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From Armies to Orchestras

NIGEL Bates renowned English percussionist will be visiting Scone on Tuesday evening to give a lecture on ‘Percussion Use and Abuse’. Nigel is currently the Music Administrate for The Royal Ballet and while his career has been based in Europe he also spent time in Central Queensland on the Messiah Project and is pleased to […]



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Saleyards Windfall for Softfall

DRAFT plans for improvements at the Scone saleyards are set to become a reality following a grant of more than $2 million, which will be matched by the local Council and associated stock agents. According to stock agent, Stuart Sheldrake the improvements will be significant for animal welfare. “There are only drafts at the moment, […]



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Double British Acts

THE Scone Community Amateur Dramatic Society are rehearsing two plays for performances in September, both British, both comedies and both described as delightful by director Phil Charley. The first play “Lunch Hour” is by John Mortimer, who was best known for the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey and the second “Better Off Dead” is […]



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Stock Report: Aug 8

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE was a light offering of only 703 cattle, with very few export cattle yarded. Export cattle were slightly easier and with not many cattle there they were slightly easier on quality and numbers. The majority of the yarding was made up of a sprinkling of all types. There were a handful […]



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Editorial: Without Fear or Favour

IF there is a factual error made on scone.com.au we want it fixed immediately and do so as soon as it is brought to our attention, but when it comes to people claiming defamation it can be a different matter. In Australia defamation is not as clear cut as the American or English systems, which […]



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Ratepayers Not To Foot Defamation Costs

THE Office of Local Government made a clear direction to all Councils that they may not use rate payer’s money to take defamation cases for Councillors or Council staff, but in the Upper Hunter Shire Council there have been several instances of ‘letters of concern’ being issued by Council staff threatening defamation.

In April, Leah Marchant, a former volunteer at the Scone pound received a letter from Waid Crockett, the general manger of Council threatening legal action for defamation unless his demands were met and on Friday Ms Marchant also received a letter from Jason Marks a ranger from Council also threatening defamation action.

And in 2015 Mayor Wayne Bedggood stated in writing that statements made by Alex Gillian, a member of the public, were “liabilous”, but he did not proceed with legal action.

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Vale Elaine Herden

Elaine Margaret Lucy Herden of “Fairfield”, Scone passed away suddenly at home on Friday, August 4, 2017, aged 81 years. Loved mother of Kylie, Brendan, Jamie and Justine, grandmother and great grandmother. A funeral mass for Elaine will be held on Friday, August 11 at 11am in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Scone. Share…



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Westpac at Airport for Rider

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter is at Scone airport meeting a paramedic ambulance with a 35 year old male patient who has fallen from a horse at Scone Racecourse. The patient is reported to be suffering a head injury. UPDATE: The patient is being flown to the John Hunter Hospital. The patient was a jockey who […]



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Veteran’s Golf: August 8

By Graham Turvey It was especially fitting that Veteran golfer Les Brown won the Bernie Behringer Memorial Trophy on Tuesday, August 8 as Les and Bernie were the best of mates and enjoyed playing together on many occasions and courses. Pam Behringer was present to present the trophy accompanied by her friend, Mrs Clout. Thank […]



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Scooter Users Create Local Register

YESTERDAY scooter users rolled into an information session held by the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre to identify problem areas for local scooter users and hear from police about how the road rules apply to scooters. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said people were keen to be part of the new scooter […]



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Rugby League: Round 14 Results

FIRST GRADE: Muswellbrook 44 defeated Denman 8 Aberdeen 20 defeated Scone 16 Singleton won on a forfeit Greta Branxton RESERVE GRADE: Muswellbrook 74 defeated Denman 0 Murrurundi 30 defeated Greta Branxton 6 Aberdeen 26 defeated Scone 22 Singleton 34 defeated Merriwa 18 UNDER 18’s: Muswellbrook 28 defeated Denman 16 Singleton 28 defeated Scone 18 LEAGUE […]



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Scone Golf Report – Aug 3 – 6

By Lyn Banks The Scone lady golfers had a lovely day to play on Thursday, August 3. It was the 6th GNSW Medal round and the Monthly Medal for the Melanie’s Jewellers Trophy. Kathy Robinson had her best round ever of 85 for 63 nett to win the medal. Kellie Tarrant is showing the benefits […]



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Have You Had Your Mammogram?

