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Is Your Farm on the Map?

ANIMAL rights group Aussie Farms have published an interactive map of farms and animal industry facilities in Australia, including many in the Upper Hunter. Local dairy farms, horse studs, piggeries, egg farms and the abattoir are listed with many other farms identified and yet to have more detail on their operation added by their supporters. […]



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Locusts Blow Into the Upper Hunter

AUSTRALIAN plague locusts have been found on six properties in the Upper Hunter and the Local Land Services are encouraging farmers to take a closer look at grasshoppers and locusts on their properties. Luke Booth, biosecurity team leader for Hunter Local Land Services, said any sightings of the Australian plague locust should be reported immediately. […]



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Jess Laid to Rest

MORE than 1,000 friends and family attended the funeral of Jesus “Jess” Bebita in the Philippines on Saturday, more than a month after he was murdered in Scone. His childhood friend, Elden Fuentes, said it was unusual to have so many people at a funeral and his friends and family were still in shock. “They […]



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Weather Forecast for the Week

THE cool change was a welcome relief last night bringing with it some light showers. The rainfalls recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology were as follows: Merriwa: 23ml and 9.4ml Moonan Flat: 11ml Murrurundi: 4.6ml Rouchel: 0.8ml Scone: 3 ml Timor: 13ml Today there is a chance of further light showers as the system moves […]



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Hendra Vaccine Case Update

LAST month the matter of the class action against Zoetis, the makers of the Hendra vaccine, appeared before Justice Michael Lee in the Federal Court. (See related story: Hendra Class Action) On hearing the initial submissions Justice Lee said, “…I can tell you that the one thing that’s clear to me in this case, is […]



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Stock Report: January 8

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 600 cattle yarded in Scone today, after the saleyards were closed for three weeks during the Christmas period. The majority of cattle were in good condition, hence there were not a lot of plain cattle about. Most of the cattle being sold are being fed with supplements and off irrigation […]



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Wallabies Find Safe Home

TWO brush tailed rock wallabies have moved into the Aussie Ark on Barrington Tops in hopes they will save their species from extinction. Tim Faulkner, president of Aussie Ark said there were less than 20,000 brush tailed rock wallabies left in the wild due to foxes, wild dogs and destruction of their habitat. “What we […]



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Weather Forecast

THERE is a trough in the south-east of the state pulling down warm north-westerly winds into the Upper Hunter. There is a 20 percent chance of a thunderstorm in Scone tomorrow, with more chance of storms on the Range. As the trough moves up towards the north-west the Hunter is in the zone to expect […]



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Scone Patient Transferred Overnight

OVERNIGHT Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew to the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone to retrieve a 36 year old man suffering a medical condition. He was flown to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for further treatment. Share…



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Council Says Water Safe to Drink

BLUE green algae was detected in Murrurundi Dam yesterday at level 3 prompting Council to issue a media release, however Council say the water is still safe to drink. The statement from Council said 70 percent of the town’s water is supplied from the emergency bore and all water is filtered through a treatment plant […]



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Light Plane Incident Near Aberdeen

AT approximately 8:15pm the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to assist a 78 year old pilot of a light plane who had to make a forced landing in a paddock near Aberdeen and praised locals who witnessed the incident for their quick response. Local paramedics and the Westpac medical team treated the pilot after he […]



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Swimming Pool Near Drowning

ON Christmas Day at approximately 6:30pm a 51 year old Scone man was found face down and unconscious in a private swimming pool. He was pulled from the pool by a relative and the ambulance was called. It was estimated the man was submerged for more than a minute and was semiconscious when the ambulance […]



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Scone Court Report: December 2018

MAGISTRATE Soars again made mention of the disproportionately high number of drink driving offences in a town the size of Scone. She explained that mid-range offences will carry with them a mandatory interlock period which is an expensive process and that she had begun imposing no drinking conditions as part of conditional release orders, meaning if any alcohol is found in the persons system they will have breached the order and be brought back before the court.

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Santa Runs Begin Tonight

THE Kingdon Ponds Rural Fire Brigade are excited to announce Santa will once again be making time to hand out lollies to the children of Scone, beginning tonight. He will begin in Joan Street at approximately 5:30pm and wind his way through the streets of Scone township east of Kelly Street, plus Eveleigh Circuit. He […]



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Jess Remembered

Mr Jesus C. Bebita, called “Jess” by his friends, was a school principal in the Philippines, before deciding to come to Australia in 2013 for what his friend said he hoped would be “greener pastures”. But in the early hours of Tuesday morning Jess died in his flat in Parker Street, Scone and his death […]



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Rainfall in Past 24 Hours

THE storm which tore through the Upper Hunter last night brought more wind than rain, with the Scone Airport recording wind gusts of 111 km per hour at 6:40pm and in Murrurundi 114 km per hour at 6:50pm. The rainfalls recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology were between 10 and 15 ml, with heavier falls […]



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Electricity Lines and Trees Down

THE storm which just passed through the Upper Hunter has brought trees down and electricity throughout Scone. Please be aware if you are driving and if there is damage which is life threatening, please phone 000, if there is damage to your property phone SES: 132 500. If you have information on storm damage obstructing […]



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100th Problem Dog Culled

THE wild dog control program in the Upper Hunter has culled the 100th problem dog in 12 months, giving the $15 million local sheep industry reason to breath a sigh of relief. Eleven organisations combined their efforts and Luke Booth, invasive species team leader for Hunter Local Land Services said the program has been successful […]



