Rise and shine, Riverina | Wednesday, June 25

9am: That's all from us today. Enjoy your Wednesday.

8.50am: Take a trip down memory lane with our gallery of 80 sport photos from 1999. We dug deep into our archives to bring you the sport stars of the past.

Can you see anyone you recognise?

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8.40am: A man was killed when his Holden Commodore hit a tree on the Burley Griffin Way east of Harden on Monday night.

The accident was discovered by a police officer travelling between Yass and Binalong some time later, who found the car had run off the road and hit a tree.

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8.20am: The 2014 Leeton Outstanding Business Awards were held on June 20 with 220 people in attendance. 

See all the photos from the event here.

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8am: A wintry blast that ripped through the Riverina on Tuesday delivered snow, rain, strong winds and a message that the cold is here to stay.

See how the weather affected the region here.

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7.45am: A Wagga man has told of having to travel more than 16,000 kilometres to access a bank account he had opened in Hong Kong with the expectation of being able to withdraw money anywhere in the world.

Read the incredible story of Robert Lewis, 55, as told from Wagga to Hong Kong in an interview with the South China Morning Post newspaper.

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7.30am: A move by Wodonga to have a public holiday declared for its annual gold cup race has failed to excite Wagga into following suit.

Although subject to debate for years, with even former mayors supporting at least a half-day holiday for the Wagga Gold Cup in May, there has been little appetite for the proposal by two of the organisations that count the most: the Murrumbidgee Turf Club (MTC) and the Wagga Business Chamber.

Do you think Gold Cup should be a public holiday in Wagga?

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7.20am: Essential Energy has forewarned businesses in Central Wagga to expect a month of intermittent blackouts later this year as the electricity company completes an upgrade of the network.

The company issued a statement earlier this week telling customers that ageing infrastructure needed to be replaced to improve power supply reliability.

Find out how you will be affected here.

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7am: Good morning, Riverina. 

Is something happening in your neck of the woods? Let us know by emailing Nicole on nbarlow@fairfaxmedia.com.au or tweeting @FairfaxRiverina.

WEATHER

The Riverina forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers in the southeast. Winds westerly 25 to 35 km/h turning northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 8 with daytime temperatures reaching between 13 and 17.

The South West Slopes forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Scattered showers, falling as snow in the south above 1100 metres, becoming less widespread in the afternoon. Winds gusty westerly 30 to 45 km/h turning northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 6 with daytime temperatures reaching between 6 and 13.

Check your weather here: Wagga - Griffith - Leeton - Junee - Henty - Coleambally

BIRTHDAYS

Mary Beth Peil (1930), Carly Simon (1945), Ricky Gervais (1961), Jason Lewis (1971) and Busy Phillips (1979).

ON THIS DAY

1913 – American Civil War veterans begin arriving at the Great Reunion of 1913.

1947 – The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published.

1949 – Long-Haired Hare, starring Bugs Bunny, is released in theaters.

1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.

MORNING MINI-QUIZ

1. Who were the two sportspeople to be named Australian of the Year during the 2000s?

2. How many gold medals did Australian win at the Sydney Olympics in 2000?

3. Which is the only country to have played in each and every World Cup?

4. Which country won the first World Cup held in 1930?

5. What sport used the term 'home run' long before baseball?

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