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PICTURE SPECIAL: Are you in the picture? Caithness Show delights all who attended spectacular Thurso event

After overnight rain, nobody could deny there was a sense of trepidation in the air as to how the weather would unfold for today’s County Show.

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Highland Council react to being ranked the worst local authority in mainland Scotland

Highland Council has said an analysis that ranks it as the worst local authority in Scotland ‘does not reflect the true picture of Highland’.

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Flight plans hit at Inverness Airport after ‘technical issues’

More than 10 flights have been impacted so far.

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‘TAKE 5!’ with Wick Players youth workshops

Wick Players has decided to run a brand new five-session drama workshop aimed at all youngsters between the ages of 11 and 16.

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Is splitting up Highland Council the solution to improving public services?

The public has been having their say on whether or not they agree Highland Council has the worst public services in mainland Scotland.

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Caithness County Show: SWI members encouraged by membership growth

The SWI tent saw a big rise in baking entries, while secretary Alison Hill also pointed to encouraging signs of rising membership in some institutes.

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More than 1000 Highlanders are ‘handing over their savings in agony’ to access private dental care

Scottish Labour says ‘This is what privatisation looks like – those who can, pay for a private dentist; those who can’t, suffer’

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Caithness County Show: A dazzling display in flower tent

Flower exhibitors managed to produce a dazzling display of colour, with convener Avril Henderson saying: “It’s excellent – everybody is happy.”

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Caithness County Show: Thurso East crowd of nearly 7000 thought to be a record

The 2024 County Show is thought to have attracted a record-breaking attendance, with president Iain Miller saying: ‘It is beyond my wildest dreams.’

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NHS Highland counter fraud services investigate worker

It is believed the man was carrying out duties in Inverness under a false name.

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Caithness County Show: ‘A great array’ in open industrial section

A round-up of results and trophies from the open industrial section of the 181st Caithness County Show held at Thurso East at the weekend.

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Filmmakers running wild across Highlands as ‘first ever’ 48-hour film project begins

The three-day project kicked off at Eden Court yesterday.

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Weather centre at Rumster gets go ahead despite objection

A planning application for an all-weather forest centre at Rumster has been successful despite an objection by a disability group over toilet access.

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PICTURES: Wartime flying boat is welcomed to Wick on 80th anniversary VC tour

A wartime flying boat called in at Wick this week as part of an 80th anniversary tour honouring two pilots who each received the Victoria Cross.

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Highland Business Women Awards’ shortlist selected

Over the coming weeks, each category will be revealed – with an array of cutting-edge businesses and leaders making it to the finals.

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Farming remains Scotland’s deadliest occupation

A new study has revealed that farming remains the most dangerous occupation in Scotland.

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Wick John O'Groats Airport not impacted by worldwide IT outages

Wick John O'Groats Airport has not been impacted by the current worldwide IT outage.

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Parents’ plea to find daughter (29) missing in the Highlands and ‘very vulnerable’

Mary Sweetman from west Wales, is autistic “very vulnerable” according to her parents. Contact was last made with Mary on July 2.

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Fund set to provide rural communities with adverse weather supplies

Homes across Caithness are set to benefit from a UK wide electric distribution fund.

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Deirdre marks 30 years as postmistress at ‘Downreay’ post office

A rural Caithness post office that has been in the same family for more than 110 years is marking another milestone.