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£29 million to tackle poverty

Organisations that tackle poverty can now have access to a new £29 million funding pot set up by the Scottish Government.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson examines the green waste dumped near Hawick Rugby Club.

Anger over green waste dumped near Hawick recycling centre

A councillor is urging Teries to help kick fly-tippers into touch after finding green waste dumped opposite Hawick Rugby Club’s Mansfield Park ground.

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Councillor Watson McAteer is hoping to see Bonchester Bridge's recycling bins moved back to their old home soon.

Bonchester Bridge recycling bin dispute nearing end

A solution to a health and safety wrangle which has been blighting the heart of a Borders village for the last year could soon be at hand.

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August's exhibition on the proposed Hawick flood protection scheme.

Help at hand in Hawick to allay fears over future flooding

Peace of mind could be at hand for Teries fearful of a repeat of last winter’s floods.

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Jimmy Bain on stage with Dio.

Family welcome plans for tribute to Scottish rock star

Moves are afoot to have a tribute to late rock star Jimmy Bain created in his home town of Dunbar, much to the delight of relatives of his including his niece Linda Renton.

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Press freedom in Scotland “at risk” from UK Government proposals

Proposals to regulate the press in England and Wales would “pose a potential threat to press freedom” in Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

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Floral tributes on Swinton village green following the death of three spectators during the Jim Clark Rally

Event’s future looks bleak after MSA blow

There will be no Jim Clark Memorial Rally in 2017 and the very future of the popular motorsport event is now in serious jeopardy.

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Hawick councillor Watson McAteer at the old Hobkirk Primary School.

Borders primary school facing axe could be given new lease of life

A Bonchester school mothballed by Scottish Borders Council over a year ago is set for a fresh start under new legislation, it has emerged.

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Sandy and Jane Glendinning are among the Walkerburn residents facing a hefty bill for repairs to the retaining wall.

Plans being drawn up to repair A72 wall at Walkerburn

A design for the repair and possible replacement of a collapsed retaining wall alongside the A72 road at Walkerburn is being drawn up by Scottish Borders Council officers.

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Walkerburn's Mollie McIntosh.

97-year-old Borderer left housebound by damage to drive

A pensioner has been left as good as housebound since the access to her Walkerburn home was damaged by builders renovating a neighbouring property.

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Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Scotland is set to pilot a radical scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI), regardless of whether they work or not.

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Hawick and Denholm councillor Davie Paterson at the Dunk corner near Hawick.

Work on way to stop future landslides on A7 near Hawick

Two options have been drawn up for works to prevent the repeat of a landslide on a trunk road south of Hawick three years ago.

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The old Post Office Building in Channel Street, Galashiels.

It’s in the post – councillors put the stamp on Galashiels tapestry centre

Scottish Borders councillors voted today to give their stamp of approval for Galashiels to host the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

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Diversion route

Yarrow Terrace closure set for January

Road closures and diversions which have been put in place while the long-awaited repair works at the Glen Hotel wall are carried out, have been revealed this week.

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Reverend Cole Maynard and Reverend Stephen A Blakey remembering Armistice Day at Edinburgh Castle earlier this year.

Borders minister takes up Army post

A Duns clergyman has been appointed to the position of senior Army Chaplain for Scotland.

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The old Post Office Building in Channel Street, Galashiels.

Subsidy warning on decision day for tapestry

Scottish Borders Council, which has already spent over £520,000 on efforts to create a visitor centre for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, will today decide if it should be built in Galashiels at a cost of £6.7m.

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New legislation introduced by the Scottish Parliament will tighen up planning controls for pay day lenders and betting shops on Scotlands high streets.

Tighter controls over high street “blight”

The “blight” of pay day lenders and betting operators on Scotland’s high streets will be tackled with stricter planning controls from now on.

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Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

Borders trains in line for 4,000 extra seats

Rail campaigners have welcomed the addition of more than 1,300 extra seats to peak-time services along the Borders Railway.

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Council tax hike set to bite

Council tax hike set to bite

Borderers can expect a 3% hike in their council tax bills next year, following a nine-year freeze.

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Borders councillors being advised to pick Galashiels to host Great Tapestry of Scotland

Councillors are being advised to pick Galashiels to be home to the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

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