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Region welcomes Royal pair

PRINCE Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are in the region today carrying out a number of public engagements.

Old school to get new lease of life

A TRANSFORMATIONAL project to redevelop the Johnston School in Kirkcudbright has got underway with the appointment of the contractor. 

Citizens call up

THE exercise to recruit members for Scotland’s first Citizen’s Assembly is now underway – and residents locally could be called up.

Wish you were here!

FROM Jamaica to Japan, postcards from around the world are helping to bring a smile to the residents of Burnfoot Hall in Ecclefechan.

Marking a milestone

MINISTERS past and present joined forces to lead a special service in Waterbeck on Sunday.

Pan flies back into town

PETER Pan is flying high in Dumfries once again.

Moorland sale delayed

THE sale of Langholm Moorland is to be delayed for a year to allow discussions to be held with community groups who have expressed an interest in buying the area.

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Mourners tearful at cemetery state

WARM, wet weather has seen cemetery grass, and complaints, shoot up.

£3.5m roads debt probe

FORMER staff may be hauled in for a ‘robust’ investigation into a roads contract which has left the council £3.5 million out of pocket.

What are your favourite local words?

DIALECT words peculiar to Dumfriesshire are being sought for inclusion in a new translation tool.

Volunteer appeal

VOLUNTEERS are being sought for this year’s Youthbeatz festival in Dumfries.

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New fire safety standards

NEW rules to reduce deaths in household fires have been announced, with improved standards introduced for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes.

Charity’s work praised by minister

AN Annan outreach service is being held up as an shining example of ways to combat social isolation.

All is merry and bright as Christmas comes to town – again

REINDEER, Christmas trees and Santa Claus might not be the first things that come to mind when you think about Easter and springtime.

Life saver honoured on TV programme

THEY say never meet your heroes – but Colin Duff is glad he met his.

Town group calls for park action

FEELINGS were running high at Lockerbie Community Council on Tuesday night over the lack of action on McJerrow Park.

Sup-pie and demand

A NEW pie, created to celebrate the The Galloway Cattle Society, has been launched to the public.

A bell of a mess!

EMERGENCY repairs have saved a historic Annan church from a potential catastrophe.

Lotto lifeline for park

A GREEN space in Dumfries is to be transformed into a natural and rustic play area for kids, thanks to a £375k lotto grant.

Police in schools

EVERY secondary school in the region has been paired with a dedicated police officer, in a bid to build better relationships with youngsters and tackle youth offending, anti social behaviour and truanting.

Wish you were here!

WHEN you jet off on your holiday this year, spare a thought — and a stamp — for the residents at Burnfoot Hall in Ecclefechan.

Hostel plan unveiled

A HOSTEL could soon be housed within the Lockerbie Old School, along with a theatre, cafe and business centre.

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Blood bikes reveal running costs

IT costs £45,000 a year to keep the Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes on the road.

Jardine’s shock at fake fundraiser

A FAKE fundraising page set up in an attempt to benefit from the tragic death of a young horse rider has been condemned.

Golden gong for butcher’s bridie

AN ANNAN butchers is helping to keep haggis on the menu far beyond Burns Night after bringing home a trio of glittering honours from a national industry awards.

Game show challenge for Annan couple

A COUPLE from Annan were on the edge of their seats watching a TV quiz show on Thursday night.

Street art?

ANNAN’S answer to Banksy has been busy spray painting the Annandale Observer offices recently, sparking the question . . . who dun it

BEM joy for Jim

HOME is where the heart is, and that’s certainly true for Lockerbie man Jim Rae, who has been awarded a BEM for services to the community.

Away with the manger

WITH the Angel Gabriel looking on, heartless thieves yesterday stole the Son of God . . . from a nativity scene outside an Annan church.

Savers deposit £12k

A TOTAL of 165 people in the region have signed up for the Government’s new savings account – Help to Save – depositing nearly £12,842 between them.

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