UP and AT IT: Monday, July 7

9AM: And that wraps up today's edition of Up and At It folks, catch us from 7am tomorrow for your latest news.

8.50am: 

The Voice Kids contestants are extremely talented, cute and, lest we forget, emotionally fragile.

Twelve-year-old Romy started bawling after her rendition of Adele's song Turning Tables failed to get a mentor to spin their chair during the blind auditions on Sunday night.

8.40am: A SPORTS stadium, aquatic facility and equine hospital are all on the table in a bid by Tamworth Regional Council to enhance and expand the Longyard sporting precinct.

8.30am: He might be racking up the years but he's still go it. Batman has turned 75. - We kid you not.

8.20am: For those who missed the grand finale of House Rules last night.

Victorian couple Adam Dovile and Lisa Lamond racked up a winning combined audience and judge vote to pip their Perth rivals Carole and Russell Bramston to win the show’s second series and pocket a sizeable prize: the mortgage on their home paid off. 

8.10am:  

8AM: 

A LOCAL quarry has been slapped with a $1000 fine for failing to provide the state’s peak environmental regulator with information about its extraction records.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued the penalty notice to Gunnedah Quarry Products late last month after it missed a deadline for compliance.

7.50am: 

7.40am:  Further to our earlier post this morning.

THE close-knit community of Inverell has been rocked by the death of a much-loved local kindergarten teacher after a fiery plane crash on Friday afternoon.

Just three days after celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, Inverell Public School teacher Caro Harding and her husband Mark – a local GP – were in the family’s Cessna 210 plane when it crashed moments after take-off.

7.30am: BY ALL accounts, this year’s Toyota Hats Off to Country has been a corker, with artists praising it, a relaxed vibe ever present and plenty of crowd support.

7.20am: 

7.10am: 

FOUR more drivers have been nabbed at extreme speeds on local roads, leaving police at a loss to explain the dangerous driving spike.

In the past week, four drivers have been caught topping speeds of 170km/h, including a motorcyclist allegedly booked doing 191km/h and another doing 185km/h – all almost double the posted speed limits near Manilla.

7AM: 

A woman has died and two people remain hospitalised after a light plane crash at Inverell on Friday.

About 1.10pm, a Cessna 210 plane began experiencing difficulties mid-air and crashed in the Clive State Forest, shortly after take-off.

6.45am: 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: Patchy fog on the southern plains early in the morning. Mostly sunny afternoon. Winds southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 4 with daytime temperatures reaching between 11 and 16.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:The chance of snow in the south above 1100 metres early in the morning. Areas of morning frost. Sunny afternoon. Winds southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 1 and 4 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 8 and 18.

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

ANNIVERSARIES:

1907 – The Australian Navy Cadets is established.

1991 – The Australian Republican Movement was formed amidst a growing debate about Australian republicanism.

BIRTHDAYS: 

Ringo Starr(1940), Shelley Duvall(1949)

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