Caithness Courier headlines for November 19, 2014

A FAR north sheep farmer has spoken of her devastation at finding nine lambs savaged in a field, leaving something "like a scene from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre". On Saturday morning Angela Pope discovered her seven-month-old Suffolk-cross lambs had been horrifically attacked by what she believes can only be a large wolfdo-type animal leaving four of them dead and two injured.

A CAITHNESS councillor has queried why police took a week to appeal for information about a man seen looking in changing room windows at a Thurso primary school. The incident was reported to the police after the adult looked into the gym hall changing rooms of Miller Academy. the incident occurred about 1.20 on the afternoon of Friday November 7 but it was not until November 14 that an appeal for information about the man was launched by Police Scotland.

SCOTTISH Transport Minister Keith Brown has again underlined his commitment to the speedy conclusion of work to consign the hairpin at Berriedale Braes to history. Mr Brown was speaking prior to the draft road order for the long-awaited A9 improvement being published by Transport Scotland this Friday.

A UNION chief has expressed concern about the low morale of the workforce at Dounreay. During a visit to the site, Grahame Smith, general secretary of the Scotltish Trades Union Congress said the situation was worse than when he was there two years ago.

THE large disparity between the amount of flytipping in Caithness and the number of offenders brought to book, is revealed in the latest figures compiled by Highland Council. Since the beginning of April there have been 165 reports of illegal dumping of rubbish in the county but just seven fixed-penalty notices issues.

PARLEZ-VOUS Anglais? It's not a question residents in Thurso expected to be asked by foreign visitors to the town, despite the broad Caithness accent. But it may be a common question asked to those in the town of the same name in Canada which was founded by immigrants from Thurso, Caithness when they moved across the Atlantic in the 19th centure. Thurso Quebec was founded by a group of Caithness expats who emigrated to North America to start a new life, working in the forestry industry.

THE fear of hitting the road is gone for Wick Academy, according to James More as the Scorries picked up another away win on Saturday to stay top of the Highland League. the goalkeeper played his full part in their 1-0 victory at Deveronvale to help Academy pick up their sixth away win of the season and set up a new club record of 14 league matches unbeaten.