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13-Nov-13, 20:54
Caithness Courier headlines for November 13

A THURSO Home Aid manager was sacked because of his inappropriate behaviour towards female staff an employment tribunal heard yesterday. But Stephen Lay claimed he was unfairly dismissed by the organisation and said "people were ganging up on him. The tribunal, at Wick Sheriff Court, heard that Mr Lay admitted he "touched people" but in a reassuring way.

CHILDREN are being put at risk at Keiss claim parents calling on Highland Council to replace the school "lollipop man" before a serious accident occurs. The parents are demanding a temporary road-crossing patrol officer is employed in the wake of the suspension of the current incumbent. For the past three weeks, the crossing at the junction of the A9 and High Street has been unmanned after Hugh McPhee was arrested and charged with historic assault and sexual offences. Sinclair Bay Community Council is unhappy that the local authority has no plans to hire a temporary replacement.

MOST people. who have completed a Land's End to John O' Groats. challenge have undertaken the epic journey on road. But history was made when Sean Conway became the first person to swim between the famous landmarks as he reached dry land after four-and-a-half months at sea. He was given a hero's welcome when he emerged from the Pentland Firth, onto John O' Groats harbour, on Monday afternoon. Speaking moments after being showered in champagne by his backup crew, the 32-year-old said the experience was much toughter than he had imagined but he was determined to complete the challenge.

THE latest school roll figures in Caithness have been released, revealing some schools continuing on a chronic downward slide, but most seeing numbers up on last year. Over the last two decades numbers have fallen sharply but this year's figures, giving rise to hopes that the fall could be levelling off. Figures released by Highland Council show that between 1996 and 2012, all of Thurso's schools witnessed falls in numbers, with Thurso High dropping from the 1008 pupils in 1996 to 837 last year and 802 now.

AN angry Caithness mother yesterday claimed the bus which takes her disabled twin daughters to school, is "an accident waiting to happen". Fiona hit out after the bus broke down for the second time since getting a full service just before the October holidays. "It is pathetic. This bus is not fit for purpose and is an accident waiting to happen" said 44-year-old Mrs McIvor who has been fighting for a replacement bus for the past two years because of problems with the existing one.

THE age-old skills of the thatcher were brought back to life when the Laidhay croft museum in Dunbeath engaged on a 10,000 three-week programme to make one of the county's top tourist attractions wind and water-tight. Skilled thatchers are in such short supply in the north, that the work is being undertaken by Peter Sounesss, a chef by trade, from Loanhead, Edinburgh, who brought rushes with him from Howgate Penicuik.

IN a weekend of Highland League matches which was defined by late winners, Gary Weir's deflected shot, five minutes from time, kept Academy one point behind league leaders Formartine United. The Scorries would have gone top if it wasn't for Mike Ewen's injury time winner for Formartine United against Fraserburgh with fourth place Nairn County needing two late goals to beat Clachnacudding 3-2 at Station Park ahead of their game with Academy this weekend.