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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 11 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 12 February

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's all from the South of Scotland Live page for today. We'll be back with the very latest from across the region at 9am tomorrow.

We're keen to hear your thoughts on this new service. Send your comments to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

Settled night

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry, cloudy and settled night across our region. The cloud should stop temperatures from falling to freezing, but it's still chilly with lows of 1 to 3C.

Equal pay case concern

A "large number" of women have not received an equal pay settlement from Dumfries and Galloway Council,

according to a local MP.

The local authority workers' union, Unison, won its case on behalf of more than 200 education staff in the south-west in 2013.

MP Russell Brown said some employees have received a settlement but many have not.

He said there was "clear confusion" over the issue which has also been raised by MSP Alex Fergusson.

Melrose garage thefts

High value tools were stolen from two residential garages in Melrose earlier this week.

police
BBC

Police said both incidents occurred between Sunday and Tuesday in Bowden Road.

In one case the tools were taken from inside a car.

Officers believe the thefts may be linked and they are appealing for witnesses.

Rail watch

@midgov

Midlothian Council

tweets: As the Borders Railway is opening soon - why not sign up to @RailWatchScot @NetworkRailScot pilot scheme
http://bit.ly/1E8ecZQ

Council sued for £4.5m

Scottish Borders Council is locked in legal action with a consultant

who claims he is owed money for helping to secure a contract for a new waste treatment facility in Galashiels.

Barry Phelps is suing the local authority for £4.5m.

He claims he had a "gain share" agreement and would receive a percentage return calculated on the savings he achieved.

The council insist he is due nothing and have defended the action.

Don't forget

Remember to tune in for our radio bulletins at 16:30 and 17:30 tonight from Dumfries and Selkirk.

We'll be back again tomorrow with more news at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Kelso cracker

Kelso racecourse is gearing up for a busy day tomorrow.

AP McCoy
PA

A bumper crowd is expected to turn out to see AP McCoy before he retires at the end of the season.

Your views

Email dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Allan Taylor emails: Totally against changing the Whitesands in any way. Although far more expensive would it not be possible to build a reservoir somewhere north of Dumfries which would enable the flow of the Nith into Dumfries to be controlled?

This loch/reservoir could then be used for water sports bringing revenue into Dumfries. It may be totally impractical but it's only an idea.

Wales wary of Scotland

BBC Sport

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones says

a revitalised Scotland will provide a stern test in Sunday's Six Nations encounter at Murrayfield.

Alun Wyn Jones
Getty Images

Both sides lost their opening games of the Championship, Wales lost 21-16 against England in Cardiff while Scotland fell 15-8 to France.

Soldier bear concert

@PolishEmbassyUK

The Polish Embassy

tweets: Tonight, Ognisko Polskie is hosting a concert in aid of @WojtekMT memorial in #Edinburgh #WW2
http://bit.ly/1EXUqnP

Soldier bear
Other

Stern test in store

Southern Reporter

Bruce McNeil is too honest to try to avoid suggestions that Hawick face a potential season-defining fixture at Poynder Park on Saturday

but admits it is their sternest BT Cup test yet.

"You can't downplay Saturday's fixture and say it is just another game," said the Hawick vice-captain as he and his team prepare to meet National Division One side Kelso in the Quarter-Finals of the BT Cup.

First triumph

@gallgaz

Galloway Gazette

tweets: World champion curler Christine Cannon from Wigtown won her first game 8-2 at the Scottish Seniors Championships at Hamilton this morning.

Try, try and try again

After being postponed three times because of the weather, Threave Rovers and Newton Stewart will tonight make a fresh attempt to play their second round tie the Southern Counties Challenge Cup.

Meadow Park
Colin Kinnear

The game at Meadow Park has a 7.30pm kick off.

Classic clash

@scotsonscreen

@scotsonscreen tweets: .@queenstrust @Morton_FC #onthisday 1949, Queen of the South v Morton at Palmerston

http://ssa.nls.uk/film/0183

Queen of the South v Morton
NLS archive

Stress levels rise

Figures released by Scottish Borders Council show a rising number of staff off work suffering from stress.

Scottish Borders Council
Walter Baxter

Both short and long term absences have gone up.

During 2012/13 there were 105 local authority employees signed off for less than a month due to stress.

But last year that number had climbed to 125.

One to watch

@CheltenhamNews

@CheltenhamNews

tweets: #CheltenamOneToWatch - Gold Cup contender Holywell has been confirmed for the 3m2f Ivan Straker Memorial Chase @KelsoRacecourse tomorrow.

Care unit plans

Scottish Borders Council is to begin tendering for replacement dementia care units - two years after it announced it was pulling out of using services at Craw Wood.

Hands
Thinkstock

The local authority wanted to find three smaller units of around eight beds.

But delays and reviews have prevented alternative accommodation being found.

Energy restored

@SPEnergyNetwork

SP Energy Networks

tweets: Supplies have been restored to customers affected by #POWERCUT #DG9 #Stranraer. Your power loss was due to grounded overhead lines.

Book seats

@SP_Petitions

The Scottish Parliament's petitions committee

tweets: Papers for our meeting as part of #PDDumfries will be available next week but you can book seats in the gallery now:
http://ow.ly/IRqFf

Best export sought

Borders MP Michael Moore is launching a competition to identify the Borders' best export.

The winner will be showcased alongside the best exports of other UK parliamentary constituencies as part of the Exported by Britain Campaign.

Michael Moore
BBC

He is asking for nominations for the Borders' best export to be sent to him via twitter @MichaelMooreMP or email michaelmooremp@parliament.uk by 20 March.

