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£10 million pounds for organisations to tackle climate change

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 100 organisations across Scotland are to benefit from £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.

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The proposed site for Pines Burn wind farm.

Hawick’s stance on wind farm decided

Hawick Community Council has become the latest organisation to declare opposition to the proposed Pines Burn wind farm near Bonchester Bridge.

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Scottish Borders Council infrastructure manager Colin Ovens and network manager Brian Young with Ross Lothian and Lucy Brennan of Hawick High School.

Hawick youngsters step out to win awards

Pupils at 10 schools across the region, including two in Hawick, put their best feet forward to earn accolades at this year’s Scottish Borders Council active school travel awards.

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Hawick High School.

£86,000 boost for Hawick High could spark recruitment drive for new teachers

New teaching posts could be created at Hawick High School now it is line for an £86,400 cash boost from the Scottish Government, it has been revealed.

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Hawick councillor Watson McAteer showing in High Street.

Disc parking scheme pilot project for Hawick scrapped

A bid to try out a disc-based parking system in Hawick has been abandoned after it failed to win support from the police, it has emerged.

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What the distillery will look like when finished.

£13m Hawick whisky distillery planning to waste not, want not

A whisky distillery due to open in Hawick later this year is planning to waste not, want not – and it’s putting its money where its mouth is by looking to invest £3m in a pioneering zero-waste facility.

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Hawick's Common Haugh public toilets.

Bid to have 30p toilet charge scrapped fails

Last week’s decision to introduce a 30p entry charge at 27 of the 41 public toilets across the Borders, including three in Hawick, will stand despite being challenged by opposition members of Scottish Borders Council.

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Hawick's Commercial Road is to reopen tomorrow.

Hawick road to reopen ahead of schedule

A section of road closed for preliminary works ahead of construction of flood defences in Hawick is to reopen tomorrow, February 11, four days ahead of schedule.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the NFUS annual general meeting.

Pledge to fight for farming industry

Scotland’s farmers have been assured that the Scottish Government will fight for the best possible deal for the industry at home and in Europe after Brexit.

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Hawick High Street.

Town centre footfall in Hawick down 42% in three years, figures reveal

Footfall in Hawick town centre fell by 42% over three years, worrying new statistics reveal.

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Hawick councillor Watson McAteer near where the town's old railway bridge used to be.

Tourism figures add momentum to calls to extend Borders Railway to Hawick

Momentum is growing for the extension of the Borders Railway to Hawick now a new report has hailed the line’s positive impact on tourism in the parts of the region it serves.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson highlighting problems with mobile phone signals near the town and Newcastleton.

Borders’ mobile phone coverage gaps highlighted at executive meeting

Poor mobile phone coverage in parts of Hawick and beyond was raised at the latest meeting of Scottish Borders Council’s executive committee.

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Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall at Bonchester Bridge.

Plea goes out for resurfacing of road at Bonchester Bridge

A plea is going out for the road surface at Bonchester Bridge to be relaid over fears it is unsafe.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson surveying green waste dumped in the town's Mansfield Road.

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Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson has defended this week’s decision by Scottish Borders Council to hike the charges it levies on businesses for collection of trade waste.

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Hawick councillors Stuart Marshall and, right, Watson McAteer.

Councillors in clear over letter to newspaper

Two Hawick councillors have been cleared of acting unethically by writing a letter to the press taking issue with a report by a senior Scottish Borders Council officer.

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The public toilets at Volunteer Park in Hawick.

30p charge for using Hawick’s public toilets agreed by council chiefs

Spending a penny is about to cost 30 times that proverbial amount at most of the Borders’ public conveniences, including three in Hawick.

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Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotlands Place in Europe

MSPs to debate Article 50

The Scottish Parliament will have a vote on Tuesday on the triggering of Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union

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Legal affairs minister Annabelle Ewing.

Review of legal aid system launched

An independent review of the legal aid system has been announced by the Scottish Government.

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Borders MP Calum Kerr.

Borders MP hits out at Donald Trump over travel ban order

Borders MP Calum Kerr has hit out at new US president Donald Trump’s decision to turn away refugees and visitors from northern Africa and the Gulf.

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Councillor Gordon Edgar, left, Scottish Borders Council's Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, with MSP Paul Wheelhouse during an inspection of works alongside the River Teviot in Hawick.

£3.8m handout will help cover cost of flood damage in Borders

Scottish Borders Council is to be given a £3.8m handout to help cover the cost of damage caused by last winter’s storms.

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