The good, the sad and the bad in Moree: September-October, 2017

Ashley cowgirl Rebekah McMahon crowned 2018 Australian Rodeo Queen

THE small village of Ashley, about 20km north-west of Moree, is still celebrating the news that local cowgirl Rebekah McMahon has been crowned 2018 Australian Rodeo Queen.

The announcement was made at a glittering pageant at the Gold Coast on Saturday night, drawing six finalists from across Australia including Cherie Bramich (Heberton, Queensland), Naomi Packer (Lyndoch, South Australia), Ashley Geddes (Sarina, Queensland), Brooke Buckingham (Dimbulah, Queensland), Emma Scott (Cloncurry, Queensland) and Ashley’s very own Rebekah McMahon.

Moree pharmacy held up at knifepoint

CASH and prescription drugs were taken from a Moree pharmacy just after lunchtime on Friday during a brazen daylight robbery.

The three assailants then fled in a vehicle stolen from a pharmacy staff member.

Police are appealing for public assistance to identify the three males, who entered the pharmacy and took cash and drugs before escaping.

Ticking all the boxes for Sal

Live entertainment – tick.

A relaxing family friendly atmosphere in the spring sunshine – tick.

Full bar facilities – tick.

All for a good cause – absolutely.

The stars will align this Saturday afternoon at Moree Rugby Club as the Live Life Like Sal committee host its family fun day in aid of local cancer fighter Sally Kilner.

Moree organisers in early preparation for next year’s 25th annual Nashos’ reunion

THE North-West Sub-Branch of the NSW National Serviceman Association is in early preparation for the organisation’s 25th annual reunion at Moree in 2018.

The reunion, held in Moree for the first time earlier this year, will take place on March 9-10-11.

Celebrations will be held in conjunction with the Moree RSL Sub-Branch, with the support of the Moree and District Services Club.

Attempted robbery at knifepoint at Moree newsagency

STAFF members at a Moree newsagency were left distraught and badly shaken after an attempted armed hold-up at the Gosport Street business early Sunday morning.

A man entered the newsagency at about 7am on Sunday and threatened an employee with a knife. The man was confronted and left the store running across Gosport Street towards the Newell Highway.

Moree teen Jess Towns selected to represent Australia at Pony Club Nationals

FROM booting home Camel Cup winners at the Moree Show three years ago to competing on the national showjumping stage – Moree equestrienne Jess Towns has come a long way in a short space of time.

After competing at various events all over the countryside for many years, seventeen-year-old Jess has now made the final cut to compete in the Pony Club Nationals at Toowoomba later this month.

Vale Charlie Thompson: “After the boys who played for him became men, CWT remained a hero”

THE bespectacled young man had been on the road for quite a while.

It was the early-1960s and 31-year-old Charles William Thompson was passing through Moree on his way to Mitchell in the Maranoa region.

There was work there, apparently, but before he continued northward to the Queensland border he needed to break up the journey with a hot cup of coffee and a quick look at the local paper.

It was only a small advertisement, tucked away in the classified pages, but it was enough to make this young journeyman realise that Moree could very well be his new home.

Moree’s Crump, Clissold and Dunlop named official Commonwealth Games baton bearers

WELL-KNOWN Moree residents Frank Crump and Ron Clissold, along with 12-year-old Moree Public School student Michelle Dunlop, have been named Queen’s baton bearers in the lead-up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Smith, Haddin, Carter and McCulloch wow audiences at Moree junior cricket fundraiser

MORE than 150 people raised more than $40,000 for Moree Junior Cricket Club at a huge fundraiser at the Max Function Centre on Friday night.

The McGregor Gourlay-sponsored evening, emceed by Jimmy Smith from Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast, also featured Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, NSW Swifts team captain Abbey McCulloch and former rugby star Tom Carter.