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Calling All the Foxy Ladies

JANE Ryan, a successful local financial planner, was inspired by the talents of local women, but saw the need for a space for them to share their ideas and decided to launch a new networking group, ‘All the Foxy Ladies’ in Scone. ADVERTORIAL “I’m constantly surprised by the depth of experience and talent of women […]



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Money for Local Hospitals

LABOR has announced they will provide more money to the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone and Murrurundi’s Wilson Memorial Hospital to address capital works and more nursing care as part of a state wide plan to improve health services in small rural communities. A $250 million fund for country hospitals and an additional $50 million […]



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Letter: The Health of Politics

The right to clean air; it ought to be a thing. It’s time to press the panic button on the air we breathe in the Upper Hunter and there’s no time to waste. At Tuesday night’s Upper Hunter Health Forum presented by Dr Ben Ewald, Dr John Van Der Kallen and Dr Bob Vickers from […]



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Calling Equine Local Legends

SCONE is bursting with equine legends and the Scone Horse Festival Committee is encouraging people to nominate them to be recognised in this year’s festival awards, with nominations closing next Friday. There are categories for Young Achiever, VIP and and Horse of the Year, with winners being announced at a dinner on Thursday, May 2. […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Semi Final Results

By Russell Sakey Rouchel  3 /  160 off 36 overs N Atkinson 43, Andrew Clydsdale 43, W O’Donnell 42* defeated Murrurundi 8 / 159 off 40 overs P Crowe 34, H Hobden 28, J Chapple 28, J Taylor 26*. A Clydsdale 3 / 19, S Brooker 2 / 16, Both sides were missing key players […]



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Weather in the Week Ahead

THERE were isolated showers on Sunday throughout the Upper Hunter, with the Bureau of Meteorology recording the following rainfalls: Scone: 7ml (Figtree Gully) 0.2ml (airport) Aberdeen: 3.8ml Merriwa: 20ml Murrurundi: 5.2ml Predicted temperatures for this week in Scone: Monday: 26 Tuesday: 28 Wednesday: 29 Thursday: 29 Friday: 32 Saturday: 35 Sunday: 35 There is the […]



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Pipeline Contractor Announced

LEED Engineering and Construction, an Adelaide based company, was announced as the successful tenderer for the detailed design and construction of the Murrurundi pipeline for the Upper Hunter Shire Council today. The 40 kilometre pipeline from Glenbawn Dam to Murrurundi will cost $14.2 million, with $13 million from the NSW government and $1.2 million from […]



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Scone Police Catch Slippery Suspect

TODAY local police received a frantic phone call from Scone resident, Karen McDonald who had arrived home to find an intruder of the most dangerous and slippery kind, a three and a half foot brown snake. “I came home and as I went to put my handbag on the wall unit I saw a brown […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

THE Bureau of Meteorology has said weather will be mainly fine this week with temperatures in the low 30’s. There is the possibility of light showers developing on Tuesday and a chance of thunderstorms reaching the Upper Hunter on Thursday, however the BOM has said they anticipate little if any rainfall. Thunderstorms on Saturday brought […]



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Drug Use Trends in the Upper Hunter

IN Scone Court last month Ben Hoffman a solicitor with Equilaw said he was seeing an increasing number of clients who expected to return a positive test to cannabis, but were shocked to find they also tested positively to methylamphetamine. “Over the past year we’ve seen an increase in people coming before the court with […]



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Scone Golf Report: March 4

By Lyn Banks Five rounds have been completed in the Hunter River District Men’s Senior Pennant golf series. On Sunday, March 3 Scone defeated Branxton 2-1 at Cessnock. Mick Alsleben & Red Palmer won 2 & 1, Ross Banks & George Davidson won 5 & 4 whilst Charlie Manning & David Druce lost 2 & […]



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Candidates in the State Election

THE ballot draw for the state election to be held on March 23 has been held this morning and the following candidates are running in the seat of Upper Hunter: Share…



