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  1. Updates for Friday 20 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 23 November

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Thank you for joining us on the South of Scotland Live page this week.

    Wrap up warm and enjoy your weekend - we'll be back from 9am on Monday.

  2. Farmers meeting

    Berwickshire News

    Farmers will have a chance to have their say on Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) priorities in Scotland at a review meeting at Carfraemill, Lauder on December 1.

    The meeting will highlight the work delivered by AHDB on behalf of levy payers and will encourage debate on future activity.

  3. Nuisance callers

    SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod has condemned cold-callers.

    She said they had been targeting households claiming Scottish government legislation stated they must replace their existing heating system with a new A-rated boiler.

    Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has assured householders that there were no such requirements.

  4. Police worker on sex offenders register

    A police worker who downloaded more than 300,000 images of child abuse has been placed on the sex offenders register.

    Barry Rankine

    Barry Rankine, who worked for the Scottish Police Authority in Dumfries, was also found to have 4,289 films of children being sexually assaulted.

    The High Court in Edinburgh heard that the IT worker copied confidential information about the residents and staff of a local children's home.

    He has admitted seven separate charges.

  5. Road closure reminder

    The A75 at the Glen at the western end of Dumfries will be closed in both directions for resurfacing from 7pm this evening until 6am on Monday morning.

    Diversions will be in place.

  6. Cold and windy

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A windy night to come, cold too.

    Evening weather

    Gales around the west coast for the Rhins of Galloway and further east. A Met Office Yellow 'be aware' warning is in force.

    We'll see some showers overnight too, specifically cross Galloway. However a more prominent band of rain, sleet and snow across South Lanarkshire and the Borders will move south and clip part of Dumfriesshire overnight.

    We'll see some wintry conditions on higher parts of the A74(M) by the early hours of the morning. It clears through but leaves a risk of ice. Lows around zero or colder. Winds slowly ease off.

  7. Tune in

    Remember our last two radio bulletins for the week are coming up from Selkirk and Dumfries at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

    Tune in on 92-95FM or 810MW.

  8. Rowing honour

    The back page of today's Selkirk Weekend Advertiser celebrates the success of a local rower.

    Selkirk Weekend Advertiser
  9. South clashes

    There's a mixture of cup and league football in the South of Scotland this weekend.

    In the league leaders Edusport Academy travel to Newton Stewart, while challengers St Cuthbert Wanderers head to Fleet Star and defending champions Wigtown and Bladnoch host Heston Rovers.

    In the cup ties - Dumfries YMCA host Mid Annandale in the second round of the league cup while last weekend's postponed South Challenge Cup ties between Lochar Thistle and Nithsdale Wanderers and Upper Annandale and BSC Glasgow have been re-arranged for tomorrow.

  10. Sharks double header

    The Solway Sharks have another double header this weekend, tomorrow they welcome Sheffield Spartans to Dumfries Ice Bowl before they head south on Sunday to play Billingham Stars.

    Ice hockey puck
  11. Four face drugs charges

    Four people have been charged with drug offences as part of an ongoing operation in the Scottish Borders.

    It follows searches of properties in Hawick and Jedburgh on Thursday.

    Police said cannabis with a total value of about £1,500 had been seized.

  12. Rail extension campaign tours

    Border Telegraph

    The campaign to extend the Borders Railway to Hawick is gathering pace with eight mini tours planned from the railhead in Galashiels.

    Each tour, which can carry 29 passengers, will leave the Transport Interchange on November 30 and on December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and is free of charge.

  13. Dumfries and Galloway rugby

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    National division three leaders Dumfries host struggling Berwick at Park Farm. While in the regional leagues there are home games for Langholm, Stewartry, Moffat and Wigtownshire.

    Langholm have the chance to close the gap on visitors Broughton in East Division Two, while in the west, in division one, second placed Newton Stewart make the trip to third placed Glasgow Accies. There's a local derby in league two, where leaders Stewartry welcome neighbours Annan to Greenlaw and in West three, Moffat welcome league leaders Strathaven while Wigtownshire have home advantage for their game against Lanark.

  14. Pond system

    The transformation of a boggy meadow makes the front page of today's Selkirk Weekend Advertiser.

    Selkirk Weekend Advertiser
  15. Home wins targeted

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    Struggling Stranraer hope to halt their poor home form when Forfar visit Stair Park tomorrow.

    League Two leaders Annan are also at home - Jim Chapman's side, who regained a five-point advantage at the top of the table last week, welcome Arbroath to Galabank.

  16. East encounters

    There's East of Scotland League action tomorrow. Peebles Rovers journey to Craigroyston whilst Coldstream travel to Stirling University. Eyemouth United host Heriot-Watt University and Hawick Royal Albert entertain Burntisland Shipyard.

    And the South Challenge Cup sees Selkirk at home to Civil Service Strollers, Vale of Leithen welcome Tynecastle to Victoria Park and Duns journey to Whitehill Welfare.

  17. Lowland matches

    Gala Fairydean Rovers head for Broadwood to face Cumbernauld Colts in the Lowland League tomorrow.

