Officers from Oxley police district are investigating after two men were injured during an aggravated break-in at a property in the state’s northeast Yesterday..


About 10pm, a group of 10 people, with their faces concealed, attended a property on Lowes Creek Road at Quipolly, and assaulted a 25-year-old man and assaulted the second man, 49, before ransacking the premises and fleeing in a utility. The older man was taken to Quirindi Hospital for treatment to significant facial injuries and was later transferred to John Hunter Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.


A crime scene was established and police are urging anyone with information, including anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time of the incident, to contact Quirindi Police Station or Crime Stoppers.


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The annual Hats Off to Country Festival will go ahead this year but don’t expect big crowds as the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions will see it become the first completely on line music festival.

for its 21st birthday and online festival there will be 80 artists and musicians involved including about 30 local acts including Golden Guitar winners Aleyce Simmonds, Ashleigh Dallas, John Krsulja, Lindsay Butler and Lawrie Minson who will be performing with his wife Shelley.

Other artists who have filmed their appearances include Adam Harvey, Kevin Bennett, Darren Coggan, Kristy Cox, Lachlan Bryan, Lindsay Butler and Shaza Leigh, Matt Scullion and Pete Denahy.

While some venues will be open over the Hats Off To Country Festival weekend, most will not be in a position to have live entertainment, with the exception of the Wests Entertainment Group which will see The Two Vees live at Wests’ Diggers on Saturday, July 11 from 9:30pm to 12:30am, and from 2:30pm to 5pm the same day, Jarred Taylor will perform live in the Beer Garden at West Tamworth League Club.

Over the Hats Off weekend artists will perform a pre-recorded concert or a live performance, to be enjoyed by viewers all over the world. It’s completely free, with artists providing ‘tip jars’ and some fundraising taking place.

88.9fm’s Emma Bailey, Ray McCoy and Jon Wolfe will be doing some compering of the video clips over the weekend and fans can see all the action on the Hats Off To Country Facebook page from July 9 to 12.


Image: 88.9fm's Ray McCoy, Emma Bailey and Jon Wolfe


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With the new transmitter for 96.3fm now sending the Society’s Tamworth 88.9fm programs into Quirindi and the Liverpool Plains, we have appointed Quirindi’s

Carissa Ryan as our on the ground news journalist/stringer.


Carissa is a Bachelor of Media and Communications graduate from the University of New England, majoring in Media and Culture and has plenty of experience in marketing and a good knowledge of the Plains and its residents.


She is the Publicity Officer for the Quirindi Show Society and has also been named as a runner-up in the Quirindi Miss Showgirl competition.


Carissa has undertaken work experience with Quirindi Printing and Publishing which produces the Quirindi Advocate, including writing stories, overseeing the general running and production process of the newspaper and editing content.


As part of the 88.9fm’s commitment to ensure the success of the new 96.3fm within the Liverpool Plains shire, it was felt that having someone on the ground to talk to residents and councillors would provide a closer connection to the region.


Carissa’s experience and dedication to both the role of journalist/stringer and her knowledge of the area brings an additional credibility to the stations’ news gathering and reporting and will further enhance the already highly regarded Tamworth Broadcasting Society’s radio news service in the New England North West.

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