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Oor Wullie to feature on First Minister’s Christmas card

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen “national treasure” Oor Wullie as the illustration for her official Christmas card this year.

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Hawick's Volunteer Park.

Deals gives Hawick youngsters a sporting chance

Hawick youngsters are being offered hope of following in the footsteps of the likes of rugby union internationals Stuart Hogg and Jim Renwick and becoming sports stars of the future by the news that a £40,000 fund is to be retained despite the imminent demise of the body in charge of it.

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The former Jedforest Hotel, Camptown.

£40m distillery near Jedburgh set to get go-ahead

Plans for a £40m whisky distillery near Jedburgh are being recommended for approval in principle next week, paving the way for the creation of a tourist attraction expected to provide jobs for up to 50 people.

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Caerlee Mill , Innerleithen.

Councillors give backing to £163m plan to build affordable housing across the Scottish Borders

A five-year housing plan set to see more than £160m invested in affordable housing was approved by Scottish Borders Council on Tuesday.

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Visit to G&M Radiators, Glasgow. Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport & the Islands, John Blake, G&M Radiator Manufacturing Managing Director

Extra carriages on the way for Borders track

Plans to boost the capacity of busy services on the Borders Railway are nearing completion, according to Scottish Government transport minister Humza Yousaf.

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The Tobacco-Free Generation Awards. Right to left: Kevan Sanderson NHS Borders, Colin Smyth MSP, Jedburgh councillor Jim Brown.

Accolade for campaigners

Anti-smoking campaigners in the Borders have been given a national award for their efforts to stub out the unhealthy habit.

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A72 at Caerlee Corner, Innerleithen

40mph limit on the way at crash blackspot

A 40mph speed limit is to be imposed at an accident blackspot near Innerleithen in the hope of helping avert further car crashes.

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Finance minister Derek Mckay said the new legislation will "design an approach to taxation which will suit Scotlands needs".

New tax-raising powers for Parliament

Legislation which will give the Scottish Parliament further powers over income tax will be laid today (Wednesday).

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The former Hawick YM clubhouse.

Old Hawick rugby clubhouse to be converted back into pub

Hawick is in line to see a new pub open before Christmas now approval has been granted for the conversion of a former rugby club headquarters.

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Parents asked to give their views

Scottish Borders councillors will meet next month to discuss feedback on the consultation report on local additional support needs provision.

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John Lamont MSP, left, and Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson MSP, right, chat with the managing director of M&J Ballantyne, Michael Ballantyne, at the company's East Broomlands building site.

Plans to invest £163m in affordable housing on way

Scottish Borders Council’s executive committee meets on Tuesday, November 29, to consider a proposed five-year housing plan for the region.

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The Kirkin' of the Melrosian Donald Crawford took place at Melrose Parish Church on Sunday morning in rather wet conditions. Michael Moore at the Kirkin'.

Ex-MP urging firms to prepare for Brexit

Though there is still much uncertainty over the impact on the Borders economy of Britain’s exit from the European Union, there are key issues that businesses here should be considering now, according to a former MP for the region.

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Hawick Cornet Euan Reilly and his lass, Lisa McLean, at Hornshole during this years common riding.

Historic Hawick battlefield about to be taken over by town fund

The historic Hornshole battleground is now a step closer to coming under the stewardship of Hawick’s common good fund – despite one elected member describing the plan as “a load of twaddle”.

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Councillors Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer in Mart Street, Hawick.

Calls going out for Hawick bus stops to be revamped

Councillors say bus shelters at a key gateway into Hawick should be made to look more welcoming.

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The old post office building in Channel Street, Galashiels.

Delays won’t dash plans for tapestry centre in Borders, councillors told

The latest hold-up to hit moves to create a permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland in the Borders won’t put the region at risk of losing out on the attraction, councillors have been told.

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Design debate over house plans

Design debate over house plans

Community councillors debated the merits of commonality against variety on Monday while discussing design proposals for a house at the site of the Buccleuch Cleaners.

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Poet's Corner, Selkirk.

£1m development raises concern over High Street parking

A £1m development proposed for a Selkirk eyesore has been welcomed by community councillors despite concerns over parking outside it.

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Traffic warden puts the crackdown on illegal parking in Selkirk into force.

Rebel Edgar beaten on parking proposal

Scottish Borders Council has rejected calls to implement its own parking enforcement regime – despite evidence that motorists are regularly ignoring town centre restrictions.

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Fallago Rig wind farm, near Longformacus.

Councillors oppose Fallago Rig extension plans

Councillors went against officers’ recommendations this week and opted to oppose plans to expand and extend the life of a controversial wind farm.

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Housing association worker Elaine Brotherstone hands over the keys to Sandra McHutchison's new home in Stonefield Place in Hawick.

£11m rebirth of 1960s Hawick housing estate proving popular

The £11m regeneration of a once-blighted Hawick housing estate is moving on apace as 27 tenants received keys to their new homes this week.

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