- Grounds maintenance teams will cut back by not cutting back
The upkeep of private ground by Perth and Kinross Council was this week described as ''ludicrous''.
- Thousands brave cold for Dundee Christmas Light Night 2011
The festive season officially arrived in Dundee on Friday as around 25,000 people braved the cold for the switching-on of the Christmas lights.
- 'New' name for Dundee street would be link to medieval past
A long-abandoned medieval street name could soon return to Dundee.
- Lingerie boss Michelle Mone's Carnoustie kitchen all part of her great support for Erskine charity
An Angus couple this week told how Scottish lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone cooked for them in their home — and then did the washing up!
- VIDEO: Gordon Brown contributes to student's football-themed documentary
A Fife university student enrolled the help of the former Prime Minister to make a moving documentary about the Blue Brazil.
- Dundee jewellery business Neo Design finding its feet after challenging first year
A Dundee jeweller who set up shop on a shoe-string budget this week spoke of her tough first year in business, but said she did not regret going it alone.
- Conservation groups join fight against demolition of Perth City Hall
Two influential conservation groups this week added their voices to the campaign to save Perth City Hall.
- ITO Road Casualties map gives new insight into danger of A9
The full horror of the carnage on the A9 is laid bare in an interactive map showing 10 years of casualties on Britain's roads.
- Challenging times for Perthshire Abandoned Dogs Society
A Perthshire charity that provides care for abandoned dogs is facing unprecedented financial pressures.
- Teenager detained for carrying seven-inch knife wins appeal against custodial sentence
A Dundee teenager who was locked up after being found with a knife in a city street has had his sentence overturned by appeal judges.
- Jail for man who set fire to own home while wife and child were inside
A man has been jailed for setting fire to his own house, endangering the life of his wife and a child and killing two dogs.
- 'It horrifies me' — sheriff laments damage caused by drinking culture
A sheriff has called for an urgent change in Scotland's drinking culture.
- Broughty Ferry shines ahead of Dundee Christmas light night
Hundreds of families filled the main streets in Broughty Ferry for the traditional switching-on of the Christmas lights.
- Justice Secretary attending Dundee meeting to address Muslim community's stop-and-search concerns
Controversial stop-and-search powers at UK border points will come under scrutiny in Dundee today.
- No rethink despite huge cost of transferring Typhoons to Lossiemouth
Transferring Typhoons from RAF Leuchars in Fife to Lossiemouth will have a one-off cost of over £40m and then an extra £10m a year.
- 'Glowing' reference from employer helps Forfar stand-off man avoid jail sentence
An Angus man who threatened to kill his wife in a drunken armed stand-off with police has been spared a jail sentence.
- CBI Scotland chief stirs independence referendum row with strong attack on SNP
A leading business figure has launched the fiercest attack to date on the SNP's approach to the independence referendum.
- Teenager David Petrie still in critical condition after Dundee stabbing
A city MSP says the reported stabbing of a teenager in a Dundee street hammers home the stark reality of knife crime.
- £46,000 Porsche Boxster destroyed in Kennoway fire attack
A sports car has been destroyed by fire in what Fife police believe was a deliberate attack.
- Dundee civil engineering firm SGL Royle ceases trading with loss of 12 jobs
A Dundee civil engineering firm has ceased trading with the loss of around a dozen jobs.
- Edinburgh councillors delay decision on Forth hovercraft terminal
Plans for a hovercraft link between Kirkcaldy and Portobello remain in limbo after councillors on the south side of the Forth deferred their decision on a proposed ferry terminal.
- Holyrood debate hears coastguard cuts are favouring savings over lives
The Scottish has branded UK ministers ''penny-pinching number crunchers'' for closing the Forth coastguard station.
- Fine for 'hobbyist' who tattooed 16-year-old girl
An amateur tattoo artist who illegally inked a 16-year-old girl was given a £180 fine at Perth Sheriff Court.
- First meeting of Fife Defence Transition Task Force demands answers
A taskforce formed to address the impact of the UK Government's defence review on Fife has held its first meeting — and called for clarity on the number of soldiers likely to move to the region.
- Scottish Government allocates £9m to anti-sectarianism effort
The Scottish Government is to spend £9 million over the next three years in a bid to eradicate sectarianism.
- Aviemore man charged with causing death of Montrose lorry driver Gordon Cooper
A 24-year-old man has appeared at Perth Sheriff Court on a petition alleging causing death by dangerous driving.
