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:

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:

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 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.

Police investigate head-on collision

Two people were seriously injured in a head-on collision at Yamba on Saturday, 22nd October, 2016

Two people seriously injured in crash at Yamba

VIDEO: Lucky Meteor strikes back at Grafton

RECORD RUN: Lucky Meteor sprints clear to win the Bloomer Transport and Warehousing Jacca Prelude at the Clarence River Jockey Club yesterday.

John Shelton trained sprinter blitzes Grafton track in record time

OPINION: Memories of Dreamworld as the safe place

Queensland Emergency service personnel are seen at amusement theme park Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. It has been confirmed that the four adult victims who became trapped on a conveyor belt at the theme park after a raft they were in flipped on the Thunder River Rapids ride on Tuesday afternoon, have since died. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

Dreamworld was always the safe place to have big fun

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WATCH: Junior Queen gets silver screen royal treatment

NEW documentary explores the festival's 20-year-old quest as former candidates share their stories and experiences.

Tea party with the 'Queen'

TRADITION: 1955 Jacaranda Queen Stella Wilson sits with reigning 2015 Jacaranda Queen Charlotte White at last year's Jacaranda Afternoon Tea.

Meet the royal patyu in style

Making steps for 'Blacky' in Walk 4 Brain Cancer

Grafton locals are doing a Walk 4 Brain Cancer in Sydney for Robert Black.

Team Blacky aims to better $5000 to battle brain cancer.

Sound of Music star to compere An Afternoon at the Proms

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment shows, from left, Chairmian Carr, as Liesl, Nicholas Hammond, as Friedrich, Heather Menzies, as Louisa, Duane Chase, as Kurt, Angela Cartwright, as Brigitta, Debbie Turner, as Marta, Kym Karath, as Gretl, and Christopher Plummer, as Captain Von Trapp, in a scene from the film, \"The Sound of Music.\" The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical \"The Sound of Music\" is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. To honor the milestone, 20th Century Fox is releasing a five-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector's edition, the soundtrack is being re-released, the film will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood later this month and to over 500 movie theaters in April. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Saraton's rich history of stage and screen honoured in musical tribu

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Bindi Irwin named in MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.