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  1. Updates for Thursday 21 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 22 May

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 today for the South of Scotland Live page.

We'll be back tomorrow at 9am for the latest updates from across the region.

Misty and murky

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be a cloudy evening and night across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway with outbreaks of rain, quite heavy at first, easing later.

It'll become misty and murky, with hill fog. It'll be a mild night, with temperatures holding up around 9C.

Festival begins

One of the most eclectic festivals in Scotland gets under way in the Galloway hills today.

The Knockengorroch World Ceilidh draws acts from around the globe as well as home-grown Celtic favourites such as the Peatbog Faeries and Shooglenifty.

Director Liz Holmes says the ethos behind the four day festival is tolerance and a celebration of world music and the environment.

Ace news

Galloway News

A tennis club is providing a new court

thanks to a grant of £7,500.

Gatehouse Tennis Club was awarded the cash by sportscotland towards an £18,000 overhaul of the sports venue.

Nith race plea

An appeal has gone out for more entries for the annual River Nith raft race which takes place this Sunday.

River Nith
David Dixon

The popular event - organised by the Dumfries Lion's Club - raises thousands of pounds for charity.

However, race organiser Ewan Fraser says only 17 crews have entered so far, compared with 23 last year.

Street design scheme approved

The cost of an ambitious street design project in Dumfries has more than doubled to £610,000, according to the latest estimates.

The Queen Street scheme is part of a wider town centre regeneration programme.

The transport charity SUSTRANS has pledged to meet half the revised costs. Housing councillors have agreed to match the figure.

Radio times

Don't forget to tune in for our radio bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders at 16:30 and 17:30.

We're back again tomorrow at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Former Doonhamer dies

Former Queen of the South player Ernie Hannigan has died in Australia at the age of 72.

He joined the Doonhamers in 1961 and played for three full seasons before moving on to Preston North End in 1964.

He returned to Queen of the South for a brief second spell in 1972. In total he made 171 appearances for Queens and scored eight league goals.

Council takes control

Scottish Borders Council has agreed Peebles' Chambers Institution should revert to sole council control.

Chambers Institution
Jim Barton

It houses the town's library, contact centre and registrar.

A range of options were being considered - among them transferring the building to a charitable trust. But the terms of Doctor William Chambers original bequest demand the building be used for the "social moral and intellectual improvement of the Peeblesshire community".

There are also plans to improve the Burgh Hall - and seeking local views on developing the whole complex.

'Lost treasure'

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A Charles Rennie Mackintosh music cabinet which may have sat in a Dumfries garage for more than 40 years

is expected to fetch up to £80,000 at auction.

The decorative cupboard has been described as a "lost treasure" by experts.

They believe it may have been in storage since the 1970s, before it was discovered in 2012.

Nuclear cuts

BBC Business

Magnox has said it plans to cut

up to 1,600 jobs across 12 of its nuclear power sites - including Chapelcross near Annan - by September 2016.

The company says the cuts will include staff, agency and contract roles.

Boy band booked

Boy band Union J will perform at the Youth Beatz festival in Dumfries this summer,

it has been announced.

Union J

Scouting for Girls and Neon Jungle will also headline the event, which is billed as Scotland's biggest free music festival.

Break-ins down



tweets: Break-ins to homes, sheds and other premises are down nearly a third this year over the same period last year across Dumfries and Galloway.

Hard work ahead

The rebuilding project for new Coldstream boss Grant Davidson is the main story on the back of today's Berwickshire News.

Berwickshire News
Berwickshire News

Vale victorious

A Ricky Baxter goal two minutes from time saw Abbey Vale lift the Tweedie Cup with a 1-0 victory over Edusport Academy last night.

It is only the second trophy the New Abbey club have won since joining the south league 15 years ago.

Post office plans

Plans have been revealed to turn the former main post office in Galashiels into an indoor market.

Former post office
Walter Baxter

Local businesswoman Abby Keay is in advanced talks with Royal Mail about leasing the significant Channel Street building - she also has around 30 businesses who have expressed an interest in taking a stall. Ms Keay hopes to have the market operating later this year.

Hospital food award

Thornhill Hospital has been recognised for its high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety with an Eat safe award.

