A KELSO couple expecting triplets found out they were the parents of quadruplets in the delivery room.
Hope Annis-Brown and Carl Morgan, both aged in their 20s, welcomed four baby girls on December 6, more than three months before their due date in February.
They also have a son together, Carl, who was born on January 1, 2020, and Ms Annis-Brown has a nine-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
The couple didn't find out they would be having multiples until Ms Annis-Brown was 26 weeks along.
"We first thought it was triplets and then it turned into four," Mr Morgan said.
They learned of the fourth baby while delivering the children via caesarean section just two weeks later.
"I went into labour at 28 weeks and when I was in the surgery room they took out the three and the doctor felt under my ribs and said there was four," Ms Annis-Brown said.
Despite being born early, the girls, named Ariah, Aaliyah, Nataliah and Nariyah, were doing well.
Home destroyed days before Christmas
A LOCAL family was left devastated on the verge of Christmas after a fire ripped through their West Bathurst home on December 19.
Emergency services were called to a fire at West Street around 8am to find a single-storey cottage well alight.
"We initially had two vehicles attend the scene, and crews proceeded to get to work in order to control the fire," Fire and Rescue NSW Bathurst station officer Sandy Collins said.
"On arrival, we ascertained all four occupants had been evacuated, but they expressed concern about the welfare of their pets.
"Firefighters conducted a search and rescue of the property for the pets and, unfortunately, one pet was found deceased."
The fire was fully extinguished by 10am, but 75 per cent of the house was damaged.
Holden owners make day special for Jessy
KINDHEARTED Holden owners helped a girl end her primary school experience in the best way possible after a difficult seven years.
Twelve-year-old Jessy Edenborough was diagnosed with autism in 2015, but on top of that also lives with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety and mental delay.
School was challenging, but the experience was made worse by bullying.
Knowing Jessy is a big Holden supporter, her mother, Fiona Broadbent, posted a message in the Bathurst Our Town Facebook group to see if anyone with a nice Holden would drive Jessy and her friend, Iesia, to their Year 6 prom.
Mrs Broadbent said there was an overwhelming response, with one person, Chris McKeig, offering to arrange a convoy of Holdens.
The convoy ultimately featured six commodores and a Torana, driven by Mr McKeig, Peter Donnelly, Darren Gold, Donna and Todd, Shane Carpenter, Les Ovington and Rob Farmsworth, who was from Lithgow.
Tania and Andrew Livingston also helped with the surprise.
Jessy was surprised to see the convoy parked outside her grandmother's house, where she getting ready, and became a little overwhelmed when she realised they were there for her.
"She almost had a tear in her eye, that's how it was for her. It was amazing," Mrs Broadbent said.
Oberon man dies in farming accident
A MAN died in a farming accident on a property at Oberon on December 9.
Police said the 76-year-old man was trapped under an all-terrain side-by-side vehicle when it flipped on the farm about 5pm.
Chifley Police District duty officer Inspector David Abercrombie said emergency services were quickly called to the property but the man could not be revived and died at the scene.
Bathurst CBD could get a new hospital
BATHURST RSL Club Ltd confirmed it was in negotiations with a development consortium for the potential construction of medical facility on the former Clancy Motors site.
They were also in discussions with Bathurst Regional Council about the development, which proposed to construct a multi-level car park behind the RSL.
While a development application for the proposal hadn't been prepared and submitted, the concept was formally presented to council and received a "positive response".
"It's still early days, but we were really encouraged by the positive response from councillors when the concept was formally presented to them," Bathurst RSL general manager Peter Sargent said.
ALSO MAKING NEWS IN DECEMBER:
- Plans to build a go-kart track at the top of Mount Panorama were dealt a $750,000 blow after the federal government rejected Bathurst council's application for grant funding.
- A potential scooter and skateboard ban for the Bathurst central business district was floated by councillors.
- It was revealed that Silly Solly's had chosen Bathurst as one of the first locations for its expansion into NSW.
- Councillors came to a compromise on car parking within plans to expand The Oxford Hotel.