SHORT AND SHARP
Jody Direen tops charts
Wanaka country singer Jody Direen’s latest song Loud has hit the No 1 spot on iTunes. The first single off her upcoming second album reached the top spot on the iTunes country charts and debuted in the official top 20 New Zealand singles chart after just one day of sales. On its release day the song also beat out current hits by Miley Cyrus, Eminem and Rihanna to peak at No 21 on iTunes across all genres.
Plunket garage sale
Upper Clutha Plunket will be hosting a garage sale on Saturday from 10am to noon. The sale will be held at the Presbyterian Hall on Tenby St and anyone looking for baby, children and maternity clothing, toys, prams, cots and high chairs to pop along and grab a bargain.
German teenage located
A German teenager thought to be missing on a tramp has been located in Germany. Wanaka police search and rescue incident controller Senior Constable Mike Johnston said an Irishman last saw the teenager in Dingle Burn on October 19, and was expecting to hear from him again after the teenager completed a longer walk in the area. However, he had since returned to Germany without contacting the man, who had picked him up hitchhiking. Johnston said he was thankful for the public’s help in locating the teenager, which saved launching a larger, expensive search.
Stephen Woodhead, pictured, of Milton, has been elected chairman of the Otago Regional Council for a second term. Dunedin representative Gretchen Roberston is deputy chairwoman. The council was sworn in on Tuesday last week, including new Dunstan councillors Graeme Bell and Gary Kelliher.