THE MORNING GRILL: Tuesday, January 19

Good morning, welcome to your Morning Grill. You're here with Grace Ryan from Narromine, shoot me an email if you'd like to see anything in particular in your Grill, you can get me at grace.ryan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Weather

► DUBBO / TRANGIE / NYNGAN: Hot and sunny. Light winds. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 30s.

► COBAR / BOURKE: Hot and mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the northwest, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the northwest this afternoon. Winds N/NE 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day. Daytime maximum temperatures around 40.

Top News-Another life taken

A WOMAN has been killed in a single-vehicle crash on the Newell Highway north of Dubbo.

Emergency services were called to a site three kilometres north of Eumungerie about 1pm on Monday.

Orana Local Area Command Acting Inspector Andrew McKittrick said the sedan was travelling south along the Newell Highway before it left the road and hit a tree.

"As a result of the accident, one female is deceased," he said.

"There were three other occupants of the vehicle. Two were taken by road ambulance to Dubbo Hospital and one male has been airlifted to Westmead Hospital."

The female passenger who died at the scene was travelling in the rear of the car. A male, also travelling in the rear of the car, was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition.

The two females travelling in the front of the car were taken to Dubbo Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Diversions were put in place for about five hours after the crash prompted the closure of the Newell Highway between Gilgandra and Dubbo, with the Traffic Management Centre warning motorists to allow extra time for travel.

The highway reopened about 5.30pm.

To see photos of the crash site click here

"There were three other occupants of the vehicle. Two were taken by road ambulance to Dubbo Hospital and one male has been airlifted to Westmead Hospital." - NSW Police

Local News

► DUBBO'S NEW INTERNS: SIXTEEN medical students were welcomed to the School of Rural Health (SRH) on Monday for a year of hands-on experience in the city. Despite it only being their first day, third-year students from the University of Sydney Astrid Gardiner, Caitlyn Swinney and Jack Luxford were already blown away by what Dubbo had to offer. "We were planning to go to Orange but the three of us came here on the bus tour and liked it better, we like the feel of the hospital here," Ms Gardiner said.

► HANDS ON AT THE CULTURAL CENTRE: Feathers, branches and nature was the theme at Western Plains Cultural Centre on Monday, as part of the centre's school holiday workshops, which is currently running all week. The WPCC first workshop, Beautiful Birds, had a group of budding new artists create their very own birds, with the help of local artist Alicia O'Connor.

► GETTING INTO NATIONAL PRIDE: AUSTRALIA Day is coming early at Skillset Dubbo, where staff are already gearing up to celebrate what makes Australia great.They're participating in Australia Day at Work, an initiative of the National Australia Day Council which calls on staff and colleagues to celebrate together.Skillset Dubbo branch held its inaugural Australia Day at Work event in 2015, and workforce consultant Kerry Moore said it was such a successful day, they decided to do it again this Friday, January 22.

► NEW RECYCLING CENTRE: Hazardous household landfill in Dubbo will be reduced and recycled following the official opening of the Dubbo Community Recycling Centre on Monday. The recycling centre, which has been operational since September, will collect items such as gas bottles, paints, used oils, batteries and florescent tubes.

► MOTORCYCLIST SPEEDING: POLICE have confiscated the registration plates of a motorcycle rider caught travelling at more than twice the speed limit at Dubbo. Officers attached to Dubbo Highway Patrol were carrying out speed enforcement along Hennessey Drive as part of Operation Saturation when the man was detected riding at 131km/h in a 60km/h zone.

► MASTERLESS: Dubbo's hopes of receiving a Masters Home Improvement store have been dashed, with Woolworths Limited (Woolworths) pulling the pin on the business. Woolworths on Monday announced plans to exit Hydrox Holdings Pty Ltd, the joint venture with US based Lowe's Companies Inc (Lowe's) responsible for 63 Masters Home Improvement stores and the Home Timber & Hardware chain.

► NO BAIL AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE: A man who led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car for 70km that ended near Dubbo at the weekend had a blood alcohol reading of 0.08 and had never held a licence, court documents show. Andrew James Fernando, 21, pleaded guilty to a string of charges related to the pursuit that began south of Gulargambone on Saturday night and ended after police deployed road spikes near Eumungerie.

