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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 7 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Friday 8 May

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 the South of Scotland Live page for today.

Be sure to log on again tomorrow, when we'll bring you the very latest on the local election results.

A sunny end to the day

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

This evening, it's dry and bright in the south-west, with some late sunshine before dusk.

Clouds increase overnight with the odd light shower, but really it's a dry and clear night. Winds will become light, and temperatures will dip close to freezing for a time.

By the end of the night, cloud builds and temperatures will recover by dawn, so it's not quite as chilly.

It will also be a fine end to the day in the Borders, with some late sunshine. It will stay dry overnight with long clear spells. Winds will become light, and it'll be chilly - temperatures will dip close to freezing, perhaps sub-zero in the coldest rural spots.

Full bloom

@LoganBotanicGdn

@LoganBotanicGdn

tweets: Rhododendron 'Logan Dream' is now in full flower - stunning!

Flowers
Logan Botanic Garden

Win double?

St Boswells owners Paul and Clare Rooney look to have a chance of getting among the winners later.

Plan Again and Luccombe Down are both running at Carlisle with Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick in the saddle.

Festival time

Festival fever hits A' the Airts, Sanquhar's community arts centre, at the end of the month with a diverse musical line-up of performing arts and a shining exhibition of silver jewellery.

Young musicians
Peter Robinson

Events taking place in the centre for the festival programme kick off on Sunday, 24 May, with a special musical workshop and concert targeted exclusively at young musicians.

Coldstream Guards role remembered

Berwickshire News

As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches - June 18, 1815 -

the decisive role played by Coldstream Guards is being remembered.

In early 1815 Napoleon had escaped from exile on the island of Elba and returned to France prompting Britain, Prussia, Russia and Austria to declare war. Napoleon gathered his troops against Wellington's allied force and the two armies met on what is now Belgian soil near Waterloo at the Chateau of Hougoumont.

French soldiers were on the brink of breaking into the chateau compound and securing victory on June 18, 1815, when Corporal James Graham, of the Coldstream Guards closed the gates while under fire.

Bulletin times

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

We'll be back tomorrow morning with more from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Park investment

An £800,000 investment package has been earmarked

to transform a public park in Stranraer as part of a wider regeneration of the town's waterfront.

Park
Billy McCrorie

The cash will be used to provide a new cafe, play spaces, enhanced lighting and environmental improvements.

Biker appeal

Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

The annual 'North West 200' motorcycle road race will take place in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, on Saturday 16 May 2015 and police are appealing for drivers in the region to take extra care on the roads as around 3500 motorcycles

are expected to travel through Dumfries and Galloway to attend the event.

Wigtown gift

An artwork showing Wigtown and its surrounding countryside is being offered as a gift to the local community.

Panel gift
Colin Hattersley

The Wee Wigtown series of nine fabric panels was created last year by Edinburgh-based Anupa Gardner, artist in residence at Spring Fling and the Wigtown Book Festival.

They will be on display during the Spring Fling weekend of 23 to 25 May at Anupa's temporary studio at Wigtown's Bowling Green Pavilion before being given away.

Tweedie Cup results

Newton Stewart, Fleet Star and Edusport Academy are through to the semi-finals of the Tweedie Cup matches after last night's South of Scotland matches.

Edusport will now be at home to Newton Stewart in the semi-final - and Fleet Star will travel to New Abbey to play Abbey Vale in the other semi-final tie.

The games will be played next Wednesday night.

Derelict house mystery

@DGStandard

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

tweets: #Dumfries woman launches search for mystery dog in window of derelict house
http://bit.ly/1Prf8NN

House mystery
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Ticket limit

Organisers behind the Eden Festival say they are determined to keep it as a boutique event with tickets limited to only 4,000.

The festival, held at Raehills between 11 and 14 June, is renowned for its eclectic mix of music and performers.

Dumfries Infirmary norovirus update

A total of 25 patients and three members of staff have been affected across two wards at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary by a norovirus outbreak which started on Friday.

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Ward 12 remains closed due but Ward 18 is expected to reopen later today.

£5 entry for play-off

BBC Sport

Scotland

Rangers are to charge £5 entry

for their Premiership quarter-final play-off against Queen of the South.

Ibrox Stadium
SNS

They had considered giving season-ticket holders free entry on 17 May but were told this was against Scottish Professional Football League rules.

Rangers say charging £5 will allow them to cover the cost of staging the match, which is up to £80,000.

Peebles presentation

In football's East of Scotland First Division last night Peebles Rovers, who were presented with the league trophy, beat Duns 6-4 at Whitestone Park.

Meanwhile managerless Hawick Royal Albert went down 7-2 against Heriot Watt University.

The Lowland League match between Vale of Leithen and BSC Glasgow was postponed due to a water-logged pitch.

And tonight sees a Forsyth Cup semi-final between Gala Hotspur and Langholm Legion.

Storm succeed

The annual St Boswells rugby sevens tournament took place last night with Melrose Storm emerging victorious.

Rugby ball
Thinkstock

They beat Kelso A 24-7 in the final to take the title.

Charity donation

A new charity shop in Kelso has handed over a major donation only three months after opening its doors.

Charity for Care presented a cheque for £10,000 to help support palliative care services in the Borders.

Star shine

The back page of the Galloway News leads on a cup tie victory for Dalbeattie Star.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Sevens concerns

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Scotland's sevens squad could go part-time

if a decision to drop the country as a world series venue from next year is not reversed.

