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  1. Updates for Friday 18 December

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    That's it for the South of Scotland Live page for this week - and this year. 

    We're taking a break over the festive period but we'll be back with more updates in 2016.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. 'Largest ever' crack cocaine haul

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Police in the Lothian and the Borders have recovered their largest ever haul of crack cocaine

    They discovered 1.7kg (3.7lbs) of the class A drug in a car parked on Edinburgh Road, Jedburgh, early on Thursday morning. 

    Officers estimate that its street value was £105,000. They also found 600g (1.3lbs) of heroin, valued at about £60,000. 

    A 33-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man have appeared in Jedburgh Sheriff Court in connection with the find. 

  3. Rainy night in store across southern Scotland

    A cloudy and rather windy night to come, with further outbreaks of rain.

    Staying exceptionally mild, with temperatures no lower than around 12 celsius.

    Evening weather

      South westerly winds will remain brisk.   

  4. Last radio bulletins for the week coming up in Dumfries and Selkirk

    Make sure you tune in at 16:30 and again at 17:30 for our last radio bulletins of the week for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

    They are on 92-95FM or 810MW.

  5. Carrutherstown trainer targets Wolverhampton double

    Carrutherstown trainer Iain Jardine is hoping for a late double at Wolverhampton this evening.

    He has Spirit of the Sea and Call Me Crockett running in the last two races.

    Wolverhampton races
  6. South of Scotland League action before festive break

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    Ahead of their festive break, there are six South of Scotland league matches scheduled for tomorrow.

    League leaders, Edusport Academy take on Upper Annandale at Galabank, while closest challengers, third placed Saint Cuthbert Wanderers are away at Nithsdale Wanderers.

    Elsewhere there are home games for Creetown, Fleet Star and Heston Rovers.

    Heston host Newton Stewart at Palmerston, while second bottom Fleet Star welcome Lochar Thistle to Garries Park and Wigtown and Bladnoch make the short trip to Creetown.

    Dumfries YMCA's match with Mid Annandale has been postponed due to the bad weather.

  7. Annan Athletic on the road to Stirling Albion

    Annan Athletic, who extended their lead at the top of League Two to three points in midweek, head to Stirling Albion on Saturday.

    The Binos sit just outside the play-off places after a run of four wins in five games.

  8. Five-year plan drawn up for palliative care

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland health correspondent

    A new five-year plan for a "joined-up" approach to palliative care has been unveiled by the Scottish government.

    Ministers said the £3.5m plan should ensure everyone with a terminal illness gets access to good quality care across all health departments.

  9. Stranraer look to kick-start their season

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    There's a basement battle in League One tomorrow, where second bottom Stranraer head to Brechin who prop up the table.

    Stair Park manager Brian Reid wants to turn performances into results.

    Glebe Park

    "Our away form has been better than our home form but we need to keep our heads up," he said.

    "We need to turn it around and get the three points and hopefully we can kick-start ourselves again."

  10. Weekend rugby matches in Dumfries and Galloway

    In national league division three, Dumfries Saints head to RHC.

    While in the regional leagues, Newton Stewart, Stewartry, Annan and Moffat are also all away.

    In West One, Newton Stewart make the trip to Oban Lorne. While West Two leaders Stewartry travel to Paisley.

    In the same division, Annan are at Drumpellier and in West Three, Moffat are away at Loch Lomond. However, there are home games for Langholm and Wigtownshire. Langholm host Trinity Accies in East Two and Wigtownshire welcome Clydesdale in West Three.

  11. Sports Personality of the Year 'disappointment' over Scott Brash omission

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    The governing body of showjumping in the UK has spoken out about a decision to overlook Scott Brash for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

    The 30-year-old from Peebles made history in September as the first person to win showjumping's grand slam.

    Scott Brash

    Riding Hello Sanctos, he scooped the sport's biggest individual prize of 1m Euros (£725,000).

    British Showjumping said they were "naturally extremely disappointed" that he was not nominated for the award.

  12. Queen of the South boss seeks slick start at Easter Road

    Queen of the South travel to Edinburgh tomorrow to face Hibs with boss James Fowler wanting his team to be ready for the fight from the kick-off.

    "Hibs have been flying obviously, they have been really consistent and they've added well over the summer as well - they're pushing Rangers for the title," he said.

    "So we know it is going to be a tough game but it is about standing up and being counted as well.

    James Fowler

    "As a player you want to go to all the big stadiums with the big crowds and test yourself and show how good you can be.

    "It is important we get the players ready and we get them ready from the first minute and not just from the 45th."

  13. East of Scotland League encounters on the agenda

    In the East of Scotland League this weekend, Peebles Rovers host Craigroyston and Eyemouth welcome Stirling University.

    Hawick Royal Albert travel to Ainslie Park to face Spartans. Duns are also in Edinburgh to face Tynecastle, while Coldstream will be at Riccarton to play Heriot-Watt University.

    Soccer ball

    Finally Selkirk are on East Qualifying Cup business tomorrow when they visit Civil Service Strollers.

  14. Dumfries and Galloway Council in teacher number cash row

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Dumfries and Galloway Council is to lose out on £300,000 of government cash after a fall in the number of teachers.

    This year's council funding deal included cash to maintain teacher numbers.

    Dumfries and Galloway is one of 10 areas where the number still fell. On teacher census day earlier this autumn, the council had 1,504 teachers - down from 1,520 last year.

    The council described the government's decision as an "absolute scandal".