From the newsroom PM 28/8/12
THERE have been a few changes in direction in today's news, but The Daily Examiner has finally settled on a finished product as the reporters put finishing touches to their stories.
You'll love Lesley Apps' story about Jamie Stone, a 21-year-old who drives school buses and has people wondering if one of the passengers has jumped in the driver's seat.
Terry Deefholts has been busy newsgathering and updating our Facebook and Twitter accounts all day. We are trying to build our "likes" in Facebook in order to earn a prize from editor Jenna Cairney.
Terry's stories for tomorrow include details about Maclean developer Andrew Baker's recent announcement that two of his companies had gone into receivership and news that a major international agricultural business has taken over the running of Shirallee Produce. He has also gathered some details about a burst water pipe in Ellem Oval yesterday which was videod by The Daily Examiner. Watch it at: http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/video/ellem-oval-water-main-break/14649/
Tim Howard was up bright and early to see off the peleton when a group of 26 cyclists began the Ronald McDonald House Ride for Sick Kids from Grafton this morning.
The riders aim to raise $300,000 from the ride, which equates to $500 a kilometre for the journey to Newcastle. You can watch the video of their departure from here: http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/story/2012/08/28/riders-out-raise-500km/
Emma Pritchard has had a busy day.
"I have spoken to SES community engagement coordinator Megan Hill regarding the SES recruiting volunteers for the fast approaching storm season.
"Ms Hill said anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can call 1800 201 000 or visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au for further information.
"Earlier today I spoke to president of the Grafton Community Bus Keith Rogan .
"Recently, The Blue Goose Social Golf Club took to the green and raised $2000 which they donated to this fantastic local service. The Grafton Community Bus is a not-for-profit community organisation which relies on the generosity of the public to remain in operation.
"Mr Rogan was deeply touched by the generosity of the golfers.
"Today Mr Rogan accepted another cheque for $2000 from the Grafton Railway Bowling Club, a generous group of locals who donate to various charities each year.
I" have also touched base with the Willy Wagtails child care centre in Yamba."
Keep your eyes open in an upcoming edition of Coastal Views to find out what is happening with this local facility."
Lachlan Thompson has been our iron man keeping up to date with the council election.
He is also putting together the council candidates comments for the day and finalising the key issue profiles for Jason Kingsley and Margot Scott.
For a change of pace he is also writing a short piece on Minnie Water stand up professional Roger Saunders aka the Dogman.