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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 24 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 27 April

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for joining us on the South of Scotland Live page this week.

Have a good weekend, despite the weather. We'll be back at 9am on Monday.

I'm off to dig out my winter woolies...

'Heavy and persistent' rain

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be a cloudy night, with rain spreading to all parts and becoming heavy and persistent.

Mist and low cloud will affect the coast and hills. South or south-westerly winds will freshen, turning westerly later.

Temperatures will dip to around 5C.

Historic timetable

@BordersRail

@BordersRail

tweets: #Borders #Railway history. Final #timetable before closure in 1969.

Timetable
Other

@SPEnergyNetwork

SP Energy Networks

tweets: Supplies have been restored to customers affected by #POWERCUT #DG10 #Moffat after a bird strike. Thank you for your patience today.

Hidden Borders

A giant three-dimensional map of Scotland, built in the grounds of a Borders hotel, featured in BBC One's Secret Britain this week.

Three dimensional map
BBC

It was constructed in Eddleston by Polish nationals in the 1970s, in recognition of Scottish hospitality to Polish soldiers during World War Two.

Catch the show on BBC iPlayer

here.

Rugby showdown

@ScotlandTeam

Scottish Rugby

tweets: Scottish Rugby TV to stream the BT Premiership Final between @HeriotsRugby + @MelroseRugby>>
http://bit.ly/1aVnuj7

Rugby final
Scottish Rugby

'Minor error'

Some electors in the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency will be receiving letters to clarify a "minor error" on their poll cards.

Cross in box
Thinkstock

Scottish Borders Council said the issue affects voters who do not have postal or proxy votes.

Voters have until 5pm on Tuesday 28 April to apply for an ordinary proxy vote if they cannot go to a polling station on May 7 and want someone to vote on their behalf.

Emergency proxy votes can be obtained after this date, but the poll cards incorrectly state that they are only available from 5pm on Wednesday 6 May. The council said the error was made by the printers.

The deadline for emergency proxy votes is 5pm on Thursday 7 May.

Turn on, tune in.

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 to hear the latest news bulletins broadcast from Selkirk and Dumfries.

Rally changes

It's been announced that the Wigtownshire-based Merrick Stages Rally won't run this September because of declining entries over recent years.

Instead, the organising team are planning a new championship event to take place in Central Scotland in 2016.

Clerk of the Course Graham Bissett said the decision to move had been taken reluctantly.

He said that despite financial assistance from Dumfries and Galloway Council, the Merrick hadn't attracted sufficient entries to break even, and incurred a loss in each of the last four years.

Open day

@NithsdalePolice

Nithsdale Police

tweets: Remember it's the open day tomorrow between 12-4pm at Loreburn Street Police Station, Dumfries. (Last entry is 3.40pm)

Bandstand dedication

A new bandstand built in Hawick park as part of a multi-million pound regeneration project

is to be named after a former provost.

bandstand
Scottish Borders Council

Zandra Elliot served as councillor for Hawick and Denholm from 2007 until her death last year.

She was one of the driving forces behind the £3.64m renovation of Wilton Lodge Park.

The bandstand will be officially unveiled on Sunday by current provost Stuart Marshall.

Big match

@StranraerFC

Stranraer FC

tweets: Tomorrow | Even @stevie_aitken is nervous. It's @StranraerFC v @Morton_FC. Live at Stair Park & on @bbcalba 5.30pm!

Stranraer
Other

Play-off change rejected

BBC Sport

Scotland

A proposal by Hibernian, Hearts and Motherwell to change the distribution of gate receipts from play-off matches

has been defeated.

The three sides wanted to halve the revenue going to Scottish Professional Football League clubs not involved in the top-flight play-offs from 50%.

But the plan was rejected at a meeting of the 42 clubs at Hampden on Thursday.

@SPEnergyNetwork

SP Energy Networks

tweets: UPDATE #POWERCUT in #DG10 #Moffat. Supplies restored to a number of properties, engineers working to restore the remaining supplies. Sorry.

Book night in Annan

It was World Book Night yesterday with events right across the south of Scotland.

Annan library
Dumfries and Galloway Libraries

They included this one at Annan library involving local author and musician Vivien Jones.

Stairway talks

@DSM888

@DSM888

tweets: nice to speak at @welovehistory conf today on 17th 18th Century ironwork - stuff like this from @DumfriesMuseum

Dumfries stairway
Other

'Stay away'

Visitors have been urged to

"stay away" from Borders General Hospital in Melrose this weekend, amid a norovirus outbreak.

Norovirus
Science Photo Library

Its department of medicine for the elderly has been closed to admissions since Tuesday and two bays in ward four have also been shut.

NHS Borders has also confirmed that two bays at Haylodge Hospital in Peebles have closed.

Patients have experienced diarrhoea and sickness lasting up to 72 hours.

Lowland clashes

Selkirk face BSC Glasgow in the Lowland League this weekend while Dalbeattie Star take on East Kilbride.

In the Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, third round, Vale of Leithen play Gretna 2008.

Around Scotland in a kayak

A solo kayaker has made plans to

paddle to all of Scotland's lifeboat stations to raise money for charity.

Nick Ray
Nick Ray

Nick Ray will set off on the 2,015-mile trip on May 1 and expects to take up to four months to complete the challenge.

The 51-year-old will start at Kippford on the Solway Firth and travel clockwise before finishing in Eyemouth in the Borders.

He will visit 47 lifeboat stations on the journey and hopes to raise thousands of pounds for the RNLI.

