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14-Feb-14, 10:29
John O' Groat Journal February 14, 2014


TWO Highland MSPs are looking to keep the heat on, with the campaign to give Caithness its own postcode. Rhoda Grant and David Stewart have requested a meeting with Thurso community council, later this month, to discuss how to move forward with their proposal to scrap the KW (Kirkwall) postcode in the north Highlands.


THE family of a young man found dead last September says a public campaign to find out the truth about his death, is producing fresh information. Stefan Sutherland's body was found on the Occumster shoreline after he had been missing for 10 days. His family believed his death was no accident and have been encouraging witnesses to come forward with any information which could lead to them finding out what happened.


THE loss of any tourist offices in the far north would be disastrous for the area according to a Highland councillor. Landward Caithness representative Willie Mackay hit out, yesterday, after it was confirmed a major review of the network is to be carried out. The move follows cuts to VisitScotland's budgets and the advent of new technology which means people can get information online or on smartphones.


PEOPLE in Castletown have the "Sword of Damocles" hanging over them as they await a decision on a controversial plan to set up a pharmacy in the village. That is the view of Brenda Herrick who chairs the local community council which has been leading the campaign against the proposal. She hopes the application from Glasgow businessman Sanjay Majhu will be refused. The go-ahead would result in the closure of the GP dispensaries in Castletown and Canisbay and the loss of 19 jobs as well as endangering the future of the doctors' surgeries in both places.


A GRANT of more than 17,000 has been awarded to the Dunbeath Centre to help it run a programme to encourage the elderly to use the latest technology. The money has been provided by the People's Health Trust - part of the Health Lottery - and will enable the centre to develop its long-term strategy of improving social inclusion through community-based activities. The grant of 17,255 will run for two years.


A QUALIFIED masseur is keen for people to know Caithness has a Bowen therapist although many will have no idea what that is. Martin Shepherd gave up massage to become a stay-at-home dad but recently decided he wanted to return to relaxing and healing people although using a different skill. The Bowen technique is an alternative type of bodywork named after Australian Thomas Bowen. It involves gently rolling motions along the muscles and tendons of the body, with pauses incorporated into the treatment to allow the body to reset itself.


STUDENTS are to get the chance to redesign Wick's Argyle Square in a new project to improve its look. Robert Gordon University is sending 25 of its students from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment to the town on Sunday following a request from the Argyle Square Area Association for some help and new ideas.


IT is argued Thurso is the town where break dancing was first introduced Scotland. In the 1960s, American servicemen stationed at the US naval base at Murkle, were believed to have made the town the birthplace of Scottish street dancing. Fifty years on, a Caithness-based street dance group is now considered one of the best in the UK and is also making an impact on the international stage.


AN exhibition of more than 1,300 self-portraits of people who live, work or go to school in Wick, is ready to go on display. The Portrait of Wick exhibition was organised by Hillhead school head teacher Ally Budge, who asked for the other three primaries in the town as well as parents, grandparents, friends neighbours and other community groups to get involved.