The new Waihemo Community Board was sworn in by Waitaki District Council chief executive Michael Ross at the inaugural board meeting at Palmerston this week.
Road access at Moeraki is improving, although Haven St will not be opened for its full length in the short term.
The Palmerston farmers market will restart for the season today.
The number of entrants in Kelly's Canter yesterday at 103 was almost double the 53 who took part last year in the 4km run from the Palmerston Railway Station to the 393m summit of Puketapu and back This year's winner was Stafford Thompson, of Dunedin, in 21min 01sec. The first woman home was Sue Cuthbert, of Dunedin, in 27min 22sec.
A provisional total of between $10,000 and $11,000 was raised for a range of East Otago community groups at the Golden Fleece Speed Shears competition last Thursday according to organiser Joy Clearwater.
More schools have been invited to compete in Kelly's Canter this year. Usually pupils from East Otago High, Palmerston Primary, Flag Swamp and Waikouaiti Schools compete with a large number of adults in the long-standing event.
Rain in the past month has weakened the unstable ground on Haven St in Moeraki, keeping the road closed until a ''cost-effective repair is agreed'', Waitaki District Council Assets group manager Neil Jorgensen said in a recent report to the Waihemo Community board meeting.
Main-road access to Moeraki is now so bad a sign should be put up by the railway line at the State Highway 1 turnoff saying ''road closed, access for residents only'', Moeraki restaurateur Fleur Sullivan suggests.
The St John Palmerston ambulance station was officially opened yesterday by the Chancellor of the order of St John Garry Wilson, Knight of St John, of Wellington.
The fate of a Waikouaiti pine plantation probably rests in the hands of the local community board after a public meeting was held this week to discuss a new plan to fell the trees.
East Otago High School principal Lennox Sharp holds two of the clods of earth torn up by a vehicle on the high school sports fields in Palmerston overnight on Thursday.
Spending more than $42,000 on land stability measures at Moeraki has been proposed by the Waihemo Community Board.
Bryan Jackson has recently achieved a goal of visiting all nine South Island national parks and completing paintings of each of them.
Palmerston residents are planning to celebratethe 150th anniversary of the town's establishment.
The Palmerston and Waihemo A&P show needs support and there is little forthcoming from the wider East Otago community, according to A and P society president Gay Mills.
The Rev Bobby Kusilifu, who has been the Palmerston-Dunback parish minister for the past nine years, is moving to minister in two Masterton parishes which are about to combine.
Waikouaiti's former Bank of New Zealand building has been given the highest possible heritage listing by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
The five members of the Keen family, from Palmerston, and an international student staying with them, are all involved in this year's Waikouaiti Music and Drama theatre restaurant production Hooray for Hollywood.
A rural kerbside collection of recyclable items has begun in the Waihemo area.
A land stablisation advisory group has been formed to provide input into the development of options to control slip movement in Moeraki.