The week that was in the central west | Photos BLAYNEY: Education Week at Trunkey Creek Public School was a big hit.

ORANGE: Staff at McCarthy’s Pharmacy are shocked and saddened by a brazen theft after a man walked into the pharmacy and stole a collection box from the front counter, which containing hundreds of dollars raised to sponsor a staff member in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.

PARKES: A major landscaping project has made it safer for children at the Parkes Early Childhood Centre.

ORANGE: A surge in the number of children’s books sold in Australia in the past year has quashed predictions children would turn away from printed books in favour of electronic books.

COWRA: St Raphael’s Hall will come alive tonight with a Parisian inspired art auction and exhibition. Students from Kindergarten through to year 10 have spent the year preparing art for the week-long arts festival, which will wrap up this Friday, August 14.

ORANGE: Another two cafes are expected to open in Orange by October and the market saturation has cafe owners nervous. There are about 40 cafes in and around Orange.

FORBES: Police have stepped up patrols of Apex Park and Forbes Shire Council committed to daily sweeps of the playground after a child stepped on a used needle.

CANOWINDRA: Prepare for a journey down the rabbit hole later this month as Canowindra High School students bring their latest production to life- with a twist.

ORANGE: Wade Park curator Bruce Cousins discovered a one metre-long woma python out the front of the ground on Monday, and snake catcher Greg Pringle said that particular breed of snake was not just rare for this area, it was virtually unheard of.

GRENFELL: The Weddin Shire is in severe danger of losing their recycling service. Changes will occur as of 15th August 2014. Weddin Shire continues to transfer all of the kerbside recycling service to the Cowra Shire’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

COWRA: More than 27 tractors and associated drivers are making final engineering checks on their tractors in preparation for the 2014 Camp Quality Tractor Trek.

PARKES: Local police are urging members of the community to do two things this month – lock it up and hide it.

ORANGE: Orange Hockey Incorporated president Michelle Stevenson hopes the installation of a $35,000 fence will help fight the vandalism that has plagued the Glenroi sportsground for years.

FORBES: Would you like to be the next Forbes Show Girl? The show girl committee are encouraging local girls aged between 17 and 24 to sign up to be a part of this year’s competition.

COWRA: The judge has been, our scores are in and now we must wait to find out if we’re a contender for this year’s top Tidy Towns titles. Cowra Shire Councillor Judi Smith believes the visit last week went extremely well, although the assessor Lyndall Holstein is keeping her cards close to her chest.

ORANGE: For several years Orange council staff have worked alongside a group of Windred Street residents unhappy about their neighbour’s messy yard and keen to see the rubbish permanently cleared away.

DUBBO: A house fire destroyed a home along Boundary Road on Wednesday night. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: South Dubbo Newsagency owner Andrew Bartlett wishes customer John Kellehar good luck as he hands over a ticket in tonight s $50 million Powerball draw. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Corie Hazell is hoping to get a carpentry apprenticeship but has struggled to get builders to take her on. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Students from Lake Cargelligo Central School Layton Mickan, Jackson Patterson and Jay Carlsson with their car. Photo: LOUISE DONGES.

DUBBO: Indigenous-themed belly dancers at Dubbo College South Campus. Back: Travis Finlay, Ty Sutherland, Coen Naden, Buddy Kennedy,Tallulah Ambrose, Emily Coleman, Priscilla Ambrose-Kassis, Tamikah Melville, Chloe Coleman, Tamika Kennedy, Sam Williams and Angela Canalese. Front: Kijuan Dodd, Blake Dodd, Lewis Rosser, Uncle Ralph Naden, Hailey-May Ley-Andrews, Maryam Kassis, Madison McGuinness, Courtney Dodd and Abraham Kassis.Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie president Lorna Breeze (centre) presents honours to club members Bev Hawkins and Peter Bartley.

DUBBO: Cynthia Foley president of the Dubbo and District Family History Society Inc. with the Flight Sergeant Middleton bust. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Kanto Gakuin students Kazuya Sakakura and Shu Miyamoto with Dubbo Christian School student Tom Trainor (centre) at a farewell to the students from Japan. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Senior Sergeant Mal Unicomb with a picture of a Valiant Charger, a vehicle he spent his early years in as a traffic cop. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Bev Mills, Jill O’Leary, Joan Yeo, Pat Darlington, Nora Mines, Adam Darlington. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

NARROMINE: Rakaia, Abram and Alex enjoy Book Week at Narromine Public School.

NYNGAN: Lucy McLaughlin, Molly Smith,Sophie Yabsley, and Anastasia Walsh

NYNGAN: Representatives from the local Aboriginal Land Council and community

DUBBO: A large penning of mixed quality cattle was yarded at the Dubbo saleyards.

WELLINGTON: Wellington Preschool won the first event of the day but there is two days of fabulous entertainment ahead at the Eisteddfod.

WELLINGTON: Westhaven celebrate an emotional Gungie Police victory.

BATHURST: MANY of the greats who have raced at Mount Panorama have been immortalised with an internal road named after them on the mountain they love. Bathurst Regional Council’s director of engineering Doug Patterson, councillor Warren Aubin and mayor Gary Rush take a walk through the avenue of heroes yesterday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 081314csigns1

Julie Brown, left, and Melissa Johnson, right, in Kings Parade yesterday with a host of supporters, including mayor Gary Rush and councillor Bobby Bourke, promoting the Bangonabeanie event to highlight Brain Injury Awareness Week. Photo ZENIO LAPKA081114zbrain

This Toyota Prado 4WD came to a precarious rest after a parking mishap at Bathurst Aldi. Photo TOP NOTCH VIDEO081014aldi2

MUDGEE: The Mudgee Wombat’s kicked off their 140th birthday celebrations with a gala ball for over 250 guests on Saturday night.

BATHURST: Guest artist and judge Wanda Driscoll with organiser Wendi-Lou Tisdell at Friday’s opening of the Evans Arts Council’s big art show at Bathurst RSL.

BATHURST: Many of the greats who have raced at Mount Panorama have been immortalised with an internal road named after them on the mountain they love. Bathurst Regional Council’s director of engineering Doug Patterson, council

BATHURST: Parents and students outside Kelso Public School after last weekend’s vandalism. While they are happy with news of a security upgrade, the parents still want a fence around the school. Photo PHILL MURRAY 081214pkelso

BATHURST: Police create a crime scene at the Patterson Place home in Kelso where a stabbing took place on Sunday morning. 081014zcrime2

BATHURST: This monster buck kangaroo was roaming freely in Hector Park on Tuesday, right in the middle of suburbia in West Bathurst. Photos BRIAN WOOD 081214bwroo10

LITHGOW: Portland Central School was overflowing with enthusiastic children and carers at Education Week celebrations.

MUDGEE: Luke Spencer of Spencer Cocoa is producing 400 chocolate bars per week from his tiny Mudgee-based operation. PHOTO DARREN SNYDER

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