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Scotland's weather: Flood warning from heavy rain on Sunday

Heavy rain and strong winds could cause flooding and travel disruption across parts of Scotland on Sunday and Monday, the Met Office warned today.
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Wigtown has had official 'book town' status since 1998.

Wigtown bookshop which doubles as a holiday home a hit

A “holiday bookshop” in a Scottish town which gives holidaymakers the chance to run the shop for a two week stint is booked solid until 2020 and has sparked plans for copycat versions in Asia.

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Tim McCreath, managing director of Simpsons Malt. Picture: Jim Gibson

Simpsons Malt looking on bright side after dip in earnings

Simpsons Malt has described its year-end figures as “solid” despite a dip in sales and profits as it continues to pump money into the business.

10-year-old author Rebekah McCrorie with her first book "Monster Monster!", at the launch of the 19th annual Wigtown Book Festival. Picture: PA

Wigtown book festival expected to welcome around 20,000 visitors

ORGANISERS are predicting a literary festival in “Scotland’s book town” will be the biggest ever this year.

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The Robert Burns Mausoleum at St Michael's churchyard in Dumfries. Picture: Wikicommons

Arrest made in Robert Burns vandalism case

A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with a vandalism attack on the final resting place of Robert Burns.

People & Places
Jim Clark celebrates winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. He remains the only man to win the Indy 500 and the Formula One world championship in the same season.  Picture: Harry Benson/Express/Getty Images

Sir Jackie Stewart welcomes green light for Jim Clark Museum

Sir Jackie Stewart has welcomed the news that funding has been secured for a museum to celebrate the life of the legendary motor racing driver Jim Clark.

Police response to Facebook parking jibe goes viral

Police response to Facebook parking jibe goes viral

Police officers had the last laugh after a driver took to Facebook to try to catch them out for bad parking.

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Robert Burns’ place of burial targeted by vandals

The burial place of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns has been targeted by vandals.

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Smailholm Tower, a 16th century peel tower five miles west of Kelso, is one of the Borders best known landmarks. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Borders national park plan has ‘major cost implications’

Plans to create a new national park in the Borders are unlikely to progress in the immediate future despite a feasibility study suggesting such a scheme could bring economic benefit to the region.

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Storm Aileen: Heavy rain warning in place during rush hour

Commuters are being warned to brace for rush hour chaos and thousands have been left without power as Storm Aileen batters the UK.

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Storm Aileen: 75mph winds and heavy rain on the way

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings as high winds look set to batter parts of central and southern Scotland this evening.

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The break in was discovered at a house in Carnegie Street, Dumfries. Picture: Google

Reward offered after OAP is robbed of life savings in Dumfries

THE family of a pensioner who lost more than £100,000 in life savings and jewellery in a break-in have offered a reward for information on the theft.

teve Begley (right) in play against opposition Gala at the Myreside Stadium, Edinburgh.

Scottish rugby star Steve Begley dies during triathlon

A FORMER Glasgow rugby star has died while competing in a gruelling triathlon in Singapore.

Cyclists taking part in the Tour o' the Borders.

‘Idiots’ beat us with sticks, claim Tour o’ Borders cyclists

The organiser of the Tour o’ the Borders cycling sportive held over closed roads on Sunday has blasted alleged thugs he blames for spoiling an otherwise-succesful event.

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The Kelso sale comes amid a drive to encourage more lamb consumption. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Numbers are up as Kelso prepares for largest ram sales

Almost 5,500 tups will come under the hammer at the UK’s – and Europe’s – largest one-day ram sale, which takes place at Kelso this Friday.

A new law which will make it easier for people to be prosecuted for sharing intimate images without consent will came into force on Monday.

First conviction in Scotland under new ‘revenge porn’ laws

A man who threatened to put intimate footage of a former partner online has become the first person to be convicted in Scotland under new tougher legislation.

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Police recover evidence at the scene in Innerleithen. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Cash machine stolen in ram-raid in Innerleithen

Ram-raiders who made off with a cash machine after driving a stolen 4x4 vehicle into a shop are being hunted by police.

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The Borders railway reopened in September 2015.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Revealed: 1 in 7 Borders Railway services axed or cancelled

COMMUTERS travelling on the Borders Railway have been forced to put up with one in seven trains being cancelled or delayed since the service opened two years ago, new 
figures reveal.

Little Italy's owners were distraught after the popular restaurant was burned to the ground. Picture: Google Maps

Dumfries restaurant owners ‘in tears’ after major fire

The owners of a restaurant have told of their heartbreak as they watched the premises burn to the ground.

Picture: the Tour of Britain starts on 3rd September in Edinburgh, supplied

Best places to watch the Scottish leg of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain

With Edinburgh and the Borders set to host Stage One of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which takes place from the 3rd-10th September, we take a look at the best vantage points to take in the country’s largest free-to-spectate sporting event

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