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Rus­tic run

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.

Casino Night

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.

Mid-win­ter Christ­mas

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.

Air pol­lu­tion

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.

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