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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 5 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 6 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 Thursday. We'll be back tomorrow to bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

Some late brightness

BBC Scotland Weather

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Staying mostly cloudy to end the day, with some late brightness along the Solway coast and eastern Borders, and cloudy too this evening and overnight.

Although mainly dry the cloud may be thick enough to produce a little patchy rain over the Galloway hills.

A mild night with temperatures dipping no lower than around 6 celsius.

The brisk southwesterly winds from the day ease for a time before picking up again by morning.

Ticket reminder

Queen of the South have reminded supporters intending to travel to Ibrox on Tuesday night for the league game at Rangers that they must buy a ticket from Palmerston in advance.

It will not be possible to buy tickets for the away end at Ibrox on the evening.

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@queenstrust

@queenstrust

tweets: #ThrowbackThursday fans heading to Palmerston to see #qosfc in the 70's

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Best south of Scotland book

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@rachael2512

tweets: Mark Frankland The Cull -- although i did not like the ending !!

Armed police changes

Police Scotland is to publish

changes to its policy on the arming of officers by the end of this month.

Police Scotland firearms officers
Police scotland

Assistant Chief Constable Bernie Higgins told Holyrood's Justice sub-committee a report into the controversial policy would be reviewed by senior officers on 11 March.

It will then be discussed by the Scottish Police Authority on 31 March.

Tune in

Remember those local radio bulletins for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway - coming up at 16:30 and 17:30.

Get all the news, sport, travel and weather from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

Energy cash bids sought

A group of young people has launched the funding arm of a project which will see local organisations benefit from the revenue generated by a community energy park.

Turbine group
Propel

Fifth and sixth year pupils from Sanquhar Academy unveiled the Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park Funding Project to people living in surrounding communities at a launch event at the school - and are actively encouraging local groups to make applications for funding.

The first of its kind in Scotland, the scheme provides financial assistance for public benefit to groups and organisations across Upper Nithsdale using the revenue produced by two wind turbines on a site adjacent to the Glenmuckloch opencast mine, near Kirkconnel.

The pupil group could distribute £2.5m over the next 25 years.

Train delays

BBC Scotland Travel

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Delays reported on Virgin Trains East Coast service between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh Waverley because of a signalling problem.

Wind farm welcome

Berwickshire News

A fifteen-year contract for a planned offshore wind farm that has been serviced from Eyemouth's port

has been welcomed by the local community.

Renewable energy developer Mainstream secured the contract with the National Grid for the 448 megawatt Neart na Gaoithe wind farm.

Wilson wins again

Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick has been back in the winner's enclosure again this afternoon at Carlisle.

Wilson Renwick
PA

He rode Whiskey Chaser to victory in the 2.35pm race at a price of 9/1.

Tourism treat

Firms who organise events for companies in the UK and abroad are visiting the region for two days to experience what Dumfries and Galloway can offer.

Loch Ken
Mary and Angus Hogg

Conference Dumfries, which showcases the region's venues to businesses, is organising the event with VisitScotland.

ITV Border works

The split Scotland-England coverage of ITV Border already available on Freeview looks set to be expanded to satellite services.

Work is now under way to extend ITV Border Scotland availability to Sky customers.

It is hoped the technical changes can be finalised by the middle of March.

Artists selected

Spring Fling has revealed the names of the leading artists and makers taking part in a new exhibition at Newcastle's Biscuit Factory Gallery.

June by Phil McMenemy
Phil McMenemy

The five topped a poll carried out among the 18,000 visitors who saw work by 95 artists at last year's Spring Fling - Dumfries and Galloway's art and craft open studios event.

They are Heather Blanchard, Suzi Plunkett, Phil McMenemy, Peter Wareing and Rob Jarvis.

Best south of Scotland book

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@DrewDrewcrooks

tweets: John Buchan's The 39 steps, the best 'man on the run' novel which inspired Hitchcock and the whole genre

@gillian_pape

tweets: The Origin of the Crabs by Guy N. Smith - it's terrible, but in a good way.

@shelaghatkinson

tweets: best Borders books - author Dorothy Dunnett from the Lymond series.

Textiles 'thriving'

The Scottish textile industry is thriving,

according to a leading Borders design consultant.

Textiles
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Hamish Carruthers, an experienced designer who runs a consultancy in Roxburghshire, said more designers were looking for home-grown products.

Mania on Cheltenham

@BBCGeoffWebster

Geoff Webster

BBC Scotland

tweets: Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania
@mania450 with his thoughts on #CheltenhamFestival on Sport Nation
@BBCRadioScot Sat 11am

Defibrillator decision

Councillors have agreed to fund

11 life-saving defibrillators for communities across Dumfriesshire.

Defibrillator
Thinkstock

There had been concerns they would refuse the funding applications after an expert's report found that the heart-starting devices had little impact in areas of sparse population.

