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12-Aug-16, 13:06
John O' Groat Journal headlines for August 12, 2016

THE equipment for the new Wick High School has been slammed as inadequate and incomplete despite a promise of 95,000 for equipment and 20,000 for books. Iain Baikie, chairman of the school's parent council, is still concerned the budget to kit out the new 48.5 million building is not high enough and claims parents and pupils are being undersold.

A FORD Fiesta is being raffled to help Friends of Thor raise 36,000 for a trike track to be built in the garden area of Thor House. The track will have a special surface to make it safer for the specially-adapted trike and wheelchair users of the Thurso facility, to get around.

HARD-TO-FILL GP vacancies in Caithness could soon benefit from a new government initiative which is offering "golden" incentives to junior doctors to work at remote practices.

The Scottish Government has started a drive to create 100 new GP training places with some of those having a 20,000 incentive for trainees who choose to take up post in remote and rural locations.

THE new owners of the Castle Arms Hotel have hit the ground running, with the establishment being fully booked since they took over the business. Michael and Margaret Kelly said they've had no problems finding guests during the tourist season and have been inundated, since reopening the hotel this summer.

A NEW charity aiming to raise the profile of the county's young people, who have been, or are in care, is holding a fundraising fun day for them. Friends of Annie was set up six months ago with the purpose of supporting the youngsters and raising money to provide a fund to back them up for their future.

CAITHNESS Chocolate is celebrating winning an award from a group which describes itself as the Oscars of the food industry. The Wick multi-award-winning business entered the filled chocolates category of the Great Taste Awards and was chosen as a winner with its passion fruit chocolates.

HOUSEHOLDERS using Wick's recycling centre in a van, pick-up truck, sign-written vehicle or trailers, will have to complete a waste declaration form before visiting the site or face being turned away as the council targets commercial use. The move, approved by the community services committee, aims to eliminate illegal practice from commercial operators increasing recycling and improving skip availability at peak time for householders.

A BELGIAN company is to take an active role in the MeyGen tidal energy development in the Pentland Firth after acquiring a financial stake in the project. Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering, has paid 2m for a share in Tidal Power Scotland Ltd which is owned by Atlantis Resources, the company behind MeyGen.

WICK GROATS celebrated clinching five league championships in a row as they defeated their closest rival, Pentland United, to lift the title with two games to spare. Despite going behind to an early goal at Upper Bignold, Groats stormed back to take the lead before half-time and never looked like relinquishing the advantage. The final score: 2-1.