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Oban Winter Festival launches 10-day programme


THE Oban Winter festival, ‘the biggest winter party in the West’, has announced its big 10 day programme of events from November 18-27 to entertain all ages this festive season.

The festival, now in its sixth year, is a celebration of Oban’s unique culture and community, with street parades, international and local performing acts, fire artists, crafts, pipers, parades and family fun, all within easy travel distance in the town centre.

The fun begins with shop window dressing, themed

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A83 to close at night for resurfacing


THE A83 through Lochgair village will close at night for two weeks for resurfacing work costing £275,000.

The resurfacing is scheduled to begin on Sunday October 30 and will last for up to two weeks. Works will take place overnight between 8pm and 7am, Sunday nights to Friday mornings with no works scheduled to take place on Friday or Saturday nights.

A road closure will be in place each night during working hours to ensure the safety of the workforce and motorists. Local access will be

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Spooktacular events at Oban haunts

Kay McDonald of Love Oban, dressed as a witch, right, with friends, who all attended last year’s Hallowe'en party at Atlantis Leisure.

Kay McDonald of Love Oban, dressed as a witch, right, with friends, who all attended last year’s Hallowe’en party at Atlantis Leisure.

WHETHER you fancy going for a walk in the ‘spooky woods’ or taking part in a nightmare on George Street, there’s something for everyone to do in Oban this Hallowe’en.

Saturday October 29:

Activities will get under way at Sutherland’s Grove, which will see its woodland trail turned in to a spooky woodland haunt, suitable for all ages.

Organised by Baracaldine Community Association, the annual event will also feature story-telling, mask making and activities for small children.

The event

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Jobless total rises ... but Marie finds work

Marie Ferrier

Marie Ferrier

THE number of people out of work in Argyll and Bute in September has risen.

New statistics produced by the Department for Work and Pensions show a six per cent increase in unemployment compared to the same month the previous year.

The figures show a total claimant count of 855 people seeking work – 50 more than 2015 – and of whom 175 are aged 18 to 24.

The claimant count includes those who are on Jobseekers’ Allowance, or who are searching for work on Universal Credit.

Among those young people

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Comhairle calls for community-based economic plan

Lochaber News & The Oban Times

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has questioned the results of a review of skills and enterprise services which proposes a new Scotland-wide statutory board to co-ordinate the activities of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The comhairle welcomed the retention of HIE but called for a more community-based focus in economic development and for the principles of Our Islands: Our Future to be retained in the restructuring.

Angus Campbell, leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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