LYING DOWN ON THE JOB: Taking photos of general manager Vaughan Macdonald in Casino.
LYING DOWN ON THE JOB: Taking photos of general manager Vaughan Macdonald in Casino.

Milking cows, snapping brown snakes: Life as a country reporter

WHAT a year it has been in my first year as editor of the Express Examiner.

While I was 'snapping' my stories, unbeknownst to me, others were taking shots of me and I've included them here to show you the "glamorous life of a country reporter”.

I've milked my first cow and have met mayors, students, nurses, farmers, firefighters, surf lifesavers, shopkeepers, factory workers, managers, volunteers and the odd snake handler.

Dancing the night away at the Beef Week Ball with Brenda Armfield and Jenny Moore.
Dancing the night away at the Beef Week Ball with Brenda Armfield and Jenny Moore. Jamie Brown

Each week I receive calls about mistakes in the paper or an article someone didn't like.

I get calls thanking me for a story or photo too. I like the feedback.

LOOK OVER THERE: Distracted by the beauty of the creek down Paddys Flat Rd outside Tabulam.
LOOK OVER THERE: Distracted by the beauty of the creek down Paddys Flat Rd outside Tabulam.

This is your paper and while you may not always agree with its content, I do my best to serve you as a reporter in your community.

What has stood out in the last year is your friendliness. New to the patch, people have been helpful in person and on Facebook.

I can't thank you enough. I have thoroughly enjoyed finding, writing and bringing you stories.

GOING LOW: At the Richmond Valley council depot snapping the new Christmas decorations.
GOING LOW: At the Richmond Valley council depot snapping the new Christmas decorations.

My first week was the funeral of Elle Underhill and I saw how much Casino cared by the number of people at the church.

Earlier in the year I did a tour of the RREE patch to Tabulam, Woodenbong, Wiangaree and Evans Head and all the places in between. There were many I missed and I intend to do another tour this year.

It was an exciting morning when an Eastern Brown visited Casino's Barker St.
It was an exciting morning when an Eastern Brown visited Casino's Barker St.

Thank you to contributors such as history buff, John Handley, Joyce Marsh from Woodenbong and Fay Fardon from Kyogle plus all the sports contributors. Bring on 2017.



Controlled blasts and road work to disrupt highway traffic

Controlled blasts and road work to disrupt highway traffic

Changed traffic conditions continue next week on the Pacific Highway

Holy Smoke!

Holy Smoke!

A LARGE plume of smoke was the cause of some local anxiety today

Police praise well-behaved Splendour crowds

Police praise well-behaved Splendour crowds

Police have welcomed good behaviour at Splendour in the Grass

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