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MPs welcome Borderlands growth deal pledge in budget

The Borders’ two MPs have welcomed this week’s UK Government autumn budget as offering potential to give the region’s economy a boost.

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Children in Need's Pudsey Brear and former Scotland rugby player Chris Paterson meet children from TD1 Youth Hub in Galashiels.

Chris is a good sport on visit to TD1 youngsters

Galashiels youngsters at TD1 Youth Hub were visited by its charity supporter BBC Children In Need and the town’s own rugby star Chris Paterson last week.

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The 70 new homes planned at the Selkirks Heather Mill are just a fraction of those which will be hit by the charges.

Council to charge for street and property naming

Homeowners and developers wishing to register street and property names will be faced with a fee for doing so as of next month.

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Elite Studio Dancers at Kelso's switch on last year.

Towns and villages get ready to light the way to Christmas

The Borders begins its countdown to Christmas this weekend, with towns organising their light switch-on celebrations from then into next month.

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Farmers Alistair, Ross and Jen McAulay at Wauchope Farm.

Borders farmers fearful lynx would kill their sheep

Two Borders sheep farmers have warned of catastrophic consequences if plans to release wild Eurasian lynx in Kielder Forest go ahead.

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Bus concessions could be amended by Transport Scotland.

Women could face longer wait for free bus passes

Councillors have backed potential changes to Scotland-wide concessionary travel schemes.

Politics
How the artwork will look on the wall when it is completed in May

Svetlana’s art coming together

After a great start working with Selkirk pupils, artist Svetlana Kondakova is once again inviting the town’s residents to participate in her community art project where they can leave their mark on a large-scale mosaic installation.

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The old Kelso High School at Bowmont Street.

Future of old Kelso High School site remains unclear

The future of Kelso’s old high school will remain up in the air for at least six months.

Education
Kelso in cobbles sewage row

Kelso in cobbles sewage row

A blocked drain in Kelso’s town centre this week saw dirty water seep up through the ancient cobbled streets – with one resident claiming it was raw sewage.

Environment
Rebecca Donahue, Head of Marketing at Carole Nash and Shaun Colin from Motorcycle News present Biking Heroes runner up, Hawick's Steven Quintus, with a cheque for �400, alongside Carole Nash ambassadors, Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam and Ron Haslam.

Blood Bikes hero Steven takes third prize

Hawick motorcyclist Steven Quintus was hailed a true biker hero at the weekend, taking third place at a national award ceremony.

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David Carney's car careering out of control at the 2014 Jim Clark Rally.

2014 Jim Clark Rally triple tragedy was avoidable, rules sheriff

The deaths of three motorsport fans near Swinton in Berwickshire during 2014’s Jim Clark Rally could have been avoided if better safety precautions had been in place, a sheriff has ruled.

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Kelso Ram Sales in Springwood Park, Kelso. Ron Wilson, ringing the bell to start the auctions, is retiring as Secretary of the Border Union Agricultural Show which also relieves him of his duties at the Kelso Ram Sales.

Looking forward to a fluffy future after 20 years at Springwood Park

To many people in the agricultural sector, Ron Wilson has been, for the past 20 years, quite simply Mr Border Union Show.

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James Marjoribanks, John Raine, Richard Turnbull and James Torrie switching on last years tree of light at the Borders General Hospital.

Tree will light way to Christmas at Borders General Hospital again

A festive fundraising feature is returning to the Borders General Hospital next month after yielding more than £1,000 to spend on patient care last Christmas.

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Meighan Reid, 17, was found dead at a flat in Caddon Court, Innerleithen.

Pals of tragic teenager Meighan tell of shock and grief

Friends of tragic teenager Meighan Reid have been telling of their shock and grief on social media.

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Meighan Reid, 17, was found dead at a flat in Caddon Court, Innerleithen.

Mum in tears as court told of teenage daughter’s death in Innerleithen

A mother broke down in tears in the dock at Selkirk Sheriff Court yesterday, November 20, after it was explained that her teenage daughter had died suddenly at the weekend.

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Families will be mesmerised by the hypnotic beauty of a flickering, scented Fire Garden

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From left, college facilities manager Robert Hewitt, Sharcs Russ Burton, Scottish Water Horizons Donald MacBrayne and Ian Dunsmore, Sharcs Laura Bishop, Lynn Mueller and Joe Short, college vice-principal Pete Smith and Sharcs Nathan Burton.

Borders College proves to be hot stuff at award event

Wasting not and wanting not earned a prize for Borders College at this year’s Green Gown Awards.

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Volunteers at work in Ancrum.

Ancrum group advancing towards biodiversity

Ancrum Biodiversity Group was awarded an advancing award by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity behind the campaign which rewards community participation and environmental responsibility.

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Eileen Thomson died nine days after the incident at Priorwood Court in Melrose. Her husband David, facing trial for murder, was found dead in Edinburgh last week.

Ex-firefighter facing trial over his wife’s murder in Melrose is found dead

A 69-year-old man from Melrose who was charged earlier this year with murdering his wife, has been found dead in Edinburgh.

Crime
Police vehicles in Innerleithens Caddon Court area following the discovery of the body of a teenaged woman on Saturday.

Police investigate death of teenager in Innerleithen

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 17-year-old woman whose body was found in Innerleithen on Saturday morning.

Crime
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