Teries head to the polls on Common Riding Thursday

Voters in Hawick are preparing to head to the polls twice in a matter weeks after Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election.

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PM calls snap general election

PM calls snap general election

Theresa May has announced a snap general election will be held on June 8 in the wake of the Brexit vote

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East Berwickshire councillor Michael Cook.

Borders councillors call for more protection for wildlife

A root-and-branch revamp of Scotland’s planning system must include safeguards to ensure the protection of wildlife, ministers have been told by Scottish Borders Council.

The River Teviot running through Hawick.

Crucial week ahead for planned Hawick flood defences

Next week is a crucial one for Hawick’s proposed £41m flood protection scheme as any objectors will have 28 days from next Tuesday, April 18, to register their reservations with Scottish Borders Council, potentially holding up work for months.

A Borders Railway service arriving at Stow.

Moves to extend Borders Railway building up head of steam as study starts

Moves to have the Borders Railway extended south into England are building up a head of steam now that the Scottish Government has announced a study of transport links in the region.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) and TripAdvisor senior vice-president Robin Ingle announce the new collaboration during a meeting at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Tourism deal could attract £150m to Scottish economy

Scotland could see a £150 million boost to its economy following a bargain struck between the country’s tourism agency and travel website TripAdvisor.

Ron Smith will not be standing in next month's elections.

Council pair explain why they’re standing down

Two of Hawick’s current six councillors are standing down at next month’s Scottish Borders Council election, as reported in last week’s Hawick News, and this week they explain their reasons for calling it quits.

Scottish Borders Council's headquarters in Newtown.

Girl power won’t win day at May’s Scottish Borders Council election

Whatever happens in polling stations next month, it will still be a man’s world in Newtown’s council chamber as just 19 of the 75 candidates seeking seats on Scottish Borders Council on Thursday, May 4, are female.

The new playpark at Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park.

CCTV cameras to be installed at Hawick playpark

Security cameras are to be installed at the new playpark in Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park in the hope of preventing a repeat of the vandalism and anti-social behaviour that blighted its opening weekend last month.

Ron Smith is one of two Hawick councillors standing down.

Battle begins as Hawick council candidates declare

Let battle commence as the starting gun has been fired for May’s local elections in Hawick now all the candidates for both the town’s Scottish Borders Council wards have been announced.

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The action plan was triggered by the collapse of Hawick Knitwear.

Hawick action plan cash agreed, but how £3.6m will be spent remains a mystery

Projects aimed at reviving Hawick’s ailing economy by cashing in on a £3.625m funding boost from the Scottish Government are being kept under wraps for now.

Live Borders boss Ewan Jackson.

Live Borders axes 12 staff to cut wage bill

A dozen staff at Live Borders – the trust that took over the running of public libraries, museums, halls and community centres from Scottish Borders Council a year ago – are leaving it this week as it looks to cut its annual wage bill by more than £300,000.

Ann Knight is the newly appointed chairwoman of Burnfoot Community Council.

Burnfoot council appoints new chair

Ann Knight has been appointed as the new chairwoman of Burnfoot Community Council following the resignation of long-standing member Michael Grieve.

Andrea Beavon, Scottish Borders Council's violence against women and domestic abuse co-ordinator.

£400,000 grant will help keep Borders domestic abuse support initiative going

Scottish Borders Council has been given a grant of more than £400,000 to continue to provide domestic abuse support in the region until 2020.

Scottish Borders Council's headquarters in Newtown.

180 households stripped of single-person discount after Borders council probe

Almost 200 Borders households claiming the 25% council tax discount for people living on their own have had it taken off them in the past year.

Denholm Community Council chairwoman Gwen Crew and secretary Will Roberts at the controversial site near Craigard.

Opposition mounting to plans for new homes in Denholm

Opposition is growing in Denholm to plans to build new homes on a former market garden site.

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Demolition work is under way at the old Volunteer Park playpark in Hawick.

Demolition of old Hawick playpark under way

It’s out with the old and in with the new as work to flatten an old Hawick playpark is getting under way.

The nearby Langhope Rig wind farm.

Barrel Law wind farm plans go back up for discussion

Revived plans for a controversial wind farm development near Roberton will go on show today.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson on the newly-painted Laurie Bridge in Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick.

Revamped Hawick footbridge already targeted by vandals

A historic Hawick footbridge and landmark has been given a makeover – but a vandal has already daubed his or her signature in graffiti on the side of it.

Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman.

Invitation for views on social security

People across Scotland are being asked for their views to help shape the country’s new social security system.

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