Gallipoli losses

@HawickRemember

@HawickRemember

tweets: Hawick & Newcastleton Territorials of 1/4th KOSB at Gala in 1914. 1 man in 3 would die at Gallipoli. @52LowlandDiv

Soldiers
Other

Library overhaul

Work is getting under way to bring together the customer service centre, library and registration office in Castle Douglas.

Dumfries and Galloway Council hopes to complete refurbishment works on the existing library facility.

The work will take approximately 12 weeks to complete. The existing library building will close at noon on Wednesday 29 April to allow work to commence on site on Tuesday 5 May.

More football

Peebles Rovers entertain Craigroyston in the semi-final of the King Cup this weekend

Coldstream journey to Stirling University in the East Premier Division whilst, in the First Division, there's a Berwickshire derby between Duns and Eyemouth, Hawick Royal Albert are at home to Burntisland Shipyard and Kelso United travel to Heriot-Watt University.

Football
Thinkstock

There's one game in the South of Scotland League, as Abbey Vale welcome Newton Stewart to New Abbey. The match has been rescheduled after the visitors failed to field a team for the original fixture, which resulted in them being fined and deducted points.

And Kello Rovers host Ardeer Thistle in the first round of the Ayrshire Weekly press cup.

'Bomb hoax' appeal fails

A convicted armed raider and bomb hoaxer

has failed to convince judges he was not the nuisance caller.

David Williamson, from Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, was told at London's Appeal Court that his total 10-year sentence was, if anything, "generous".

Vehicles visit

Berwickshire News

A fleet of historic vehicles worth an estimated £25 million visited one of the Borders' most spectacular locations

as part of a 750-mile rally.

More than 110 pre-war cars took part in The Flying Scotsman Rally which saw participants travel from Leeds to Gleneagles over three days, stopping at the Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course in Kelso to enjoy lunch.

'It's in our hands'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

The League One game of the day will be at Stair Park, where the leaders Stranraer host second placed Morton.

A victory for the Blues and defeat for Forfar would see Stephen Aitken's side clinch the title and automatic promotion.

Stranraer's Frank McKeown
SNS

And that's the prize captain Frank McKeown has his eye on.

"People are saying you did well to get into the play-offs but we don't want the play-offs we want to win the league," he said.

"I think obviously Forfar and Morton will be the same, but it is in our hands now."

BBC Alba are screening the whole match live tomorrow evening, kick off 5.30pm.

Light rain coming in

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Most of the afternoon is dry although any bright spells will slowly go as cloud builds through the course of the day. Highs this afternoon will be down on yesterday, with temperatures around 16 celsius.

By early evening, a weather front will start to produce some light rain across the western Borders and this will slowly and steadily turn heavier and more persistent, spreading right across our region overnight.

Bulletin time

Remember our local radio bulletins go out at 12:00 today not 12:30.

Tune in for a mix of international, national and local news from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

Slim hopes for Annan

In League Two, Annan Athletic, who're still harbouring slim hopes of a play-off place, need to take full points from their long trip north to Elgin tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Berwick Rangers welcome East Fife to Shielfield.

Timber growth

A Selkirk timber company's expansion plans

could lead to the creation of about 50 new jobs.

Furniture store
Walter Baxter

Oregon Timber has applied to Scottish Borders Council to expand into a former home furnishing store near existing premises.

Royal revelation

Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

Confirmation of the identity of this year's Royal Burgh Standard Bearer will come

when the Town Hall clock chimes at 7pm today.

The great door of the old courthouse will swing open and the man-of-the-moment will appear, chaired shoulder-high by ex-Royal Burgh Standard Bearers.

'Major achievement'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

A win over Dumbarton at Palmerston tomorrow would see Queen of the South finally clinch a place in the top four of the Championship.

Palmerston Park, Dumfries
SNS

Midfielder Paul Burns, who has been sidelined through injury, says it would be a good way to repay the fans.

"It just so happens it is at home so it would be nice to do it there with the home crowd behind us as they have been all season," he said.

"Their support has been excellent and it would be great to do it there.

"To get into the play-offs would be a major achievement for the team this year."

Sevens clashes

The Kings of the Sevens circuit sees back-to-back tournaments this weekend.

Tomorrow the focus is on the Langholm 7s at Milntown.

First tie there is at 2pm. Then on Sunday the action switches to the Gytes where Peebles host their tournament. Both contests will be played on a knockout basis.

Doonhamers almost there

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads on Queen of the South's bid to get into the promotion play-offs.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Food collection information

Peeblesshire News

A series of information sessions for households on the new food waste collection service

will be held in the coming weeks.

Scottish Borders Council is introducing food waste collections to around 24,000 homes and the first phase of the new service is due to be introduced in Peebles next month.

Premiership showdown

Melrose head for Edinburgh tomorrow to tackle Heriot's in the BT Premiership Final at Goldenacre.

Melrose are reigning champions but Heriot's finished top of the table in this season's contest.

Family's torment

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads on a story about the potential release of a convicted killer.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Cloud building

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry and cloudy start to the day with some mist inland quickly lifting although any mist or low cloud around the coast may linger.

Most of the day ahead is dry although any bright spells this morning will go as cloud builds through the afternoon.

By mid-afternoon, a weather front will start to produce some light rain across our region and this will slowly and steadily turn heavier and more persistent by dusk.

Highs this afternoon will be well down on yesterday with temperatures around 14 or 15 celsius.

Foggy motorway

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

Reports of reduced visibility because of fog on the A74(M) in the Lockerbie area.

And an early warning that the A75 Dumfries by-pass will be closed for resurfacing between the Edinburgh Road roundabout and the Lockerbie Road roundabout from 7pm tonight until 6am on Monday morning.

Traffic will be diverted through the town centre.