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03-Sep-14, 12:39
Caithness Courier headlines for September 3 2014

A FOOTBRIDGE in Wick which left a youngster injured and traumatised after he fell through a hole in its walkway, is in line to be demolished. Caithness Highland councillors want Coghill Bridge at the town's Riverside to be knocked down and replaced on safety grounds. The move comes after seven-year-old Rowan McNeill, of Willowbank, Wick, was taken to hospital when he fell through the century-old bridge in June and his face slammed against the planks.

THE social work base in Thurso's High Street, looks set to be vacated by the end of the month. The building has been share by adult and children's services for many years but as the lease for it is now up, most of the children's section, which is overseen by the Highland Councilwill be moving to Wick.

A CLAIM money raised by Wick Academy Development Fund could go to Staxigoe United Football Club is to be investigated by the Scottish charity regulator, OSCR. It wants "to assess more fully" the allegation which was raised by Academy supporter Dan Mackay. He made four complaints about the way the fund is run.
Three are not being pursued by OSCR but it is to look into the claim relating to Staxigoe United FC.

HOUSE prices in Reay could be "dramatically reduced" if a controversial wind farm to the south of the village, gets the go-ahead. The potential effect on the property market was highlighted by objectors at a special session of a local public inquiry held into the plans to erect 24 turbines on forested land at Limekiln . A lot of people who live in the village, work at Dounreay and may have to move elsewhere for work once the nuclear plant has been decommissioned.

HIGHLAND Council should "get its act together" on school maintenance contracts. That was the claim made by Thurso community councillor, Bob Earnshaw, after hearing that work was carried out at Miller Academy when pupils were back at school. The matter was raised by former community councillor Ian Wright who was at last Tuesday night's meeting. He said new windows were being installed when the children were back at school raather than being done during the summer holidays.

WICK Community Council has given its backing to North of Scotland Newspapers Fly the Flag campaign for Caithness to become the first mainland county in Scotland to have its own flag. Community councillors said having an official flag could boost the county's economy by helping promote local produce as well as raising civic pride.

NEW Wick High School acting rector, Fiona Grant, presided over the school's annual prizegiving. The guest speaker was retired rector Gordon Beveridge who presented the dux medal to Adam Scott. The runner-up, Duncan MacLean, was unable to attend the ceremony.

THE British Horse Society Highland north branch held its annual show at the indoor riding centre in Halkirk in a change of venue due to the weather conditions. The show was sponsored by Achairn Energy and judges for the day were, Jo Jack, Moira Leggat and David Scott Downie.

A SPECIAL church service was held in Wick on Sunday, to mark Merchant Navy Day which remembers the 32,000 members of the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets who gave their lives for their country. Wick's St Fergus Church was filled with those keen to pay tribute, including Caithness Lord Lieutenant, Anne Dunnett and local members of the Air Training Corps, Sea Cadets and Merchant Navy Association.