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Fight to save mothball-threatened school

A DESPERATE attempt to have the future of Dalry Secondary discussed by all councillors was thrown out this week. Dee and Glenkens Councillor Dougie Campbell, who has been fighting to protect the school since it was threatened with being mothballed, had lodged an emergency motion for Tuesday’s budg...

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Covid memorial forest launched at Crichton

THE first trees of the region’s covid memorial forest were planted at the Crichton on Tuesday. Fifteen trees were planted at four locations within the grounds as part of Dumfries and Galloway’s Dispersed Memorial Forest to honour those lost during the coronavirus pandemic and provide a community...

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A big NHS thank you from Jim

JIM McLelland has come up with a novel way to say a great big thank you to all the staff at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. For the former publican is organising a 12 hour charity challenge this summer to raise money for them. From 6 am to 6 pm on Sunday July 28 he […] The post A big NHS th...

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Learn about life as a vet

A NEW picture book is being sent to every primary school in Scotland, and this region, to inspire children to be vets when they grow up. ‘Shona The Vet’ was written and illustrated by Catherine Stables, a vet from Keith, Moray. It tells the adventures of a vet travelling around the country treat...

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Zak’s Euros dream

A YOUNG Eastriggs footballer is hoping to represent Scotland in Turkey at the Deaf Euros later this year. But in order to attend the competition, the team must first raise £40,000 to cover the costs. Zak Hodgson, 18, earned his first Scotland cap on Sunday against Glasgow Colleges. The national sid...

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Bus firm clocks up thousands of green miles

A BUS company based in Lockerbie has revealed that it has charged over a quarter of a million miles in just one year amidst efforts to electrify its fleet. That’s equivalent to ten journeys around the earth for Houston’s Coaches. They acquired four new electric buses in February last year and in...

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Roads firm opens factory in Moldova

MOLDOVA’s Prime Minister helped officially launch a new branch of plastic roads firm MacRebur in their country last week. At a grand opening ceremony, Dorin Recean welcomed the Lockerbie company to Moldova. He said: “This marks a substantial investment of 1.2 million euros in Moldova’s infrast...

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Scotland's top five 'beautiful' forests to explore named ahead of spring

A popular travel magazine has named the UK's most "beautiful" forests ahead of spring, with five in Scotland being ranked among the best the nation has to offer.

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Foot down for historic rally

THE Motorsport News British Historic Road Rally Championship starts in Cheshire this weekend. And a Dumfriesshire couple will be flying the flag for Scotland. George Topp, navigated by his wife Rosalind, starts car 59 on The Tour of Cheshire in their 1966 Volvo Amazon 132S. The Gretna couple have ju...

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Hairy Biker Dave Myers' love of Scotland including 'beautiful' favourite spot

Television presenter Dave Myers, who sadly passed away earlier this week, had a special love for Scotland, and it was here that he developed his close friendship with co-star Si King.

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Historic Ruthwell banking museum re-opens

Ruthwell Savings Banks Museum will open back up to the public this weekend after a special ribbon-cutting event was held on Monday afternoon. The historical site was established by the Rev Henry Duncan in 1810. Duncan did something revolutionary when he set up the Ruthwell Parish Bank – the world...

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Budget meeting drama

A DRAMATIC budget meeting on Tuesday resulted in a blurry picture of who is actually in charge of Dumfries and Galloway Council. The Conservatives – who seized control from the coalition administration during last year’s budget meeting – were stunned as their proposals for the year ahead faile...

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Queens board to step down

ALL three board members of Queen of the South will be stepping down this summer. Chairman Billy Hewitson, vice chairman Craig Paterson and director Mark Blount – above – will all leave their posts at the end of the season, after a combined 57 years on the board. This was the bombshell news that ...

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World Games medal hopes for Linda

ITALY is calling for Annandale athlete Linda Owen who is heading to the World Transplant Winter Games. The event in Bormio starts on Sunday and runs until Friday, March 8 and it will be Linda’s third Games. This time she’s competing in both curling and snow-shoeing and hoping to add to her curre...

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Missing man appeal

POLICE are appealing for help to trace a missing man whose car was found on Tuesday in the Mull of Galloway car park. Concern is growing for the whereabouts of Ernestas Dagys, 42, from Middlesbrough. Officers were made aware of concern for him at about 12 pm on Tuesday following a report his car had...

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Councillors delay picking town board chair

THE appointment of a key community figure to head up a new town board that will implement a massive £20m injection in Dumfries has been slightly delayed. It was expected that all 43 Dumfries and Galloway councillors would vote for their preferred candidate at this week’s annual budget meeting fro...

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Angling on River Nith drops to concerning levels

ANGLING on the River Nith has reached an all-time low, sparking concerns about water pollution and low fish stocks. The numbers of people buying tickets to fish on the river has been dropping steadily over the past decade and 2023 reached its lowest level with just 121 permit purchases for the entir...

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September date for Merlin study release

INITIAL plans to establish a centre detailing the legend of Merlin and its connection to upper Annandale will be completed by September. The Arthur Trail Association secured £30,000 of funding from various sources for a feasibility study on their vision of a multi-million pound Dark Age Centre at B...

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Couples make the marriage leap

SPECIAL dates on the calendar always attract a flurry of weddings at Gretna Green and yesterday was no different. Four couples chose the border love town to tie the knot on leap day. There was one religious ceremony and three civil marriages held across the Gretna district. The newlyweds will now ha...

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Next generation shines at the society show

THE next generation of Galloway breeders put on a strong showing at the Galloway Cattle Society’s spring sale. It was held at Wallet’s Mart, Castle Douglas with strong prices for sought after cattle. Six animals reached over five figures and averages increased on the year for bulls and heifers i...