7am: Central Western Daily reporter Janice Harris with you for Orange Express this morning, giving you everything you could possibly need to prepare for the day ahead, and maybe just a little bit extra.
If you know something our readers might find useful - a news tip or traffic report - please email it to me on firstname.lastname@example.org or text it to 0477308571.
First off, today's weather...
The Weather Report
May's almost over and another fine day is predicted for Orange. Our minimum this morning was three degrees and we're heading for top of 14 degrees, so it's an ideal autumn day to hang your washing out and leave your weekend free.
Around the central west Dubbo will enjoy a balmy day with a top temperature of 21 degrees with a 70 per cent change of just one millimetre of rain. Bathurst's top temperature today will hit 17 with the minimum at 6am this morning of four degrees.
If you're travelling to Sydney tonight you could run in to a slight shower in the evening around Bathurst.
7.05am: Ain't young love grand? Even when it's partnered with old(er) love?
This is either lovely or slightly unsettling ...
7.15am: Pro Hart who was born today continues to leave his mark on the national and international art scene, eight years after his death.
If you're celebrating a birthday today you are in good company with Steven Gerrard and Big L - an American rapper, Rage Against the Machine's guitarist Tom Morello, and one of Australia's most high profile artists Pro Hart who died in 2006.
If you or anyone you know is celebrating a birthday over the weekend or on Monday we would love to share their special day with our readers.
Email name. age and a photo to email@example.com
7.30am: Check here to keep up to date on roadworks around Orange and district today.
Here's Orange City Council's list of the roadwork being completed in and around the city at the moment.
Drive carefully in these areas or, better still, avoid them altogether:
- The intersection of Margaret and Hill streets
- Burrendong Way near Wicks Road
- The section of Forest Road near the hospital
- The shared pedestrian-bicycle path from Spring Street to McLachlan Street
The RMS advises work is being currently conducted on or around the following major roads in the central west:
- The Great Western Highway between Bathurst and Mount Victoria, with reduced speed limits and delays in effect.
- The Mitchell Highway between Bathurst and Wellington, with ten minute delays expected at busy times.
- Henry Parkes Way near Manildra, with ten minute delays possible.
Please allow for more time for your journey if you are using these roads.
If you know of any road work or accidents in and around Orange which could cause traffic delays this morning please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a text message on 0477308571
7.35am: BREAKING NEWS:
Police are chasing three men who are on the run after an assault in Moad Street this morning.
One of the males in described as being heavyset, one is wearing a red jumper and they've just been seen running down Nunns Avenue.
Call Orange Police on 63636399 if you've spotted the men.
7.45am: Here's a snapshot of what's making news in the Central Western Daily.
In a poignant gesture an Orange mother is urging support for research into fatal renal conditions.
Just a week after saying her final goodbye to her precious baby boy Lachlan, Kate Hennessy wants to honour the work of the doctors and health professionals who fought tenaciously to save her little boy’s life.
Meanwhile, Orange City Council staff have stopped locking the gates to Cook Park at night, claiming the locks do nothing to deter people from entering the area, despite vandals covering trees and equipment in toilet paper on Sunday.
7.50am: Police in Dubbo are searching for a missing man.
8am: We all know Dubbo is a long way behind Orange, but they're improving ....
Gallery of the day
A Dubbo home has hit the $1 million mark for the first time.
The Regand Park property broke new ground when it fetched the seven-figure sum on the market, selling agent Ken Mongan reported.
8.10am:Today is 'Water a Flower' Day, which ties in well with yesterday's 'Learn about Composting' Day.
8.15am: It's a big weekend for rugby in Orange.
In the case of Orange City’s Harry Collins, the rugby gods had a little help.
“My mum told me I’d never get out of the front row,” Collins said ahead of Saturday’s Blowes Clothing Cup clash with the Bathurst Bulldogs at Pride Park.
Meanwhile, Orange Emus hooker Tom Goolagong hates going to Narromine, and doesn’t try to hide it.
Emus take on Narromine on Saturday at Cale Oval, the Gorillas’ fortress, and Goolagong said the greens should expect nothing less than a torrid Blowes Clothing Cup clash.
8.30am: Time to check out what's making national news today.
An exhausting search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Australian waters was all in vain.
The exposure of a false trail of pings has led to experts abandoning a search area identified as the final resting place of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, calling into question two months of search efforts.
Meanwhile, Tony Abbott has begun meeting the Senate crossbenchers who will decide the fate of the budget - but novice politician Ricky Muir is refusing to play ball with the Prime Minister.
8.45am: If you own a dog have your say in today's poll.
Going to the polls
Orange City Council has warned dog owners they face hefty fines if they fail to pick up after their dogs and keep them on leashes in the city’s parks, sporting fields, footpaths and walking tracks.
Have your say...
8.50am: Working too hard? Here's the answer ...
9am: That's all for today folks, but don't forget to log on to the CWD throughout the day for the latest and greatest in news delivery.
This is Janice signing off - have a great weekend.