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04-Apr-14, 19:49
John O' Groat Journal headlines for April 4

A PROPOSED 3.2million scheme to carry out long-awaited improvements to Berriedale Braes is "the best feasible option" according to a community councillor. Neil Buchanan, who chairs Dunbeath and Berriedale Community Council, said yesterday the plan would help traffic flow more freely and safely around the north hairpin, on the notorious switchback section of the A9, though he would like to see an overtaking lane installed on the south side of the braes.

HE may only be 18 years old, but Cameron Reid has c ontributed a lot to his community by working in the voluntary sector. To say thank you for all his efforts, the Wick Youth Club chairman was nominated to play an important part in Wick's celebrations of the Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow this summer. The politics, philosophy and economics student has been chosen to be part of the Queen's baton relay in his home town in July.

CONCERNS have been expressed about how waste from across the Highlands being dumped at a Caithness landfill site is affecting the surrounding environment. Herbie Lyall said up to eight lorries a day were thundering past his house to Seater, carrying waste from Skye and Lochalsh, Ross and Cromarty. Along with the extra traffic, he is worried about what type of wate is being dumped at the site which lies only two miles from his home.

PARENTS at three far north coast schools aare furious at being kept in the dark about plans to have them run by a single head after Easter. Parent councils at Farr and Melvich primaries were only notified on Monday, that cluster headteacher Cath Rigby was being transferred to Miller Academy in Thurso, on a temporary basis, to fill the vacant headteacher post for nine weeks after the fortnight break. But, instead of getting a replacement headteacher, the two primary schools will be led by Farr High head, Emma Taylor.

A TWO-DAY seafood festival, aimed at promoting fish as a healthy meal option, proved to be a huge success. More than 300 primary and secondary pupils attended the Seafood in Schools festival at Thurso High School. It's aimed to teach children where seafood came from, why it played an important part in their diet, and how it got to their plates.

A NEW railway station at Inverness airport could be built by 2019 as the First MInister unveiled a 170 million investment in the rail line between the city and Aberdeen. Alex Salmond has confirmed that some of the cash will be ploughed into creating the infrastructure for a new stop at Dalcross on the outskirts of Inverness and described it as being of key economic importance for the HIghlands and Moray.

BETTER together or go it alone? That is the question which will be put to Wick High pupils in a poll, to find out if they believe Scotland should become an independent country. All years will take part in a mock referendum after hearing a debate whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom. On September 18, registered voters from across the country will go to the polls to cast their vote to determine Scotland's future.

PRODUCTION in Caithness's newest whisky distillery is in full swing with its 1000th cask having been filled this week. Wolfburn Distillerery celebrated the four-figure milestone as it prepares to sell its first product on the open market in 24 months. The first whisky cask in Thurso for 136 years was laid down at the company's base at the town's business park in January last year. It was the of 811 during 2013.

WICK ACADEMY will complete their hat-trick of hosting the big spenders when Formartine United come to Harmsworth Park tomorrow. Having narrowly lost to two of their most expensive squads in the league in Brora Rangers and Nairn County, it could be argued the Pitmedden cluy has spent the most money to put together it squad.