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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.



Author keeps Red Rock story alive

FOND MEMORIES: Red Rock resident and author of new book, The Village That Said No to Town Water, Graham Searl, flicks through the publication.

Book launch at Red Rock today

The water war that divided and unified Red Rock

FOND MEMORIES: Red Rock residents Graham Searl and Gwyn Austen reminisce on the town's fight against town water in the '80s, which is the subject of a new book.

"People on the other side used to say 'this is splitting the town'"

Cocaine dealing pensioner jailed for three years

Cocaine and heroine

'Breaking bad' disability pensioner gets jail time.

Local Partners

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Clarence Valley property prices go through the roof

Buyers are hungry to sink their teeth into the Clarence Valley

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

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.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home