From our archives . . .

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1973: The closure of the Edinburgh-Carlisle railway line in 1969 and the subsequent run down of the public transport system have contributed to the staffing problem in schools at Hawick and in the remote areas of south Roxburghshire. This is the conclusion of a report by HM Inspector of Schools.

Complaints raised by ratepayers at the recent Ward meetings were discussed by the General Services Committee at their meeting in the Burgh Chambers on Tuesday night. Mr H. McCartney, depute Burgh surveyor, said an appeal for littler bins in Howegate and on the bridge leading to Slitrig Crescent would be investigated.

1983: At the District Council Housing Committee meeting in the Council Chambers on Monday, Councillor W. Douglas said he had received several complaints concerning long queues of people waiting to pay rent at the Town Hall.

Mr R. Johnson, housing director, who blamed the public holidays, said that although the longest delays occurred on Mondays, the most popular day to pay, there were no problems during the rest of the week.

Regional Councillors are so incensed at the huge amount of cash rate payers are having to fork out for police and fire services in the area, that they are to complain to the Secretary of State. One member said they were being robbed.

1993: Post Office Counters announced on Friday that it would be going ahead with its plans to relocate the Post Office in the new Safeway food store at Mart Street, but have made a pledge to tackle several public concerns expressed.

The Safeway superstore will open on May 17, with the Post Office transferring on May 24 – offering customers a seven-day service with an extra 31 hours opening time weekly.

Councillor John Scott, Hawick, has called for the Region planning department to adopt a policy on uses for derelict church buildings in the Borders.

He said the issue of what to do with St Margaret’s and Wilton South Church in Hawick was the latest in a long line of problems over derelict church buildings.

2003: The village of Minto is in mourning this week as news broke of the first Borders casualty of the war with Iraq. Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie lost his brave battle for life after a vehicle crash in Southern Iraq on April 1.

Lieutenant Tweedie, who was 25 and single, was flown to Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary on April 3 but sadly died of his injuries on Tuesday.

A NEW legal ruling should see the banks of the Teviot being cleared on a regular basis. The most recent push for a clean-up came from Laidlaw Terrace pensioner Sam Corbett who, at a recent meeting of Teviot and Liddesdale Area Committee, raised concerns about the amount of rubbish in the river outside his home. Council leader John Scott agreed to ask for its clearance and investigate what onus was placed on the local authority, as a riparian owner, to clear the riverbanks.

More nostalgia and old photograph in Friday’s paper.