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  1. Updates for Friday 13 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 16 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 another week at the South of Scotland Live page.

Enjoy your weekend and remember to watch out for Dumfries' Michael Pattie on Comic Relief tonight.

We'll be back at 9am on Monday with the very latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Patchy rain

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy end to the day in the Borders with some patchy outbreaks of light rain, along with an onshore breeze. Some misty conditions too, with the winds generally light.

A mainly cloudy evening ahead too some further patchy light rain.

Cloud continues to increase across Dumfriesshire to end the day, possibly thick enough to produce a little light rain or drizzle.

Overnight it will become dry with some clear spells developing. A touch of frost in some prone places.

Chilly night


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Temperatures to get close to freezing tonight, so our gritters will be pre-salting from 6pm and checking all routes in morning #sbctravel

Youth parliament results

Votes for the Scottish Youth Parliament have been counted in the Borders with Coran McFarlane and Cian Gullen elected as MSYPs for the constituency of Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire.

Jack O'Hara has been elected as MSYP for the constituency of Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale.

Colourful day


Russell Brown MP

tweets: We're having a colourful day in the office all in aid of #RedNoseDay! Please remember to donate

Red noses
Russell Brown

Radio times

Don't miss our local radio bulletins - the last two for the week coming up at 16:30 and 17:30.

We'll be back on Monday at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 with all the news, sport, travel and weather for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Toilet talks

Southern Reporter

Kelso Community Council is to request that

no decision is made on the former public toilets in the Knowes car park until after the summer.

Members this week agreed to ask Scottish Borders Council to hold off making any decision on the future of its now unused building, which until recently was used as an art gallery.

Competing interests have emerged with some in favour of the building being converted back into public toilets which they say the town badly needs, despite the recent opening of modern toilets as part of the town centre revamp.

Motorist warning

Motorists are being warned of disruption this weekend as a £200,000 improvement programme is carried out to the A77 Stranraer to Ayr route.

The works will take place just south of Ballantrae between Cairnryran and Girvan. Traffic will be diverted along the A714 through Newton Stewart.

Your pictures

A picture of a rook carrying a twig in Lochside Park in Castle Douglas is among

a selection of photographs from around Scotland that feature on the BBC website today.


Courthouse plans

Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

A multi-million pound, three-storey hub

could be built in Selkirk Market Place - if Souters want it.

The plans were revealed at Monday's community council meeting, to incorporate Sir Walter Scott's Courthouse museum, the library, tourist information, business space, and Scottish Borders Council (SBC) contact centre into one "wrap-around" building, including the old Cross Keys pub which SBC purchased in 2014.

Saints set for action

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Dumfries Saints have a rearranged fixture tomorrow, they make the trip to Hawick YM in National League Division Three.

While in the regional leagues, East One bottom side Langholm are at home to third top Dalkeith.

Lowland league

Dalbeattie Star are at home to East Kilbride in the Lowland League, while Vale of Leithen have home advantage in the East Qualifying Cup against Gretna.

Meanwhile, Coldstream face Spartans in the semi final of the East of Scotland League Cup.

Elsewhere, in the East First Division, Peebles Rovers and Hawick Royal Albert square up, Duns welcome Ormiston, Eyemouth travel to Heriot Watt and Kelso are up at Burntisland.

Art gallery costs warning

The cost of setting up a major art gallery in Kirkcudbright

is set to rise again.

Kirkcudbright Town Hall
MJ Richardson

Dumfries and Galloway Council has already pledged £885,000 to the project to transform the town hall.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has provisionally committed almost £1m to the scheme to create a facility of "national significance".

However a new report has revealed that a number of factors have led to "costs increasing from initial projections".

South of Scotland football

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

In the South league, there's one Tweedie Cup first round tie tomorrow as Nithsdale Wanderers take on Fleet Star.

In the league, leaders Wigtown and Bladnoch travel to Edusport Academy. Second placed Newton Stewart are also away, they head to Moffat Academy to play Upper Annandale.

In the other games, Abbey Vale are at home to Heston Rovers, while, in a reverse of last weekend's fixture bottom side Dumfries YMCA travel to Creetown.

At Maxwelltown High, it's Lochar Thistle at home to Crichton and in Kirkcudbright, Mid Annandale are the visitors to St Mary's Park to play St Cuthbert Wanderers. And in the Ayrshire District league, Kello Rovers are at home to Dalry Thistle.

Restaurant fears

The Annandale Observer is out today and leads on a story about fears for the future of a restaurant at the centre of an immigration raid.

Annandale Observer
Annandale Observer

Cheltenham target

Borders jockey Kieron Edgar hopes to bring some Cheltenham glory back to southern Scotland this afternoon.

He is aboard Vieux Lion Rouge for David Pipe in the 4.40pm race.

Dance decision

Dumfries man Michael Pattie will find out his fate this evening in The People's Strictly.

Along with partner Aliona Vilani he is one of six competitors hoping to be announced as winner during Comic Relief.


Curling hopes

Dumfries and Galloway curling stars Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams, who are part of Eve Muirhead's Scottish rink, are in Japan for the start of the Women's World Championships.

They're set to begin they're medal bid tomorrow with a round robin game against Denmark.

Environment date

Students at Glasgow University's Crichton Campus are taking the lead in hosting and running this year's Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair - alongside the council's Countryside Rangers.

Crichton Campus
Andy Farrington

The event, which is free, will take place tomorrow in the Rutherford McCowan building between 10am and 3.30pm.

