UP and AT IT: Wednesday, August 20

Photo: Fiona Sing of Manilla.

Photo: Fiona Sing of Manilla.

9AM: And that's it from us for Wednesday, August 20 folks. Join us from 7am tomorrow for your latest news.

8.50am: 

8.40am: The parents have spoken for this year's video music awards.

8.30am:  

RELAY for Life preparations in Tamworth are on a roll with a barefoot bowling launch planned later this month.

South Tamworth Bowling Club will host the launch of the relay on August 31 from 10am

8.10am: Maggie Beer finds herself in a bit of hot water over labels.

8AM: And here's something too cute not to share on your Wednesday morning!

7.50am: 

MOREE Plains Shire mayor, Katrina Humphries, believes the council has been left with little option other than to fast-track a report regarding the Grain Harvest Management Scheme.

The news comes on the back of what they say has been a lack of support from the Department of Transport.

7.40am: A “SHORT-tempered” Tamworth man has escaped a conviction after smashing a window at his doctor’s surgery when he was forced to wait.

7.30am: 

7.20am: 

A RECOMMENDED option has been announced for Gunnedah’s second rail overpass.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson on Tuesday announced Option C as the recommended route, with a new roundabout for Conadilly Street and access to Barber Street.

7.10am:

DUNGOWAN Valley residents are in shock after a study found 11 local families will be forced to relocate due to the risk posed by any failure of the nearby Dungowan Dam.

 One of those, retired stock and station agent Doug Rixon, has lived in the valley for 45 years in a spot he calls paradise near the Dungowan Creek, just seven kilometres from the dam.

Read more here.

7AM: 

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 19 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: Mostly sunny morning. The chance of showers on the northern slopes during the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 6 with daytime temperatures reaching between 16 and 21.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. The chance of showers in the morning and afternoon. Winds southerly 15 to 25 km/h turning southeasterly in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching between 11 and 19.

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

Anniversaries:

1860 – Burke and Wills expedition sets off from Royal Park, Melbourne at about 4 pm watched by around 15,000 spectators.

1908 – The United States Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney.

BIRTHDAYS:

John Noble - Australian Actor (1948), 

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