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Dumfries & Borders

Row over Edinburgh amateur club ‘copying’ badge of Gala Fairydean

It is an unlikely plagiarism row involving an historic Borders town, a quiet Edinburgh suburb, and a 14th century emblem depicting foxes eating plums.

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White Letter Hairstreak. Picture: Iain Cowe/Contributed

Butterfly discovered in Scotland after 100-year absence

A DECLINING butterfly has been discovered in Scotland for the first time in more than a century, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation has confirmed.

Dumfries & Borders
Deer farmer Rupert Shaw, right, with Hong Kong trading company boss Janis Varklas. Picture: NFU Scotland/PA Wire

Scottish deer antlers head for Chinese medicine market

In one of the most unusual exports in recent times, a shipment of Scottish red deer antlers has started its 35-day journey from Dumfries and Galloway to the Far East where the antlers will be used in medical potions.

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The Herring Road near Dunbar in the Lammermuir Hills. Picture: Markus Stitz

Platform: Scotland has the right ingredients for bikepacking

When I arrived in Edinburgh eight years ago, two things attracted me to the city - the mountain bike trails in Glentress, south of the city, and the vibrant arts and events scene in the city itself.
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An Annan woman was rescued by firefighters but died at the scene.

Annan woman rescued from house blaze dies at scene

A woman who died following an early morning house fire in Annan has been named by police.

Dumfries & Borders
Jane Haining gave her life to help protect Jewish schoolgirls during the Holocaust. Picture: PA

Scots Holocaust heroine Jane Haining honoured in Budapest

A Scot who gave her life to help protect Jewish schoolgirls during the Holocaust is to be officially honoured in her adopted city 73 years after she died.

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The annual Moffat Sheep Races have been cancelled after more than 80,000 sign petition.

Moffat sheep races cancelled after 80,000 sign petition

An annual sheep racing event in Moffat has been cancelled over licensing issues.

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World Gold Panning Championships get under way in Moffat

In a field on the outskirts of Moffat, hundreds of miles from the roar of London’s Olympic stadium where elite athletes are competing for medals, the pursuit of gold is taking a rather more literal form.

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Police at the scene at the Jim Clark Rally where spectators were killed. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Rally deaths FAI: Crash site was ‘like a war zone’

The site of a crash at a rally in which three people were killed was like a war zone, an inquiry has heard.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Gold panning in Scotland. Picture: SWNS

World gold panning championships to be held in Moffat

THOUSANDS of gold hunters are to descend on a small Scotttish town this week for the world gold-panning championships.

Dumfries & Borders
Alexandra Stuart was taken to hospital following the incident in the Cuddyside area of the Borders town

Man charged with murder following death of Peebles woman

A man has appeared in court charged with murder after a young woman died following an alleged assault in Peebles.

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File photo of the Cuddyside area of Peebles, where the incident occurred. Picture: Contributed

Man charged with murder after death of woman in Peebles

A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of a 22-year-old woman in Peebles.

Dumfries & Borders
Phil Dibsdale, inward investment manager for the Borders Railway Blueprint Group. Picture: Jon Savage

On track to drive business and tourism into the Borders

Its closure was among the most controversial of the Beeching cuts. Despite widespread opposition and at times physical protest, the Waverley Route connecting Edinburgh to Carlisle via the Scottish Borders carried its final passengers in January 1969.

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Scotland set for gold rush as 10,000 panners hunt for fortune

A remote Scottish town is in for a gold rush over the next week as 10,000 panners hope to get their hands on the valuable metal.

Dumfries & Borders
The Australian dollars were dropped at Biggar Museum. Picture: Contributed

Police hunt owner of 1k Australian dollars dropped at museum

Police are searching for a tourist after more than 1,000 Australian dollars (£605) was dropped at a Scottish museum.

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Richard Cassidy stabbed Mr Farish 14 times at his home in Broadlee Bank, Tweedbank

Former soldier jailed for murdering OAP suspected of sex abuse

A former soldier has been jailed for a minimum of 17 years for murdering a man he believed had abused a woman he knew.

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Lincluden Collegiate Church, a ruined religious house north of Dumfries, was voted one of Scotland's top six hidden historical gems. Picture: Julianne McGraw

Scotland’s top six historical ‘hidden gems’ revealed

They are a reminder of Govan’s status as an ancient religious and royal centre, long before the Clydeside community was merged into Glasgow.

People & Places
A man who sparked outrage for his efforts to find love by releasing thousands of messages in bottles at beauty spots across the UK has said he now has dozens of potential dates.

Message in bottle campaign sparks date offers – and attacks for littering

A widower who sought new love by casting adrift thousands of messages in bottles across Britain has said it has brought him 50 possible dates.

Dumfries & Borders
More than 800 telephone and broadband lines in Tweedbank were cut off. Picture: Wikicommons

Borders village has phone lines cut by vandals

More than 800 phone lines were cut off at a village in the Borders after cabling was damaged by vandals.

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Cramond Island. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

The Scottish tidal islands you can walk to without a ferry

Exploring one of Scotland’s more than 790 islands usually requires consulting a ferry timetable, booking a flight or even chartering a boat.

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