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  1. Updates for Friday 13 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 16 February

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for this week, we'll be back on Monday at 09:00 with more live news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

In the meantime, send us your stories, pictures or thoughts on this service to or

Oh, and have a great weekend.

Ice hockey time

In ice hockey, the Solway Sharks have a home game in the National League tomorrow.

Ice hockey puck

They welcome bottom side Manchester Minotaurs to the Ice Bowl.

Fishmarket plans

Berwickshire News

The unused old fishmarket at Eyemouth harbour

could soon be buzzing now Eyemouth and District Community Trust are taking it over as a community area.

Ideas of how to use the space are coming in thick and fast - fruit and veg market, craft market, music venue, dance, to name but a few. And the message from the trust is clear - it's for everyone in the town to take ownership of the old fishmarket.

One of the first decisions to be made is what to call it - The Chill Space, the Old Fishmarket, The Harbour Hall?

Tricky test

Promotion chasing Berwick Rangers face a stiff test in their pursuit of a play-off place tomorrow.

Shielfield Park

They are at home to table-topping Arbroath in League Two.

Cloudy evening

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy evening and night to come across the south of Scotland, the cloud thick enough to produce a little patchy rain or drizzle, particularly towards the Berwickshire Coast.

It'll be misty, with patchy fog in places. Temperatures will dip to around 3 Celsius.

Mist and fog will gradually clear through the morning tomorrow, and cloud will tend to thin and break, allowing some sunny spells to break through.

Tune in

Remember to listen in to our last radio bulletins of the week from Selkirk and Dumfries at 16:30 and 17:30.

We'll be back on Monday at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 with all the latest from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Borders derby

There's a Borders derby in the Lowland League Cup this weekend as Gala Fairydean Rovers entertain Selkirk.

Vale of Leithen travel to Spartans in the South Challenge Cup.

And Hawick Royal Albert host Coldstream in the King Cup. The East First Division action sees Eyemouth United face Duns in a Berwickshire derby whilst Kelso United entertain Ormiston.

Turbine protest

Protestors are set to hold a rally against plans for a new wind farm development in Dumfriesshire.


The demonstration - being held at the Castle Loch car park at Lochmaben tomorrow morning - is in response to proposals to construct turbines at Hartwood Hill between the villages of Torthorwald and Hightae.

Energy firm, Airvolution, wants to construct a total of seven turbines.

The company says the site would generate enough electricity to power more than 13,000 homes.

Red card to racism

Border Telegraph

Gala Fairydean Rovers have become the first club from the Highland or Lowland League

to affiliate to the Show Racism the Red Card initiative.

Before Saturday's home game against Dalbeattie Star, players from the club held aloft red cards with the organisation's logo and will work with the educational charity to deliver anti-racist training to supporters as well as junior and youth players at the club.

Front page news

The Galloway Gazette is out today and it leads on a funding bid disappointment for Stranraer.

Galloway Gazette
Galloway Gazette

Record breaker

A shark that was tagged more than 10 years ago

has been recaptured just 12 miles from its original location.

Big fish

The tope was caught in Luce Bay in Dumfries and Galloway as part of the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme.

It was at liberty for 3,716 days - a new record for the project run by the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network.

The Annandale Observer

The Annandale Observer is out today and leads with a story of a fishing crisis.

Annandale Observer
Annandale Observer

Charges after Peebles fire

A 20-year-old man is expected to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court in connection with a fire-raising incident in Peebles.

Three fire crews helped put out the blaze at the Courthouse restaurant on Wednesday night.

Police Scotland said the man has also been charged in connection with break-ins to the Sunflower restaurant and Courthouse restaurant early on Wednesday morning.

Missing woman appeal

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information to help trace a woman missing from Jedburgh.

Ausra Urbonaine, who is originally from Lithuania, was last seen in Howden Road, Jedburgh about 10.30pm on Monday 26 January.

Ausra Urbonaine

Since then, the 23-year-old has not been in touch with friends or family and concerns are growing for her welfare.

Last clip


Transport Scotland

tweets: Putting the final clip on the tracks - more from yesterday's #tracklaying event @BordersRailway with @KeithBrownMSP

Borders railway
Transport Scotland

Wind farm discount

Residential, business and community buildings closest to Glenchamber wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway

are set to receive an annual discount on their electricity bills under RES' Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS).

Glenchamber wind farm montage

Nearly 350 properties within about four miles of the turbines qualify for the annual discount of £200 on their electricity bill, every year for the operational lifetime of the wind farm.

Construction is under way at Glenchamber and payments will start once the wind farm becomes operational in late 2016.

Wickerman expansion?

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Wickerman Festival has always been a crowd-pleaser.

And the number of people attending could rise if

ambitious plans are approved to increase the site capacity to 25,000 over the next three years.

Councillors will be asked on Tuesday to back a £4,000 study into how the public sector could work with the festival to secure better financial benefits for the local community.

Dumfries and Galloway rugby

There are no games for Dumfries or Langholm tomorrow but the rest of Dumfries and Galloway's sides all have games scheduled.

Rugby ball

There's a bottom of the table meeting at Violetbank as West One bottom side Kilmarnock visit Alex Dunbar's old club Annan who also sit in the danger zone.

In the same division, sixth placed Newton Stewart travel to Garnock who sit just ahead of Annan and Kilmarnock in 8th.

Down a division in West Two, fourth placed Stewartry face a tough test away at league leaders Cambuslang. While in division three, third placed Wigtownshire have a home game against second bottom Loch Lomond. And in West Four, leaders, Moffat have a re-arranged game away at Hyndland who currently sit fourth.

Front page

The Peeblesshire News is out today and leads with a story of cash being approved for a second bridge in Peebles.

