Newsroom update PM 27/8/12
REPORTERS are busy wrapping up the stories for tomorrow's paper as well as looking ahead for the rest of the week.
Emma Pritchard started early, meeting up with 2012 Jacaranda Festival Matron of Honour and the Guest of Honour.
The 2012 Jacaranda Queen candidates will have a friendly shoulder to lean on as they prepare for the upcoming festivities in October. I think many locals will remember this year's Guest of Honour from previous Jacaranda Festivals.
Who are they? Grab yourself a copy of The Daily Examiner tomorrow to find out.
Emma also met with John Warrell from Clarence River Tourism, who raised over $600 for the RSPCA on the weekend when he and a group of friends baked 13 dozen cupcakes - and sold every one - for the RSPCA's annual Cupcake Day.
Emma was sorry she did not get there early enough to buy a couple.
John said the community was wonderfully supportive and wished to extend his sincere thanks.
Emma's finishing off a few more articles for the Tuesday edition.
Sections editor Lesley Apps has a cracking yarn about a local 21-year-old with a dream to be a bus driver who finds himself now on the buses.
Les is also putting finishing touches on this week's school news and reviewing the Mercedes Benz Fashion Gala held in Coffs Harbour on Saturday night for Wednesday's edition of UNWIND among other stuff.
Dominic Zietsch was lucky enough to have a chat with the hit female vocalist, Toni Childs, who will perform at the South Grafton Ex Services Club on September 7.
Toni chatted about her current tour and her upcoming new album, Citizens of the Planet which has been funded entirely through fan donations.
Check out the Out There entertainment section in Thursday's Daily Examiner for the full interview with Toni.
Grafton's Criterion Theatre is gearing up to host a 1950s dance night this Friday. Dom had a chat with Brenda Cooper - vocalist and keyboardist for the Four Flames, the band supplying the 50s music on the night.
Brenda said the band has been loving the challenge of learning a whole new repertoire of songs and couldn't wait to get the joint jumping this Friday night.
Dom's also been in touch with Yamba Surf Life Saving Club president Alan Schofield about an open day held at the club on Sunday. Alan said the turnout hadn't been huge but the groups who came along were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the club and a few even joined up along the way.
In sport the Mens and Womens A-Grade Hockey competitions are heading into finals mode with the Mens Major semi between City Bears and Barbarians set to be a cracker next Sunday.
Local hockey legend Brent Livermore will be hard to go past as a selection for the Grafton Hockey Dream team when selectors decide on the halves combination for the side this week.
New Sport Cadet Matt has been busy getting a head start on the week and helping to plan the football Grand Final feature for Friday's edition.
Expect to see some stand up paddle boarding, primary school netball, and mountain biking reports in the next couple of days also.