Caithness Courier headlines for February 22, 2017

THE death of a young father-of-four in a road accident at John O' Groats, has devastated his family and the community in which he lived. Timothy Humphreys, 34, was hit by a car as he walked to his home in the village, late on Friday evening close to the local fire station and the junction with the A99. He died at the scene.

FORSS Young Farmers are celebrating the success of their ploughing match which attracted plenty of participants who also had a go at the traditional 'ploughathon".

LISTEN to the public is the plea made by Caithness councillors who have urged plans for a 24-turbine wind farm on the outskirts of Reay, be rejected. The North Planning Applications Committee unanimously voted to raise an objection against Infinergy's plans to build Limekiln wind farm, stating the visual impact on the landscape would be unacceptable.

A HALKIRK man is furious at an extra charge he faces for bus journeys to Inverness. Peter Pittock feels bus users in Halkirk, on the X82 connection to Dunbeath, are being forced to pay extra for a reserved seat on the X99 to Inverness.

THE SCOTTISH Government has been criticised for hindering councils, leaving them with an "uphill battle" to balance budgets. Highland councillors hit out at Holyrood, during budget crunch talks last Thursday, as they attempted to fill a 20 million black hole.

PRIMARY six pupils at Newton Park Primary School recently organised a 'Generation Game' fun evening which raised 270 for Diabetes UK.