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  1. Updates for Wednesday 29 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 30 April

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Council's resurfacing pledge

Dumfries and Galloway Council has unveiled plans to resurface about one million square metres of road over the next three months.


They will be treated with about 15,000 tonnes of chips and about two million litres of bitumen during the "surface dressing" programme which is due to begin next week.

Food focus of tourism conference

More than 180 tourism delegates met for Dumfries and Galloway's annual industry conference yesterday.

Tourism delegates with local food

Businesses including accommodation providers, tour guides, transport operators, restaurants and retailers were in Dumfries to discuss the opportunities presented by the Year of Food and Drink Scotland.

VisitScotland research has revealed that visitors will pay up to 15% more for traditional dishes and fresh local produce.

The tourist board's chief executive Malcolm Roughead said: "Food and drink is Scotland's fastest growing sector; the industry is incredibly important to Scottish tourism.

"Our country boasts some of the finest produce in the world and the Year of Food and Drink gives us a fantastic opportunity to promote our superb natural larder and quality produce - not only to our visitors, but also to our local markets."

'Nightmare with catastrophic results'

Berwickshire News

Any moves to

reintroduce lynx into a prime sheep-rearing area like the Borders would be a nightmare with catastrophic results.

That was the view this week of Rob Livesey, who runs 1,100 sheep on his farm near Melrose and is a current vice-president of the National Farmers Union Scotland.

Some thundery showers

BBC Scotland Weather


There's still a few heavy showers around at first this evening, a few could be thundery across the Galloway hills. However, after dark, the showers tend to pull away to the east to leave a mostly dry night with clear spells.

There's the risk of a few icy patches in sheltered spots in the south-west with temperatures dipping down close to freezing. Slightly milder around the coast with a brisk north to north east breeze.

Lowland League action

Gala Fairydean Rovers completed their Lowland League season last night with a one all draw at BSC Glasgow.


The point came courtesy of some fine first half saves by Gala goalie John Dodds and a second half equalizer from Callum Jardine.

Meanwhile Vale of Leithen play tonight. They can leapfrog Fairydean Rovers to finish eighth in the 14 club league if they beat second placed East Kilbride, then win their final match, also against BSC Glasgow.


More than 30 artists and crafters will stage exhibitions of their work in Ancrum this Bank Holiday weekend.

Jim Barton
Exhibitions will held at locations including the village hall in Ancrum

Art@Ancrum will run from Saturday until Monday in venues including the village hall.

The "Absent Friends" exhibition in The Cross Keys will feature a selection of work by artists who are not taking part in the event, but are highly-rated.

Full details of the event can be found at

Radio times

Remember to tune into the latest local news bulletins on BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30.

We'll be back at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow.

Photograph appeal

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

The theatre group behind a musical drama depicting the lives of women who worked at Gretna munitions factory during World War One is seeking photographs of the workers.

Timbertown Girls
Timbertown Girls

The pictures could feature in performances of Timbertown Girls, which has been written by Chris Jones.

He said: "The production is going to be a mixture of filmed work and live theatre so the idea is these photos of girls, we are going to be projecting at various points throughout the production."

It will begin its local tour on 28 May. Find more information


King Creosote at Electric Fields

Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote is to

headline the Electric Fields festival at Drumlanrig Castle.

King Creosote

A host of other acts have already been announced for the event at the site near Thornhill on 29 August.

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tweets: Delivered @spring_fling brochures to Cally Gardens then on to Carrick to sketch. Thunderstorm approaches!


Rent returns rise

Annual rental returns in Scotland have risen to

the highest level on record, according to new figures.

set of keys

It means landlords are, on average, earning £15,000 per property before mortgage payments or maintenance costs.

Around £6,000 of this is made up of rental income and £9,000 is on capital gains.

The figures, from lettings agent Your Move, show that Scottish landlords have seen total annual returns of 9.7% on average in the 12 months to March.

Early manuscript from Kelso?