THE mobile breast screen unit is in Scone until next Wednesday offering free mammograms to women between the age of 50 and 74. One in eight women are affected by breast cancer in New South Wales, even with a lack of a family history of breast cancer, so it is recommended that women have a […]



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Library Amnesty on Now

IT’s time to stop feeling guilty and take that overdue library book back to its proper home, while the Upper Hunter Library Network hold a book amnesty during August. Elizabeth Walter, library coordinator at Scone Library said the amnesty was a success ten years and she hopes it will be again during August. “A lot […]



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St Mary’s Aspiring at Aspire

ST MAR’YS of Scone took a hoard of children to see the Aspire performance of the The Hoarders Next Door at the Newcastle Civic Theatre yesterday. Aspire is an audition-based drama, dance, music and creative and performing arts program for students from years 5 to 11 from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and […]



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Dry Winter Will Continue

LAST night Scone received 25 millilitres of rain between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Murrurundi had 23 mls, Merriwa 21 mls, Moonan 15 mls and Aberdeen only 11 mls. According to the Bureau of Meteorology the Upper Hunter has received less than half the normal rainfall for this time of year. “In the past three months there […]



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Highland Games Thanks SES

THE Aberdeen SES has been helping the Highland Games for many years and their help this year was recognised by the Highland Games organisers who have donated to them to help improve their facilities. Tim McElroy, unit controller at the Aberdeen SES appreciates the recognition for his members and that the money donated will go […]



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Equilaw and Ausure Face Off for WTAW

THE Where There’s a Will foundation football match on August 12 will see some interesting half time entertainment with two old rivals and mates from Scone and Muswellbrook pitched against each other in a $20 000 kick-off competition. Michael O’Brien from Equilaw and Jason Brooks from Ausure have put their money where their mouths are […]



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St Joseph’s off to Ekka

ST JOSEPH’S High School of Aberdeen is travelling to the Royal Queensland Show to exhibit cattle, affectionately known as Ekka from the show’s previous name of Brisbane Exhibition. Fourteen students ranging from year 8 to year 11 are excited and looking forward to taking their animals to Ekka this Saturday for next weeks event. Lisa […]



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Scone Golf Report: July 29-30

By Lyn Banks ON Sunday, July 30 at Scone Golf Course the men’s open day was held. The day became extremely windy in the afternoon so the morning players of the 79 strong field had the better conditions. Jake Teague won the A.J. White Cup with the best scratch score of 74 in the afternoon. […]



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Scone Golf Report: Ladies Club Championships

By Lyn Banks THE Scone Golf Club ladies championships have concluded with round three played on Thursday, July 27. Lyn Banks won her seventh consecutive championship by 6 shots to runner up Julie Leckie. In Division 2, Pam Manning played consistent golf to finish 5 shots ahead of runner up Trish Dunnill. Annie Woods was […]



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Horses’ Birthday Explained

“Really it’s not their birthday at all for the vast majority, it’s a bit like the Queen’s birthday,” laughed Bill Howey local historian and well known veterinarian. “It has become the accepted mantra, it actually comes from the thoroughbred world really and the rules put there by the various jockey clubs who control the stud […]



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Fresh Start with Painting

MURRURUNDI resident David Darcy only picked up a paint brush 12 months ago, but on Saturday he attended the opening of the Archibald’s Salon Des Refuses exhibition in Sydney as a portrait finalist.

David had forged a career as a photographer, specialising in capturing ‘mongrels’ of the four legged kind but had always wanted to try his hand with the brush.

“My mainstay has been dogs, which is why I’ve been involved with the red dog movie and shot both the movies, but dogs has been my big thing for the last 17 or 18 years, but when my last dog passed away last year I thought I need to look for something else and I wanted to paint and I wanted to have a go at portraiture,” said Mr Darcy.

