From the newsroom AM 14/9/12

THE final makeup of Clarence Valley Council is still a hot topic almost a week after voting.

The Electoral Commission is expected to announce the results this afternoon and with the votes close for the final few positions we're tipping the outcome might be different when preferences come into it. Editor Jenna Cairney is also looking ahead to the first meeting and how the mayoral vote might play out.

Maclean couple Ronald and Elsie Heath will celebrate an amazing milestone this weekend. The couple were married 70 years ago and have shared a fulfilling life together. Tim Howard has talked to the family about their mum and dad's life and what theyve got planned to celebrate.

This weekend is big for food lovers - and that is most of us - as the Valley hosts the Gate to Plate weekend. Even with the major dinner a sell out, there's still stacks of things to do. Lachlan Thompson is talking to local coffee roaster Espresso Botero about their contribution to this fun event. And if you can't make it, Lachlan is looking around for a brilliant recipe using local produce for you to knock up as a consolation.

Daily Examiner Debrah Novak has also dug up an intriguing link to Chinese history which began in Grafton. Her feature will be in tomorrow's paper.

Sports editor Patrick Allen has put together a great eight-page feature on the Grafton men's and women's hockey finals this weekend. The Redmen are chasing rugby glory in the President's Cup. They play in the preliminary final tomorrow.

If you have any news for the paper, phone it in on 6643 0500.



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