UP and AT IT: Monday, August 4

Pic by @kearnsyart of Apsley Falls via @Instagram

Pic by @kearnsyart of Apsley Falls via @Instagram

9AM: And that wraps up our brekkie blog for this morning folks, join us from 7am for more local news.

8.55am:  We thought we'd leave you with another one from our Golden Girls - the Hockeyroos! 

8.45am: 

A woman has died in a New England hospital with meningococcal disease. 

Authorities say this is the sixth case of meningococcal disease in the Hunter New England Health region this year.

8.35am: Do you think our tally is that bad?

8.20am: 

POLICE in the New England and Oxley regions seized drugs and firearms in three house searches at the weekend.

An Oxley Vale man will face court later this month following ongoing investigations into illegal firearm possession and drug supply in Tamworth.

Read more about the weekend raids here.

8.10am: 

8AM:  How far would you walk to put an end to homelessness?

NEW England residents are pulling on their hiking boots for an epic walk to put homelessness in the spotlight this week. 

Locals are participating in the inaugural Hike for Homelessness – a 690km week-long walk from Moree. 

They're well on their way with the walk starting on Saturday.

7.55am: And while the Aussies were winning Gold in Glascow, some locals worked for a win of their own in a rescue operation down an old mine shaft just outside Tamworth at the weekend.

It wasn't a person, but the cargo was still precious - here's a photo sent in by Joanne Scheithe.

7.50am: A BRIEF will be prepared for the coroner after the death of a motorcycle rider at Gingers Creek, an hour from Walcha. 

About 3.30pm on Saturday, a 36-year-old man was riding east on the Oxley Highway when it’s believed he lost control of his bike on a bend and skidded for several metres. 

You can read more here.

7.40am: Meet John Taylor - who says he stays in this sport to keep him young!

7.30am: Masterchef fans - here's some news for you about one of the judges.

7.20am: And some news for those travelling out west.

One lane of the Newell Highway has now reopened following a truck rollover 10km south of Moree last night.

The Roads and Maritime Service says 

Motorists are now able to pass the accident site under alternating (stop/slow) conditions.

Emergency services and traffic crews remain at the site with motorists travelling through the area advised to slow down and exercise caution.

7.15am: And how about the Commonwealth Games Gold Medal for Tamworth's Kate Jenner at the weekend?! Meanwhile another Tamworth local was celebrating a win in a field of his own. Read more here!

7.05am: TAMWORTH will remember the mud, blood and despair of World War I from 11am today at the Anzac Gates, marking the beginning of four years of commemorations.

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 4 - just 149 days until the end year! 

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

The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog on the southern slopes early in the morning. The chance of light showers late in the morning. Winds easterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the early afternoon then becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 7 with daytime temperatures reaching between 16 and 21.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog in the south early in the morning. Isolated showers in the morning and afternoon. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light early in the morning then becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching between 11 and 18.

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

Anniversaries

1914 – Australia enters World War I.

BIRTHDAYS:

Billy Bob Thornton (1955) American Actor,  Barack Obama(1961) - President of the United States of America,  Jessica Mauboy(1989) Australian singer, 

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