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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 4 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 5 March

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it for the South of Scotland Live page for Wednesday.

We'll be back at 09:00 tomorrow with the latest news from across the region, including the line-up for this year's Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival. Goodbye.

Dry and fine

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A few showers linger across parts of Galloway, but otherwise it's a largely dry and fine end to the day across the southwest, and feeling less cold than recent days, with lighter winds.

A largely dry, fine and sunny end to the day across the Borders too with the brisk northwesterly winds along the coast continuing to ease.

Top of the class

A team of primary six pupils from Melrose Primary School has been crowned top of the class at the Scottish Borders Euroquiz.

Melrose Primary Pupils
Scottish Borders Council

It took place on Tuesday 3 March at Scottish Borders Council (SBC) headquarters in Newtown St Boswells.

Community concert

A public performance of Handel's Messiah is being put on with the aim of benefiting communities of all ages in Kirkcudbright.

Kirkcudbright Parish Church
Chris McAuley

More than 150 people from choirs from the region and Ayr are taking part.

Funds from ticket sales will go towards plans to convert the William Burn Church building into a hub.

Messiah For All takes place on Saturday at Kirkcudbright Parish Church.

Radio bulletins

Last couple of radio bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries coming up at 16:30 and 17:30.

Then we're back with more news from across the region at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow.

Big match

@queenstrust

@queenstrust

tweets: 2 days to go!!
@OfficialQosFC v
@falkirkbairns in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup! #dumfries #qosfc

Match programme
Queens Trust

Health board praised

Scots Health Secretary Shona Robison has praised NHS Borders, after it was revealed that last month around nine out of 10 patients were seen or discharged from Borders General Hospital's Accident and Emergency department within four hours.

Borders general hospital
Walter baxter

The January figure of just under 90% was below the Scottish Government target of 95% - met by only five of Scotland's 14 health boards - but well above the national average

The last weekly figures for the BGH, to 22 February, were very slightly down - at 89.5%.

Monaco prepares

@allanmcnish

Dumfries driver Allan McNish

tweets: Just over a week to the Aus #F1 GP, but in Monaco they are already starting to build the track for May race date.

Monaco
ALlan McNish

Dogs to be microchipped

All

dogs in Scotland will need to be microchipped from April 2016 under a planned change in the law by the Scottish government.

A dog looks mournfully at the camera as a vet injects him with a microchip
Thinkstock

A public consultation in 2014 showed that more than 83% of those who took part favoured making microchipping compulsory.

The government said that the move would be a "huge help" in reducing the number of lost and abandoned dogs in Scotland.

The new law is set to be introduced in England and Wales at the same time.

Warm welcome

@ElaineMurrayMSP

MSP Elaine Murray

tweets: Good to speak with staff & students from
@LockerbieAc
@Scotparl this afternoon

Lockerbie students
Elaine Murray

Film role?

Wigtownshire could be among the locations chosen for a new film about the flight of Bonnie Prince Charlie to Skye following the Battle of Culloden.

A team of film-makers has visited Stranraer to drum up local support for the production of The Great Getaway.

Inspirational figures

Here is the back page from the Border Telegraph, hitting the newsstands today.

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

Syme progresses

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Dumfries-born Connor Syme is through to the last 16 of the South African Amateur Championship after beating fellow Scot, Craig Ross, 1Up.

Southerness player, Scott Gibson, is out though. He was beaten (2 Up) by Dylan Naidoo (Modderfontein Golf Club, SA) in the 2nd round.

Funding boost

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

Scotland's Fair Work Secretary is in the Borders today.

Rosanna Cunningham is visiting IT company Agenor at Tweed Horizons - announcing £240,000 of regional selective assistance - guaranteeing more local jobs.

Agenor is headquartered at St Boswells - with offices in Edinburgh Amsterdam and Dubai.

Petition 'not valid'

Berwickshire News

A petition calling on Scottish Borders Council to scrap its £3.5m commitment to a visitor centre for the Great Tapestry of Scotland next to the Tweedbank rail terminus

has been deemed "not valid".

The ruling came on Monday just hours after the entreaty, with 4,303 signatures, was handed over to the council's depute convener Jim Brown by campaigner Brian McCrow.

Carnsalloch fire is suspicious

A fire at Carnsalloch House in Dumfries

is being treated as suspicious, police have confirmed.

Carnsalloch House
BBC

Firefighters were called to the historic mansion at about 23:00 yesterday.

Flames engulfed an annexe of the derelict building, near Kirkton.

Solar eclipse

@BBCWeather

BBC Weather

Latest

BBC Weather

tweets: How much of the solar #eclipse will you see on 20th March (assuming cloud doesn't get in the way!)... Jo

Solar eclipse
Greg Smye-Rumsby and Astronomy Now

Queens highlights

@spfl

The Scottish Professional Football League

tweets: Doonhamers share spoils with the Sons | @Dumbartonfc 0-0 @OfficialQosFC | Watch here
http://spfl.co/DBNvQOTS #SPFL

@Rovers1893

Peebles Rovers FC

tweets: Action from an early 60's match v @fairydeanrovers at Whitestone, legendary Rovers striker Renwick Sanderson scoring.