Campaigners claimed that "people power" persuaded members of Nithsdale Area Committee to approve the funding.

Many of the devices will be placed in remote and rural areas.

Syme bows out

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Former Dumfries and County player Connor Syme has bowed out of the South African Amateur Championship in the quarter finals.

He was beaten 4&3 by fellow Scot Calum Fyfe (Cawder Golf Club) .

Best memories

Berwickshire News

Sunday's Scottish Cup tie between Hibs and Berwick Rangers will be played

exactly 35 years after the teams last met in the competition - at exactly the same stage.

On that occasion - March 8, 1980 - more than 7,000 fans crammed into Shielfield to watch Berwick take on a Hibs team featuring George Best in the quarter-final.

Stunning scene

@Lyle_and_Scott

@Lyle_and_Scott

tweets: Stunning scenes of the Scottish Borders. Aren't we lucky to call this place 'home'?

Borders scenery
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Routes reopen

Scottish Borders Council reports resurfacing works in Galashiels have been completed ahead of schedule.

It means the High Street and Bank Street are now both open to traffic.

Assault admissions fall

Health bosses have welcomed a significant drop in emergency hospital admissions which are linked to acts of violence.

Dumfries Infirmary
OTher

The latest figures for Dumfries and Galloway show that the number of patients treated because of assault is at a seven-year low.

It coincides with a drop of almost 12% in violent crime in the region.

Rather cloudy

BBC Scotland Weather

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A largely dry but rather cloudy look to the afternoon. There will be some brightness, perhaps even a little sunshine for the Solway coast and eastern Borders.

There is just the chance of a little patchy rain over the Southern Uplands.

Windy today with quite a brisk southwesterly. Temperatures will reach around 11 celsius, so feeling noticeably mild.

Tune in

Get the latest radio bulletins from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios at 12:30 today.

Then more coming up at 16:30 and 17:30 with all the latest from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Carlisle bound

A very strong contingent of Borders and Dumfries and Galloway trainers heading to Carlisle races today.

Carlisle racecourse
Rose and Trev Clough

Stuart Coltherd, Alistair Whillans, Alison Hamilton, Donald Whillans, Iain Jardine, Katie Scott and James Ewart all have runners.

Borders jockeys Craig Nichol and Wilson Renwick are also in action.

Flood consultation

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Consultation is now open on proposals to protect communities at greatest risk of flooding
http://ow.ly/3xrozo

Selkirk success

Today's Southern Reporter celebrates the outstanding achievements of Selkirk RFC on its back page.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Village fears

Peeblesshire News

Speeding motorists are being blamed for

leaving residents in a Peeblesshire village in fear of their lives.

Drivers on the daily commute to Edinburgh blatantly flout speed limits through Eddleston with little threat of being brought to book, it is claimed.

Manager to quit

The back page of the Galloway News today carries a story about Dalbeattie Star manager Paul McGinley's decision to quit at the end of the season.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Carnsalloch fire fight details

Firefighters have revealed details of their efforts

to tackle a blaze at a derelict mansion in Dumfries.

They spent 10 hours at the scene of the fire at Carnsalloch House after the alarm was raised at 23:05 on Tuesday.

Get involved - best south of Scotland book

@ali24867

It's World Book Day - what's your favourite book set in Dumfries and Galloway or the Borders or written by an author from the area?

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot or email dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

@ali24867

tweets: The Wigtown Ploughman, a great insight into a different time

@Grimbo203

tweets: Oh it has to be No Stranger To Death By @JanetOkane

Care home dispute

Today's Galloway News leads on an email spat over a care home in the Stewartry.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Stow safety tab nears £100,000

Border Telegraph

It will cost Scottish Borders Council nearly £100,000 to address concerns - generated by the return of the Borders Railway -

for the safety of children at Stow Primary.

The measures will include the installation of CCTV at the school and improved perimeter fencing.

Council pressure

Scotland's councils will face financial pressures "of a scale not previously experienced" in the coming years,

the public spending watchdog has said.

Traffic sign, child writing, road being dug up, and bins waiting to be emptied.
BBC

The Accounts Commission said councils had coped well so far with cuts to their funding.

Convoy system

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Traffic Scotland

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tweets: #A68 Lintalee (South of Jedburgh) will have convoy in place btwn 8am-5pm Mon-Fri until April 10th. For info:
http://bit.ly/1wJfE6P

Lottery warning

The Southern Reporter is out today and it leads on the latest in the Earlston play park row.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Seats under pressure

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

A new poll by a Tory peer Lord Ashcroft in eight Scottish constituencies

suggest six could go to the SNP.

The only Conservative seat in Scotland - Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale - which is held by the Scotland Office minister David Mundell, is said to be too close to call with the SNP and the Tories both on 34%.

The Labour seat of Dumfries and Galloway, held by Russell Brown, is also apparently at risk.