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Scone Court Report: April 2018

MAGISTRATE Prowse was back on the bench this month, as the visiting Magistrate and had an overflowing court room since court did not sit last month. Magistrate Prowse was true to form with his own brand of justice and colourful analogies to illustrate points. Of disappointment to him was that since the coronial inquest last […]



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Dogs and Sheep Gather in Murrurundi

“COME and park on the fence, sit back and enjoy something fair dinkum Aussie this weekend and watch the dogs,” said Brian Hunt. The Upper Hunter Championship Sheep Dog Trial trial has been a regular feature in Murrurundi for 100 years, with some years missed during the war or drought, but fortunately drought has not […]



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Getting Scone Job Ready

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has partnered with Australian Training and Consulting (ATAC) based in Tamworth to offer short courses in Scone to help local people gain more work skills. Lee Watts, manager of the Centre said they were excited to offer the training locally. “It is a great opportunity for people to gain skills […]



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Sharing the Dignity in Scone

THE April Dignity Drive is in motion in Scone,with the Scone Medical Practice and the local Commonwealth Bank nominating as collection points for donations of female sanitary items. Yesterday, items from the Scone Medical Practice were taken to the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre to be distributed to girls and women in the local community and […]



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Joy Rides for Murravale Residents

THE residents of Murravale are lining up for joy rides on the new Cycling Without Age trishaws. Di Van-Balen, operations manager for Murravale Retirement Home said it was wonderful to see the residents enjoying themselves. See video below. “The residents embraced the idea and within a short time many had been out and about experiencing […]



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Veteran’s Golf Report: April 17

By Graham Turvey Once again we welcomed Judy Miles (with apologies from her sons) for the presentation of the Ossie Miles Trophy – the first of the major golf events for 2018 for the Upper Hunter Vets, on Tuesday, April 17 at Muswellbrook Golf Club. Thank you to Jason and Beryl in the pro shop […]



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Murrurundi Calls Local Artists

ENTRIES for the Murrurundi Art Prize are open and local artists are encouraged to get creative and submit their works. The first prize is $1,000 and the People’s Choice award is $500 and to encourage local talent, only artists with local postcodes can enter. The prize is growing each year and new artists who have […]



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Star Equine Performer for Horse Festival

THE rodeo usually scheduled for the Saturday night following the Horse Week Parade was cancelled due to work being undertaken at White Park this year, but the Festival committee are excited to secure well known horseman Guy McLean to perform at White Park between 3-5pm. While Guy and his four stock horses have performed throughout […]



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Game Changing Election

JOHN Preston, Upper Hunter candidate for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party launched his campaign last night in Muswellbrook and said the coming state election would be a game changer for regional New South Wales. Robert Brown, Upper House Member of Parliament said John Preston was the ideal candidate for the Upper Hunter based on […]



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Strength to Strength at Inglis Sale

THERE was $116 million dollars traded at the three day Inglis Easter Yearling sale and was the second strongest yearling sale on record, the first being in 2008 before the global financial crisis. The top selling horse was a colt by Fastnet Rock and The Broken Shore from Arrowfield which sold for $2.3million to Anthony […]



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Little Entrepreneurs in the Making

AS of last week the Scone earn and return recycling program has received 611,890 containers and is averaging 9,500 returns a day. The machine is often full, but is electronically monitored by TOMRA when it nears capacity and is currently being emptied twice a day. Cr Lee Watts said it was great to see so […]



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Illegal Parking Defies Belief

EVEN during the night, when there is plenty of parking in Kelly Street, drivers are still parking in front of the ambulance station. Frustrated ambulance have contacted the Upper Hunter Shire Council to ask for paint markings on the area to alert people to the no standing zone. Related Story: Ambulance Frustrated. Share…



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Strong Start to Easter Sales

ARROWFIELD Stud was the leading vendor at day one of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales with an aggregate of $7,150,000 for eight horses sold, followed by Segenhoe Stud with an aggregate of $3,125,000 from four yearlings. There were seven horses which sold for more than $1million on day one, with five of them from Arrowfield […]



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Ambulance Frustrated

MINUTES count when it comes to ambulance response times and while paramedics operating in regional areas understand they have to deal with the tyranny of distance, delays due to vehicles blocking their driveway is a source of significant frustration. This photo was forwarded to scone.com.au to make more people aware of the issue and stop […]



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Facebook Alerts for Scone.com.au

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Pampering and Support

FREE haircuts, blow-dries, pedicures and massages will be on offer at the Senior Citizens Hall on Wednesday, thanks to the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre. “Anyone that is finding life a little tough at the moment, phone staff or call in at the Centre to book into a little bit of pampering,” said Lee Watts, manager […]



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Some Small Relief At A Price

TODAY the state government announced a drought relief package for farmers in the form of a low interest loan of up to $20,000. Niall Blair, state minister for Primary Industries said eligible farmers could use the loan to pay for freight costs for fodder, water, or to move stock to agistment. “Farmers have told us […]



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Tractor Accident

SCONE and Muswellbrook ambulance were called to tractor accident at approximately 10 am this morning in Segenhoe. A 29 year old female was run over by the tractor and sustained injuries to her neck, shoulders, arm and hip. She is in a serious but stable condition and was flown by a Toll helicopter to the […]



