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£29 million to tackle poverty

Organisations that tackle poverty can now have access to a new £29 million funding pot set up by the Scottish Government.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson examines the green waste dumped near Hawick Rugby Club.

Anger over green waste dumped near Hawick recycling centre

A councillor is urging Teries to help kick fly-tippers into touch after finding green waste dumped opposite Hawick Rugby Club’s Mansfield Park ground.

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Councillor Watson McAteer is hoping to see Bonchester Bridge's recycling bins moved back to their old home soon.

Bonchester Bridge recycling bin dispute nearing end

A solution to a health and safety wrangle which has been blighting the heart of a Borders village for the last year could soon be at hand.

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August's exhibition on the proposed Hawick flood protection scheme.

Help at hand in Hawick to allay fears over future flooding

Peace of mind could be at hand for Teries fearful of a repeat of last winter’s floods.

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Press freedom in Scotland “at risk” from UK Government proposals

Proposals to regulate the press in England and Wales would “pose a potential threat to press freedom” in Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

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Floral tributes on Swinton village green following the death of three spectators during the Jim Clark Rally

Event’s future looks bleak after MSA blow

There will be no Jim Clark Memorial Rally in 2017 and the very future of the popular motorsport event is now in serious jeopardy.

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Hawick councillor Watson McAteer at the old Hobkirk Primary School.

Borders primary school facing axe could be given new lease of life

A Bonchester school mothballed by Scottish Borders Council over a year ago is set for a fresh start under new legislation, it has emerged.

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Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Scotland is set to pilot a radical scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI), regardless of whether they work or not.

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Hawick councillors’ bid to scrap £6.7m tapestry centre plan fails

Councillors in favour of the creation of a £6.7m visitor centre for the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels can expect a backlash at May’s local government elections, according to one of those opposed to it.

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What a new special needs unit proposed at Earlston will look like.

Hawick schoolchildren’s switch to new unit in Earlston now confirmed

Ten Hawick schoolchildren with complex educational needs are to be transferred to a new school 24 miles away in spring of next year, it has been confirmed.

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Hawick and Denholm councillor Davie Paterson at the Dunk corner near Hawick.

Work on way to stop future landslides on A7 near Hawick

Two options have been drawn up for works to prevent the repeat of a landslide on a trunk road south of Hawick three years ago.

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New legislation introduced by the Scottish Parliament will tighen up planning controls for pay day lenders and betting shops on Scotlands high streets.

Tighter controls over high street “blight”

The “blight” of pay day lenders and betting operators on Scotland’s high streets will be tackled with stricter planning controls from now on.

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Members of the new Burnfoot Community Council at the meeting held at Burnfoot Community School. From left to right: David Richardson, Jamie Batten, Fiona Mackie, Michael Grieve, Helen Graham, Ann Knight, Martyn Jacques, Kay Marie Hughes and William Fletcher.

Council back in business

Burnfoot Community Council is back in business after being out of action since August.

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Hawick councillors Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer in Langlands Road.

Talks held in bid to tackle bin collection problems in Hawick

Hope is at hand for Hawick householders fed up about recent delays to their bin collections.

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Hawthornside.

Improvements planned for junction near Hawick

Moves are afoot to re-route heavy traffic currently damaging road surfaces and putting the safety of pedestrians in Hawick at risk.

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Former Borders MSP Jim Hume.

Former Borders MSP welcomes ban on smoking in cars with children in

A new law banning Scots from smoking in cars with children in came into force this week, and that’s been welcomed by the ex-MSP who proposed it, former Borders councillor Jim Hume.

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A disabled parking bay in Hawick's Wellfield Road.

Changes ahead for Hawick parking bays

A proposed rethink on disabled parking bay provision in and around Hawick is set to see new ones provided and some old ones removed.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with Peter Davidson and Morris Heggies to choose the design of the Christmas Card 2016

Oor Wullie to feature on First Minister’s Christmas card

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen “national treasure” Oor Wullie as the illustration for her official Christmas card this year.

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Hawick's Volunteer Park.

Deals gives Hawick youngsters a sporting chance

Hawick youngsters are being offered hope of following in the footsteps of the likes of rugby union internationals Stuart Hogg and Jim Renwick and becoming sports stars of the future by the news that a £40,000 fund is to be retained despite the imminent demise of the body in charge of it.

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Finance minister Derek Mckay said the new legislation will "design an approach to taxation which will suit Scotlands needs".

New tax-raising powers for Parliament

Legislation which will give the Scottish Parliament further powers over income tax will be laid today (Wednesday).

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