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50 years ago - September 22, 1962

A BIG step forward in the ‘twin schools for Stranraer’ project was made by the Property and Works Committee on the Wigtownshire Education Committee when it was agreed to accept a tender amounting to over £600,000 for works on the proposed new Secondary schools in London Road, comprising a Senior Secondary Schoool, A Junior Secondary School, a swimming pool and gymnasium block and four houses. A condition is that the whole project is completed by 1965.

Fears that the Clenoch Maternity Hospital in Stranraer is to be closed have been allayed by Dumfires and Galloway Hospital Board. Mothers in Stranraer and District were angry at the thought of having to travel 84 miles to Dumfires or 52 miles to Ayr, to have babies. But the Board, in a statement through secretary Mr John Brownlee states that at no time have any changes been contemplated. He said that the Clenoch will continue to provide 14 beds for mothers and four cots for sick babies.

Celebrating her 102nd birthday at her home in Glenluce yesterday was Miss Agnes Rusk. A native of Glenluce she still lives in the house built by her grandfather. Her accounts of Glenluce as it was 80 years ago are fascinating. The year she was born the railway came to Glenluce and at the time the line ran through the middle of the main street and actually sliced in two the house attached to the lint mill as the woollen mill was then called.

25 years ago - September 26, 1987

CONCERN is growing among Galloway cheese makers that the industry is being slowly strangled to death by killer milk quotas. Now pressure is mounting on the European Economic Community to release the estimated 90 million litres of milk needed to satisfy the creameries in Scotland for cheese production. Mr Alasdair Fraser of Sorbie Creamery said: “At Sorbie, milk is received three days a week. Not so long ago milk was delivered every day. Around 6000 tonnes of cheese has been produced by the creamery for the last ten to twelve years. This year 3-4,000 is the figure. Scottish cheddar commands the highest price in the UK. This is an EEC attempt to reduce the mammoth butter mountain with help from all its members - although Scotland has done little to let that mountain grow. The politics are perhaps understandable, but it’s apparently an unfair situation.” It is forecast that Scottish Cheddar cheese production could decline from recent output levels of 26,000 tonnes to 16,000 in 1988/89. Reductions in production levels are already affecting unemployment levels in local dairy processing plants and there is widespread speculation that the long term viabilities of the creameries and cheese plants could be threatened.

TWENTY-SEVEN sheep have gone missing from a field near Merton Hall School over a three week period. The missing sheep includes 22 cross-Suffolk lambs have been disappearing from Drumterlie Farm since August 29. At this stage police do not know if the sheep have strayed or been stolen.