UP and AT IT: Thursday, August 21

Photo: Fiona Sing of Manilla.

Photo: Fiona Sing of Manilla.

9AM: And that's it for this morning! Tune in tomorrow for the latest news from across the New England North West and beyond.

If you are heading out to AgQuip for the final day of the agricultural event, let us know what you are up to on Twitter, #AgQuip or tag @fairfaxNSWNW

In the meantime, check out these sites for the latest news:

Tamworth              Moree                 Gunnedah               Inverell

8.50am: 

8.40am: And the Northern Daily Leader had the exclusive on a drug-addicted dealer who supplied methylamphetamine to an undercover police officer. Read more here.

8.30am: Some fisherman aren't abiding by the rules:

8.20am:  PUBLIC exercise equipment worth $30,000 has been installed by the Inverell Shire Council beside Captain Cook Drive.

Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall visited the project site on Monday.

“It’s good to see Inverell Shire Council taking such a pro-active role in the community’s fitness,” he said.

Read more here.

Inverell Shire mayor Paul Harmon tries a chin-up on the new exercise equipment as MP Adam Marshall looks on.

Inverell Shire mayor Paul Harmon tries a chin-up on the new exercise equipment as MP Adam Marshall looks on.

8.10am: Health embarrassment: the smoking dumb

THE New England region has one of the highest rates of infant deaths and smoking rates during pregnancy, one of the nation’s peak health reporting bodies has found.

Read more here.

8AM: Have you heard of the Tenterfield Saddler? Peter Allen sang the famous song Tenterfield Saddler (1972).

Well, Tenterfield residents are pleased to see the icon open again after renovation works and the ill health of its owner had forced the building to remain closed since May last year.

Read more here.

“IT IS A TRUE ASSET TO TENTERFIELD AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A NATIONAL TREASURE - THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF ONE OF MANY POSITIVE THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR BEAUTIFUL TOWN” - REBECCA CARPENTER, TADBA PRESIDENT

Aub Gillespie inside the Saddler on Saturday.

Aub Gillespie inside the Saddler on Saturday.

7.50am: Are you wondering why your bins haven't been emptied?

Rubbish collection services around the region have ground to a halt indefinitely after Australia’s largest waste-management firm grounded its entire fleet following a fatal accident in South Australia.

Transpacific has taken its 2800 vehicles off the road for a safety audit after one of its trucks smashed into three stationary cars at a busy intersection in Adelaide on Monday. 

A man and woman died and two others, including the truck’s driver, were critically injured.

Read what Tamworth Regional Council said here.

7.40am: The federal government has been left red-faced following revelations that law-enforcement agencies have been accessing Australians' web browsing histories without a warrant.

7.30am: And in case you missed AgQuip, here is a gallery of photos from Days 1 and 2 of the three-day event. Stay tuned today for more on the agricultural disneyland for farmers here.

7.20am: Moree's Mark Winter was awarded a service to industry award, which he said is a tremendous honour.

“It was a shock and I never expected my name to be called out. I’ve got a love of the land and it’s just natural that I have a love of water and things that help the land as well,” he said.

Read more here.

Nick Gillingham presents Mark and Trish Winter the 2014 Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers Service to Industry Award.

Nick Gillingham presents Mark and Trish Winter the 2014 Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers Service to Industry Award.

7.10am: UNE Armidale has chosen Annabelle Duncan as the permanent replacement for former vice-chancellor Jim Barber.

Professor Duncan had been acting in the role after Professor Barber left the position in February.

Read more here.

7AM: 

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 21 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. The chance of showers in the north in the morning. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day then becoming east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 8 with daytime temperatures reaching between 17 and 21.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers from the early morning, contracting to the east during the evening. Winds east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching between 12 and 18.

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

Anniversaries:

1842 – Hobart was proclaimed a city.

1984 – The Federal budget is televised for the first time.

2012 - A boat of 200 asylum seekers headed to Australia capsizes and 110 survivors are rescued

BIRTHDAYS:

Kenny Rogers - Country Singer (1938), Simon Katich - Australian Cricketer (1975), Usain Bolt -Olympian (1986), 

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