Longer railway would be just the job, new Borders MP tells Westminster

New Borders MP John Lamont used his maiden speech at Westminster to call for the Borders Railway to join him south of the border.

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Robert and Lesley Mitchell, along with son Stuart, farm at Whitriggs near Denholm.

Denholm farm at forefront of efficiency drive

A Denholm farm will be at the heart of moves to improve livestock performance and reduce costs across the Borders next week.

NFU Scotland's Presidential team launch the discussion document at the Highland Show. Left to right are Martin Kennedy, Andrew McCornick and Gary Mitchell.

Preparing Scotland’s farmers for change

NFU Scotland has used Scotland’s premier agricultural event to put a vision for Scottish agriculture at the heart of Brexit negotiations.

£44m package to build affordable houses in the region

£44m package to build affordable houses in the region

Scottish Government business, innovation and energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has announced a £44m investment in affordable housing in the Borders.

A Borders Railway service at Stow.

Report boosts case for extending Borders Railway into Cumbria

Calls for the Borders Railway to be extended into England via Hawick have been boosted by a new report revealing the positive impact the line is having on employment and tourism.

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Sheep farmers across the UK have taken part in the survey.

Dog attacks on sheep studied

Forty per cent of dog attacks on sheep are carried out by straying or unaccompanied dogs, according to results from the latest National Sheep Association (NSA) survey.

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson surveying the state of the B6399 to Newcastleton from Hawick.

£1m to be spent on improving timber traffic routes in Borders

Almost £1m is to be spent on improving five roads near Hawick used by timber traffic, plus another near Tweedsmuir.

Bid to turn town into magnet for business

Bid to turn town into magnet for business

A £3.6m funding package will help create a launchpad for new businesses in the former Almstrong’s store in Hawick’s Teviot Crescent in a bid to revive the town centre’s flagging fortunes.

In the entrance hall of Greenlaw Town Hall the bust of Sir Archibald Campbell, the original patron, looks down  on the new investors, left to right, Ms Huang Ping, Professor Master Li Youyu and Sulee Harris.

Greenlaw Town Hall sold to
Chinese ceramics company

Greenlaw Town Hall is poised to become the European base for one of China’s most important porcelain manufacturers, the Shanghai-based Hanguan Company.

Galashiels transport interchange.

Opening hours to be cut at Galashiels transport hub

Galashiels transport interchange’s opening hours are to be cut by hard-up council bosses looking to save up to £40,000 a year.

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A total of 835 years of service has been celebrated by staff at Duns-based fishing firm Farne Salmon.

Fish firm staff reel in 835 years of service

Staff at a Duns-based fish firm have been recognised for their long service after dedicating a total of 835 years between them.

Mr Lamont is calling for the Borders Railway to be extended beyond Tweedbank.

New report puts case for extending Borders Railway to Hawick and Carlisle

A rail link is vital to Hawick’s economic future, according to a report looking at the viability of extending the Borders Railway into England.

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Scenery such as Scott's View near Melrose, pictured here by Phil Wilkinson, is the Borders' biggest tourist attraction, according to a new poll.

Scenery is Borders’ biggest tourist attraction, survey reveals

Its stunning scenery is the Borders’ biggest draw for tourists, according to Visit-
Scotland’s largest-ever survey of visitors to the region.

The host farmer, Douglas Stewart with his father, Graham, and son, Archie.

Thousands expected at Fans beef event

Beef farmers from across Scotland and the north of England will be heading to the Borders on Thursday, June 8, for Scotland’s Beef Event 2017.

Dandie Dinmonts will descend on Selkirk this weekend.

Dandies drawn to Selkirk for breed’s 175th birthday

A bronze statue of ‘Old Ginger’, the recognised father of today’s Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed, will be unveiled on Sunday, June 4, next to the kennels he was born in, at The Haining, in honour of the breed’s 175th birthday.

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The Easter Langlee landfill site, where the proposed waste transfer station would have gone.

Council considers waste options

Scottish Borders Council is still considering “all options” over its plans for a £4.8million waste transfer station (WTS) at Easter Langlee near Galashiels.

The group of golfers from Iceland outside at Duns Golf Club on their final day.

Icelandic golfers keep promise and return to Duns

Duns Golf Club played host last week to a group of eight senior golfers from Iceland.

Cruise ship 'Hanseatic' anchored just outside Eyemouth in 2015 when passengers were shuttled into the harbour by tender.

Cruise ship to visit harbour

The cruise ship Hanseatic makes a return visit to Eyemouth next month after last anchoring off the Berwickshire fishing port in 2015.

Scottish Craft Butchers Scottish Meat Trade Fair's Butcher Awards presentations, G J Sanderson butchers from Coldstream, pictured from left, Graeme Fairlay, Judith Johnstone from Lucas, Graham Sanderson, Tom Lawn from Scobies Direct and Malcolm Bolam.

Lucky seven for town butcher

Meatloaf, spicy bacon bombs and stuffed pork nests secured more gold award for GJ Sanderson’s butcher’s shop in Coldstream.

Free trade must be maintained

Free trade must be maintained

Livestock representatives from the UK Farming Unions and the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) have met in Belfast to discuss Brexit and the trade implications for the livestock sector.

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