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Mixed views on budget plans

The SNP's Maree Todd said the draft budget is "progressive". Photo: Shetland NewsSNP Highlands and Islands list MSP Maree Todd has hailed the Scottish Government's draft budget as one which will "deliver a fairer society for the whole of Scotland, including our island communities".

Bob's 30-year recognition

Bob Hudson: 30 years of service.A LONG-STANDING member of the Walls coastguard rescue team has been presented with an award marking 30 years of service and good conduct.

18-month life expectancy rise

LIFE expectancy for men in Shetland has increased by nearly one and a half years over the last decade – but its growth rate has been one of the slowest in Scotland.

No heating or hot water

THERE will be no heating or hot water for households in a number of areas of Lerwick on Thursday as essential maintenance is carried out on the town's district heating scheme.

Black ice warning

DRIVERS are being warned to take care on the roads over the next 48 hours due to the potential for black ice.

Weekend power cuts

OVER one thousand households across Shetland were without power for a period of time over the weekend as poor weather continued to affect electricity supplies.

Treat for country music fans

Appearing will be Sarah Jayne as Dolly Parton as well as vocal impersonator Andy Crust.EUROPE's leading tribute act to the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton, is heading north next summer for one of the biggest events the Shetland Country Music Club (SCMC) has ever hosted.

Engine room flooding

A man complaining of chest pains was airlifted to the Gilbert Bain Hospital on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Austin TaylorFIRE fighters and the crew of a live fish carrier were pumping dry the 40-metre Viking Gripfisk late on Saturday, after the vessel had reported flooding of her engine room earlier in the afternoon.

Music hub prepares to open

LOCAL music lovers are set to get the chance to browse and buy records and CDs again as a new not-for-profit shop in Lerwick prepares to formally launch in time for Christmas.

Seal rescued from lobster line

A SEAL caught in a lobster line around 80 metres off Shetland's northernmost island had its life saved by three local people who braved choppy seas to come to its rescue on Wednesday.

Inter-island ferries spat

Shetland and Orkney's inter-island ferries have been placed at the centre of a political tussle.THE DISPUTE over whether the Scottish Government will honour its pledge to boost ferry funding for Shetland Islands Council has descended into a political spat between local SNP and Liberal Democrat MSPs.

Weather updates live

A can bank in the sea in Uyeasound in Unst. Photo: Steven SpenceFriday, 8 December:

ALL ferry services to and from Shetland have been cancelled for a second day in a row due to strong winds.

Bailed on sexual assault charges

A THIRTY two year old man appeared from custody in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court at Thursday on a petition alleging two charges of sexual assault.

Domestic abuse cases

A MAN who assaulted his partner and struggled violently with police officers has been remanded in custody for another two weeks ahead of sentencing.

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