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Calling young writers: pen a hero animal story and win!

To celebrate World Book Day’s 20th anniversary (March 2) vet charity PDSA has teamed up with award-winning children’s writer Hilary Robinson to launch its annual writing competition.

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Driving challenge to Monte Carlo…or bust!

Driving challenge to Monte Carlo…or bust!

Calling all petrol heads! Have you ever watched Top Gear or The Grand Tour and thought, “I could do that”? This could be your big opportunity!

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Scottish homeowners believe their renovation and decorative works has led to a �11,437 increase in property value.

Scottish homeowners optimistic about house prices

Research from Co-op Insurance has revealed that 91% of homeowners think their house value has increased since they bought it - by an average of £27,542.

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Third of Scottish parents claim their children would have no supervision in the mornings and would be left to fend for themselves if it wasnt for childcare support of school breakfast clubs.

A third of Scots don’t have breakfast with their kids

From bribing their kids through the school gates with fizzy drinks and biscuits to leaving them to fend for themselves over breakfast, new research hears the shocking confessions of Scottish working parents.

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79% of people say they are bored by their lunch choices.

Office workers eating the same lunch on repeat

Millions of office workers are eating the same lunch every single day, a study commissioned by New Covent Garden Soup has found.

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Local roadworks to be aware of

Local roadworks to be aware of

Drivers should be aware of the following roadworks which could affect journey times:

Transport
John Lamont (Scottish Conservative)
Duns election hustings.

Deadline for funding applications is next Friday

Local charities, community groups and schools are being encouraged to apply for a share of £2.5million to support organisations helping people in disadvantaged communities gain skills and opportunities.

Business
Call for adults in Scotland to get active in their local area

Call for adults in Scotland to get active in their local area

A major charity initiative is urging families across Scotland to get active in their area to help protect their wellbeing.

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Independent review into care system

Independent review into care system

Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has been appointed as the chair to the independent root and branch Care Review in Scotland.

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Gala Park Post Office and newsagent's in Balmoral Place, Galashiels.

Man charged over Galashiels post office robbery

Police have arrested and charged a 24-year-old man following a serious assault and two robberies in Galashiels.

Crime
The Peter Norris Local Hero award winner, John Davidson, centre, with runners-up Callum MacDonald and Vanessa Richardson.

We need a load of winners ... any volunteers?

Many of the Borders’ most successful organisations rely greatly on people giving their time freely in order to do something they love, something they beleive in. Kevin Janiak reports

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Nearly half of Scottish households unprotected from carbon monoxide

Nearly half of Scottish households unprotected from carbon monoxide

Over 47 percent of people in Scotland are exposed to the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning at home due to the lack of an alarm, despite Scottish households being amongst the most likely in the UK to have a carbon monoxide alarm.

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Vitamin D supplements key to combating common cold

Vitamin D supplements key to combating common cold

A daily dose of sunshine via Vitamin D pills keeps coughs and colds at bay, according to new research.

Health
Black dogs are usually the last to be chosen for rehoming so the SWIs expert knitters are coming to the rescue... knitting colourful coats for dark dogs to wear.

Dogs to be helped by coats of many colours

Dozens of homeless dogs in Scottish rescue centres are being discriminated against because of the colour of their fur.

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Bus worker stole customer’s jacket

Bus worker stole customer’s jacket

A bus worker who stole a customer’s new jacket which had been left behind was fined £200 at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.

Glenn Morris, 39, took the jacket to a Marks and Spencer store and received a £49.50 credit note for it.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing the jacket during the course of his employment at the First Bus depot in Duke Street, Galashiels, on June 5.

The procurator fiscal, Graham Fraser, explained to the court how the accused had been working as a bus shunter, but had been dismissed from his job as a result of the offence.

He said: “The premises have a staff rest area and a general office with staff lockers, with one of these for found property.”

The prosecutor went on: “The position here is that the accused had gone to Carlisle to retrieve a broken down bus and brought it back.

“He found a brand new jacket on the bus. He put it in the found property at the depot.

“But thereafter he went to Marks and Spencer and got a credit note for £49.50 for the jacket.”

Mr Fraser said a woman had bought the jacket for her husband and was taking it back to Carlisle, but inadvertently left it behind on the bus.

Ed Hulme, solicitor for Morris, said: “He apologises for this. It was a moment of madness.”

He added that his client was now working as an HGV driver.

The court heard that First Bus had re-imbursed the customer with the cost of the jacket.

Morris, of Jessamine Cottages, Earlston, was ordered to pay £50 compensation to First Bus, as well as the £200 fine.

Crime
Pupils from Yarrow school visited Selkirks new flood defences as part of their study of this terms topic, geography and landscape.

Yarrow pupils plot a course round Selkirk

Pupils from Yarrow school visited Selkirk’s new flood defences as part of their study of this term’s topic, geography and landscape.

While in the town, they also looked at different houses, sewage works and recycling depot. Then they carried out a traffic survey in the town centre and read shop signs to populate empty maps. The younger children were able to spot many different types of people who help them. The experience enabled them to extend their mental map and sense of place, being more able to use maps effectively.

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Paul Keevil with his dogs at The Tweed.

Dandie Dinmont’s Selkirk origins to feature on The Secret Life of Dogs

An under-threat terrier breed native to the Borders will be given a welcome boost next week as The Secret Life of Dogs helps raise its profile by highlighting its plight on prime-time television.

Arts
New scheme to keep bees buzzing in Scottish countryside

New scheme to keep bees buzzing in Scottish countryside

The decline in bee populations and their vital role as pollinators is causing concern across the UK, but LPG supplier AvantiGas is sponsoring a project in Perth and Kinross to help counter the trend.

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Deborah Ivalo and Mags Richardson from Langlee Primary School meet Jordanian staff.

Borders teachers learning lessons from overseas

Two Borders teachers swapped their classrooms for Western Asia this week in a bid to transform the way children are taught.

Education
Scots are being urged to sign up to Moonwalk Scotland 2017. Pictured are participants from last year's event. Pic: Neil Hanna Photography


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Scots urged to ‘Walk the Walk’

Too difficult, too boring and too time consuming, just some of the excuses we’re making to avoid walking for fitness.

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