Fethiye Times’ weekly round up of the local news.

It Could Be You

The run up to the New Year celebrations in Turkey is now well underway.

One of the traditional high points of the New Year celebrations is the big lottery draw.

However, the lottery administrators have warned punters to watch out as fake tickets are being sold.

They said buyers should check any tickets carefully to ensure they are genuine and look for the watermark, printing quality and that the seller is also a genuine agent.

Tragic Death

A man died near the Uzumlu-Fethiye road on Monday morning when his vehicle, and old Renault, left the road and crashed into a tree.

The vehicle was so severely damaged by the collision that the fire service had to cut the crushed roof of the car off to be able to recover the man's body from the wreckage.

The local press reported that a 37 year old man who lived in Uzumlu died at the scene.

Green Future

The Forestry Commission began the planting of 650,000 new saplings last week.

They marked the start of the planting with a press conference.

They said that planting, which will utilise over 50 workers, will take place in Eldirek and Uzumlu.

The planting plan will see species grown for their value, some for their fire retardant properties and others to produce fruit or meet the needs of bee keepers.

The work will be completed on 15th January next year.

Storms and Sunshine

It was a mixed weather week.

On Thursday torrential rain and high winds brought some disruption to the whole area.

Trees were uprooted in the Fethiye area, farm land was flooded in Datca and orchards inundated in Ortaca.

Some roads flooded and had to be closed.

By Saturday the storms had passed and the sun was back out.

The press reported that people were still swimming in the sea and they spoke with a group of men who were taking a break in the area.

When interviewed one of the men said swimming in the warm sea in December was a great way to keep healthy and de-stressed.

The press thought this was great and they said that swimming in the sea was ‘Better than a Doctor’.

The Great Cake Off

A local vocational college has decided that cakes could be the answer to the problem of tardy student timekeeping.

So rather than punish students who arrive late they have decided that a reward could be a better idea.

Any students starting early are now served biscuits and cakes on arrival.

Mr Kipling and Mr Ulker will be exceedingly happy!

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 3.61 Turkish Lira by the close of business on Friday.

The week before it bought 3.52 Turkish Lira.