June 13 2014 - 6:00AM GALLERY: The week that was in the central west FAIRFAX MEDIALocal NewsfacebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentComments GALLERY: The week that was in the central west DUBBO: In a rugby dominated state there are few times of the year it is alright to admit your love of the round balled football- this morning is one of them. Some locals will be particularly tired and caffeine consumptions will be at a high when Brazil kicks off against Croatia to mark the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.ORANGE: Sergeant Mark Hevers was succinct in describing his time in the firing line with the NSW Police Force, in particular, one incident in 2009. Sergeant Hevers disregarded self-preservation in his attempts to negotiate with a suicidal male in Lucknow, in what was originally deemed a siege but later reduced to a “high-risk situation”. Sergeant Hevers was confronted by a man holding a shortened rifle to his head and threatening to take his own life, and engaged in over an hour of one-on-one roadside negotiations, ultimately to no avail.NYNGAN: Nyngan Show president Chris Elder was very pleased with the results of the 121st Nyngan show. Perfect weather for all concerned helped to make it one of the best shows yet. Part of the success can be attributed to the support of Chris and Denise and the staff at Nyngan Innovation. DUBBO: Seven-year-old Layla-Maria Grubb travelled eight hours to dance for the first time in the Dubbo Eisteddfod yesterday, but a first place medal made the trip worthwhile. Layla-Maria was awarded the medal by adjudicator Adam Blanch in the eight years and under Modern Solo Restricted, ahead of the five other competitors in the section.ORANGE: The franchisee owner of north Orange McDonald’s Todd Bryant says he’s already filled 80 of the store’s 120 job vacancies in the lead-up to the fast food restaurant’s opening in four months. While work crews still haven’t poured the concrete at the site on the corner of the Northern Distributor Road and Telopea Way, interest in the new outlet has been overwhelming said Mr Bryant.CANOWINDRA: A Canowindra centenarian has brought in her 103rd year with a bang, with cake, a balloon and cards full of well wishes at Bilyara on Friday, June 6. Certainly not looking her years in a lovely blue sundress, Edna Booth reckons the secret to a long life is just "carrying on".FORBES: Colonel Dean Franklin, son-in-law of Ron and June Lamb of Forbes, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for 2014. Colonel Franklin was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his exceptional leadership and performance of duty in the day to day planning and control of combat operations throughout Afghanistan. ORANGE: Fans and colleagues of the late and great Sir Jack Brabham will travel from across the state to be in Orange on Saturday for a memorial service to the man who carved out a name for himself on the local, national and international racing circuit. Orange mayor John Davis says he is extending an invitation to the public to attend. COWRA: Joe's Chance outshone his more fancied brother Serious Chance to win the John McDonald Memorial final (453m) held at Sid Kallas Oval on Monday. The Spring Gun x Maurmaree pair had plenty of followers in the betting ring and they didn't disappoint gapping the field down the back to score a quinella for owner Michael Hugo and Wallendbeen trainers Lorraine and Jack Roy.DUBBO: After finishing at the back of the pack in 2013 Dubbo College is determined to put on a better showing in this year's Astley Cup, beginning today when they travel to Bathurst to take on the defending champions. Since Dubbo last won the annual event in 2011, Bathurst High School has become the dominant performer, winning the prestigious tri-series between the two schools and Orange for the past two years.ORANGE: Residents have opened their hearts and pantry doors to give generously to Anglicare’s food collection initiative with overflowing collection bins now in several locations throughout the city. Anglicare administration assistant Christie McGuirk said a number of families in Orange had already benefited from the food drive and she hoped many more would make use of the food and personal items which are still being collected.NARROMINE: The Voice of the Outback is returning to Narromine after last year's success. Talented singers from around the region gathered for the inaugural competition last year and judge, home-grown talent and former X-Factor star Jason Owen is expecting the same enthusiasm this year. "We think it's going to be three times bigger and better this year," he said. "We're super excited."DUBBO: Elderly resident Warwick Bills has condemned Dubbo authorities for their failure to suppress crime in North Dubbo after his backyard was invaded and trashed twice within 24 hours. Mr Bills said Sunday night around 5.30pm and Monday around lunchtime, his private property on Macleay Street was invaded, by what he believes to be neighbouring youths.FORBES: What’s better than one Herbert representing Australia? Two. Forbes siblings Brad and Laura Herbert, have both been selected to represent Australia in hammer throw at the Oceania Area Championships in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. On Friday, June 20, the siblings will travel with the Australian squad to the championships where 19-year-old Laura will compete in the under 20’s female hammer throw and 16-year-old Brad in the under 20’s male event. ORANGE: A large group of Orange children were in the running to win Orange City Council’s Name Our Rhino competition. Twenty-four children from Orange came up with the name Rosie for the bright green rhino statue covered in bright flowers and now installed at the Adventure Playground in north Orange, but it was lucky Ethan Dawson, 6, who came