UP and AT IT: Friday, March 7

9am: Just one last thing before we get a start on the rest of Friday and look forward to the weekend. This was tweeted on Thursday - we'd really love to include an update in Monday's UP and AT IT ... 

Have a beaut Friday and a better weekend!

8.45am: Check out what was popular around our region yesterday:

Moree: Colly gets down and dirty

Inverell: CycloSportif brings out the strong and keen

Armidale: Throwback Thursday Sport September 2008

Guyra:A day of song and dance

Tamworth: Babies, January/February

Glen Innes:Glen Innes High School reunion

Walcha: Irene’s cake a winner for 80 years

Gunnedah: Bridget 'Bud' Hyem, a true champion to be remembered

What a wonderful diverse collection of yarns - lots of sports-related content, some newborns, some achievers and one common theme - PEOPLE! Thank you for allowing us to share your stories.

8.30am: And some news from elsewhere ... Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius pleaded with God over his girlfriend's dying body, witness told the murder trial in South Africa.

And a tad closer to home ... Hollywood actors Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce will head to Canowindra next month to film scenes for their upcoming film Strangerland.

She's one of Australia's most successful model exports and a mother of one - but is a video of Miranda Kerr stripping naked really going to help sell sneakers?

8.10am: It's a big weekend for song and dance in Moree. There's the Gwydir Industries bi-annual Dancing with the Stars fundraiser and then on Sunday the Moree Superstar auditions start in Inverell. The Superstar comp heads around the region before climaxing in Moree on April 12. Wow - don't miss your chance to hit the big time. X Factor runner up Taylor Henderson will be at the finale!

8am: POLL RESULT: Yesterday we asked you if the Sydney Roosters would win back-to-back premierships? 78.6% of you didn't think so! Given last night's result, we know where to go for footy tips.

7.45am: Gunnedah Timbers owner Paddy Paul has made an impassioned plea for NSW Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, to visit the mill, amid growing anger and frustration about access to areas for logging. Here.

7.30am: While it rained in Tamworth yesterday, it appeared the autumn storm made more noise than the ground wet. The city has had 4mm of rain in the last 24 hours. 

What did the rain gauge say at your place?

7.15am: AN ARMIDALE woman has recounted the chilling moments she was held at knifepoint by three hooded men in the early hours of Wednesday morning. - Police are still trying to track down the culprits.  More here

7AM: Here's a cracker of a sunrise shot from Janie Kibble. Why not send your photos in too. Email hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

6.45am: Good morning and welcome to Friday, day five of our regional morning report.  We'll be bringing you as much information as we can from the state's New England and North West over the next couple of hours.

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 share. Email Haley at hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au  or let us know on Twitter -  @fairfaxNSWNW

WEATHER:

The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:Partly cloudy. Isolated showers on the plains, extending throughout from the late morning. The chance of thunderstorms from the late morning. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 35.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers from the late morning. The chance of thunderstorms from the late morning, mainly on and west of the ranges. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 11 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching 23 to 29.

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

ANNIVERSARIES:

1981 – Modernist Australian architect Roy Grounds dies.

1987 – Elections in the Northern Territory return CLP government of Stephen Hatton to power.

BIRTHDAYS: 

Norman McAlister Gregg (1892) Cameron Daddo (1965).

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