“I picked up a paint brush 12 months ago, painted picture and thought I can do this and that’s why I brought this place in Murrurundi because I thought I need a studio,” he said.

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Rugby League: Round 13 Results

FIRST GRADE: Greta Branxton 38 defeated Aberdeen 24 Scone 30 defeated Denman 16 Singleton 28 defeated Muswellbrook 20 RESERVE GRADE: Scone 38 defeated Murrurundi 24 Denman 26 defeated Merriwwa 34 Singleton 32 defeated Muswellbrook 16 Aberdeen won on a forfeit Greta Branxton UNDER 18’s: Denman 26 defeated Scone 16 Muswellbrook 28 defeated Singleton 18 LEAGUE […]



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Chopper for Patient in Murrurundi

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter has flown to Murrurundi to transport a 58 year old male suffering a medical condition to the John Hunter Hospital for further treatment. Share…



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Celebrating Local Educators

ON Sunday St Luke’s Church in Scone will be holding a service to celebrate education. “So many people give their time to teach others, pre-schools, day care, schools, TAFE, music, adult education to name a few and we would like to take the opportunity to give thanks for their dedication and celebrate their success,” said […]



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Horse Win Gives $30,000

A MENTAL health summit being held in the Upper Hunter during the next two days has been made possible by Duca Valentinois’ win at the Scone Cup earlier this year. Pauline Carrigan, founder of Where There’s a Will said the support of Godolphin may help reduce suicide and improve well being across the Upper Hunter. […]



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Alma Celebrates 100 Years

LAST Friday a nine year old boy asked to visit Alma Lennon because he wanted to see what someone who was 100 years old looked like. “I just wondered what he expected to see,” laughed Ms Lennon. “I thought it was funny,” she said. Alma celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday in Scone and joked […]



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A Bridge Too Far

AN 81 year old resident is standing her ground against Council after works on Middlebrook Road turned sour. Elaine Herden and her daughter Kylie live on property near the Middlebrook Bridge and were at their wits’ end when they phoned Councillor Lee Watts to ask for her help in protecting their land during Council’s construction […]



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Business as Usual

THIS morning it is business as usual at the Scone abattoir despite Australia being one of the countries listed by China as not adhering to their food labelling standards. China has temporarily suspended beef from six Australian meat work companies and the government is working to lift the ban as soon as possible. Patrick Hutchinson, […]



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Devil Ark Quoll Joeys

THIS morning the Devil Ark confirmed the birth of the first Eastern Quoll joeys successfully bred at the Barrington Tops breeding facility. The Eastern Quoll is extinct on the Australian mainland and has not bred in this region for over 100 years. In 2016 Devil Ark opened its doors to the Eastern Quoll with assistance […]



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Scone Stock Report: July 25

By Stuart Sheldrake 890 Cattle were yarded today in a similar yarding to last week, about 130 export cattle were yarded which were firm across the board, the best of the cows made up to 225 to 226 cents. The majority of the yarding was weaner cattle along with a few handy vealers but not […]



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Brilliant Bisc Tops Sale at $600k

TURANGGA Farm’s Unreserved Dispersal of In-Foal Mares Sale at White Park on the weekend grossed $4,171,500 from 87 lots sold and set a Scone record of $600 000 for an individual sale. The sale averaged $47,948 per lot with Brilliant Bisc from Elvstroem x Stella Cadente and in foal to Exosphere, making the top price […]



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Tax Help at the Neighbourhood Centre

IF you need tax help this year the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has a volunteer to offer Tax Help starting in August. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has been able to offer this service again. “The Scone Neighbourhood Centre is able to offer tax help this year commencing in August. This […]



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Motorised Scooters and Road Rules

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resouurce Centre will be running a free information session for scooter users after recent consultation and need people to express their interest before the day. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SNRC) organised the sessions. “Further to a recent round table chat with scooter users a free Information session […]



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