Robert Burns was no Harvey Weinstein, says scholar

His image was that of the “heaven-taught ploughman” whose striking dark looks saw women of all backgrounds besotted and smitten by him and his poetry.

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The robbery took place at Wylie's newsagent in Saltcoats. Picture: Google Maps

Scots pensioner dies after coming to wife’s aid during robbery

A 71-year-old man has died after rushing to the aid of his wife who was threatened with a knife during a robbery in Ayrshire.

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A nine-year-old girl has been hospitalised and needed surgery due to a dog bite

Nine-year-old Ayrshire girl needs surgery after being bitten by dog

A nine-year-old girl needed surgery after a dog bit her on the leg at a beach.

Former Ayr councillor who smothered and killed sick husband walks free

Former Ayr councillor who smothered and killed sick husband walks free

A former councillor who killed her sick husband of 50 years because she believed he wanted her to help him die has walked free from court.

Rev Chris Blackshaw, the Church of Scotland's  first ever dedicated "farming minister".

Farmers get their own Kirk minister

Scotland is to have its first “farming minister” attending weekly livestock marts and annual agricultural shows, the Church of Scotland has announced.

Business 1
Amazon charged a customer extra for a delivery to Ayrshire because it was classed as 'off shore'

Ayrshire classed as ‘off shore’ by Amazon for delivery charges

Amazon has launched an investigation after a customer in Ayrshire was told he would be charged a £12.99 delivery fee because his postcode showed he lived “off-shore”.

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Irvine beach. Picture: Creative Commons

Body pulled from the sea at Ayrshire beach

A man’s body has been pulled from the sea after emergency services rushed to an Ayrshire beach.

The Met Office has extended its yellow weather warning for more snow and icy conditions into Tuesday morning. Picture: John Devlin

Man arrested in Frankfurt over 1993 murder in Ayr

A man has been arrested in Germany in connection with the alleged murder of a restaurant owner more than 20 years ago.

Edinburghs Forth House has massive redevelopment potential

Commercial property: How radio and TV make their mark

With online search engines and social network companies attracting an increasing slice of global advertising spend, the radio industry has faced upheaval over the last two decades with a squeeze on revenues.

Media & Leisure
Beith Road bridge in Dalry, Ayrshire. Picture: Network Rail

Ayrshire bridge most bashed in Scotland

A Dalry bridge is Scotland’s most bashed, with 57 lorries hitting the low Beith Road bridge since 2009.

Nathan Campbell landed a job after standing at a roadside with a cardboard sign. Picture: Nathan Campbell/Facebook

Cardboard road sign secures unemployed Ayrshire man a job

Standing on the roadside in Ayrshire with a cardboard sign helped secure a job for an unemployed local.

Picture: Mount Hamilton House, TSPL

Is this the cheapest fixer upper for sale in Scotland just now?

Mount Hamilton House is a grade B listed 18th century, late-Georgian country house with a beautiful semi-elliptical bow end, but unfortunately it has fallen on hard times.

Homes & Gardens
Police are investigating the 14-year-old girl's death. Picture: John Devlin

Police launch probe after girl found dead in Ayrshire park

A teenage girl has been found dead in a park in “unexplained” circumstances.

Craig Crosthwaite sells popcorn to help fund the film screenings. Picture: John Devlin

Scottish foodbank first in UK to bring movie nights to families

A family night out to the cinema to see the latest blockbuster can be a pricey affair with the cost of tickets alone, never mind the “pester-power add-ons” from children wanting popcorn and hotdogs.

John McKenna was found in the changing room at University Hospital Crosshouse.

West Lothian doctor found dead in hospital changing rooms

A trainee anaesthetist who stayed in Fauldhouse has been found dead in a hospital changing room.

The incident happened at Foreland, in Ballantrae. Picture: Google Maps

Burning pick-up truck crashed into house in ‘deliberate act’

A burning pick-up truck crashed into the gates of a home in South Ayrshire during a “reckless” act, police have said.

Water suppliers Castle and Cobalt serve the business market. Picture: Gareth Easton

Castle swallows rival Cobalt in Scottish water deal

Tayside-headquartered Castle Water, the UK’s largest independent water retailer, has agreed to acquire Ayr-based Cobalt Water, a supplier of water to business customers, for an undisclosed price.

Pollution is thought to contribute towards the rising rate of lung disease globally. PICTURE: Ian Rutherford

Pupils help with university lung disease research project

Pupils are to take part in a major university research project investigating lung disease in a Scottish “hot spot” for one of the world’s biggest killers.

Burns Cottage, Alloway. Copyright John McLeish CC

Robert Burns’ historic family cottage attacked by vandals

THE historic family cottage in Alloway where Robert Burns was born has been hit by vandals in an attack described as ‘sickening’.

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