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Rainfall in Last 24 Hours

IN the past 24 hours some parts of the Upper Hunter received more than 50 percent of the average December rainfall and more storms are possible later today. The Bureau of Meteorology said the system of storms which moved through the region last night brought totals of 30 to 50 mls and produced winds in […]



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Police Confirm Murder Investigation

LOCAL police have confirmed the investigation into the death of a 41 year old man in Parker Street, Scone is now a murder investigation. Inspector Joanne Schultz described the injuries of the deceased as traumatic and significant. The weapon used and the cause of death are yet to be determined. The two men were known […]



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Suspicious Death in Scone

THE 41 year old man who died in his apartment in Parker Street, Scone was described by his neighbour Violet Baker as a lovely man. “He was very polite and well mannered, went to church every Sunday,” said Ms Baker. “I always knew if I needed something he was there,” she said. The man was […]



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Breakfast Van for Scone

NEXT year school children in Scone will be able to grab a bite of breakfast on their way to school from a new food van run by the Scone Nieghbourhood Resource Centre. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre Manager, said they were excited to be able to cater for local children. “Students […]



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Police Investigate: Body Found in Scone

THE New South Wales police have just issued the following statement: A man is assisting police after a body was found at a house in Scone today. About 6.30am (Tuesday 18 December 2018), a 20-year-old man attended Muswellbrook Police Station and provided information to police. Officers from Hunter Valley Police District attended a house on […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 11

By Russell Sakey Results: Merriwa 8/164 defeated Bushrangers 7 / 163 Belltrees 6 / 268 defeated Murrurundi 6 / 262 Belmore Bulls 9 / 150 defeated Bunnan 5 / 148 Muswellbrook Silver v Muswellbrook Blue – no results recorded Aberdeen v Rouchel – no results recorded Share…



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Bones Still Sidelined by System

By Des Dugan GETTING things right for the disadvantaged has become a plea from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party representative Lee Watts. In particular Mrs Watts wants the government to pay attention to affordable and decent housing for the disadvantaged in the country communities. Lack of government spending in this area has left many […]



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Upper Hunter Left Waiting for Infrastructure

By Des Dugan THE government wants migrants to be relegated to the country to ease the pressure on the cities but is not prepared to look at the infrastructure of the country residents to facilitate this move. Local Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party candidate Lee Watts brought the lack of public transport facilities home with […]



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Teddy – A Bit Drought Affected

THE makers of the iconic Christmas hay decorations south of Aberdeen said Christmas had to be cut short to Xmas this year due to the short supply of hay. Peter Day, from All Day Concrete, said he had to break the news to Mick Day the artist. “I had to scrape some up (hay) from […]



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Rainfalls and Outlook

THE Bureau of Meteorology has recorded the following rainfalls in the Upper Hunter in the past 24 hours until 9am this morning: Scone: 3.8ml Murrurundi: 3ml Merriwa: 20ml Aberdeen: 4ml Cassilis: 22ml The larger readings in Merriwa and Cassilis were due to storm activity in the area. Today the Bureau is predicting shower activity which […]



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Chance to Visit the Devils

IN January the Devil Ark will open it’s gates to visitors, giving the community the first opportunity since the conservation facility was established in 2011 to visit the Tasmanian devils and other threatened species. From Tuesday, January 1 until Sunday, January 27 their doors will be open every day between 10am and 2pm with tours […]



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Christmas Carols Lift Community Spirit

ON Sunday night the community gathered for the annual Christmas Carols at Strathearn. More than 150 people pulled out a deck chair, sat on a picnic rug or hang out in a tree and sang along to carols led by the Scone Singers. Janelle Birch, volunteer coordinator for Strathearn Aged Care said it was another […]



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Help for Hampers this Christmas

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre is putting together Christmas hampers and needs some of Santa’s helpers with the finishing touches. “Every child on our list will receive a presents wrapped in love from one of the most generous communities that I am proud to be a resident of,” said Mrs Watts. “But our pantry is […]



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Recorded Rainfalls – More on the Way

The rainfalls recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology during the past 24 hours in the Upper Hunter are as follows: Aberdeen: 9.6ml Cassilis: 8ml Merriwa: 16ml Murrurundi: 19ml Scone: 11ml Light showers are expected throughout today with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon in some places. Tomorrow severe thunderstorms are expected to reach into […]



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Chris Wilson: 2018 World Junior Bull Rider Champion

CHRIS Wilson today became the 2018 World Junior Bull Rider in the 14-16 year old division in Las Vegas. In his first ride he scored 73 1/2, the second 76 and in the final ride today 83. Watch video of the ride below… Marie Wilson, Chris’ mum was excited to hear the news at home […]



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Veteran’s Golf: Dec 11

By Graham Turvey The fourteen Vets who came to Denman for their Stableford event on Tuesday, 11th Dec played in delightful light rain for the whole round – a great drop. Bob Lawman started with two wipes but finished well to win with 40 points C/B from Captain Phil Ledgerwood 2nd for gift cards, with […]



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Weather for the Week

SOME light rain has fallen overnight across the Upper Hunter with 0.4mm in Murrurundi, 5.0mm in Merriwa and Scone receiving 1.6mm to nine o’clock this morning. The Bureau of Meteorology has indicated that light showers are expected to continue today and into tomorrow with the possibility of thunder storms tomorrow producing isolated heavier falls. Thursday […]



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