There are 29 townships, 3 municipalities and one city in Pingtung County. It's exhausting to include news from every township, municipality and Pingtung City every time, so what I'll do instead is include news items from eleven different townships or municipalities in each entry. This way I should be able to work my way through Pingtung County every three entries. 屏東縣包含了29個鄉, 3個鎮還有屏東市. 每次討論所有鄉鎮的新聞太累了, 所以我會每次討論11個鄉鎮的報告. 這樣子我每三篇新聞文章就會涵蓋到全縣內鄉鎮的新聞.
1. Ligang Township 里港鄉
A former head of Ligang Township published a book on local history two years ago. He did so, however, in the absence of detailed historical records. Recently a supplement to this book has been published, adding more documentation 補充文獻資料屏東里港出版 "增補阿里港志".
The Pingtung County Government will release special address plates for the houses in ten townships and municipalities, with a plan to have plates for all townships and municipalities by next year. These address plates reflect a special characteristic of each locality. 特色門牌 屏縣10鄉鎮今年換發.
A brother and sister recently returned to Ligang after a ten year absence to grow melons there. 屏里港姊弟返鄉務農 溫室種出有機美濃瓜
2. Gaoshu Township 高樹鄉
Someone may have drowned in Gaoshu's Lao Nong River. A desiccated body was discovered there, and an investigation is ongoing. 屏東高樹鄉荖濃溪河床 驚見男乾屍
A man riding a scooter was recently attacked by a dog. The dog belonged to a local policeman 警察養的狗突竄出害男摔車 備案另一當事人竟寫 "狗"
The honorary head of the hospital in Donggang recently traveled to Gaoshu to disburse a pension to those over 90 years of age. 高樹敬老金90歲以上人6千元 蘇清泉陪同鄉長王樹圍發放
3. Sandimen Township 三地門鄉
Highway 31 leading to Da She Village in Sandimen Township has been difficult to maintain. At the request of the township office a toll will be exacted from motorists visiting the area. 三地門鄉 "屏專6線" 未來探訪大社部落擬收費
The Sandimen Township Office recently postponed its annual harvest festival due to coronavirus-related concerns. 屏東縣三地門鄉收穫節暨第68屆全鄉運動會活動記者會
Over 1.19 million was distributed to the elderly in Sandimen by their township office. 九九重陽節關懷長者 , 三地門鄉核發敬老金
4. Wutai Township 霧台鄉
Vehicles visiting Wutai's Hayou Creek will have to undergo a safety inspection, and those visiting will have to pay a fee. I've got to say, that picture in the article really hurts my eyes. Can you really call a place an "ecological and cultural area" if people are doing that? 霧台鄉哈尤溪遊程載客車輛須合法 屏東監理站將排班攔查
A symposium on corruption was recently held in Wutai. The Pingtung County Government has been working hard to root out corruption in the area. I wish them the best of luck. 霧台鄉長引領話廉政 防貪廉能入偏鄉
The Pingtung County Government is attempting to ease restrictions on turning traditional slate houses into homestays. 30 of these slate houses have recently been declared legal. 結構安全鑑定取代 石板屋民宿鬆綁
5. Jiouru Township 九如鄉
The Jiouru Police Bureau, which is a sub-bureau of the Ligang Police Bureau, recently convened a community safety meeting in Jiouru's Yu Shui Village. 里港分局九如鄉玉水社區治安座談會
After quarantine restrictions were lifted in the area, the Paper Windmill 368 Children's Art Project held performances in Linbian, Jiouru and Lamay Island. 紙風車368兒童藝術工程 屏東巡演3場 林邊 , 九如 , 琉球
Police in Jiouru fined the owners/operators of buses carrying children to local cram schools. The buses were carrying too many students. 屏東幼童車攔檢 違規率6成
6. Yanpu Township 鹽埔鄉
Police held another community safety meeting in Yanpu's Yan Bei Community. 屏縣警里港分局辦理鹽埔鄉鹽北社區治安座談會
Wild ginger flowers are abundant in Yanpu. Recently a cooking demonstration was held there to help demonstrate possible culinary applications of this flower. Wild ginger flower sausages sound pretty good to me. 鹽埔鄉新圍社區 野薑花料理觀摩
A member of Yanpu's Mediation Committee recently received an award from the Pingtung County Government. I'm not entirely sure what this Mediation Committee does. 鹽埔調委會主席陳世軒 喬案好犀利
7. Pingtung City 屏東市
Awards were handed out for a new line of local goods in Pingtung City. County Magistrate Pan Meng-an was on hand to do the handing out. 2020屏東十大伴手禮 快來一起 "打包帶走"
Here's an article introducing local tourist sites. Some of them really didn't need the introduction, others were new to me. 屏東原來這麼文青！十大必遊兩天一夜輕旅行
Not fancy enough for you? Here's an article from Taiwan Vogue introducing some of the same places, but in a much more pretentious manner. 尋味地圖 / 還停留在屏東的舊想像? 七家美炸IG的 "屏東市風格小店" , 還不快收藏起來!
