From the newsroom AM 22/8/12

IT'S another busy day for Daily Examiner reporters and photographers.

The day began with a tip off there's been a dumping of piles of brochures into two creeks near South Grafton. Lachlan Thompson is out there investigating.

Lachlan is also working on an editorial feature we're putting together for Rural Fire Service volunteers who do such a great job for the community during the fire season. It's a timely story as the fire season seems to have hit early this year.

Pensioner arts and crafts group the Clocktower Gallery would seem to be the type of tenant you would love to have. They raise money to help you renovate shared premises, pay you a percentage of their takings and provide a staff member daily that takes the pressure off your own staff. But they've been told their time is up at the Grafton Tourist Information Centre. Tim Howard is getting to the bottom of this story.

Tim is also waiting for a reply to some questions about the future of Grafton Catholic priest Fr Rex Hackett he has sent to the Bishop.

Emma Pritchard has caught up with the Jacaranda Queen candidates and what their itinerary looks like leading into the Jacaranda Festival. She's also putting the finishing touches to our eight-page feature for Crazy Day on Friday and Saturday's feature on the 30th anniversary of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Emma's also catching up with the Monster Mash tea party, which will now be happening tomorrow.

Kate Matthews is on deck today chasing a stack of stories. She's looking at a new business in Yamba, chasing up a survey that shows a good breakfast can mean better marks at school, how sales of mill mud are going, a fundraiser for cervical cancer and a young Yamba man in line for a bravery award.

We've also got some great shots sent in from Brooms Head of whales cavorting off the beach.

If you have something for us, phone it in on 6643 0500.

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