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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 27 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 30 March

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for reading the South of Scotland Live page this week.

It looks like it's going to be a wild and wet weekend, so stay dry - and don't forget to put your clocks forward on Sunday!

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

Heavy rain overnight

BBC Scotland Weather

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It'll be dry and cloudy across the south of Scotland this evening, before turning very unsettled overnight as a deep area of low pressure tracks across the country.

Rain will arrive into the west through the early hours, turning heavy and spreading across all parts by morning. It'll be accompanied by strengthening winds. However, it won't be a cold night, with lows around 3C in the Borders, 4C or 5C in the south-west.

Language fund breakdown

The breakdown of additional language teaching funding for the south of Scotland has been announced.

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Other

Dumfries and Galloway Council will receive £200,000 and Scottish Borders Council £155,000

from the £7m package revealed last week.

Point-to-point action

There's point-to-point action at Friars Haugh near Kelso tomorrow afternoon with a seven-race card for the Berwickshire Hunt meeting.

First race is at 1pm.

Clocks forward

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Rangers clash

Queen of the South have confirmed their ticket sale arrangements

for the home match against Rangers on Thursday 9 April.

Queen of the South v Rangers
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The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport with a 7:45pm kick off.

Radio times

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

Then we'll be back with all the news, sport, travel and weather on Monday at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Tapestry talks sidestepped

Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

Council leader David Parker has refused for a second time

to answer Selkirk Community Council's questions about housing the Great Tapestry of Scotland (GTS) in Tweedbank.

Councillor Parker, the ward member for Tweedbank, was reinvited to defend Scottish Borders Council's (SBC) decision to spend £3.5million on a new visitor centre at the Border Railway's terminus at a time of financial austerity.

But he again rebuffed community councillors' appeal to address what they see as public concern. Mr Parker said a meeting might be worthwhile after SBC debates a GTS petition in June.

Lockerbie appeal hearing move

A judge has called for

a further hearing to decide if a new appeal can be heard in the Lockerbie bombing case.

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Other

Relatives of some of the victims of the atrocity want to pursue the appeal on behalf of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of it.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) asked the appeal court to rule on whether it could continue investigating.

It wants a ruling on whether the relatives have "a legitimate interest".

South of Scotland ties

In the South of Scotland League this weekend, Abbey Vale are in action against Crichton; Creetown make the trip to Hamilton to face Edusport Academy; Lochar Thistle are at home to Heston Rovers; Mid Annandale host St Cuthbert Wanderers; Newton Stewart face Upper Annandale; and Nithsdale Wanderers take on Wigtown and Bladnoch.

In the Juniors, Kello Rovers are at home to Ardeer Thistle in the Ayrshire District League.

Pension conundrum

Berwickshire News

The investment policy of Scottish Borders Council's pension fund

could be reconsidered after it emerged it has shares worth £2.3million in British American Tobacco (BAT).

No Smoking Sign
Other

That holding is revealed in the annual accounts of a fund whose membership comprises 9,500 past and present staff of the council and 11 other employers, including Borders Sport & Leisure Trust and Borders College.

The fund is administered by a committee, comprising seven elected members of a council which, on its public health web page, stresses its mission to "improve health and reduce health inequalities".

Dumfries and Galloway rugby

In National Division Three tomorrow, Dumfries Saints - who sit fourth - travel to face RHC - who occupy fifth spot and are equal in the points.

In West Division One, there's a midtable clash between Newton Stewart and Helensburgh, while bottom side Annan are away to third-placed Glasgow Accies.

In Division Two, Stewartry are away to Strathendrick, while in Division Three, Wigtownshire travel to meet leaders Cumnock.

In East Division One, Langholm are away to Portobello.

New magazine

A new magazine for the west of Dumfries and Galloway is out today.

Magazine cover
Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

Our Wigtownshire is produced by the Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press.

Wetherby winner

Langholm trainer James Ewart has grabbed the opening race at Wetherby this afternoon.

Dale Irving steered Aristo Du Plessis home at a price of 6/5.

Lowland league clashes

On the Lowland League front, Selkirk will be looking to record their first victory of 2015 when they welcome Dalbeattie Star to Yarrow Park tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Vale of Leithen are at home to East Kilbride and Gretna have a tough away fixture against table-topping Edinburgh City.

Bottom side Threave Rovers take on Whitehill Welfare.

Sparks fly

The Galloway Gazette is out today and leads on a firework row - along with an image of a "vampire" lamb.

Galloway Gazette
Galloway Gazette

Police identify crash victim

Police have identified a Dalbeattie man killed in a crash on the A75 in Dumfries last night.

William Hanlin, 47, was driving a Vauxhall Astra which was in collision with a lorry at about 19:45 at Cuckoo Bridge.

Housing dilemma

The Peeblesshire News is out today and leads on a £40m housing decision.

Peeblesshire News
Peeblesshire News

Wind warning

A Met Office weather warning for strong winds has been issued for Saturday

covering much of Scotland.

Weather warning
Met Office

Marathon date

More than 130 competitors are due to take part in the Crossmichael Marathon on Sunday.

