It all stacks up for Ian as he tackles Ocsober

STACKING up a pile of cash for Life Education and losing a couple of kilos around his middle are Yamba man Ian McKay’s aims for Ocsober.

Childhood friend charged over fatal assault

Tyson Egan, 24, was refused bail after appearing in court this morning, charged over the death of his lifelong friend Kyle Watkins.

Man refused bail after facing court over friend Kyle Watkins' death.

WARM Touch for breast cancer survivors

The first official Grafton branch of the Knitted Knockers.

Your thumbs up and down for this week

What you liked and loathed this week.

Cranes workshops for Clarence families

New workshop for step-parents and parents.

JACA CHAT: Children are the stars

ALL PURPLE: Aria Barnes, 4, at the Jacaranda Children’s Party at Market Square. Photo: JoJo Newby

Don't miss the Children's party at this year's festival.

Whispers abound of council election delay

Mayor of Lismore, Jenny Dowell says she 'wouldn't be surprised' if elections were pushed back.

Jenny Dowell 'wouldn't be surprised' if elections pushed back

Labor wants inquiry into school radicalisation

Labor says an audit of prayer groups should be expanded after a NSW police accountant was shot dead last week.

Labor says recent audit of prayer groups should be expanded

Agnew upset about no doctors at Yamba health clinic

IS a doctor IN THE house? No doctors for health clinic

ETU tries to stop mass energy sackings

ETU argues job cuts at Ausgrid and Essential Energy are in breach of workplace agreeements

ETU argues job cuts in breach of workplace agreeements

Former Grafton girl alternates blues, bulls and ball gowns

COMMUNITY: Constable Whitney Dickson has emersed herself in the Mt Isa community. Photos: Contributed

Police officer is crowned rodeo queen.

Crime time: your weekly crime wrap up

Det Insp Darren Jameson.

Crime time, with Det Insp Darren Jameson

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OPINION: Is cutting penalty rates worth spit on your burger?

Turnbull urged to check beneath his next burger patty

OPINION: Newman’s autobiography straight to the bargain bin

A number of bookstores have refused to stock it

OPINION: Ways around everything, including cannabis

Even the Nats have climbed aboard the bandwagon

OPINION: As you get older you can start to laugh at yourself

Can you relate to this? As I Age I realize that...

OPINION: Branding is light, bright and spot on

People aren’t used to it, some will take time to get used to it

YOUR SAY: Golden point a golden disgrace

TARNISHED: A season’s work should not come down to a golden point situation, says one reader.

RE: Wayne Heming’s piece this week regarding the golden point

South Grafton house fire 'flames looked huge'

SOUTH Grafton resident Patty McDonald could see the flames leaping into the air from streets away.

Opposition's highway talk a con: Hartsuyker

Work on the Arrawarra to Glenugie sections of the Pacific Hwy upgrade is forging ahead. This image was taken near Corindi.

Cowper MP claims Shorten's Pacific Hwy rhetoric is just a con

Developers remain banned from political donations

High court decision backs caps on political donations

Youngest dolphin at Marine Magic dies

The youngest member of the Dolphin Marine Magic family Ji- Ling passed away on Tuesday evening.

Loss of popular dolphin Ji has Dolphin Marine Magic mourning

Answers sought in wake of Kyle Watkins' death

IN MEMORY: Ulmarra man Kyle Watkins, pictured this time last year, died on Tuesday after a Coffs Harbour assault. PHOTO: ROB WRIGHT

Police appeal for information on death of Ulmarra man Kyle Watkins

Pacific Hwy ranked worst road in NSW for fifth year running

Traffic on the Pacific Highway

Highway tops bad road list in poll of nearly 8000 road users

Bridge is next step toward finished highway upgrade

Project Director from Pacific Complete Chris Wilkinson, Pacific Hwy upgrade general manager Bob Higgins, member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker and memebr for Clarence Chris Gulaptis at the site of one of many bridges to be built as part of highway upgrade between Arrawarra and Ballina.

Pacific Hwy work begins on 55 metre long bridges at Halfway Creek

NZ man left in Australian police cells for three weeks

John Parakuka spent nearly three weeks in an Australian Police cell

Qantas: Non-stop flight to UK will happen within two years

Qantas to pull off the non-stop journey using latest Boeing 787-9

A stitch in time takes a crafty turn

Ipswich’s Verna Hunt displays some hand-made quilts.

Quilting is the craft that never seems to fade in popularity

How colouring-in heals the psychological scars of trauma

Colouring-in has become a popular way for adults to relax and de-stress.

