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  1. Updates for Wednesday 21 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 22 January 2015

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it from the South of Scotland Live page for today. We'll be here again at 9am tomorrow for another busy day of news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

If you have something you would like us to cover, please contact us on or

Cold night in store

BBC Scotland Weather


A few showers will clip the Berwickshire and Galloway coasts at times tonight; otherwise mostly dry with clear spells, leading to a widespread frost and isolated freezing fog patches.

It'll be another cold night, with temperatures dipping as low as minus 4 Celsius.

Best possible decisions

Borders councillors have endorsed the development of a "school estate strategy".

Berwickshire High School
Jim Barton

It will provide information which will shape future investment in schools across the region.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison said the initiative would ensure the best possible decisions were taken on school provision.

Bulletin time

Tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for the last radio bulletins of the day from Dumfries and Selkirk.

More to come tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

'Especially picturesque'

BBC News website reader Cathy Lovell sent in this picture of her hometown of Peebles looking "especially picturesque in the snow".

Cathy Lovell

If you have any images from your part of the Scottish Borders or Dumfries and Galloway you would like to send us, email them to or

Extra room

Berwickshire News

Work started this week

on creating 38 additional car parking spaces at Borders General Hospital.

This work is due to take approximately eight weeks and NHS Borders remind all car park users of the importance of adhering to the temporary signage and footpaths during this time.

Feel the Burns

Southern Reporter

While sports fixtures were being wiped out all over the Borders last weekend,

one group of hardy athletes were relishing the prospect of some wintry terrain.

Conditions were ideal for the third running of the Feel the Burns race, organised by Selkirk Fund Runners, which saw 196 participants of all ages and abilities take to the hills around Selkirk.

Full speed ahead...

Borders Railway

tweets: A recent image from the top of Lothianbridge Viaduct.

Borders Railway
Borders Railway

Renwick's run continues

Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick has continued his hot run of form with a winner at Ayr this afternoon.

After a double yesterday, he steered Warriors Tale home at 7/1 in the 13:50 race.

Car warning

Police have issued an alert after the theft of an "insecure car" in the West Linton area of the Scottish Borders.


They said that under no circumstances should car keys be left in a car or "hidden" around the car.

They also stressed that cars shouldn't be left unattended whilst the engine is running.

Property tax

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: Revised Scots property transaction tax: starts at £135k (up from £125k) to £145k: 2%. £250k-325k: new 5% band. £325-750: 10%. Then: 12%

Online budget

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Can't make it to our #dgbudget community meetings? Fill in our online survey

Scott no more?

A Christmas market

which celebrates the life and work of Sir Walter Scott could fold.

Scott's Selkirk

For the past 15 years Scott's Selkirk has been a major part of the Borders town's calendar.

A lack of new committee members and increased competition from neighbouring towns means its future is in jeopardy.

A special general meeting of Scott's Selkirk has been called with a resolution that the organisation is dissolved.

Icy out there

BBC Scotland Travel


tweets: Ice still affecting roads across the country especially on untreated routes - pavements treacherous in some parts! Take care. T.T.

Big debate

Gordon Brewer will be heading to the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries on Friday 30 January for BBC Radio Scotland's Big Debate programme.

Gordon Brewer

If you'd like to join him for a discussion on the big issues of the week, you can apply for a ticket by emailing:

The debate is broadcast live from 12:00 - but audience members are requested to be seated by 11:30.

Drugs seized

Police have seized drugs

with an estimated street value of £150,000 in Dumfriesshire.

The haul was recovered from a car stopped on the northbound carriageway of the M74 near Ecclefechan on Tuesday morning.

A 48-year-old from Liverpool is expected to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court in connection with the incident.

Ticket query

Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

tweets: There were almost ten times as many parking tickets handed out in Stranraer than in Dumfries last year - why?...

Jobless total rises

Scotland's jobless total rose by 7,000 between September and November to stand at 158,000,

according to official figures.

The Scottish unemployment rate is now 5.7%, which is lower than the overall UK rate of 5.8%

The Scottish unemployment rate is now 5.7%, marginally lower than the overall UK rate of 5.8%.

The labour market statistics also show employment in Scotland rose slightly by 1,000 over the same period.

Van on its way

Dyslexia Scotland

tweets: The #Dyslexia Van is coming to Dumfries & Galloway on 24 - 26 March. Full details coming soon!

Dyslexia van
Dyslexia Scotland

'Unlucky' home

Peeblesshire News

tweets: Is this the unluckiest house in Peebles?

