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Stranraer duo are elected to SYP

The Scottish Youth Parliament Elections came to a close this week with two young people from Stranraer elected to represent Galloway.

Politics
Council leader Ronnie Nicholson

Anti-poverty funds distributed

As part of its budget for the year, Dumfries and Galloway Council last month agreed to allocate over £350,000 to fund anti-poverty projects across the region.

Politics
Aspiring illustrator Georgia McLellan

‘What’s your story?’, asks Georgia

An aspiring illustrator from Kippford is to help plan and host Scotland’s biggest creative writing and illustration conference for young people.

Arts
The First Minister made the announcement at Scotland Food and Drinks 10th annual conference in Glasgow.

A new strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s food and drinks industry has been launched

A new, ambitious strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry has been unveiled by industry body, Scotland Food & Drink.

News
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

Survey reveals high trust in the Scottish Government

High trust in the Scottish Government and strong support for its influence over the way Scotland is run are two key findings in a survey published today (Friday).

News
Trust in government and politics revealed

Trust in government and politics revealed

The Chief Statistician today released a set of Official Statistics drawn from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2016, covering a range of topics including attitudes to government, economy, standard of living and the NHS and political engagement.

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Wigtown Toddler Group at Cream o' Galloway.

Meet the lambs

These youngsters from Wigtown Toddlers Group had a great time at Cream o’ Galloway this week.

Business
Engineers installing the new broadband.

More money for rural broadband coverage

Dumfries and Galloway will see more superfast broadband coverage for homes and businesses thanks to the early success of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project.

Business
The Daleian Singers
Photo credit - Paul Sampson

Choir join Robyn for hospital charity concert

The Daleian Singers male-voice choir are coming to Newton Stewart with award-winning Stranraer singer Robyn Stapleton in May for a charity concert that will thrill music lovers.

Lifestyle
Thought for the week with Rev. Edward Lyons

Thought for the week with Rev. Edward Lyons

“And the books were opened” (Revelation 20:12) There is a difference between a waste and a tragedy. Most if not all will face tragedy but we do not need to always see it as a waste. A waste can be a loss with no prospect of any return at all, but tragedy can be quite different.

Lifestyle
Cabinet Secretary for Health listens to the questions from our readers. Picture: Greg Macvean

Striking a healthy balance

Bolstering primary care, discharging hospital patients swiftly, and efficiently delegating work away from GPs are among the priorities to transform the health service in Scotland, according to the country’s health minister.

Health
55 per cent of kids think their parents have super powers

55 per cent of kids think their parents have super powers

Kids really do think their parents are superheroes - with more than half believing their mums can read their MINDS, according to a study.

Lifestyle
Vicki Adams in full cry at the World Women's Curling Championship 
Photo credit- WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

Scotland make the play-offs at the world championships

The Scottish women’s curling team, including Stranraer’s Vicki Adams, are in today’s play-offs at the world championships in Beijing, China.

Sport
The Royal Bank of Scotland is to close its branch in Newton Stewart

RBS to close Newton Stewart branch in October

There was shock today when news came through that the Royal Bank of Scotland announced it intends to close down its Newton Stewart branch in October.

Business
Lady Sarra Hoy is the official ambassador for Bliss Scotland.

Lady Hoy becomes official Bliss Scotland ambassador

Lady Sarra Hoy has begun her new role as official ambassador for Bliss Scotland, the charity for babies born premature or sick.

News
Status quo ‘not an option’: Swinney

Status quo ‘not an option’: Swinney

The status quo in education is ‘not an option’ if Scotland is to close the attainment gap and raise the bar for all, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said.

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Machars Young Farmers enjoying the annual Dumfries and Galloway Rally, which was hosted by Stranraer and Rhins Young Farmers

Young farmers group report on the past year

On the 8th April 2016, Machars young farmers kicked off the year with our New Members Night held in Kirkinnner Hall with 32 new members attending.

Business
Wednesday 8th March
Rotary Young Technologist Competition DEHS  
  Pictured with Newton Stewart Rotary President Gordon Bennie, Dave Stewart from the Institution of Structural Engineers & Rotarian Bob Boan with the winning junior team from Kirkcudbright Acdamy Beth Taveren, Isla Ginnelly, Douglas Coperman & Stephen Dale

Young engineers show their ingenuity

Newton Stewart Rotary organised the annual Young Technologist Competition at the Douglas Ewart High School.

Education
Whithorn's recreation of a 5th Centurn Roundhouse will be officially opened on April 1st

Sir Alex and Whithorn residents to open the Roundhouse

The Whithorn Roundhouse will be officially opening by former Galloway MSP Sir Alex Fergusson on Saturday, April 1.

Lifestyle
The old show field in Wigtown

Wigtown community group apply to buy the old showfield

An initiative group in Wigtown have applied to the Scottish Government to purchase Southfield Park in the town to use as a community asset.

Environment
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