There will be information about recycling, sustainable transport and volunteering.

Weapons in schools

Southern Reporter

There have been six incidents involving weapons

in the region's primary schools over the last 15 months.

In making that revelation last week, Councillor Sandy Aitchison, executive member for education, admitted that Scottish Borders Council had no policies in place to specifically address the carrying of weapons in schools.

World Cup hopes in jeopardy

BBC Sport


Scotland centre Alex Dunbar faces

a race against time to be fit for the Rugby World Cup beginning in September.

Alex Dunbar will miss the rest of the season

The midfielder damaged his knee during Thursday's training session and a hospital scan revealed he had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

Teachers sought

Scottish Borders Council is holding a recruitment open day for teachers on Saturday 28 March at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel near Peebles.

The council has a large number of opportunities across its education provision at primary, secondary and headteacher level.

Annan's ambitions

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Annan Athletic travel to Berwick Rangers tomorrow for a south of Scotland derby.

Galabank boss Jim Chapman was asked whether a play-off place was still possible.

Jim Chapman is the new manager at Annan Athletic

"The players will decide that," he said. "I know what they are capable of.

"Only they will decide where they end up this season."

Dry start

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry start to the afternoon.

Cloud will continue to increase across Dumfriesshire, possibly thick enough to produce a few bits and pieces of rain or drizzle.

Holding onto brighter skies if not some sunshine towards the Galloway coast.

On the Berwickshire coast, thicker cloud will prevail along with an onshore breeze

In the sunshine we'll see temperatures reaching 9 celsius. A cooler 6 degrees where it will be cloudy towards Moffat and Lockerbie. Winds will remain light.

Tune in

Don't forget our radio bulletins are at 12:00 today with a mix of international, national and local news.

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

Promotion push

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

In League One, second-placed Stranraer have another key game in their promotion bid as they travel to face third-placed Forfar this weekend.

Only a point separates the two sides - although Stephen Aitken's side do have a game in hand.

GP 'crisis'

Scotland is facing a GP recruitment "crisis", with almost a fifth of practices reporting a vacancy,

the British Medical Association has claimed.

doctor taking blood pressure

Its Scottish GP committee found that 17% of 463 practices surveyed had at least one vacancy for a GP.

'Entertaining match'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South have the first of back-to-back home games tomorrow, as Raith Rovers visit Palmerston.

A win would move Queens 11 points clear of the Kirkcaldy men.

Queen of the South manager James Fowler

"It will be another big game at home," said Doonhamers' boss James Fowler. "Raith will obviously be disappointed I think going out of the cup but they will be looking to bounce back.

"They have got a lot of quality and the games have been quite close this year with them as well so it should be another entertaining match."

A7 crash inquiry planned

An inquiry is to be held into the death of a south Wales man

killed on the A7 in the Borders last May.

Selkirk Sheriff Court
Kim Traynor

Huw Jenkins, 54, of Tonmawr, was driving his tractor - with a low loader unit - near the entrance to the Torwoodlee Golf Course.

The FAI is scheduled for 5 and 6 May at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Borders club rugby

In club rugby, Hawick will be at Meggetland to play Boroughmuir this weekend as they chase a play-off place.

Also seeking to cement a top four place in the Premiership are Gala, who have to travel to leaders Heriots.

In the National League Jed-forest head over to GHA.

Smith celebrations

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard's back page today celebrates the achievements of Queen of the South's young goalscorer Aidan Smith.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Borderers ready

All four Borderers, including captain Greig Laidlaw, continue their involvement in the Scotland squad who will be at Twickenham to meet England tomorrow for the Calcutta Cup in the penultimate round of matches in the RBS Six Nations.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw

Tonight five players with Borders teams will hope to help the Scotland Under 20 side to a first ever win over their England counterparts at Darlington.

Pub promise

Peeblesshire News

The pub chain which owns the Clovenfords Country Inn

has given an assurance that the premises will re-open "as soon as possible".

There has been concern in the village after the current management of the historic hostelry shut up shop last week and closed down the business's website.

Charity scam

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads with a story about a cancer charity scam.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Talbot investigation

Police investigating incidents of alleged abuse involving former TV weatherman Fred Talbot

have submitted a report to Scottish prosecutors.

A spokesman for the Crown Office said a report was handed into its Dumfries office relating to incidents involving a 65-year-old man.

Makes you want to shout

Scottish singer Lulu

has joined the line-up for this year's Wickerman Festival.

The musician, who is celebrating 50 years in the industry, will perform on the main stage at the event at Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway.


Influential pop band Squeeze and punk performance poet John Cooper Clark have also been added to the bill.

Travel latest

On the A75, temporary lights in use for work on the new vehicle checkpoint at Glenluce.

Elsewhere, there's patching work scheduled on the A7 north of Langholm; four-way traffic controls will be in use on the A76 at Carronbridge; and cabling work is set to continue on the A701 at Locharbriggs in Dumfries.

Cloudy start

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy start with outbreaks of rain at first, the rain turning to snow over high ground.

Staying cloudy in the west although it will become drier with some brightness across the eastern Borders later this afternoon.

A dry and bright morning across Galloway and western parts of Dumfriesshire.

A cold feel with values of 6 celsius, onshore breezes keeping things quite chilly along the Berwickshire coast.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

It's nearly the weekend but there is one more packed day of news, sport, travel and weather for us to bring you.

Stay here until 5pm for all the latest from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.