Excerpts from 100, 50 and 25 years ago
The store is operational again
From the June 21, 1996 edition
The Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon Boutique Board of Directors cease operations following the reopening of the Marybank Boutique and Urray Post Office.
The store and post office, which were closed for six months, are under the management of new owners Brian and Beatrix Driver.
The Steering Committee wished them good luck in their new business and thanked those who had supported their efforts to start a community business.
A spokesperson said: “The committee has already arranged for the return of all the money it has received in the form of shares and donations. She still holds all proceeds from local fundraising events on deposit.
“The committee believes that the community as a whole should decide how this money is to be spent within the community and plans to call a public meeting later in the year where the community can consider various possibilities and make a decision. . “
Provost does not receive any payment
From the June 18, 1971 edition
At an Invergordon City Council meeting, Marshal JS Ross made a statement regarding the payment.
Referring to a national newspaper article on how much councils were paying their provosts, he noted that out of 20 listed the range was between £ 200 and £ 2,500.
The report could lead many to believe that all provosts are paid, he said. He said he had not received any payment “and if I was offered a payment, I would refuse to accept it”.
Bailie John Mackay said the article referred to spending. Marshal Ross, however, felt that some people reading it might think he was receiving pocket money. Bailie MacKean noted that any taxpayer could examine the council’s accounts and find out how much the provost had out of pocket going about council business.
He said it was the case that every member is out of pocket because of their advisory duties.
Anger over price of beef
From the June 17, 1921 edition
The school gardens in Portmahomack, Pitcalnie and Nigg were inspected last Friday by the Ross-shire representative at Agricultural College.
n All of the Admiralty barracks in Invergordon are now empty except one, and government officials are currently preparing their next Disposal Board sale.
n Six students – three from Hill of Fearn, two from Hilton, one from Pitcalnie – took the Ross-shire Education Authority’s check-up exam – at Pitcalnie Public School last Saturday. Messrs Macarthur and Campbell, principals, chaired.
n The price of boiled beef in Nigg and Easter Ross is typically 1/10 a pound, a correspondent reported. Yet one in Dingwall advertises it at 1 / per pound.
The public is angry and wondering why the country’s butchers are not lowering their prices.
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