From the newsroom AM 31/8/12

FRANTIC Friday is upon The Daily Examiner newsroom as reporters chase stories for the weekend edition and make a head start on Monday.

Parents of children at Swan Creek are becoming fed up that there children are being dropped off on the highway and asked to cross it to go home. What's really galling for them is the Clarence Valley Council has spent close to $1million constructing safe entry and exit points, but the bus drivers are not using them. They say they are not safe. Lachlan Thompson is chasing up all sides of the story.

Lachlan also has his hands full will the council elections material. Today he will be filing the final five key issues profiles from council candidates. We will run two tomorrow and final three on Monday to wrap up this informative series.

He is also talking to a local dentist who has a different take on the Federal Government's $4billion dental scheme.

Terry Deefholts has some great stories for us tomorrow.

Local solicitor Peter Roland has called it a day after 40 years. He recalls how he came to Grafton, his time as a premiership winning opening bat with the South Services Cricket Club and how he met the love of his life, the lovely Heather.

Terry also has some interesting inside information on the talent show X Factor from Yamba twins Jackie and Brett Kempnich.

He's also talked to the folk at Shiralee Produce in South Grafton who have sold up to produce giant Landmark. It's their last day tomorrow.

If you've got some news, contact us on 6643 0500.

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