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27-Dec-13, 13:55
John O' Groat Journal headlines for December 27, 2013

A THURSO woman has told of her shock at hearing an enormous crash, looking out her living room window and seeing a large chunk of felt from Thurso High School’s roof, stuck in her garden trees. Rosemary Logie’s house in Ormlie Road sits directly opposite the school and on Christmas Eve, the strong winds finally took their toll.

WICK is set to benefit from a plan to reorganise a number of historic small trusts which are currently being administered by Highland Council. The town has a total of just over 48,000 in various charitable funds – the largest figure in the local authority area.


FEARS that a planned, 277-turbine offshore winds farm, potentially worth millions to the Caithness economy may be in danger of being scrapped, have been dismissed as speculation by supporters.

SSE Renewables said, however, it was “carefully assessing” its proposed Beatrice wind farm scheme after it was announced the project had not been named by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in its list of 10 most affordable projects to receive 4.5 billion of subsidies.


MIXED messages coming from the Scottish Government about commercial pharmacies are “wholly unacceptable” to the people of Castletown and Canisbay who are “right to feel aggrieved at their situation.” That is the view of Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant who criticised Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil over his handling of the matter. She and fellow Labour MSP, David Stewart, have been in dialogue with the minister regarding pharmacy applications, since August.


HUNDREDS of people turned out to support Skinandi’s Santa Sesh at the weekend and they were thrilled with the entertainment. Sunday saw the Thurso nightclub packed full of families to enjoy themselves and determined to help fund-raise for the town’s Christmas lights fund.


A FINANCE chief has warned that Highland Council is facing up to the toughest economic pressure he has known in 25 years. Derek Yule, the local authority’s finance director said the public sector’s financial climate was the hardest he had experienced to his career. His bleak warning came as 80 millions worth of cuts looms on the horizon after 2015.



DAVIE Allan is to make his return for Wick Academy ahead of the first north derby tomorrow as the Scorries attempt to win for the first time in six games. Manager Barry Wilson doesn’t like to single out individual players but admitted his team has felt the absence of the former Elgin City player after losing four out of five games.