It achieved the accolade as a result of its "commitment to food hygiene and food safety management standards beyond those required by law".



tweets: Albion Rovers forward Mark McGuigan has announced his move to @StranraerFC! Welcome to the club @88_Marky

Mark McGuigan

Racing preview

The back page of today's Southern Reporter looks ahead to a big day of horse racing at Kelso.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Golf progress

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Dumfries and County player, Rachel Walker, is through to the second round of the Scottish Ladies Amateur Championship at Monifieth.

She notched up a 2&1 win over Jillian Farell of Cardross. Southerness player, Jordana Graham, is still playing her first round tie against Chloe Goadby of St Regulas.

Cloudy day

BBC Scotland Weather


The rest of the day will be cloudy with some outbreaks of rain - mainly light and patchy at first but turning heavier later this afternoon especially over Galloway with some hill fog also developing.

Temperatures will peak around 13 Celsius, 55 Fahrenheit, with a moderate southwesterly breeze freshening around the coasts.

Radio times

Tune in at 12:30 for the latest news, sport, travel and weather from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios in our local radio bulletins.

Wetherby challengers

Langholm trainer James Ewart's hurdler Avidity will aim for a hat-trick of wins this afternoon in the 3.40pm race at Wetherby. Langholm jockey Dale Irving is on board.

Wetherby Racecourse
Stuart Shepherd

There's a Selkirk versus Langholm clash in the 3.05pm with Stuart Coltherd's Hotgrove Boy clashing with Ewart's Civil Unrest.

'Great privilege'


Calum Kerr MP

tweets: It was a great privilege to be sworn in as MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk earlier today

Marathon time

Half marathon action takes up the back page of today's Galloway News.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Mental health unit move bid

A mental health rehabilitation unit in the Borders

could be relocated to a former care home in Hawick.

NHS Borders wants to move the East and West Brigs ward from Galashiels to Crumhaugh House.

Senior officials claim it would address a number of "patient care and safety issues" at the current Galavale site.

Clark weekend

Today's Berwickshire news leads on the Jim Clark Weekend which attracted thousands to Duns, and the 2,900-signature petition against the closure of St Abbs Lifeboat station.

Berwickshire News
Berwickshire News

McShane bid considered



tweets: Chairman of @OfficialQosFC Billy Hewitson has confirmed to the @DGStandard that they're considering a Ross County offer for Ian McShane

'Keep smiling with me'

Today's Galloway News leads on mother's chronicles of a cancer battle on social media.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Tragedy on the Home Front

During World War One, hundreds of soldiers were killed in battle in a single day but no one expected large casualties on the way to the front. Yet that is what happened to soldiers of The Royal Scots in Britain's deadliest rail disaster.

Nearly 500 men boarded the train eager to be part of the fight in Gallipoli but only half survived. Two signalmen were blamed for the accident but were they the only ones responsible?

What really happened on that fateful Saturday morning? Journalist and author Adrian Searle helps to explain.

Drink opposition

The Southern Reporter is out today and leads on police opposition to late drinks licences in the Borders.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Ward changes debated

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

Plans to re-align council wards in the Borders - and reduce the number of councillors by two - will be discussed today.

The full meeting of Scottish Borders Council will respond to the Boundaries Commission proposals which would see one ward with only four councillors for Hawick - and the town's rural hinterland hived off into an enlarged Jedburgh area.

The authority's own counter-proposal would still reduce, by two, the current 34 councillors. But Newcastleton would retain its traditional link with Hawick. The most contentious element, however, is the transfer of Hawick's iconic Hornshole to the Jedburgh ward - something the town's community leaders are pledging to fight.

Stranraer girl traced

An 11-year-old girl reported missing in Stranraer has been found and well.

Islay Kerr sparked concern after disappearing yesterday afternoon. Police say she was traced in the town last night.

Quintinshill remembered

Services are to be held across Scotland

over the next three days to mark the 100th anniversary of a rail disaster in which more than 200 people died.

Devil's Porridge Museum Eastriggs

The accident at Quintinshill in Dumfries and Galloway on 22 May 1915 remains the biggest loss of life in a train crash in the UK.

Some brightness

BBC Scotland Weather


Some brightness possible at first, but it will be mostly cloudy with patchy rain at times.

The rain could turn heavier and more persistent by evening, particularly around Hawick and Selkirk. Temperatures reaching 13 or 14 Celsius, that's 57 Fahrenheit. Winds light to moderate from the southwest.

Temporary lights

BBC Scotland Travel


Roadworks and temporary traffic lights on A68 in both directions near B6357. South of Jedburgh.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

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