SHORT AND SHARP
The Big Sing Is Countdown supermarket coming?
The rumour of a new supermarket coming to Alexandra has been doing the rounds again. A Countdown spokeswoman remained tight-lipped saying ‘‘we are always looking for great sites and Alexandra is no exception, however we don’t have any plans confirmed in the area’’.
Mewburn, national president
Millers Flat author Kyle Mewburn has been named the new president of the The New Zealand Society of Authors. With president of honour Gavin Bishop he hopes to lead NZSA into the future with a desire for a new identity and change within the organisation. The annual Wild Earth Rustic Run and Walk event is being held this Saturday at the Kawarau Mining Centre, near Cromwell. Event organiser Terry Davis, from Highland Events, said the idea was for people to form a team and run at least one 5.275 kilometre lap of the course as a relay in either the half marathon of the marathon. For the first time, a children’s 1km adventure course is being included. The event kicks off at 10am, with the children’s adventure race starting at 11am. No musical training, no requirement to read music, no auditions, nothing except a willing singing voice is necessary to take part in The Big Sing at St Andrews Church in Cromwell on Sunday. Led by the Fine Thyme Chorus, The Big Sing will feature well known hymns and popular songs and will kick off at 3pm.
Public help find missing teen
Amember of the Alexandra public helped locate missing Dunedin teenager Sophie Acklin after they recognised the car she was driving from media and Facebook reports. Acklin was found on Galloway Rd by Alexandra police after last being seen in Dunedin two days earlier. A Find Sophie Acklin Facebook page had almost 4000 ‘‘likes’’ within 12 hours of being set up and hundreds of users had shared information that she was lost and could be in Central Otago.
Northburn Station fire
A Northburn Station farm house caught fire last week after arcing above a light fitting caused it to overheat and catch fire. Cromwell and Tarras fire brigades responded to the fire and a farm manager was able to save the property from more severe damage by using fire extinguishers. Station owner Tom Pinckney said the incident highlighted how valuable having a fire extinguisher and working smoke alarms were.
The Alexandra Rugby Club will host a casino night at its club rooms from 8pm on Saturday. An auction will be held at the end of the night to raise funds for the club. Nibbles provided.
Speargrass Inn will host a Midwinter Christmas Dinner on Saturday night at 6.30pm. The dinner will include traditional Christmas fare with a Speargrass twist enjoyed by the roaring fire surrounded by holly and tinsel.
Both Alexandra and Cromwell’s air pollution exceeded the national environmental standard of a daily average threshold concentration of 50 micrograms per cubic metre of air on five out of seven days last week.