Young ear bite victim facing major surgery

A CASTLEDERG student will undergo an operation in London this week in a bid to reconstruct an ear which was bitten off by a dog when she was a child. Emma McElchare, 12, will undergo the four-hour operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital tomorrow (Tuesday).

Picking up the bill for charity shops

A BOOM in charity shops across the Strabane District put £45,000 on the local rates bill last year. There are now 24 premises across the District attracting rates exemptions because of their charitable status. Offering tenancy to charity shops has become an increasingly popular option with property owners who still face a 50 per-cent rates bill even when their premises are empty.