UP and AT IT: Monday, August 18

Photo: Nita Read.

Photo: Nita Read.

9AM: And that wraps up our brekkie blog for today folks - join us from 7am tomorrow for your latest update.

8.50am:  Here's a photo from Manilla resident Fiona Sing yesterday, she described this one as "The birth of a rainbow."

8.40am:

8.30am:  

THE Hunter’s political landscape has taken another dramatic turn with Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy resigning.

The lord mayor sent an official letter of resignation to Newcastle council general manager Ken Gouldthorp on Sunday after a week of intense pressure produced by the state corruption inquiry.

8.20am:   LOCAL childcare providers are concerned proposed changes to the nation’s early childhood sector could end up hurting the children who need it the most.

8.10am:

8AM:  

BEN Malby returned to Tamworth to not only defend his half-marathon title but also to win the Fun Five as the Tamworth Running Festival goes from strength to strength.

The clouds parted to greet almost 1000 competitors across all divisions yesterday morning as the half-marathon runners toed the line at 7.30am.  Read more here.

7.50am: It's been described as 'Disneyland for farmers' and it's on again from tomorrow.

Check out some photos from AgQuip from years gone by - here.

7.40am: 

BLOOD donors will receive a digital “bat signal” today as blood stocks fall and demand spikes.

The region needs more blood donations following a sudden spike in demand and sick donors have had to cancel appointments after a debilitating flu season.

7.40am: 

7.30am: 

7.25am: 

THE days of passengers parking for free in the cramped main car park of Tamworth airport could be coming to an end.

Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) is considering introducing paid parking as part of a $900,000 plan to ease congestion around the terminal.

7.15am:

A FIREFIGHTER has died and another was injured battling a blaze at Cobar's New Occidental Hotel early Sunday morning.

“It is with a heavy heart I confirm the death of a Fire and Rescue NSW officer in the state’s west today,” Minister for Emergency Services Stuart Ayres said.

Read more here.

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:Cloudy. Scattered showers, more frequent on the slopes. Winds westerly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 8 with daytime temperatures reaching between 10 and 15.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:Cloudy. Scattered showers. Winds westerly 30 to 45 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching between 7 and 17.

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

Anniversaries:

1827 – James Stirling establishes a settlement at Raffles Bay.

1829 – Official proclamation of the Swan River Colony.

1881 – The Art Gallery of South Australia opened by Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence.

BIRTHDAYS:

Sir Paul McCartney - English singer(1942) Blake Shelton - country singer (1976), 

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