From the newsroom AM 6/9/12

THE Daily Examiner newsroom was outraged to read in the national papers the State Government will spend $8 billion to shorten metro rail trips by a minute.

Terry Deefholts is looking into why the government can spend $8 billion for such a small return, when half that amount would go a long way to fixing the notorious death trap we call the Pacific Highway.

Terry also has a heart wrenching story about a Clarence Valley man's battle with depression and family tragedy and the help he has received from the Black Dog Institute.

The newsroom also received a tip off the South Grafton brickworks is losing its roof. The building is heritage listed so  Tim Howard is checking out what's happening over there.

Tim is also trying to track down Lawrence stalwart Max Kelsall who has been going to All Saints Church in the village for more than 70 years. We want to talk to Max about the prospect of the Anglican diocese closing All Saints and the community's battle to save it.

Grafton newsagency Lotto Plus turns 150 tomorrow and the business is planning a big party to celebrate. They've provided us with some fascinating historical stuff, which Lachlan Thompson is turning into a special feature for tomorrow's paper.

Our photographer JoJo Newby will be voting for the first time in the council elections. She is doing a story about how she feels about it which will include a few thoughts from other people her age as well.

We're also trying to track down haunted houses in the Clarence Valley. Reporter Dominic Zietsch did a fascinating yarn some time ago when he spent a night with a team of ghost hunters in the Grafton Regional Art Gallery. We're interested in hearing from people with a ghost story to tell.

In sport we're looking at local boxer whose life inside and out of the ring presents some amazing contrasts. Also The Grafton High School girls open tennis team has followed up its Combined High School title with the All Schools Championship, knocking over the Independent School contender earlier this week.

If you have any news for us, you can phone it in on 6643 0500.




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