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  1. Updates for Thursday 18 December 2014

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Well, that's it for now from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

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Super Whooper

WWT Caerlaverock

tweets: Lovely watching the Whooper Swans flying right overhead as they move to the Folly Pond to roost for the night


Hospital visit

Queen of the South Commercial Manager Jim Thomson was joined by Gavin Reilly, Dan Carmichael, Jim Atkinson and Kevin Holt from the first team along with some of the under 20 squad, to pay a visit to the children's ward of Dumfries Infirmary this week.

Hospital visit
Queen of the South FC

Mr Thomson said: "Queen of the South are an important part of the community and the club believe that taking the time to make the trip to visit those who are unfortunately spending time in hospital, especially at this time of year, is a special occasion.

"We hope the children and staff enjoyed our visit and that we managed to raise a smile or two."

Ascot goal

Hawick jockey Kieran Edgar will aim for his biggest career success at Ascot tomorrow when he rides 33/1 shot Swing Bowler in the £84,500 Ladbroke Hurdle.

Frequent showers

BBC Scotland Weather


A breezy night with frequent, blustery showers.

The showers will be mostly of rain, although expect some hail, sleet and snow on the highest hills and occasionally to lower levels.

Lows around 1 to 3 Celsius in town, but freezing or lower in rural spots, sheltered from the wind.

Radio bulletins

Remember there are still two more radio bulletins to come later today from our Selkirk and Dumfries offices.

Tune in at 16:30 and 17:30 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Road cleared

Both vehicles have been recovered from the earlier crash on St Michael's Bridge Road in Dumfries and the road has reopened.

No easy games for Queens

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

After their memorable win over Rangers last week, Queen of the South are back at Palmerston tomorrow as they host struggling Cowdenbeath in the Championship.

Queen of the South

Despite their league position, Queens defender Kevin Holt says there's no room for any complacency.

"They turned us over at their bit this year, there are no easy games in this league," he said.

"They have had a few good results, they only got beat 1-0 at Ibrox."

Quilt-maker recognised

A Dumfriesshire woman has won recognition from Downing Street for her work in creating quilts designed to stimulate memories in people with Alzheimers.

Ann Hill

Ann Hill received her Points of Light Award from MP David Mundell.

The accolade was put in place by the Prime Minister to recognise people making a difference to their communities and who inspire others.

Dumfries crash

Dumfries and Galloway Police Division report

via Facebook: We are currently dealing with a road traffic collision near to Halfords on St Michaels Bridge Road, Dumfries.

At this time the road way is partially blocked. Please avoid the area if you can.

'Incredibly proud'

"We have been brought up with the story of our great uncle all our lives.

"Both of our fathers were incredibly proud that they had an uncle who won the Victoria Cross and we are so proud that this is happening now."

James Mackenzie
James Mackenzie

Rhona Wilson, great-niece of Pte James Mackenzie, speaks after

seeing him honoured in Dumfries.

Gritters hit the road

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Getting colder again. Gritters will be out at 3.00pm and again tomorrow morning #sbctravel - tips on winter travel -

Your views

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'Significant investment'

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to consult on the administration's draft revenue budget proposals for the next five years.

Scottish Borders Council
Walter Baxter

The proposals see "significant investment" in the council's eight priority areas.

Risk of thunder

BBC Scotland Weather


Further showers to come this afternoon, more frequent across the western Borders with fewer in the east with more sunshine here.

A windy day with a strong gusty westerly wind making it feel cold.

Frequent blustery showers to come this afternoon in Dumfries and Galloway too.

They will fall as snow over high ground, with some sleet to lower levels in some of the heavier ones.

The showers may well bring a risk of thunder with hail mixed in although the sheltered Solway coast will see fewer with more sunshine.

Look out!

National Trust for Scotland

tweets: Look out for these Rockcliffe Highland cattle on a trip to Threave Garden & Estate


Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

In-form Stranraer have the chance to extend their current advantage over tomorrow's opponents Dunfermline, to six points in League One as the two meet at East End Park tomorrow.

In League Two, Annan - who are closing in on the play-off places -have a tough game tomorrow away to high flying Queens Park. The Spiders currently sit second in the table.

Berwick Rangers, meanwhile, travel to table-topping Arbroath.

Galloway News

Galloway News

tweets: Don't forget the paper will be out on Wednesday (Christmas Eve and and New Years Eve) for the next two weeks.

100% record on the line

In Borders rugby, the focus is on National League One this weekend where Selkirk, still with a 100% record in the competition, will aim to make it 14 victories in a row when Dundee visit Philiphaugh.

At the other end of the table Jed-Forest will hope to go into Christmas with a spring in their step by beating Watsonians at Riverside Park.

