UP and AT IT: Monday, July 21

Snow at Walcha Rd by Melissa Chapman.

Snow at Walcha Rd by Melissa Chapman.

9.05am: Virgin Australia has emerged as a shock contender to fill the vacant Narrabri to Sydney service. The airline's chief executive officer, John Borghetti, has told the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce a decision will be made in the coming weeks. The Narrabri community has been without commercial air services to the state's capital since Vincent Aviation went into receivership in May. More on this story to come.

8.50am: Regional aviation will be under the microscope when a parliamentary inquiry arrives in Tamworth tomorrow.

8.40am: Tamworth resident Bill Gore supports plans for a 40m-high communications tower on Flagstaff Mountain, despite the impact it will have on his property.

8.30am: Another tragic MH17 story emerges. NSW family went to airport to pick up their son, but he never arrived.

8.20am: NSW Premier Mike Baird will today meet with Tamworth’s Haslam family as the fight to decriminalise marijuana for the dying reaches a critical juncture. Read more here

8.10am: And some news from Gunnedah's golden girl. 

8AM:  A FORMER Gunnedah girl has taken her search for love to one of the biggest reality shows on television.

Country singer-songwriter Katrina Burgoyne said she had had the “worst luck in the dating scene” and, after being single for 12 months, applied to be a bachelorette on The Bachelor.

7.50am: More information about Gerard Bayden-Clay's relationship with his wife has emerged almost a week after he was sentenced for her murder.

7.40am: POLICE have slapped more than a dozen locals with fines and defects after they were caught driving with deadly and dangerous bull bars.

7.30am: 

7.20am: TOM O’Neill-Thorne added a gold medal to his growing cabinet when the young wheelchair basketball star, with strong links to Manilla, helped his Australian side win the recent 2014 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championship in Korea. 

7.10am: An update on the MH17 tragedy.

7AM: 

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:Areas of fog on the southern slopes early in the morning. Mostly sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 4 with daytime temperatures reaching between 17 and 21.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:Areas of fog on the southern slopes early in the morning. Mostly sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 4 with daytime temperatures reaching between 17 and 21.

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

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Cat Stevens(1948), Robin Williams(1951)

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