Borders football
Peebles Rovers

Lyle loses out

Derek Lyle's suspension for Queen of the South's Scottish Cup quarter-final with Falkirk makes the back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Calvin booked

Calvin Harris has been announced as the

first headline act for Glasgow's Summer Sessions.

Calvin Harris
BBC

The Dumfries DJ will take to the stage at Bellahouston Park on 30 August.

Sunny spells

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It will be largely dry across the Borders this afternoon with good sunny spells. North-westerly winds - brisk at first along the coast - will ease. Temperatures will reach around 6C.

A few showers will continue to affect Galloway this afternoon, but most places across the southwest will be dry with some sunshine, the best of it towards Moffat and Sanquhar. North-westerly winds will be brisk at first across Galloway, but they'll ease as the afternoon goes on. Temperatures will be up on yesterday, reaching around 7C, close to average for early March. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine.

Local news

Don't forget to tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30 for the latest local news, broadcast from our studios in Dumfries and Selkirk.

radio desk
Thinkstock

Border Telegraph

The Border Telegraph is out today and leads on the latest about the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

Drumming up interest

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Dumfries teenager, Euan Leslie, who won the 2015 Young Drummer of the Year contest, is poised to make an appearance at a top London Jazz club

The 16-year-old St Joseph's College student will perform alongside three acclaimed drummers at a clinic on 19 March.

Front page

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads on the conviction of a campsite leader.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

'Chopper' Dickson responds

Having been described as "evil" by Scotland boss Gordon Strachan, former Queen of the South player George "Chopper" Dickson got his chance to respond on BBC Sportsound.

You can download the podcast

here.

Crossing probe

Peeblesshire News

Investigations are set to be launched into why a pedestrian crossing used regularly by young children

is constantly subjected to flooding.

Teachers at Kingsland Primary School in Peebles have expressed concern that the crossing has been unusable on many occasions over the winter.

Online tourism trend

A trend towards tourists accessing information online has been cited as

a reason behind plans to shut a south of Scotland visitor centre.

Visitor centre
Billy McCrorie

Dumfries and Galloway councillors are being asked to agree to close a face-to-face service in Newton Stewart.

Free Press

The Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press leads on a council apology over staff information being published on its website.

Front page
Stranraer & Wigtownshire Free Press

Death inquiry findings

A workman was crushed to death by a road-roller because safe working practices were not observed,

a fatal accident inquiry has concluded.

David McClorey died after being trapped between his digger and the roller as he worked on a new power line near Kinbuck, Stirlingshire, in April 2012.

The 31-year-old, from Stranraer, died at the scene after a fuel exchange operation went wrong.

A sheriff ruled that there had been "a defect in the system of working".

Carnsalloch fire blaze

@SFRS_DnG_safe

@SFRS_DnG_safe

tweets: Firefighters remain on scene at #Carnsalloch House near #Dumfries . Cause of the blaze is not yet known

Fire workers
SFRS

Carnsalloch House - blaze latest

Carnsalloch House owner Ian Foster is still seeking information about the blaze which has affected his property.

"Ever since we bought the house we have had problems with vandalism," he said.

"If it has affected the main house it will be a huge problem."

Flag 'flexibility' call

A Berwickshire councillor has asked whether flags other than the Saltire

can be flown on the Scottish side of the border with England.

Flags
Chris Downer

Michael Cook has made the inquiry regarding provision at Lamberton on the boundary between the Scottish Borders and Northumberland.

Carnsalloch blaze

A blaze has ripped through part of

an historic mansion on the outskirts of Dumfries.

Carnsalloch
Dumfries and Galloway Council

The flames engulfed an annex of the derelict Carnsalloch House at about 23:00 on Tuesday.

Travel latest

On the A75, temporary signals will be in use today for rolling lane closures between Kirkpatrick Durham and Haugh of Urr.

There are also traffic controls in place for roadworks at Springholm and the Newton Stewart roundabout, and Stop-Go boards will also be in use for studding works at various locations.

On the A76, temporary lights remain in use at Enterkinfoot and just north of Kirkconnel.

Progressive cabling work's set to continue today on the A701 at Locharbriggs in Dumfries and potential delays again today through temporary lights on the Moffat Road at the junction with Carnegie Street.

Mostly dry

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It's another cold start with a risk of ice.

A few showers will continue during the morning, but most places will be dry by the afternoon with good sunny spells.

Northwesterly winds - brisk at first along the coast - will ease by early afternoon. Temperatures will reach around 6 Celsius.