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28-Aug-13, 13:37
Caithness Courier headlines for August 28
CHEVRON is still operating as normal from its base at Wick John O’ Groats Airport, despite the helicopter crash off Shetland on Friday night. The Chevron base does not use Super Pumas but Eurocopter EC155 helicopters that carry 10 passengers and two crew.
THE iconic sign at John O’ Groats, which has been a feature at the landmark site for nearly 60 years, is being moved at the end of the week. Photographer Peter Dymond has worked at the location for 13 years for Cornwall-based Courtwood Photographic Ltd. He confirmed this week, that he is to move the signpost and photographers’s hut to a new location and will be leasing land from Billy and Clara Steven, owners of the John O’ Groats caravan site.
A COMPUTER science teacher has been nominated for the national TalkTalk Digital Hero award which could see him win 5000 for his school. Wick High’s Chris Aitken was entered for the competition by Apps for Good because he and five teams of pupils from the school, did so well in a nationwide competition in London, in June. Apps for Good involved teams from across Britain designing computer apps to improve the lives of others.
A NEW minister is to be commissioned this week at a Wick Church. The Rev Ross Macaskill will be the first permanent minister at the Associated Presbyterian church for 15 years. The church, long associated with the Rev.R.R. Sinclair - great uncle of Mr Macaskill – was served by interim moderators following the death of Rev Fraser Tallach in 1998.
A CALL is being made for Highland Council to reverse new transport charges which were introduced this year for some pupils. It comes from Landward Caithness councillor Alex MacLeod, who has received “a flood of complaints” from parents, “furious” about the policy. They are unhappy youngsters on concessionary fares have to pay 1 a day or 190 a year, to get back and fore to school.
HOPES that some parts of the Highland which have a population of less than 3000 people, could win exemptions from the controversial “bedroom tax” have emerged. An influential Westminster committee has recommended the spare room subsidy should be lifted, in rural areas in settlements of less than 300 residents, which has been welcomed by two senior Highland councillors.
THE Church of Scotland has come under fire because of controversial advice provided to its clergy who make decisions on Highland schools. Highland Council’s depute leader and the National Secular Society have criticised the Kirk’s guidelines for its members who served on the local authority’s education committee and enjoy voting rights.
THE annual four-day Bettyhill Gala retained its reputation as being one of the busiest and most colourful carnivals on the go, despite some very unsummery weather. The first event was always going to be wet with the competition in the North Coast Leisure Centre pool attracting a good number of swimmers.