- Jail for father who sent 'disgusting' online messages to underage girls
A man who targeted underage girls using an online chat site has been jailed for 10 months at Perth Sheriff Court.
- Forfar roadworks adding vital minutes to firefighters' response times
A retained firefighter in Forfar fears the town's roadworks could be putting lives at risk.
- Dundee Pensioners Forum planning more energy price protests
A Dundee pensioners group has promised further protests against high energy prices following a demonstration earlier this week.
- Local objections fail to halt plans for new mosque in Kirkcaldy
Controversial plans for a mosque in Kirkcaldy have been given the go-ahead.
- Sheriff shows leniency for Kinross father who acted to protect daughter
A ''family man'' who lashed out in a bid to protect his daughter has won the sympathy of a Perth sheriff.
- Scots Tory leader declines to comment on St Andrews students' burning of Obama effigy
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has failed to condemn ''delinquent'' St Andrews students who burned an effigy of Barack Obama.
- Arbroath rail repairs could see section of old A92 brought back into service
A section of the A92 at Arbroath will close over the Christmas weekend to allow repair work on a rail bridge.
- Trainee barber hatched hair-brained scheme to smuggle drugs into T in the Park
A trainee barber hid drugs in a tub of hair putty in an attempt to smuggle them into T in the Park.
- Three years' jail for glass attack at christening celebration
A Dundee man has been jailed for three years for a violent glass attack at a christening party.
- UK Government accused of 'hypocrisy' for refusing to release legal advice on independence and the EU
The UK Government has blocked access to legal advice on whether Scotland could stay in the European Union after independence.
- Countryside Alliance survey finds rural areas hit hardest by soaring cost of motoring
Dundee commuters have some of the lowest fuel costs in the country, a new survey has found.
- Teenager found with serious injuries in Dundee
A teenager has been rushed to hospital after being found lying injured in the street in Dundee in the early hours of this morning.
- Taymouth Castle developer insists staff cut not a sign project is in trouble
The company behind the revamp of Taymouth Castle has moved to allay fears the project is in trouble.
- Nursery head teacher amazed by brass neck of copper thieves
Thieves have targeted a Methil nursery's roof for the third time in just a few weeks.
- 'I feel good when I talk about her' — family supporting campaign for greater openness about death
The heartbroken parents of a brave Fife girl have said they received a lack of support after her death because the loss of a child remains ''taboo''.
- Aerospace Tooling has high hopes of landing major Rolls-Royce contract
An aerospace technology firm in Dundee is in advanced talks with Rolls-Royce over a new multi-million-pound contract that could secure 70 jobs in the long term and lead to further expansion.
- Fatal accident inquiry to probe caravan fire death of migrant worker Petr Adamik
A fatal accident inquiry is to be held into the case of a Czech worker who died in a caravan fire in Angus.
- SEPA ups pressure on MoD with deadline for Dalgety Bay radiation action
Anger over the Minstry of Defence's handling of radiation at a Fife beach threatened to boil over at the latest meeting held to discuss the situation.
- Dundee or not Dundee? Gamesa says wind turbine factory decision is 'imminent'
Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has said a decision on whether it will build a factory in Dundee or Hartlepool is imminent.
- Montrose woman spared jail after ripping out officer's hair in police cell attack
An Angus woman who ripped chunks of hair out of a female police officer's head has been spared a jail sentence.
- Council considers greater use of community payback offenders amid maintenance budget cuts
Convicted criminals could be used to perform grounds maintenance work being ditched by Perth and Kinross Council in a bid to cut costs.
- 'I was shattered' — brave pensioner chased thief who stole cherished rings
A brave pensioner has told how she chased a thief from her room in a sheltered housing complex after the female intruder stole her treasured jewellery.
- Danny Alexander steps up attack, claiming independence debate is 'self-inflicted' wound on economy
The UK Government has claimed plans for an independence referendum are a ''self-inflicted wound'' on the Scottish economy.
- Police say gamekeeper was within his rights to shoot pet dog for worrying cattle
Tayside Police have concluded that an Angus gamekeeper who shot a pet dog did not commit any offence.
- Lawyer says former Blairgowrie woman Joanna Findlay likely to appeal US court verdict
A Blairgowrie college lecturer convicted of trying to kill her husband in the USA is likely to appeal the verdict.
