Caithness Courier headlines for February 25
PLANS to provide out-of-hours cover at Caithness General Hospital seem to have suffered a setback after it was confirmed local GPs will not be taking part. But yesterday, NHS Highland insisted "the proposed model was never reliant on local GPs". However, as reported in the John O Groat Journal earlier this month, a letter was sent to Caithness doctors asking if they would be willing to help out, expecially on Tuesday and Wednesday nights between 6pm and 8am.

HOW would you like to design the first official, modern-day, flag of Caithness which will be flown from building and landmarks across the county? Here is your chance. following the successful Fly the flag for Caithness campaign, by North of Scotland Newspapers, Caithness will become the first mainland county in Scotland to have its own flag.

A FAR north Highland councillor has reinforced calls for area business forums not to be held in private after a committee chairman urged his colleagues not to raise concerns about their local communities at a public meeting. Thurso member, Donnie Mackay, understood why the request was made by Thomas Prag at the latest planning development and infrastructure committee and acknowledged "meetings would go on until 6 o'clock if everyone was discussing their public toilets".

DUKE of Edinburgh students are in danger of waving adios to their dreams of spending three weeks in Spain, unless they can find 6000 in the next three months. Wick High School's plans to send nine pupils overseas in June to carry out conservation work, have been left in jeopardy unless it can find the cash.

THE return of the Scottish Community Drama Association's festival of one-act plays was particularly special for a director who's been involved in Caithness amateur dramatics for almost three decades. Director Eric Maughan picked up his first title as his production of A Vist from Miss Prothero was crowned the winner of the two-day event at Thurso High School.

A CAITHNESS fan of The Script won herself a role in the glamour opening of the group's concert in Aberdeen at the weekend. Wendy Mackay was delighted to be given a ticket in the sell-out gig in the citys AECC as a Christmas present. But she ended up helping form "a guard of honour" during the group's glitzy entrance in the stage, after coming up trumps in an online competition.