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Stop the rot before Rockfield falls

Rockfield Primary School ObanDry rot in the former Rockfield primary school is spreading at the cost of ‘£50 an hour – more than £1,000 a day’.

That was the view of Oban Community Trust (OCT) member and businessman Graham MacQueen,who told Oban Community council on Monday that Argyll and Bute Council had to make a decision urgently to save the historic Oban building.

Read the full story in The Oban Times,January 29 2015,also online here.

Rock band create a buzz in Lochaber

twin atlanticScottish rock band Twin Atlantic took time out of a world tour to visit Lochaber teenagers as part of a local charity’s aim to boost self-esteem in vulnerable young people.

The four Glasgow musicians arrived in Caol,Fort William,and promptly took to the ‘stage’ in an old bus refurbished by Lochaber’s Buzz Project as a recording studio.

Read the full story in The Oban Times,January 29 2015,also online here.

Thousands raised for stranded Billy

Yvonne McHughDespite her baby being due in a few weeks,nothing was going to stop Yvonne McHugh,Connel,attending a fundraiser in Campbeltown for her partner Billy Irving who has been stuck in India for 16 months.

Billy’s former Campbeltown Grammar schoolmates raised more than £3,500 from a concert in the town and it has been revealed that some of his closest friends have even set up direct debit payments to keep him off the streets.

Read the full story in The Oban Times,January 29 2015,also here.

Who is the man with Islay's Donnie MacKinnon?

Islay's Donald MacKinnon and David BeckhamAn Islay woman passing through Glasgow Airport  glanced up at a moving advert and asked her companion,‘Who’s that man with Donnie MacKinnon?.

Find out more about why one of Islay’s own is pictured with footballer and celebrity David Beckham in The Oban Times,January 29 2015 also online from the same date here.

Convincing win follows Green Machine's hard work

Cameron SmithThe hard graft had already been put in by the time Oban Lorne’s players lined up on Saturday January 24 2015 for their second league match against Cumbernauld this season.

The Oban rugby squad was out in force for three hours on the Thursday,clearing ice and snow from the Glencruitten pitch to make sure the surface was playable for the game. This  endeavour was rewarded with a convincing win,which avenged an earlier defeat this season.

For the full match report,see The Oban Times, January 29 2015,also online here.


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