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Murrurundi Ready to Hang

MORE than 60 entries have been received for this year’s Murrurundi Art Prize and organisers are looking forward to another great exhibition, said Mandy Archibald president of the Murrurundi and District Arts Council. “We are really happy and excited by the number of works we have again this year and there are lots of helpers […]



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Benefit for Ange

APPROXIMATELY 15,000 Australians are told they have bowel cancer each year and in December 2015 Angela Oversby was told at the age of 31 that she had metastatic terminal bowel cancer. Ange was a midwife living in Esperance with her husband Kevin and young son Cooper, but returned home to Scone to be near her […]



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Scone Stock Report: May 16

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 1,523 cattle yarded in Scone today, which was a slight increase on last week. The yarding consisted of a few more export cattle, there were 300 there today. The bull market was firm and so were the cows, plainer cows could have been slightly dearer. The majority of the yarding […]



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Uncharitable Donations

DONATED clothing is always appreciated in the charity bin, but grass clippings and rubbish being dumped there is not said Father Peter Thoai Ngoc Nguyen from St Mary’s Catholic Church. The St Vincent de Paul charity bin which is located in the grounds of the catholic church is being used as a dumping ground for […]



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Scone Retain Johnny Lawler Memorial Trophy

By David Casson

LAST Sunday saw the Scone Thoroughbreds and Aberdeen Tigers compete for the Annual Johnny Lawler Memorial Shield. The game was traditionally tough as all local derbies are. In a match where both sides had too many errors it was Scone converting a 6 to 4 lead to a 24 to 8 victory at full time.

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Mending Fences a Job Too Far

AFTER a weekend of local ambulance tending to people in motor vehicle accidents, elderly patients with dementia, victims of assault and the odd person who’d consumed too much alcohol during the races they walked out the back of the station to have a break and found somebody had crashed through their side fence. They believe […]



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Scone Sale Best Yet

THIS year’s Inglis thoroughbred sales in Scone broke all records including a 30 percent increase on sale prices. “It was the highest gross, the highest average and the highest record price for $120,000 for an I Am Invincible colt, so records across the board,” said Johnathan D’Arcy, director of bloodstock for Inglis. “Yesterday we had […]



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Bat Shade Announced

TODAY the government announced new shade sails will be installed at the Murrurundi Primary School to compensate for the trees currently occupied by flying foxes. The New South Wales state government will provide $25,000 while the local Shire Council and the NSW Department of Education will provide $12,500 each. There are estimated to be more […]



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Scone Golf Report: May 11-14

By Lyn Banks Plenty of run on the fairways resulted in some very good scores again this week at Scone Golf Course. On Saturday, May 13, the men played an 18 Hole Stableford competition for the Scone RSL Group Trophy. The A Grade winner was Ross Banks who had 40 points. C grade was also […]



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Gallery: Scone Cup 2017

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Driver Confirmed Deceased

THE 68 year old female driver of a Hyundai involved in a head on collision near Parkville this morning has been confirmed deceased. The driver who was from Queensland was believed to be the grandmother of the little girl who was also in the vehicle and will be flown to John Hunter Hospital. It is […]



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Update: Parkville Accident

A five year old girl, who was a passenger in a Hyundai which collided head on with a Mercedes on the New England Highway near Parkville at approximately 7:30am is being transferred to the John Hunter Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter suffering serious injuries. The status of the female driver off the Hyundai is […]



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Accident Near Parkville

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopters from Newcastle and Tamworth have been called to a motor vehicle accident near Parkville, which occurred at 8am this morning. Both lanes of traffic on the New England Highway are closed. Light traffic is being diverted through Middlebrook Road and Cressfield Road. Heavy vehicles are being diverted via Merriwa to reach […]



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Motorcyclist Death in Court Today

THE case involving a head on collision and death of motorcyclist Scott Pukallus outside Scone in August last year was mentioned in Tamworth Court today, heard by Magistrate Prowse. Benjamin Clark, a 24 year old from Scone who was the driver of the south bound utility that struck Mr Pukallus is facing charges of dangerous […]



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Yarns Night Laughs

YARNS night is a stand out event on the Horse Festival calendar and last night the laughs from the crowd marked another successful year. Tim McLoughlin hosted the evening and tribute was paid to Blue the shearer a fellow bush poet who helped many of the performers learn their craft. Rob Brown, one of the […]



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Country Pets Make a Difference

DOGS are regularly used as pets as therapy, but in the country many people grew up with much larger animals as pets and appreciate being able to interact with them again. On Saturday, the New South Wales Mounted Police visited the residents of Strathearn and even in his 90’s after a lifetime of riding horses, […]



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Stock Report: May 9

By Stuart Sheldrake There were 1,215 penned at the sales today and approximately 200 export cattle, so back to normal rates after last week and definitely cheaper overall. The yarding was of good quality plenty of weaners, yearlings and a few more feeder cattle. Cows were 10 cents cheaper, weaner steers were probably 10 to […]



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Sconeite 104 Today

KELLY Thrift celebrated turning 104 today with family and enjoyed some French champagne, garlic chilli prawns and a ginger cake. “I feel like 104,” he laughed. “Life goes on each day and I still have a punt each day,” he said. “I’d like to aim for 105, five is my lucky number,” laughed Kelly Thrift. […]