► HIGH COST OF EDUCATION: Dubbo parents can expect to pay between $52,000 and $349,000 on 14 years of education for children born in 2016. The Australian Scholarships Group's (ASG's) Education Cost Estimates calculated from preschool to high school $52,598 will be forked out by parents in regional areas on a government school education. For a systemic school, like a Catholic school, the figure jumps to $167,021, which is more than doubled for a private school at $349,941.

Making News around the region

SHOPPING SNAKES: Two more snakes were recovered from a commercial premises in Orange and a bathroom cabinet in Molong on the weekend, but one of Orange’s serpent experts says the numbers are steady. Molong resident Kim Bell said his 23-year-old daughter was in the hallway when she saw the snake cross into the bathroom.

PUMP ACTION: Bathurst's petrol prices have continued to fall this year as the global market shows further signs of improvement. The terminal gate price for fuel in Sydney sat at 104 cents per litre yesterday, with prices for unleaded fuel advertised for as a low as 116.7 cents per litre in Bathurst, several cents cheaper than they were at the beginning of January.

COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS: A Cabonne resident frustrated by the anti-amalgamation campaign targeted at the state government says there will be a monetary and political price if Cabonne, Orange and Blayney do not merge. With member for Orange Andrew Gee opposing forced mergers at public meetings at Molong and Canowindra last week and dismissing figures supporting amalgamation as “plucked out of the air”, Nashdale orchardist Guy Gaeta said Mr Gee risked losing more votes than he gained.

INCREASE FOR LOCAL JOBS: Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that there are almost 16,000 more people employed across the region than last year which Forbes Business Chamber president Stuart Thomas said is a reflection on the number of new businesses coming to town. “I think it’s great news for the region that we are generating jobs,” Mr Thomas said. “There’s a sense of confidence and prosperity in business at the moment.”

COURT: An Orange woman was so drunk that when police asked her to walk in a straight line she took three steps and said “I can’t, I really can’t, I’m too drunk.” That was after she drove from the CBD to her home in Hughes Street, in north Orange. 

Sport 

SOCCER: FORMER Central Coast striker Adam Kwasnik is hopeful he has discovered a future Mariner during his visit to Dubbo on MondayKwasnik ran a school holiday clinic at Hans Claven Oval in another showing of the Mariners' strong relationship with western NSW.

CRICKET: WITH the best young players converging on Dubbo this week the State Challenge promised plenty of excitement and it delivered on day one with a thrilling tie played out between the Western Riverina Kangaroos and the North City Silverbacks. The Kangaroos batted first and posted 170, with Dubbo's Max Rumble scoring 38, and the match came down to the final over with the Silverbacks needing seven off six balls.

SOCCER: ADAM Kwasnik admits he has been disappointed in the Central Coast Mariners' form this season but he is hopeful the arrival of stellar signing Luis Garcia can see them climb the ladderKwasnik's former club, one he is still heavily involved with through his coaching, are currently languishing at the bottom of the A-League ladder with just nine points recorded so far.

SOCCER: DUBBO twins Nicole Begg and Ashleigh Sykes will line up for yet another W-League finals campaign with Canberra United, despite the defending premiers being held to a 1-1 draw by Adelaide United in the final round of the regular season. Canberra will face Sydney FC in a grand final qualifier at McKellar Park this Sunday, but they go into the game with their eight-match winning run ended in controversial circumstances. After Mexican international Veronica Perez scored from the penalty spot to put Canberra ahead in the 22nd minute and Abby Dahlkemper squared the ledger just before halftime, it was Sykes who appeared to have put the green machine ahead again in the 63rd minute with a clinical finish off a clever set piece.

State of the nation

Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered. 

Karen Chetcuti

Karen Chetcuti

► ALBURY-WODONGA: Police have found the body of missing mother of two Karen Chetcuti near Lake Buffalo. Ms Chetcuti, 49, from Whorouly, had not been seen since she was reported missing on Wednesday after failing to show up to work at the Wangaratta council. Read more. 

► BENDIGO: Bushwalkers Darcy McGauley and his partner Dee Hartley-Massey made a gruesome discovery at the weekend when they stumbled across the mutilated corpse of a small dog in Kangaroo Flat. Read more. 

► NEWCASTLE: Thousands of toys have been destroyed in a warehouse fire at Bennetts Green, leaving staff devastated. About 60 firefighters fought the blaze, which ignited about 12.30am on Monday and shut the Pacific Highway for several hours. Read more. 

