John O' Groat Journal headlines for May 27, 2016

PARENTS and councillors are looking for assurances that Noss School is safe to re-enter, after a burst hot water pipe flooded corridors and classrooms forcing an evacuation on Tuesday. The 15.4 million Wick primary, which had only been open for 41 days until Monday, is shut until Monday while tests are carried out.

A LOCAL drug and alcohol forum yesterday welcomed new rules banning the sale of so-called legal highs. However, support workers in the far north have reserved judgement on whether or not the law will make a difference, after reporting the use of "legal" highs in Caithness is on the rise.

A HUGE crowsd turned out to enjoy and support the launch of a new coastal walking initiative. Those attending the event to mark the opening of the John O Groats Traill were filled with enthusiasm and inspiration about the prospects for the concept.

THE 19 groups asking the public for their votes to hand them a share of 30,000 have been named by Highland Council. Your Cash Your Caithness is putting power in the public's hands to decide which organisations, will benefit from money made available for local good causes.

BUS passenger Simeon Costello is set to go on the ride of a lifetime as he will be filming a documentary of himself attempting to travel from one end of the country to another. The freelance director will head to John O Groats this summer and attempt to reach Land's End using only public transport for his first documentary, called Bus Stories.

CAITHNESS is to play its part in raising awareness of health and wellbeing, by looking at alternative ways to live with the return of a festival aimed at body, mind and spirit.

HALKIRK is gearing up for its first-time hosting of the battle of 10 strongmen to be crowned this year's World Highland Games champion. The honour of providing the venue for the eagerly- awaited competition, comes on the 130th anniversary of the village's games on July 30 in Recreation Park.

CAMPAIGNERS, who want farmers to be able to shoot ravens without a special licence, say they have had productive talks with the licensing body. Calling for Raven Control met representatives of Scottish Natural Heritage in Caithness, earlier this months, when they visited five farms which were affected by lamb losses from raven attacks.