4pm: FRIDAY is one of our busiest days in The Daily Examiner office.
Our staff are going hammer and tong to upload stories and finish articles for our weekend edition and for our Monday paper too.
I (Emma Pritchard) have been busy chasing a couple of stories today. My travels have taken to to my old stomping ground Grafton High School where I met a young student Nathan Brown.
Nathan has built a remarkable cubby house as part of his industrial technology class which is to be raffled at the Grafton District Services Club in upcoming weeks. All the proceeds will go towards the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service. It was a delight to meet Nathan and his proud woodwork teacher Paul Litchfield. I thought it very generous of Nathan to offer his creation to such a worthy local cause.
But before his cubby house can be offered, it will be judged by HSC officials who will determine how many marks to award Nathan for his ingenious talent. Nathan told me the judging will take place over the next couple of weeks. I wish him the very best of luck.
Photographer Adam Hourigan accompanied me during the interview and is preparing a video on Nathan and his cubby house for our webpage - keep your eyes open.
Tomorrow I will be able to reveal the new name of Liza Bloomer's new cafe at the Grafton Regional Gallery.
Earlier this month The Daily Examiner ran an online video inviting locals to put forward their suggestions for the new name. http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/video/help-name-lizas-new-cafe/13812/
Grab a copy of the paper tomorrow to find out what the new cafe has been called.
I have also spoken with Clifford Mitchell the returning officer for the Clarence electorate and he has offered local voters a friendly piece of advice which will appear in our weekend edition.
Down river Kate Matthews has had a very productive day and has been out and about in the Lower Clarence communities.
"This morning I (Kate Matthews) dropped into the village of Chatsworth Island and spent some time with the lovely ladies from the CWA as they gathered to raise money with their annual fundraising 'Cent Auction'. About 60 women attended the lively luncheon with money raised going to local charities.
"I also spoke with the secretary of the Yamba SLSC about an exciting trip coming up for 13 Yamba Nippers who are preparing to head off to Arnhem land to compete against a nippers in the Northern Territory.
"The Yaegl Community is preparing to launch a new dictionary celebrating their language and heritage, a project which has been a long time coming. 'Yaygirr Dictionary and Grammar' will officially launch on Friday August 3 at the Maclean campus of North Coast TAFE. Preview in tomorrow's The Daily Examiner.
"And finally, tomorrow Rev Gail Hagon will become the first female Archdeacon with the Grafton Diocese of the Anglican Church. A special ceremony will be held at Grafton Cathedral from 9.30am. Some may remember Rev Gail Hagon was the first female priest ordained in the Clarence Valley in 1995. Congratulations Gail.
"Ok, hope that covers it. Back to writing stories for me... another one to write before 5pm when I've gotta go!, From Kate."
Senior writer Terry Deefholts has been talking to a couple of developers about their hassles with Clarence Valley Council. He has quite a few good stories up his sleeve and promises you all a good yarn next week.
We've had quite a heated debate on tomorrow's front page photo. Adam and Jenna couldn't agree, so we asked our Facebook friends which they preferred (and Adam is facing defeat!).
Jenna's been chasing some crime stories, updating our website and was too frantic to give me an update when I peered into her office (she looked cranky!)
I (Emma Pritchard) still have a few interviews I need to do this afternoon.
I am also preparing a tax time feature for Monday, which I better get stuck into.