out the winner.GRENFELL: For women in disadvantaged communities a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable, but this is a situation local ladies can help change. Marg Duggan from Undercover Sleepwear and Lingerie in Forbes has joined forces with a national Uplift Project, which collects new and second hand bras and sends them wherever they have requests.DUBBO: Lewis Stanley was a proud young man on Saturday after his Wellington Cowboys side claimed their inaugural Tooheys Challenge Cup clash with Dubbo Westside by 64-16. The two clubs came together to form the challenge in honour of club legends and life members Bill 'Pop' Darney (Wellington) and Noel Sing (Westside), with Wellington now holding the cup at least until the sides meet at Kennard Park in August.ORANGE: Entertainer Gabe Middleton grew up watching the footy on television with her father Terry, so she considers being asked to perform at this year’s 2014 State of Origin blue bloods lunch as a “dream come true”. “It’s actually a dream come true for both of us, that’s why dad’s going to come with me and be my roadie,” Ms Middleton said.COWRA: Cowra Tourism has praised all involved in their latest project, Harvest in the Park. On Saturday May 31, almost one thousand market goers flocked to Brougham Park feasting on an array of delicious gourmet food and sampling the delights of the Central Ranges.PARKES: To mark this year’s National Reconciliation Week, Parkes Shire Council worked with three local groups - Parkes Reconciliation group, Parkes Aboriginal Community Working Party and The Aboriginal Education Consultative Group - to coordinate for the first time a special event held at Bushman’s Hill. Through celebrations of culture and creativity, youth came together through an art project. DUBBO: Operation River Guerrillas has taken place at Dubbo. Dubbo Macquarie River Bushcare Group launched the campaign with the main to improve the natural environment in and around the city. During the weekend groups from local businesses and organisations took part in the corporate challenge on Friday, June 6.ORANGE: It will not be long before Orange wines are comparable on an international stage with the world’s best vintages according to Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship president Conrad Heede. “I think you’re just getting started and it is a pity we don’t have more space to take more back home,” he said. PEAK HILL: A glorious winter’s day attracted a very healthy crowd to the Peak Hill Showground Paceway last Sunday. Those in attendance witnessed a keenly contested afternoon of racing which produced some fast times and close finishes. Alectown reinsman, Nathan Townsend took the driving honours with a winning double in successive races and was only narrowly beaten in another.WELLINGTON: Volunteers at the Driver Reviver centre on the Mitchell Highway near Wellington say they were kept busy on the long weekend. "Drivers are being responsible and stopping off from all over the country including truck drivers'' Jane Ellwood who is heading up a team mostly from the NSW State Emergency Services group (SES).CANOWINDRA: Like a postcard from a bygone era, hundreds of FB-EK Holdens lined Gaskill Street on the weekend as part of the 25th FB EK Holden Nationals in Cowra. Members of the Holden FB-EK Club parked on the historic main street to see Charlie McCarron's 1948 FX Holden in its original condition at Canowindra Motors Holden Museum.BLAYNEY: A Bathurst Diocesan Spelling Bee was introduced in 2013 as a fun way for Primary students to engage in spelling. This year the Spelling Bee was held at St Mary's Catholic School in Wellington, with students from all over the Diocese involved. Congratulations to Tom Allan, William Denzel, Mia Retallack and Monique Allan who were St Joseph's representatives.LITHGOW: RUN at Nepean Hospital, the Remote Rural Education program is providing midwives from Lithgow Hospital, like Michelle Johnstone, the opportunity to develop their skills in managing obstetric and neonatal emergencies. BATHURST: Dave Melrose is a born and bred Panthers fan who wouldn't miss the big NRL match at Carrington Park against the Cronulla Sharks for the world. Customer Steve Woodhouse is also a Penrith supporter.BATHURST: Driver reviver volunteer Joy Press gave up her warm home over the last few days to ensure others enjoyed their long weekend break.BATHURST: Education Minister Adrian Piccoli with Bathurst MP and Local Government Minister Paul Toole in Bathurst this week.BATHURST: More than 350 school principals gathered at the 2014 Secondary School Principal's Conference in Bathurst.BATHURST: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery director Richard Perram has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in this morning’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Photo ZENIO LAPKA 060514zperramBATHURST: The two cygnets, which hatched in Machattie Park’s Lake Spencer, are growing up and starting to look more like their doting parents, two magnificent black swans. Photo BRIAN WOOD 052914swan1BATHURST: Burke’s Transport heavy vehicle diesel mechanic Josh Bravenboer inspects brake shoes on a company truck. Business owner Graeme Burke says trucks on the Bathurst to Sydney run need new brakes every 70,000 to 100,000km.GULGONG: Gulgong Cup Race Day. BATHURST: Bathurst Regional Avicultural Society vice president Trevor Weal and president Tim Pickstone with a selection of finches in special display cages that will be on show at the PCYC on Sunday morning.TweetFacebook of The week that was in the central westThe pictures which tell the story of your region over the past seven daysfacebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentComments Comments Discuss "GALLERY: The week that was in the central west" Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.