UP and AT IT: Thursday, July 31

Pic by @tashii91 of Inverell skies via Instagram

Pic by @tashii91 of Inverell skies via Instagram

9am: That's it for today folks, enjoy Thursday - same place, same time for Up and At It on Friday.

8.55am: It's been a devastating week for two communities - and many, many people - in our region. Here is our full coverage on the tragic incidents in Moree:

Share your tribute to Glen Turner or maybe leave a message for his family. Just click here

Glen Turner

Glen Turner

8.45am: What do Miranda Kerr, Justin Bieber, Orlando Bloom and former Australian power-couple James and Erica Packer have in common? Headlines - correct! Now they've combined in downtown Ibiza to create one great big celeb stink. Read more

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

8.40am: There has been a few controversial developments out of Glasgow overnight. The eyes were taken off the medal tally after an Aussie was arrested for an alleged incident before criticism was hurled at track and field golden girl, Sally Pearson. Take a look here.

8.30am: A Quirindi man will have to front court after police allegedly nabbed him ferrying drugs in his car. Police said it was specialised training that led to the alleged detection.

8.20am: It's not a sight you see everyday, but a busload of nuns had a special treat for residents at the McLean Residential Care home this week. Check it out.

8.10am: HEADS UP: You better run to the bank today otherwise you might get caught out. From tomorrow you have to ditch the pen and use the pin when you whip out your your credit card. The signature is a no go zone from midnight tonight. Find out what you need to do here before it's too late.

8.00am: The North West has been rocked by the death of a local environmental compliance officer. Glen Turner was gunned down near Moree and messages of support for the 51-year-old's Tamworth family are flooding in. Leave your tribute here

7.50am: The Glen Innes Airport resembled more of an plane parking lot as aircraft touched down for the town's Aero Club fly-in day. It was the most amount of traffic seen on the tarmac since 1990. Take a look at all the action here.

7.40am: Here's an old snap from the Inverell Times website. Now this is a long shot, but we have been asked if we could name people in the photo, by someone who thinks they may have a relative in the band. If there is any chance you might know anyone, click here and help us out.

7.30am: Diver Matthew Mitcham collected his fifth silver medal when he placed second in the one-metre springboard in Edinburgh.

7.15am: Not quite the headlines the Aussies wanted to be creating in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games ... The brother of Australian boxer Jordan Samardali has been charged with aggravated assault after an incident in Glasgow late on Wednesday night.

7am: He had a passion for the outdoors, gourmet food and home brew, but the farm and family were Glendon Eric Turner’s great loves. 

The husband and father-of-two had life dreams mapped out for his loving Dungowan family which have been shattered with the shooting death of the man who has been called “nature’s true gentleman”.

6.45am: Good morning! 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

A blast from the past: It was an era of grace and dignity on the tennis court. Check out Evonne Goolagong playing at Wimbledon back in 1980. Today's her birthday.

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

781 – The oldest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781).

1858 – The first game of Australian rules football is played between Melbourne Grammar School and Scotch College.

1902 – Ninety-six men and boys were killed in a coal mine at Mount Kembla in New South Wales.

1911 – Thomas Denman, 3rd Baron Denman is appointed the fifth Governor General of Australia.

BIRTHDAYS:  1993 – Christian Byers, Australian actor; 1973 – Nathan Brown, Australian rugby league player and coach; 1965 – J. K. Rowling, English author; 1953 – Ted Baillieu, Australian architect and politician, 46th Premier of Victoria; 1951 – Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis player

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