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18-Jan-13, 11:03
John O’ Journal headlines for January 18, 2013

ANGRY Thurso residents have urged Highland Council not to award Tesco an extension to planning permission to build a new supermarket in the town, after five years of inaction. The permission the supermarket giant was granted in 2007 for its Ormlie Road site, expired yesterday but it has asked for a three-year extension. However, locals have balked at the idea, given Tesco has already admitted it is considering ditching construction plans and selling off the land.

THE last in a series of controversial nuclear shipments was due to dock at Scrabster, late yesterday afternoon. This is the third of a scheduled 21 trips transporting nuclear waste from Dounreay to the continent, over four years. The shipment, which has been sanctioned by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, is part of a contract to move 153 tonnes of intermediate-level waste to the BR2 reactor at Mol in north-east Belgium.

WICK High has become one of the first schools in the Highlands to get involved in an initiative to try and “promote a sense of responsibility, respect and commitment” within its area. The Youth Philanthropy Initiative was launched at the Caithness school this week. The project began 10 years ago in Canada and now has grown to be so successful, it runs in five countries, according to Wick High depute rector, Rebecca Machin.

NORTHERN Constabulary has been accused of failing to conduct a murder inquiry after a man was found dead in Wick, despite being told to do so. A review has now been ordered into a complaint launched by the family of Kevin McLeod against the Force, claiming it ignored a request from the local procurator fiscal to launch a full-scale investigation into the 24-year-old’s sudden, unexplained, death in February in 1997.

THE Traill Hall in Castletown is an important, historic building and should be saved. That was the finding of a local survey which has just been published. The majority of those who took part, favoured the 19th-century hall being restored as a child care facility but also accommodating a range of other uses. Three options were presented to the public at an event which was held by the Traill Hall Community Trust in October last year.

GARY Weir might be back from down under to ease the striker crisis at Wick Academy, but for manager Barry Wilson it has presented a new problem. Lukasz Geruzel has been one of the club’s stand-out performers in recent weeks, scoring five goals in his last four games to make a very strong case to claim a permanent place in the starting line-up.

AND finally...Caithness photographer James Gunn from Halkirk, has won the Society 2012 Sports Photographer of the Year prize, at the awards dinner held at the Hilton London Metropole.