Domestic violence survivors are finding solace in colouring-in

Coroner faults builders, welders, engineers and surveyors

A coroner has now found that human incompetence killed Craig Raabe

A moment with a stranger becomes a lifetime of regret

Chris is HIV positive. He lost his brother to AIDS and has faced a lot of hurdles in his life, including homophobia from his family. Photo Sherele Moody / APN NewsDesk

HIV is a ghost that haunts every waking moment of Chris’s life

One dead in Arizona campus shooting

The parking lot where the shooting happened was just outside a main dormitory on the campus. Photo / AP

One killed, three wounded in shooting at Arizona university

We could be living on Mars 'within decades', says Nasa

Mars true-color globe showing Terra Meridiani

Mission to Mars will be conducted in three stages, Nasa says

NASA confirms massive asteroid to pass close to Earth

Giant asteroid hurtling towards Earth expected to pass close by

Three snakes weighing 20kg found living in woman's roof

Snake catchers (L) Lee Davis and Roy McGrath with 3 pythons. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The sound of the snakes fighting and mating was keeping Joyce awake

Couple share engagement pic, accidentally announce pregnancy

Couple sharing engagement news also accidentally announce pregnancy

Shark attack saves man's life after he finds he has cancer

Shark attack saves man's life after he discovers he has cancer

XXXX Island auction offering paradise for charity

The sun is setting on the now-iconic XXXX Island.

All good things come to an end, but XXXX Island isn't going quietly

Forget planking, everyone’s doing the ‘frozen chook’

The frozen Chook on the roof of a house. PHOTO: Facebook - Frothpit

PLanking was sooo last year. Have you seen this Frozenchook?

Actor Brian Blessed delivers baby and he did what next?

Brian Blessed has a voice - and a birth story - you'll never forget. Photo / Getty Images

Brian Blessed: I delivered baby in the park, bit the umbilical cord

Growth means Sofia Vergara will need a surrogate

Sofia Vergara

Vergara willing to do whatever it takes to start a family

Daniel Craig slammed for 'slash his wrists' comment

The poster for the latest James Bond film: Spectre

Ellen Pompeo says the Bond star needs a reality check

Bruno Mars to produce sitcom

How does a musical sitcom sound to you?

Jack Black haunted by brothers death from AIDS

"Losing a family member is the worst thing I could imagine."

Tom Cruise set to move closer to Scientology HQ

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise has reportedly decided to move to Florida

Great Aussie Bake Off returns to the kitchen and our screens

Matt Moran and Maggie Beer are judges on the new season of The Great Australian Bake Off.

A DOZEN amateur bakers star in new version of food show.

Flight staff go above and beyond for anxious child

IN THE AIR: Chase Standley, pictured with staff from Qantaslink, who took him on a tour of a plane ahead of his first flight to Brisbane.

Traveling by plane can be a stressful experience for a anxio

HIV, homophobia the ghosts that haunt Chris

MESSAGE: A billboard at Palmview is part of a campaign to eradicate HIV by 2020.

HIV doesn't have to be a life sentence - just ask Chris.

Research shows whales can be just like boys in a bar

MONITORING BEHAVIOUR: A small pod of whales approaches a Sunreef boat off the Sunshine Coast.

Whales can be just a bit like boys in a bar

Redbank gets a facelift with mammoth shopping centre

Construction has begun on a new $140 million-plus Town Square in Redbank Plains. Photo Contributed

$140m project to boost job opportunities, consumer choice

Impact of Abbot Point dredging highly contested

Federal Member "rejects the accusation" dredging will destroy reef

Dairy farmer's fight-back strategy pays off

SHOW TIME: Katie Anderson with her award-winning Bluechip Toffees Apple-RC.

But their fight-back strategy was close to unique, they moved to VIC

Glencore to axe 535 jobs from its zinc mines

Employees monitor share prices at the Jakarta Stock Exchange on September 29, 2015. Resources firms led by mining giant Glencore headed a deep sell-off in Asian markets on September 29 following painful losses across Europe and New York as fears about China's slowing growth resurfaced.

Hundreds of jobs to go as the mining sector sinks further

Union invites Flynn MP to China FTA debate

Electrical Trade Union state organiser Craig Giddins.

Union members want to hear from Ken O'Dowd about the China FTA.

VW and Skoda diesel vehicles recalled

Volkswagen is recalling some vehicles with offending diesel engines.

VW Australia will recall all affected vehicles in 'Dieselgate'.