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  1. Updates for Monday 30 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 1 December

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

    That's it for today, join us again tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather from across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

  2. Allan McNish takes on role as Headway patron

    Headway (Dumfries & Galloway) has announced triple Le Mans 24 Hour race winner Allan McNish as its first ever patron.

    Allan McNish

    "I know personally the traumas of head injuries, and often the impact it has on the related families," he said.

    "Headway provides a much needed service to the local community in education, support and rehabilitation for those involved, with over 650 families having been supported by their outreach service during difficult times.”

  3. Parking permits mooted for Melrose residents

    Border Telegraph

    Melrose residents could be issued permits to try and alleviate parking problems in the town's centre.

    The introduction of year-round charges for the use of the Abbey car park, alongside the absence of traffic wardens, have aggravated parking problems in the town.

  4. Plans to convert former Borders nursing home

    Plans have been unveiled to convert a Scottish Borders mansion into avenue for corporate functions and parties

    Marchmont House

    The Thomas Gibson-designed Marchmont House, near Greenlaw, was a private residence for over 230 years. 

    It was sold in the 1980s to Sue Ryder Care, and remained a nursing home for 30 years before being sold back to a private owner.

  5. Curiouser and curiouser: Alice in Wonderland translated into Scots

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll has been translated into Border Scots for the first time. 

    The Lewis Carroll Society of North America has commissioned books in 14 Scottish dialects, including Doric and Glaswegian and the Gaelic language, to celebrate 150 years since Carroll penned the nonsense tale of mad hatters, march hares and the Cheshire cat in 1865. 

    It was translated into Border Scots by Cameron Halfpenny from Hawick, who was formerly the poet-in-residence at Queen of the South football club.

  6. Wrap up for a cold night ahead

    BBC Scotland Weather

    A dry evening and night with longs clear spells and an early frost as temperatures fall away rapidly after dusk. 

    There will also be a widespread risk of ice in the Borders.

    weather forecast for Beattock

    In Dumfries and Galloway, a band of rain, sleet and hill snow will push in from the southwest. Snow will tend to be mainly a high ground feature, and ice will be a risk on untreated surfaces for inland areas. 

    Lows of -1 Celsius in the Borders, 2 Celsius in the south-west. 

  7. Radio Times

    Don't forget to tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 to hear the very latest news updates from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. 

  8. Christmas lights switch on in Dumfries

    A big crowd is expected in Dumfries town centre this evening for the switch-on of the Christmas lights. 

     As well as the traditional Santa's grotto, other attractions will include a slide, ice rink, fun fair and various stalls and activities.

  9. Your views: £200m investment package for Dumfries and Galloway

  10. Dumfries emerges as online shopping hotspot

    Dumfries was in the top five Scottish hotspots for online shopping on Black Friday, according to the Royal Mail.

    The postal delivery group based its findings on analysis of parcels registered with them by retailers on the day. Dumfries was 4th overall for Black Friday net trade, behind Perth, Inverness and Aberdeen. 

  11. New cafe plan for empty Galashiels office

    A bid's being made to change the use of an empty office in Galashiels into a cafe. 

    Kathleen Davidson's applied to create a coffee shop at 46 Bank Street. 

    She says it will serve "light food" with no frying or heavy cooking. And no alcohol sales are planned. 

    The application will be considered by the planning department over the coming weeks. 

  12. Disappointing weekend for Borders rugby sides

    In rugby, Gala took on leaders Ayr at Millbrae in atrocious conditions. Gala actually had more of the game, but went down to a late Ayr score, 20- 13.

    Meanwhile Melrose also looked to have done enough to win on the road against Boroughmuir, but a late late Muir score snatched the win, 19-18. 

    Selkirk's comeback against Currie wasn't enough to win their game as they went down 46 - 29 at Philiphaugh. And Hawick were left pointless at Mansfield Park as they lost out 11 - 0 against Heriot's.

    In National League 1, Jedforest won the local derby at Kelso 18 - 3, scoring three tries in the process. Peebles meanwhile lost 28 - 12 to Watsonians.  

