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From the newsroom PM 24/9/12

IT'S been a busy start to the week in The Daily Examiner newsroom with reporters chasing up stories including tomorrow's mayoral election.

Tim Howard has called all the councillors to see how they're thinking in the leadup to the meeting. It seem's incumbent mayor Richie Williamson won't be having it all his own way, with Karen Toms flagging her nomination.

Tim's also speaking to some unhappy business people at Copmanhurst who will be without power for most of tomorrow because of an Essential Planned outage.

Senior reporter Terry Deefholts has spoken to a Copmanhurst farmer who has had eight sheep killed in the past two months but last week had a sheep killed with a knife.

The DEX office has also heard that the GP Superclinic is looking to increase its trading hours. Terry is also chasing this.

He is also doing a "debrief" style story on Saturday's Day of Fae and Azure Starlit Ball held at the Grafton Showground. 


Terry and Adam Hourigan went out earlier to a crash on the Pacific Highway - here is the update. Photo is also on The Daily Examiner website and our Facebook pages.


A SMALL Holden sedan flipped onto its roof on the Pacific Hwy, South Grafton about an hour ago. It is understood the car was heading north when it swerved first to the left, then over-corrected twice before crossing the highway and heading down a grass embankment.
The car ended up on its roof facing the south.
The female driver and her 10-year-old passenger did not appear to be seriously injured but workers at the scene said the boy was still in shock some 20 minutes after the crash.

A video from the can be viewed here:

http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/story/2012/09/24/sedan-flips-pacific-hwy/

Emma Pritchard is busy preparing articles for an upcoming feature to mark the 39th running of the 2012 Disco Marine Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic  on the weekend.

She has spoken with past competitors and a young man from Grafton who will be lining up in his first Bridge to Bridge race on Sunday.

Emma is also preparing to interview co-creator of dirtgirlworld Cate McQuillan. Her beloved character Dirtgirl made a special appearance at Bunnings in Grafton on the weekend.

Sports reporter Matt McInerney has been talking to some Tough Mudders who competed at the weekend. He's  following up on how they fared.
Matt's also looking into a junior driving course on the weekend by the speedway and a 14-year-old bowling prodigy picked in the under-18 Northern NSW team.
He's also trying to track down campdrafting results from the weekend and a 80-year-old squash champ who's attending a Grafton squash reunion coming up in a month or so's time.
 




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