Work on a potentially expensive double-bunking fitting-out at the Otago Corrections Facility will start on August 10 and the Department of Corrections says the job will done in time to accommodate up to another 150 prisoners early next year.
Sixteen South Otago dairy-farm owners will face charges of breaching Otago Regional Council (ORC) effluent rules when they appear before the Environment Court in Balclutha later this month.
The smiles just will not leave the faces of Balclutha Motor Camp lessee Leanne Scott and her partner, Mick Corden, who are loving life in their new managers' accommodation after waiting more than three years for the new building.
There may soon be more prisoners contained behind the walls at the Otago Corrections Facility but the casual observer is expected to notice little physical difference to the site despite the extra facilities.
At least one of the four proposed dams for the Clutha River is expected to be identified as Contact Energy's preferred option early next year but those involved in the public consultation are not ruling out a fresh option yet to be debated.
Most breaches in the first year of the Balclutha and Milton liquor bans have happened in warmer months, but police say they believe its introduction has reduced damage caused by unruly young people in central parts of both towns.
The artistic and creative talents of South Otago's four main arts groups are going on show this week.
It was one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind and one massive ratings boom for television.
Red tape and negative connotations about industrial hemp has prompted a key partner in a Catlins hemp project to reconsider its long-term involvement.
Members of the Clutha Youth Council have been given a $5000 fund they can use to support projects directly benefiting the district's young people.
The South is expected to shiver tonight and tomorrow with squally snow showers predicted to near sea level.
Gore district councillors will be briefed next month on a proposal that could result in a public transport link between Mataura and Gore.
Contracts worth nearly $300,000 in the first year have been signed with three key groups charged with boosting economic growth in Clutha.
Lawrence, far from being complacent about its tourist potential, has begun looking at fresh ways to entice visitors there.
Clutha's biennial celebration of sportspeople will host an Olympic gold medallist when the event is held later this year.
Clinton's sole service station has closed and been placed in liquidation because the owners could not afford to replace fuel tanks recently removed from the business premises.
The Chatham Islands may be 45 minutes ahead of New Zealand, but the boss of the islands' district council believes he needs that kind of head-start just to try to get the settlement the recognition it needs and deserves.
Clutha farmers have been brushing up on their computer skills in a series of classes held in small halls and even living rooms.
A new passing lane could be built on a stretch of state highway north of Balclutha which has a history of road crashes.