From the newsroom PM 29/8/12

DAILY Examiner reporters are still chasing information for some stories for tomorrow's paper.

It's also been an afternoon that shows the strengths and weaknesses of the online news era. Earlier in the day we heard the Westpac Rescue Helicopter had flown a man to hospital following a road accident near Red Rock last night.

Later today more information came to light and it seems that in the darkness and confusion the rescue crew missed some facts. It turned out the car contained three teenagers, one of whom was was seriously injured and eventually taken to Sydney. We were able to update the information as soon as it came to light.

Tim Howard is chasing up comments from some unions on the proposed State Government changes to public sector workers pay and conditions. Of particular concern is the threat to penalty rates and holiday loadings to nurses outside the hospital system.

Emma Pritchard said her day has been a busy one.

"I am putting together the finishing touches on an article about three NSW motorcycle clubs who raised over $3000 for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

"President of the Maclean Dirt Bike Club Ken Roots said the clubs came together wonderfully in the Northern NSW Challenge, which featured three races in three locations. He said all the riders came through the competition safely and were very proud of their efforts to raise so much for a worthy cause.

"Earlier today I spoke to Clarence Valley Council deputy mayor and Midnight Basketball Grafton committee chair Craig Howe about encouraging more local residents to volunteer and help coordinate and support the popular youth program.

"Mr Howe said the Midnight Basketball tournaments have proved highly successful and he is eager to see more community members become involved with the weekly event.    

"Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can sign up online at

"This afternoon I spoke to local mum Collette White about her experiences staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Newcastle when her baby boy Diesel was receiving treatment at John Hunter Hospital for chronic lung disease. Ms White is encouraging everyone to support the Ronald McDonald Charity Houses in Australia so more families can receive help and support during hard times.

"It was a very emotional interview and I am happy to announce Ms White's young son is home now and doing well now.  

"I am also working on a few articles for the Friday and weekend edition of The Daily Examiner."

Lachlan Thompson has been the paper's Clarence Valley Council election champion. He's been hard at work all this week chasing up answers to the questions we have posed the candidates and producing his daily key issues profiles of the candidates. He still has a few to go today and is eagerly awaiting the responses.

The question today is, what steps need to be taken to promote a healthy small business environment in the Valley?

Provided it does not rain tomorrow it will have been the driest August since 1880 and he has been finding out what that means for local canegrowers.

After wrapping up the racing liftour for tomorrow's Grafton Races, sport is working hard to get ahead for the upcoming Friday Football feature, compiling all the photos we took at training last night and working on the layouts for the Grand Final feature for both the Ghosts and Tigers.

If you have any information for The Daily Examiner newsroom, jump on the phone and ring it in. The number is 6643 0500.

Happy Paws Haven evacuated from fire

Happy Paws Haven evacuated from fire

More than 100 animals to be extracted from Eatonsville premises

UPDATE: Highway reopens after Eatonsville fire threat

UPDATE: Highway reopens after Eatonsville fire threat

Fire crews from around the area join in the fight

Man arrested in Adelaide over Grafton jail inmate death

Man arrested in Adelaide over Grafton jail inmate death

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