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Ratepayer interest in this year's Clutha District Council draft annual plan appears less than in previous years with just 44 submissions received for the 2008-09 document.
A community's young people was its best asset
Tokomairiro High School started the new school term yesterday, confirming the appointment of a new principal.
While Wellington has its wearable arts show, Balclutha is staging its ‘‘Vision and Styles Awards'' event to encourage fashion creativity.
Balclutha businesses are invited to meet next week with some guidance from an Australian rural community mentor, to identify the three main issues facing the town.
It may be a simple carving made on a tree in coastal native bush, but the discovery of a 119-year-old inscription from a 19th-century South Otago Maori landowner has left his descendants overwhelmed in 2008.
West Otago residents may live closer to Gore than the heart of the Clutha district but there seems to be no mood from locals to change districts, despite the option being raised by southern local government politicians recently.
Telford Rural Polytechnic's ability to attract 16 and 17-year-old students was a great asset, Tertiary Education Minister Pete Hodgson said after a visit to the facility yesterday.
Investigations that may result in new West Otago health services were approved yesterday by the Clutha District Council, which will give a loan for the preliminary work.
The close-knit Waihola community celebrated the official opening of a new multi-purpose building which will be a core feature of its school and also a focal point for the township.
West Otago Health Ltd has fielded several expressions of interest from people and companies wanting to project manage its plans for a new health facility, but is yet to make an appointment.
A new playcentre building for the Clutha Valley area has arrived, signalling the start of a new base for early childhood education in the area.
Hungry, exhausted, cold and wet, three Saudi Arabian students never gave up hope they would be found, despite being lost in Catlins bush for more than 15 hours.
The family of a Balclutha man killed in a workplace accident last year say there is no price any judge can put on his life despite the company yesterday being ordered to pay a total of $90,000 for its role in his death.
Promoters of the Clutha Country brand, launched 18 months ago, claim it is being well supported throughout the district and beyond.
The wartime memories of two Southland soldiers, strangers until their respective children married long after World War 2, feature in an exhibition being launched today at the Owaka Museum.
The last time David (not his real name) tasted freedom, the price of petrol was 80c a litre, the September 11 attacks of 2001 were still months away and his wife would do all the shopping and cook the meals.
The Otago University group at the centre of a Catlins search and rescue operation claims it was not given any information about the area's potential hazards when it arrived for a brief stay earlier this week.
Details of any planned compensation for landowners whose property values may fall because of a proposal to establish a wind farm near Gore will remain secret after a ruling from the panel hearing the application.