  13. 'New blueprint' for out of hours care

    A new blueprint is needed for out-of-hours medical services in Scotland, an independent review has concluded.

    Out of hours care workers with patient

    It highlights the need for multi-disciplinary teams working together at urgent care resource hubs across Scotland.

    The teams would include GPs, nurses, physiotherapists, community pharmacists, social care workers and other specialists.

    The review was commissioned by the Scottish government.

  14. Petition in support of Peebles 3G pitch

    Peeblesshire News

    A counter petition in support of a 3G pitch in Peebles was launched this week.

    And it has already attracted over 600 signatures in the space of a few days.

    Proposals for an all-weather facility at Victoria Park has led to widespread anger and opposition from many organisations and individuals in and around the town.

  15. Goal rush for Annan Athletic

    Inverurie Loco Works scored with less than 30 seconds of normal time remaining to earn a draw 4-4 with Annan Athletic in the Scottish Cup third round.

    After Peter Weatherson smashed Annan into the lead, fine finishes from Neal McLean, Andy Hunter and Martin Laing put the Highland League side ahead.

    A Steven Swinglehurst's header, Stuart McColm's close-range finish and Weatherson's second turned it round.

    But McLean struck his second after a goalmouth scramble to secure a replay.

  16. Scottish soldiers mark St Andrew's Day in Afghanistan

    Scottish soldiers have celebrated St Andrew's Day in Afghanistan with a bagpipe salute outside their base.

    Piper Kevin Glover in Afghanistan

    Piper Kevin Glover, of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), marked the day near Camp Qargha.

    Cpl Glover, from Palnackie, in Dumfries and Galloway, is on his third tour of Afghanistan.

  17. 'We tend to believe things when we see them'


    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

    We tend to believe things when we see them in Dumfries and Galloway.

    It is a natural consequence of a number of major investments mooted which have, ultimately, failed to materialise.

    A dose of doubt is a healthy thing but so, too, is a splash of enthusiasm.  

    Read Giancarlo's full analysis of the £200m investment package promised for Dumfries here

  18. Table tennis star's private funding bid


    A table tennis star from the region has been slected to represent Scotland in India next month — but his dream comes at a price.

    Eaglesfield native Calum Main, 22, has been chosen to take part in the Commonwealth Championships in Mumbai’s Surat.

    However following SportScotland’s withdrawal of support for table tennis, Calum must now rely entirely on private funding to train and compete at an international level.

  19. Disappointment over closure of Barclay's Kelso branch

    Local MSP John Lamont has voiced his disappointment that Barclays bank will be closing its Kelso branch. 

    He has asked for a meeting with managers. 

    The bank said the decision has been made following a drop in customer numbers, and has promised that some services will be available at a Post Office in Kelso. 

    After closure, planned next March, the nearest branches will be in Wooler and Berwick, both 23 miles away. 

  20. No signal

    More than 4,500 miles of UK roads have no mobile phone coverage, analysis by a motoring charity has suggested.

    Broken down car

    About 2% of all UK roads still have no 2G coverage - the minimum required to make a call or send a text - the RAC Foundation suggested.

  21. Stranraer through to fourth round

    League One Stranraer comfortably beat Highland League side Buckie Thistle 3-1, to reach the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

    Luciano Nequecaur headed the hosts ahead from Paul Cairney's corner and Mark McGuigan fired their second from Ryan Thomson's long ball.

    Paul Napier's free-kick reduced Buckie's deficit.

    But Thomson's solo effort put the tie beyond doubt before Chris Angus was sent off for the visitors late on.

  22. Sleet and snow forecast over higher ground

    BBC Scotland Weather

    It'll be cloudy across the south of Scotland at first with outbreaks of rain, and some sleet and snow over the higher ground. 

    Selkirk forecast

    This will clear during the early part of the afternoon, and cloud will gradually thin and break, perhaps allowing a little brightness before dusk. 

    It will feel cold, at just 6C. 

