Vulnerable woman rescued from Loch Gilp

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A POLICE operation was launched on Friday September 23 after a person was spotted on estuarine mud in Loch Gilp just as the tide was starting to come in.

Officers raced to the scene at around midday, crossing the saturated silt on foot.

Lochgilphead-based Inspector Julie McLeish later confirmed that a vulnerable 31-year-old woman had been assisted by officers to leave the estuary.

No further details were released.

Sun suits golfers to a tee

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THERE was action galore as the sun shone on the region’s golf courses in the last week.

At Lochgilphead Golf Club, the gents teed off the latest competitions at with a team scramble.

Held on Saturday May 28, it was a well attended event with lots of friendly banter. The winning team was captained by Ryan McGlynn, who had Keith ‘Awesome’ Cowan and assistant match secretary, Colin Penman, on hand to romp home as easy winners with a nett 52.6.

The ladies also took to the course the same day to

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Légion d’honneur for Mid Argyll war hero

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A MAN who grew up in Mid Argyll has been awarded the Legion of Honour  – the Légion d’honneur – for his Second World War service supporting the French resistance.

Hamish Craig (93) lived in Lochgilphead before emigrating to New Zealand and settling there.

Full story in the May 13 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Celebrating 100 years of women in the police force

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Celebrating 100 years of women policing, two Lochgilphead police officers share their experience of starting work in the force 20 years apart.

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, July 3 2015, also available online.

Viking battle to take place in Lochgilphead

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A Viking  battle is set to take place on Lochgilphead’s front green next month.

The event has been confirmed by organisers of the Viking festival, which is now in its second year.

For more details see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May15 2015, also available online.

Lochgilphead obstacles get in way of mobility scooter users

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A disability mobility scooter user is calling for safer crossings on roads in Lochgilphead.

Karen Cameron, 33, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) seven years ago, decided to get a mobility scooter last year.

But it has  brought a new set of problems; including crossing main roads, getting on and off pavements where there are no dropped kerbs and wheelie bins and parked cars blocking footpaths.

For the full story, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 8 2015, also online.

First-time voters talk about the election

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Despite playing a prominent role in the Scottish independence referendum last year, under 18s are finding it hard to engage with the general election.

For last year’s referendum, on September 18, the legal age for voting was dropped from 18 to 16 years old but for the next general election the age group has returned to 18 years and over.

The Advertiser visited Lochgilphead Joint Campus to find out what sixth years think of this year’s general election and how they might be voting.

For

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Vandals deface Lochgilphead pavilion three days after re-opening

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Vandals have splattered graffiti over the outside walls of the changing rooms at Ropework Park, 72 hours after the building was re-opened following an extensive six-week renovation.

Lochgilphead residents were appalled to find the front of the pavilion daubed with spray paint.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 24 2015, also available online.

Computer scammers target Lochgilphead pensioner

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A Lochgilphead pensioner’s computer crashed after a suspected scam.

Reverend Lesley Risby, 64, a retired minister, said that vile tricksters called her pretending to be computer engineers.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 17 2015. Also available online.

Pumping up the volume for charity fundraiser

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Dancers rocked the night away at a fancy dress fundraiser in Lochgilphead.

Kelly McGuinness, 24, organised the event with her friend Marie Downey in an effort to contribute to a larger fundraiser for the Southern General Hospital  on behalf of her mother-in-law Janice Beattie, who recently underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour.

See all the photos from the evening in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 17 2015, also available online.

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