    Football pitch

    Bottom side Threave make the trip to Spartans, while Gretna travel to second placed Stirling University.

    However, Dalbeattie Star are at home - they have a re-arranged game against Edinburgh University.

  18. Shielfield match

    Berwick Rangers welcome Clyde to Shielfield for an SPFL 2 encounter tomorrow.

    The visitors sit in the play-off places while the home side has slid down the table of late.

  19. Park legal fight

    Peebles campaigners opposing plans for a 3G pitch at Victoria Park are recruiting an expert legal team.

    Victoria Park

    They're talking to the lawyers who successfully fought Edinburgh City Council plans to build a school on common good land at Portobello - although the Scottish Parliament later overturned that decision.

    The park is the council's preferred site for the development. But the Save Victoria Park group's petition has gathered almost 1,700 signatures.

  20. Borders rugby

    The BT Premiership action continues tomorrow with the match of the day the clash between table-toppers Ayr and Melrose at the Greenyards.

    Hawick will hope to build on last Saturday's win against Gala as they journey to Stirling County. Selkirk face a tough trip to second-placed Heriot's. And Gala, who've had a woeful run in recent weeks, will be hoping to get back on the rails against Glasgow Hawks.

    Jed-Forest face a long trek to Aberdeen Grammar in National League One whilst Kelso meet fellow strugglers Stewart's-Melville at Poynder Park and Peebles, currently bottom of the table, host Edinburgh Accies.

  21. Racing chances

    Hawick trainer Donald Whillans is heading to Haydock later with Shades of Midnight running at 12.50pm.

    Fellow Borderer Stuart Coltherd runs Gawn Sid at Wolverhampton (4.45pm) while Carrutherstown's Iain Jardine will have high hopes for Call Me Crockett at the same track at 6.50pm.

  22. Dry by dusk

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Any rain will clear to leave drier conditions by dusk.

    Lunchtime weather

    Northerly winds will start to strengthen, introducing much colder air, with gales developing along the Berwickshire coast. Highs of 6 celsius, a cold feel to the day.

  23. Bulletin time

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

    A mix of international, national and local news is on the way by tuning in on 92-95FM or 810MW.

  24. HGV driver 'blacked out'

    A lorry driver is likely to have suffered a black-out in a crash which killed a Borders Railway construction worker, a sheriff has concluded.

    Huw Jenkins, 54, died after a HGV driven by John Boyes, 75, hit his tractor on the A7 near Galashiels.

    His death was the subject of a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) at Selkirk Sheriff Court earlier this year.

    Sheriff Michael Wood ruled that no reasonable precautions could have prevented the accident.

  25. January sales

    The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and its back page is dedicated to Queen of the South's hopes of making new signings in January.

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard
  26. Political prize

    Borders Council Leader David Parker has been named the Scottish Local Politician of the Year.

    It acknowledges Mr Parker's role in successfully championing the new Borders Railway.

  27. Whitesands complaint

    A new probe into plans to tackle flooding issues on the Whitesands makes the front page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard today.

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard
  28. 'Criminal cash' seized

    A Dumfries restaurant owner with a "criminal lifestyle" has been ordered to pay £350,000.

    The cash will be seized from Syed Naqvi, 56, under the Proceeds of Crime Act following a ruling at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

    It came after an illegal immigrant was discovered working as a waiter at the India Palms restaurant during a raid by police and the Home Office in 2011.

  29. Battle with the Bairns

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    Queen of the South are looking to close the gap on Falkirk tomorrow as the two sides meet at Palmerston.

    James Fowler

    The Doonhamers go into the game trailing the Bairns who sit third top by ten points. And Boss James Fowler is determined that the in-form visitors won't edge further ahead.

    "They've had a really good start, I don't think they've conceded many goals either and that obviously gives them a platform to go on and win games.

    "They're probably confident at the minute as well.

    "We've shown earlier in the season that I don't think they're any better than us either but it's a matter of the players going and showing that as well."

  30. Stadium security stepped up

    Queen of the South have announced that following events in Paris, the level of security at Palmerston for the game with Falkirk tomorrow will be increased.

    Fans from both clubs have been advised to ensure they arrive in plenty of time to be admitted to the stadium before kick off.

  31. Distillery plans

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Plans to build the first distillery in the Scottish Borders in almost 180 years have taken a major step forward.

    Distillery site

    The Three Stills Company has announced it has secured funding of £10m to support its plans to establish a distillery in Hawick.

    It has acquired a disused industrial site in Commercial Road and it expects to submit plans for its redevelopment early in 2016.

  32. Travel latest

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Traffic controls in use today on the A75 at Glenterry to the east of Gatehouse.

    Temporary lights remain in operation on the A77 between Cairnryan and Marchburn and on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock Road at Enterkinfoot, north of Thornhill.

  33. Showers clearing

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Frequent showers developing for a time this morning. This all clears away and it will brighten up for the afternoon with some sunshine and the odd passing shower.

    Morning weather

    Northerly winds will strengthen with gales developing along the Berwickshire coast. Highs of 6 celsius, a cold feel to the day.