Care home crisis is far from over

WEST Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has warned that care home residents in the North West could still be left homeless despite reassurances from home operator Southern Cross.
Southern Cross, which runs Strabane’s Melmount Manor, announced earlier this week that it is to close down. The news came after landlords of all of Southern Cross Healthcare’s 752 properties indicated their intention to part company with the group.

Herdman family loses control of historic mill

AFTER almost two centuries, the Herdman family has lost control of its world famous mill.
A winding up order for the Herdmans Limited and Herdmans Holdings companies was issued by the Ulster Bank and Belfast based administrator BDO on June 30. The order effectively severs all links between Herdmans and the mill, once a global brand in the linen manufacturing industry.

Businessman is ‘Streats’ ahead

LOCAL entrepreneur and businessman, Robert McKenna has been awarded the coveted Franchisee of the Year 2011.
Robert, whose mother and father, Packie and Dolly McKenna, are originally from Strabane, received his award at the recent Streat Café Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony, held recently at the Park Avenue Hotel, in Belfast.

Father urges young people to beware cocaine

THE father of an Irish soldier who died of a cocaine overdose has warned young people against the dangers of drugs.
Michael Leitch (21) of Lisnafin Park collapsed after eating a three gram lump of cocaine during a Boxing Day drink and drugs binge in 2009. He passed away at the Causeway Hospital three days later.
Speaking following an inquest into the death at Strabane Courthouse yesterday, Mr Leitch’s father Jackie warned against the drug taking which cost him his son.

Work could begin on Adria site next year

WORK could begin on the derelict 12 acre former Adria plant as early as next year after planners finally relented and approved mixed use development at the site.
Purchased by a Derry firm almost five years ago, the Beechmount Avenue site has been subject to planning objections because it was zoned as “industrial land”.
Owners, Beechmount Developers had wanted to build houses and retail and business start-up units.
However, the news that £7 million has been set aside for a 22 acre business park site at Melmount Road has weighed in the favour of Adria’s owners.

Strabane man completes epic 400 mile walk

A STRABANE man has spent the last number of days recuperating after completing an epic 400 mile trek through the entire length of Ireland.
James Gillespie, who is originally from Ballycolman, but who now resides in Belfast, completed the solo walk between Malin Head in Donegal and Mizen Head in Cork in just over two weeks in aid of the Childline charity.

£1.5m plan will revive history of Sion Mills

A £89,950 development grant has been awarded to an exciting project which will see an iconic building in Sion Mills being restored.
The Heritage Lottery Fund, in awarding the “first round” grant to Hearth Revolving Fund and the Sion Mills Building Preservation Trust has endorsed the £1.5 million project.
The bodies aim to restore and conserve the 19th century Stables block for use as a community and visitor facility, complete with café, museum and learning space.

No Garda investigation into alleged sighting

GARDAI in Donegal have said there will be no investigation into a claim that missing Lifford man David Colhoun has been spotted in County Kerry.
The family of the 22-year-old revealed at the weekend that they had received an anonymous tip-off that David was in Kerry.
David’s father Joseph said, “We got a call at 1.10am recently and the caller claimed David was in Kerry. It was a private number so we don’t know who it was. We contacted the Gardai about it but there was nothing to it. I don’t know where that information came from.”
On Monday a garda spokesman confirmed to the Strabane Chronicle they there would be no investigation into the call. They added however that the search will continue until David Colhoun is found.