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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 26 February

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it for another day for the South of Scotland Live page. Enjoy your evening and join us again at 9am tomorrow.

Cloud thickens

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Cloud continues to thicken from the west as we end the day in the Borders, with some light and patchy rain across East Lothian and the eastern Borders by evening with freshening winds.

A cloudy, wet evening ahead with outbreaks of rain across Dumfries and Galloway, and quite mild too, even after dark, with temperatures climbing to around 9 or even 10 celsius on the west coast as the warm front passes overhead.

The rain will turn heavy overnight with the south west winds strengthening too.

One change

Border Telegraph

Scotland Under 20s Head Coach Sean Lineen

has made one change to his winning team for this Friday's Six Nations Championship match against Italy at Netherdale.

Glasgow Hawks lock, Andrew Davidson's replacement of his club mate Scott Cummings is the only change to the side that battled back to defeat their Welsh counterparts 36-34 at the same venue a fortnight ago.

Cancer contribution recognised

NHS Borders' contribution to the national Detect Cancer Early programme has been recognised at an event to mark the programme's three-year anniversary.

The £30m programme has contributed to 24.3% of all breast bowel and lung cancers in 2012 and 2013 being diagnosed at the earliest stages, thanks to the support of cancer clinicians and charities across the country.

Ready for Kelso

@normileracing

Normile Racing

tweets: Lord Redsgirth, Cruachan & Rinnagree Rosie entered
@KelsoRacecourse on Saturday

Horse
Normile Racing

Radio times

Don't forget to tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for all the latest news on our radio bulletins.

They're back at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 tomorrow morning.

Drink drive teacher reprimanded

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A Dumfries teacher convicted of drink driving and being in possession of ecstasy

has been reprimanded and allowed to return to the classroom.

Paul Webley, 62, was a behavioural support teacher at Maxwelltown High School when he was caught driving while four-times over the limit.

He was fined and banned from driving at Dumfries Sheriff Court in July 2013.

Now the General Teaching Council for Scotland has laid out conditions under which Mr Webley can continue to teach.

DG One latest

Dumfries and Galloway Council has released images from the DG One leisure centre where defects have been found

which it says "beggar belief".

They show part of the swimming pool area and pipework.

DG One pool
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Pipes
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Get in touch

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

A few people on Twitter are clearly a little bit jealous of Dumfries man Michael Pattie who is dancing with Aliona Vilani in the People's Strictly which starts on BBC One at 9pm tonight.

@henryslennet

tweets: Looking forward to seeing Aliona and her partner dancing!

@ivanrichards69

tweets: Obviously the luckiest man on People's Strictly.

@harleyapr

tweets: that is a tough gig he has got....

Food award

Galloway Community Hospital and Newton Stewart Hospital have been recognised for their high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety with an Eat Safe award.

Hospital
Google

Eat Safe is designed to promote excellence in food hygiene in catering businesses across Scotland, and is administered by Local Authority Environmental Health Services in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency.

Curling action

@rccccurling

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

tweets: More highlights tonight on BBC 2 Scotland with the Scottish Curling Men's Championship final
http://www.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org/?p=14668

Curling
Other

Overturned lorry latest

@ScotTranserv

Scotland Transerv

tweets: #A77, Temp Traffic Lights are now in place to remove load from HGV

Overturned lorry
Scotland Transerv

Brit hopes

Dumfries DJ Calvin Harris is up for two Brit awards later today.

Calvin Harris
BBC

His track Summer is in the running for best British single and British artist video of the year.

Road re-opens

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

A702 West Linton to Biggar Road is now re-open north of Biggar following recovery of an accident.

Up for Italy

Scotland captain, former Jed Forest man Greig Laidlaw, is confident they can win what is, potentially, a wooden spoon decider with Italy in the Six Nations this weekend.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw
SNS

"I think we played really well in the first two games," he said.

"It is really frustrating for us as players just to come up a little bit short but I think our attacking with ball in hand has been brilliant.

"We need to watch our penalty count, keep that low, don't let the Italians into the game."

Overturned lorry

@trafficscotland

Traffic Scotland

Latest

tweets: #A77 no issues on the route but this is the overturned HGV at Stranraer that was causing issues earlier. #DriveSafe

Overturned lorry
Traffic Scotland

Balanced books promised

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

Social work bosses have given an assurance that they'll deliver a balanced budget at the end of this financial year.

It comes despite the latest figures showing a projected overspend of just over £200,000.

Officials say that deficit was based on projections in December and there has been a marked improvement in the department's financial position since then.

Scott's Selkirk saved

A pre-Christmas festival in Selkirk

has been saved from the history books.

Scott's Selkirk
BBC

The future of Scott's Selkirk had been in doubt because of a shortage of volunteers.

The few remaining members of the committee indicated last month that they intended dissolving the 15-year-old winter weekend celebrations.

But encouraging numbers at an emergency meeting on Monday night's led to a U-turn.

Dandie moment

@heritagebreed

Paul Keevil

tweets: Unveiling The Dandie Dinmont A Literary Breed painting.
@AbbotsfordScott

Painting
PAul Keevil

Culture merger fears

Berwickshire News

Fears for the future of cultural services

if they are taken over by the body which runs most of the region's swimming pools and sports centres have been voiced.

