Newsroom PM update 24/8/12

IT'S not every day an Oscar comes to Grafton.

That's right, Oscar, the gold statue everyone in the movie industry covets, showed up in Grafton earlier today.

This particular statuette is the property of movie special effects genius John Cox, whose exhibition of motion picture monsters is on show at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

Tim Howard talked to the Mr Cox about his movie work and what he's been up to recently.

Closer to home Tim interviewed Grafton McDonalds franchise owner Dave Munro about next week's McDonalds Ride for Sick Kids. Of particular interest is the fund raising dinner on Monday night, which will double as the opening night of new Grafton eatery Toast Espresso in Prince Street. The field of 26 leaves Grafton on Tuesday morning.

It's also D Day for the Clarence Valley's Biggest Losers, with the official weigh-in scheduled for tomorrow. There will be two weigh-in locations: the Grafton Community Centre and Bodyrock Fitness at Townsend. Get along between 11am and 1pm at both places.

Win Jefferies 100th birthday celebrations went off a treat at Doughtery Villa. Lachlan Thompson had a chat with this inspiring woman who was born only months after the sinking of the Titanic.

Bargain hunters were out in force to as shoppers took advantage of the mad prices on offer for Crazy Day. Terry Deeholts took a look at the action.

New DEX sport reporter Matthew McInerney has had a massive day chasing previews for this weekend's big matches.

The Redmen Rugby team will be travelling to take on Southern Cross University this weekend. Team members have admitted only a miracle could see them progress through to the finals but they will nonetheless be throwing their best efforts at this weekend's game.

Speaking of the Redmen - player Connor Vest has agreed to a two year deal with the North Sydney Rugby Union club which may prove to be a huge step in the local lad's rugby career.

All eyes will likely be on Frank McGuren Park on Sunday for a massive day of rugby league. Each of the Grafton Ghosts sides will be vying for a grand final berth so expect to see some hard-fought, passionate footy on the field.

Check out Monday's Daily Examiner for a full wrap-up of this weekend's big matches.


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