Community / Church names kirks earmarked for closureTHE CHURCH of Scotland has revealed the names of the 20 churches it intends to close in Shetland over the next few years.
Court / FAI hears evidence into death of fishermanA SIGNIFICANT culture change in crew safety has taken place in at least some fishing boats after the death of a scallop fisherman off the coast of Shetland in 2016.
Community / Club stays open for nowTHE CUNNINGSBURGH Village Club is set to stay open for the time being as a crowdfunding campaign is launched to raise money for the cash-strapped building.
Business / New tourism strategy aims to boost visitor experienceA NEW tourism strategy for Shetland for the next five years is set to be launched at the end of the month.
Worries over roll-out of Universal CreditNORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has warned that the roll out of the government’s new Universal Credit benefit will not address in-work poverty, amid growing concerns there will be far more losers than winners under the new system.
Community / Puss in Boots panto competition proves popularA TEN year old girl from Brae Primary School is set to have a drawing used on the cover of the programme for this winter’s pantomime after winning a hotly contested competition.
Business / CAP reform review welcomed but ‘does not go far enough’A REVIEW that promises fairer funding for farmers throughout the UK following Brexit has been welcomed, but claims have been made that the reforms do not go far enough.
Letters / Wake up and smell the fumes
SIC reaches next stage of Crown Estate pilotSHETLAND Islands Council (SIC) is one of five organisations that have moved to the second stage of a pilot scheme which could give the local authority more control over how seabed and coastline around the isles is managed.
Wheels in motion for new ‘smart’ bus ticketing systemWheels in motion for new ‘smart’ bus ticketing system
Community / New transition minister welcomed to ShetlandA NEW Church of Scotland minister who will oversee the transition of Shetland from a multi-parish presbytery to a single parish has been appointed.
Community / Twenty churches to close across the islesTHE CHURCH of Scotland plans to close two thirds of its churches in Shetland over the coming years as it attempts to secure a more “sustainable” future.
Business / More support for aquaculture trainingA NEW post has been created locally to support the isles’ aquaculture industry when it comes to receiving training in areas like health and safety.
Court / Charged with assaulting three women and stealing vehicleA 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
Community / St Ninian’s Isle selected for national remembrance eventARTWORK is set to be drawn into the sand on the St Ninian’s Isle beach next month as part of a nationwide Armistice Day remembrance event led by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle.
Court / Accused of drink drivingTHE CASE against a 31-year-old man from Lerwick accused of drink driving has been continued without plea until next week.
Business / Value of isles salmon reaches record highTHE VALUE of salmon produced in Shetland last year rose to over £215 million, according to new figures.
Community / Fireworks reminderLOCALS are being reminded to be aware of animals when setting off fireworks in the coming weeks.
Business / Research aims to break new ground at the fishingTHIRTY one million pounds sounds like an awful lot of money to spend on a fishing boat, but when you see the new Research, you could not say that money has been squandered.
Community / Full-time power for Fair IsleGUARANTEED round the clock power has arrived in Fair Isle – leading to hopes that it could attract more people to visit and live on the remote island.
Business / Work to begin on upgrading decommissioning site next yearCONSTRUCTION work on expanding the decommissioning facilities at Dales Voe in Lerwick is expected to start next year after plans for the project were given the green light.
Environment / Probe into what caused death of whalesFOUR 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.
Council stocks up on rock saltOVER 6,000 tonnes of rock salt has been shipped into Scalloway Harbour as Shetland Islands Council prepares for its winter road treatment.
Wind affects travel plansTHE WINDY weather means that NorthLink’s southbound sailing from Lerwick to Aberdeen today (Friday) is set to leave two hours early.
Business / Newbuild Research arrives in WhalsayTHE COMMUNITY of Whalsay has been welcoming its second brand-new state-of-the-art pelagic trawler in as many months.
Loganair high flyers at European airline awardsLOGANAIR has been named airline of the year by the European Regions Airline Association.
Community / Six local projects enjoy funding successA NUMBER of local groups have received funding via Lerwick Community Council after nearly 250 people turned out to vote for their favourite projects.
Letters / Does anyone recall a school contact with Japan?
Letters / Indoor market for local produce?
Business / Cafe highly commendedA CUNNINGSBURGH cafe and shop was highly commended at last week’s Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards.