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Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Well that's it from the first day of our trial South of Scotland live page service.

We'll be back again tomorrow from 09:00 to 17:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Send your comments, stories and pictures to us at dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

Tune in

Remember to tune in for the local bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries at 06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 12:30, 16:30 and 17:30, Monday to Friday.

Radio desk
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Digger death inquiry opens

A fatal accident inquiry has opened into the death of a digger driver who was

killed while working on the Beauly to Denny power line project.

David McClorey, from Stranraer, suffered fatal injuries while working near Kinbuck in Stirlingshire on 11 April 2012.

Temperatures set to creep up

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Temperatures falling below freezing yet again in the south west, with clear skies and lows of around -3C.

As a weather front pushes in from the west, temperatures will creep up by the end of the evening - clouding over and heavy spells of rain.

Another cold night in the Borders with temperatures falling as low as -2C further inland.

Route relief

A temporary one-way system in Galashiels town centre to allow for the safe construction of the new railway station has been lifted in time for peak Christmas trade.

Remaining works will be required on Ladhope Vale between 5 and 26 January.

The one-way system will be reinstated at that time.

Gibson signs

Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

tweets: Willie Gibson signs for Stranraer F.C. until the end of the season.
http://fb.me/3uAP2ZEL7

Big match

Queens Trust

tweets: Get along to
@OfficialQosFC v
@RangersFC at Palmerston Park, Dumfries! Matchday poster thanks to
@PaineProffitt

Poster
PAine Proffitt

For sale: ambulance

Galloway Mountain Rescue Team is selling its old ambulance, after it was replaced by a purpose built rescue vehicle last month.

The team has used the Volkswagen Caravelle Synchro 4x4 LWB since it was donated by St John Scotland in 2001.

Team spokesman Mike Kneeshaw said the specially-adapted vehicle has been "much appreciated by many rescued souls".

With a

price tag of around £7,200, he expects it to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts looking for a rugged camper van, or a vehicle recovery firm.

Galloway mountain rescue ambulance
Galloway MRT

A76 reopens

Police report that the A76 south of Mennock in Dumfries and Galloway has reopened after the fatal road crash this morning.

Get in touch

If you have a news story or a picture you would like to see on the South of Scotland Live page, let us know.

You can email dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCSouthScot using the #southscotlandlive hashtag.

Meals offer

Parents of primary one to three pupils in the Borders can sign their child up for a free school meal as part of a new Scottish government initiative.

School meal
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The scheme will start with the new term on Tuesday 6 January.

A76 crash victim identified

Police Scotland have identified the woman killed in a crash involving a car and an ambulance on the A76 south of Mennock this morning.

Crash scene
BBC

Zoe Clark, 24, of Carronbridge, died as a result of the collision.

Two ambulance crew and two other people in the ambulance were taken to Dumfries Infirmary for treatment.

Too late for Annan

Arbroath maintained their three-point lead at the top of League Two at the weekend but

were made to sweat against Annan Athletic.

Two late goals were not quite enough to turn things around for the Galabank side.

South of Scotland Live - Your views

W Thomas Little: Excellent idea - long overdue, especially at this time of year providing updates on roads, weather conditions etc.

Murray Hughan: This is a great addition, and compliments Tweet service well. I can see it hosting short video or photo segments sent in by the public from mobile devices. Good for public service messages like travel and weather too.

John Cameron: Good to have some local news/weather/travel without having to sift through national items. Keep it up.

Housing approved

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

The go ahead has been given for 20 homes on land next to Horsburgh Ford Cottages near Cardrona in Peeblesshire.

Vital Spark

A Selkirk-based company has entered the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league as the highest placed Scots firm.

Gas rings
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Spark Energy features in the table at number 23.

Grit expectations

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Our gritters have been out overnight and today, focussing on priority routes initially. More info about #gritting:
http://ow.ly/FwPT3

'Suspicious behaviour'

Police are trying to trace a man in relation to some "suspicious behaviour" on a Houston's bus between Lockerbie Academy and Boreland just after 15:30 on Friday.

He took photographs of two girls aged 13 and 17 and also filmed them on a handheld tablet.

The man is said to be about 50 years old with dark brown hair, of medium build, and was wearing a black and red woolly patterned hat and had a black rucksack with him.

Stranraer shine

Craig Malcolm scored a double to stretch Stranraer's unbeaten run to 15 matches at the weekend.

Their 2-0 win over Morton at Stair Park moves the Blues into third place above Jim Duffy's side who started the day in top spot.

