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MacGregor wins Oban North and Lorn by-election



John MacGregor,independent,has won Oban North and Lorn by-election at stage five of the count.
Returning officer Sally Loudon announced the result just before midnight on Thursday,July 17 after votes were counted from a turnout of 30.88 per cent.
Councillor MacGregor said:‘There are issues in our communities that are easily solved.
‘We also need to bring trust and faith back to Argyll and Bute council.’
Councillor MacGregor says he wants to help ‘restore Oban to its rightful place as the main tourist destination on the west coast.’

Read the full story on the by-election in The Oban Times,July 24 2014. Also available on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital



The Queen's Baton Relay 2014 Appin Benderloch and Oban

Baton relay resizedOn 13th of July 2014 the Queen’s Baton made its way from Appin. The Oban Times managed to catch up with it for some of its journey. See our picture spread in this weeks Oban Times


Flying in the face of common sense

NATIONALISTS are a bit blue about a council officer’s decision not to fly the Saltire.

But it will be all white on the night as nothing will be flown in its place,say Argyll and Bute council.

Councillor James Robb,a former leader of Argyll and Bute council,says the Saltire should be flown on council flag poles if it is not a special day such as the Queen’s birthday,after a council decision made in 2008.


Read more in this weeks Oban Times www.obantimes.co.uk/digital


Fury over height of new school

RESIDENTS of a Lochaber village are outraged at the height of a new Gaelic school being built just metres from pensioners’ houses.
Work has started on the building and adjoining sports hall in Caol but those living in the houses behind the site are furious at the height of the two-story building,saying it will block all sunlight and their view of Ben Nevis.
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Connel man jailed in India to come home


t29billy1noCONNEL seaman Billy Irving,detained in an Indian cell for five months,will soon be back home after charges against him and his fellow crew were quashed,according to his girlfriend.

The 33-year-old spent months locked up in squalid conditions after being detained along with crew from the merchant ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio,owned by US security firm Advanfort.

It had been alleged the craft had illegally procured diesel and was in possession of arms and ammunition without required documentation.

But the charges have always been strongly denied and some of the crew,including Billy,an ex-soldier,were granted bail in March.

On Thursday morning Billy’s girlfriend Yvonne MacHugh told The Oban Times her man had been freed.

She said:‘This morning all the charges were quashed and all going well Billy should be home very soon.

‘I am the happiest girl in the world right now. It is such a relief.’

Billy’s father Jim,a former policeman in Appin,and Yvonne have previously visited Billy in Puzhal jail in Chennai.

They were joined by Argyll  and Bute MP Alan Reid at Downing Street earlier this year to hand in a petition with more than 140,000 signatures calling for the release of the six former British soldiers on the crew.

For more news from the West Highlands and islands see The Oban Times every Thursday also on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital



Do you think child poverty is on the increase in the West Highlands?

  • Yes (72%,34 Votes)
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