► PERTH: A man on board a Perth flight bound for Sydney had to be restrained by passengers and crew after he became aggressive when flight attendants refused him drink service. Read more. 

► BATHURST: The city's new BMX track is longer, steeper, faster and better than other tracks. That was the word among competitors at the Bathurst RSL Open held over two days on the weekend as the city’s highly anticipated $1.5 million track at the Bathurst Bike Park was opened. Read more. 

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: People paying their respects. Picture: Michael Szabath.

Granville Train Disaster Memorial 39 years on: People paying their respects. Picture: Michael Szabath.

► PARRAMATTA: Memories of Australia’s worst rail disaster came flooding back on Monday. But this year was the first time the state government didn’t have a representative at the Granville train disaster memorial, after the Transport Minister didn’t respond to calls by organisers. Read more. 

► TAMWORTH: Police have praised the behaviour of revellers as the Tamworth Country Music Festival moves into day five today. Story and more about the festival. 

►NOWRA: A guard who agreed to smuggle contraband including pills and David Beckham aftershave into a Nowra prison is now behind bars himself. Read more. 

MEMORIES: Wagga's Margaret Jenkins is elated at receiving her father's original WWI bible, which unexpectedly turned up in her Turvey Park letterbox all the way from England. Picture: Les Smith

MEMORIES: Wagga's Margaret Jenkins is elated at receiving her father's original WWI bible, which unexpectedly turned up in her Turvey Park letterbox all the way from England. Picture: Les Smith

► WAGGA: Margaret Jenkins was given the shock of her life when a bible issued to her father during WWI turned up on her doorstep all the way from England. Read more. 

National news

Uber and Airbnb are receiving fresh support from the state government. Photo: iStock

Uber and Airbnb are receiving fresh support from the state government. Photo: iStock

►The rise of so-called "disruptive" businesses such as Uber and Airbnb is receiving fresh support from the state government amid new estimates that they contributed more than half a billion dollars to the NSW economy in the past year. Read more

► NSW parents can expect to pay up $250,000 to cover the cost of a child's private education, a new survey has revealed. Read more. 

Robert Hughes lost his appeal against child sex convictions in December. Photo: Janie Barrett

Robert Hughes lost his appeal against child sex convictions in December. Photo: Janie Barrett

►Former Hey Dad! actor and convicted paedophile Robert Hughes has applied to clear his name in the High Court. Read more.

► A virus has attacked the computer system of one of Melbourne's largest hospital networks, causing chaos for staff and patients who may face delays as a result. Read more. 

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International news

► AFGHANISTAN: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was en route to Washington from Afghanistan when a rocket hit a compound next to the palace he had visited hours earlier. Read more. 

► BALI: Police are investigating a threatening letter that warns the Balinese cities of Denpasar and Singaraja could be the next targeted by terrorists responsible for the Jakarta blasts. Read more. 

 BURKINA FASO: In the north of the African nation Burkina Faso, Perth man Ken Elliott is known as "the doctor of poor people". And the community of Djibo, where the 80-year-old Dr Elliott is the only surgeon for two million people in the area, wants their doctor back home safe. Read more. 

On this day

1907 - The first film reviews appeared in "Variety" magazine. 

1937 - Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record. He flew from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds. 

1957 - Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS' "Jackie Gleason Show." 

1993 - IBM announced a loss of $4.97 billion for 1992. It was the largest single-year loss in U.S. corporate history. 

2013 - In Scottsdale, AZ, the original Batmobile for the TV series "Batman" sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show. 

The faces of Australia: Neil Barlow

STAYING HUMBLE: Orange Lions Club’s Neil Barlow credits his citizen of the year nomination to the hard-working club members. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

STAYING HUMBLE: Orange Lions Club’s Neil Barlow credits his citizen of the year nomination to the hard-working club members. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

GENEROSITY and community spirit have earned Orange’s Neil Barlow a nomination for the Australia Day citizen of the year award. 

As a member of the local Lions club, Mr Barlow has worked tirelessly over the last 10 years in putting together various charity events for the many organisations the club supports. 

Mr Barlow said the nomination came out of the blue and he felt honoured to be nominated. 

“Someone from the Lions club nominated me but I don’t know who,” he said. 

“I feel if anything I get, I’m more or less accepting it on behalf of the Lions club because anything I do, I can always get someone to help me.

“Driver reviver, selling raffle tickets ... there’s always someone.” Read more. 

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