Timaru Herald top 6: February 11, 2013

Mystery hole sparks online interest

Last updated 11:22 11/02/2013
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MYSTERY PIT: Craighead Diocesan School acting principal Wayne Pahl and Rushton Architects senior draughtsman Dallas Redhead check out the newly discovered well-like hole which was under part of the recently demolished boarding hostel, Shand House.

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England had Richard III - Craighead had a large hole.

No monarch's bones were discovered but the 4.5-metre by 6m hole found under the site of Craighead's old boarding residence, Shand House, was certainly, as acting principal Wayne Pahl said, "fascinating bit of the history of the school", to both school-goers and Timaru Herald readers.

Readers were also interested in a series of reports by Megan Miller giving them insights into the lives of some Timaru teens who live their life on the run.

After a disturbing encounter with a white van driver while she was walking home, Timaru teenager Chyrstal Boyne decided to speak up and warn others.

Other stories which caught online attention included reports of wallaby sightings in Timaru, a destructive car crash in Waimate and miners eyeing up the Mackenzie for coal.

1. Hole mystery uncovered under boarding hostel


Excavators have exposed a hole more than six metres deep after demolishing Shand House at Craighead Diocesan School.


2. On the run: Sth Canty's disappearing children


At least one child goes missing in South Canterbury nearly every week.


3. Warning after woman followed


A creepy early morning encounter with a stranger in a white van has frightened a Timaru teenager.


4. Car crashes into house


The crash that woke Fiona Hislop from sleep early yesterday seemed ripped from the pages of a Hollywood action film script.


5. Miner eyes Mackenzie country


Australian-owned company Bathurst Resources is eyeing up a large section of the South Canterbury hinterland as a potential site for coal mining.


6. Timaru residents report wallaby sightings


An Australian pest has been spotted on the loose in Timaru's urban areas - and no one knows what to do about it.

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