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New youth MSPs set out their priorities

Education, health and lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender rights will be priorities for a Galashiels Academy pupil now she has been elected as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, she says.

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Artist impression of the new Murray House dementia unit in Kelso.

Kelso to house the region’s first specialist dementia unit

Developers have been given the go-ahead to build the Borders’ first specialist dementia care unit.

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The nearby Langhope Rig wind farm.

Barrel Law wind farm plans go back up for discussion

Revived plans for a controversial wind farm development near Roberton will go on show today.

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Scottish Borders Council convener Graham Garvie, architectural manager Ray Cherry, the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry and council leader David Parker at the opening of the new Leader Valley School at Earlston.

Seven news headteachers needed by Borders schools

A recruitment event is being held this week in an effort to get seven vacancies in the Borders for headteachers filled.

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Lowood Bridge.

Borders bridge to be closed to heavy lorries ahead of £640,000 revamp

A temporary weight limit is to be imposed on Lowood Bridge, north of Tweedbank, in readiness for repair works lined up for later this year.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson on the newly-painted Laurie Bridge in Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick.

Revamped Hawick footbridge already targeted by vandals

A historic Hawick footbridge and landmark has been given a makeover – but a vandal has already daubed his or her signature in graffiti on the side of it.

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Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman.

Invitation for views on social security

People across Scotland are being asked for their views to help shape the country’s new social security system.

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Colin McGrath outside Kelso High School where he proposes that the school be made into a village for older people when it is left empty later this year.

Kelso High School retirement home bid

A Kelso community councillor wants the town’s soon-to-be-vacant high school to be turned from a seat of learning into a retirement village.

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International Development Secretary Priti Patel.

Match funding for donations to East Africa aid appeal

The UK Government has pledged to match pound for pound the first £5 million of public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s new East Africa Crisis Appeal.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.

Borders MPs divided over push for second Scottish independence vote

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s latest push for a second independence referendum has divided opinion among the Borders’ MPs.

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Calum Kerr MP

Drawing new boundaries

Borderers who would like to have their voice heard on the Boundary Commission’s proposed new UK Parliament consituencies have until March 27 to do so.

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Zoey and Riley Kerr with the returned iPad.

Girl reunited with iPad thrown in bin

A prized Christmas present feared lost forever after being binned during a sibling argument has been found, thanks to recycling centre staff sifting through 150 tonnes of rubbish to track it down.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish people must be given a choice.

First Minister to seek second independence referendum

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that she will seek permission for a second referendum on Scottish Independence.

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The Carnarvon Street site in Hawick.

Planners reject bid to set up four industrial workshops in Hawick

Plans for four new industrial workshops on a site in Hawick have been rejected over concerns about their close proximity to homes.

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Gala Fairydean Rovers playing Hawick Royal Albert on Hogmanay at Galashiels' 3G pitch at Netherdale.

Borders council chiefs monitoring 3G pitch research following health concerns

Scottish Borders Council is monitoring research into health risks said to be posed by 3G sports pitches such as those now being developed in the region.

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A sign pointing to Ruberslaw, near Hawick.

Council opposing plans for 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick

Councillors are objecting to plans for a 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick due to concerns that it would blight an area of natural beauty.

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ictured at the museum are, front from left, councillors Iain Gillespie and Vicky Davidson, Trimontium Trust secretary Donald Gordon and council leader David Parker, with, back, trust chairman John Reid, museum curator Fiona Colton and councillor Jim Torrance.

Melrose Roman museum revives £1.9m expansion plans

Melrose’s Trimontium Museum of Roman relics has revived its bid for a £1.9m revamp.

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Greenvale

Council defends its way of sourcing food

Scottish Borders Council has defended its sourcing of food for schools after a local MSP claimed it had spent £31,000 on chicken from Thailand in the last financial year.

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Rob Tinlin with his honour.

Teri Rob given civic honour in Essex

A former Hawick man has been awarded the freedom of the borough of Southend-on-Sea in Essex.

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The Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels.

Agency opposing £5.2m Galashiels waste station plans

Scotland’s environmental watchdog is opposing plans by Scottish Borders Council to build a £5.2m waste transfer station on the outskirts of Galashiels.

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