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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 6 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 9 March

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

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

Good luck to Queen of the South tonight, and to all the other local teams in action this weekend.

We'll be back at 9am on Monday. Enjoy your weekend.

Mild and windy

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be mild and windy across the south of Scotland tonight.

It'll be mainly dry at first, before outbreaks of rain develop overnight, heaviest and most persistent towards Dumfries, Lockerbie and Moffat. Rain will also affect the western Borders.

The Stranraer area will be drier.

It'll be very mild, with temperatures of 7 Celsius - close to what we'd expect as a daytime maximum at this time of year.

Massive game

@Zanderr1

Queen of the South goalkeeper Zander Clark

tweets: Massive game tonight hopefully a big turnout as always and hopefully a place in the semi final #qos

Radio bulletins

Don't miss our last two radio bulletins of the week from Dumfries and Selkirk at 16:30 and 17:30.

We'll be back - hopefully with good news for the region's sports teams - on Monday morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

'Tourism magnet'

The new Borders Railway could be a "significant tourism magnet" for overseas and domestic visitors,

according to VisitScotland.

tracklaying
Borders Railway

The tourism agency hopes it will inspire the 3.4 million people who visit Edinburgh every year to explore the Borders.

Burnfoot boost

A councillor says he's encouraged that steps are being taken to deal with an upsurge in antisocial behaviour by a small but disruptive minority of young people in the Burnfoot housing estate in Hawick.

Burnfoot
Walter Baxter

Stuart Marshall said a multi-agency approach, discussed at a meeting yesterday afternoon, should pay dividends.

Assault appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Selkirk.

The incident happened around 2am on Sunday on Bleachfield Road near to Thornfield Avenue.

Two men approached a 30-year-old man from behind and assaulted both him and his female companion.

The suspects then ran off in the direction of Thornfield Avenue.

Health report

A report is set to be prepared examining the options to re-shape health and social care facilities in Langholm and the Esk Valley.

Thomas Hope Hospital
Chris Newman

A joint board set up to oversee the integration of NHS and local authority care services is being recommended to agree the study.

Safe journey

@falkirkbairns

Falkirk FC

tweets: Safe journey to all Falkirk fans making the trip to Dumfries later. Everyone at the club appreciates your fantastic support #RoadToHampden

Pheasant shooter fined

A man has been fined

after shooting 20 pheasants over two days.

Mark Hodgson, 34, turned an air rifle on the birds because he was upset at the damage he thought they were causing to crops.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Hodgson, of Boreland, near Lockerbie, admitted shooting the pheasants at Balgray Estate, which neighboured his parents' farm, in September 2013.

Selkirk success

@SelkirkRFCInfo

@SelkirkRFCInfo

tweets: Front page of today's
@theweepaper says if all. #upwithesouters

Front page
Other

Pitch battle

Today's Galloway Gazette leads on a legal action threat over a football pitch in the region.

Galloway Gazette
Galloway Gazette

Follow Queens v Falkirk live

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

If, for some reason, you can't make it to Palmerston Park tonight, there is always the television, radio and online.

Football
Other

Queen of the South v Falkirk i

s live on BBC2 Scotland at 19:30.

You can also listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online and there is live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Looking forward

@AndrewMcNair85

Dumfries and Galloway Standard reporter Andrew McNair

tweets: I'm looking forward to the massive Scottish Cup clash at Palmerston tonight. QoS v Falkirk for a date with Hampden Park #dgsport

College crowned winners

The final of the Dumfries and Galloway schools public speaking competition took place this week at Dumfries Sheriff Court with St Joseph's College being crowned winners.

Dumfries Sheriff Court
BBC
The fatal accident inquiry will be held at Dumfries Sheriff Court

The teams competing were from Lockerbie Academy, Annan Academy and St Joseph's College, Dumfries and the topic was "Disability is not a barrier to achievement".

St Joseph's will now go on to the West of Scotland final.

Power cut

@SPEnergyNetwork

@SPEnergyNetwork

tweets: We are aware of a #POWERCUT in #DG6 #Kirkcudbright. Our engineers are working to restore supplies. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Council apology

A local authority has apologised

after posting personal information online.

It is understood that the data included details of redundancy payments to named Dumfries and Galloway Council staff.

It was published in response to a Freedom of Information request asking for details of all invoices for more than £500 received and paid by the council from 2009-2013.

The council said it had informed the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Annandale Observer

The Annandale Observer is out today and leads on hopes that people power could help reopen a railway station in the region.

Annandale Observer
Annandale Observer

Get involved - Queen of the South cup prediction

@PMurray89

tweets: qos 1 falkirk 1

Cup injury concerns

Berwickshire News

Several Berwick Rangers players are nursing niggling injuries

ahead of Sunday's Scottish Cup quarter-final away to Hibernian.

Club captain Stephen Tulloch, who has missed a large chunk of the season with a broken cheek, is back training with the first team, but is not match fit and is unlikely to be included in the squad.

Dumfries and Galloway rugby round-up

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Five local sides have re-arranged matches this weekend.

rugby ball
Thinkstock

In the club championship, game of the day in national league division three is likely to be at Park Farm, where third placed Dumfries Saints welcome league leaders Lasswade.

In the regional leagues, Annan, Stewartry and Moffat are all at home in their respective leagues.

In west one, bottom side, Annan host second top Carrick. While, down a division, in west two, third placed Stewartry should be too strong for Waysiders Drumpellier at Greenlaw.