- Cowdenbeath High Street fire caused £10,000 of damage
Police are appealing for witnesses after a fire on Cowdenbeath High Street caused £10,000 of damage.
- Education chief says parties have finally found an answer to St John's High School bus row
Dundee's education convener says ''a solution has finally been found'' to the row about bus services for St John's High School pupils.
- Widow says spurious legal advice from MoD caused Private Mark Connolly burial dispute
The widow of an Angus war hero killed in Germany has told of her battle to grant his last wishes.
- Energy price protesters from Dundee Pensioners Forum asked to leave Wellgate Centre
A group of Dundee pensioners were ejected from a city shopping centre as they campaigned against high energy prices.
- Alyth pensioner loses £20,000 to bank card conman
A 78-year-old Alyth man has lost around £20,000 after falling victim to a doorstep conman.
- Air raid shelter demolished for Dundee High School's Dalnacraig sports development
A piece of Dundee's wartime heritage has been lost through the redevelopment of a sports pitch.
- Monifieth community centre project wants to box up town's good ideas
Monifieth residents are being invited to step inside a giant IDEABOX that will be touring the town over the next week.
- Golden eagle Methuselah needs supporters on her side if she is to survive
A bird of prey faces being put to sleep within a fortnight unless enough money can be raised for potentially life-saving treatment.
- Visitors say Perth Christmas switch-on failed to light up the season
Perth's Christmas lights switch-on was more ''bah humbug'' than ''ho ho ho'', attendees have claimed.
- Dundee City Council ready to officially back national football academy bid
A campaign to bring Scotland's national football academy to Dundee has been boosted by the official support of the city council.
- Parliament confirms it can deduct from 'striking' MSPs' pay
Thousands of council staff, civil servants and NHS employees are expected to stay away from work on November 30 in protest over changes to their pension deal.
- 'Nobody knows the true story' — Liz McColgan speaks out after being cleared of assaulting husband
Olympian Liz McColgan has spoken of her relief and anger after she was dramatically cleared of assaulting her estranged husband.
- Grieving son welcomed back to Dundee with a parking ticket
A bereaved former Dundee man has hit out at Dundee City Council after being given a parking ticket outside his grieving father's house in Menzieshill.
- Tragic end to search for missing Stanley man James Stewart
The search for missing Stanley man James Stewart reached a tragic conclusion when his body was recovered from the Tay in Dundee on Sunday morning.
- Tenants collect keys to new council houses in Rosyth
Tenants have started moving into the first Fife Council homes built in over two decades.
- Lottery winners add £1m to SNP's independence fighting fund
The SNP's drive for independence has been handed a £1 million boost from a pair of Scots lottery winners.
- Police warn of extra-strong heroin circulating in Tayside
Heroin users across Tayside are putting their lives at even greater risk as potent batches of the class A drug circulate in the area.
- Fire service considers scrapping new £10,000 fuel monitoring system
A computer system designed to monitor the fuel consumption of fire appliances in Tayside could be scrapped only months after being launched.
- Council staff's hopes of some Christmas cheer hit a brick wall
Dundee City Council officials have been accused of being ''killjoys'' after telling staff they are not allowed to put Christmas decorations on the walls at Dundee House.
- Dalgety Bay radiation: Gordon Brown calls for clean-up and health checks
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has challenged the Ministry of Defence to a parliamentary debate over radiation found on Dalgety Bay beach.
- Family and friends gather in tribute to local legend Jenny Wood Allen
The life of one of Dundee's most celebrated daughters was commemorated on what would have been her 100th birthday.
- MoD accused of failing to treat Dalgety Bay radiation problem with enough urgency
Fife Council is ''losing patience'' with the Ministry of Defence over radiation at Dalgety Bay.
- Family and friends place memorial bench in tribute to Cupar soldier Darren Lackie
A much-loved soldier who died during what should have been a dream holiday in Portugal will never be forgotten in his hometown of Cupar.
- Riverside Drive speed limit could be cut to 40mph
A 40mph limit could be imposed on Riverside Drive and Riverside Avenue in Dundee.
- Farmer Robert Coupar named as one of the victims of Perthshire car crash
A well-known Perthshire farmer was one of the victims of the road accident on the outskirts of Scone on Friday which claimed the lives of two people.
