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Local Chefs Stack Up

CHRIS Barnett from the Cottage in Scone and Glenbawn Dam local Mitchell Edwards who works at the Remington both competed at the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award in Tamworth on Tuesday and brought home bronze medals. Chris who has worked at the Cottage since it opened two years ago said he enjoys being creative with […]



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Kicking Good Fun

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has purchased an inflatable soccer dart board for the community. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said it is perfect to hire for a fundraiser, sporting event or family activity. “The 3.5 metre high inflatable soccer dart board is sure to catch everyone’s eye and attract plenty […]



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Veterans Golf: June 13

By Graham Turvey THE 28 Veteran golfers at Scone played a novelty stableford event on Tuesday, June 13 – they were only allowed three golf clubs and a putter! The treasurer Bob Minch shouted everyone lunch to boot, the scores were not affected and the usual suspects did best. Winner – Captain Max Holz 41 […]



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Scone Stock Report: June 13

By Stuart Sheldrake. There was 1080 cattle on offer today with the market relatively firm across the board, fewer export cattle presented with the majority of the yarding made up of weaners. There is a store cattle sale this Thursday June 15 starting at 11am with 200 to 300 cattle expected. For a full listing […]



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Neighbourhood Centre Excel

THE Scone Neighbourhood Centree is again running computing courses to help those in need, if Excel is hard for you to excel at then a specialty trainer will be on hand to help. Lee Watts Manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has organised Microsoft trainer Karlene Duwakin for the course. “The service has organised […]



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Scone Golf Report June 8 -11

ON Saturday June 10 the Scone golfers played an 18 hole stableford for George Betts’ Trophy, it was a dismal day and the scores were impacted by the damper playing conditions. The A Grade winner was Mac Dawson who had 38 points, one point ahead of runner up Ross Banks. In B Grade Scott Reid […]



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Queen Honours David Paradice

LOCAL business man and philanthropist Angus David Paradice has received the Queen’s Honour of Officer of the Order of Australia. His mother, Bobby Paradice said they were very proud of their son’s achievements. “We are very proud and he has always been very generous with his fortune,” said Mrs Paradice. Last year, David’s father, Dr […]



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Update: Accident in Aberdeen Last Night

LAST night at approximately 1:50am a red Honda Odessey collided with a power pole in St Andrews Street, Aberdeen. A 26 year old man sustained injuries in the accident and was later flown to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. Police have not confirmed if he was the driver of the vehicle or if he […]



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Accident in Aberdeen Last Night

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew a 26 year old male to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle overnight, following a motor vehicle accident in Aberdeen. The man sustained pelvic and facial injuries and was met by the helicopter at Muswellbrook Hospital. The patient is reported as being in a stable condition. Police are yet to […]



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Sheep Still Showstoppers

By Elizabeth Hagley THE cold weather did not deter locals and tourists alike from coming out in their droves for Merriwa’s  27th annual festival of the fleece today. See photos below. The event is well known for the running of the sheep, but today the red socked showstoppers enjoyed a more leisurely stroll up Bettington […]



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What’s On This Weekend: June 9 – 11

Friday Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces – Opening Night Live music from Everyday People and local poet Tim McLoughlin When: 6pm Where: Merriwa RSL, Bettington Street, Merriwa. Cost: $15 adults, $10 pensioner, $5 children. Saturday Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces – Bettington Street and the Showground. 8am – 3pm – Street stalls, kids corner, CWA […]



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Highway Closed at Muswellbrook

THE New England Highway remains closed following a two-truck accident, which occurred at approximately 12:40am near Sandy Creek Road on the northern outskirts of Muswellbrook. One driver sustained serious limb injuries and was taken to hospital and the other driver was uninjured. Diversions are in place for light vehicles travelling north via Kayuga Road and […]



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Shed Gets Windfall

LEE Watts from the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said they are excited to learn they will be receiving $47,000 from the federal government to continue the Virtual Shed program for another six months. “It has been very popular with men in our community and it is great that the government has recognised that by continuing […]



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ARTC Warn Caution Needed

WHILE the investigation is continuing into an incident last night in which a ute was clipped by a grain train at the level rail crossing on Segenhoe Road south of Aberdeen, the Australian Rail Track Corporation has issued a safety reminder to residents for level rail crossings. Bas Boyln, general manager corporate affairs from the […]



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Car Collides with Train

A car has collided with a train on Segenhoe Road, just north of Aberdeen. Emergency services are on scene and the New England Highway remains open. Updates below… UPDATE 1: Nobody was injured and the incident occurred at approximately 5:30pm. UPDATE 2: The traffic management centre has advised the passenger rail services between Scone and […]



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Registered Nurses Not Needed 24/7

LAST month the state government voted 45 to 34 not to pass law requiring all aged care facilities to have a registered nurse on site at all times.

Jo Bailey, managing director of Quality Care said when she heard people in the local community voice their concerns that the law was not passed, she decided to hold an information session tomorrow to explain why so many people in the aged care industry supported the government’s final decision.

“I am just going to do a presentation on the facts around the whole RN issue in aged care,” said Ms Bailey.

“People don’t realise is they would have been signing a death warrant for all these small stand-alone facilities, overnight you would have had Murravale, Gumman Place at Merriwa, Merton Court and the one at Boggabri would close,” she said.

