2012 IN REVIEW – MARCH
March 7, 2012
Celebrating 60 years covering news
More than 60 years of exclusive interviews, headlines, tense rivalries and quality journalism will come to a head this month when the South Waikato News marks its 60th birthday.
The newspaper, which has been at the heart of the South Waikato community for six decades, will mark the milestone at The Tokoroa Club on March 17. March 14, 2012 Search now finished – Toddler’s end stays a mystery
Hopes of closing a 44-year-old Tokoroa cold case have been dashed after Tokoroa police failed to find any new clues while digging up a section of backyard in
Police digging in the back yard of a Tokoroa property relating to a 44-year-old missing child case. The mother of the missing child Josephine Reynolds talks to police. Tokoroa last week.
But the family of missing toddler Jefferie Hill say they will never stop searching for answers.
Police arrived at the Fergusson St property last Wednesday in the search for clues into the 1968 disappearance of the two year old.
The property is across the street from where Jefferie was last seen.
Police were acting on information from Geophysical Services’ Martin King, who detected an anomaly when scanning the area last month after being asked by the South Waikato News to do so.
Jefferie’s mother Jo Reynolds and sister Laura Hill were both present during the dig.
While they never expected the police to find anything, Mrs Hill said they were really just looking for some kind of closure.
‘‘Basically we want to check this and close the door . . . But we may never find out what happened to him.’’ March 28, 2012 Best is ready for the rest
Everything is falling into place for recent Waikato regional farm manager winner Thomas White.
At just 23, the Putaruru man is stoked to have landed a spot in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards farm manager finals but admits the challenge was why he entered.
‘‘The fact I won was good and I am going to put my best foot forward for the Waikato but I didn’t enter it to win it [Waikato regionals],’’ Mr White said.
‘‘It was a good opportunity to benchmark myself against others, mix with the other good guys entering the competition, to network and get feedback from the judges about your strengths and weaknesses.’’
This is the first year the manager of his family partnership’s 112ha Whites Rd property has entered the competition and he rates the support of the rural community, family and past NZ Dairy winners highly for getting him to the nationals.