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Westpac Going to Murrurundi

THE Tamworth Westpac Rescue helicopter is on route to Murrurundi to attend to a male who has fallen from a horse. Share…



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Winch Back In Operation

THE Tamworth based Westpac Rescue Helicopter will resume winching operations, following the NSW Governmnent’s $151.2 million state wide helicopter retrieval network investment. Winching operations were suspended in 2013 on the recommendation of an independent review into aeromedical operations which raised concerns around the safety of crews and patients. Richard Jones, chief executive officer of the […]



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Hendra Class Action

RACHAEL Abbott, a stockperson who worked at the Caroona Feedlot in 2014, is the lead claimant in an action against the makers of the Hendra vaccine, Zoetis Australia and the law firm representing Ms Abbott predict there may be 500 or 800 claimants who will take part in the class action which has been lodged […]



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Damning Submissions Against Rate Rise

OUT of touch, frivolous, inept, insulting and communist are just some of the adjectives used to describe the Upper Hunter Shire Council in some of the 93 public submissions made to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority, which is assessing the Council’s application for a 20 percent rate rise. The submissions are still being loaded […]



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Roadworks: Aberdeen to Ravensworth

TONIGHT road rebuilding between Aberdeen and Ravensworth will begin and is expected to be completed in June. To minimise the impact on motorists the majority of work will be conducted during the night from 7pm until 5am each week from Sunday until Friday, with some work during the day between 9am and 4pm on weekdays. […]



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Stock Report: April 3

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE was a yarding of 1,300 cattle at the Scone saleyards yesterday, largely made up of vealers, weaner cattle and ligher calves once again, there were not a lot of feeder cattle on offer. The best of the cows topped at $2.15 and plainer boner cows, which the majority of the cattle […]



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Roadworks: North of Burning Mountain

ROADS and Maritime Services has advised road resurfacing will be conducted on the New England Highway north of Burning Mountain and south of Wingen. The work will take place between 7am and 8am weekdays and 8am until 6pm on Saturdays. Weather permitting the work will be complete by the end of April. Motorists are asked […]



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Veteran’s Golf Report: April 3, 2018

By Graham Turvey ON Tuesday, April 10 at Muswellbrook Golf Club we will play the first round for 2018 of the Challenge event against Henbury vets. As they will have been travelling for over two hours, please have some cakes, slices, scones, jam and cream etc for the Henbury players to refresh themselves, by 8.00 […]



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Cattle Still Dying from Kikuyu Poisoning

THERE have been more than 100 cattle die from kikuyu poisoning in the Hunter during recent weeks and Local Land Services are warning graziers to take precautions. Digby Rayward, Hunter Local Land Services district veterinarian, said the drought conditions and recent light rain had produced rapid growth of kikuyu. “It’s a dreadful thing to lose […]



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Launch of Live Work Invest

LAST night at the Scone Race Club, Council launched the “Live Work Invest Scone” campaign to promote people moving to Scone. Watch the video below. Jane Callinan, who orchestrated the campaign explained it consisted of a video, website and prospectus for people to share online and attract employees to the region. “The premise of the […]



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Where is the Overpass?

AT the Council meeting on Monday night Cr Lee Watts asked about progress with the in-town rail overpass in Scone. “After seeing the news and Gunnedah getting another overpass even though Scone asked the question first; I feel the need to ask where are we up to?” asked Cr Watts. “I and I am sure fellow […]



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Scone High School Lockdown

POLICE confirm they were called to Scone High School this afternoon which was in lock down. The principal of Scone High School was not available, but a receptionist confirmed nobody was injured. If you have any information on the lock down call the editor of scone.com.au: 0414 552 474 More details to follow. Share…



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Signatures to Address Water Rates

IN response to local outrage about the high costs of water rates in the Upper Hunter Shire a petition has been developed to present in State Parliament, calling on the government to pay for water infrastructure, rather than local government who have transferred the costs to ratepayers. See details below. Concerned resident Mary Jane Blake […]



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Man Found After Accident

THIS morning local ambulance were called to a single car accident approximately two kilometres west of Wingen. Locals had found a 37 year old male in his twin cab ute which had rolled down an embankment. He has sustained leg and chest injuries and is in a serious but stable condition. The Westpac Rescue helicopter […]



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Warm Days Still Here

ACCORDING to the Bureau of Meteorology Scone has received 15.6mm of rain in the 24 hour period until 9am this morning and Merriwa 19.4mm. However, the weather will be short lived due to a cold front moving over the region and heading towards the north east. The next few days will see sunny conditions with […]



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Eyes to the Sky

By Michael Flaherty MORE than 6,000 people attended Warbirds Over Scone on Sunday with what proved to be trying windy conditions for some of the aircraft. On display were military, civil, aerobatic and fire fighting aircraft with four hours of flying displays in the sky above Scone. Paul Bennett of Paul Bennett Air Shows from […]



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New Horse of the Year

WHILE many humans are recognised for their contributions to the equine industry during the Scone Horse Festival the organising committee has decided it is about time a horse shared in the glory and has announced the Horse of the Year Award. Peter Haydon, of Haydon Horse Stud in Blandford championed the award and said all […]



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