2012 IN RE­VIEW – MARCH

South Waikato News - - FEATURE -

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.

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