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Argyll councillor Breslin feels 'vindicated' in 'landmark case'


DUNOON councillor Michael Breslin has been cleared of five of six charges of breaching the councillors’ code of conduct.

A hearing of the Standards Commission for Scotland, which is responsible for ensuring integrity in public life, cleared Mr Breslin on the grounds he was entitled to make robust comments to council officials under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

However, the panel did censure the independent Argyll and Bute councillor for one breach, for failing to

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MSP calls for action on teacher recruitment

Kate Forbes.

Kate Forbes.

‘More must be done to help schools across Highlands and Islands facing challenges over teacher recruitment and retention,’ a Highland MSP has said.

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes made the remark after residents on the Isle of Muck, with a population of around 40, took to social media to find a new head teacher for their school after an initial job advert proved fruitless.

Speaking at the SNP party conference, as she welcomed a resolution on rural schools,  Ms Forbes said: ‘I’m

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Hundreds rush for Fort Con tickets

Ian McNeice.

Ian McNeice.

The 57th Parallel is a Highland-based events company that puts on events all over the UK but, according to events director and 57th representative Ben Belton, the firm had taken a ‘punt’ putting on a large-scale event like this exclusively in Fort William. ‘We gave Fort William total control of their own pop culture event and it’s paying off for the town and everyone who will be attending on the day.’ Fort Con, AKA: The Fort William Comic Con and Expo, is a star-studded event with

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Pupils prepare for harvest celebrations

Banavie Primary School children from nursery to primary seven are all smiles at this year’s Harvest Festival.  Photograph by Abrightside Photopgraphy.

Banavie Primary School children from nursery to primary seven are all smiles at this year’s Harvest Festival. Photograph by Abrightside Photopgraphy.

CHILDREN across Lochaber had a busy time preparing for harvest, taking part in many activities at their schools.

Inverlochy Primary School held an open morning when pupils enjoyed arts and crafts with their parents while little ones from Banavie Nursery worked together with pupils up to primary seven for their Harvest Festival.
Spean Bridge Primary School held its themed assembly on October 6.

The pupils brought in donations of fruit, vegetables, fresh, tinned and packaged goods and filled 49 boxes

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Skatepark plan for Oban front


OBAN councillors have put forward a proposal to transform one of the most sought-after green sites in the town centre into a skate park for young people.

Read the full story in the October 20, 2016 edition of The Oban Times.

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