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Snow Possible this Week

THE Bureau of Metorology has not had any official reports of snow on the Barrington Tops last night, but said snow had been expected down to 1300 metres. A resident of Tomalla said while there was no snow in their area, there were reports of a light dusting at Polblue. Steph Spackman from the Bureau […]



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Benefit for Ange Overwhelming

THE Benefit for Ange held on Friday night at the Scone Sporties for Angela Oversby who at 31 was told she had metastatic terminal bowel cancer was sold out with the club at capacity. Lisa Murphy, one of the event organisers was overwhelmed with the response from the community, business and individuals from the local […]



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Scone Court Report: June 2017 – Extra Hearings

THERE were two additional court days set down for hearings this month. During the hearings Magistrate Prowse recounted a case where it was unclear if prisoners may have escaped a minimum security prison, as the boundary of the prison was not clear. He stressed the importance of knowing the curtlage of a property in cases […]



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Update: Quad Bike Accident Blandford

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter has confirmed they have taken a 53 year old male with chest and suspected spinal injuries to the John Hunter hospital in Newcastle in a stable condition. The man had been on a quad bike which had rolled over down a hill on a property east of Blandford. Share…



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Quad Bike Accident in Blandford

THE Tamworth based Westpac rescue helicopter is on route to Blandford to care for a 55 year old male who has been in a quad bike accident. No other details are available at this stage. Update: Quad Bike Accident Blandford. Share…



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Trail Closures in the Barrington

ANNUAL road closures in the Barrington Tops are now in place and include the Barrington Trail both north and south, Paddy’s Ridge Trail, Butchers Swamp Trail, Bullock Brush Trail, Tugalow Trail and Thunderbolt’s Way. There is no vehicle access to Little Murray, Junction Pools and Gummi Falls camping areas. The trails are closed during winter […]



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Probus Buses In

THE Terrigal Haven Probus Club visited Scone over the last three days with 34 of it’s members after 6 months of planning by Terrigal Haven Probus member Brian Heggerty with the assistance of Lee Watts and the Neighbourhood Resource Center. Mr Heggerty organised the trip after wanting to see an equine hospital and Belltrees. “Probus […]



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Trackwork Better with GPS

MORE than $20 million dollars worth of maintenance will be carried out by the Australian Rail Track Corporation during upgrades to Hunter Valley railways. Navigation technology will be used to keep the workers safe while increasing efficiency of the works. ARTC will undertake a range of scheduled maintenance tasks including full track reconstructions, new rail […]



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Stock Report: May 30

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE was a yarding of 1,450 cattle penned yesterday. A good number of cows were penned and they sold eight to ten cents dearer. The majority of the yarding was trade cattle and a good run of weaners and finished cattle. The heifer portion was no different, it was probably firm, however […]



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Managing Ewes

HUNTER Local Land Services will hold a ewe management workshop in Merriwa next month. Geoff Duddy from Sheep Solutions will present the workshop, including: improving ewe productivity, management and condition; improving lamb survival rates; condition scoring, and economic analysis. WHEN: 8:30am – 3:30pm, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. WHERE: Merriwa Showground Pavilion, Golden Highway, Merriwa. RSVP: […]



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Have Your Say on Traffic Plan

TWO thirds of fatalities on New South Wales roads are in regional and country areas with the majority of those being people from the country and a road safety forum at the Scone RSL Club was part of a series of meetings aiming to have zero fatalities on our roads. Staff from the Centre for […]



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Local Travel Agents Big Winners

LOCAL travel agency Helloworld has won the best retailer of the year for NSW and the ACT last week at the Helloworld Travel 2017 Owner Managers Conference at the Gold Coast. They won the award on a points based system from 88 stores across the state with criteria including excellence in best practice, customer focus, […]



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Speak Up About Lack of Services

THE Where There’s A Will Foundation is urging people to participate in a federal government survey to improve mental health and reduce suicide. The results of the survey will also guide funding decisions for mental health in the Upper Hunter for the next 5 to 10 years. “People are coming to the Where there’s a […]



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Murrurundi Art Prize Success

JENNY Vaughan an artist from  Timor won Murrurundi Art Prize best in show for her painting “Filling the Dam Once Again”. Judge John Bradley felt the title of the painting matched its essence. Other winners: Open Section: Carol Dian Scaramuzzi “Guarding the Flock” Stockman’s Challenge: Stuart Dawson “Backbone of Rural Industry” Portraiture: Pat Jovanovic “The […]



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Man Apprehended in Merriwa

ALFRED John Impicciatore, a 46 year old male was apprehended in Merriwa on Friday for a warrant issued in Western Australia and refused bail. He appeared in Newcastle court today where an extradition order was made to the district court of Western Australia in Perth. The details of the warrant are suppressed in New South […]



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Scone Golf: May 25-27

By Lyn Banks A very good field of men played a 2Ball and Individual Stableford at Scone Golf Course on Saturday, May 27. The winners of the Scott Shann and Duncan Yuille Trophy were Matt Langan and Phil McGuirk who had a great 48 points, and Scott Reid who won the individual prize with 44 […]



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History May Be Bulldozed

COUNCIL is currently considering a development application from MacCallum Inglis to demolish a building which may date back to at 1853 at 77 Main Street and a block of flats, to erect a goods shed. The statement of heritage impact in the application is vague about when the building was erected estimating it may have […]



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Road Safety Planning in Scone

THIS afternoon the New South Wales Centre for Road Safety is holding a forum at the Scone RSL to create safer roads in the area as part of their 2021 road plan. The forum aims to identify and discuss road safety issues of most concern to the community and countermeasures to make local roads safer. […]



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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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