Highlands Rise and Shine | Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Not hard to see who is in charge here.

► MOSS VALE High School welcomed a very special guest to its final term 3 assembly.

Former student Daniel Rumsey along with his father John attended the assembly to talk to staff and students.

Daniel is a past Moss Vale High School student who graduated in 2008. 

Since leaving school, Daniel has gone from strength to strength in the world of competitive swimming. 

► A SMALL piece of Bundanoon’s history was restored recently.

The Bushells ‘ghost sign’ on top of the Bundanoon Newsagency was repainted and unveiled on September 17.

The sign was first painted in the early 1940s and the restoration was part of a campaign by Bushells to restore the company’s ghost signs across NSW.

THE fairytale ending the Moss Vale Dragons were hoping for did not occur.

After dropping out of first and reserve grade in the Group 6 competition earlier this year, the Dragons had shown plenty of heart to make it through to the second division grand final.

Moss Vale faced Appin Dogs at Campbelltown Stadium on September 17 in the decider.

► Shocking footage is circulating on social media of a car being rammed on Picton Road “for no apparent reason”.

The impact from the rear-ending deployed an airbag and reportedly flipped the car on the notorious road in Wilton. 

In a post on the Dash Cam Owners Australia page, a man identified as Darren described how an erratic driver of a silver Commodore station wagon came close to hitting his car in an apparent act of road rage. More here.

► CELEBRATE the hard work of grandparents in the Highlands community in October.

The Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group has received funding to hold a Grandparents Day event on October 30.

Grandparents Day is a celebration and acknowledgement of the contribution grandparents make in helping their grandchildren in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

ONE of Bong Bong’s most famous faces will be honoured at this year’s races.

After the passing of her late husband Rob Ritchie, Cheryl Ritchie decided she would have a unique seat made to erect at the Bong Bong racecourse.

CheryI said she wanted to do this in his honour to show his love and dedication to the Bong Bong Picnic Race Club.

►FOR members of the Wingecarribee Adult Day Centres Fun and Friendship choir the old adage of practice makes perfect was certainly true.

The choir performed in Corbett Gardens during Tulip Time.

After much practice and led by well known local musical director Julie Blanchard, the choir sang three songs to entertain the crowd including “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”. 

►The inaugural Tulip Time Mile was held in Bowral on Saturday to raise money for Cure Brain Cancer. 

The race began after the Tulip Time parade. Previously the race had only been available to school aged students, this year the race was open to all age groups for the first time. 

In the girls primary school mile category, Jessica Hassan placed first and Mia Woolridge placed second. Tayne Ward won the boys primary school mile. 

TRAFFIC:  All Southern Highlands roads are open and clear.

TRAINS: Commuters can expect a good service on the Southern Highlands line today. 

WEATHER: A partly cloudy day with winds W 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the morning then becoming N/NE 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon and a daytime maximum temperature of 16 can be expected in the Highlands today.

Here's a look at what the local weather is doing right now:

7.00AM:  Good morning and welcome to the Southern Highlands Rise and Shine. Over the next few hours we will be bringing you as much information as possible from across the Southern Highlands and nationally.

Weather, road conditions, breaking news, we will have it all - and we'd love to have your help! If there's anything happening in your part of the world, drop us a line! Email jackie.meyers@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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

Regional

WAGGA: A Wagga man has been taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Trinity Senior High School and St Michael’s Regional High School alumnus was snatched on August 7 by five armed gunmen in military uniforms.

The Islamic fundamentalists pulled him into a four-wheel-drive on one of the main streets in the Afghan capital, Kabul. More here.

HUNTER: Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash in East Maitland.

Initial investigations suggest a Ford Falcon, was travelling west on the highway when it left the roadway, crashed through a fence and landed in Wallis Creek. The 47-year-old male driver died at the scene. More here.

SCENE: Fatal crash at Wallis Creek, East Maitland. Pictures: Perry Duffin

SCENE: Fatal crash at Wallis Creek, East Maitland. Pictures: Perry Duffin

SYDNEY: Disgraced author Belle Gibson was secretly paid $75,000 for appearing on Channel Nine's flagship current affairs show, 60 Minutes, after her global cancer hoax and charity fraud were first exposed. More here.

► RUTHERFORD: Recycler Truegain has shut its doors, leaving angry workers owed money and an environmental legacy of toxic materials including the firefighting foams at the heart of the Williamtown RAAF controversy. Read on.

