Two inexperienced jet skiers were found safe and well after disappearing off the Catlins coast on Saturday afternoon in what emergency services staff described as "horrendous" weather conditions.
A prominent Balclutha building was knocked to the ground yesterday, signalling the end of its 75-year tie to the community.
Shipping containers will not be used as a way of increasing capacity at the Otago Corrections Facility at the moment, but Department of Corrections chief executive Barry Matthews is not ruling out their future use.
Rural safety is the theme of the 143rd South Otago A and P Show in Balclutha next month.
Three corrections officers who intervened in a gang-related stabbing at the Otago Corrections Facility earlier this year did so without thinking about the physical consequences to themselves, a rare awards ceremony at the prison heard yesterday.
Negative behaviour at a Milton training centre against which serious allegations were made last year appeared to be tolerated, and investigating government officials were surprised no formal complaints were laid with police, documents reveal.
Three Southland pupils planning tertiary studies next year will get a financial helping hand from a leading employer in the South.
Clutha's top sporting night and a wellness expo in Milton are two key features of October's Clutha District community wellness programme.
Seventeen roads in Lawrence and West Otago may have less money spent on them as the Clutha District Council tries to deal with a $7.8 million cut in national roading funds.
Mataura, known mainly for its river and freezing works, could one day become the "town of champions" under a new scheme given a crucial funding boost recently.
The riverside settlement of Beaumont will pay tribute next month to a Chinese miner whose contribution to the community nearly a century ago has long gone unrecognised.
No alternative options for dams on the Clutha River - apart from the four released by Contact Energy - have emerged from the power company's public consultations this year, virtually confirming a dam at either Queensberry, Luggate, Beaumont or Tuapeka Mouth will be its choice.
Traffic wanting to cross the Beaumont bridge yesterday faced 15-minute delays as engineers had a closer look at what will inevitably be more repairs to the structure.
Soap operas like Shortland Street should be looking at the legend of all soaps, Coronation Street, for inspiration and ideas on how to continually appeal to television audiences.
A shearing business regarded more as a family will gather for a reunion in South Otago at Labour weekend.
Seven South Otago athletics administrators who have logged more than 150 years' combined service were formally recognised during a night of awards in Balclutha.
Telford Rural Polytechnic has joined forces with a North Island polytechnic to provide a new farming qualification for school-leavers it believes will give them a head-start in careers in the agriculture industry.
A former Tokomairiro Training tutor, who went public with serious allegations against the organisation last year, has had his personal grievance dropped by the Employment Relations Authority, but it continues to investigate similar claims made by another tutor.
The Department of Corrections has been given permission to introduce double-bunking at the Otago Corrections Facility, near Milton; with a series of new buildings, fences and other facilities set to be added.
The company behind plans for a $400 million wind farm near the Southland township of Wyndham has confirmed it will not lodge its resource consent application until early 2010 - about six months later than it had originally hoped.