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Rainfall Overnight

THE Bureau of Meteorology recorded the following rainfalls in the Upper Hunter area from a brief overnight thunderstorm: Aberdeen: 7ml Merriwa: 0ml Murrurundi: 4ml Scone: 8ml (Airport) 12ml (Kingdon Ponds) There may be light rain around the Barrington, but in the rest of the Upper Hunter not enough to register in the gauge. Share…



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Veteran’s Golf: March 3

By Graham Turvey The fourteen Vets who played a 2-person ambrose event at Murrurundi Golf Club on Tuesday, 5th March were saddened, when it was announced that Murrurundi Golf Course, following our game today, is closed till further notice due to the very dry conditions. Thank you to Christine Smith for the lovely chicken sandwiches […]



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$1 Million in Drought Funding

UPPER Hunter Shire Council was successful in receiving $1 million in federal grant funding for drought relief, which will be spent on a range of projects including: water filling stations for Scone and Merriwa enabling farmers and others to ‘fill up’ their pods; maintenance and repairs on Merriwa Youth Centre; mobility access toilets and outdoor […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket – Round 18 Results

By Russell Sakey Another unbeaten century to Nate Atkinson, 111* in the final round of the 2018 /19 competition. Ladder: Merriwa Murrurundi Rouchel Belltrees Bushrangers Belmore Bulls Aberdeen Bunnan Muswellbrook Silver Muswellbrook Blue Games on Saturday, March 9: Merriwa v Murrurundi at Merriwa Rouchel v Belltrees at Saunders Oval Round 18 Results: Rouchel 9 / […]



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Level Crossing to be Targeted

POLICE will be targeting dangerous driving at level crossings during a two week enforcement and awareness operation beginning next Monday in the New England area, but residents of the Upper Hunter are also reminded to adhere to the law with level crossings. Bernard Carlon, executive direction for the Centre for Road Safety said a moment […]



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Weather – The Week Ahead

THE Upper Hunter will experience temperatures six to eight degrees higher than average this week and there is the chance of storms on Wednesday. The higher temperatures are due to a high pressure system over the Tasman Sea which extends a ridge of high pressure over northern New South Wales and south west of that […]



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The Lead Up to Johnson’s Rampage

IN open court Judge Tim Gartelmann described Rodney Johnson’s actions as “staggeringly dangerous” and said it was “astonishing no one was killed”. He described the carnage left by Mr Johnson as “akin to a war zone” and said there was “no sentence other than imprisonment would be appropriate”. Judge Gartelmann spoke of the trauma of […]



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Johnson: The Facts on the Day

On October 11, 2017 Rodney Johnson stole a semi-trailer in Murrurundi and went on a psychotic rampage down the New England Highway culminating in the truck stopping and bursting into flames in Singleton. The details of the offences that day are set out in the agreed statement of facts and included the following: At approximately […]



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Sentencing for Rodney Johnson

JUDGE Tim Gartelmann handed down sentencing to Rodney Johnson this morning in Newcastle District Court. Mr Johnson who had stolen a truck in Murrurundi on October 11, 2017 and went on a rampage down the New England Highway, through several towns before crashing in Singleton was sentenced to an aggregate term of imprisonment of 12 […]



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Meet the Candidates in Scone

THE Scone Chamber of Commerce will be holding a meet the candidates forum on Wednesday, for the upcoming state election. The forum will begin with each candidate introducing themselves, followed by answering some pre-determined questions and then mingling with attendees. When: 6:30pm, Wednesday, March 6. Where: Scone RSL Club, 71 Guernsey Street, Scone. Share…



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Community Muster for Drought

TOMORROW the Department of Primary Industries are mustering at the Scone RSL Club to hear and share experiences of the drought and prepare for the future. Key speakers will include Dennis Holberg will discuss emotional well-being, Gerard O’Brien from accounting firm RSM Australia and Alister Bennett ANZ’s NSW state agribusiness manager. WHEN: 5pm-7:30pm WHERE: Scone […]



