Interim minister for the north east region Rev Ian Murray said that only 11 out of its 31 churches will be retained in Shetland - but their identities are being kept under wraps publicly for the time being.
A YOUNG man from Lerwick charged with assaulting three women at an address in the town's Sandveien housing estate on Saturday and stealing a motor vehicle has been released on bail.
THE LERWICK lifeboat had a busy Thursday afternoon after responding to two calls in the space of a couple of hours.
ATTEMPTING to hide a package of cannabis when police searched a Lerwick property has cost a man from Bristol £240.
A MAN was sentenced to 70 hours unpaid work after being caught with drugs on him near his home in Ladies Drive, Lerwick.
This was an increase from £176 million in the previous year.
Scottish energy, connectivity and islands minister Paul Wheelhouse was due to formally launch Fair Isle's new £3.5 million renewable power scheme this afternoon (Friday), but windy weather put paid to his trip.
FOUR deep water whales have washed up on various shores across Shetland over the last few weeks, raising concern that they may be linked with the deaths of over 80 whales washed up on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland during August and September.
Scientists have suggested that the deaths could be related to military activity in the Atlantic or oil and gas exploration work.
The season saw 91 cruise ships call at Lerwick, bringing 90,336 passengers to the isles.
A 'PARKING hub' which would also feature an electric vehicle charging point and an outdoor seating area could be created in Hoswick to alleviate traffic congestion when tour buses head to the village's visitor centre.
The plans have been given a funding boost of over £130,000 from the Scottish Government's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which aims to support projects in meeting the demands of growing visitor numbers.