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

What is believed to be

Scotland's earliest non-religious manuscript has been discovered by a researcher at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Murray
University of Glasgow
Dr Murray believes the work is most likely of Scottish origin

The Consolation of Philosophy was most likely published by monks at Kelso Abbey in the 12th century.

The manuscript contains the ideas of Roman philosopher Boethius and was probably published around 1130 to 1150.

Previously it was thought that only religious or legal books were being produced at this time.

Impressive season

ITV News

A 21-year-old jockey from Langholm has had an impressive season,

winning five of his last seven races.

Dale Irving hopes one day to emulate his fellow Borders jockey Ryan Mania, who won the Grand National in 2013.

Dale Irving
ITV News

'National debate' on fracking

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has called for

a "national debate" on fracking in a BBC Scotland interview.


The Scottish government is facing demands from environmental campaigners for a permanent ban on unconventional oil and gas extraction.

It follows Mr Ewing's announcement in January of a "moratorium" on fracking.

Mr Ewing told MSPs the temporary ban would remain in place until the Scottish government had carried out a full public consultation.

New additions to Wickerman line-up

The Wickerman Festival has announced the line-up for the Solus Tent and a partnership with music radio station XFM.

Tuff Love
Tuff Love
Tuff Love are among a long list of acts playing the Solus Tent at the Wickerman Festival

Organisers said the tent will showcase hotly tipped talent and must-see acts, including Tuff Love, Zyna Hel, Bossy Love and Skies Fell.

They will join a line-up headlined by The Waterboys, Squeeze, Lulu and Tom Odell at Dundrennan on 24 and 25 July.

Find the full line-up


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tweets: This was my lunchtime view yesterday @MullofGalloway Unfortunately no such view today as I'm back home :(

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Burnfoot cycling course

A group of young people in Burnfoot took part in a six-day course on cycling skills, maintenance, navigation and first aid during their Easter holidays.

mountain bike

The rural urban training scheme was organised by Police Scotland and Scottish Borders Council.

PC Dianne Lauder, who arranged the Cyclefix programme said: "The boys have committed to this programme during their holidays and have to be commended for that.

"It is hoped they will gain a Go Mountain Biking Award for their efforts and will continue with the interest in cycling to enhance their health and well being."

Hunt for new NHS Borders chief

NHS Borders has started the

recruitment process to find a replacement for its chief executive who moved to NHS Lanarkshire.

Calum Campbell
NHS Borders
Calum Campbell left NHS Borders earlier this year

Calum Campbell left in January and his role has been filled on on interim basis by deputy chief executive Jane Davidson.

North Pole rugby

A group of intrepid rugby players - led by Dumfries-born adventurer Jock Wishart - has completed

a challenge to play rugby at the North Pole.

Rugby challengers
Arctic Rugby Challenge

Their aim was to play the most northerly game of rugby sevens in the sport's history.

Conversation area consultation

The type of replacement windows and doors residents can install in a conversation area is to be the subject of a consultation in the Borders.

There has been concerns that the local authority's current policy is too rigid and it does not always take into account what can now be achieved using materials other than wood.

Scottish Borders Council's planning committee will consult on revised guidelines on the issue.

Scotland's best barber

A Galashiels barber has been named the best in Scotland for the second year running.

Galashiels barber
The Italian Job Barber/Facebook

Luigi Caterino, the owner of The Italian Job, will now go forward to the UK finals next month.

Hail and thunder

BBC Scotland Weather


There will be showers across the region this afternoon, with possibly some hail and thunder.

In the Borders, they will die away with a mainly dry, sunny end to the day.

In the south-west, it will feel a lot colder as the showers pass by but they won't die away until this evening. Typically we will see highs of 10C. Westerly winds will be fresh at times especially in coastal areas.

Tune in

Remember our local radio bulletins go out at 12:30 today with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Tune in again at 16:30 and 17:30 for more from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

Equal pay meeting

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Possible legal options for education workers locked in a long-running equal pay claim against the council are to be highlighted at a special meeting in Dumfries.

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has invited a Glasgow-based solicitor to speak at Troqueer community centre tomorrow evening.

