In a short ceremony at Clickimin, the MSP for the Almond Valley unveiled the foundation stone for the new £56 million Anderson High School.
TWO electricity poles have caught fire in Shetland in the last couple of days. A pole in Haroldswick, Unst was left to burn out on Wednesday, while a similar incident occurred in Dunrossness on Tuesday.
THE 5th annual Frankie's Fish & Chips charity cycle sportive is being held this Sunday (30 August) with all proceeds going to the Fishermen's Mission, Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer's Research UK.Registration forms are available online at http://www.frankiesfishandchips.com/get-on-your-bike There is also a Just Giving page for donations https://www.justgiving.com/frankiescharitycycle
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Scotland Forum will be held at Islesburgh between 12 and 2pm to discuss energy issues in the country.
On Thursday Total announced plans to sell the 225 mile long Frigg UK (FUKA) pipeline that transports 20 gas fields in the northern North Sea to St Fergus.
These losses are in addition to the £140 million ($220 million) reported earlier this year.
The warning comes as the local authority itself is being used by scammers to lull people into parting with their credit card details.
THE SHETLAND Befriending Scheme is undertaking a recruitment drive for volunteers to attend training sessions in Lerwick during October and November.
After training is completed, volunteers would commit for a minimum of six months to offer weekly or fortnightly contact with a young person, young adult or someone over 60.
On Sunday night the 140 metre Ocean Atlantic left her berth at Victoria Pier heading back to the river Ems in Germany.
He said the responses would inform his campaign for better health services including an improved funding package for NHS Shetland.
A TWENTY two year man has been arrested after police were called to an address in Mossbank in the early hours of Sunday following reports that a man was allegedly shooting with an air rifle in the garden of a house.
A spokesman said that man had relinquished possession of the air weapon before police arrived at the scene.
A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal in Lerwick.
High on the MSP's agenda will be the subject of female employment and the future of training and other services needed to support employment.
For the last two years, scientists at the NAFC Marine Centre in Shetland and local fishing boats have been collecting data about commercially significant species such as ling, monkfish, lemon sole and hake in the northern North Sea.
Statistics published on Thursday show that three people died in Shetland in 2014 as a result of problems linked with alcohol, an increase of two from the previous year, while in 2012 the figure was zero.
After last year’s Building Budgets exercise where a series of poorly attended public meetings were held to discuss the council’s spending priorities, this year the SIC is letting people contribute via the web.
The seven bee-eaters that drew crowds of excited birdwatchers on Wednesday should have been heading to sub-Saharan Africa from their breeding grounds in southern Europe and the Middle East.
Instead they appeared at the end of a quiet road in Tingwall, north of Lerwick, where they were seen catching insects before disappearing late morning on Thursday.
Fair work, skills and training cabinet secretary Roseanna Cunningham revealed the news while touring Brae's primary and secondary schools on Wednesday morning.
Council leaders from Shetland, Orkney and the western isles are disgruntled after it emerged that a £100 million attainment fund, announced by the Scottish government in July, will primarily be used to help schools in central belt and urban areas.
Shetland Islands Council leader Gary Robinson said island authorities were each spending around £10 million more on education than what they were receiving in funding from the government, and the new attainment fund was adding further unfairness to an already difficult situation.
Data presented to the second meeting of the commission, held on Monday afternoon, confirmed that despite full employment and a second oil boom under way, a significant number of islanders were struggling to make ends meet on low wages and reduced welfare benefit payments.
Instrumental metal project Giant, who feature guitarist Jamie Hatch and bassist Chris Cope, will unleash Chronos // Kairos on Friday.
Anett Gyenge is making a slow recovery in a specialist hospital after sustaining life threatening head injuries when slipping on wet cobbled steps outside a church near Stuttgart, on 19 July.
A MAN accused of shooting an air rifle at the windows of an occupied house in Mossbank, has been released on bail.
The case against 22 year old Kyle Joseph MacGregor of 4 Brae Head, Mossbank, was continued without plea when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday.
The accused was arrested in the early hours of Sunday after police were called to an address in Mossbank following reports that an air rifle had been recklessly discharged, cracking several panes of glass.
Glasgow funk collective Federation of the Disco Pimp graced a sold-out and sweltering Lerwick Legion on Friday night after making their Shetland debut in the same venue last year.
The campaign group The People Versus Carmichael launched their second crowdfunding bid less than three weeks before the legal case is due to be heard in Edinburgh’s Court of Session.
The campaigners say they need to raise more money to protect the four Orkney-based petitioners financially in case legal costs go through the roof.
NHS Shetland has confirmed that an elderly lady was duped into giving her details to a man who called her on Wednesday night to tell her to stop some of her prescriptions.
The scammer then told her that he would provide an alternative herbal medicine and asked for her bank details.
The 500 passengers on board the NorthLink ferry Hrossey were alarmed when the vessel suddenly lurched sideways to avoid the emergency towing vessel Herakles as they approached Hatston pier on a calm, foggy night on 3 July.
Since the incident, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has tirelessly pursued the ferry company, the coastguard agency and the harbour authority calling for an investigation into a potential collision that was missed by just 30 seconds.