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From the newsroom PM 28/8/12

THERE have been a few changes in direction in today's news, but The Daily Examiner has finally settled on a finished product as the reporters put finishing touches to their stories.

You'll love Lesley Apps' story about Jamie Stone, a 21-year-old who drives school buses and has people wondering if one of the passengers has jumped in the driver's seat.

Terry Deefholts has been busy newsgathering and updating our Facebook and Twitter accounts all day. We are trying to build our "likes" in Facebook in order to earn a prize from editor Jenna Cairney.

Terry's stories for tomorrow include details about Maclean developer Andrew Baker's recent announcement that two of his companies had gone into receivership and news that a major international agricultural business has taken over the running of Shirallee Produce. He has also gathered some details about a burst water pipe in Ellem Oval yesterday which was videod by The Daily Examiner. Watch it at: http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/video/ellem-oval-water-main-break/14649/

Tim Howard was up bright and early to see off the peleton when a group of 26 cyclists began the Ronald McDonald House Ride for Sick Kids from Grafton this morning.

The riders aim to raise $300,000 from the ride, which equates to $500 a kilometre for the journey to Newcastle. You can watch the video of their departure from here: http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/story/2012/08/28/riders-out-raise-500km/

Emma Pritchard has had a busy day.

"I have spoken to SES community engagement coordinator Megan Hill regarding the SES recruiting volunteers for the fast approaching storm season.
"Ms Hill said anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can call 1800 201 000 or visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au for further information.
"Earlier today I spoke to president of the Grafton Community Bus Keith Rogan .
"Recently, The Blue Goose Social Golf Club took to the green and raised $2000 which they donated to this fantastic local service. The Grafton Community Bus is a not-for-profit community organisation which relies on the generosity of the public to remain in operation.
"Mr Rogan was deeply touched by the generosity of the golfers.
"Today Mr Rogan accepted another cheque for $2000 from the Grafton Railway Bowling Club, a generous group of locals who donate to various charities each year.
I" have also touched base with the Willy Wagtails child care centre in Yamba."
Keep your eyes open in an upcoming edition of Coastal Views to find out what is happening with this local facility."

Lachlan Thompson has been our iron man keeping up to date with the council election.
He is also putting together the council candidates comments for the day and finalising the key issue profiles for Jason Kingsley and Margot Scott.

For a change of pace he is also writing a short piece on Minnie Water stand up professional Roger Saunders aka the Dogman.




The McClymonts promise a few surprises for hometown show

10 YEARS OF HITS: The McClymonts will return to Grafton on August 5  at the Saraton Theatre.

First two shows of 10-year anniversary tour a sellout success

Austin & Co to shut its doors

The charming view from Austin & Co Waterside Dining, which closes for business on Friday, 29th of July, 2016.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner

Riverside bistro announces closure

Abattoir's chequered history to take a new turn

The Grafton Abbatoir complex about to be sold at auction in Brisbane on Friday.

"Whatever happens, I think we will have a sale on Friday."

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The McClymonts promise a few surprises for hometown show

10 YEARS OF HITS: The McClymonts will return to Grafton on August 5  at the Saraton Theatre.

First two shows of 10-year anniversary tour a sellout success

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

What's on the big screen this week

Matt Damon in a scene from the movie Jason Bourne.

MATT Damon returnx in the spy thriller Jason Bourne.

MOVIE REVIEW: Goldstone sure to become Aussie classic

Aaron Pedersen and Alex Russell in a scene from the movie Goldstone.

DIRECTOR Ivan Sen and Aaron Pedersen reunite for Mystery Road sequel

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon in top form for Jason Bourne return

ON A MISSION: Matt Damon in a scene from the movie Jason Bourne.

LONG-awaited return of spy franchise is wall-to-wall action.

The Bachelor: Vinteaea tells why she had to walk out

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

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Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started