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By Ali Morrison

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From the newspaper of August 8, 1997

Highland councillors gave their unanimous support on Wednesday for a new golf course management training centre to be established at Ross House, Dornoch, the former girls' hostel. It will mean Sutherland, with its seven golf courses including Royal Dornoch and the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, will be recognised as being a major golfing development area, challenging Fife as Scotland's golfing mecca. The centre was the idea of Dornoch Provost Duncan Allan, whose wife Alison is ladies captain at Royal Dornoch. He suggested the idea to Thurso College principal Ray Murray 18 months ago, who took the concept on board.

A REMOTE one-track Sutherland road was closed all day on Saturday after an articulated lorry went off the verge and landed on its side. A complicated operation was launched in the early hours of the morning to retrieve the fish barrels from the back of the lorry and transfer them to another vehicle. The accident happened at 4am near Altass between Invershin and Rosehall on the A837 Lochinver Road.


From the newspaper of August 4, 1972

An Inverness firm of caterers want to build a restaurant at Lochinver - on top of a stores already erected by the county council near their pier. Mr D. McBain, convener, told the planning committee recently that they should accept this firm's application for this site, subject to agreement with final details. But Mr John Mackintosh, Dornoch, while welcoming the proposed restaurant, pointed out that this was an outside company building on top of council property. Planning permission for the project was approved.

Sutherland County Council, along with other interested Northern local authorities, are to carry out a study, "on as wide a background as possible, on the desirability of bridging the Dornoch Firth at Meikle Ferry". This important step forward was reported to the council at their meeting at Dornoch last Monday by their clerk, Mr J. B. Rodger, who explained that the Scottish Development Department had now given their approval for this to be done.


From the newspaper of August 3, 1922

A MOTOR accident of a most distressing nature, resulting in the death of a young daughter of Mr and Mrs D. H. Donaldson, occurred at Bridgend, on the Mound road, on Thursday afternoon. Mr Donaldson had taken his wife and family to picnic in Skelbo Glen and accompanied by his third daughter Nell, a bright and attractive child of five years, he had crossed the road and gone into the cottage beside the bridge for water, when a large car passed and struck the child so seriously that she died half an hour afterwards.

There is enough money in hand to complete the war memorial tower at Brora, Mr John Ross, chairman of Clyne War Memorial Committee, said at a general meeting held in the village. The meeting unanimously agreed to erect a clock on the memorial tower and to make suggestions as to what steps should be taken to raise the additional funds required. It would cost from £250 to £300 to put a suitable electric driven and chiming clock on the tower.

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