''Dusty'' Murtagh (left), of Lawrence, and conference advisory group co-ordinator Bronwyn Meads, of Bulls, meet in Balclutha yesterday before the Small Town Conference, where challenges facing small towns will be discussed.
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Clutha's version of the senior Olympics will be held in Balclutha next month.
Construction of two cellphone towers in the Catlins continues to be delayed until a tower linking the two is completed at Tokanui.
Final preparations are under way for this year's Small Town Conference, due to start in Balclutha tomorrow afternoon.
The 103-year-old vessel The Portland has moved from its usual mooring at the entrance to Pounawea on the Owaka River, having been shifted a little further downstream.
Diggers and trucks heralded the start of excavation work on the West Otago Health Centre in Tapanui this week.
A request to extend the lease and area of the Pounawea Camping Ground has drawn a mixed reaction from ratepayers, with the council indicating it will decline a ground extension, but grant a longer lease.
A quest has begun to fund the restoration of rare paintings depicting the unique farm buildings and practices on one of South Otago's most ''historically significant'' properties.
Plans are afoot for Catlins community groups to adopt a section of the Southern Scenic Route in a bid to reduce litter along the popular tourist route.
A design for Balclutha's Main Street is a step closer, following feedback.
After two months of strengthening work and lengthy detours for motorists, the Clydevale bridge has reopened.
Two experienced candidates are vying for the Clutha mayoralty - the incumbent, Bryan Cadogan, and deputy mayor Hamish Anderson.
It will be a sedate election race in Gore this year.
Charity house-building project Operation Owen has won top honours at the 2013 TrustPower Clutha Community Awards, presented in Balclutha on Monday night.
The Otago Daily Times is profiling mayoral candidates in Otago's heartland. Helena de Reus talks to Bryan Cadogan, who is standing in Clutha.
Clutha's two mayoral candidates will face off for the first time outside the council chamber tonight as they seek to win the public's vote ahead of the local body elections in October.
The Otago Daily Times is profiling mayoral candidates in Otago's heartland. Today, Helena de Reus talks to Hamish Anderson, standing in Clutha.
Residents in the wider Clinton area, which has a population of about 1100, have raised more than $70,000 for charity.
Six lambs were killed after stables burnt down near Tapanui yesterday afternoon.
Balclutha criminal court hearings will shift to Dunedin next month, prompting fears the move will be permanent.