UP and AT IT: Monday, August 25

9AM: And that's wraps up our brekkie report for folks - join us from 7am tomorrow for the latest news.

8.50am:  And here's your weekend sport photo wrapup.

8.40am: 

TENTERFIELD is a step closer to having a bypass, amid ongoing concerns from some local councillors and CBD businesses.

After much community consultation, it’s been announced the recommended preferred option for the heavy vehicle detour route is the orange corridor, the route closest to town.

8.30am: Tiny fragments and threads of plastic have been found for the first time among the smallest grains of sand at the bottom of Sydney Harbour, a situation that has the potential to poison fish and other sea life.

Read more here.

8.20am: And it's been a busy weekend for regional police, a suspected plane crash and an accident on their list of jobs. Read the law and order update here.

8.10am: A MAN accused of sexually attacking a female stranger in an Armidale street has been committed to stand trial.

8am: Actor-director Richard Attenborough has died at 90.

7.50am: TAMWORTH’S model aircraft club’s annual scale rally weekend took off with another successful event.

7.40am: 

A BOGGABRI farming family has been awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious agricultural awards – the Brownhill Cup.

The award, which recognises innovative farming practices that improve sustainability, productivity and pr

ofitability in agriculture, was presented to Andrew and Heike Watson of “Kilmarnock” at a special ceremony at AgQuip.

7.30am: Emotional thankyous from a grieving family.

7.20am And a breakthrough in a crime that horrified many.

7.10AM: A VIRTUAL “poo tax” that has caused a veritable stink across the Tamworth Regional Council area has been watered down in the wake of ratepayer anger.

Read more here.AM: 

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 25 and it's the beginning of the last week of winter!

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 in the morning. The chance of showers on the southern slopes from the late morning. Light winds becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 8 with daytime temperatures reaching between 19 and 23.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers, mainly afternoon. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 11 with daytime temperatures reaching between 13 and 20.

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

Anniversaries:

1768 - Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England on his 1st voyage onboard the Endeavour bound for the Pacific Ocean

 1875 - Matthew Webb becomes 1st to swim English Channel (21h 45m)

1960 - AFL begins placing players names on back of their jersie

BIRTHDAYS:

Sean Connery -Actor-  1930, Billy Ray Cyrus -country singer- (1961) , 

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