We continue our round up of the local news from Fethiye, Muğla and surrounding area.

Twelve Year Old Killed

A 12-year-old girl, Beyza Canözü, was killed instantly when a car, apparently travelling far too fast, hit her as she crossed the main Antalya road on her way home from school.

The driver of the car was taken into custody.

Earthquake Appeal

There has been an on-going flurry of relief activity in the town following the Van earthquake.

As well as the collection point for food and goods set up at FETAV (which has been reported on this website already), local shopkeepers selling clothing donated 5,000 items, and schoolchildren have been donating their pocket money.

A yacht race organised by Ece Marina, which began during the week from Fethiye to Kaş, will also donate all its profits to relief efforts.

However, this will be a long-term project for the country as a whole, so donations are still welcome.

You can take tinned foods/blankets into FETAV to be transported to the east.

Seventy Cycle Lykia

And yet another cycle race took place this week when the ‘Caria – Lycia’ bike race started off in Muğla.

Seventy cyclists, including one Dutchman and a Canadian, started the race which took three days to travel from Muğla to Fethiye with overnight stops in Köyceğiz and Dalyan.

The race was due to end on Saturday in Fethiye but as we go to press no winner has yet been announced.

Three Thousand March Against Terror

Friday saw another ‘March Against Terror’ in Fethiye with around three thousand people taking to the streets accompanied by the Council’s brass band.

They marched from the Tuesday Market Place to Atatürk’s statue carrying flags but, apart from the band, mainly walking in silence.

Low Key Republic Day

Having cancelled the annual entertainments held in the football stadium to mark 29 October, Republic Day, all that was left was the laying of wreaths at Atatürk’s statue an event at which only about 100 people were present.

The national anthem was sung, a respectful one minute’s silence held, a brief speech and it was all over.

Those who had turned up, furled their flags and dispersed quietly.