Although Scottish Borders Council agreed on Thursday to open discussions with the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT) about the possible transfer of its libraries, museums, public halls and community centres, several elected members expressed concerns.

Back page

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard back page says Queen of the South will not linger on their weekend defeat by Hearts.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Thicker cloud

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Thicker cloud towards the west coast this afternoon but still bright. Through the day, the cloud will continue to build as a weather front approaches. We'll see it bringing rain into Stranraer and Galloway by early to mid afternoon.

It remains mostly dry and bright this afternoon in the Borders, although cloud will increase from the west during the rest of daylight hours.

Tune in

Make sure you tune in at 12:30 for all the latest from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders in our radio bulletins.

More to come from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios at 16:30 and 17:30.

Rain tracking in

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

tweets: [12pm] After a sunny start for many, cloud & rain is on the way - moving West to East as the radar/satellite shows.CB

Rain map
BBC

Payback order for restaurant boss

A restaurant boss found guilty of sexually assaulting four former waitresses

has escaped a jail sentence.

Robert McAleese, 38, who runs Little Italy in Dumfries, was made the subject of a community payback order.

Prize contenders revealed

Southern Reporter

The judges of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

have announced their longlist of 15 books for 2015.

In a change to prize protocol this year, the longlist is made public for the first time, and a six-strong shortlist announcement event in London will be held on March 24.

Hostel conversion bid

Plans to turn a former youth hostel in Melrose into a private home have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council.

Melrose youth hostel
Liz n Jim

The Scottish Youth Hostel Association closed the hostel because of a drop in visitor numbers - despite local campaigns.

Bridge too far?

Peeblesshire News

A second bridge for Peebles remains a long way off

with community leaders still refusing to give their blessing to the plan.

Scottish Borders Council last week agreed to set aside £18.3m of capital cash for the project but it has brought a lukewarm response from the community.

Crick Carleton, the chairman of the planning committee of Peebles Community Council, has re-affirmed opposition to the second bridge - and has received backing from the public.

Free Press

The Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press leads on a critical report of services for older people at the Galloway Community Hospital.

Free Press
Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

Redundancy fund

Scottish Borders Council has set aside £99,000 from reserves

to fund "unplanned compulsory redundancies".

Scottish Borders Council HQ
Richard Webb

The figure emerged just weeks after the Independent, Lib Dem and SNP coalition pledged to avoid mandatory job losses.

Finance spokesman John Mitchell said the move followed reorganisations of the social work and education departments.

The council has not yet revealed how many posts will be cut.

Get involved

Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

Got a strong opinion about the issues making the news in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders?

Or do you have a story you think we should be covering?

Get in touch via Twitter @BBCSouthScot or email selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or dumfries@bbc.co.uk.

Front page

The Border Telegraph is out today and it leads on the council's decision to ditch plans for a waste plant.

Front page
Border Telegraph

Turbine cash pledge

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A farmer behind plans for a controversial Dumfriesshire wind farm

has pledged to donate £875,000 to the local community over 25 years.

Turbines
Getty Images

Landowner Malcolm Bell Macdonald made the offer in a letter to the Royal Four Towns community council.

He owns Hartwood Hill near Hightae, where renewable energy firm Airvolution wants to build seven turbines.

However, an objectors' group said the development would affect many more communities than the Royal Four Towns.

Let's dance

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Remember to tune in to BBC One tonight at 9pm to see retired Dumfries businessman Michael Pattie begin

his challenge to try to win the People's Strictly.

Michael Pattie and Aliona Vilani
BBC

It's a long way from selling outdoor gear to getting to grips with professional ballroom dancing.

Berwick beaten

BBC Sport

Scotland

Two goals from Shane Sutherland proved enough to give Elgin City a home victory

over Berwick Rangers in Scottish League Two.

Beds blocked

Marc Ellison

Data journalist, BBC Scotland

Thousands of beds were blocked this winter by patients healthy enough to return home,

according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

Bed block
Thinkstock

Over a four-week period, an average of 1,216 beds per day were unavailable to incoming patients in hospitals across the country.

Standard published

Wednesday's edition of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads with the story of a man who admitted sexual offences against two young girls.

Standard front page
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

DG One woes

A council has said defects found in its flagship leisure centre "beggar belief"

and will take about two-and-a-half years in total to fully address.

DG One
BBC

The DG One facility in Dumfries shut in October last year.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said the scale of the problems meant repairs would not start until autumn this year and would take 18 months to complete.

Dry morning

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A largely dry start this morning, although beware the risk of icy patches, especially on untreated roads and surfaces.

The first part of this morning will be dry and bright with some sunshine at times.

Thicker cloud towards the west coast and southern Borders but still bright. Through the day, this cloud will build as a weather front approaches. We'll see it bringing rain into Stranraer and Galloway around lunchtime or early afternoon. This rain then moves east through the rest of the day. Winds light to moderate for the south.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome to another day of news, sport, travel and weather from the south of Scotland.

Stick with us until 5pm for all the latest from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

And if you don't know where our top image on the live page is today, it is the troubled DG One leisure centre in Dumfries - more of which shortly.