Scottish Rugby is still in talks with World Rugby, the series organiser.

But, if there is no change of heart, the Scots are likely to withdraw from the Sevens World Series in favour of the European circuit.

Hetherington confident

Former Queen of the South player turned sports reporter Kevin Hetherington has told BBC Radio Scotland he believes the Dumfries side have what it takes to see off Rangers in their Premiership play-off.

"In their two home games this season they have played extremely well," he said.

Chris Higgins and Nicky Clark
SNS

"Personally, I can't see them getting beat.

"I think they've got a solid foundation, a strong base, they've got a structure and that's the whole club, not just the playing staff.

"I don't see Rangers matching that whatsoever."

Mainly dry

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll stay mainly dry and bright this afternoon with some spells of sunshine, and just the odd light shower.

West to northwesterly winds will ease, and temperatures will reach around 11 Celsius.

Tune in

Nearly time to get tuned in to the local radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk at 12:30.

All the news, sport and weather for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders coming up.

Berwick make changes

Berwick Rangers manager Colin Cameron has announced that a number of players will not be offered new contracts.

Ross Gray, Ben Miller, Scott Maxwell and David Gold will leave in May.

Additionally, Kerr Young, who signed from Dunfermline Athletic has been made available for transfer by the club.

The manager thanked all the players for their contributions and wished them well for their future careers.

Carlisle target

Borders and Dumfries and Galloway trainers drew a blank at Kelso racecourse yesterday.

Carlisle racecourse
Brian Norman

But a number of them will be back in action this evening at Carlisle looking to get into the winners' enclosure.

Dowie's Doonhamer deal

Andy Dowie has agreed a one-year extension to his current contract with Queen of the South.

The club said he had become a "key player" in James Fowler's side and had picked up several fan group player of the year awards.

Lewis Stevenson and Andy Dowie
SNS

The Dumfries side said it was "delighted" he had chosen to commit to them for next season.

Beltane honour

Peeblesshire News

His household is steeped in the tradition of the Beltane Festival so Keiran Scott

knows what a privilege it is to lead his home town's summer celebration.

The dream for many a young Peebles man has come true for Keiran - and he is determined to make the most of his opportunity.

He was introduced as the Cornet Elect before masses of cheering townsfolk at the Burgh Hall last Friday with his friend Beth Williamson unveiled as the Lass Elect.

Park life

The story of a much-loved Borders park

is to be the main feature of a new display at Hawick Museum.

Exhibition
Derek Lunn

Wilton Lodge Park stretches across 107 acres on the western edge of Hawick and is currently undergoing a £3.64m facelift.

Co-op thefts probed

Police are trying to trace two men in connection with thefts from Co-op stores in Newton Stewart and Wigtown on Wednesday afternoon.

Co-op store
Google

One of the men is about 5ft 10in tall, of slim build with stubble on his face. He was wearing a baseball cap, a blue jacket, blue jeans and black trainers.

The second was about 6ft tall, of stocky build with black spiky hair and was wearing white trainers, tight blue jeans and a grey hooded top with Lonsdale on the front.

The men spoke with Eastern European accents.

Footballer's fears

The Galloway News is out today and leads on the story of a young footballer who was told by a doctor that he might lose a leg.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Tyre firm sold

One of Scotland's most successful entrepreneurs

has sold his tyre-fitting business for £50m to Michelin.

Mike Welch, chief executive of Blackcircles.com, can expect to gain a third of that sale price, while staying with the company.

Tyre
Thinkstock

He started selling tyres aged 16 before joining Kwik-Fit.

Aged 21, he set up Black Circles, basing it in Peebles, where it employs 50 people.

Tractor death inquiry scheduled

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

An inquiry into the death of a man on farmland in Dumfries and Galloway

is to be held in June.

Alistair Irving, from Leswalt, near Stranraer, died after falling off a tractor near Drummore in April 2013.

'Uphill task'

Stranraer boss Stevie Aitken was deeply disappointed with his side's 3-0 play-off defeat at Forfar.

"In all my time over the last two-and-a-half maybe three years it is probably my worst experience as a manager," he said.

Stevie Aitken
SNS

"All season we have looked really secure at the back and we have looked really well organised.

"But for some reason the last 10 minutes we looked disjointed, you know, all over the place.

"It's obviously an uphill task now."

Stranraer suffer setback

BBC Sport

Scotland

Forfar Athletic took a major step towards the Scottish Championship play-off final with

three second-half goals against League One rivals Stranraer.

Forfar's Gavin Swankie celebrates
SNS

The Loons dominated the first half and Gavin Swankie fired against the crossbar before Omar Kader rifled home from a Chris Templeman pass.

Travel round-up

Temporary lights are scheduled to be in use today on the A76 between Kirkpatrick and Thornhill and further north at Enterkinfoot.

On the A75 traffic controls are in operation for repairs to the Cree Bridge at Newton Stewart.

And on the A701 between Dumfries and Moffat Road a convoy system will be in use today for patching works in the Amisfield area.

Dry and bright

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry and bright day to come across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders with some sunshine, although it will become rather cloudy for a time, and there could be the odd light shower, most likely later over Galloway.

West to northwesterly winds will ease, and temperatures will reach around 11 Celsius.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome once more to our live page service for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Stick with us until 5pm for all the news, sport, travel and weather from our region.

And if you want to get in touch, we are on dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

We are also on Twitter at

@BBCSouthScot.