2012: The year in review (January to March)

JANUARY

THE New Year is ushered in with somewhat mild weather but a storm is brewing over the future of Crumhaugh House with the announcement from health boss Dr Ross Cameron that he doesn’t see a future for the dementia unit in the town.

The last patient leaves the facility in June but it is reopened by the end of the year following redevelopment work at Huntlyburn House.

HAWICK’S Torch is launched amid huge excitement to temper the decision by officials to miss out the town on the Olympic relay. The Torch would go on to be passed round every school in and around the town as part of the Vision 2014 Year of Sport.

THERE were huge celebrations as Saxhorn Band stalwart Bill Baptie was honoured for 70 years with the local organisation.

HIGH school rector Alan Williamson slams the latest exam league tables. Mr Williamson says he prefers to rely on “more accurate” statistics from the Scottish Government which gives all schools 20 other comparator schools.

HIGH school pupils Steven Drummond and Bruce Connolly fly the Teri flag as the only local players left at Hawick Royal Albert. With Royalists’ new training base at Bonnyrigg instead of Tweedbank, three players from the town – captain Bryan Tait and Malcolm and Luke Cooper – signal their intention to leave the club at a meeting with officials.

GREENS coach Phil Leck reveals at a ‘meet the coach’ event with fans that he received 14 calls from players wishing to join the Mansfield Park outfit soon after he took over as the club’s head coach.

POLICE issue another appeal for information surrounding the missing section of the flagpole on the Horse monument following the arrest of a 28-year-old man.

FEBRUARY

HAWICK’S Biggest Loser competition is proving a huge hit with contestants who shed more than four stone in the opening weeks.

PLANS are revealed for a new roundabout at the foot of Victoria Road.

Originally scheduled to start work at the Common-Riding, concerns saw that date shelved, although by the end of the year there was still no progress.

ON the economic front there was good news with the announcement of £1million investment by Johnstons of Elgin to create a state-of-the-art visitor centre.

HAWICK Congregational Church remain defiant after a collection box containing £70 was stolen.

DRUNKEN pensioner Maureen Mountain was described as “callous beyond belief” after tying two kittens in a sack and throwing them over a bridge.

HAWICK YM blow the title race wide open in National Division One by defeating league leaders Musselburgh at Mansfield Haugh.

POLICE and youth workers are called out following reports of a disturbance involving more than 60 teenagers one night. Several officers were called to the Howegate as troubled flared between two large groups of youngsters – with violence then spilling onto the High Street.

FORMER Greens starlet Stuart Hogg makes his debut for Scotland ‘A’ against England at Netherdale and scores an impressive solo try. His exploits are rewarded with selection for the full national squad for the Six Nations encounter with Wales. And after becoming the 59th Hawick player to be capped by his country he goes on to score a try on his Murrayfield debut against France.

HAWICK United reveal plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special dinner.

MARCH

VOLUNTEER Park and Buccleuch Park is identified as the preferred site to host the hugely ambitious Bill McLaren Centre for World Rugby.

FORMER biology teacher Drew Beattie is jailed after pleading guilty to possessing more than 1,300 child abuse images and also abusing people with whom he came into contact.

FRANKIE’S Bar is closed for three months by the Licensing Board.

A CONTROVERSIAL application to build a 74-metre high wind turbine at Standhill Farm is resubmitted.

HAWICK Amateur Operatic Society’s production of 42nd Street proves a huge hit with audiences.

DOUGLAS Scott is announced as chief guest for the 2012 Common-Riding.

NEW CCTV is purchased at a cost of £5,000 to protect the Horse monument following vandal attacks.

JOHN Hope calls time on his spell at the helm of Hawick Community Council with Marion Short succeeding him.

TRINITY House is opened on Weensland Road for young people who are at risk of homelessness.

THE Doonies are victorious over the Uppies at a keenly contested Denholm Ba’.

KENDRA McCunnie and fiancé Michael Douglas had a mad rush to sort out their wedding day after the venue at Weensland Function Suite suddenly closed its doors.

HAWICK’S annual Reivers Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary in style with another fantastic weekend of entertainment.

A HIGH Street businessman calls for more investment in the town’s CCTV system after his shop is targetted for the third time in little more than a year.

Harry Stoddart, owner of Image Hairdressing, is forced to spend more than £1,000 on repairs.