Re­view of the year

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July

A griev­ing Cam­bus­lang man helped save a mother and two teenagers from a fire in Whit­law­burn, just hours after learn­ing his best friend had passed away. Ross Liv­ingston had only just learned pal Scott Hayes had been found dead in his flat when he spot­ted a block of flats on fire, and man­aged to catch res­i­dents es­cap­ing through the win­dows.

Castlemilk girl Robin Ashcroft was the win­ner of the Re­former’s first Brian Logue Memo­rial Trophy, tak­ing the prize for a snap of her and her friends mak­ing a star shape with their fin­gers.

Sick van­dals trashed a tram­po­line de­signed for dis­abled peo­ple at Cam­bus­lang Park, spark­ing wide­spread anger.

The Re­former re­vealed that the num­ber of sex of­fend­ers liv­ing in the area had risen by 27 per­cent over a 10 month pe­riod.

Trib­utes were paid to Ruther­glen school­boy Ar­ran Cooper, who had trag­i­cally passed away. The 10-year-old Bankhead pupil had been on hol­i­day when he fell into the River Orchy and was un­able to be re­vived.

Au­gust

King’s Park boxer Stephen Lavelle was a big hit­ter at the Com­mon­wealth Games, land­ing a bronze medal at the Glas­gow sport­ing event.

Heart­less thugs went on a ram­page at West­burn Ceme­tery, over­turn­ing many grave­stones.

The new Routes To Work South fa­cil­ity, based in Cam­bus­lang’s CTEC build­ing, opened their doors, aim­ing to get Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s young peo­ple into the world of work.

Two pals from Burn­side and Castlemilk were hop­ing they’d soon be on top of the world, after over­com­ing drug and drink ad­dic­tion to earn places on a trip Ever­est’s base came in Nepal in 2016.

Kind-hearted St Brigid’s pupil Adam Flynn com­pleted 22 lengths in the Gor­bals swimming pool as part of a char­ity swima-thon, rais­ing £1000 for Mary’s Meals as a re­sult.

Septem­ber

The Re­former re­vealed that over 1000 driv­ers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang had been fined for park­ing in dis­abled spa­ces since the start of 2011, with Cam­bus­lang the worst area in South La­nark­shire for mo­torists not show­ing a Blue Badge.

A wannabe ter­ror­ist from Cam­bus­lang who had claimed on Twit­ter that he wanted to join ISIS was be­hind bars after be­ing found guilty of in­tend­ing to stir up ha­tred on re­li­gious grounds.

There was anger from Cathkin res­i­dents after street light­ing on the by­pass road was turned off.

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang was on the front­line of the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum vote on Septem­ber 18, as both sides made

a fi­nal push for votes, with tem­pers boil­ing over as for­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter John Prescott vis­ited Ruther­glen Main Street. In the end, South La­nark­shire, as a whole, voted No.

Oc­to­ber

An anti-fraud group warned that their in­ves­ti­ga­tions had found that 27,000 pieces of data be­long­ing to peo­ple through­out Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang was “eas­ily avail­able” to crim­i­nals on the in­ter­net.

Trib­utes were paid to brave Spit­tal young­ster Ryan McLean, who had passed away from a brain tu­mour aged six.

There were fears over the fu­ture of Cly­de­bridge steel­works after it was set to be sold to new own­ers.

Po­lice opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which is still on­go­ing, into St Bride’s parish priest Fa­ther Paul Mor­ton over claims of his­toric sex abuse.

Fast food gi­ants McDon­ald’s an­nounced plans for a Ruther­glen restau­rant that could bring 65 jobs to the area.

Novem­ber

Cam­bus­lang Golf Club agreed to en­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions over a £9mil­lion bid by a hous­ing de­vel­oper to buy their home.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil were set to carry out sav­age cuts in a bid to bal­ance next year’s bud­get, scrap­ping 288 jobs in the process.

Two Cam­bus­lang love­birds made his­tory when they were the first cou­ple to be mar­ried in the town’s pub­lic park.

The re­gen­er­a­tion of Burn­hill was given a boost after be­ing given a near £19,000 cheque from Clyde Gate­way.

Re­former staff shows their Mo­ti­va­tional side by tak­ing part in the Movem­ber chal­lenge to raise cash for char­ity, earn­ing over £800.

De­cem­ber

Hun­dreds of res­i­dents in High Burn­side and Fern­hill re­acted an­grily at plans to build a road on green space be­tween the two ar­eas, ask­ing for the plans to be scrapped.

Gen­er­ous Cathkin Pri­mary pupil David Steven­son kindly do­nated £40 worth of ad­vent cal­en­ders to a food­bank.

A pro­posal to cre­ate a new cy­cling route be­tween Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang was dis­cussed.

Bungling work­ers at­tempted to carry out test bor­ing work on Dukes Road, un­aware it was a chromium waste hot spot.

Top: Ed­ward Cais with the dam­aged tram­po­line in Cam­bus­lang Park

We look back at the highs and lows

of another event­ful year in the Re­former

Above: Dis­abled park­ing is a huge is­sue in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang

Be­low: John Prescott vis­ited Ruther­glen dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign

Right: Ross Liv­ingston over­came his grief to save some­one’s life

Top: The Cly­de­bridge Steel­works in Cam­bus­lang

Above: An of­fer of in­ter­est was made to buy Cam­bus­lang Golf Club

Be­low: Craig Hamil­ton and Amy Cur­tis were mar­ried in Cam­bus­lang Park

Left: Gen­er­ous David Steven­son

Main pic: Lavelle

Boxer Steven Far left: Robin Har­vey won the Brian Logue Memo­rial Trophy Left: Alex Sal­mond in Ruther­glen

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