- Family of Private Mark Connolly face a Christmas without peace
The mother of a tragic Black Watch soldier fears his body will still be in a morgue over Christmas.
- Forfar gang confrontation linked to 'territorial dispute' with Kirriemuir youths
An Angus woman has given an account of the night a gang of ''fearless kids'' tussled with police in the street where she lives.
- Critics of demolition plan say Perth City Hall can still be saved
Last week's decision by councillors to back demolition of Perth City Hall to replace it with a civic square has provoked a furious public backlash.
- Eryk's family 'overwhelmed' by Kirkcaldy community's support
The family of the boy who was swept out to sea in Kirkcaldy have decided to open his funeral to the public.
- Baby found dead in Dundee
A seven-week-old baby boy has been found dead at a house in Dundee.
- West Coast Energy submits Corse Hill windfarm application
Plans have been submitted for an Angus windfarm which, its backers say, should generate £75,000 for the community in its first year.
- Dundee stands alone in posting year-on-year fall in average private rents
Dundee is the only major city in Scotland to experience a fall in private rents over the past year, according to latest figures.
- Death of woman found in Perth treated as 'unexplained'
The death of a woman in the Muirton area of Perth at the weekend is being investigated by police.
- Two die in road crash near Perth Airport
A horrific road accident in Perthshire has claimed the lives of two people.
- Cycling group concerned after budget pressures see sustainable transport officer post axed
A cycling group is concerned for the future of the sport in the region following the loss of a ''vital'' council liaison post.
- Letham Grange members set ambitious target for next year
Officials at a closure-threatened Angus golf club have vowed to increase next year's membership, despite its uncertain future.
- Reputations at steak in pie championships
There is a decidedly patriotic flavour to some of the entries in this year's World Scotch Pie Championships.
- After years of delay and appeals, Arbroath finally gets its Asda
More than 100 eager bargain hunters were on site from 8am at the new Asda store in Arbroath's Westway Retail Park this week, undeterred by a two-hour wait for the store to be declared officially open.
- Scottish Enterprise chief aims to foster trade links with Brazil
Scottish businesses were this week urged to explore opportunities in Brazil, as an official visit to explore trade links with the South American country got under way.
- Award puts British Golf Museum at forefront of national collections
The British Golf Museum in St Andrews has officially become the latest of Scotland's finest national treasures.
- 'The hardest year of our lives' — parents reflect on anniversary of Pike River mine disaster
Today is the first anniversary of the New Zealand mining disaster at Pike River in which 29 miners died. Among those who perished were St Andrews man Malcolm Campbell and Perth-born Pete Rodger. Malcolm's parents this week spoke exclusively to The Courier's Dave Lord about their torment — and the all-too-rare moments which have brought some small comfort.
- Tay Bridge Bar launches search for a model
As the 132nd anniversary of the Tay Bridge Disaster in 1879 approaches, a Dundee businessman is appealing for someone to build a new one.
- Thousands jump at the chance to face the Highland Fling Bungee
A leap into the unknown has proved to be a money spinner for a fledgling Highland Perthshire firm.
- Late-night drink-drive in dead of winter was all to see a caravan
A drunk Newburgh man who crashed his car during a late-night trip on icy roads told a court he had been determined to show his wife a static caravan.
- St Leonards School retains tax exemptions after having charitable status confirmed
St Leonards School in St Andrews has had its charitable status confirmed after three years of uncertainty.
- 'Dundee is going places' — First Minister hails Michelin jobs announcement
The multi-million-pound investment in Dundee's Michelin factory will secure its future for ''generations'', First Minister Alex Salmond has told The Courier.
- Lord Carloway recommends major changes to Scottish justice system
The principle of corroboration would be abolished from Scots law under sweeping reforms outlined on Thursday.
- Tally's Bar given more time to address noise problems
Dundee's Tally's Bar has been given until January to install further sound insulation to prevent noise nuisance.
- Offer of free pavilion might end up hitting Pitfour FC in the pocket
A prominent businessman's generosity is at the heart of a bitter community feud in the Carse of Gowrie.
- St Monans man jailed for Anstruther glass attack
A man who smashed a glass into another man's face during an unprovoked attack in a Fife bar has been jailed.
- Rail link cuts would be a 'disaster' for Dundee V&A project
The chances of the V&A in Dundee becoming a leading tourist attraction could be undermined by controversial proposals to cut train services in Scotland.
