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Countdown pulls out of Westport

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News Westport's Countdown supermarket is reverting to a Fresh Choice and returning to local ownership and operation. Westport couple Graeme and Katrina Walsh will take over at the end of this month. Mr Walsh and his brothers Reece and Murray owned the same store then a Fresh Choice from 1996 to 2005. Mr Walsh said this week that he...

Taramakau Bridge progressing

The temporary extension platform which will be used for the construction of the new Taramakau Bridge is a new addition on the river. The temporary structure will run parallel with the old bridge while the new one is under construction, and will allow the large crane to be used to drive in the piles.

Man who assaulted woman escapes jail

Joshua James Mears escaped a prison sentence when he appeared for sentencing in the Greymouth District Court yesterday for burglary, assault, intentional damage, theft, breach of bail, and assaulting a female. Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Mears had spent the past seven weeks in custody and had spent most of that time in his cell thinking about what he had done. "This...

Three more in Cera probe

Auckland Three more names have been put forward for investigation following the referral of two former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority employees to the Serious Fraud Office. Gerard Gallagher and Simon Nikoloff along with Murray Cleverley were investigated by Solicitor-General Michael Heron, QC, with the findings released yesterday. Mr Heron found Mr Gallagher and Mr Nikoloff had committed serious misconduct in relation to...

Westland Racing Club says alcohol rules sorted

Brendon McMahon The Westland Racing Club says "mixed messages" around granting liquor licences for the Hokitika races and other local events have largely been cleared up. This follows a meeting on Friday with the West Coast police area commander Inspector Mel Aitken, alcohol licensing officials and the West Coast medical officer of health Dr Cheryl Brunton. Westland Racing Club president Gray Eatwell...

Stocking up for winter

Suburbs Rugby League Club member Harvey Tacon helps a customer load her car boot with wood on Saturday. The club was selling trailer loads of wood for $50 and car boots full for $10 as part of a club fundraiser. The fundraiser drew a steady stream of customers to the loadout at the Top 10 Holiday Park at Karoro....

Mussel bacteria identified

Becky Manawatu of the Westport News The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has identified the bacteria which may have contributed to the death of a large number of mussels at Cape Foulwind. The dead mussels were found early last month by Waimangaroa fisherman Larry Wixon. The bacteria vibrio splendidu was found in mussel samples sent to Wellington by Mr Wixon, MPI's aquatic and environmental...

Firearms threat ends in arrest

Teresa Smith of the Westport News Armed police swooped on a Gladstone Street, Westport, property on Sunday afternoon after a man was threatened with a gun. They arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him with threatening to kill, presenting a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was to appear in the Greymouth District Court today. A police spokeswoman said police were still...

Ratepayers pay to save gallery

Brendon McMahon All Grey district ratepayers will have to pay "the cost of a cup of coffee" to strengthen the 88-year-old Left Bank Art Gallery, in Greymouth. The Grey District Council says that will meet the cost of servicing a loan on the estimated $330,000 pricetag for earthquake strengthening, and is on top of the $70,000 ratepayers already pay each year...

Jackson, husband part ways

New York Pop star Janet Jackson has split up with her Qatari businessman husband just three months after giving birth to her first child, according to media reports. People magazine, Us Weekly and Entertainment Tonight all said sources had confirmed that Jackson, 50, and Wissam Al Mana had broken up after five years of marriage. Representatives for the singer declined to confirm...
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