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23-Jul-14, 17:16
Caithness Courier headlines for July 23, 2014

A PARTY from Wick High School flew back from eastern Europe hours after the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine. The group of 14 pupils, who had been in Belarus on a volunteering stint with an aid charity, were kept in the dark about the tragedy on the first leg of their Friday morning flight from Belarus to Amsterdam from where the doomed airline had set off.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former far north councillor who died suddenly when he apparently took ill while driving his 4 x 4. Crofter Sandy Mackay's body was found partly in the River Naver, after the vehicle tipped on to its side while he was on the single-track Bettyhill to Skelpick road, on Thursday. The 75-year-old, who had a history of heart problems, was tending his sheep when the accident happened.

THREE Caithness athletes will proudly represent their country tonight when they walk out to over 40,000 fans at Celtic Park as part of the commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Rifle ace, Sarah Henderson from Watten along with cyclists Evan Oliphant from Milton and John Paul from Lybster will be among the record 310 athletes that comprise the Scotland team.

OVER 100 residents have donated money towards hiring a planning consultant who will speak for them during a public inquiry involving a proposed 24-turbine wind farm. Reay Area Windfarm Opposition Group has received a four-figure sum to pay for the consultatnt, who will put across their views at the hearing into the Limekiln development.

A NORTH councillor has called for a public debate on the routine arming of police in the Highlands. Caithness and Sutherland area leader Deidre Mackay made the claim after being told that armed officers were seen in a baker's shop in Brora, on July 10.

WORK is about to begin on a state-of-the-art primary in the north of Wick. The first bricks on the new 15.4 million Noss Primary School can be laid after the signing of the main construction contract. The site, at the exisiting North school has already been cleared and ready for the foundations to be dug.

BOYS Brigade officials in Thurso have been left "astonished" and "sick" after thieves stole a four-foot high flagstone fireplace hearth from their historic base in the town which is named after the national founder of the movement. The hearth was removed from the Sir William Smith Memorial Hall at Couper Square, which is currently undergoing a five-figure refurbishment.