UP and AT IT: Thursday, July 10

9AM:  And that wraps up today's brekkie blog folks, join us from tomorrow at 7am.

8.55am:  OLDER golfers dream about “shooting their age”, that rare feat of posting an 18-hole score lower than your lived years.


A Sydney judge has compared incest and paedophilia to homosexuality, saying the community might no longer see sexual contact between siblings and between adults and children as “unnatural” or “taboo”.

District Court Judge Garry Neilson's extraordinary comments are detailed here.


EACH night, Michelle Whitelaw kisses her son Jai on the forehead not knowing whether he will make it to the morning.

For his entire nine years, Jai’s life has been a carousel of doctors’ appointments, emergency departments and specialist visits.

Suffering from a rare form of untreatable epilepsy, Jai has up to 500 seizures a day and is overseen by a team of eight neurologists.


 8.10am: THE upcoming construction of a skating rink in Tamworth was welcome news to residents nostalgic for the days of Skatehaven.  


EMPLOYEES of Crazy Clark’s face an uncertain future after the discount chain was placed into administration last week.

Crazy Clark’s and Sam’s Warehouse owners, Discount Super Group, was told its receivers plan to sell the profitable stores in order to fund an estimated $10 million in entitlements owed to workers.

7.45am: COULD this be Tamworth’s most deranged cat?

 A Facebook call-out for the city’s craziest cats this week yielded some weird and wonderful results, but Middy may just take the cake. 

7.30am: And here's a World Cup update for you Football fans.

7.20am: TAMWORTH users are staring down the barrel of the toughest water restrictions in nearly seven years as the capacity of Chaffey Dam continues to drop.


There would be no "bluewash" or fairytale finish to the 2014 State of Origin series as Queensland gatecrashed the NSW party.

The Maroons left Suncorp Stadium 32-8 victors but, for the first time in eight years, a NSW skipper finished the series with the State of Origin Shield.

Check out the photos here.


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


The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. The chance of showers on the southern slopes in the morning and afternoon, falling as snow above 1100 metres. Winds westerly 25 to 35 km/h becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 6 with daytime temperatures reaching between 10 and 15.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Mostly sunny. Patches of light morning frost. The chance of showers in the south in the morning and afternoon, falling as snow above 1100 metres. Winds westerly 35 to 50 km/h decreasing to 25 to 40 km/h in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 1 and 5 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 6 and 15.

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


1911 – King George V grants the title of Royal Australian Navy to Australia's naval forces.


Sofia Vergara (1972), Jessica Simpson (1980).

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