Peeblesshire News
Peeblesshire News

Borders rugby round-up

The big game in the Borders tomorrow is the BT Cup Quarter Final tie between Kelso and Hawick at Poynder Park.

Rugby ball

On paper Hawick will start as favourites, but the Greens won't underestimate the challenge their hosts will pose.

Elsewhere, there's a full programme of National League and East League fixtures with Peebles tackling Jed-Forest in another local derby. Unbeaten Selkirk head to Troon to play Marr.

Before all that the Scotland under 20s side will play their Welsh counterparts at Netherdale this evening, kicking off at the unusual time of 5.55pm. It's on BBC Alba followed by the Edinburgh Pro12 game.

Galabank action

League Two title challengers Queens Park are the visitors to Galabank tomorrow to face play-off hopefuls Annan Athletic.

It will be the Black and Golds' first game in a fortnight after last weekend's clash with Clyde was postponed due to the weather.

Hospital theft

Border Telegraph

tweets: Cash stolen from heart patient at BGH

Confidence high in Stranraer

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

After their Scottish Cup exit at home to Dundee United, League One leaders, Stranraer have a home game against Peterhead.

Stranraer manager Stephen Aitken

Despite the 3-0 defeat, Blues manager Stephen Aitken believes his side will take confidence from last weekend's game to keep their league campaign on track.

"The confidence in the squad is really good because, from my point of view, I saw a lot of positives," he said.

"If we can compete the way we did against Dundee United for the rest of the season I'm sure we'll not be too far away."

Patchy rain

BBC Scotland Weather


A predominantly cloudy afternoon in the Borders with a little patchy rain at times, mainly affecting the hills.

Still rather windy along the Berwickshire coast at first with a fresh to strong southeasterly wind here.

The rain will become more persistent and widespread for a time in Dumfries and Galloway.

Temperatures typically reaching 7 celsius.

Cup clash live on BBC

Queen of the South's William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final against Falkirk has been selected for live television coverage by the BBC.

Gavin Reilly scores for Queen of the South against St Johnstone

As a result the game has been brought forward to the Friday evening, 6 March, with a 7:35pm kick off.

Six Nations side announced

BBC Sport


There's a strong south of Scotland contingent

in the Scotland side for the Six Nations clash with Wales on Sunday.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw
SNS Group

Greig Laidlaw captains a side which includes fellow Borderers Ross Ford, Geoff Cross and Stuart Hogg.

Dumfries-born Alex Dunbar has recovered from injury to be fit enough to play.

£21m school work delayed

Building work

on the new Kelso High School has been delayed.

Kelso High School new
Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Borders Council blamed the hold-up on a European ruling which has affected a number of projects including the Scottish Future Trust's Scotland's Schools for the Future programme.

Tune in

Remember the local radio bulletins are at 12:00 today.

All the news, sport, travel and weather coming up from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

Castle view


Historic Scotland

tweets: Nice juxtaposition of past/present! MT @ScottishTen: Stuart & Jack carrying out work 4 #RaeProject @ Caerlaverock

Castle view
Historic Scotland

League focus

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

After knocking holders St Johnstone out of the Scottish Cup, Queen of the South return their focus to the Championship play-off campaign tomorrow, when they welcome Alloa to Palmerston.

Boss James Fowler says it is a game they need to take something from.

"The games against the teams at the bottom end of the league or the lower end we really need to make sure we pick up the points," he said.

Palmerston Park, Dumfries

"We can compete against the teams round about us we have shown that.

"But sometimes when teams maybe try to stop us playing or they come and they can make it difficult for us we have maybe found that difficult sometimes. So we'll make sure we are ready to go on Saturday."

Estate crackdown call

Hawick News

A Burnfoot councillor is calling for a crackdown on the estate's antisocial youths who, he claims,

are ruining the lives of certain residents.

And after Stuart Marshall witnessed a group of around 20 youths running riot on the estate on Monday night, he is calling on parents to control their kids.

Outdoor film festival

Peebles' first outdoor film festival starts today.

As well as short films and features, the event promises presentations from "elite adventurers and ultra-athletes".

They include former Borders GP Dr Andrew Murray - whose latest expedition saw him attempt to be the first person to run across the Namib Desert - 50kms a day for 10 days.

Standard back page

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard's back page today says Queens' boss James Fowler believes his side is good enough to tackle the Scottish Premiership.

D&G Standard

Your views - Borders Railway


Rick Pannell,West Midlands, emails: The new rail link is money well spent and proof that an Academic and a Tory politician made mistakes in closing some of the the branch lines. They ignored the fact that branch lines are communities and they feed the main lines.

Keep it up and show England what can be done.

Kevin Poulton emails: As someone who needs to travel to Edinburgh from Galashiels every day. The bus takes 90 minutes or even longer in rush hour one way and the train takes about an hour. So a return is quicker by an hour a day. One more hour a day spent at home, five hours a week, nearly 11 extra days a year spent at home, with my family. So yes for me it is worthwhile.

Learning support political row

A political row in Dumfries and Galloway over the

impact of cuts to learning support posts has led to claims it could cost the council £1.5m.


The authority's minority Labour administration said there was "no question" of the money being lost.

However, the SNP has now weighed in to say the council could lose £1.5m in education funding if it proceeds.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads with a story about a motorist "driven to despair" by the justice system.

D&G Standard
D&G Standard

Travel news

There are temporary lights on the A76 between Thornhill and Carronbridge and at Enterkinfoot. A convoy system will be in use on the A75 for patching works between Gatehouse and Newton Stewart.

Temporary lights will also be in place at Springholm and at Nivenhill between Eastriggs and Gretna

On the A701, there's ongoing water mains work at the Quarry Road junction in Dumfries.

Temporary traffic lights remain in use on the A77 at Carlock Hill between Cairnryan and Ballantrae.