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Val Sweeney is an award-winning and experienced journalist. Having worked on several newspapers in the north of England in various roles as a reporter and feature writer, she joined the Inverness Courier in 2001.

Lessons to be learned after police watchdog investigation into Highland firearms incident

26 February 2024
Lessons to be learned after police watchdog investigation into Highland firearms incident

Lessons to be learned after police watchdog investigation into Highland firearms incident

26 February 2024

A police watchdog has highlighted lessons to be learned following an investigation into a firearms incident in the Highland capital.


Popular Black Isle Tattie Day provides chance to grow your own potatoes

26 February 2024
Popular Black Isle Tattie Day provides chance to grow your own potatoes

Popular Black Isle Tattie Day provides chance to grow your own potatoes

26 February 2024

The popular Black Isle Tattie Day will be back at North Kessock Village Hall on Saturday March 2.


PICTURES: Cuppas and conversation bring community together at Highland shopping centre

24 February 2024
PICTURES: Cuppas and conversation bring community together at Highland shopping centre

PICTURES: Cuppas and conversation bring community together at Highland shopping centre

24 February 2024

Ross-shire visitors were amongst those coming together for a chat and entertainment at an inaugural community coffee morning in a shopping centre.


PICTURES: 'Remembering Ron' – lighting up the night in tribute to Mikeysline founder

23 February 2024
PICTURES: 'Remembering Ron' – lighting up the night in tribute to Mikeysline founder

PICTURES: 'Remembering Ron' – lighting up the night in tribute to Mikeysline founder

23 February 2024

The life of the man who founded Highland mental health charity, Mikeysline, has been celebrated at a memorial event in Inverness.


Children's bereavement charity receives £1560 donation thanks to singers' epic performance

11 February 2024
Children's bereavement charity receives £1560 donation thanks to singers' epic performance

Children's bereavement charity receives £1560 donation thanks to singers' epic performance

11 February 2024

A charity which helps bereaved children in the Highlands has received £1560 thanks to an epic performance by choral singers.


PICTURES: Behind-the-scenes as Inverness Castle project makes good progress

10 February 2024
PICTURES: Behind-the-scenes as Inverness Castle project makes good progress

PICTURES: Behind-the-scenes as Inverness Castle project makes good progress

10 February 2024

Amid towers of scaffolding and stacks of construction materials, work is gathering pace at the very heart of Inverness Castle.


Breast cancer survivor joins chemotherapy buddy for Inverness catwalk fundraiser

09 February 2024
Breast cancer survivor joins chemotherapy buddy for Inverness catwalk fundraiser

Breast cancer survivor joins chemotherapy buddy for Inverness catwalk fundraiser

09 February 2024

Guidance teacher Sandra Patience will be among the models taking part in tomorrow's Catwalk for a Cause fundraiser for end-of-life care.


Further travel woes as Highland roads closed following heavy rain

05 February 2024
Further travel woes as Highland roads closed following heavy rain

Further travel woes as Highland roads closed following heavy rain

05 February 2024

Motorists are being warned of various road closures in the Highlands following heavy rain.


Former whisky boss hopes to use business experience at Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

04 February 2024
Former whisky boss hopes to use business experience at Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

Former whisky boss hopes to use business experience at Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

04 February 2024

After a 38-year career in the whisky industry, Graham Hutcheon is taking on a new challenge – chairman of Highland mental health charity, Mikeysline.


Why we should all take time to talk and listen

01 February 2024
Why we should all take time to talk and listen

Why we should all take time to talk and listen

01 February 2024

"We should never underestimate the ability to change lives by being there for others," says Highland councillor.


New strong wind weather warning issued for Highlands

29 January 2024
New strong wind weather warning issued for Highlands

New strong wind weather warning issued for Highlands

29 January 2024

Strong winds could bring disruption to the Highlands during Wednesday.


Delays to train services between Inverness and Wick

29 January 2024
Delays to train services between Inverness and Wick

Delays to train services between Inverness and Wick

29 January 2024

Train passengers are being warned of delays on services between Inverness and Wickl this morning due to severe weather.


Train services remain suspended in wake of Storm Jocelyn

24 January 2024
Train services remain suspended in wake of Storm Jocelyn

Train services remain suspended in wake of Storm Jocelyn

24 January 2024

Train services in Scotland remain suspended this morning until the rail lines have been checked in the wake of Storm Jocelyn.


Roads in Highlands still affected by fallen trees following Storm Isha as another weather warning issued

22 January 2024
Roads in Highlands still affected by fallen trees following Storm Isha as another weather warning issued

Roads in Highlands still affected by fallen trees following Storm Isha as another weather warning issued

22 January 2024

Several roads in the Highlands remain affected by fallen trees and debris following fierce winds as Storm Isha hit the UK last night.


Police Scotland warns drivers to avoid travel as Storm Isha brings overnight disruption

22 January 2024
Police Scotland warns drivers to avoid travel as Storm Isha brings overnight disruption

Police Scotland warns drivers to avoid travel as Storm Isha brings overnight disruption

22 January 2024

Police Scotland has warned drivers to travel only if necessary after Storm Isha brought strong winds overnight.


Teams working to restore electricity to customers in Highlands following Storm Isha

22 January 2024
Teams working to restore electricity to customers in Highlands following Storm Isha

Teams working to restore electricity to customers in Highlands following Storm Isha

22 January 2024

Teams from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution are working to restore power to customers in the north of Scotland.


Highland schools closed in wake of Storm Isha

22 January 2024
Highland schools closed in wake of Storm Isha

Highland schools closed in wake of Storm Isha

22 January 2024

Thousands of pupils across the Highlands will miss school today in the wake of Storm Isha.


Scot Rail services remain suspended in Highlands due to Storm Isha

22 January 2024
Scot Rail services remain suspended in Highlands due to Storm Isha

Scot Rail services remain suspended in Highlands due to Storm Isha

22 January 2024

No train services are running this morning in Scotland until rail lines have been inspected as Storm Isha hit the UK.


Can you help solve mystery of tragic young RAF gunner from Highlands killed 70 years ago?

21 January 2024
Can you help solve mystery of tragic young RAF gunner from Highlands killed 70 years ago?

Can you help solve mystery of tragic young RAF gunner from Highlands killed 70 years ago?

21 January 2024

In a tranquil spot overlooking the Normandy coast lies the final resting of a young RAF gunner from Inverness who was killed in a wartime operation.


'No let up' in A9 dualling project, vows Transport secretary in committee evidence

20 January 2024
'No let up' in A9 dualling project, vows Transport secretary in committee evidence

'No let up' in A9 dualling project, vows Transport secretary in committee evidence

20 January 2024

There will be no let up in the plan to complete the dualling of the A9, Scotland's Transport Secretary has vowed.


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