UP and AT IT: Tuesday, September 2

9am: And that's it from us today folks, join us from 7am tomorrow for the latest news.


MICK Colbran, sister Anni and their team might have lost their car near St George, but they still had a lot of fun during their Mystery Box Rally last week.

All up, 43 teams covered 2500 kilometres with their destinations unknown until half an hour before departure.

8.45am: REPRESENTATIVES from Virgin Australia will meet with Narrabri Shire Council next week to canvass the possibility of establishing a commercial service to Sydney.


8.25am:  LOCAL anti-crime campaigners have demanded an extension of a one-month trial for a dog squad in Tamworth to fully test it.

The NSW police minister announced last Friday a handler and a general duties german shepherd will be stationed in Tamworth as part of a one month trial from September 15, but there are no promises it will stay long term.



A FAMILIAR face to Barraba’s meat-lovers has hung up his cleaver – exactly 82 years after his father founded the iconic family business.

Peter Hancock yesterday handed over control of his butchery, CR Hancock & Sons, to a new owner, marking the end of an era for the town.



LOCAL pharmacists and health experts have said abuse and misuse of prescription drugs are behind a drastic increase in accidental overdose deaths.

Fatalities from accidental overdose in rural and regional NSW have doubled since 2008, statistics reveal. 


MOREE Plains Shire Council is one of 15 recipients of the ‘Clean Up and Prevention Program’ receiving a grant of $100,156 to help the community tackle illegal dumping. 

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has awarded $1,658,094 across 23 waste grants to identify local illegal dumping sites and implement prevention and clean-up programs.  

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JUST like a shot out of a gun, Uralla’s McCrossin’s Mill is rewriting the history books.

The latest acquisition to the Thunderbolt collection of the revolver used to shoot the notorious bushranger has shed new light on how the events unfolded on May 25, 1870.


Police have charged a man after he allegedly assaulted one man and intimidated another at Glen Innes last week.

Read more here.

6.55am: Good morning. It's September 2, the second day of spring!

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. Isolated showers, more likely in the south. Showers falling as snow on the southern slopes above 1200 metres at night. The chance of thunderstorms on the southern slopes during the afternoon and early evening. Light winds becoming southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 5 and 10 with daytime temperatures reaching between 17 and 22.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Scattered showers from the late morning, mainly on and west of the ranges. Isolated snow showers in the south above 1200 metres at night. The chance of thunderstorms in the south during the afternoon and early evening. Winds west to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the morning then turning west to southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h in the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 4 and 10 with daytime temperatures reaching between 15 and 24.

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


1904 The first Australian Open golf tournament is held.

1902 - "A Trip To The Moon", the first science fiction film, released

1930 - 1st non-stop airplane flight from Europe to US (37 hrs)


Keanu Reeves - actor(1964), 

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