UP and AT IT: Wednesday, July 30

Pic via @tanyagrausam on Instagram

Pic via @tanyagrausam on Instagram

And that's it for Wednesday, we are now on the downhill run to the weekend.

Tune in tomorrow for another edition of UP and AT IT.

In the meantime, check out the latest news in:

Moree        Tamworth         Gunnedah         Armidale

9am: An update on the shooting near Moree, an arrest has been made:

8.50am: Do you support a proposed 600-bed jail for Tamworth? Take The Northern Daily Leader's poll here.

8.40am: NOD FOR DATA CENTRE: Tenants are being sought for a multi-million dollar data centre to be built in Armidale following a year-long campaign by operators Australian Data Centres.

8.30am: PAUL Hogan wants to create an atmosphere of intimate family storytelling during his Tamworth show tonight, but he didn’t expect to be sharing memories with a local flesh-and-blood relative.

Arthur Davidson has been calling Tamworth home for the past 13 years and had always wanted to meet his famous second cousin.

Read more about their meeting here. 

8.20am: Are you following the Commonwealth Games? See how it happened for the Aussies on Day 6 here.

Lorna Tonks and Emily Seebohm of Australia celebrate winning the gold medal in the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final. PICTURE: GETTY

Lorna Tonks and Emily Seebohm of Australia celebrate winning the gold medal in the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final. PICTURE: GETTY

8.10am: And here is something to make you smile on a Wednesday. 

A busload of nuns turned up at McLean Residential Care in Inverell on Tuesday and they had a special treat for the waiting audience, gathered inside.

See a video of what they were up to here.

8am: There may be something in the water in Gunnedah, as another country beauty takes the spotlight.

Gunnedah born country music singer and photographer Katrina Burgoyne makes her first impression on Perth bachelor Blake Garvey on the hit reality series, The Bachelor Australia, tonight. Will she sing for him? She says it is an episode not to be missed.

7.50am: See a gallery of photos from the Glen Innes Aero Club's fly-in day here.

On a high: Carlene Knight was all smiles after her spin over Glen Innes, courtesy of pilot instructor James Gresham, during the Glen Innes Aero Club’s fly-in day.

On a high: Carlene Knight was all smiles after her spin over Glen Innes, courtesy of pilot instructor James Gresham, during the Glen Innes Aero Club’s fly-in day.

7.40am: SYDNEYSIDERS are being offered free flights to Armidale as part the Armidale Open for Business promotion at the CountryNSW Expo.

Winners will be invited to visit Armidale in small groups to get a taste of country living.

FAMILY: Hugo, Teya, Justina and Sienna Catterall enjoy the laidback lifestyle Armidale offers.

FAMILY: Hugo, Teya, Justina and Sienna Catterall enjoy the laidback lifestyle Armidale offers.

7.30am: Tamworth's own swim star Mikaela Short's stroke of brilliance in Melbourne:

7.20am: A DEPARTMENT of Environment and Heritage worker is believed to have been shot dead while attending a property in Moree last night. 

Police confirmed a man had been killed at a property about 50km north of Moree after an emergency call just before 6pm.

Officers were still at the scene late last night as The  Leader went to print.

Read more here.

7.10am: What are your thoughts on daylight savings? Do you think it should be reduced?

7am: TAMWORTH Regional Council (TRC) could be forced to pay millions of dollars to fix alleged deficiencies in water drainage systems surrounding the city’s premier golf course.

Read more here.

6.45am: Good morning - many happy returns to everyone celebrating a birthday today. You share your big day with English songstress Kate Bush. Scroll down to see who else is blowing out candles today!

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. Let us know on Twitter -  @fairfaxNSWNW

Weather

The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: A ridge of high pressure across northern New South Wales is weakening, while a series of cold fronts are moving across the Southern Ocean towards southeast Australia. This pattern is expected to generate gusty winds over southern and central parts of the state from Tuesday onwards, although the airstream is expected to be too dry for any widespread precipitation. A stronger cold front is forecast to bring a significant cold snap at the end of the week, after which conditions should gradually ease as the next high pressure system becomes established.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: A ridge of high pressure across northern New South Wales is weakening, while a series of cold fronts are moving across the Southern Ocean towards southeast Australia. This pattern is expected to generate gusty winds over southern and central parts of the state from Tuesday onwards, although the airstream is expected to be too dry for any widespread precipitation. A stronger cold front is forecast to bring a significant cold snap at the end of the week, after which conditions should gradually ease as the next high pressure system becomes established.

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

Anniversaries:

1629 – An earthquake in Naples, Italy, kills about 10,000 people.

1980 – Vanuatu gains independence.

2003 – In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.

BIRTHDAYS:  1863 – Henry Ford, American businessman, founded the Ford Motor Company (d. 1947); 1898 – Henry Moore, English sculptor (d. 1986); 1958 – Kate Bush, English singer-songwriter and producer; 1966 – Allan Langer, Australian rugby league player; 1974 – Hilary Swank, American actress and producer

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