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50 years ago - April 7, 1962

SUBJECT to the approval of the Scottish Education Department, the Wigtownshire Education Committee have agreed to accept the following offers, amounting to a total of £63,971 in connection with the erection of the new Penninghame Primary School at Newton Stewart.

STRANRAER will never be fortunate enough to have a big hotel. It will have to be content with small establishments to fill the existing need, said Mr A R Anderson, solicitor, Stranraer, at Stranraer Licensing Appeal Court this week. He said that since the Auld Kings Arms Hotel had been demolished three years ago there was a great need in the town for hotels. The population was close on 10,000 and there was only four licensed hotels, whereas in Girvan, with half the population, there were six and Newton Stewart, with a population of just under 2,000 there were nine licensed hotels. Mr Anderson pointed out that it was increasingly obvious that much more money must be spent developing amenities and attractions and that the tourist trade was of as much importance to Galloway as to the Highlands.

FOR the Galloway curlers last Friday night was a memorable one. In Kirroughtree Hotel, Newton Stewart, they met, some of them having come straight from the ice rink in Ayr, to celebrate the winning of the new Galloway Challenge Curling Trophy presented to them by Mr Andrew Crosbie, Gatehouse, and won for the first time by a Kirkmabreck rink skipped by John Hutchison. The new trophy should do much to draw together, in the brotherhood of the rink, the curlers of both Counties who in the past have had their own respective trophies to play for.

25 years ago - April 11, 1987

A controversial plan for clay pigeon shooting at the Corsemalzie House Hotel, Port William, was given the go ahead by the region’s planning committee, in the face of strong opposition this week. The application from Cairnsmore Leisure Ltd. was approved by ten votes to five. Opposing the plans, the Director of Environmental Health for the District Council, Mr Ian McMillan, warned that readings revealed that the noise would be “well in excess” of the level at which complaints could arise. The Chief Constable John Boyd said that the type of ammunition to be used had a range of 120m and is “lethal” at 60m. However, the applicant was agreeable to erecting fences around the shooting areas, the display of warning notices, closing of the old loop road and prohibiting fishing at Water of Malzie within the hotel grounds. The application for a sporting shoot on the same site was refused on the grounds it would present a danger to livestock.

NEWTON Stewart police are used to all sorts down at the station but several officers were seen guarding their trousers when a ferocious ferret dropped in yesterday. A Wigtown lady had found the animal in the Challoch area and had bravely brought him to the police, he is now being looked after by a ferret enthusiast until the owner comes forward.