment for the children. There will be a free jumping castle, face painting, the Upper Hunter Toybox, Amy’s school of dance will perform, children’s craft, plenty of food […]



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Chewing on the Last Piece of Roo Meat

A former local newspaper editor has described the merger of Fairfax and Nine Entertainment as yet another blow for local newspapers and a media industry expert has described it as like chewing on the last piece of roo meat as we face the second invasion since 1788. Di Sneddon who worked as a local newspaper […]



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Railing Over Pedestrian Safety

THE Thoroughbred Hotel has just celebrated its first birthday since the major refurbishment, but the footpath out the front has drawn attention for the wrong reasons. For almost a year the Council have left makeshift yellow string as an attempt to protect pedestrians and patrons on a corner that has been the focus of safety […]



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The Toll on Our Roads

THE majority of people who died on Upper Hunter roads between January 2015 and June 2018 were not local, according to Transport for New South Wales. There were a total of nine fatal crashes of which 56 percent of people who died were not local and the remaining 44 percent were residents of the Upper […]



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Politicians Donating Pay Rise

THE Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party are calling on all politicians to donate their annual 2.5 percent pay rise to support farmers in drought. Philip Donato, the Member for Orange has donated his pay rise to Aussie Farmers and Upper Hunter candidate John Preston has pledged that if he is elected he will donate his […]



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Veteran’s Golf: July 24

By Graham Turvey Twenty-seven Vets remembered their golfing mate Bernie when they played the annual Bernie Behringer Memorial par 3 event at Aberdeen Golf Course on Tuesday, July 24. Thank you Doug Dowell and your helpers for setting up the course for the 24 holes. The winner with nett 66 was Jeff McKeon from Vice […]



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Preserving the Memory of Scone’s Fallen

TODAY the Scone Returned Services League sub-branch has received $3,000 to maintain the World War I memorial on Kelly Street. Val Quinell, president of the sub-branch said they were pleased to have the funding and would speak to a stonemason to assess how best to preserve the memorial. “There is moss growing on the top […]



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Scone Court Report: July 2018

THE following matters were heard in Scone local court this month: ALLEN, John, a 33 year old from Scone presented on a charge of drive with high range prescribed concentration of alcohol. The offence occurred at approximately 12:01am on March 17 on Satur Road, Scone, when Mr Allen returned a reading of 0.18. Mr Allen […]



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Transfer Last Night

LAST night the Westpac Rescue Helicopter landed at the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone to transfer a 63 year old male with a medical condition to the Tamworth base hospital.   Share…



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Veteran’s Golf: July 17

By Graham Turvey Congratulations to Gary Morley on his hole-in-one at the 17th hole, winning $300, when 26 Vets played a stableford event at the beautiful Muswellbrook Gold Club on Tuesday, July 17. Congratulations also to Sheree Piskorz on winning the event with 41 points from Terry Mitchell C/B 2nd, Brian Dever 3rd 40 and […]



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Scone Stock Report: July 17

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 627 cattle penned this week at the Scone saleyards, so a fair bit lighter due to the season and the market was cheaper, except for cows. Cows have been very solid the last three weeks to to lack of numbers throughout the state, plain cows could have been slightly cheaper. […]



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One Night Stands and Child Support

 LAWS OF THE GAME – WITH JOPLIN HIGGINS EVEN for parents who have been in a loving stable relationship, when things breakdown parenting can get complicated, but becoming a parent after a one-night stand has it’s own set of issues. Until the child is born the father has no rights over the foetus, but once […]



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