Local league flier swoops on NRL opportunity

From Lower Clarence to the foot of the mountains, Magpies' boom fullback Daine Laurie has scaled the heights to earn a contract with the Penrith Panthers.

Women recognised for inspired care

BETTER TOGETHER: Award winners from Caroona Aged Care Yamba care coordinator Lorraine Harding and Service manager Debra Smith.

Caroona duo awarded for excellence in care.

Magic fun for all these holidays

BALLOON MAGIC: Magician and balloon twister Magic Jake Meurs at Grafton Shoppingworld entertaining kids on their school holidays.

Magic Jake to perform free shows at Shoppingworld this week.

Williamson won't contest mayoral vote

Richie Williamson: Stepping back as mayor after eight years.

Clarence will get new mayor on Tuesday

Local mum has two sides of organ transplant story to tell

Organ donation is the final gesture a person can make but it's still up the family to carry out their wishes.

Raise your awareness of organ donation at a seminar in Yamba.

Two killed in horror crash, highway re-opened

TRAGIC SCENE: Two people have died in a head-on collision between a truck and a car on the Gwydir Highway at Waterview Heights.

Gwydir Highway to be blocked for hours

Northern NSW: when perfection and beauty is not enough

MAKING A SPLASH: The Pearce, McLuckie and Foat families, from Queensland's Gold Coast, choose the NSW North Coast and more specifically the Big 4 Saltwater Yamba for their holidays, booking in twice a year.

Queenslanders say why they love holidaying in the Clarence Valley.

Golf club brings its views closer

Yamba Golf Club functions coordinator Jo Court and general manager Luke Stephenson on the newly extended deck.

New deck at Yamba Golf Club

Lower Clarence Quota craft fair a cut above

A CUT ABOVE: Jan Armstrong in her studio doing linocut prints will be exhibiting at the annual Quota Craft Fair.

Annual craft fair to be held this weekend

Clarence Valley property prices go through the roof

Buyers are hungry to sink their teeth into the Clarence Valley

Fishing restructure a 'shambles'

Training day leaves co-op GM angry and frustrated

Decision to close Grafton branch of HCF was 'difficult'

DOORS CLOSING: The HCF branch in Grafton will closes its doors for the last time on October 13 at 3pm.

Office closure in Grafton was a "difficult decision" says HCF.

Local agents star at awards

WINNERS: Ray White Yamba realtors Lee Johns, Carolyn and Jim Kelly, Courtney Smith and Daniel Kelly at the Ray White NSW awards night in Sydney.

A big night for local Ray White offices

Call for business interest for new jail

The land that is destined to house the new jail at Lavadia in the Pillar Vallley.

Local businesses asked to register their interest in jail project.

Change of address for popular food outlet

REVAMP PAYS OFF: Big River Pizza owners the Albert family: Beckett, 8, Ashley and Brendan at their new premises at the Grafton Mall Food Emporium.

Food emporium creates stylish new hangout

Death to the 9 to 5 work day

The 9-to-5 schedule doesn't conform to most people's lives or workflows.

She gets to work whenever she wants and leaves whenever she wants

Vodafone customers left without services after outage

The outage was due to a 'router issue'

CHOICE welcomes ACCC probe into fake online reviews

A credit card is held in front an online shopping site in Melbourne, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING

Fake online reviews the target of ACCC probe

TALKING TIMBER: Transparent wood could replace glass

New technology could have profound effect on building design.

Turnbull confirms GST carve-up staying for years

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull (L) visiting the New York Stock Exchange Trading Floor while in New York City for the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.

No change to the GST carve-up for "some years"

Nation's welfare at stake

Social Services Minister Christian Porter says sweeping changes are needed to make positive impacts in people's lives.

Federal Government calls for a social security revolution

Quartet's ultimate climb to fight deadly disease

THE Grafton firefighters will climb all 98 floors of the Sydney Tower Eye carrying 20kg as part of their mission to rid the world of Motor Neurone Disease.

Councillors promise to stop rates increase. Question is how?

Close up of female accountant or banker making calculations. Savings, finances and economy concept. Copy space

Becoming financially viable will not be an easy task

LETTER: Camaraderie and respect at forefront of campaign

Ursula Tunks

Media applauded for giving equal opportunity to candidates

LETTER: Vile gossip mongers to blame

Former resident says Grafton's gossip mongers are unparalleled

OPINION: Could you go two weeks without Facebook?

So much social media out there. At what age should our kids be allowed to get involved?

Chronicle journalist shares tips to find balance in digital world.

'There was a time when we were ashamed of our White Australia Policy'

HEAD IN THE SAND: A new poll suggests half of Australians support banning Muslim immigration.