Back page

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard pays tribute to Queen of the South goalkeeper Jim Atkinson who has stepped in while Zander Clark is injured.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries Standard

Close to freezing

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be cloudy this afternoon, but mainly dry, with just a few wintry flurries, most likely over the hills.

Temperatures for most will stay close to freezing.

Radio round-up

Remember to tune in for the latest radio bulletins from the Dumfries and Selkirk studios at 12:30.

Radio desk

More news, sport, travel and weather at 16:30 and 17:30.

Busy afternoon

A very busy day in store for south of Scotland trainers and jockeys at Ayr races this afternoon.

Ayr racecourse
William Craig

Selkirk's Stuart Coltherd and Langholm handler James Ewart both have a number of runners.

While Hawick jockeys Wilson Renwick and Craig Nichol, Jedburgh's Grant Cockburn and Langholm's Dale Irving are among those taking to the saddle throughout the card.

Court closure

Peebles Sheriff Court

is to sit for the final time with all of its business being transferred to Selkirk.

Peebles Sheriff Court
Walter Baxter

Local justice has been administered in the Borders town for the past 150 years.

There are 10 cases assigned for the final sitting which will be presided over by Sheriff Kevin Drummond.

Robe replacement

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Ceremonial robes worn by every provost of Dumfries over the last 100 years

could be replaced.

Dumfries and Galloway Council
Provost Joseph Johnstone Glover is thought to have commissioned the robes in about 1900.

The gown, made from satin and ermine fur, is thought to have been commissioned by Provost Joseph Johnstone Glover in about 1900.

However, the garment is slowly falling apart, and frequently "moulting" fur and feathers.

Landslip report ordered

The Scottish government has ordered a report into the increasing number of landslips on the A77 between Stranraer and Ayr.

Billy McCrorie

At the end of last year, the road was blocked twice south of Ballantrae.

Transport Secretary Derek Mackay has now instructed Scotland Transerv to evaluate the problems and prioritise long-term solutions.

The minister was responding to a call for action by Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown.

Caught on camera

Traffic Scotland

tweets: Spotted on our #A75 camera @ Gretna!
@ScotTranserv out gritting our roads! Well done guys :) Keep up the good work!

Traffic Scotland

Front page

Border Telegraph

The Border Telegraph is out today and leads on a story about council complaints.

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

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Bridge closure

The Cuddy Bridge in Peebles will be shut for up to four weeks to allow the upgrading of a water main to take place.

Jim Barton
jim barton

The closure of the bridge, which is on the A72 road, will begin on Monday 26 January.

It is hoped the works, being carried out by DS Construction, will be completed within three weeks, weather permitting.

Snowy sunrise

Wild Seasons D&G

tweets: Snow and sunrise, N Rhins this morning.

N Rhins
Wild Seasons D&G

Call-ups questioned

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Kelly Brown and John Barclay are among Scotland's best players and should be in the squad for the Six Nations,

according to former captain Andy Nicol.

Kelly Brown has been left out of Vern Cotter's Scotland squad for the Six Nations

Brown and Barclay have won 107 caps between them but have been omitted from Vern Cotter's 32-man pool.

Rental rates fall

The average rent in Scotland fell last month contributing to slower annual growth,

according to a new report.

Map of average rents last month by Scottish region. Source: Your Move
Your Move

Lettings agents, Your Move, said rents fell by 0.4% taking the average cost of renting to £536 per month.

Front page

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads with a story about the family of a man who died on holiday in Thailand.

Standard front page
Dumfries Standard

Lockerbie meeting

The families of two air tragedies

have been brought together in Scotland, in a "deeply moving" experience.

Relatives of MH17 & Lockerbie victims meet
BBC Alba

Some relatives of victims of the MH17 Malaysia Airlines crash met families of those who died in the Lockerbie bombing.

The meeting was arranged for a BBC Alba Eòrpa programme being broadcast tonight.

Travel latest

A convoy system will be in use today for patching operations on the A7 at Branxholm between Langholm and Hawick.

There will also be temporary lights on the A75 between Stranraer and Dunragit as well as at Glenluce and, on the eastern section of the road, at Carrutherstown.

You will also encounter temporary lights on the A76 for gully replacement work between Thornhill and Carronbridge.

There are also traffic controls at Enterkinfoot. No problems to report with Irish Sea ferry services or local rail travel.

Cold and frosty start

BBC Scotland Weather


It's another cold and frosty start, with a risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

Patchy sleet and snow will affect the area at first, before dying out through the morning. Skies will brighten to allow a few sunny intervals.

Temperatures will reach 4 Celsius on the Galloway Coast; they'll stay close to freezing inland.