- 'Why someone would do that?' — family in shock after pet rabbit burned in hutch
An Angus family whose rabbit was burned to death have branded the killer ''mentally deranged''.
- Woman dies after falling from window at Queen Margaret Hospital
An inquiry has been launched after a patient fell 30ft to her death from a window at Queen Margaret Hospital on Thursday.
- 'His life has completely changed' — Jack McNaughton making great strides a year on from surgery
A year ago today a little Perthshire boy had an operation that completely changed his life.
- O2 says mobile network problems should now be fixed
O2 has apologised to customers in Courier country who have been unable to make calls or send texts for days — but claims the problem should now be fixed.
- Michelin announcing major investment in Dundee plant
A remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of Dundee's Michelin plant will be completed today when the company confirms a multi-million-pound investment in the factory and the creation of 140 jobs.
- Lord Robertson echoes Scottish Secretary's defence claims
The threat of independence means Scotland's defence industry is in a ''moment of uncertainty'', a former secretary general of NATO has claimed.
- Police say Dundee taxi rumours spreading on Facebook are unfounded
A warning that young girls in Dundee are regularly being drugged and assaulted by a fake taxi driver has been branded a well-intentioned false alarm.
- Mother and daughter encourage others to give the ultimate gift
A Fife doctor has been given the gift of life after her mother donated part of her liver.
- Angus Council says £400,000 Carnoustie Country golf tourism campaign more than pays for itself
Angus Council's finance chief has defended spending on the authority's golf brand, after it was revealed over £400,000 has been invested in the last five years.
- Dog owner appeals for help after Jack Russells scarper
A Perthshire woman has issued a plea to the public to help find her lost dogs.
- Labour fail in bid to close Holyrood on public sector strike day
Labour MSPs have failed in an unprecedented bid to shut down Holyrood during a strike by public sector workers.
- Witnesses describe shock of seeing man fall to death from Cupar flat
Witnesses have described how they watched in horror as a man plunged to his death on a busy Fife street.
- Leading Angus Council figures targeted by threatening poster found in Edzell
A hate poster targeting two of the most senior public figures in Angus has been found displayed in a park.
- 'It's heartbreaking' — owners see Robert Burns pub unfairly linked to Perth stabbing
The owners of a Perth pub have hit out at internet comments they say could threaten their hard-won reputation.
- Dundee expecting major interest in Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition
An exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings is predicted to bring tens of thousands of tourists to Dundee in August.
- Government rushes to put buffer between ministers and controversial rail services consultation
The Scottish Government has rushed to distance itself from controversial proposals to overhaul the railways.
- Father pays tribute to Dundee mum Susan Main
The father of a Whitfield woman found dead in the Cairngorms has paid tribute to his daughter.
- Last-minute pleas rejected as councillors back demolition of Perth City Hall
The demolition of Perth City Hall has taken a significant step closer to reality, with councillors backing plans to replace it with a new civic square.
- Arbroath man jailed for drink-driving on A9 just months after serving ban
An alcoholic who drove on the A9 while more than three times the legal drink-drive limit has been jailed for four months.
- Review of elderly care in Fife raises questions over future of Cameron Hospital
NHS Fife has refused to rule out the closure of Cameron Hospital in Windygates.
- Jail for Perth man who threatened and harassed former partner
A Perth man who bombarded his former partner with more than 400 nuisance phonecalls in the space of a few hours has been jailed for nine months.
- Parent power might yet swing Perth and Kinross park closure decisions
Closure-threatened play areas in Perth and Kinross have been thrown a last-minute lifeline thanks to parent power.
- 'There is no restart button' — Safe Drive Stay Alive delivering dose of reality to drivers of future
The horrifying result of mixing inexperience with ill-placed driving confidence has been relayed to Angus school pupils.
- RAF Leuchars says there will be no repeat of Cupar Remembrance Day service no-show
RAF Leuchars says the fact its personnel did not represent the RAF at Cupar's Remembrance Day service was ''unfortunate'', but insisted the base will never forget the fallen.
- Council insists debate delay is not sign of Dundee teacher retirement concern
Plans to extend an early retirement scheme for teachers in Dundee will be put before councillors in the ''near future'' after the postponement of a discussion earlier this week.
- UPDATE: Victim of Markinch crash named as charge nurse Tracy Forbes
A woman who died after a horrific head-on crash in central Fife has today been named by police.
