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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

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.


Latest on next year's changes to Highland household bins

29 November 2023
Latest on next year's changes to Highland household bins

Latest on next year's changes to Highland household bins

29 November 2023

Households will get an extra bin as part of the changes which aim to increase the amount of waste recycled while saving money for the service.


INVERNESS LOVES LOCAL: The shop where everything is handmade

14 November 2023
INVERNESS LOVES LOCAL: The shop where everything is handmade

INVERNESS LOVES LOCAL: The shop where everything is handmade

14 November 2023

Find the perfect unique handmade gift this festive season at Aeternum gift shop in the picturesque Victorian Market.


Fortrose Academy pupils win investment at Dragon's Den-style pitch

11 November 2023
Fortrose Academy pupils win investment at Dragon's Den-style pitch

Fortrose Academy pupils win investment at Dragon's Den-style pitch

11 November 2023

Black Isle pupils have secured an investment sum after a Dragon's Den-style pitch for their idea to create connections between generations.


Ross County stars back Blythswood’s Shoe Box Appeal 2023

02 November 2023
Ross County stars back Blythswood’s Shoe Box Appeal 2023

Ross County stars back Blythswood’s Shoe Box Appeal 2023

02 November 2023

Players from Ross County Football Club have come together to show their support for Blythswood's nation-wide appeal.


MP calls on Network Rail to repair far north railway line

31 October 2023
MP calls on Network Rail to repair far north railway line

MP calls on Network Rail to repair far north railway line

31 October 2023

The far north railway line was damaged between Brora and Helmsdale during Storm Babet, leaving passengers facing significant disruption this week.


WATCH: Inverness Castle's roof has 'bespoke saltire grid' structure

31 October 2023
WATCH: Inverness Castle's roof has 'bespoke saltire grid' structure

WATCH: Inverness Castle's roof has 'bespoke saltire grid' structure

31 October 2023

The construction, which will house the new restaurant and bar, has a bespoke ‘saltire grid’ roof structure.


PICTURES: Ness Factor returns with powerhouse performances and celebration

30 October 2023
PICTURES: Ness Factor returns with powerhouse performances and celebration

PICTURES: Ness Factor returns with powerhouse performances and celebration

30 October 2023

The Ness Factor returned for a night of celebration and powerhouse performances after raising £86,000 for Highland Hospice.


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