John O Groat headlines for October 3, 2014

A CAITHNESS councillor has hit out at the lack of progress on the new Wick High School campus which is due to open in August 2016. Wick Highland councillor Bill Fernie is concerned about the ongoing delays to the project,the cost of which has gone up by £5 million to £43.6 million.

“A VICTORY for commons sense” is how a far north Highland councillor greeted the unexpected U-turn by Police Scotland over officers carrying guns on routine patrol. Deidre Mackay, the leader of the Caithness and Sutherland area committee, welcomed the change of policy announced on Wednesday, which means specialist armed police officer will only be deployed to incidents involving firearms or where there is a threat to kill.

A CAITHNESS man is “disgusted” that a Wick to Aberdeen flight he booked with Eastern Airways, was cancelled due to low passenger numbers. Joshua Miller hit out at the “disappointing service” provided by the airline and said it was the third time he had suffered such a fate.

ONE of New Zealand’s top sports personalities, eventer Blyth Tait is coming to Caithness this month to share his coaching skills with local riders. BHS Scotland is delighted to be presenting a one-day clinic with Blyth, winner of four Olympic medals and four gold world championship medals, at the indoor riding school at Halkirk, on Friday October 17

EVERYONE seems to be getting behind North of Scotland Newspapers’ Fly the Flag for Caithness campaign, according to a Thurso community councillor. Mike Potts said it just “made sense” for the county to have its own flag as he gave his own support for Caithness to become the first mainland county in Scotland to have its colours.

THE Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is on the hunt for a company to build its nuclear industry archive in Caithness. The £17 million project, earmarked for land near Wick John O’ Groats Airport, will provide long-term secure storage for masses of records and other papers relating to operations of civil sites dating from the 1940s.

A LIMOUSIN cross bullock from W & I Gunn, Mursa, Bower, took the honours in the pre-sale show of 1,179 store cattle at Aberdeen and Northern Marts Caithness Livestock centre at Quoybraes on Monday.

REIDS of Caithness was among the big cookies to be recognised as among the top performing companies in the Highlands, at the second Highland Business Awards. The Thurso bakers firm picked up Exporter of the Year award due to its phenomenal success in delivering their range of baking products across the world into lucrative markets.

WICK ACADEMY could climb to just two points off top spot in the Scottish Highland Football League if they beat Strathspey Thistle in Grantown this weekend. With the top four in Scottish cup second round action, Academy could take advantage, and jump into third place in the table with a win at Seafield Park.