Disgraced author Belle Gibson pocketed $75,000 for '60 Minutes' interview last year. Photo: Supplied

Disgraced author Belle Gibson pocketed $75,000 for '60 Minutes' interview last year. Photo: Supplied

►  BEAUDESERT: Several Scenic Rim suburbs will be targeted as the state government launches its biggest attack yet on Queensland’s growing fire ant problem.

Suburbs including Harrisville, Warrill View, Rosevale, Mutdapilly, Mount Walker and Peak Crossing have been identified as high-risk areas for the spread of the the damaging South American ant species first detected in Brisbane in 2001. More here.

Kill it: The invasive fire ant, a South American native ant first detected in Brisbane in 2001, is wreaking havoc across Scenic Rim.

Kill it: The invasive fire ant, a South American native ant first detected in Brisbane in 2001, is wreaking havoc across Scenic Rim.

► ULURU: Three men are stuck on Uluru after ignoring pleas by the site's traditional owners not to climb the Australian landmark.

Late on Monday night, a delicate rescue operation was underway to winch the stranded climbers off the rock. Read on.

► BENDIGO: Up to nine roads in the Central Goldfields Shire remain closed after sustaining damage in recent flooding.

The shire’s operations manager Glenn Deaker said the damage was mostly concentrated in low-lying areas and around bridges and culverts. More here.

RURAL: The concept of mandatory reporting by beef processors of not only their costs of procuring cattle but the price at which they have sold products is emerging as a key issue in inquiries and market studies looking into competition in the industry. Read on.

National news

► Former Health Services Union leader Kathy Jackson has appeared in a Melbourne court charged with dozens of fraud-related offences over allegations she misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of union funds. Read on.

► The Turnbull government is set to embark on a major independent review of the nation's intelligence agencies as Australia faces an unprecedented array of security challenges ranging from terrorism to the rise of China and cyber-spying. More here.

Kathy Jackson (in blue) arrives at Melbourne Magistrates Court. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Kathy Jackson (in blue) arrives at Melbourne Magistrates Court. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

►Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, Energiser Australia and Officeworks are among major retailers who have adopted a new voluntary industry code designed to reduce the number of Australian children killed and injured after swallowing button batteries. Read on.

An x-ray showing a button battery lodged in the oesophagus of a 9-month-old boy. Photo: Supplied

An x-ray showing a button battery lodged in the oesophagus of a 9-month-old boy. Photo: Supplied

► Police, nurses and paramedics have criticised moves by the Turnbull government to include volunteers in workplace negotiations for paid emergency service staff, warning it will affect the level of service provided to the community. More here.

National weather radar

CFA volunteers at a training exercise. Photo: Robert Gunstone

CFA volunteers at a training exercise. Photo: Robert Gunstone

International news

LOS ANGELES: There were tears, politics and passion, long speeches and speeches which were crushed under the merciless weight of an indifferent musical playoff. For the cruel business of television, it was just another night of the long knives for the 2016 Emmys. Read on.

INDONESIA: Killer haze from forest fires that raged across Indonesia last year may have caused more than 100,000 premature deaths in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, according to a new report that suggests a drastically higher death toll than Indonesian government figures. Read on.

Matt Damon gives Jimmy Kimmel a ribbing on the 2016 Emmy Awards telecast. Photo: screengrab

Matt Damon gives Jimmy Kimmel a ribbing on the 2016 Emmy Awards telecast. Photo: screengrab

NEW YORK: Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect wanted by police in relation to the bomb blast in the New York neighbourhood of Chelsea on Saturday night and an earlier explosion in New Jersey, has been captured following a swift manhunt and shootout with police. More here.

On this day

Ahmad Rahami being taken into police custody on a stretcher. Photo: Screenshot ABC News

Ahmad Rahami being taken into police custody on a stretcher. Photo: Screenshot ABC News

1519: Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the globe (Magellan killed on route)

1854: Battle of the Alma: first major battle of Crimean War. British and French alliance defeat the Russians

1990: Both East and West Germany ratify reunification

2001: In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".

Facts supplied: onthisday.com

The faces of Australia: Paul Basham

Popular mechanic, Paul Basham has retired following 36 years with SG Chambers in Wallendoon Street. 

He began his career at the family-owned business on August 22, 1980 after having worked as a mechanic in West Wyalong and also spent six years at Toyota in Cootamundra. More here.

COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS: John Chambers (right) bids Paul Basham thank you and good luck as he retires following 36 years in the SG Chambers workshop and NRMA vehicle. Picture: Jennette Lees

COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS: John Chambers (right) bids Paul Basham thank you and good luck as he retires following 36 years in the SG Chambers workshop and NRMA vehicle. Picture: Jennette Lees

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