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From the newsroom PM 1/8/12

THE newsroom is buzzing at the moment as reporters are filing their stories for tomorrow's paper.

Kate Matthews has talked to the Clarence Valley Ambassador. We can't say who it is before Clarence Valley Council makes the announcement tomorrow, but we can report he feels privileged to be in line for the title. He'll be the second person to carry the title, after singing star Troy Cassar Daley.

She's also talked to the coach of the Yamba Public School girls Aussie Rules team heading off to Sydney on August 21. We'll have to picture and story in Friday's paper.

And there seems to be a some changes for the better in the sugar industry with plans afoot to fund more R&D in the industry to help growers.

We also note with sadness the passing of former Bishop of Grafton Bruce Schulz, who served here as the  Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton from 1979-1983 and then returned as the Diocesan Bishop in 1985 until 1998. There will be a memorial service in Christ Church Cathedral on Friday for this much-loved man.

Lachlan Thompson has been ferreting out the reasons behind rate increases for some ratepayers that seem to go way beyond what's allowed under the rate pegging rules.

He's also tracking down details of the opening stages of a land development near Junction Hill.

The feral pigs infesting the Clarence Broadwater and sugar farms around the Valley could be in for a shock as conservationists and landholders join forces to root them out. Tim Howard has talked to some 'hippy greeny group' who advocate shooting them just behind the ear.



Skin clinic swims for charity

Toby Campbell, Natalie Le Breton, Dr Mark Groves and Tanya Priest from the Yamba Skin Clinic who organised the swim to raise money for Lower Clarence Relay for Life.

Swimming fundraiser a success for Yamba Skin Clinic

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Strange Politics: Follow Pauline on high and low roads

No need to choose - Pauline takes the high and low roads.

Enter Pauline Hanson - the political phoenix

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Lifeguards commended after rescuing eight at Pippi

Lifeguards Harry Fahey and Mikey Gilliman talk about their 'textbook rescue' of eight swimmers while on patrol at Pippi Beach


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Lower Clarence Relay for Life Swim

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Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

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Artist program to link to gallery theme

VALUABLE STINT: Indigenous artist Karla Dickens at work in Grafton Regional Gallery's studio during her 2010 artist's residency.

Gallery encouraging indigenous artists to take up residency offer

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

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