8. Chang Jr Township 長治鄉
The Pingtung Bureau of Cultural Affairs recently consulted a Chang Jr local on the medicinal uses of local plants. This was done with an eye toward using them for commercial purposes. 客庄常見植物做香氛 長治照顧站長者樂學
Several government officials visited an army training facility recently, observed the trainees' progress, and exhorted them to get the most from their training. 長治鄉長探視役男 勉勵子弟充實自我
Chang Jr Township will install a new broadcast system this year. Apparently a local woman's radio show is very popular in that area. 長治鄉村里廣播系統完成更新
9. Linluo Township 麟洛鄉
All of the households in Linluo (about 4000) have been equipped with a transmitter that helps them contact local emergency services. 屏東縣麟洛鄉全鄉近四千戶裝住警器 即時預防火警
Speaking of corruption, a former head of Linluo Township was recently accused of illegally shifting a group of seedlings from public to private use. He was later exonerated. 涉將1030株苗木據已有 前麟洛鄉長逆轉重判8年
Is Linluo that bad? There are other accusations of bribe-taking in that township. A disciplinary committee suspended two former township heads as a result. 屏東麟洛兩前任鄉長都收賄 公懲會判撤職
10. Jhutian Township 竹田鄉
In Jhutian former betel nut farms have switched over to growing lemons. They are now working hard to promote this local product. 屏東竹田鄉9成檸檬有履歷 農會辦促銷活動
The Jhutian Township Office, which has many Hakka residents, is working hard to provide services in the Hakka language. 穿制服、拚認證 屏縣公所各自出招推客語
Jhutian has joined some kind of "international slow city alliance" in the hope of boosting tourism there. Apparently the "slow city" concept has something to do with "slow food". 屏東竹田鄉加入國際慢城 發展深度觀光
11. Neipu Township 內埔鄉
Both Mei He Institute of Technology and the Pingtung University of Science and Technology are located in Neipu. Due to the frequency of traffic accidents among college students there, the local police are using various methods to make the roads in that area safer. 大學生新鮮人「撞」況多 內埔分局加強執法
Last year Neipu got a new ossuary/columbarium.(1) The one there recently won an award from the Ministry of the Interior. In case you're wondering, a lot of potentially productive land in Pingtung County is occupied by cemeteries. Reclaiming this land is one of the County Government's less often stated goals. 煉金有一套 屏東內埔公共造產工作競賽奪冠
The Neipu Township Office is also working toward offering more services in the Hakka language. 推動客語通行語 內埔鄉長帶頭考初級認證
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NOTE 1: I'm new to the area, so I let the Google News algorithm do its thing. In the future (maybe after "North #2") I may be more selective. As it is I passed over the local township and municipality offices, and also the local police bureaus as sources of news.
NOTE 2: Some sites, like Hakka TV, change the web addresses of their news reports a lot. If a link leads you to the wrong place this is why.
1. An ossuary is a place for storing bones, while a columbarium is a place for storing ashes. I'm not sure which this building is. Part of my confusion results from the fact that I don't know what County Government policy is regarding the exhumation of human remains from local cemeteries. Do they then cremate the bones? Or do they transport the bones to an ossuary? With recently deceased people the policy is fairly transparent, but as older remains are sometimes transported to these places I can't be sure.