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Timely Caution for Local Drivers

YESTERDAY the driver of the 4WD which collided with a passenger train on the southern outskirts of Scone had a lucky escape, when he reversed off the tracks and the train driver was able to apply the emergency brakes. It was dark at the time of the incident and there was some fog in the […]



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Passengers Annoyed with Safety Do-Gooders

ONE of the 18 passengers on the train which collided with a 4WD yesterday south of Scone said their four hour wait on the train was because of “all these do-gooders that wrap people in cotton wool”. The female passenger in her early 70’s, wished to remain unnamed, but was happy to describe the fiasco […]



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Firearms Seized in Merriwa

STRIKE force raptor with the assistance of specialist tactical officers executed a search warrant on a property on Cullingral Road, Merriwa just before 8:30am last Wednesday. They seized a rifle, ammunition, firearm parts and other items, which will now undergo forensic examination. Nobody was at the residence at the time of the search warrant and […]



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Barry’s Final Flight to the Rescue

EVEN among the special breed of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter staff, crewman Barry Walton is exceptional in his 44 years of service to the community. Barry talked about why he has been so passionate about his job and his special connection to Scone. “My mum was a Scone girl, she was a McNamara and they […]



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Passenger Train Collided with 4WD Near Scone

AT approximately 6:10am a passenger train collided with a Jeep at a level crossing just south of Scone. Nobody was injured in the collision and emergency services have left the scene. Approximately 18 passengers are still on board and NSW Trains are arranging for the passengers to disembark, with some passengers needing assistance. Update: The […]



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Scone Stock Report: July 9

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were fewer numbers about today, only 600 cattle, but the market was stronger across the board. Good export cows were 15 to 20 cents dearer, plainer cows were also dearer by 10 or 15 cents. Bulls were only firm. There weren’t as many killable cattle compared to previous weeks, however the […]



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Veteran’s Golf Report: July 9

By Graham Turvey Welcome to Mal Bruce and President Paul Gorman today for a visit neither playing at present. We welcomed 24 of our members today to play a 2BBB and Individual at Aberdeen. Winners today with 48 points Les Brown and Secretary Graham Guest from Doug Dowell and Tony Pearson with 44 points. Best […]



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Continuing the Thread of Her Ancestors

NICOLA O’Driscoll, may now have an Irish surname, but her Scottish roots through the Macintyre clan made her the ideal Chief of the Day for the 20th anniversary of the Aberdeen Highland Games. Peter Macintyre, was one of the first settlers in the Upper Hunter area managing Thomas Potter Macqueen’s property at Segenhoe and through […]



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Bringing Traditional Fire to Merriwa

MERRIWA farmers interested in working with local Aboriginal communities to bring traditional burning practices back to country are encouraged to contact Hunter Local Land Services. They are particularly keen to have demonstrations on sites with Box Gum Grassy Woodlands, which are typical on the Merriwa plateau, to understand how fire can benefit the native vegetation, […]



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Bonding Over Brain Cancer

LAST week, local Scone residents Professor Garry Willgoose and Veronica Antcliff met Mark Hughes when the Mark Hughes Foundation held a charity BBQ at the radio-therapy unit at GenesisCare at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital. Garry Willgoose had just finished that day’s radio-therapy treatment on his brain cancer. Many Sconeites will know Garry from the Scone […]



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Penny’s Mother Pleads for Information

THE mother of Penny Hill has made an anguished plea for people to come forward to help solve her daughter’s murder 28 years after her daughter was found unconscious and brutally beaten in a ditch on Cassilis Road near Coolah. Police have bolstered their efforts to find critical leads by announcing a $1 million reward […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

IN the last few hours there have been light showers bringing a few millimetres of rain to the district, however the showers will be clearing this afternoon. On Tuesday night the temperatures will cool off and windy conditions will start to pick up on Wednesday as a cold front moves through, with strong winds expected […]



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Scone Golf Report: July 8

By Julie Leckie It was a warm welcome to two new starters in our Ladies Tuesday Social and Beginners golf. Keep them coming all you girls out there wanting to learn to play, no matter what your standard. It was a small field competing on Thursday for the Melanie’s Jewellers Ladies Monthly Medal and 3rd […]



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$1Million Reward for Penny Hill Cold Case

POLICE are offering a $1 million reward for information relating to the murder of 20 year old Narrabri woman Penny Hill, who was found brutally bashed and barely alive in a ditch on the Cassilis Road near Coolah at 8am on July 8, 1991. Penny died 13 days later at the John Hunter Hospital in […]



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Hear it from Charles: What’s On at the Games Tomorrow

Charles Cook, president of the Aberdeen Highland Games tells us what is in store at the Aberdeen Highland Games tomorrow: When: Saturday, July 6, 2019. Gates open at 8:30am and festivities begin at 9am Where: Harrison Oval, Jefferson Park, behind Aberdeen Bowling Club, New England Highway, Scone. Tickets: BUY TICKETS ONLINE TO SAVE: Aberdeen Highland […]



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Tickets WON for Aberdeen Highland Games!!!

