UP and AT IT: Friday, August 15

Photo: Nita Read.

Photo: Nita Read.

9AM: And that's us all wrapped up for another week folks, enjoy your weekend. We'll be with you again from 7am tomorrow with your weekend news.

8.50am: 

8.40am: A FORMER archbishop of Sydney who gained a reputation for his outspoken views on topics including abortion, same-sex relationships and industrial relations, will visit Armidale next week. 

8.30am: Is the NRL embroiled in another scandal?

8.20am: Guyra town water users are reminded that water use restrictions still apply to external watering in Guyra.

8AM: THERE was plenty of shimmying and shaking in Tamworth last night as some of the region’s youngest dancers took to the stage. Read more here.

7.50am: Some more details emerge about the battles Robin Williams was facing before his death.

Support is available for those who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline 13 11 14

7.40am: COUNTRY music fans have been rocked by news that the musical event CMC Rocks the Hunter is no more, and will instead be CMC Rocks Queensland in 2015.

Tamworthians will have to drive a bit further for their country music fix on March 13-15 after it was announced the festival will be held at the Willowbank Raceway site in south-east Queensland with multi-platinum selling artist Lady Antebellum headlining.

7.30pm: 

IN a big paddock just out of Gunnedah’s township, Disneyland for farmers is under construction.

AgQuip 2014 turns 42 next week and Australasia’s biggest agricultural field day exhibition will be bigger than ever.

7.20am:  ONE man is dead and an investigation is under way after a car crashed down an embankment near Walcha yesterday.

Just before 1pm, a passerby discovered the vehicle which had careered off the Oxley Highway, four kilometres east of town.

7.10am:  Sad news from abroad this morning.

7AM: 

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 15 and we're halfway through the week!

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. Areas of fog on the southern slopes early in the morning. Patchy rain on the northern plains from the early afternoon. Winds east to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 8 with daytime temperatures reaching between 18 and 22.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Fog early in the morning. The chance of showers in the afternoon. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 1 and 8 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 13 and 20.

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

Anniversaries:

1945 – VP Day is celebrated.

1983 – Hon Sir James Killen, first elected to the Australian House of Representatives on 10 December 1955, resigned. He was one of the longer serving members.

BIRTHDAYS:

Stieg Larson ,Author, (1954), Ben Affleck,  American Actor  (1972),  Jennifer Lawrence, Actress (1990)

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