- Forth effluent leak a clue to risks of ship-to-ship transfers, says MP
The leak from an effluent pipeline in the Firth of Forth should act as a sobering reminder of the potential ''catastrophe'' should ship-to-ship transfers ever be approved in the waterway, an MP has warned.
- Police seek to allay fears after violent attacks in Perth
Tayside Police have moved to allay public fears in the wake of two violent incidents in the centre of Perth in less than 24 hours.
- Fewer trains, higher fares, more standing — just some of the ideas in vision of 'world class' Scottish rail service
Rail passengers will have to pay more to stand longer on slower trains under new Scottish Government proposals.
- Man dies after falling from flat in Cupar
A man has died after falling from a second-storey flat in Cupar this morning.
- Amazon centre brings jobs bonanza to Fife
Amazon has delivered a bumper package of Scottish jobs with the official opening of its massive fulfilment centre in Dunfermline.
- Arbroath drink-driver had one of highest readings ever recorded in Tayside
An Arbroath man caught driving at fives times the legal alcohol limit has been told he had consumed enough to ''kill a normal man''.
- Battle of the bands — Broughty Ferry goes it alone after Dundee Blues Bonanza rejection
Broughty Ferry is to host its own live music festival, run along the lines of the Dundee Blues Bonanza, after the area's pubs were denied the chance to participate in the city's annual blues festival.
- Councillors vote to demolish Perth City Hall
Councillors have approved a plan to demolish Perth City Hall.
- Scottish Water issues assurance after Castlehill reservoir campsite complaint
Concerns have been raised after travellers set up camp beside a reservoir.
- Police investigating young woman's death in Menzieshill
Police are continuing to probe the sudden death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found in the Menzieshill area of Dundee.
- Police say man found dead in Glenrothes was local dad Graham Maddock
A man found dead in woodland in Glenrothes at the weekend has been named by police.
- Sheriff describes Crown's proceedings against Forfar man as 'completely stupid'
A Dundee sheriff has branded the Crown's decision to proceed with a complaint against a Russian man accused of assaulting his partner as ''completely stupid.''
- 'So scary' — flames fright for passengers on Edinburgh flight to Paris
A former Dundee woman watched in horror as flames leapt from the wing of a plane as it readied for take-off.
- Labour MSPs plan Holyrood boycott on strike day — but no rules on giving up pay
Labour MSPs will boycott Holyrood for a day in support of striking public-sector workers — but some may get paid.
- Woman 'badly shaken' in Fife incident has given birth to healthy boy
A heavily pregnant woman who was allegedly subjected to a vicious assault and robbery in Fife last month has given birth to a healthy baby boy.
- Didn't he do well? — police sniffer dog Buddy's T in the Park performance hailed
A police drug dog has been hailed for being ''on fire'' as it nailed a succession of drug users at T in the Park this summer.
- 'This is scandalous' — mum sees hopes of tribute to son dashed by Dunkeld leisure centre row
A heartbroken mother who raised £35,000 for Dunkeld's new leisure centre in memory of her son said she is ''disgusted'' the project is being blocked.
- Breo senses it's time for a move into bricks and mortar
A high-flying Dundee watches and accessories company has outlined plans to open its first retail outlet in its home town.
- Police complaints commissioner says force was right to charge teacher
Tayside Police were right to charge a teacher with assaulting pupils even though her case never went to court, an inquiry has found.
- Service pays tribute to Kirkcaldy firefighter who risked own life in bid to save Eryk
A firefighter who waded into high seas in a vain bid to rescue Eryk Cieraszewski has been praised for his brave act.
- Police pledge full investigation of Douglas crash
Police in Dundee are continuing to investigate after one of their vehicles was involved in a collision with a man and a young girl on Sunday night.
- Roadworks about to get a hole lot worse for Forfar drivers
Drivers are facing further major disruption at one of Forfar's busiest junctions.
- Three-year ban on keeping animals for heroin addict who neglected dog
A heroin addict who allowed his pet dog to waste away to nothing more than skin and bone has been banned from keeping animals for three years.
- 'Every second felt like an eternity' — Kirkcaldy tragedy witness describes mother's desperate attempts to save Eryk
The distraught mother of a young boy swept to his death by a huge wave had to be restrained from going into the sea after her son.
