The news hit like a thunderclap. Group Seven operations manager Peter Mehl had dropped the phrase "N---er in the woodpile" into the juniors annual general meeting. One person was so angry he stormed out. An official complaint was lodged. Mehl issued an apology and Group Seven said it would counsel him but did not think the "off-the-cuff" remark warranted dismissal. We doubt the matter will rest there. Words, like sticks and stones, do hurt.
The electorate of Gilmore grabbed a headline for all the wrong reasons. It was adversely named in an Auditor General's report into the way regional jobs grants were handed out when Ann Sudmalis was MP. Watch this space because we think there is more to this story to come.
The big dry continues, so Shoalhaven City Council has decided it will impose Level 1 water restrictions from December. This is in anticipation of increased demand as holiday-makers flock to the region over summer.
And to finish on a heartwarming note, we were moved by the story of little Riley, a boy facing a seemingly insurmountable set of challenges. Against all odds, he's taken his first steps towards starting his education with help from Noah's Inclusion Services. Everyone in the newsroom is cheering him on.