From the newsroom PM 6/8/2012
ADAM Hourigan and Lesley Apps clocked up some country miles this morning travelling out to Yulgilbar Station to visit its historic Castle and find out more about the luncheon being hosted there for some special international guests.
Find out more about this intriguing place in tomorrow's DEX.
Our reporters have been at Grafton Local Court today and have heard a terrible assault case that happened in Yamba. More on that in tomorrow's edition.
I've been chasing new election candidates and organising our election forums.
We had a bit of an origami challenge in the office, trying to find the perfect newspaper fold for the little green waste bins in the kitchen. We're launching a competition tomorrow where you could win a six-week subscription if you've got the best design. Once we find that perfect design, we'll put instructions in our print edition and a video online. Just one more reason to buy the trusty DEX!
Reporter Dominic Zietsch sent through the following update:
"I spent this morning finding out a bit more about a scheme proposed by Clubs NSW and the Salvation Army which would put trained Salvation Army chaplains into clubs around the state on a permanent basis. The idea is to have these chaplains on hand to help people struggling with a gambling problem (and to identify those who may be showing signs of developing one.)
"Clubs NSW, the Salvation Army and Arthur Lysaught from the GDSC are hopeful the scheme will make a difference but Independent Senator for SA Nick Xenophon isn't convinced.
"At lunch time I ventured over to the South Grafton New School of Arts Neighborhood House soup kitchen to find out what activities they have planned for National Homeless Persons' Week which runs until Sunday. I had a chat with some of the lovely volunteers over there and one of the soup kitchen's regular patrons, Muddy.
"Muddy was a man of few words but he said the hot meal and the conversations he got from his visits to the soup kitchen were a real morale boost.
"Meanwhile, in udder-ly fantastic news, the third Udder Markets held at the Cowper Public School over the weekend was a hit according to organizer and teacher, Melissa Philp.
"Ms Philp said the weekend had been the biggest yet in terms of stall numbers and crowds and said all eyes were now on the next markets to be held on the first weekend in September."
Better Business and all the schools news also in tomorrow's edition.