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  1. Updates for Thursday 20 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 21 August

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Cold but clear morning in Eyemouth

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for joining us on the South of Scotland Live page today.

We'll be back tomorrow from 9am.

Great history



tweets: Great history on your doorstep! A 15-minute walk from my front door! The 16thc Whytbank Tower #ScottishBorders

Borders Heritage
Borders Heritage

Hydro power hopes

Berwickshire News

The first step in using the power of the Tweed and Leet to create electricity for Coldstream

is the feasibility study that is currently underway.

Coldstream Community Trust has successfully applied for a grant for the study which is looking at the possibility of re-opening the old mill lade that ran from near The Lees bothy to the mill at the end of the old Leet Bridge at the west of the town.

Breezy around the coast

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry and cloudy end to the day but breezy around the west coast with a fresh to strong southerly.

West Linton weather

Tonight, it stays cloudy and a few outbreaks of rain moving in from the west coast, crossing our region. Mostly light and clearing through by dawn.

It's another mild night with temperatures holding in the low teens for most despite the breezy weather around the coast line and across higher ground.

Radio time

Remember our local radio bulletin times for the rest of the day.

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

Library closure

Whithorn Library is to be closed for eight weeks for upgrade works between 21 August and 20 October.

Whithorn Library
Billy McCrorie

It is in order to bring together the council's customer service centre, library and registration office in the town.

The mobile library will be present in Whithorn on a Thursday and Friday from 9am to 1pm on George Street during the closure period.

Caravan reprieve

Border Telegraph

A rural hotelier says he is "delighted and relieved"

by Monday's decision to let him keep a 30-foot static caravan in a secluded wooded area close to his business.

Alistair Moody, of Tibbie Shiels Inn on the western shore of St Mary's Loch, was commenting after Scottish Borders Council's local review body agreed to grant him planning consent for the mobile home for the next 10 years.

Pop up shop

Dumfries and Galloway Council

tweets: Come along to social work pop up shop in baker's oven today

Pop up shop
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Pole replacement



tweets: UPDATE #DG5 #Dalbeattie. A broken pole in Barnbarroch being replaced. Some supplies have been restored, final repair to be completed by 8PM.

Tour winner returns

The 2009 Tour of Britain winner Edvald Boasson Hagen will return to the Aviva Tour of Britain this September.

He leads the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team in the eight-stage race from 6 to 13 September.

Edvald Boassen Hagen
Tour of Britain

The race this year has two stages in southern Scotland with one finishing at Floors Castle in the Borders.

Pyjama visit sacking

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

A social worker was sacked

after she wore pyjamas to visit a client in hospital, it has emerged.

Natasha Pickering was also under the influence of alcohol when she made the visit, according to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Hero's reception



tweets: Wheelchair athlete Shelby Watson smashes two world records and gets hero's reception back home

Shelby Watson
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Vale woes

Vale of Leithen's star player is out for the rest of the season.

Kenny O'Brien underwent knee surgery at the end of last season. But the former Alloa and Berwick Rangers player suffered a recurrence of the injury during Saturday's Scottish Cup defeat at Wigtown and Bladnoch.

He will require surgery again - and won't play for at least six months.

Swimming hopes

The back page of the Berwickshire News is dedicated to a Chirnside swimmer's hopes at the World Transplant Games.

Berwickshire News
Berwickshire News

Star attraction

Dalbeattie Star and Threave Rovers feature on the back page of today's Galloway News.

Galloway News
Galloway News

South football

Crichton FC, Heston Rovers and Edusport Academy stay locked together at the top of the South League table after convincing wins for all three last night.

Crichton won 11-1 against bottom side Dumfries YMCA, Edusport won 7-1 at Fleet Star and Heston Rovers won 3-0 away at Lochar Thistle.

Elsewhere, Nithsdale Wanderers were 3-2 winners over Abbey Vale, Mid Annandale were 4-2 winners in an exciting derby with Upper Annandale and Wigtown and Bladnoch fired four past Creetown without reply.

