UP and AT IT: Monday, March 3

Covering New England and the North West ...

9am: That wraps up the first morning of UP and AT IT. Log on with us tomorrow morning from 7am for the latest news and a little more!  If you're after some more morning reading, you might be interested in ...

Country patients left in the cold 

The North West boys tilt at the State PSSA Boys Cricket Championship

Top shots from the stars at Armidale's Day on the Green

Weekend sports shots from Armidale

8.55am: And from elsewhere this morning … Aussie skipper Michael Clarke admitted he need plenty of treatment and plenty of ice to rack up Test ton No.27 in South Africa; Retired naval commander baffled by navy's explanation for entering Indonesian waters; Need to know where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting when they're in Australia? Click here for their itinerary.

8.50am: Thinking of buying a home in Tamworth?  Well, the city is looking pretty hot right now on the market front - according to this report.

8.45am: We know you might have Oscars fever at the moment, but spare a thought for these guys who took out awards at the Razzies. Click here to find out who won.

8.35am: Thanks to Holly Douglas for sending in this gorgeous sunrise photo via Instagram this morning. Were you up early enough to see it? Send your photos to hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

8.30am: It's a long way from Walcha to Triple M, but it looks like My Kitchen Rules contestant Anna Lisle's made it. 

8.15am: If you couldn't make it to A Day on The Green in Armidale on Saturday, the team at The Armidale Express have got you covered. Click on the link in the tweet below to check out the photos.

8am: Inverell police say their investigations are continuing into a brawl at the Inverell Show which involved around 40 people.

The brawl happened on Saturday night and the feud continued into Sunday after comments were allegedly made on Facebook by two teenage girls.

Officers say a large group from both sides were involved in the fight and a number of people were assaulted. 

However, apart from the incident, police said the majority of people were well behaved on the show weekend.

7.45am: There were a few drops of rain around the region yesterday - mostly between 10 and 24mm, the bureau says. A much-needed 18mm at Trangie looks one of the better recorded levels. Did you cop any of the watery stuff?

7:30am: With Walcha's water woes on the rise, the town gained national exposure this morning. Look who visited the area!

7:15am: We've spoken to our local emergency services who've reported no major incidents overnight.  Good stuff, we say. 

But here's something you might like to read about Friday's incident at a Tamworth high school.

6.45am: Good morning and welcome to Monday - and to our latest online offering ... a morning report.  We'll be doing our best to start your week with as much information as we can from the state's New England and North West.

It's a big undertaking and we can always do with your help. If there's something happening in your part of the world - between Tamworth, Moree, Inverell, Armidale, Walcha, Guyra, Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Gunnedah - then feel free to let us know. Email Haley at hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Before we get to the weather, we suggest you perhaps just groove gently into Monday - it's by Wes Montgomery and it's called Up And at It

WEATHER:

The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. The chance of afternoon showers. Winds east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching 27 to 33.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Cloudy. Isolated showers, tending scattered in the east at first. Winds east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 12 and 18 with daytime temperatures reaching between 19 and 26.

Check your weather here: Tamworth - Armidale - Moree - Inverell - Gunnedah - Guyra - Walcha - Tenterfield - Glen Innes

TRAFFIC:

Road closure: Thunderbolts Way between Gloucester and Walcha: Tuesday, March 4, to Wednesday, March 5 (6am to 6pm) all directions closed. Motorists can use the Oxley Highway or New England Highway as alternative routes. This vehicle recovery will take place over two days and is located about 45km north of Gloucester.

ANNIVERSARIES:

1911: The city of Palmerston in the Northern Territory is renamed Darwin in honour of Charles Darwin.

1942: Japanese forces carry out air-raids on Broome.

1986: The Australia Act 1986, which completes Australia's independence from the United Kingdom, is proclaimed by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony in Canberra.

BIRTHDAYS: 

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), Jean Harlow (1911-1937), Jackie Joyner Kersee (1962), Ronan Keating (1977), Inzamam-ul-Haq (1970)

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