The good, the sad and the bad: November-December in Moree, 2017

Moree’s Lola Shearer recognised as a Hidden Treasure

LOLA Shearer may shun the spotlight, but few could rival her dedication to Moree and now the long-time healthcare advocate has been formally recognised by the NSW Government for her decades-long commitment to the community.

Police respond to numerous incidents in Operation Claymore 2 – arrests made

MORE than a dozen kids were taken off the streets after midnight in Moree at the weekend and around 100 people dispersed at a party in east Moree during Operation Claymore 2, an ongoing strike force established to focus on traffic, drug, and property crime in Moree.

Sticky Sweet a side-splitting treat for Moree audiences

LILLIAN Russell would have most definitely approved.

The vaudevillian starlet of the late 19th and early 20th century would have given her seal of approval had she been in the dress circle at Moree Arts Community Theatre’s latest production Sticky Sweet –she would’ve been far too clever to take an aisle seat up near the front, such was the at-times reluctant yet hilarious audience participation.

Assault victim Maureen Hiscock to travel in style when the time is right

P&O Cruises Australia will make sure that 79-year-old Moree assault victim Maureen Hiscock is well-looked after when she is fit and well enough to take to the high seas.

Mrs Hiscock was viciously bashed and robbed in her Boland Drive home by two intruders last Sunday evening.

She had planned to travel to Brisbane the following day – via Ballina – with her family to embark on a P&O cruise.

79-year-old Moree grandmother recovering after vicious home attack

A 79-year-old Moree grandmother severely assaulted at around 8.30pm on Sunday evening when trying to protect her home and belongings from intruders was less than 24 hours away from embarking on a four-day cruise with her daughter, grand-daughter and son-in-law’s mother.

Police busy in Moree overnight: business break-ins and quad bike seized

POLICE arrested a man and seized a quad bike in Moree during the early hours of Tuesday morning and attended three break-ins to local businesses that caused considerable damage in one as well as stock and property theft.

Gwydir Industries bestows life membership on Moree stalwart Eric Carrigan

MOREE elder statesman Eric Carrigan has been honoured with life membership of Gwydir Industries – the much-loved local service provider that he helped go forward from near-bankruptcy in the early 1990s to the modern facility that it is today.

Mr Carrigan, a semi-retired farmer and grazier, has devoted decades to Gwydir Industries and was last week recognised for his years of volunteer work.

Australia says “yes” as Moree couple prepare to say “I do” . . . again

WITH the federal government’s pledge to have same sex marriage institutionalised by the end of the year, Moree couple Merri-May Gill and Fi Claus can’t wait to tie the knot . . . again.

The popular singer-songwriters were married in a civil ceremony at Orley Park in Brisbane suburb New Farm on May 6, 2006 however there was one vital document missing – a government-endorsed certificate decreeing the union.

Arrests made but break-and-enters and theft continue in Moree

STRIKE Force Claymore 2 continues to claim scalps in Moree however the number of break-and-enters and thefts in the township has spiked.

Twenty-six offenders were charged in the past week with 38 offences.

Jack Meaney: from a hut made from wheat-bags to a farming and bush-racing trailblazer

THE country racing industry – and the western districts’ farming community in general – lost one of its most respected members last week, with the passing of true-blue gentleman Jack Meaney.

He was 93.

Jack, whose trademark phrase ‘(you are) quite right’ was affectionately known by all who knew and loved him, was a western districts trailblazer and arrived unheralded in the Collarenebri district in 1957 with his father, Gordon.

Strike Force Claymore 2: More positive results across Moree Shire

NINETEEN notices for children “at-risk” were completed at the weekend as part of Strike Force Claymore 2 during the latest in a series of high visibility police deployments conducted in the Barwon Local Area Command.

Police also conducted 66 searches while two juveniles will be dealt with under the young offenders act in relation to arson offences.

Emergency services quick to respond to Morton Street fire

MOREE fire-fighters, police and paramedics battled Alice Street bumper-to-bumper traffic at the Moree bypass set of traffic lights – long-regarded by locals as a motoring nightmare – to quickly respond to a residential fire on Morton Street on Thursday afternoon.

Scissors held to victim’s throat in Moree home invasion

A TERRIFIED Moree resident was held with scissors to his throat during a home invasion in Anne Street during the early hours of Friday morning.

And about two-and-a-half hours later the same offenders allegedly attempted to steal a motor vehicle from a Barwon Avenue address.

Moree’s newest restaurant – Maslina Bar and Grill – opening in 2018

THE launch of Moree’s newest restaurant – Maslina Bar and Grill – is on schedule to take place early in 2018.

Built from scratch by local moteliers Mick and Zelch Cikota, Maslina Bar and Grill on Warialda Street is part of the award-winning Econo Lodge Motel in East Moree.

Tait Holden Moree puts some Spark into Gwydir Industries’ huge fundraiser

HORSE power took on a whole new meaning at the Crawford Roofing Christmas twilight races last Saturday, with punters queueing in droves to support Gwydir Industries, one of Moree’s best-loved service providers.

Moree’s camera-happy couple find it hard to ‘focus’ on race-day

MOREE couple Michelle Mitchell and Wayne Monckton are always just a little bit edgy on race-day – especially when California Raider, a horse they part-own, is racing.

And it’s not the usual pre-race butterflies that make them just that little bit jittery – it’s their race-day job descriptions.