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16-May-14, 16:51
John O Groat headlines for May 16

THE cost of the new Wick High School campus has gone up by 5 million to 46.6 million and the projected handover has been delayed by three months. That is what Highland Council's education, children and adult services committee will hear at a meeting in Inverness on Wednesday. A paper - written by education official, Ron MacKenzie - states the revised cost of the new high school and primary complex has increased from 38.674 million to 43.681 million - a rise of 12.9 per . The cost of the new primary which will amalgamate Pulteneytown Academy and South schools, has also increased from 14.5 million to 14.797 million - a rise of 297,000..

BEING left in tears was not what a woman expected when she called the Scottish Ambulance Service for help to get to her hospital appointment. Helen Budge had a knee replacement operation nearly three weeks agao and, last Friday, was scheduled to see the physiotherapist at Caithness General Hospital. On finding herself without any way of getting to Wick from her home at Mid Clyth, she called the SAS's patient transport service to request a lift. Mrs Budge is shocked and upset by the way she was treated by the woman at the other end of the phone.

CAITHNESS footballer Gary Mackay-Steven could create a little bit of history tomorrow afternoon. He is expected to be in the Dundee United team to play St Johnstone at Parkhead in Glasgow in the final of the Scottish Cup. If named in the team, he will be the first player from the far north to appear in the final of a major tournament.

A MELVICH man's search for an elusive puma will continue as he gathers evidence of the beast being blamed for a catalogue of sheep deaths. Chester Kelly has an estate at Strathy forest and a couple of years ago began hearing corfters' tales of adult sheep carcasses being found stripped to the bone in incidents which had clearly happened overnight. The intrigue got the better of him and he has been keeping a tab on any possible big cat happenings he hears, in a bid to solve the puzzle.

MOTORISTS are taking advantage of the fact there are no traffic wardens patrolling the streets of Wick by parking illegally and posing a danger to people's lives. That's according to Wick community councillors who have voiced their concern over inconsiderate drivers who park on double yellow lines and hold up traffic by obscuring the vision of ongoming traffic. Bill Fernie confirmed the council is no longer recruiting new traffic wardens but if is decided to in the future, other areas of the budget may have to suffer. He said: "It's not a mandatory thing and, since there are budgets involved, Highland Council will have no plans to bring back traffic wardens because there is no budget for them."

EXCITEMENT is building in Wick's Argyle Square as an array of development plans for the area from a team of students is set to arrive. Nine groups of Robert gordon University youngsters have been working on a project which started when Argyle Square Area Association invited them up to bring some fresh ideas for something new in the space.