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Rest home fire call-out wakes suburb

An early morning fire call to Granger House today resulted in 12 people being evacuated, and the Cobden fire siren waking many Greymouth and Cobden people.

Bealey Hotel closes

The Bealey Hotel, a historic coach stop on the road to the West Coast since the 1860s, has shut the doors.

Goldminers post $20,000 reward

Worried West Coast goldminers have posted a $20,000 reward in a bid to catch the thieves behind a space of gold heists, break-ins and vandalism of at least six claims in the past week.

Body found on remote beach

West Coast police launched an inquiry today after a body was found on a remote beach near Ross.

Warning after fake $50 note circulated

A Greymouth retailer has warned other businesses to be alert after someone tried to pass over a counterfeit $50 note this morning.

Greymouth link to cold case

A man murdered execution-style near Ross in 1998 was possibly killed by someone with gang affiliations, television show Cold Case said last night, while also revealing whispers of a beating in Greymouth.

Thieves target for goldmines, tip truck

The hunt is on for thieves who struck at four remote goldmining sites in the Goldsborough area overnight, stealing gold and leaving a trail of damage running into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Thousands book hut on new great walk

The new Paparoa Track has got off to a strong start with thousands of bed nights booked -- six months before the track even opens. 

Metservice to change Coast weather forecasts

After years of complaints that weather forecasts for the West Coast are putting off visitors, the Metservice has confirmed a series of changes intended to narrow down its forecasting.

Former Greymouth Evening Star editor dies

Former long-serving editor of the Greymouth Evening Star, Frank Neate, died peacefully on Saturday at his home in Australia. He was 91.
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