Mr Fergusson said a number of classroom and special needs assistants had been left "perplexed" that colleagues had received notification of payouts.

He said some of those involved hadn't heard about the possibility of compensation and could now miss out, since the council had stated any further claims would be "time barred".

Cleaning up Neverland


Dumfries and Galloway College

tweets: Our Access to Construction (DGHP) learners, garden clearing and tidying up in the Moat Brae 'Neverland' Garden.@PPMBT

Workers outside Moat Brae

Arrests in Wigtown

Three men have been

arrested in connection with a break-in at The Ploughman Hotel in Wigtown, according to police.

John Ferguson

Alcohol and cash was taken from the building on Sunday night.

A Police Scotland spokesman said the men are expected to appear at Stranraer Sheriff Court tomorrow.

Lucky to be alive

Border Telegraph

The Border Telegraph leads with journalist David Knox's experiences in Nepal following a devastating earthquake.

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

Play-off place sealed

The Standard's back page celebrates Queen of the South's play-off achievement.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

'Increase in costs'

Dumfries and Galloway Council says there has been a

"significant increase in costs" associated with a new multi-bin waste collection system.

Recycling bin

The authority introduced the service in Wigtownshire last year with a view to rolling it out across the region.

However, higher participation rates than anticipated and slow collection speeds have seen costs rise.

A report said that it was not yet possible put an exact figure on the financial impact.

Cosmetics theft

More than £250 worth of cosmetics have been stolen from Boots the Chemist in East Morton Street, Thornhill.

The items were taken between 08:15 and 12:50 on Monday, according to Police Scotland.

Journalist's earthquake ordeal

BBC Scotland journalist David Knox has been describing his family's ordeal in Nepal in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.

Remains of a collapsed temple in Patan Durban Square
Omar Havana/ Getty
David Knox left the square in Patan just five minutes before the earthquake struck

Mr Knox, his wife Aileen and four-year-old daughter, Jess, left the square in Patan just five minutes before the first massive tremor.

The reporter, who also works for the Border Telegraph, said: "If we'd still been [in the square] we would have been gone, there's no doubt about it."

The family spent two nights at Kathmandu airport, and have been at the British Embassy with other UK travellers since Monday.

Listen to his account of the disaster

here or tune into your local radio bulletins in the Borders on BBC Radio Scotland at 12:30,16:30 and 17:30.

Listen to Moffat debate

Listen to the BBC Radio Scotland hustings debate for the constituency of Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale


Moffat debate

Willie Johnston chaired the debate at Moffat earlier this week.

War paint

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads with the story of a row over a town centre restaurant.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Brewery for the Borders?

A Scottish firm has launched

an investment scheme to help raise £3m for a new brewery.

CGI of proposed new Innis and Gunn brewery
Innis and Gunn
Innis & Gunn is planning to build a new brewery in south east Scotland

Edinburgh-based Innis & Gunn plans to fund the brewery through "mini-bonds", which allow individuals to lend money directly to small, unlisted businesses.

One of the mini-bonds can be redeemed against beer at Innis & Gunn's online shop.

It plans to build the new brewery at an unspecified location in south east Scotland.

Travel update

There are progressive works between Stranraer and Dunragit on the A75 today and temporary signals are in use for repairs to the Cree Bridge at Newton Stewart. Traffic controls are also in use further east at Ardwall.

On the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road, there are traffic controls at Enterkinfoot and just south of Auldgirth.

And on the A701 Dumfries to Moffat Road, stop-go boards will be used to control traffic flow for lining work at the Shieldhill junction.

A cloudy start

BBC Scotland Weather


A cold rather cloudy start to the day. It will brighten with some sunshine coming through.

Scattered showers will be a feature of today's weather. During the afternoon some of the the showers will be heavy with hail, thunder and hill snow.

The best of any sunshine will be across the eastern Borders. Highs of around 10 or 11C. Westerly winds will pick up a little later in the day.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Good morning. Welcome to Wednesday on the South of Scotland Live page.

We'll be here until 5pm, with the very latest news, sport, weather and travel from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.