Elsewhere, west four leaders Moffat are at home to Argyll and Bute for their re-arranged game. Wigtownshire are also in action, away at the Isle of Mull in west three.

Other football

There's one match in the Lowland League this weekend where Selkirk travel to Gretna.

Meanwhile, Dalbeattie Star have home advantage as they take on Civil Service Strollers in the first all in round of the South Challenge Cup.

And Hawick Royal Albert play Heriot-Watt in the only East First Division match tomorrow.

Ranger recruitment

Four dark sky park rangers

are to be recruited to develop stargazing events in Galloway.

Galloway Dark Sky Park
PA

Forestry Commission Scotland wants to employ freelance staff who can promote the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park to visitors and businesses.

Festival funding

Peeblesshire News

Festival funding from Scottish Borders Council for the next three years

is expected to be rubber-stamped soon.

But a warning is likely to be issued to certain committees who are stashing away too much cash in reserves.

The local authority currently dishes out a total of £82,360 each year to 28 festivals of all sizes across the Borders.

From this forthcoming financial year the number will increase to 29 with the inclusion of Burnfoot Carnival.

Park proposals

@dgcouncil

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets:

Agnew Park consultation
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Come on Queens

@MarkDurnan

Queen of the South defender Mark Durnan

tweets: Massive game tonight what an opportunity to get to hampden for a semi final #comeon #qos…
https://instagram.com/p/z4s00cpLDy/

Home comfort?

About a third of Scots never move away from the area where they grew up,

according to Bank of Scotland research.

Melrose
Walter Baxter

In the west of Scotland, 34% of people have lived in the same area all their life, more than any other region.

Family links, liking the area, good transport and affordable housing were identified as key reasons for staying in a particular area.

Some brighter spells

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It will remain predominantly dry this afternoon with some brighter spells across the eastern Borders, especially the Berwickshire coast.

There may well be a little patchy rain over the Southern Uplands.

Staying windy with a strong gusty southwesterly. Temperatures will remain on the mild side at around 11 Celsius.

Tune in

Remember our radio bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries are at 12:00 today with all the international, national and local news.

More from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders at 16:30 and 17:30.

Turbine bid

Another application has been submitted for a wind farm in rural Peeblesshire.

Kilrubie Wind Farm Ltd wants to develop a site to the west of Eddleston.

wind farm
Getty Images

It hopes to erect seven turbines on a site adjacent to Cloich Forest.

Rally plans

Southern Reporter

This year's Jim Clark Rally will

return to its roots.

For the past 17 years, the world-famous event has been contested over closed public roads in the late Formula One champion's home county of Berwickshire.

But in a change to the format, this year's event, on Sunday, May 31, will run on private Forestry Commission gravel roads.

Dreams of Murrayfield

It's a big day for rugby in the Borders tomorrow as Hawick take on rivals Heriot's in one of the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, hoping to make it to a third final in the history of the competition.

Murrayfield
SNS

St Boswells are also one step away from Murrayfield as they take on North Berwick from a league above them in the National Shield semi-final.

In National League 1 Selkirk will have the championship trophy presented to them after their match against Peebles at Philiphaugh but they're also looking for a 20th straight win in the league.

Also playing tomorrow in National 1 are Jedforest against Kelso in a derby which will also double as a Booker Border League game.

Weekend fixtures

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

In League One, Stranraer who lost their grip on top spot in midweek, are looking to bounce back away at bottom side, Stirling Albion this weekend.

In League Two, Annan Athletic who dropped out of the play-off places after defeat to Clyde in midweek have another tough game at home to table toppers, Albion Rovers.

Big match

The back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard really could not have any other lead story - it previews Queen of the South's Scottish Cup quarter-final with Falkirk.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Historic objects

Historic Scotland has launched an

online database cataloguing 400 objects from dozens of historic sites in Scotland.

Comb
Historic Scotland
Among the items on display is a comb from the 1400s, thought to have been given as a love token. Historic Scotland's online gallery can be searched by theme, date, type, property where it is housed or by individual item from architecture and armour to sculptured stones and social history at collections.historic-scotland.gov.uk/simpleSearch.jsp

Artefacts, paintings and items spanning 200 years are available to view at the touch of a button.

The searchable online gallery includes the story of each item on display.

Get involved - Queen of the South cup predictions

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

@hurriedsnail

tweets: Q.O.S. 2 Falkirk 1. Hampden here we come!

@AcidCasual

tweets: the mighty queens to march to the semis!

@PammieS78

tweets: 1-0 queens tough match.

Still dancing

Dumfries businessman Michael Pattie continued his preparations for his big dance on the People's Strictly last night.

Michael Pattie and Aliona
BBC

If you missed it, you can catch up

here.

Rabbit cull 'necessary'

Border Telegraph

Forty-eight rabbits were killed in just two nights during the latest bunny blitz in Melrose,

community councillors were told this month.

Melrose in Bloom, which helped the town win Gold in the Britain in Bloom awards, claimed the cull was necessary as rabbits had been spotted eating the town's prized flower beds.

Taxi alarm

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and it leads with a story of concerns among taxi drivers about new regulations being proposed.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Queens team news

BBC Sport

Scotland

Queen of the South will be

without suspended striker Derek Lyle in Friday's Scottish Cup quarter-final against Falkirk.

Blair Alston and Daniel Carmichael
SNS

Mark Millar is cup-tied but on-loan St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark has been given clearance to play and Gavin Reilly could return from injury.

Bairns and former Queens duo Mark Kerr and John Baird are cup-tied.