Borders businesses secure nominations in Scottish Wedding Awards 2018

More than a dozen Borders businesses have secured places at the finals of this year’s Scottish Wedding Awards.

The approach to Dirtpot Corner on the A72 near Peebles.

Works agreed to improve A72 accident blackspot near Peebles

A £2m scheme to widen the A72 Galashiels-Hamilton road at a notorious accident blackspot should start this summer after Scottish Borders Council agreed to stump up the cash in its latest budget.

Silver and gold medals for farm workers whose loyalty knows no bounds

Silver and gold medals for farm workers whose loyalty knows no bounds

Enduring relationships between farm-owners and their staff were celebrated last Friday as the Border Union Agricultural Society hosted its latest long-service awards lunch, held at Kelso’s Springwood Hall.

Melrose High Street.

Plans revealed for new retail unit in Melrose High Street

Plans have been announced to help revitalise Melrose High Street.

Hawick rugby hero Stuart Hogg at an open training session in Galashiels last Friday ahead of Scotland's Calcutta Cup game against England on Saturday.

Extra trains to Borders to be run for rugby’s Calcutta Cup

The Borders’ two MSPs have welcomed ScotRail’s promise to run extra trains on the Borders Railway this Saturday, February 24, for rugby union fans travelling to see Scotland host England in 2018’s Six Nations championship.

Earlston's new mobile post office service came into operation last week after almost a year of campaigning by locals.

Campaign brings Post Office services back to Earlston

Earlston residents have welcomed the reintroduction of post office services to the town this month, almost a year after they were withdrawn.

The Waggon Inn, Kelso, up for a Best Bar None 2018 award. Pic: Google Maps 2016

Two Kelso venues up for Best Bar None national awards

Two businesses in Kelso have been shortlisted for national gongs in the Best Bar None 2018 awards.

Additional carriages will be added to train services on Saturday for the rugby.  Picture: Michael Gillen.

Additional train carriages for Scotland v England rugby

Extra carriages are to be added to train services for rugby fans travelling to Scotland’s sell-out Six Nations game at BT Murrayfield this weekend.

The A72 near Cardrona.

Work about to start on new forest road entrance on A72 near Cardrona

Work is due to start next week on creating a new forest road entrance on the A72 at Nether Horsburgh, east of Peebles near Cardrona.

Stock image: John Devlin

Ten days left to use old paper notes

You only have until next week to use your paper £5 and £10 notes.

The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Jedburgh is one of five in the Borders facing the axe.

Three more meetings lined up to rally opposition to Borders bank closures

Three more meetings are being lined up to rally opposition to plans to close five Royal Bank of Scotland branches in the region.

The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Melrose.

Royal Bank of Scotland planning cuts to mobile service in Borders

The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced plans to cut its mobile banking service in the Borders ahead of the closure of five of its nine branches here this summer.

Natalie Martin, Carol Holness and Kirstie Notman with their awards.

Border ladies shine at wedding awards

A Borders photographer has been praised for being picture perfect on couples’ wedding days, having bagged a top wedding industry award for the second year running.

Tractor driver Alec Herkes has been working with the same family for 50 years, and at 80, is still helping out on the farm at Marlefield

Alec puts in half a century behind the wheel of a tractor

Yesterday was a big occasion for 18 farmworkers at Springwood Park in Kelso.

Melrose post master John Collins is waiting for a new home to be found for the post office before he retires.

Post Office says Melrose will not lose its service

The Post Office has revealed it is in talks with a local business about finding a suitable site in Melrose.

Pic copyright to Google Maps 2017 - sweetie shop which previously occupied 38 Bank St, Galashiels. Application to turn it into a dog grooming business has been rejected.

Application to turn sweetie shop into dog grooming business rejected

A planning bid to convert a former sweet shop into a dog grooming parlour has been rejected.

An artist's impression of the proposed hotel, supermarket, drive-through coffee shop and petrol station at Tweedbank Gateway.

Plans for Tweedbank hotel and retail development could create 100 jobs

Plans are in place for a new hotel and retail complex in Tweedbank, which would enhance the existing railway terminus ... and create up to 100 jobs.

Tweeddale West councillor Heather Anderson.

Haslam launches an attack on opposition

The Conservative leader of Scottish Borders Council has accused the SNP of ‘living in cloud cuckoo land’ after the opposition tabled alternative financial plans for 2018/19.

Shona Haslam and  George Turnbull present their draft financial plan for 2018-19.

Budget proposes tax hike and job losses

Borderers will be hit with a three per cent hike in their council tax bill if a draft financial plan for the region is approved next week.

Councillors Clair Ramage and Andy Anderson with protestors at Selkirk's RBS objecting to the impending bank closure.

Let down customers demand RBS rethink

Furious customers have called on the Royal Bank of Scotland to rethink the decision to close six of its branches in the Borders.

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