You do the Macmath

There are plans to breathe new life into

a collection of long-forgotten Scottish folk songs, discovered 10 years ago in Kirkcudbright.

Musicians
Kim Ayres

Compiled by Galloway-born William Macmath at the turn of the last century, the document has around 80 traditional musical arrangements.

A group of local musicians are to record and perform songs from the collection.

Feeling bitter

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A bright and sunny afternoon for many with showers confined to the Rhins of Galloway and over the Galloway hills.

Despite any sunshine, it'll be cold with highs of 4 or 5 Celsius and feeling bitter in exposure to the fresh to strong north westerly wind.

A cold but largely dry and bright afternoon across the Borders with some decent spells of sunshine.

National triumph

Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson was celebrating in the Scottish Borders National at Kelso on Sunday.

Winning trainer
Kelso Racecourse

Neptune Equester won with Derek Fox in the saddle and fellow Borders trainer Harriet Graham's Scotswell finished second for the second year in a row.

Hard to digest

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Councillors have voted 4-3 to refuse permission for an anaerobic digestion sustainable energy plant at Ravelaw Farm near Whitsome in Berwickshire.

Planning officials had recommended approval but some members were concerned about possible odour nuisance for local residents.

At the scene

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

There have been a spate of crashes across Dumfries and Galloway this morning including the fatal accident near Enterkinfoot on the A76.

Other incidents have been reported in Moffat, Canonbie and Annan due to difficult driving conditions.

The fatal accident was a head-on collision between a car and an ambulance.

Wind warning

Met Office

tweets: Yellow Alert of Wind for SW Scotland, Lothian Borders : Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlot...
http://bit.ly/1ARJL9x

Flying high in Dubai

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A sports fanatic from the Stewartry has finished 46th in the Flyboarding World Cup in Dubai.

It is a great achievement for Sonnie Bean, 22, who only took up the dramatic sport about six months ago.

Sonnie Bean flyboarding
Sonnie Bean

A flyboard is a type of water jet pack which propels the rider up to 15 metres into the air.

He said he hopes to return to the event next year and he is aiming to finish in the top 20.

Injury relief

Annan Athletic

tweets: Delighted & relieved to inform every1 that
@davidhopkirk foot is not broken, just badly bruised. Still a sore one & hope it heals quickly.

Tune in

Don't forget to listen to our local radio bulletins throughout the day from our Dumfries and Selkirk offices.

They are broadcast at 06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 12:30, 16:30 and 17:30 from Monday to Friday.

Hospital petition

A patient from Hawick has started an online petition amid

concerns for the four community hospitals in the Scottish Borders.

Hawick hospital
Walter Baxter

Michael Grieve's petition went live on Saturday evening - and within 36 hours it had received more than 1,200 signatures.

A76 diversion

Traffic Scotland

tweets: Diversion due to closure of #A76 @ #Mennock - N/B #A702, #M74, #B7078, #A70. Reverse for S/B #planahead #takecare

Diversion
Traffic Scotland

Galashiels crash

All three emergency services are in attendance at a crash in central Galashiels.

Two cars and a bus were involved in the accident at the junction of Tweed Road and Nether Road just before 09:30.

Fire crews from Galashiels and Selkirk are cutting one of the drivers free from the wreckage.

Credit for Queens

"I would say Queens are the best away side we've had here at Tynecastle this season, so enormous credit to them."

Queens v Hearts
SNS

Hearts boss Robbie Nielson gives Queen of the South recognition

after their weekend 4-1 defeat at Tynecastle.

A76 crash update

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

tweets: A76 RTC 2 ambulances/ car btwn A70 Holmhead and A702 Carronbridge. Originally reported as South of Sanquhar. Diversion is 50 miles long.

Turbine expansion

Councillors are to decide whether to allow

plans to extend a wind farm in the Borders.

Turbine
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Two community councils as well as walker and hill-runner organisations have objected to proposals to increase the size of the 11-turbine Glenkerie wind farm.

But Scottish Borders Council officials have advised that there are no planning grounds to refuse the application.

Mennock crash

Traffic Scotland

tweets: #A76 both ways @ #Mennock just south of #Sanquhar - closed due to RTC involving 3 vehicles. More details to follow.

Beattock blast

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

tweets: Wintry on higher parts of the #M74 this morning. This was the scene at Beattock in last 10mins. Via
@trafficscotland

Snows
Traffic Scotland

Fatal crash

Two people died in

a crash on Friday involving car and a lorry on the A6105 Duns to Greenlaw road.

The 24-year-old driver and a 23-year-old passenger of a Toyota Corolla car died at the scene of the smash less than a mile west of Duns.