The winner of the Aberdeen Highland Games tickets for tomorrow is…..Kerry Turner!!! To buy your tickets for the Games tomorrow you can head online now and save on the cost of tickets: Aberdeen Highland Games. The gates open at 8:30am tomorrow and festivities begin at 9am, Charles Cooke, president of the Games recommends getting in […]



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Get Your Elton On

TONIGHT Scone Films present Rocketman the epic musical of Elton John’s breakthrough years. From small town boy, Reginald Dwight, to one of the most iconic people in pop culture, the inspirational story is performed by Taron Egerton. Elton loves to dress up and film goers are also encouraged to don some flamboyant rags to the […]



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Turnbull Selling Upper Hunter Properties

MALCOLM Turnbull has placed his East Rossgole property, near Scone and his Scott’s Creek property, near Murrurundi on the market. Mr Turnbull took over the 2714 acre, East Rossgole property, from his father, Bruce Turbull who died in a plane crash at Gloucester in 1982 and is buried on the property. In 1994 Malcolm purchased […]



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Cama Pled Guilty to Vicious Assault

Ilipsa Cama appeared in Wyong Local Court yesterday and pled guilty to a charge of inflict grievous bodily harm, following an attack on Ryan Holman during a football game, on May 19. Mr Cama alleged that he was punched in the side of the head by Mr Holman after a tackle and retaliated by punching […]



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Free Tennis Coaching in Scone

DEAN Trembath and his team from Sydney will be hitting the tennis courts in Scone teaching people how to become better at the game, or join the game. The coaching is free, thanks to the Scone Hardcourt Tennis Association being given $10,000 from the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program and for all members of the […]



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Magic 69 Devils Born at Aussie Ark

TODAY Aussie Ark is celebrating their most successful breeding season ever, with 69 Tasmanian devils born at their Barrington Tops facility. Tim Faulkner, president of the Aussie Ark said the new births represent a 44 percent increase on last year signalling hope for the species. “The Aussie Ark team has been working hard all year […]



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Scone Golf Report: July 1

By Julie Leckie Scone Ladies stuck close to home this week playing their usual Tuesday 9 Hole Social and Beginners Day followed up with an 18 hole Stroke/Stableford on Thursday playing for the Noreen Marshall Trophy. Our Tuesday social nine holes is proving popular for some of our regulars wanting to get in a bit […]



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Dartbrook Fatality Update

The person who died in a collision with a tree last night on Dartbrook Road, Dartbrook, is yet to be formally identified, but is believed to be a young female. The vehicle left the road and collided with the tree, at what is believed to have been a high-speed and caught alight. Investigations are continuing […]



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Death at Local Hotel

ON Friday, at approximately 12:30pm, ambulance and police were called to the Royal Hotel in Scone when a 37 year old male collapsed in the bathroom and died. Ambulance were unable to revive the man and police will refer the matter to the coroner.



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Fatality – Dartbrook Road

There has been a fatal accident on Dartbrook Road, st approximately 6:30pm this evening when a single vehicle collided with a tree. The Dartbrook Road is closed. More to come.  



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Airing the Upper Hunter Tartan

THE first kilts made from the new Upper Hunter Tartan will be aired next weekend at the Aberdeen Highland Games. Read the Rick Wright poem about the kilt at the end of this story. Charles Cooke, president of the Games said it was the perfect way to mark the 20th anniversary of the Games and […]



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Scone Court Report: June 2019

THE following matters were before Scone court this month: BALL, John Bryan, a 22 year old from Peak Hill entered a written plea of guilty to a charge of drive motor vehicle while licence suspended – second offence. The offence occurred at approximately 12:50pm, on May 21 in Merriwa. Mr Ball was convicted, fined $400 […]



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Veteran’s Golf: June 25

By Graham Turvey We greatly missed our President, Paul Gorman today – he is in the John Hunter Hospital and we hope he is back with us very soon. Best wishes Paul. Eleven Vets played a stableford event at Murrurundi on Tuesday, June 25. Many thanks to Christine Smith for the delicious pea and ham […]



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Scone Golf Report: June 24

By Julie Leckie It was a busy week for Scone lady golfers with the Hunter River District Golf Association Ladies Championships taking place at Pokolbin, playing at Hunter Valley Resort and Cypress Lakes. The six intrepid ladies that set off from Scone after firstly wiping the frost of their wind screens  in the early hours […]



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Vale Nancy Veronica Smith

NANCY Veronica Smith late of Mercy Nursing Home Singleton and formerly of Lang Place, Scone passed away on June 21, 2019 aged 91 years. Dearly loved wife of Bob (deceased), loved mother and mother-in-law to Michael and Wendy, grandmother to their families. Family and friends of Nancy are warmly invited to attend her funeral to […]



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Water Restrictions Start July 1

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council have announced level 1 water restrictions will come into effect on July 1 in Aberdeen, Merriwa, Scone and Cassilis, while Murrurundi remains on level 6 restrictions. Glenbawn Dam is at 51.6 percent capacity and while the restrictions have not been triggered by a threat to the water supply the Council […]



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Council Donations to Community Groups

EACH month requests for community donations are considered by Council and last night 10 local groups received following. Last month the Scone Race Club requested a donation of $500 to assist with waste removal after the Scone Cup Carnival, however the decision was deferred pending the Club submitting financials to the Councillors. The Scone Race […]



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Winx Headed to Scone

THE owners of Winx announced yesterday that she would be covered by I Am Invincible at Yarraman Park in Scone this breeding season. The owner group of Peter and Patty Tighe (Magic Bloodstock), Richard Treweeke and Debbie Kepitis said they were excited to announce her covering sire for her first season as a broodmare. In […]



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Creative Classes for Kids

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre will be running four week art, scrapbooking and paper craft sessions. Lee Watts, manager of the Centre, said she was excited to offer the different classes for children in Kindergarten to Year 6 and the creative arts voucher can be used. “Art Classes are with Teresa Byrne, a local artist […]



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Unnecessary Farce in Moonan

A review by Bob, Barb and Kate Mailer THIS year the Moonan Mummers celebrated 50 years of providing continuous live entertainment to the local community. Instigated and inspired by the wonderful Myra Mitchell, this organisation has managed to draw on the local community, extract amazing and in many cases, untapped a talent and provide a […]



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