- Serial abuser Kenneth Blair appealing 15-year jail sentence
A Fife pensioner jailed for 15 years after admitting a catalogue of ''barbaric'' abuse has appealed the sentence.
- Gang attack puts nerves on edge in St Mary's
Residents in St Mary's are hoping a violent assault at the end of last week does not mark the start of an ongoing escalation of the area's gang problem.
- Scottish Secretary claims Scotland would lose defence contracts under independence
The Scottish Secretary has warned defence contracts serviced in Fife would be at risk in an independent Scotland.
- PCS union secretary predicts crippling strikes on November 30
Dundee will be brought to a standstill by the biggest wave of industrial action the city has ever seen, a union figure has predicted.
- Ken Macintosh gains more support for Scottish Labour leadership bid
Labour leadership hopeful Ken Macintosh has won the backing of all three of the party's Mid Scotland and Fife MSPs.
- Forgotten Highland Alistair Urquhart opens Unicorn series
A series of military-themed events aboard the Unicorn has opened with a talk by author Alistair Urquhart.
- Train services disrupted after lorry hits bridge in Arbroath
A lorry driver was taken to hospital after his vehicle struck a railway bridge in Arbroath.
- Police investigating a second violent incident in Perth
Police are investigating a second violent incident in the centre of Perth in just two days.
- Five lucky to walk away from Dundee flat fires
Five people were lucky to escape without serious injury from early-morning fires in Dundee at the weekend.
- City services pay tribute to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday
Dundee's war dead were remembered at a number of moving events in the city on Sunday.
- Report warns NHS Fife has failed to turn round budget overspend
Health chiefs in Fife have been told critical action is needed to avoid a massive budget overspend by the end of the financial year.
- 'I just really wanted to help' — Hannah's haircut gives charities a head start
A 12-year-old Dundee girl has bravely donated her crowning glory to help children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment — and raised £1,200 for Children in Need into the bargain.
- 'We will never forget him' — Kirkcaldy united in grief after death of little Eryk
A Fife town has been united in grief following the tragic death of a three-year-old boy who was swept out to sea.
- Girl and man injured in accident with police car in Douglas
A young girl and a man have been injured in an accident with a police car.
- Campaigner claims Laurencekirk A90 flyover study was a sham
A Mearns roads campaigner has accused Transport Scotland of attempting to ''shut her up'' in the battle for a safe junction.
- Devon Wood windfarm plan sparks war of words between developer and campaign group
A row has broken out over controversial proposals for a seven-turbine windfarm in Fife.
- Perth street closed after suspected stabbing
A large section of the centre of Perth was cordoned off on Sunday night following a suspected stabbing.
- Broughty Ferry school parking restrictions to be relaxed at weekends
Weekend parking restrictions are to be removed from a Broughty Ferry street — but not until next summer.
- Body found in Glenrothes
Police in Fife have launched an investigation after the discovery of a man's body in Glenrothes at the weekend.
- Three-year-old boy dies after being swept off sea wall at Kirkcaldy Esplanade
A three-year-old boy has died after being swept off the sea wall at Kirkcaldy.
- Carnoustie Championship tee revamp to leave players in splendid isolation
A true sense of tradition is to be restored for golfers facing the challenge of Carnoustie's Championship links.
- Remembering a legend — an evening with Smokin' Joe Frazier
Following the death of Joe Frazier this week, our Angus reporter Graeme Strachan looks back at an evening spent in the company of the boxing legend.
- Alyth's history-filled Lands of Loyal Hotel goes on the market
A luxury establishment built in the 1830s by Battle of Waterloo veteran Sir William Ogilvie is on the market for £1.2 million.
- Man chased and beaten in savage gang attack in Dundee
A man has suffered injuries in a savage gang attack in Dundee.
- Adamson Hospital project moves on to second phase
Adamson Hospital in Cupar is taking shape, with the second phase of its £10 million refurbishment under way.
- Monifieth High School teacher charged with child pornography offences
Police have confirmed that a Monifieth High School teacher suspended earlier this week has been charged in relation to alleged child pornography offences.
- Crieff Hydro Hotel says £100 million plan is going back to founding principles
Crieff Hydro Hotel's £100 million plans to build 200 lodges and a 100-bed care home are ''going back to its roots'', it was claimed this week.
- Green for go — city council finally approves indoor karting centre plan
Dundee planners have given a green light for go to the city's first go-kart track.
