Caithness Courier headlines for May 4, 2016

A DOG owner was yesterday recovering from a vicious attack from a pit bull as she attempted to defend her son's pet dog. Helen MacDonald was taking her son Calum's King Charles spaniel, Brogan, out for an early evening walking on the outskirts of Lybster on Monday, when she said the pit bull ran straight towards her and the other dog.

A SUNKEN crab boat, which claimed the life of a Thurso fisherman and two others, is to be raised from the sea bed. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch wants to salvage the MV Louisa as part of its probe to find out what caused it to founder off the Western Isles last month.

AIR links between the Highlands and Heathrow were reinstated this week following the launch of a new daily service to and from Inverness, operated by British Airways. It comes almost 20 years after the airline suspended the service for commercial reasons and eight years after bmi stopped proving flights on the route.

ROTARIANS in Thurso have been reviewing their achievements over the past year. Under the guidance of their first female president, Heather McLean, members and friends have been very active in fundraising for various causes carrying out community projects and contributing to national and international initiatives.

TRAINSPOTTERS were given a rare treat at the weekend when one of the most famous steam locomotives in the country chugged its way to the far north. The Great Britain IX arrived in Thurso on Sunday afternoon, as part of its nationwide tour across the UK, carrying hundreds of tourists to the most northerly train station on the UK mainland.

STEVE Carr's life was turned upside down when work-related stress resulted in him losing his job and his home, three months ago. It has taken an epic walk from Land's End to John O' Groats to help him recover and set out on a new path in which he is committed to work to support others who have similar issues.

NHS Highland is to become the first health authority in the UK to use a new programme that aims to to help reduce the stress and anxiety levels for mums-to-be and their partners. The Wise Hippo programme uses self-hynosis, relaxation and massage techniques to make couples more relaxed and look forward to the birth.

FINAL preparations are being made at venues across the county which are being turned into polling stations for tomorrow's Holyrood election. Highland Council has confirmed 24 polling stations in Caithness will be open for 15 hours to allow people to decide who they want to elect as MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross.

WICK ACADEMY's under-17s secured the club's first junior title in 15 years with a dominant first half performance to win the SHFL North Division at Upper Bignold Park in Wick. The final score was Wick 3, Clach 0.