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  1. Updates for Thursday 26 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 27 February

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

It's time to wrap up the South of Scotland Live page for another day. Enjoy your evening and we'll be back with the very latest from across the region from 09:00 tomorrow.

Risk of ice

BBC Scotland Weather


A cool bright end to the day with a fresh to strong west to south west wind, still driving a few showers through our region at times and feeling chilly in the strength of wind.

A cold and windy night ahead too with temperatures dipping to around freezing with a widespread risk of ice and further showers at times.

Choir seeks support

A town choir is in danger of folding unless more young people sign up to sing.

Youth choir

The Dumfries Youth Choir began three years ago and initially attracted two dozen schoolchildren, split equally between primary and secondary pupils from across the region.

But the numbers have been dwindling recently, leaving those that run the choir frustrated and fearing for its future unless more youngsters turn up.

The choir meets on Wednesdays at St John's Church Hall on Newall Terrace.

Broadband clarity call

Clearer information is needed on the coverage and range of speeds a Scottish superfast broadband network will deliver,

Audit Scotland has said.

Computer mouse and keyboard

The Scottish government wants the network to offer speeds of 40-80 megabits per second to 85-90% of premises by March 2016 and 95% in 2017.

But Audit Scotland said the contracts to create the network do not guarantee the speeds for all the premises.

Tune in

Don't miss the last radio bulletins of the day from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

They're coming up at 16:30 and 17:30.

Fake note warning

Police are urging businesses in Hawick to be vigilant after officers were made aware of counterfeit bank notes being circulated.

The Royal Bank of Scotland on the High Street contacted police on Tuesday after discovering three separate £50 notes, which had been deposited by different businesses in the region.

All three notes were of good paper quality but had the same serial number - FF09258657.

Scottish first?


Logan Botanic Garden

tweets: A rare Aesculus wangii collected in N. Vietnam has germinated at Logan. Possibly a first for Scotland?

Rare seed
Logan Botanic Garden

Going change


Kelso clerk of the course Hazel Peplinski

tweets: Bright and breezy now
@KelsoRacecourse, but 5mm rain overnight and early am has altered going: Good to Soft, Soft (5.6) ahead of Saturday.

Airport arrest

A lorry driver was arrested as he tried to board a flight at Heathrow Airport

after he failed to pay a fine issued at a Dumfries court.

It was imposed at the town's Justice of the Peace Court because the man, who has not been named, exceeded the daily driving limit.


He was stopped by police as he tried to catch a flight to Poland.

The Scottish Courts Service said he was allowed to continue when his partner paid the fine in full over the phone.

Annandale Herald

The Annandale Herald leads today with a story about a controversial wind farm project.

Annandale Herald
Annandale Herald

Ice warning


Traffic Scotland


tweets: YELLOW WARNING #Ice from 6pm TODAY (Thu 26th) til 10am (Fri 27th). Check for info #BeAware

Weather warnings
Met Office

Council redundancy statement

Scottish Borders Council has issued a statement

over job cuts which have been carried out this financial year.

"The 22 compulsory redundancies made during this financial year have only been made following full consultation and only where absolutely necessary and in a variety of posts and locations," it said.

"The majority of these were made between five and ten months ago.

"Scottish Borders Council is committed to minimising compulsory redundancies and we operate a voluntary severance/early retirement programme to minimise any impact on staff."

Defibrillator doubts

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Plans to supply communities across Dumfries and Galloway

with life-saving defibrillators look likely to stall.

Campaigners have applied for funding to put 12 of the heart-starting devices in community centres in Nithsdale.

Many of them would be placed in remote, rural areas where ambulance response times could be lengthy.

However, council officers have recommended the funding is refused, after experts found they have little impact in areas of sparse population.

Stranraer defender in spotlight


The Scottish Professional Football League

tweets: .@StranraerFC defender Craig Pettigrew talks about team mates & his career in #SPFL Spotlight

Craig Pettigrew

Dalbeattie decision welcomed

There's been a welcome to news that councillors have unanimously backed plans for a new learning campus in Dalbeattie.

Main entrance to new school
D&G Council

The development will be built on the site of the existing high school, and will encompass secondary, primary and nursery education.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown described the planning approval as great news for Dalbeattie and a huge step towards the new campus becoming a reality.

Baby death 'unexplained'

Police are treating

the death of a five-week-old baby boy in Dumfries as "unexplained".

Beck James Standing from the town's Stakeford Street died on Tuesday.

Police said enquiries were continuing into the unexplained death and the procurator fiscal had been informed.

A post mortem examination has been arranged.

Mercat cross


Borders Heritage

tweets: Our friends
@SkillsRCAHMS &
@rcahms have kindly given us postcards showing a 19thc drawing of #Melrose mercat cross

Mercat Cross

Tapestry troubles


Peeblesshire News

tweets: Tory councillors fail in bid to unpick tapestry decision

Housing surge

First-time buyers in Scotland were key to helping increase activity in the housing market during 2014,

according to industry figures.

House sale generic

However, the level of mortgages being agreed fell away in the second half of the year.

Borders call-ups

Five players with Borders clubs will be hoping for a repeat of their last outing when they represent Scotland Under 20 at Netherdale on Friday evening.

