19-year-old on stabbing charge

A 19 year old woman was granted conditional bail following an alleged stabbing incident in Parkes on Wednesday afternoon.A 19 year old woman was granted conditional bail following an alleged stabbing incident in Parkes on Wednesday afternoon.
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Police and ambulance personnel responded to a call from a home in Downes Crescent at 4.30pm in relation to an altercation between two females.

A 49 year-old Parkes woman informed police of being attacked and stabbed in the leg by the teenager.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene before she was transported to the Parkes Health Service for further medical treatment.

The 19 year-old was later arrested at her home and transported to the Parkes Police Station where she was interviewed by detectives.

As a result she was charged with malicious wounding and two counts of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm before being bailed to appear in Parkes Local Court on Monday, November 17.

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No-one injured

A 26 year old Forbes man and his female passenger also from Forbes escaped uninjured after the vehicle he was driving hit a kangaroo and overturned on the Newell Highway on Wednesday night.

Police and RFS were called to the accident scene six kilometres south of Parkes at 9.15pm.

The driver informed police he was heading south to Forbes when a kangaroo jumped from the side of the roadway into the path of his car.

After hitting the kangaroo the vehicle rolled – coming to a stop on the side of the road.

Both he and his passenger freed themselves from the vehicle with barely a scratch.

However, the car was extensively damaged and collected from the scene yesterday.

Police are continuing their investigations into the accident.

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Failed breath test

A 42 year old Parkes man will appear in Parkes Local Court later this month to answer a drink-drive charge.

Police stopped the man at the intersection of Albert and Bushman Street on Wednesday evening for a random breath test which proved positive.

As a result he was arrested and transported to the Parkes Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis which produced a mid range reading of .139.

The offender’s driver’s licence was immediately suspended and he was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice to appear in Parkes Local Court on Monday, October 20.

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Malicious damage

Police are investigating an incident of malicious damage to a car in Reid Street overnight on Tuesday.

Blue paint was discovered sprayed on the front offside door of the vehicle at 7.15am Wednesday.

The owner informed police the damage was caused after the vehicle had been left parked outside a residence at 5pm the previous afternoon (Tuesday).

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Strike up the band: it’s here but there’s mixed signals on NBN rollout

FASTER BOOKINGS: Australian National Field Days administration manager Jane West says NBN wireless coverage will help staff plan the event more efficiently. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1002nbn1WITH more than 750 premises now ready to join the National Broadband Network, some are happy to be included in the rollout, while others are disappointed to miss out.
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Member for Calare John Cobb announced four fixed wireless towers – Orange west, March, Windera and Molong west – were ready for service.

The towers will cover Canobolas, the eastern side of Nashdale, Garra, parts of Molong, Windera, Belgravia, Borenore and parts of Summer Hill Creek, giving residents in those areas download speeds of 25 megabits a second and upload speeds of five megabits a second.

ADSL speeds currently average about four megabits a second nationally.

The Australian National Field Days site currently relies on ADSL and administration manager Jane West said Telstra had even built a tower in recent years to give the site 4G coverage in the week leading up to the event and the week of the event itself.

“It gave us enough wireless and mobile capacity on site to get us through the event,” she said.

Ms West said the office had not yet received word about the NBN becoming available, but would inquire about a permanent faster service.

“It would be huge because we run four computers here and all of our business is pretty much done by email – it would speed it up,” she said.

She said faster internet would allow the office to send aerial photos of the site to clients much quicker, allowing for faster bookings.

Wireless coverage now extends to Orange as far as the Northern Distributor Road at Burrendong Way and Ophir Road, however the North Orange residential area and the Orange township have not yet been listed to receive the technology.

For Leonie Connolly, who operates an eyelash extension business in Orange, missing out meant dealing longer with a blackspot.

“On phones it’s fine, but Wi-Fi in the house is absolutely terrible,” she said.

Ms Connolly said she needed internet access to deal with suppliers and handle invoices and was often forced to use her mobile phone data – she even had the telephone wiring in her home replaced to no avail.

“I’m paying for the cost of Wi-Fi at home and on my phone, when I should be able to rely on my Wi-Fi,” she said.

“We should have good service areas all through town, it would make life much easier.”

Orange is not alone in on missing out on the rollout so far – Molong, Canowindra and Cowra are all surrounded by active wireless coverage or coverage under construction, with no rollout yet flagged for their centres.

John Cobb said in a statement the federal government was committed to providing a minimum level of broadband services.

