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Iona M.J. MacDonald


Trainee Community Reporter

Iona MacDonald is a trainee community reporter. She joined Highland News and Media in 2022. Iona is part of the Community News Project funded by Meta and receiving NCTJ training through Glasgow Clyde College.

Iona M.J. MacDonald

New Fortrose shop Harbour Lane set to open as ‘stars align’

09 April 2024
New Fortrose shop Harbour Lane set to open as ‘stars align’

New Fortrose shop Harbour Lane set to open as ‘stars align’

09 April 2024

Fortrose’s new Harbour Lane shop is the latest addition to the town after “the stars aligned” for a new family on the Black Isle.


Invergordon arrival of AIDAdiva ship marks beginning of cruise liner season

03 April 2024
Invergordon arrival of AIDAdiva ship marks beginning of cruise liner season

Invergordon arrival of AIDAdiva ship marks beginning of cruise liner season

03 April 2024

AIDA Cruises’ arrival of the AIDAdiva in port of Invergordon today (April 3) marks the beginning of the highly-anticipated cruise liner season.


PICTURES: Inverness girls attend STEM workshop in Highland capital

24 March 2024
PICTURES: Inverness girls attend STEM workshop in Highland capital

PICTURES: Inverness girls attend STEM workshop in Highland capital

24 March 2024

Skills Development Scotland staged a Girls Do Science workshop to encourage more women into STEM careers.


WATCH: Callum Beattie drops into Fortrose Academy for Caledonia sing-along

20 March 2024
WATCH: Callum Beattie drops into Fortrose Academy for Caledonia sing-along

WATCH: Callum Beattie drops into Fortrose Academy for Caledonia sing-along

20 March 2024

Callum Beattie dropped in to Fortrose Academy yesterday (March 19) to meet some of the youngsters making a difference in their community.


PICTURES: Inverness Music Festival was 'wonderful showcase of much talent'

18 March 2024
PICTURES: Inverness Music Festival was 'wonderful showcase of much talent'

PICTURES: Inverness Music Festival was 'wonderful showcase of much talent'

18 March 2024

Inverness Music Festival 2024 was a "wonderful showcase of so much talent" over "two brilliant weekends".


Inverness Music Festival had 'fantastic first few days'

11 March 2024
Inverness Music Festival had 'fantastic first few days'

Inverness Music Festival had 'fantastic first few days'

11 March 2024

The festival kicked off last Thursday with sessions on for four consecutive days at Inverness Methodist Church


Inverness Music Festival performers ready to take to the stage

07 March 2024
Inverness Music Festival performers ready to take to the stage

Inverness Music Festival performers ready to take to the stage

07 March 2024

The musical event will see performers compete in classes including traditional music, vocal, speech and dancing.


Avoch Primary Nursery's Makaton training will 'benefit confidence' of children

18 February 2024
Avoch Primary Nursery's Makaton training will 'benefit confidence' of children

Avoch Primary Nursery's Makaton training will 'benefit confidence' of children

18 February 2024

Makaton is a simple way of communicating which is based on signs and symbols and used alongside speech.


Illuminated Tractor Run raised £5000 for multiple local charities

17 February 2024
Illuminated Tractor Run raised £5000 for multiple local charities

Illuminated Tractor Run raised £5000 for multiple local charities

17 February 2024

When the event took place late last December, huge turnouts were seen in the eight Ross-shire towns and villages visited.


Inverness model says: "Without my pap smear, my story would be completely different"

10 February 2024
Inverness model says: "Without my pap smear, my story would be completely different"

Inverness model says: "Without my pap smear, my story would be completely different"

10 February 2024

Rea is on a mission to do whatever she can to shine a light on taboo topics of pap smears, and the recognising the signs of cervical cancer.


PICTURES: Fortrose pupils help demystify tech to bridge generational gap

10 February 2024
PICTURES: Fortrose pupils help demystify tech to bridge generational gap

PICTURES: Fortrose pupils help demystify tech to bridge generational gap

10 February 2024

Technology-experts at Fortrose Academy have been sharing their knowledge for tech troubles, in a bid to bridge a generational gap.


KBE Events Service is the turnkey for sound, lighting, and catering supplies

02 February 2024
KBE Events Service is the turnkey for sound, lighting, and catering supplies

KBE Events Service is the turnkey for sound, lighting, and catering supplies

02 February 2024

If you're planning an event, look no further than the one-stop service for sound, lighting, and catering supplies, all from KBE Events Service.


Black Isle hairy piper's snowman boosts Poppyscotland cause

22 January 2024
Black Isle hairy piper's snowman boosts Poppyscotland cause

Black Isle hairy piper's snowman boosts Poppyscotland cause

22 January 2024

"It's been all fun and games for us today but remember our veterans who may not just be so lucky, and have nowhere warm to sleep tonight."


Ross County fan with sight loss praises club for supporting him

17 January 2024
Ross County fan with sight loss praises club for supporting him

Ross County fan with sight loss praises club for supporting him

17 January 2024

A Ross County supporter has praised the club and leading sight loss charity, RNIB Scotland, for helping him to keep attending games.


PICTURES: Ross-shire Tractor Run's 'colour and display' amazed crowds for charity

02 January 2024
PICTURES: Ross-shire Tractor Run's 'colour and display' amazed crowds for charity

PICTURES: Ross-shire Tractor Run's 'colour and display' amazed crowds for charity

02 January 2024

More than 60 tractors were in a festive theme.


Highland tractor run to Inverness set to illuminate these communities

29 December 2023
Highland tractor run to Inverness set to illuminate these communities

Highland tractor run to Inverness set to illuminate these communities

29 December 2023

An illuminated charity tractor run starting out from Ross-shire will end up in Inverness and benefit these causes.


BBC Peat and Diesel documentary follows the band's 'challenging but triumphant' year

18 December 2023
BBC Peat and Diesel documentary follows the band's 'challenging but triumphant' year

BBC Peat and Diesel documentary follows the band's 'challenging but triumphant' year

18 December 2023

The two-part documentary airing over the festive season follows the folk-rock band's road to musical success over a challenging but triumphant year.


Highland hero Tom Stoltman backs campaign asking what it REALLY takes to be a strong man

09 December 2023
Highland hero Tom Stoltman backs campaign asking what it REALLY takes to be a strong man

Highland hero Tom Stoltman backs campaign asking what it REALLY takes to be a strong man

09 December 2023

Fascinating research reveals men's attitudes to the subject.


Inverness e-cigarette retailer backs calls for £10k fine for selling vapes underage

01 December 2023
Inverness e-cigarette retailer backs calls for £10k fine for selling vapes underage

Inverness e-cigarette retailer backs calls for £10k fine for selling vapes underage

01 December 2023

VPZ, Scotland’s leading vaping retailer, has responded to the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle youth vaping.


'They would have to be really stupid or really arrogant to try this again'

29 November 2023
'They would have to be really stupid or really arrogant to try this again'

'They would have to be really stupid or really arrogant to try this again'

29 November 2023

A Black Isle man injured during a bid by an attacker to steal one of his dogs says would-be thieves would be 'crazy' to try it again.


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