Are we on the road back to a racially divisive migration policy?

OPINION: I'm not a fan, but I see why many support Pauline

Profile - Eliza Wheeler. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The region feels disgruntled and neglected.

MON Sep 26: Kick the kilos leaderboard

AWESOME work over the weekend, folks, with all groups stacking on the kilometres and kicking the kilos.

How this Baza bird survived being hit by a car

RECOVERING: WIRES rescued a Pacific Baza hit by a car.

The Pacific Baza suffered a head injury and heavy concussion

3rd time lucky: Cancer survivor joins lighthouse run

Cancer survivor Deb Turnbull, the owner of Summit Day Spa in Goonellabah, is excited to participate in this year's Byron Lighthouse Run.

Goonellabah business owner, Deb Turnbull, is "ready" to do the walk

Our young Attenborough scoops documentary awards

Knockrow wildlife documentary maker Marli Lopez-Hope during filming for The Great Forest

"The subject has created a lot of talk, which is what we wanted."

VIDEO: Police man strips to rescue woman

Car submerged at Tweed Valley Way. By Alina Rylko

Woman critical after her car comes off Tweed Valley Way and into Tweed River

Accused mother and son ice dealers refused bail

Methamphetamine, also known as ice.

POLICE conducted a major phone tapping operation before arrests

WATCH: How to get a council to fix your road

New South Wales farmer Kate Broughton standing on a road that use to be able to handle a school bus but is barely used these days due to the condition of the road and lack of maintenance and repair.

Farming family uses video submission to get council to fix road

More pain for flooded Forbes as central NSW swamped

SWAMPED: An aerial view of Forbes.

Central Western NSW has faced major flooding over the past week

NBN: 'Expensive and slow' or raging success?

SPRUIKING: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull takes advantage of an NBN picture opportunity in the Sydney suburb of Smeaton Grange yesterday.

Raging success or dismal failure, is the NBN Turnbull's legacy?

Man vs Magpie: A Roma survival story

Magpie attack.

Magpie season is upon us and we are looking for the hot spots.

Six-year-old bitten on buttocks by dingo

Two high-risk interactions between people and dingoes have been reported on Fraser Island.

The dingo’s teeth penetrated 5cm into the boy’s buttocks.

MP repays travel claim for flights to his own wedding

Steve Irons AAP

He previously defended claiming flights to a golf tournament

Adorable George has no time for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

Duke and Duchess along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte land in Canada.

The trip marks the first visit to Canada for George and Charlotte

Macfarlane goes from golf course to CEO of mining group

Ian Macfarlane is set to take on a new role with the Queensland Resources Council, reports say.

'I feel like I’ve got some good years in me yet'

1000 homeless as rain, river cause havoc in Forbes

The State Emergency Service says 1000 Forbes residents are temporarily homeless after flood waters swamped 100 properties.

Authorities warn central west NSW more flood pain is on the way.

Only one electorate opposed to same-sex marriage

A University of Melbourne study of ABC Vote Compass results reveals only one electorate in Australia has a majority of voters opposed to gay marriage.

Research shows most electorates support changing the Marriage Act.

Olympic champion cyclist denies doping allegations

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain SKY Procycling in action during the Tour de France Prologue at Parc d'Avroy on June 30, 2012 in Liege, Belgium. The 99th Tour de France starts with 6.4km individual time trial around the streets of Liege.

Wiggins was allowed to use a banned steroid before races

Boko Haram leader resurfaces after 'fatal wounding'

‘Oh tyrants, I’m in a happy state, in good health and in safety,’ Shekau says in the video

The Nigerian army claimed he had been killed in an airstrike

Britain walks out, accuses Russia of war crimes

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin address a security council meeting on Syria, Sunday Sept. 25, 2016, at U.N. headquarters.

BRITAIN'S UN ambassador has walked out of an emergency session

Harambe is not a patronus, sadly

Harambe is not a Patronus, JK Rowling has been forced to clarify

Need help deciding? See our top 10 old-fashioned baby names

Our top 10 old-fashioned baby names.

Are you having trouble choosing a baby name?

Baby born on the side of road en route to hospital

Emergency Services, Ambulance, QAS,  Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

A CQ newborn couldn't wait for mum to arrive at hospital

Dutch tourist advertising for Aussie man to marry

LOVE WANTED: Dutch traveller Kate, who lives at Woolgoolga, is looking for the man of her dreams.

Attention all single men 20 to 27

Hilarious obituary marks man leaving "rickety old body"

Wayne and his "favourite son Buddy".

This obituary will make you cry - tears of laughter.

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Marilyn Manson wants a 'nice' girl

Marilyn Manson wants a girl who understands both of his identities