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Kelso street to reopen to traffic tonight

Roxburgh Street in Kelso is to reopen to traffic tonight, November 17, after being shut for almost two months.

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Hawick fire station manager Russell Bell.

Outcry as Borders firefighters forced to put lifesaving project on hold

Lives could be lost due to a pilot project drafting in firefighters to help heart attack victims across the Borders being suspended, it is feared.

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Borders taxi drivers facing new medical checks

Proposed new medical tests for taxi drivers in the Borders look set to prove unpopular within the trade.

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Morrison's David Wilson, Head Boy Charlie Graves, Head Girl Aimee Martin, Councillor Hamilton and Paul McGirk of Hub South East Scotland

High hopes as pupils move into £22.5m new school

The new £22.5m Kelso High School welcomed pupils for the first time on Tuesday.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Borders MP urges Scottish Government to abandon bid for second independence vote

Borders MP John Lamont this week called on Scottish Government First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to drop her demands for a second independence referendum.

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From left, MSP Rachael Hamilton, MP David Mundell, MSP Michelle Ballantyne, MP John Lamont and council leader Shona Haslam in Peebles.

Chancellor urged to include cash for Borders growth deal in budget

Borders MPs and MSPs are urging UK Government Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to include progress on the Borderlands growth deal promised earlier this year in his autumn budget next week.

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From left, new regional fire chief Stephen Gourlay, deputy board chairman Kirsty Darwent, board chairman Watson McAteer and new police divisional commander Chief Superintendent Lesley Clark at Friday's meeting.

House-breaking up by almost half in Borders, figures reveal

The number of house-breakings reported in the Borders so far this year is up almost half on last year, new police statistics reveal.

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St Margaret's Care Centre at Hawick.

Sixth member of staff suspended as Hawick care home probe continues

An investigation into what are said to be serious allegations at a Hawick care home has led to another member of staff being suspended.

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Lilith, the lynx shot dead in Wales last Friday.

Sheep deaths spark renewed fears in Borders over lynx release plans

Claims that an escaped lynx killed seven sheep in Wales in a matter of days have sparked renewed concerns over plans to release six of the wildcats in Kielder Forest, just south of the English border.

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How a �625,000 support centre for pupils with complex needs being built at Galashiels Academy will look.

Work under way on £1.25m extensions to two Borders schools

Work is now under way on building a support centre for pupils with complex needs at Galashiels Academy and a new nursery at St Boswells Primary School.

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Borders MP John Lamont at the launch of this year's Poppy Scotland appeal at Westminster.

Borderers urged to say it with flowers

Borders MP John Lamont and MSP Rachael Hamilton are urging residents of the region to show their support for our war veterans by wearing poppies ahead of Armistice Day this Saturday.

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The old Craw Wood nursing home in Tweedbank.

£850,000 plan agreed in bid to tackle bed-blocking at Borders General Hospital

Health bosses yesterday gave the go-ahead to a £850,000 pilot scheme aimed at tackling bed-blocking at Borders General Hospital this winter.

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Donna Manson, director of children and young people's services with the Jedburgh campus plans.

Welcome for Jedburgh campus progress

Securing a new inter generational campus for Jedburgh has been described as a “defining moment” by the council’s education bosses.

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Hawick High School

Four towns in the running for school upgrades

Scottish Borders Council is working to decide which of the region’s high schools should be next in line for investment.

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Signing of the heads of terms of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal takes place at the Double Tree Hilton on Bread Street

City deal sells Borders short

Details of the long-awaited Edinburgh and South of Scotland City Region Deal were revealed to councillors last week – and it has been claimed that the Borders is being sold crumbs.

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St Margaret's R.C. Primary School, Hawick.

Talks start on plans to shut town school

Plans to close a Hawick primary school took a step forward this week after councillors agreed to start a formal consultation about shutting it.

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Scottish affairs MPs set to visit Selkirk

Scottish affairs MPs set to visit Selkirk

The Scottish Affairs Committee – of which Borders MP John Lamont is a member – heads from Westminster to Selkirk on Monday, November 20.

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At the site, from left, Eileen Walsh, project manager Duncan Taylor, William Rodger, Andy Maybury.

Controversial wind farm plans rejected

A bid to build a 12-turbine wind farm near Bonchester Bridge was rejected by councillors this week.

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The Scottish Borders town of Hawick is recovering after record rainfall over the weekend saw areas of the town hit by floods.

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Teries asked to get behind flood scheme

Hawick residents are being asked to get behind the town’s flood protection scheme for the sake of those who have had their home devastated by the power of the Teviot.

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The taxi rank at Channel St, Galashiels

Borderers are asked to give their views on future taxi fares

Borderers are being urged to have their say on taxi fares as part of a public consultation on the issue.

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