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Tatter Takes Dog Trick Day

TATTER is this year’s high jump winner at the Jack Johnston Memorial Day, clearing a height of 2.4 metres to the cheers of local school children. See gallery and video below. One of his competitors tried to throw the others off the scent by giving an impromptu urine sample at the foot of the jump, […]



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Scone Golf: May 4-8

LADIES WIN DISTRICT PENNANT By Lyn Banks On Monday May 8 the Hunter River District ladies golf pennant for 2017 concluded with the last round being played at Muswellbrook Golf Club. The competition was contested by eight clubs including Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club, the Vintage, Cypress Lakes, Cessnock, Branxton, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone, […]



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Vaulting Gains Momentum

VAULTING is gaining in popularity outside the vaulting community with large crowds visiting the event at Turanville over the weekend. Vaulters have set compulsory moves which they must complete on horseback but can then express their artistic talents in the freestyle section. Organiser Robyn Boyle was pleased with the amount of spectators to this years […]



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Westpac Tasked to Ellerston

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter from Tamworth was tasked to Ellerston to care for a 69 year old male patient who has been in a single vehicle rollover. The patient has reportedly suffered rib and suspected spinal injuries and will be taken to the Tamworth Hospital. Share…



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Arson that Could Have Killed

A FIRE Forensics report suggests the fire which destroyed the home of Liam Garment and Alex Gillan in Quigley Street, Merriwa on February 9 was deliberately lit. The most probable cause of the fire was the perpetrator broke a bedroom window, put petrol into the room and then set it alight. The report which was […]



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Cliff is Champion

CLIFF Richardson from Gresford last night claimed the Open Bull Ride Champion title at the 2017 Scone Charity Rodeo after competing in the event for a number of years. Although not a local resident Cliff is a common sight in Scone as he is a cattle buyer when he is not riding bulls, throwing calves […]



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No Elephants Just Horses

LEE Watts, president of the Scone Horse Festival said she was disappointed by NBN television describing Drayton South as the ‘elephant in the room’ during an interview at today’s parade. “I understand media like stories where there is controversy but they clearly don’t understand our community if they thought there was an elephant in the […]



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Gallery: 2017 Scone Horse Parade

THE theme of this year’s Scone Horse parade was ‘May the Horse be with You’ and outgoing president of the Festival, Lee Watts said it was another great community event. See gallery below… “I thought it was fantastic the amount of effort people went to for the theme,” said Mrs Watts. “It’s just such a […]



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What’s On Today: May 6

Today the feature event is the parade, followed by the Scone Grammar School fete and the Rodeo. But there are smaller events which you can see between the main events such as the Arts and Crafts Exhibition, a game of polo, vaulting which is gymnastics on horse back and tentpegging championships. Enjoy the beautiful weather […]



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Ready for Opening Night

THE first Scone Photographic Competition, to open tonight, has drawn approximately 80 entries, which organiser Roger Skinner said was a great start. “The Muswellbrook Photographic Prize they started off with 44 entries and there was only $400 first prize, but for this competition we have 77 entries and $1,000 first prize so hopefully it will […]



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Garden Mosaic Unveiled

BACON and egg rolls have always drawn an early morning crowd to the Arts and Crafts building before the Festival’s street parade, but tomorrow there will be another attraction for visitors in the grounds. The ceramics club have spent more than 200 hours making a mosaic and were pleased to meet their deadline of having […]



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2017 VIP Announced

LAST night Sam Randle was announced as the Young Achiever for the 2017 Scone Horse Festival and Lisa Martin was announced as the VIP at the official opening of the Festival at the Vinery Stud. See gallery below. Sam was born and raised in Scone and his mother Lisa Randle said he has always been […]



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Youth Fleeing Violence Increases

LAST night the minute of silence to remember women and children who have lost their lives due to domestic violence was disrupted by a couple down the street screaming abuse at each other. Inspector Guy Guiana had just finished his speech highlighting how the violence cuts across all socio-economic backgrounds and imploring the community, especially […]



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Big Beginning for Bunnan

By Racheal Finlayson FROM representing New South Wales down south and in Queensland to contesting finals in Muswellbrook, the 2017 polocrosse season has kicked off in a big way for the local Bunnan Club. See gallery below. From April 14 – 16 juniors from around the country descended on the Albury Holbrook Polocrosse grounds for […]



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Scone Stock Report: May 2

By Stuart Sheldrake A big yarding of 2225 cattle here today due to the week off last week, a good number of export cattle were on offer with approximately 400 cows and bullocks. There were not many bulls to quote with the majority of the yard made up of weaner and yearling cattle with a […]



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Horse Sports Success

By Michael Flaherty SCONE Grammar School hosted Scone Horse Sports yesterday with entries from both local and Hunter Valley schools but also attracting entries from schools as far south as Sydney. The event is held every year around the Scone Horse Festival and Event Coordinator Anne Davies was pleased with the weather on offer today […]



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Shave for Leukaemia

By Michael Flaherty THE Leukaemia Foundation will be well supported this Saturday when the Golden Fleece Hotel hosts the foundation’s Worlds Greatest Shave this Saturday at 1pm after the Scone Horse Festival’s parade. Meg Adams organised the event with the help of Mac Dawson after her friends mother Vicki James passed away from the disease […]



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