The latest from the Fraser Coast Chronicle's Editor's Desk
NOW the summer holidays have well and truly ended and school is back, Fraser Coast residents are finally settling into a normal routine.
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Whether it's inspirational yarns like Maryborough's very own Jay McCarthy who made cycling history on the weekend as the first Australian to win the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race or a look at why Hervey Bay's suburb Urangan is about to experience an economic boom.
If you prefer following what's going on in your local council, our Deputy Editor Jessica Grewal this week had an exclusive chat with embattled Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft about his last-ditch plan to save his job.
Reporter Blake Antrobus also spoke to former Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell who has ruled out a run in a potential by-election should current mayor Chris Loft be sacked.
This week the Chronicle joined the Courier-Mail and 44 other News Queensland publications - with the backing of major bodies such as the Australian Water Safety Council, Royal Life Saving Society Australia, Surf Life Saving Queensland and leading Olympians - to launch an S.O.S. campaign to "Save Our Schoolkids".
Hervey Bay swim teacher Penny Elder, who has taught more than 10,000 children to be confident in the water, has backed our campaign and called on the State Government to make changes to the curriculum.
In local sport, it has been a huge week for AFL Wide Bay.
The organisation will hold a women's Flash Footy Carnival at Maryborough on Saturday, as the five local teams are joined by Nambour-based Hinterland Blues.
The pre-season precursor to the inaugural Wide Bay Womens competition is set to be a big day of Aussie rules.
That news was followed by the expansion of the men's competition from four to six teams.
Maryborough Bears will compete in the senior grade for the first time in years, while AFL Sunshine Coast clubs Gympie Cats and Pomona Demons will merge to create a sixth senior team.
- Meet the 10-year-old Maryborough spinner who wants to emulate hero Beth Mooney and play for Brisbane Heat and Australia.
- The 100-year-old woman named as Fraser Coast's sportsperson of the year after eight decades of dedication to hockey.
Court has returned for 2018 and our journalists have been on the ground reporting the latest crime from across the region.
Within a few days, our court reporter Annie Perets covered a story about a mother facing court for not taking her children to school, while another mum left her children aged one, three and five home alone while she disappeared to work.
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