  23. Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders radio bulletins coming up

    Remember our local radio bulletins are coming up at 12:30 today.

    Tune in to 92-95FM or 810MW for all the news, sport and weather for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

  24. Your views: £200m boost for Dumfries and Galloway

  25. Extra care needed on the A74(M)

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Heavy rain is affecting parts of the country. Surface water on the A74(M) in Dumfries and Galloway means extra care's needed

  26. Share your views: £200m investment

    What do you think about the Crichton Trust's ambitious plans for Dumfries and Galloway? 

    The Crichton Campus

    Share your thoughts by emailing us on or find us on Twitter @BBCSouthScot  

  27. 'Massive potential' of the Crichton

    Quote Message: There are a lot of major projects we want to see come to fruition to ensure the Crichton fulfils its massive potential but in a way that preserves this historical site which is close to the hearts of the people of Dumfries and beyond. from Colin Smith Councillor
    Colin SmithCouncillor
  28. Post update

    Quote Message: We need to address the issue of the ground itself. We need a new main stand. from Billy Hewitson Chairman, Queen of the South
    Billy HewitsonChairman, Queen of the South
  29. How much can £200m buy?

  30. Spreading the word about the south-west of Scotland

    Quote Message: It's about getting the word out there about what Dumfries and Galloway has to offer. from John McGee Managing Director, Crichton Development Company
    John McGeeManaging Director, Crichton Development Company
  31. 'Truly transformational' investment in Dumfries and Galloway

    A "truly transformational" £200m investment, to be focused on the Crichton estate in Dumfries, has been announced.

    Launch of £200m investment announcement

    It is being made by Jansons Property, an investor and developer, in conjunction with the Crichton Trust. 

    Included in the plans are a purpose-built campus for the University of the West of Scotland, museum, and student residences. 

    It could also see two new grandstands built at Queen of the South's stadium.  

  32. Value of forestry

    The forestry industry is now worth almost £1bn a year to the Scottish economy, according to new figures.

    A lorry lifts wood

    Timber production and jobs in the sector have increased by half since the last review in 2008.

    Industry leaders have said new processing techniques are producing much more valuable wood products.

    The work of the sector has also enabled other key Scottish industries to grow, such as in the energy, construction and tourism.

  33. 'Regional-wide' benefits of new investment plan

    Quote Message: I think it's important to note this is a regional-wide initiative. It's not just about the Crichton Trust and the Crichton estate. It's very much a regional play and it's going to deliver educational benefits with new learning spaces, it's going to have community value in terms of engaging the community in numerous projects across the region. from Rob Shaw Chief Executive, The Crichton Trust
    Rob ShawChief Executive, The Crichton Trust
  34. Multi-million pound investment in Dumfries and Galloway to be announced

    A major announcement is expected to be made later about a multi-million pound investment in Dumfries and Galloway.

    The caul in Dumfries

    It is understood that it will relate to a wide range of sectors across the region, including business, education, sport and culture.

    The Crichton Trust will unveil full details of the project later on Monday.

    The trust has been responsible for developing the site of a former psychiatric hospital in Dumfries.

  35. Travel updates

    Barrier repair work is scheduled on the A75 Collin by-pass from 09:30 - it will involve the closure of lane two, eastbound.

    Also from 0930 this morning, drainage work will be carried out under temporary lights on the A7 at Auchenrivock, south of Langholm.

    Elsewhere, there will be temporary traffic lights currently in operation on the A77 between Cairnryan and Carlockhill and on the A76 at Enterkinfoot, north of Thornhill.

  36. A chilly start to the week

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It's a cold start across the southwest, with a risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

    Dumfries weather forecast

    It'll be a cloudy morning with showery outbreaks of rain, and some snow over the higher ground.

    However, the wet weather will clear during the afternoon, and cloud will gradually thin and break, allowing a little brightness before dusk.

    It'll feel cold, at just 6 Celsius.

  37. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning.

    We'll bring you the latest updates from across the south of Scotland until 5pm today - including news of a major multi-million pound investment in Dumfries and Galloway.