SHORT AND SHARP
The headstone of 1800’s gold miner George Paul was recovered last week. Cromwell police had asked for the public’s help in finding the headstone after it went missing from the Cromwell Cemetery. It was last seen in 2010. Aman from Central Otago Monumental had picked up the headstone after finding it broken and had intended repairing it. He would now fast track the work, police said. Mr Paul’s relative Helen DeLilla – who paid for the stone to be erected in 2009 – said she was ‘‘absolutely thrilled’’ the stone was recovered.
Emergency service ball this weekend
The annual Central Otago Emergency Service Ball is being held this Saturday night at the Cromwell Memorial Hall. The ball is a fundraiser for Cromwell’s emergency services, with proceeds going towards new equipment. Alexandra band The Sellouts will provide the entertainment, with spot prizes up for grabs and supper included in the ticket price. The ball starts at 7.30pm and a cash bar will be operating. Tickets are $35 for a single and $60 for a double and can be purchased by contacting Hayley James on (03) 445 4118 or 027 247 9520
Samuel Peter Gourlay, 24, kitchen hand, of Cromwell, was sentenced in Queenstown District Court to 40 hours’ community work for stealing alcohol valued at $105 from Lalaland and intentionally damaging property, April 13. Nicola Jane Mulvena, 45, of Tarras, was fined $525 and disqualified for six months for driving with excess breath, 538mcg, on June 6.