Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick looks set to get a major facelift thanks to a two and a half million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A new exhibition in Hawick explores how influential Polish culture is in the Borders and features rare artefacts from soldiers in WW2.
News that a Hawick knitwear company is to be acquired by international fashion house Chanel has been welcomed by the local community.
– Councillor Stuart Marshall, Hawick and Denholm, Independent
"It couldn't be further from the truth - when you see what goes on in this town it's a shame for our town to be portrayed in this light"
There has been mixed reaction in the Scottish Borders after the town of Hawick was named in the new Grand Theft Auto computer game.
The video game, now in its fifth edition, features a lot of drugs and violence in the fictional US metropolis of Los Santos, and game makers have named one of the city's more notorious districts Hawick.
Rockstar North’s website describes the area of Hawick in the game as having ‘a disaffected drug addict hipster vibe’.
Local MSP John Lamont has invited the creators of the game to pay a visit to the Borders town:
“I like many other Hawick residents was shocked to hear that the name of the town had been used in Grand Theft Auto V. Not only is it a game which includes violence, sex and drugs, but the game’s producers themselves describe the area of Hawick in the game as having a ‘drug addict hipster vibe’.
“While some may take the view that any publicity is good publicity, I am sure that many local residents will see this as an insensitive move from Rockstar North.
"The game undoubtedly portrays Hawick in a bad light and is likely to sell tens of millions of copies over the next year.
– John Lamont MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
“It is unfortunate that a Scottish company has chosen to portray this fine Borders town in such a bad light. They clearly do not know Hawick well, and that is why I have invited them to meet with me at my office on the town’s High Street.
“Hawick is one of the most beautiful towns in Scotland and I am sure that by showing them the town and telling them of its proud history they will realise the mistake they have made.”
Police are looking for help in finding a man who has been missing from his home in the Scottish Borders for a week.
Kevin Shiel, from Noble Place in Hawick, was last seen outside his home on Tuesday 10th September and has not been in touch with anyone since.
The 46-year-old is white, six foot two inches tall with a heavy build and has short dark brown hair.
Police say he may be carrying a rucksack with purple flashes.
A Police Scotland spokesman said:
"Kevin has access to money and is able to travel easily. He has previously visited various locations across the Borders, Edinburgh and into England to view art exhibitions and we are eager to hear from anyone who believes they have seen him in the past week.
"Similarly, we would also urge Kevin to get in touch with police or loved ones ASAP and let us know he's safe and well.
"Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Tomorrow sees the season's first local derby as Hawick take on Melrose at Mansfield Park in the Scottish Premiership.
Stuart Cameron's full report is below.
Hundreds of bikers have taken to the roads in a ride to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Superbike racing legioned Steve Hislop.
Hundreds of motorcyclists have been riding through Hawick as part of the annual Steve 'Hizzy' Hislop Memoral Run.
This year's ride marks the 10th anniversary of the former British Superbike champion's death in a helicopter accident.
More than 350 motorcyclists are taking part in a mass ride in memory of former British Superbikes Champion Steve Hislop.
Hislop was killed in a helicopter crash in 2003. This year's annual Steve 'Hizzy' Hislop Memorial Run will see the bikers travel 130 miles through the Scottish Borders, before finishing at Hislop's hometown of Denholm.
The bikers will ride approximately 130 miles through part of the Scottish Borders. Their planned route is as follows:
- 10:30am - Leave Denholm Green on the A698
- 10:40am - Along Hawick High Street to Langholm A7
- 11:10am - Langholm heading to Longtown A7
- 11:25 - Longtown A6071 to Brampton
- 11:40am - Brampton A69 Greenhead & Chollerford
- 11:55am - Greenhead B6318 Chollerford
- 12:15pm - Chollerford (Stop for 45 mins)
- 1pm - B6320 towards Carter Bar, Jedburgh and A68. A6088 to Southdean / Bonchester Bridge
- 1:50pm - Southdean
- 2:10pm - Haughhead Junction, then onto Hawick
- 2:30pm - Arrive at Denholm Green
Hundreds of bikers are riding through the Scottish Borders to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Steve Hislop.
Hislop - a former British Superbike and Isle of Man TT Champion - was killed at the age of 41 when his helicopter crashed near Teviothead in July 2003. The Steve 'Hizzy' Hislop Memorial Run takes place annually to mark his tragic death.
The route will see the motorcyclists depart from Hislop's home village of Denholm this morning, before heading to the England-Scotland border and returning to Denholm at 2:30pm.
The Borders launches a three-pronged attack on the premiership when the new Scottish Rugby Union season kicks off tomorrow.
Newly-promoted Hawick join the heavyweights, as Stuart Cameron Reports.