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Pranksters Revealed…

THE people behind the piles of horse manure left around town yesterday have been found to be part of the Scone Horse Festival. The prank was to launch this year’s official theme of “Legends, Myths and Fantasies”, explained Festival president David Gatwood. “The people of Scone like to have fun so we thought we’d better […]



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Council Meeting: February 2019

THE Council meeting on Monday began with an impromptu announcement from the Hon., Michael Johnsen MP that the Council had been successful in a grant application for phase one of the Scone Revitalisation to the tune of $2,965,782. Related story: Some Money for Revitalisation. Later in the meeting Cr Sue Abbott drew issue with State […]



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Bringing the Teal to Scone

MIM and Liv Bower have been inspired by a close family friend to raise money for Ovarian Cancer today and hope the Scone community will help them when they drop by Coles this afternoon. Their mum, Michelle Bower said she was incredibly proud of the fundraising her girls had done to date and while they […]



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What the Manure is Going On?

PILES of horse manure have been found throughout Scone this morning, puzzling early risers. The droppings were reported this morning in Kelly Street and initially people speculated it could be someone sending a message to Council about their revitalisation plans. Read: Some Money for Revitalisation. However, droppings were also discovered at local schools and Jared […]



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Veteran’s Golf: February 26

By Graham Turvey Early autumn weather was enjoyed by the 27 Vets at Aberdeen Golf Club when they played a stroke and putting event on Tuesday, 26th February. Doug Dowell has the greens looking good and playing truly. Winner was Graham Boles with nett 65 from Doug Dowell 2nd 66 C/B, 3rd Brian Dever 66, […]



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This Year’s King of the Ranges

DAVID Mitchell from Tooma said he just kept rocking up and at the end of the day with a bit of luck and hard work was crowned King of the Ranges for 2019 in Murrurundi on the weekend. David who has won the King of the Ranges twice before in 2012 and 2014 and was […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket – Round 17 Results

by Russell Sakey Aberdeen 194 off 40 overs C French 52, A McNeil 48, C McNeil 42*, M Sharma 14. C Stocks 2 / 23, defeated Merriwa 6 / 185 off 40 overs B Strachan 51, J Osmond 37, S Stokes 28, J Maben 13. N Connor 3 / 42, M Sharma 2 / 35. […]



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Some Money for Revitalisation

THE state government last night announced $2,965,782 in stage one funding for the Scone main street revitalisation representing approximately 15 percent of the $19 million project. Michael Johnsen MP attended the Council meeting last night to make the announcement to Upper Hunter Shire Councillors and said it was not a commitment before an election, but […]



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Predicted Flood Impact of the Bypass

FLOOD modelling for the bypass predicts a 10 percent increase in water levels on the western side of the bypass, but on the eastern side is expected to remain the same or be improved. The modeling was presented to the community on Saturday morning by the Roads and Maritime Services, however many residents remain concerned […]



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Weather in the Week Ahead

THERE is a high pressure system in the Tasman creating some offshore flow over the area. From a rainfall perspective there is a slight chance of light showers over the course of the next few days. The conditions will be quite settled with temperatures increasing throughout the week. There were some light showers over the […]



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Scone Court Report – February 2019

OFTEN people are unrepresented in court and struggle with understanding and complying with court and legal processes during their defence. However, Darrell Dawson appeared in court this month to challenge a charge of speeding more than 10 kilometres and after a lengthy hearing, Magistrate Soars dismissed the charge. It was certainly the most entertaining matter […]



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Bypass Flood Meeting

TOMORROW morning between 9am and 11am there will be a community meeting at the Scone Arts and Crafts at 63 Kingdon Street, Scone in relation to flood impacts with the Scone Bypass. The project’s hydraulic specialist will provide information on flood modelling, flood impacts, mitigation measures and emergency response arrangements. The broader project team will […]



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