HELLO and thanks for checking out this introduction to the March 10 edition of the Ross-shire Journal.
Our front page lead is an exclusive revealing serious concerns about staffing shortages which resulted in patients visiting two Ross-shire hospital units being turned away.
Ward councillors in Dingwall meanwhile have united to offer an upbeat portrait of the county town’s High Street, claiming new arrivals will bolster the feel-good factor.
We also report on a talented teenager preparing to shed her locks as a fundraising thank-you to the cancer charity which helped her late granny in her time of need.
A prospective councillor challenges the commonly held view of a remote part of Wester Ross in an opinion piece which is sure to provoke debate.
Also inside this week:
- As a petition against ship-to-ship oil transfer reaches 100,000 signatures, we find out when the fresh application is likely to be tabled.
- An Ullapool minister is unimpressed with a school’s plans to ditch an Easter assembly.
- The mother of an additional-needs boy getting part of his education on the Black Isle says Highland Council is letting down children like him and wants other like-minded parents to make their feelings heard.
- An Evanton woman left in limbo over her state pension despite paying in for 44 years since the age of 16 takes her fight to London.
- On our Journal People page, World Book Day is marked by pupils and teachers, the game of footpool is introduced to Tain and Fortrose runners show a c lean pair of heels to competitors at a very muddy race meet.
- An Invergordon lad’s idea for a fun, fundraising game has been voted a big-hearted hit.
- Who is in the dock? A round-up of local court cases.
- Two prospective Green party candidates hoping to be elected to Ross-shire seats are unveiled.
- The introduction of a £30 annual charge for the brown bin garden waste collection has divided our readers. Find out what they’re saying and see if you agree.
- An Invergordon-based rugby club has scored a £30,000 three-year boost.
- An unannounced swoop on a Wester Ross care home has led to a glowing report.
- Keen amateur photographer Mairi Macaulay roped her niece into one of her recent compositions – and really set the benchmark for others in Cromarty Camera Club. See her image inside.
- A ‘new vision’ for a Black Isle care home will be unveiled next week.
- Fresh life has been breathed into a much-loved old building in Achiltibuie.
- Pupils from days gone by at Kinlochewe Primary feature on our Reflections page.
- SWRI Bulb and Baking show winners take a bow.
- We highlight some of the local success stories at Inverness Music Festival – with more to follow next week.
- Curtis Stigers talks about the importance of family (and paying for his daughter’s college fees!) ahead of a date at Eden Court. We also spotlight a vibrant, sexy Cuban dance company and a an award-winning Scottish comedian who admits he still needs a confidence boost!
- In Active Outdoors, Jenny Gillies takes a walk on the wild side in Findhorn.
- There’s a full round-up of local sport, including cross-country, rugby, golf, curling, darts and shinty.
- Fancy a round off golf for a tenner? Check out our inside back sports page to tee up a tasty selection of deals that’ll get you out on the fairway!
- Can Ross County maintain momentum and and push on for a place back in the top six? We assess feeling within the Staggies’ camp.
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