From the newsroom AM 2/8/12

AS the week goes over the hump, reporters are looking for stories for Friday, Saturday and Monday's papers.

In Yamba Kate Matthews will have just learned who has been appointed the Clarence Valley's Ambassador. There was a small gathering at Pippis Restaurant to make the announcement, which will no doubt appear soon on our website. As a tease the new ambassador is a high ranking sporting identity.

Kate's busy morning continues when he heads off to a Rotary Driver Awareness workshop at Macleah High School. The idea of getting young people onto our roads with a better idea of their responsibilities has to be a good one.

And if that's not enough Kate's also spoken to the Yamba Public Schools girls Aussie Rules team about their upcoming trip to Sydney for the state titles.

It's a down river morning so far as Dominic Zietsch is also speaking to Maclean Fire Brigade about their plan to recuit more members. Although these firies are on a retainer, it's a lot more than the money that makes joining a fire brigade attractive. Dom will talk to some current members to find out why they do it.

He's also having a chat with award-winning dancer Emily Sydenham. Ironically Emily picked up her award at roughly the same time her dad, Adam (with another Grafton man Greg Coombes) was competing in an endurance event in Spain.

Tim Howard is looking at council's call for consultants to look at the region's swimming pools. The pools have been a hot topic with issues over who should manage them and the delay in replacing the Grafton Memorial  Pool amenities after the fire in December 2008.

Editor Jenna Cairney has a story about a woman who has done her bit for the community. She's contributed 50 grand children

She's also putting together on forums we are organising to give the community a chance to quiz potential councillors.

Lachlan Thompson was out early getting the local reaction to James Magnusson's silver medal in the Olympic 100m swimming final. It seems most of us are proud of him, even though he missed out by 0.01sec on the gold.

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