Footpath upgrade

@peeblesnews

Peeblesshire News

tweets: Dangerous footpath set for improvements
http://bit.ly/1E7ktVE

A little brightness

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Very little change taking place today, it will remain dry this afternoon.

Although largely cloudy there may be a little brightness across Berwickshire.

Temperatures will reach around 6 Celsius at best with light southwesterly winds.

A dry evening and night. A few clear spells will develop leading to a patchy frost. Overnight lows of around freezing to 2 Celsius.

Ward cash theft

Police are investigating the theft of money from an elderly patient at Borders General Hospital.

An 87 year-old man was recovering from heart surgery in ward 9 when his money was taken on 27 January.

Borders general hospital
Walter baxter

The theft is said to have taken place between 11pm on 26 January and 11am the next morning.

Bulletin time

It is that time again to tune in the radio for the latest from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

Get the latest news, sport, travel and weather from our region at 12:30 and then again at 16:30 and 17:30.

Landmark year

Border Telegraph

In his final address to NFU Scotland's AGM as president, Borders farmer Nigel Miller

has called on the momentum established in 2014 to continue.

Mr Miller, who stepped down as president yesterday, told the AGM in St Andrews that 2014 was a landmark year for Scottish and UK politics, CAP Reform and the lands tenure debate.

Get involved

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

@epaget31

tweets: Beautiful day yesterday over the hills to Hawick @BBCSouthScot @bbcweather #scottishborders

Hawick hills
Emily Paget

Safety funding

@dgcouncil

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Dumfries and Galloway Community Safety Fund reopens for applications:
http://bit.ly/17eqLcr

Musselburgh bound

Not much joy for south of Scotland connections at Ayr yesterday with just Borders trainer Stuart Coltherd among the winners with his Aye Well at 5/2.

Musselburgh Racecourse
Leslie Barrie

But there are lots more in action today at Musselburgh. Coltherd, Jedburgh's Robert Bewley, Hawick's Bruce Mactaggart and Kirk Yetholm's Sandy Forster all have runners.

Borders jockeys Craig Nichol, Grant Cockburn and Tom Hamilton also take to the saddle.

Get involved

Email dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Andrew McMillan in Dumfries emails: I do not believe the proposed banking is justified. Whitesands is the main through road in Dumfries and the major traffic disruption that will be caused by the construction and by the completed banking would be worse and would bring the town to a standstill on a more regular basis.

The cost estimates for the banking will probably be far, far greater than given at the moment. I suggest that financially supporting businesses to move to higher ground or to water proof their property would be a better option.

Stencil discovery

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Forgotten rare stencil work

has been uncovered on the walls of a Scottish Borders church during renovation work.

Holy Trinity Church in Melrose has been closed to worshippers since June when dry rot was found in the roof timbers.

stencil
Holy Trinity Church, Melrose

While the extensive repair work was carried out, the church's rector spotted the intricate designs during evening visits to the church.

As the congregation prepare to return to the church, they hope to draw up plans to restore the stencilled murals.

Get involved

Email dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Jim Pattie in Dumfries emails: Whilst I appreciate the need to try and tackle the flooding issues at the Whitesands, I certainly don't believe the grass embankment is the solution.

Even the model which was recently constructed completely restricted the view of the river, the caul and the Devorgilla Bridge.

In my opinion, all these features are the major and unique attraction of this part of Dumfries and therefore to remove these from view, of tourists in particular by some monstrosity is simply crazy and should not be allowed to proceed.

Knitting together

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

A group of women in Dumfriesshire

have been reviving the traditional art of knitting.

Sanquhar used to have its own cottage industry based on the traditional craft.

Knitting
BBC

Now the craft is making a comeback.

Power problems

@SPEnergyNetwork

SP Energy Networks

tweets: We are aware of a #POWERCUT in #DG9 #Stranraer. Our engineers are working to restore supplies. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Cup heroes

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and, not surprisingly, the back page celebrates Queen of the South's elimination of Scottish Cup holders St Johnstone.

Back page
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Get in touch

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

A meeting is planned later today on how to tackle long-standing flooding issues in the Whitesands area of Dumfries.

Are you in favour of council proposals to finally address the problem or are you worried about their visual impact?

Whitsands
BBC

Let us know, via email, on dumfries@bbc.co.uk or tweet us @BBCSouthScot.

Quintinshill remembered

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A series of events will

mark the 100th anniversary of the UK's worst rail disaster later this year.

Railway line
Thinkstock

A total of 227 people died when three trains crashed at Quintinshill Bridge near Gretna Green on 22 May 1915.

Plans have been drawn up to open a new roll of honour at Gretna Old Church and to plant a commemorative tree at Gretna Green war memorial.

A descendent of one of the survivors is expected to lay a wreath at the bridge.

Settled day

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Another settled day to come although there will be more in the way of cloud than we've seen of late.

Staying dry with perhaps a little brightness across Berwickshire.

There may well be some hill fog especially in the west and across the Galloway Hills and the Southern Uplands, lingering for much of the day.

Highs today of around 5 or 6 Celsius with light southwesterly winds.

Travel latest

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In the Borders - Peebles - the A72 Cuddy Bridge is closed for water main work between Elcho Street Brae and High Street. Open to cyclists and pedestrians.

And the A698, Denholm, roadworks here near Westgate and the same at Newton near B6358 junction...both till 19th February.

In Dumfries and Galloway the A74(M) N/B exit to A701 part blocked breakdown, at J15 Moffat. Police directing traffic. Big vehicles can't get past.