Kelso are at home to Hillhead-Jordanhill whilst Peebles make a relatively short journey to play Biggar.

Antibiotic advice

NHS Dumfries & Galloway's pharmacists are asking people to make sure they know when they should - and should not - be taking antibiotics.


Dr Jennifer Dillett said: "It is vital that everyone understands that antibiotics cannot help fight the viruses that cause the majority of coughs, sore throats, earaches and sinus infections that we can all experience at this time of year.

"There is evidence to show that because we have seen high use of antibiotics in the past the bacteria are now fighting back.

"Some have learned how to survive antibiotics and this could have serious repercussions for the day to day treatment of common illnesses and for more serious medical procedures."

Expenses question

The Peeblesshire News

tweets: Garvie rules out question over councillor's expenses

Second hospital hit by bug

Annan Community Hospital has been closed to new admissions while a ward remains shut at Dumfries Infirmary due to a suspected winter sickness bug.

Outbreak control measures remain in force at the Dumfries site to prevent the illness spreading.

Annan hospital

Ward 16 is closed and seven patients and three staff have now reported symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea.

At Annan Community Hospital five patients have been struck down with a similar illness.

The Galloway Gazette

The Galloway Gazette front page today carries a story about plastic cartons found "littering" the A75.

Galloway Gazette
Galloway Gazette

Catch us early

Remember our radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk are early today, at 12:00 rather than 12:30.

Radio desk

As usual on a Friday they will contain both national and local news, sport, travel and weather.

House price rise forecast

House prices in Scotland will increase by 4% next year,

a new report predicts.

houses for sale in Glasgow

Recent changes to stamp duty legislation are expected to boost the market, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2015 housing forecast.

Peeblesshire News

Peeblesshire News

tweets: THIS week's Peeblesshire arrived on News stands across the region this morning (Friday). Here's a wee look...

Peeblesshire News
Peeblesshire News

Your views

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Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard back page tells how Queen of the South manager James Fowler is trying to keep his team focused after the win over Rangers.

Standard back page
Dumfries Standard

Safety guidelines

The Border Telegraph

tweets: Safety guidelines issued following farmer's death

'Coo Palace'

A "Coo Palace" built by a wealthy landowner to house his cattle

has been saved from dereliction.

Coo Palace
Historic Scotland

The landmark building - designed to look like a castle - was constructed in rural Kirkcudbrightshire in the early 1900s to house a herd of 12 cows.

But it fell into a state of serious disrepair and in 1991 it was placed on the Buildings at Risk register.

Now plans are in place to preserve the architecture and to convert the former dairy into luxury holiday apartments.

A68 partially blocked

BBC Scotland Travel


tweets: #Jedburgh A68 Bongate Northbound partially blocked at Headrig. Lorry has broken down 2 miles north of Jedburgh

Great Tapestry in Tweedbank - More views

Bob Smith: Galashiels - close to Tweedbank - is/was also important for textiles.

Hawick has a strong claim but doesn't have the railway - yet. Hopefully it will someday.

Anonymous: Bad decision, why are we building this at a housing estate and possible location for a future business park? This facility should be in Galashiels and linked closely with Heriot Watt University, this is a world known educational establishment in textile and fashion design.

A facility providing the museum, a representation of the current textile market and the future innovation through HWU would be a superior proposition.

A three-function facility giving a historic business and educational facility would give it far higher credibility and economical value, my fear is we will end up with an out of town cafe under the present proposals.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today with its lead story covering a parental protest over support staff cuts in education.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries Standard

Soldier honoured

A special ceremony is to take place in Dumfries for the first soldier from the region to receive the Victoria Cross during World War One.

A commemorative paving stone will be unveiled - and a wreath laid - in memory of Pte James Mackenzie.

Travel latest

On the roads, there are temporary lights on the A76 at Enterkinfoot.

And there's also ongoing cabling work on the A75 between Newton Stewart and Glenluce.

Wickerman founder seriously hurt

The co-founder of the Wickerman Festival is in a critical condition in hospital after being found seriously injured at his farm.

Jamie Gilroy
Drew Geddes

Jamie Gilroy was found with a serious head injury on the farm at Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, on Thursday.

Police Scotland are investigating the circumstances of the incident.

A spokesman said a 66-year-old man was being treated at Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary.

Blustery showers ahead

BBC Scotland Weather


A cold, windy day bringing fairly frequent blustery showers, which will be wintry over high ground.

There will be an ice risk first thing too away from coastal areas.

The showers may well bring a risk of thunder with hail mixed in although the sheltered Solway coast will stay largely dry.

The best of any bright or sunny spells will be across the eastern Borders.