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  1. Updates for Wednesday 10 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Calvin tops earning charts

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: Forbes' highest-paid musicians 2014: Dumfries-born @CalvinHarris is at No 9: at $66m, the biggest-earning DJ ever:

Extra caution advised

Traffic Scotland

tweets: Police advise extra caution should be used in #LothianandBorders #StaySafe #BeAware

Temporary blizzards

BBC Scotland Weather


In Dumfries and Galloway this evening the storm force winds ease, however still widespread gales at first, severe in places.

Further wintry showers with significant accumulations of snow over the hills, the combined wind and snow will lead to temporary blizzard conditions on high road routes. There may be some wintry deposits to low levels too.

Further wintry showers to come this evening in the Borders falling as snow over the hills. There will be some clear spells.

Festive message

A festive drink driving campaign is touring Dumfries and Galloway, with officers pushing the message: "Don't touch the throttle if you've had a bottle".

David Cheskin/ PA

Det Con Scott Jardine, of Police Scotland, said they were receiving positive feedback to the new limit in Scotland.

"We speak to members of the public about the change in the drink driving law and they're all saying it's a very, very good idea," he said.

"It's keeping them safe, it's keeping members of their family safe, it's keeping everyone in Dumfries safe."

Broadcast time

Two more radio bulletins still to come from Selkirk and Dumfries today at 16:30 and 17:30.

Tune in for the latest news, sport, weather and travel from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Whitesands plans

A public event is being held in Dumfries tonight on plans for the Whitesands.

River Nith

The area is prone to flooding and the council is proposing a £12m plan to tackle the problem subject to Scottish government funding.

Some retailers have started a petition against the proposals saying cheaper alternatives have not been properly explored.

The event is between 18:30 and 20:00 at St George's Church Hall in Dumfries.

Purls of wisdom

Fergus Waddell

tweets: Out with
@WillieJ1958 filming a feature on #sanquhar #knitting. I helped light and frame the interview!

Willie filming
Fergus Waddell

Warning increased

Traffic Scotland

tweets: Police Scotland increase warnings in Dumfries and Galloway: #StaySafe and #BeAware everyone!!

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Winter checks

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Members of community councils and
@dgcouncil councillors are out viewing the winter equipment #ReadyWinter14

Dumfries and Galloway Council

One-way taken away

Border Telegraph

tweets: Temporary Galashiels one-way system lifted

What no #weatherbomb?

The Galloway Gazette

tweets: And certainly no 40ft waves here in #dumfriesandgalloway #Garlieston #weatherbomb

Galloway Gazette

Flying at Hexham

Borders trainer Stuart Coltherd is off to a flyer at Hexham this afternoon.

Sharney Sike and Amethyst Rose have already made it to the winner's enclosure at prices of 5/2 and 11/1.

There was success for Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick too aboard Ballyboker Breeze in the opener.

Grit effort

Community resilience teams are making a "big difference" in

keeping minor roads and pavements in the Borders clear.

Snow plough

Scottish Borders Council has laid down its priority gritting routes in its winter service plan.

But it is relying on local communities to salt smaller roads and paths.

Ferry collision

Stena Line services from Cairnryan to Belfast have been cancelled after

a ferry collided with part of the south west Scotland terminal.

Dave Sands

The incident happened as the vessel was coming into dock early on Tuesday.

Sailings between the Dumfries and Galloway port and Belfast have been suspended since the incident to allow the ship to be examined.

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Housing plans

Peeblesshire News

tweets: Hydro houses set for approval

International date

Netherdale in Galashiels will play host all three of Scotland's under 20 shadow Six Nations games - against Wales, Italy and Ireland - next February.

Rugby ground
Walter Baxter

They'll be on the Friday night before the full internationals.

New Kirkcudbright market?

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A continental market could become a regular event in Kirkcudbright, under new plans lodged with Dumfries and Galloway Council.

If councillors agree, the four-day markets would be held in the Harbour Square car park up to six times a year.

It would result in the temporary loss of 71 off-street car parking spaces.

The Stewartry area committee will consider the proposals next week.

Attitude change

Borders teenagers' attitudes appear to be changing towards smoking, drinking and taking drugs.


Some 1,700 of the region's 13 and 15-year-olds were questioned for the latest survey of lifestyle and substance abuse - the first for four years.

The numbers using cigarettes and alcohol were both down.

Rain, sleet and hail

BBC Scotland Weather


A stormy afternoon across southern Scotland with gale or severe gale force gusts at times from the west.

Frequent wintry showers, falling as a mix of rain, sleet and hail to low levels.

On hills, high ground and the highest road routes, including the M74, these showers will be of snow, leading to hazardous driving conditions and poor visibility, with temporary blizzard conditions as the showers move overhead.

Tune in

Latest radio bulletins coming up from Selkirk and Dumfries at 12:30.

Further updates at 16:30 and 17:30 today also.

Getting off lightly?

The Galloway Gazette

tweets: Apart from cancelled ferries and trains, Galloway is getting off lightly with this #weatherbomb. Bit blustery but awaiting high tide @1pm

Gas works in store

Gas pipeline works are set to cause traffic diversions in the centre of Galashiels in the new year.

Bank Street Galashiels
Walter Baxter

Bank Street will be closed for a time.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday 5 January and last a total of 17 weeks.

Water warning for drivers

BBC Scotland Travel


There's a lot of standing water on roads in Dumfries and Galloway - the A716 is closed both ways because of flooding between Port Logan and Drummore.

Show must go on

Border Telegraph

tweets: City theft nearly ruins a Scott's Selkirk show

Match postponed


tweets: League 1 |
@StenhousemuirFC v
@StranraerFC postponed on Saturday February 7, 2015 due to Scottish Cup R5. New date TBC #SPFL

'Festival within a festival'

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

The organisers of the Big Burns Supper are planning

a "festival within a festival" for north-west Dumfries.

Kris Kesiak

A pop-up show by folk-rock band Skerryvore will be among the highlights of the programme.

An outreach scheme will encourage people from Lochside, Lincluden, Summerhill and Stakeford to take part in the Burns Night street carnival.

Annan bid farewell

BBC Sport


Andy Jackson hit a first-half hat-trick as Brechin booked a trip to Falkirk in the Scottish Cup fifth round by

beating Annan in their replay.

Resilient schools

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Worried about schools during periods of bad weather? See more information on resilient schools across the Borders -

Weather talks

Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland have held a teleconference with the Met Office to discuss the latest situation.

Met Office warning
Met Office

Winds of up to 60-70mph are expected. As a result, there is a risk of some travel disruption.

Hospital plans

Formal plans have been tabled for

a new district general hospital in Dumfries.

New Dumfries Hospital
High Wood Health

The £200m project is being recommended for approval by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The planned 350-bed complex is earmarked to be built on farmland off the Garroch roundabout at the western end of the town's by-pass.

Front page

Border Telegraph

tweets: THIS week's Border Telegraph arrived on news stands across the region this morning (Wednesday).

Border Telegraph
Border Telegraph

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Overseas patient expense

Scottish health boards are chasing overseas patients for £1.86m in unpaid hospital bills,

according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

The amount of debt owed to Scottish health boards by foreign patients has more than doubled since 2012

Most debt is for treatment given in the past year, but one board is still pursuing a bill from 2003.

NHS Borders has £17,409 outstanding while NHS Dumfries and Galloway has a figure of just £9,685.

Celebration time

Allan McNish

tweets: Very happy to say that I'll be at
@autosport_show in January. Big 25th anniversary celebrations coming up, (for ASI, not me). #ASI15

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The front page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard features the story of a fatal accident on the A76 in the region on Monday.