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From the newsroom PM 30/8/12

THE Daily Examiner newsroom's day is winding down with reporters filing their stories for tomorrow's edition.

Terry has written a story based on an RP Data report which shows it is significantly cheaper to buy a house in South Grafton than to rent one. As with any statistics though - it pays to scratch the surface.

He has also spoken to Jackie Kempnich of Yamba who is launching the Little Fish School of Rock to get a whole generation of kids rocking. An X-Factor 2012 contestant who made it through to the final 16 of groups, Jackie has also criticized the reality TV show for being more drama than singing contest.

Another story, on a new counseling service for mentally ill or injured people in the Grafton area, is sure to be received well.

Lachlan Thompson finished his councillor profiles this morning and is keenly awaiting the candidates' answers to today's question which is how can the Valley capitalise on the Pacific Highway Upgrade.
He is currently writing a story on why publically funded dentistry fails to reach those who can least afford private care.

Tim Howard has caught up with Clarence River Tourism and the Clocktower Gallery who look to have nutted out a solution at least for the next three months. The Gallery, which was to be evicted from the Grafton Tourist Information Centre, where members have been selling their wares for the past five years, now has a breathing space until after Christmas.

Foodies are also in for a treat with a couple of tickets to a Gate to Plate masterclass up for grabs in a competition starting tomorrow.
New sports reporter Matthew McInerney is just putting the finishing touches on our footy liftout and getting a head start on what is sure to be a massive Saturday of sport.

Racing writer Tony White has been out at the race track for the afternoon and will be filing his report on the day's racing in the next hour or so.

Also online today we have a story on a boost for the groups battling coastal weeds in the Clarence.

Anyone with news for The Daily Examiner should phone it in on 66643 0500.



Magic fun for all these holidays

BALLOON MAGIC: Magician and balloon twister Magic Jake Meurs at Grafton Shoppingworld entertaining kids on their school holidays.

Magic Jake to perform free shows at Shoppingworld this week.

Local league flier swoops on NRL opportunity

BURSTING THROUGH BARRIERS: Lower Clarence Magpies fullback Daine Laurie has opened up a pathway to the top echelon of Australian rugby league earning a contract with the Penrith Panthers Under 20s side.

Magpies' rising star Daine Laurie to link up with Panthers U20s.

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

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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

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Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

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NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

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Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

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