Carlisle delight

It was a successful afternoon yesterday at Carlisle races for in-form Keith Dalgleish.

The Hawick-born trainer landed a double with Chances Are at 15/2 and 9/2 shot Argaki.

It took his tally for the season to 55 winners.

Fairly cloudy

BBC Scotland Weather


It will remain fairly cloudy this afternoon in Dumfries and Galloway with the odd spot of rain or drizzle at times, mainly over the Southern Uplands.

Dumfries weather

A mainly dry afternoon on the cards in the Borders, although fairly cloudy in the west we will see some brightness with the best of any sunshine across eastern areas.

Highs of around 19 to 20 celsius.

Time to tune in

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

Make sure you tune in for all the latest from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Rugby conversion bid

Duns Rugby Club wants to convert part of the old Berwickshire High School into their new premises.

Rugby ball

They're seeking planning permission for changing and training facilities in the disused gymnasium block - with a function suite, bar and kitchen.

Turbines galore

Plans for three wind farms in the south of Scotland

have been revealed.

Ecotricity wants to build 16 turbines on land near Duns in Berwickshire where there is an "isolated landscape" and "high wind speeds".

Councillors have also been asked to reject plans for an eight-turbine development at Larbrax Moor, near Leswalt in Wigtownshire.

However, planners have recommended they approve proposals for a nine-turbine wind farm near Glenluce.

Tour teams



tweets: Check out the 20 teams for #AvivaToB2015 Lots of provisional rider line-up news on the way very soon!

Tour teams
Tour of Britain

Car fire 'suspicious'

Angela Soave

BBC Scottish Borders

It's thought police are treating a car on fire in Hawick this morning as suspicious.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on Trinity Street just before 5.15am. No-one was hurt.

Mill rescue package considered

Peeblesshire News

Community leaders are poised to consider a rescue package for a Peebles textile mill

that announced last month it would close by the end of the year.

Peebles Community Council this week said it was "deeply concerned" at the decision by the bosses of clothweavers Robert Noble to shut down the March Street business with the loss of all 87 jobs.

And it promised to explore the possibility of taking on the property and the former Halyrude School site for economic development use.

Lifeboat decision confirmed

The Berwickshire News is out today and leads on confirmation that the RNLI is to continue with plans to shut the lifeboat station in St Abbs.

Berwickshire News
Berwickshire News

Exclusion figures revealed

Figures released by Scottish Borders Council show that there were almost 300 pupils excluded from local schools during last year.

Amongst the offences leading to the disciplinary action were nine incidents of assault, seven of fighting and 11 of persistent disobedience.

Funding wrangle

The Galloway News is out today and leads on concerns over the progress of a major school project in Dalbeattie.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Railway survey

Transport Scotland is undertaking research to analyse the impacts of the Borders Railway on communities in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

As part of this research an online survey is being undertaken and can be found at:

Responses to the survey will help Transport Scotland understand how rail infrastructure affects travel behaviour and could influence "future policy and infrastructure investment decisions".

BMX bid

A public park in Newton Stewart has been earmarked for a new BMX cycle track and seven-aside football pitch.

BMX bike

Council officials are recommending approval, but there have been nearly 20 objections from local residents.

Power problems



tweets: We are aware of a #POWERCUT in #TD9 #Hawick. Our engineers are working to restore supplies. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Parking warning



tweets: Complaints received over illegal parking at Burns Statue, Dumfries. Cars not allowed in this area. Enforcement action to be taken

Weather split

BBC Scotland Weather


A rather cloudy start especially across the eastern Borders but it will brighten with spells of warm sunshine developing.

Langholm weather

However, it will remain rather overcast in Dumfries and Galloway with the odd spot of rain or drizzle at times, especially in the west.

We will see temperatures reaching around 20/21 celsius.