Ruari Howarth of Gala and Ross Graham of Hawick will join Melrose duo Lewis Carmichael and Neil Irvine-Hess in the starting XV.

Walter Baxter

A third Melrose player, Tom Galbraith, is on the bench.

The young Scots produced a fighting victory over Wales earlier this month, and now face their Italian counterparts for the next round of the Six Nations Championship.

Scotland Under 20 play Italy Under 20 at Netherdale on Friday, kick off 7.30.

Vane designed

Students and teachers from Drumlanrig St Cuthbert's Primary School have gathered for a sneak preview of the newly designed weather vane which will sit on top of the new bandstand in Wilton Lodge Park.

Weather vane
Scottish Borders Council

The winner of the bandstand weather vane design competition, which was open to all the schools in Hawick and saw over 160 entries, was Hanna Al Khoury from Drumlanrig Primary.

Two other students, Grace Gibb and Evan Tice, were also recognised for their contribution to the final design.

Dry and bright

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry and bright afternoon with showers at times.

It's a windy day with strong west to south-west winds which will be gusty at times.

Some decent longer spells of sunshine this afternoon, but the showers never too far away.

A cold feel with afternoon values around 4 or 5 celsius, and feeling cold especially so in the strength of wind.

Tune in

Don't miss our radio bulletins coming up from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

All the news from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders at 12:30 and then at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

Scotland ring the changes

BBC Sport


Peter Horne has been named at fly-half in place of the banned Finn Russell

as one of four changes for Scotland to face Italy in the Six Nations.

Fit-again Tommy Seymour replaces Tim Visser on the wing in the other change among the backs.

Euan Murray replaces Geoff Cross in the front row, while Tim Swinson comes in for injured lock Richie Gray.

No Brits for Calvin

Dumfries DJ Calvin Harris missed out on the honours at the Brit awards last night.

Calvin Harris

His hit Summer had been nominated for Best British Single and Best British Video.

Home replaced

A home for people with learning disabilities in Duns is being replaced by supported accommodation.

Mountview's seven residents will move into two bungalows in the town.

Funding and responsibility is being transferred from NHS Borders to Scottish Borders Council.

The authority says it will mean more independent living for those who, until recent years, may have been confined to outdated hospital units.

Junction campaign

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

Campaigners calling for a new northbound junction on the M6 motorway south of Gretna have been pressing their case at a meeting with the UK Government's Transport Minister.

Claire Perry

Claire Perry accepted an invitation from Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell to view the traffic situation at Junction 45 for herself.

Interesting breakfast


Alex Fergusson MSP

tweets: Off to annual Bank of Scotland briefing on Agri statistics - always an interesting way to have breakfast!!

Road closure delayed

Plans to close a section of the A708 from Monday have been postponed.

It was announced earlier this month the road would shut completely from beyond the Waterwheel Cafe for three months.

Road closed sign

It's being raised, as part of Selkirk's Flood Protection Scheme.

But the council say contractors RJ McLeod will now review the proposals - and consult locals - to see if there's any alternative.

Southern Reporter

The Southern Reporter is out with a lead story about a waste project dropped by Scottish Borders Council.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Job cut levels revealed

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

It has emerged that 22 employees

have been made redundant by Scottish Borders Council in this financial year.

The authority said the jobs had already gone across the area.

Scottish Borders Council HQ
Richard Webb

The council said the hours of the 22 people who had gone made up the equivalent of 15.7 full time jobs.

'We need to win'

Southern Reporter

Stuck in the slow lane after two defeats, Scotland captain Greg Laidlaw

accepts there is a responsibility to earn a result against Italy on Saturday.

"We need to win, of course we do, we want to finish as high up in the championship as possible, and if we lose on Saturday, we are in a bit of trouble," said the Jedburgh scrum half.

Galloway News

The Galloway News is out today and it leads with a story about a scam targeting farmers in the region.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Fire figures fall

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

There has been a marked downturn in the number of fires in Dumfries and Galloway according to the latest figures from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The trend will be reported to the local authority today.

The statistics being reported cover the nine months between April and December last year.

The most marked decrease was in the number of deliberate fires down 41% to just 16.

Michael's challenge begins

In case you missed it, Dumfries man Michael Pattie got his People's Strictly challenge under way last night.

People's Strictly

You can watch the episode again


Travel latest

On the A75, temporary lights at Cree Bridge on the Newton Stewart by-pass today.

Traffic controls will also be in place just west of Newton Stewart for tree-felling work.

Elsewhere, on the route, temporary signals remain in place at Springholm.

On the A76, gullying work continues just north of Thornhill and there are temporary lights at Enterkinfoot.

No problems reported at the moment with rail or Irish Sea Ferries.

Sunshine and showers

BBC Scotland Weather


A mild, cloudy and wet start to the day across our region, but this area of weather will pull away this morning to be replaced by cooler conditions and showers.

There'll be some brighter spells outwith the showers at times but it's a windy day with strong west to south west winds which will be gusty at times.

Some decent longer spells of sunshine this afternoon, but the showers never too far away. A cold feel with afternoon values around 4 or 5 celsius, and feeling cold especially so in the strength of wind.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning from the south of Scotland, we're here again with all the news from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

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