7am: Ola, Central Western Daily reporter Nick McGrath here with June 5's edition to Orange Express.
Kick-off for the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil is just one week away, and with seven short sleeps before the Socceroos begin their quest for glory on the biggest sporting stage on the planet, the entire office (well, maybe just me) has a bout of World Cup fever.
This morning, I'll take you through everything you need to know to help begin wrapping up the week.
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First off, today's weather ...
Today we're expecting a little bit of fog in Orange lifting to reveal an otherwise sunny day with a relatively balmy top of 14 degrees.
Around the central west, the mercury in Bathurst is expected to peak at 17 degrees, while Dubbo will reach a cracking top of 19.
Elsewhere, it'll reach 22 degrees at Vitoria, Brazil, the base of the Socceroos for this year's World Cup.
7.15am: June 5 is a special day for a number of you, no doubt, but did those of you celebrating another birthday know you shared the date with Marky Mark?
That's right, Mark Wahlberg from Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch fame turns 42 today.
Let's hope your presents this morning were wrapped a little better than this classic from the Funky Bunch….
British comic Ross Noble turns 38 today while 'Where The Bloody Hell Are You' socialite/model Lara Bingle is 27.
If you've got a birthday tomorrow and would like to share it, email a name, age and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7.25am: It's not Parramatta Road in peak hour, but you will experience some delays at the following ...
Orange City Council will be undergoing the following roadwork this week:
Work is continuing at the Margaret and Hill Street intersection, with a temporary seal added to the roadway at the intersection.
You'll also encounter some delays at Burrendong Way south from the Council boundary, Forest Road and, in preparation for the construction of traffic lights, at the intersection at the entrance to the Bloomfield Hospital Gates and the new aged care facility.
Work is also continuing at from Spring Street to McLachlan Street and, weather permitting, there will be brief delays for drivers as Bulgas Road continues to be sealed.
The RMS advises that roadwork will be taking place on the region's major roads in the following areas this week:
- Great Western Highway: near McDonald's at Lithgow, between Bathurst and Mt Victoria, at the intersection near Kelso and where workers are doing drainage contruction at Mt Victoria
- Patchwork on Henry Parkes Way near Manildra
- bridge maintenance near Larras Lee on the Mitchell Highway
Please expect lane closures or delays at these locations.
7.40am: There's plenty of big news in Orange this morning, here's what you need to know.
Children's toys, electrical goods and old manchester are among the latest items to find their way into Kinross State Forest and one councillor has had enough.
Councillor Reg Kidd said the latest dump happened mid last week and more action was needed for the safety of Clifton Grove residents, who lived only 100 metres away.
Meanwhile, Newstead Bowling Club chairman Gary Nortondispelled rumours the club had secured a partnership with Orange Emus Rugby Union Football Club and was moving to the Woodward Street premises.
7.45am: Socceroos World Cup hero Tim Cahill is another gearing up for next week's Cup. Love your work, Timmy.
8am: Cher tried it, and we've perfected it. We're turning back time with today's Throwback Thursday gallery.
We're taking a look back at May, 2005 throughout today's throwback effort.
What were you doing in May 2005, find out here.
8.05am: Game one of the NBA finals tips off tomorrow, with the San Antonio Spurs and the two-time defending champions Miami Heat squaring off in game one.
Australia's own Patty Mills will suit up for the Spurs, but took time out of his busy schedule to wish the Socceroos good luck for their World Cup campaign.
8.10am: Developing national story. Fugitive Rodney Clavell is holed up right in the middle of Adelaide. It's believed he has hostages.
8.25am: On that topic, here's a few more national news items to get you through your weet-bix this morning.
Former prime minister John Howard has delivered a guarded rebuke to Tony Abbott, saying today's politicians rely too heavily on slogans and declaring Australians will support change and reform so long as they are satisfied it is ''fundamentally fair''.
And Adventurer Bear Grylls once hollowed out a camel carcass and slept inside it, so he's probably well-equipped to handle the latest round of complaints fired at his reality television shows.
The Man v Wild star has been at it again on his new show, The Island With Bear Grylls.
8.35am: This year's World Cup anthem has been maligned by controversy.
The "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)” will be performed at the tournament’s closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro by Carlos Santana, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires has by and large missed the mark.
I say, if it ain't broken, don't fix it. Bring back Ricky. Here we go ...
8.45am: While the world game is about to kick-off in Brazil, there's still plenty of sporting action in Orange.
THE Orange Netball Association will field three teams at the 2014 Netball NSW State Championships being contested at Campbelltown and Camden this long weekend.
The all-conquering open outfit will take on the state’s best netball sides in the championship division and following on from last year’s Pat Weston OAM Country Champions Cupwin, an honour bestowed upon the highest ranked country team, Orange is again hoping to excel.
Meanwhile, in huge news for Wests Tigers fans overnight, young-gun fullback James Tedesco has left Canberra fans sobbing into their cornflakes this morning after reneging on his rich three-year deal with the Raiders.
Tedesco will remain a Tiger until the end of the 2017 season.
8.50am: Now it's time to have your say
Orange's newest estates will help cut drinking water usage by 40 per cent from the end of this year once Orange City Council’s dual water scheme comes online.
What do you think?
9am: That's a wrap for today's Orange Express. Thanks for following the blog.
If you've missed it, you've probably slept through your alarm and look a little bit like my World Cup-loving friend here.
Don't worry, we've still got you covered.
Be sure to continue to check the Central Western Daily throughout the day for all the latest updates. Adeus!