The Waitaki District Council is meeting local farmers for what it says is a ''last shot'' to set up a water retention and irrigation scheme in the Shag Valley.
The Palmerston and Waihemo A&P show committee is planning to develop a lifestyle-blocks emphasis at the 2015 Palmerston show.
A Mornington cable car trailer that last ran on the High St cable car line in January 1957 has received a major award from the Federation of Railway Organisations of New Zealand, being named as the best restoration of a tramway vehicle for 2014.
Marilyn Muir, pictured outside ''Marilyn's Shop'' in the Palmerston town centre, which has reopened in the main street building occupied for 105 years by the Appleby family.
Palmerston St John staff and volunteers celebrated its first birthday with an open day on Sunday at the Palmerston St John station.
Governance of Waihemo water has been taken over, with little notice, by the Waihemo Community Board.
Twelve cycle trails are being planned around Palmerston.
After a recent $230,000 refurbishment the Hampden School has been officially reopened by former principal Ann Coe, of Moeraki.
Train and road tours for public viewing of the Oceana Gold mine at Macraes might resume for next summer.
A group of Hampden residents is seeking construction of a toilet block in the town that will be recognisable and encourage visitors to stop.
A mass derailment of wagons laden with meat and byproducts near Palmerston yesterday morning closed the main south railway line and sparked an investigation.
The Palmerston and Waihemo A&P Show committee is considering new directions for the 131-year-old show.
The Waikouaiti RSA wants the town's war memorial shifted to a more central site.
The Seasider train service between Dunedin and Palmerston that has run during the past five winters may be dropped for 2014.
Forrester Gallery director Warwick Smith revealed, on his retirement, his passion for valuable artworks at the gallery sometimes meant spending the night on a mattress there for added security.
Flood debris clogging a stretch of the Shag River will be removed when the water level drops sufficiently to allow a digger access.
A resident of the Macraes township wants it to be called just that - Macraes, not Macraes Flat or Macraes Township, and the Waihemo Community Board agrees.
Betty McGregor, of Palmerston, makes friends with Silver, an 8-year-old miniature horse, and Silver's owner, Carol McDonald, at the ''Good Sam'' Christmas lunch for Palmerston and East Otago senior citizens held at the Waihemo Lodge yesterday.
The slip-plagued section of Moeraki's Haven St is being replaced with a footpath.
Palmerston Business Group member Fred Ratahi secures one of 37 hanging flower baskets at the Station café in the Palmerston town centre last week with Palmerston Business Group members (from left) Tinelle Rolton, Annette Rosanowski, Waihemo Community Board chairman Geoff Foote, Rod Philip and Judy James.