Last held in 2012, the race gets underway at 11am, with a 26-point-two miles circuit around Loch Ken.

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There's also a half-marathon course.

Play-off clashes

In League Two, Annan Athletic welcome Clyde to Galabank tomorrow.

With home advantage, Jim Chapman's side will be looking to take the full three points, as they continue to chase a play-off spot.

Berwick Rangers, also still with hopes of a play-off place, welcome Queen's Park to Shielfield.

Turf luck

A £500,000 synthetic football pitch needs thousands of pounds worth of remedial action,

less than 18 months after it was laid.

Pitch
Thinkstock

Newton Stewart Football Club's 3G pitch was funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Sportscotland.

Your views - Borderlands report

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Max McQueen emails: I think Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders have been neglected by politicians for a long time but since the advent of the Scottish Parliament this neglect has become more noticeable.

Good quality jobs in government run sectors such as water, trunk roads, courts, Scottish Enterprise, tourist boards and tax offices have been lost from this area as a direct result of Scottish government policy with very little done to help replace these jobs.

'Great achievement'

In League One, leaders Stranraer make the long trip north on Saturday to face Peterhead, who sit in midtable.

When the two sides last met at Stair Park in February, the Blues were 2-0 winners but boss Stevie Aitken is taking nothing for granted.

Peterhead's Balmoor stadium
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"We've done it all season after 30 games, I have said that, we're the best," he said.

"We just need to make sure that for the next six games we're the best again - if we can do that it would be a great achievement."

Dry and bright

BBC Scotland Weather

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A dry and bright afternoon with fairly cloudy skies but some bright or sunny spells coming and going too.

Winds light to moderate from the south west and highs around 9 celsius.

Tune in

Remember our lunchtime radio bulletins are at 12:00 today with a mix of international, national and local news.

More from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios later in the day at 16:30 and 17:30.

Borders rugby round-up

The Greens and Maroons will face each other at Netherdale tomorrow in what promises to be an intriguing Gala-Hawick battle in the Border League.

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Melrose, who could themselves take the Border League title, are in BT Premiership action at home to Ayr - to decide who finishes in second place ahead of the play-offs and, therefore, earns home advantage.

There's a Border derby in National League One when Kelso and Selkirk meet at Poynder Park. If the visitors win, they'll have completed their National League fixtures with a 100% record. And that match also counts in Border League terms.

Elsewhere Jed-Forest travel to Biggar and Peebles are at home to Stewart's-Melville.

Autism awareness

World Autism Awareness Week begins today with Dumfries and Galloway Council and Turning Point Scotland organising events in the region.

It also marks the public launch of the Dumfries and Galloway Autism Strategy which aims to improve services and knowledge about the condition in the region.

Tynecastle mission

Queen of the South head to the capital tomorrow for a sell-out game with Hearts who will be celebrating clinching the Scottish Championship title.

Chris Higgins
SNS

However, skipper Chris Higgins believes the Doonhamers could spring a surprise.

"Hearts have beaten us three times this season so far but we maybe deserved something from a couple of the games - especially the last one at home," he said.

"We lost a late deflected goal which was disappointing - so we know that we can match them."

Ferry overhaul

A £6m refit of seven ferries used on Irish Sea crossings

is due to be completed over Easter.

Stena Line said two flagship vessels used on the Cairnryan-Belfast service were included in the upgrade.

Worst game

The back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard reflects on Queen of the South's disappointing defeat by Raith Rovers.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Reivers ready

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Hawick has been gearing up for the 2015 Reivers Festival this weekend.

Programmes are available at a number of shops in and around the town.

This year's festival begins tonight and will run until Sunday. Organisers said there were a number of new events on the programme as well as old favourites.

Kelso improvements

An exhibition this weekend will mark the end of five years of regeneration in Kelso's town centre.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative has seen £650,000 of repairs to "key properties", as well as a new infill building, and streetscaping.

Kelso
Scottish Borders Council

The work will be showcased in the exhibition - in the Town House - along with creative work from "Discover Kelso".

According to Project Officer Colin Gilmour it has "safeguarded many of the important buildings and the iconic cobbled Square for the long term".

Family's plight

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads on the story of a family whose daughter suffered a heart attack in the playground.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Crash spurred on artist

A young Scottish artist who was involved in a serious car crash five years ago

is about to stage his first professional exhibition.

Painting
Other

Alex Hain, from Selkirk, was driving a route he had taken many times near St Boswells when he was involved in a major accident.

John Renbourn dies

Influential folk guitarist John Renbourn

has died aged 70.

John Renbourn
BBC Music

The musician was found at his home in Hawick in the Scottish Borders on Thursday after a suspected heart attack.

Hydro hopes

Plans have been lodged to create a hydro energy research centre

at a former school building in the Borders.

Caddonfoot Primary
Iain Lees

Silver Hydro has submitted the proposals for the old Caddonfoot Primary at Clovenfords.

Cold and dry

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry and cold start across most of our region this morning with the cloud thin enough to still be bright.

Through the course of the day, it remains dry and bright with sunny spells coming and going.

Winds light to moderate from the south west and highs around 9 celsius.