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Who stands for the Council? / Fair ferry funding deal shows councillors ‘can truly make a difference’Leadership needed to ensure community’s voice is heard loud and clear by government
Who stands for the Council? / Council and NHS aim to care for people at home wherever possibleImplementing national care service locally will be among key challenges
Who stands for the Council? / ‘Exciting opportunity’ to shape education to meet bairns’ long-term needsDebate has moved decisively away from focus on school closures
Who stands for the Council? / Effort to bring down carbon emissions ‘needs energetic people to drive it forward’Reducing fuel costs faced by islanders goes hand in glove with tackling poverty
Who stands for the Council? / Councillors can help industry ‘capitalise on direction world is going in’Housing, jobs and infrastructure the key to a strong local economy
Community / Energy firms accused of being uncaring towards customers amid price hikesOne Lerwick woman faced trebling of bill from £245 to £746
Transport / Zero carbon ferries but no fixed links
Land use accounts for ‘very large’ proportion of isles’ carbon emissionsCouncil report says reversing how land is used could prove ‘very challenging’
Coronavirus / Health board dealing with around 20-30 Covid cases a dayOfficial local figures in recent days have not included lateral flow positives
Coronavirus / Sturgeon announces removal of Covid restrictions from Monday
Council / 1,600 homes and businesses unable to connect to superfast broadband
Council / SIC hopeful it can deliver 400 new homes by 2027
Council / Councillors impressed by condition of local football pitchesPlan to make isles play parks more inclusive is approved
Education / Sandness school praised for approach to remote learning
Politics / Halcro-Johnston says it is time for Prime Minister to resign
Community / Fresh appeal to help rewrite history
Arts / Arthur releases collection featuring traditional tunes played on guitar‘Shetland Guitar’ features 15 sets including a pair of originals
Community / Demand for support expected to increase as food bank expands serviceInitiative with council’s Anchor project will see food parcels delivered direct to homes in effort to reach remote areas
Community / TL Dallas staff raise over £2,500 for good causes
Community / Youngster Ruben pens catchy Christmas song to dance toProceeds from the sales of (I Hope That We Can) Dance This Christmas on Bandcamp will go to community group Bigton Collective
Arts / Cleeves cuts ribbon to reopen ‘magnificent’ refurbished libraryConvener says building has ‘special place’ in islanders’ memories
Police / Police area commander post vacant again
Politics / Tory MP’s paid role in Shetland space project shows ‘rot at the heart of Westminster’Garnier is paid £2,500 a month – but could rule change force him to step aside?
Community / Charitable trust to spend more as repairs funding brought forward
Business / Cunningsburgh opportunity was too good to pass up, say new cafe ownersStrong community support makes for busy first fortnight at The Kitchen Table
Community / ‘A sparkle in the eye and a sharpness of mind’: warm tributes to late Geordie JamiesonFormer head teacher and keen footballer will be sadly missed
Business / Town shop accepts gift voucher issued way back in 1980s
Community / Books galore and a ‘place to go’: library prepares to open doors after big move
Coronavirus / Covid cases on the rise in the islandsMeanwhile Shetland Islands Council says Bell’s Brae Primary School will stay open after positive cases
Climate / Local people ‘really willing to engage’ on climate changeAs the COP26 conference continues in Glasgow, Shetland Islands Council’s climate change strategy team leader says ‘urgent action’ is required
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