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PM update 20/8/12

DAILY Examiner reporters are hard at it as they prepare the final versions of their stories for tomorrow's edition.

Senior reporter Terry Deefholts is following the latest episode in the long running saga involving animal rescue service Happy Paws Haven and Clarence Valley Council. He's been at Grafton Court House where Happy Paws owner Sally Rogers is appealing one of the Land and Environment Court conditions that will allow the service to continue.

Terry also has a story from court about a woman who was rescued from a domestic assault by Yamba fireys then turned on her rescuers.

In Yamba Graham Orams has the low down on this weekend's Brooms Head to Yamba walk for cystic fibrosis. Having a good time raising money for a good cause has to be a worthwhile way to spend some of your weekend.

Graham has also spoken to the Iluka Consultative Committee to get a reaction to the the change of NPWS boundaries and job losses. They're not happy campers.

There's good news for Grafton's Catholic Church with the long-serving Father Rex Hackett remaining as its priest. There was some drama at the weekend over Fr Rex's future, but the Bishop of the Lismore Diocese, Geoffrey Jarrett, said Fr Rex was on leave for the time being and would remain in the post.

Emma Pritchard is putting together a feature on the 30th anniversary of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service for Saturday's paper.

Earlier today she finished a story for our business section on Hank's Kitchen. They have recently opened new premises in South Grafton and not surprisingly are doing a roaring trade.

In sport new recruit Matt McInerney has hit the ground running. He's 'whacking together a yarn' on the Tucabia-Copmanhurst Cricket Club donation to Grafton Hospital (Maternity clinic) and their upcoming reunion.

Also featuring heavily in the back pages will be Grafton's Premier League netball grand final win over Ballina, the Wooli Snapper comp and the regular two-page hockey feature.

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Demolition of the South Grafton depot site begins today

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson, Ian Feek, from project manager Ridgemill, Clarence Valley Council general manager Scott Greensill and Shaun Spry and Matt Hunter from Hutchinsons Builders at the South Grafton super depot site on Tuesday.

Demolition work on the council super depot is about to begin.

Overcrowded North Coast schools packed to rafters

NORTH Coast schools bursting at seams with too many students

Totally addicted to bass, and perch

Urunga fisher Sam Taylor with his personal best Australian Bass.

Three-month closure end on Thursday

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Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Falls tickets go on sale

Cold War Kids wow audiences at Falls Festival in Byron Bay despite the soaring tempratures and humidity. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

General sale starts at 9am

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m