25 YEARS AGO
Extract from the newspaper of August 8, 1996
Helmsdale’s Highland Councilor Ron McDonald appears poised to vote for a third wind farm for the East Sutherland Hills at today’s special planning committee meeting in Brora. The community councils of Helmsdale and Brora vehemently oppose the proposed eight wind turbines atop Creag Riasgain, on Crakaig Estate, in addition to the 37 already approved in West Garty and Gartymore. Planning officials strongly recommended that the request be denied by Border Wind Farms Ltd, noting that it contravenes the council’s own policy guidelines. There were over 200 objections to the plan against 19 letters of support. But Councilor McDonald insists the silent majority of residents are not opposed to the wind farm.
The latest computer technologies have been harnessed to give visitors to Assynt a clearer picture of the region and what it has to offer. Information in four languages, including Gaelic. is now available on a computer CD-ROM from the Lochinver Tourist Information Center.
50 YEARS AGO
Extract from the diary of August 6, 1971
Work began on Monday on the £ 148,000 extension of Golspie High School. The concrete foundations are scheduled to begin on Monday. The extension will include five science laboratories, three commercial rooms, two music rooms, four language rooms (including a language laboratory), a technical drawing and applied mechanics room and a small career center, with a library. The contract includes the modification of the existing school.
The changes mean that commercial classes will no longer be held at the annex (the former Sutherland Technical School) outside the village.
One of the highlights of this highly successful holiday week in Brora was the impeccable presentation of Mr. Hugh Coghill’s cheerleaders – 20 schoolgirls dressed in red and white, the colors of the local Rangers, and led by Anne Wood. The Majorettes followed the Dornoch Pipe Band and behind them the parade of disguise and decorated trucks and floats in procession from the parking lot to Dudgeon Park last Saturday.
100 YEARS AGO
Extract from the newspaper of August 4, 1921
What is now considered the annual sport in Halladale took place on Friday, July 29, in an estate graciously granted by Mr. Hector Mackay, Dalhalvaig. The morning, though rainy and dull, cleared up well, and at two o’clock quite a number of spectators marched through the door. The opening rounds consisted mainly of children’s sports, which were hotly contested and closely watched by spectators. In fact, all the competitions were well contested and clearly demonstrated that with a little more practice Halladale could produce a very nice class of athletes.
Mr Macgregor, a town officer in Dornoch, was awaited last week by a deputation representing the townspeople and received a well-filled purse of treasury bills in recognition of his valuable service as an officer of town. Mr. Macgregor has always carried out his work in the most careful and conscientious manner. Its recognition by the people of Dornoch was well deserved.