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From the newsroom AM 16/10/2012

ANOTHER busy day has started for The Daily Examiner team.

I (Emma Pritchard) am picking up right where I left off yesterday.

I am going to speak with members of the Iluka Landcare group who have been busy clearing lantana, a noxious weed, from a section of the Woody Head camping reserve. The group have been assisted by environment and science students from Southern Cross University. Dr David Lloyd from SCU said it was an important opportunity for the students to become involved with community groups and be proud volunteers.

I will also be chatting to former Grafton girl Ngaire van der Jagt. Ngaire participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer over the weekend. The event was a 200km, two-day bike ride to help raise funds for The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.

Ngaire and I will have a chat about her latest adventure at 3pm.

The Daily Examiner published a story on Ngaire in July when she was hard at work training for the event http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/putting-mettle-to-pedal-for-cancer-grafton/1474583/. 

Another story I have on the go is the fitness challenge fundraiser for Alissa Marshall and The Alissa Project. Organised by Dane Mitchell of Peak Health in Yamba, the eight week fitness challenge began on October 13 and attracted close to 40 participants. Yesterday, I spoke to Dane who told me the fitness challenge fundraiser has already raised more than $2000 for The Alissa Project.

Daily Examiner senior writer Terry Deefholts previously wrote a story about The Alissa Project http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/alissa-project-imparts-the-power-of-knowledge/1390352/

Today, Terry  is hard at work preparing our fabulous entertainment section. Australian Idol star and popular singer Shannon Noll is performing in Yamba on November 2 at the Yamba Bowling Club.

Terry is also putting together an interesting article about an upcoming hairy and scary festival for men - with beards. Make sure you grab a copy of The Daily Examiner on Thursday - or risk missing out on all the important details.

Chief of Staff Tim Howard has a story with a royal flavour. He will be speaking to local woman Barbara Bodycote who is celebrating her 74th birthday today. Happy Birthday Barbara! Barbara met the Queen in 1954 and sent Her Majesty a letter of congratulation for her Diamond Jubilee. On Monday she received a letter from Buckingham Palace.

Tim is also speaking to members of the Brushy Tartan Day Club. Today the club is celebrating all of their members who are 90 years old.

He said the club has a dozen members who have reached the age of 90 or more and today the club is acknowledging these remarkable living treasures.

Born between the years of 1916 and 1922, these people have lived through some remarkable times and done their bit to contribute to them.

Lachlan Thompson has dived straight into his workload and is currently doing interviews over the phone.

He is chasing a story on the Harwood Marine Tugboats and is researching the ACOSS local poverty situation, a story he started investigating yesterday.

Our photographer JoJo Newby is out and about in the Clarence Valley today, taking plenty of bright photos to help bring the pages of DEX to life tomorrow.

DEX journalists will be uploading stories onto our Facebook page and our website throughout the day so stay online for all the latest news and information.

If you have a story you would like to share with us, please call us on 66 430 500, email newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au or post a comment on our Facebook page.

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