The pandemic has affected so much in our region, and across the world. Two stories that we have published stand out today as illustrations of how it can affect everything from the justice system to school kids.
Since 2017 we have followed the case of a Walcha woman accused of murdering a local farmer.
A new date has now been set for that trial, taking it into 2021. She had been due to face trial in June this year, but the two-month trial was put on ice indefinitely when the COVID crisis took hold, forcing the closure of courts.
Meanwhile, some of our schools in our Armidale have been working on plans to deal with boarders who cannot return home in the school holidays.
With border closures, local families within the school community are rushing to offer accommodation to boarding students from interstate or overseas who are unable to return home.
Last week the political stoush started by the NSW Nationals over koala habitat regulations gained widespread attention,
State MP Adam Marshall remained coy when asked about his thoughts on the political drama on Friday morning, but later spoke out in favour of the outcome, which will see the Nationals' concerns over the koala policy dealt with at an upcoming cabinet meeting.
In the city centre, the Armidale mall has gained a new business, with the family-run Granny Fi's Toy Cupboard moving in.
The business opened in 2012 in Uralla and then moved to Armidale a few years later.
Finally, a big shoutout to HealthWise, the New England health care service which was out and about on Friday.
In Armidale, and surrounding towns, they hit coffee shops to shout people their morning coffee in an effort to promote the day, which encourages people to check in with friends and family as part of RUOK Day and World Suicide Prevention Day.
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!