“Each area will be upgraded on a needs basis, with the more remote areas upgraded first,” he said.

“After thorough investigation, the outskirts of Orange were deemed to need NBN more than the township which already has good access to the internet.”

So far, construction on 18 towers has started, with six completed.

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Harness racing at Maitland Showgrounds on Saturday

A strong local contingent is raring to put on a show at the Maitland Showground with the venue to host the first of five scheduled meetings on Saturday night.
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Guy Chapple is part of a strong local training contingent with runners at Maitland Showground on Saturday night.

A number of local trainers and drivers will be in action across the eight-race program including East Maitland trainer-driver Rob Hosking, Louth Park father and son Darren and Brad Elder, father and daughter duo Rex and Laura Spencer and Louth Park’s Guy Chapple.

Keinbah trainer and Newcastle and Metropolitan premiership winner Shane Tritton has not entered any runners and will instead head to Menangle for the Group 3 Aristocrat Pace.

Maitland Harness Racing Club secretary Wayne Smith said there was a strong local flavour to the first meeting of the season.

“The locals have nominated in abundance,” he said. “We’ve got eight races and plenty of local content amongst it.

“People will see a lot of familiar names, all our usual suspects with the likes of Elder, Brewer, Chapple, Hosking, Spencer.

“There are a couple of Tamworth trainers, but for the most part it is a strong Maitland influence and Cessnock as well.”

Three of the five scheduled Maitland meetings will be held on a Saturday night, with two of those on long weekends.

The fourth meeting on January 3 will feature the Inter City Pace final while the final meeting will be on the Saturday night of the Easter Long Weekend in April.

Smith said the club had come a long way since losing regular TAB meetings in 2005.

“Who would have thought we would get three Saturday night meetings after where we were,” he said.

“Seven years ago we were in no man’s land, so to land three is great.

“Two of those are on long weekends as well.”

Smith said he hoped for a healthy crowd on Saturday night.

“We’ve been very lucky to jag a long weekend in October and another in April and the forecast is fine,” he said.

“We have four mini trots races as well, we’re looking forward to it.”

Racing starts at 6.59pm.

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Find yourself a fresh feed

HEAD COOK: You can tell from the scores on the doors mobile app that the Albion Hotel restaurant has a five star rating. Head cook Trish Owen says the restaurant has been operating for a month now and she’s hoping to develop a groundswell of loyal customers. IN Cootamundra there are 35 premises registered with the ‘Scores on the Doors’ mobile app.
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The free application which was launched in NSW a month ago is a public canvas for the council’s Scores on Doors data.

Cootamundra Shire Council has done all of the hard work inspecting and rating restaurants, bakeries, pubs, takeaway stores, canteens and corner stores based on their food hygiene and safety standards.

The star rating reflects performance where five stars is ‘Excellent’, four stars is ‘Very Good’ and three stars is ‘Good’.

Only premises with at least a three star rating are visible on the mobile app.

There are a number of business owners in Cootamundra who are doing their utmost to attain that five-star rating.

Alicia Williams, owner and manager of the Thai and Asian restaurant, says she is willing to do whatever it takes to boost her rating from four to five stars.

“I have many loyal customers in town, and I hope that the Scores on the Doors app will bring more business here,” she said.

As the head chef at the Albion Hotel, Trish Owen can proudly say her restaurant has a five star rating.

It has been up and running for a month now.

Equipped with years of experience in the hospitality industry and a broad base of contacts, Trish is hoping the business will grow through word of mouth.

Her customers are the top priority, and Trish endeavours to provide personalised service.

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Steven springs happy surprise

Steven Ingram and his partner, Margaret Gosper, had planned the secret wedding to coincide with his birthday and hadn’t told anyone!Steven Ingram’s family were given the shock of their lives last weekend when they gathered for a lunchtime 60th birthday celebration.
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Travelling from as far the Central Coast and Dubbo to celebrate the milestone birthday with Steven, 25 family members enjoyed lunch and cake.

Steven left every mouth in the house wide open as he stood and thanked everyone for joining him.

“While we are all gathered together, in about 15 minutes Marg and I are going to get married,” he said.

Steven and his partner, Margaret Gosper, had planned the secret wedding to coincide with his birthday and hadn’t told anyone!

While the news was sinking in with guests, Marg changed her clothes and gathered her bouquet.

Marriage Celebrant, Doreen Morton arrived and the couple exchanged their vows in front of a very happy and teary bunch.

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