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Scotland’s economy: enterprise agency for southern Scotland

A new enterprise agency is being set up to meet the “distinctive economic needs” of the south of Scotland.

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The announcement was made by Keith Brown MSP.

South of Scotland to be focus of new enterprise agency

A new enterprise agency will be set up in the south of Scotland aimed at meeting the region’s “distinctive economic needs”, the Economy Secretary has said.

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Picture: the Flying Scotsman crossing the Forth Rail Bridge, contributed

Steam train experiences return to Borders line this summer

THE opportunity to step back in time and travel by steam train on Scotland’s newest scenic rail route, as well as cross the Forth Rail Bridge, is back on the timetable this summer.

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Flood alerts are in force across southern Scotland. Picture: Hemedia

Scotland's weather: Flooding and power cut threat across south

Heavy rain and lightning threatens potential flooding and power cuts across southern Scotland today, the Met Office has warned.
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Firefighters rescue the two calves. Picture: Bobby Geddes

Calves rescued from mud at Dumfries and Galloway harbour

TWO calves stuck up to their necks in mud at Kirkcudbright Harbour have been pulled to safety by firefighters using their hoses.

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Ex-rugby player Doddie Weir. Picture: Greg Macvean.

Rugby legend George ‘Doddie’ Weir diagnosed with MND

Scotland rugby legend Doddie Weir has revealed he is suffering from motor neurone disease.

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Abdul Nabi

Police warning not to approach missing man Abdul Nabi

A large-scale police operation is under way to trace a vulnerable man who has absconded from a hospital in Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries & Borders

Galloway Viking treasures go on show at National Museum of Scotland

Museums chiefs have launched an international fundraising drive to secure a Viking treasure trove for the nation - as most of the haul goes on public display for the first time in Edinburgh.

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Requiring a nanny for a haunted house sounds like a film plot - but the family are genuinely serious about finding the right candidate. Picture: Contributed

Nanny job paying £50k advertised for ‘haunted’ Scots house

A Scots couple are willing to pay out £50,000 a year for a nanny - because they live in a ‘haunted’ house that has caused five housekeepers to quit in the past 12 months.

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Shot putt at the North Berwick Highland Games. Picture: VisitScotland

Highland Games season underway - but where can you see them?

THE Highland Games is well upon us with over 80 events taking place across Scotland, attracting over 150,000 visitors and generating millions of pounds.

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Aldi's Scottish store network will grow to 78 by the end of this year. Picture: Michael Gillen

Aldi creating 200 Bathgate jobs amid boost for suppliers

Discount grocer Aldi today said it would be creating up to 200 jobs in West Lothian as it pledged to boost its range of Scottish food and drink produce.

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Alison McWilliam. Picture: Deadline

Duns teacher stole £12k from local festival to fund gambling

A TEACHER who embezzled £12,000 to fund her gambling addiction says she will not offend again.

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Senior curator Dr Martin Goldberg with an object from the Galloway Hoard.

Viking hoard to go on display in Edinburgh within weeks

More than half of a 1000-year-old Viking hoard found stuffed inside a pot buried in a field are to go on public display in Edinburgh within weeks.
The Kleinwort Hambros study found the bulk of household wealth is concentrated in pensions rather than property. Picture: John Devlin

Pensions outstrip property in driving household wealth

Overall wealth in the UK has grown 4.5 per cent a year since the financial crash, from £8.5 trillion to £11.5 trillion, a new report out today from a City institution shows.

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Ashiestiel, in the Borders town of Clovenfords. Picture: Savills

Sir Walter Scott’s former house on sale for £5.5m

The former home of Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott has gone on the market for offers over £5.5 million.

Homes & Gardens
The steam train experience is heading to the Borders Railway.

Borders Railway set for unique steam experience

It’s full steam ahead for Scotland’s newest scenic rail route thanks to the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.

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Picture: TSPL

National Museum of Scotland ‘expertise’ key to landing viking hoard

A museum director has defended the decision to assign a 1,000-year-old Viking hoard unearthed in Dumfries and Galloway to Scotland’s national museum in Edinburgh.

People & Places
Brave Eilidh Steel starts off  the Race for Life. Pictured: Contributed

Scots teen beats rare cancer after treatment in US

A SCOTTISH teenager beat a rare form of cancer thanks to cutting-edge treatment in America.

Gail Hendry is standing for the SNP in the Scottish Parliamentary by-election in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire. Picture: contributed

Alex Salmond’s sister steps up Holyrood election bid

ALEX Salmond’s sister has praised her “super brother” as she steps up her campaign to win election to Holyrood.

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Lucy Bergius runs Over Langshaw Farmhouse Ice Cream from her familys 500-acre dairy farm. Photograph: Phil Wilkinson

Farmhouse ice cream company wins funds to double production

An ice cream maker based in Galashiels is to double the size of its manufacturing site after securing financial support through the Scottish Borders Leader fund.

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