- Christmas partygoers urged to make sure they don't wake up to a digital hangover
Businesses are being urged to make sure the office party season passes with as few headaches as possible — and that any embarrassing behaviour is kept off the internet.
- Open day a highlight of Dundee Science Festival finale
Dundee Science Festival comes to the end of its successful two-week run this weekend, culminating in a free family fun day on Sunday.
- Acting and performance students to bring Dickensian theme to Christmas Light Night
People who decide to enjoy the Christmas Light Night in Dundee city centre on November 25 shouldn't be surprised if they bump into some characters from Dickens.
- Call for investigation into how country's extra police officers are being used
The union leader for Tayside Police's civilian staff has branded the SNP's pledge of 1,000 extra officers a ''hollow promise''.
- Fife man may face a Texan bar
A Fife man's dreams of a Texan wedding could be dashed as he is due to stand trial for suspected drink-driving at the same time.
- Increasing concern for Stanley man James Stewart missing for almost a week
Police searching for a missing Perthshire man have admitted they are becoming ''increasingly concerned'' about his safety.
- V&A director Philip Long vows project will be a supporter of digital Dundee
Dundee's thriving digital design industry and the role it can play in the V&A at Dundee has been highlighted at Scotland's only digital arts festival.
- Sheriff decides society best protected by putting sex offender on probation
A Tayside man who carried out a string of sexual offences against young girls has been placed on probation for three years.
- Asda rejects rumours it has filling station on Forfar shopping list
Asda has rejected rumours that it is considering adding a fuel station to its presence in Forfar.
- Family seeking £100,000 in damages for stress caused by 2008 accident outside Boots
The family of a Fife girl whose skull was fractured by a falling rolling pin are seeking up to £100,000 in damages from Boots UK after the company admitted responsibility for the accident.
- Council asking neighbours to help stop cemetery vandalism
Vandalism at Balgay cemetery in Dundee is putting people's lives at risk.
- Decision to consolidate future of Madras College at Kilrymont provokes angry reaction
Fife councillors have voted to press ahead with a new £40 million Madras College at Kilrymont.
- Murdo Fraser claims to be 'delighted' with new position in Scottish Conservative line-up
Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has been demoted in the new Scottish Conservative parliamentary line-up.
- New hope for Pike River mine disaster families
Almost exactly a year after a series of explosions ripped through New Zealand's Pike River mine, killing 29 people including two Scots, the bodies of some of the victims could finally be recovered in time for Christmas.
- The Special '1' — Matthew is 11 on 11/11/11
A Blairgowrie boy is celebrating a memorable birthday today as he turns 11 on 11/11/11.
- Sheriff says case of man who pushed boy in bullying row should never have reached court
A Comrie man who admitted assaulting a nine-year-old ''bully'' has escaped punishment after a sheriff said the case had no business being at court.
- Kirkcaldy hotel workers removed by UK Border Agency
A Kirkcaldy hotelier claims he was unaware six of his employees were working for him illegally after they were detained by UK Borders Agency officers.
- Dundee man attacked Perth bar worker after complaining of slow service
A Dundee man attacked bar staff at a Perth pub in a row about slow service.
- Monifieth High School teacher suspended and pupil reported
A teacher has been suspended and a 17-year-old boy has been reported to the procurator fiscal in separate incidents at Monifieth High School.
- Perth police team's armed robbery investigation wins award
A Perth police investigation team whose work led to the conviction of three criminals are to receive a prestigious award.
- Fife parents told to expect school closures on November 30 strike day
Fifers are being urged to prepare for school closures and significant disruption to services when thousands of council workers walk out at the end of the month.
- Chinese asylum seeker jailed for role in cannabis gang
A major police operation has brought down a Chinese drugs gang who grew vast amounts of cannabis at a former US naval base in the north of Scotland.
- Dunkeld recreation ground land deal collapse puts community relations under strain
A scheme to construct an indoor hall looks like being derailed by the refusal of Dunkeld and Birnam Recreation Club to sell a parcel of land.
- Neighbours asked to play their part in protecting elderly from fire danger
Tayside fire chiefs have sent out a stark safety warning after a 93-year-old man died in an Angus house fire.
- New Cold Case Unit concentrating on five unsolved murders
A total of five unsolved murders have been prioritised for immediate re-investigation by a unit set up to crack Scotland's cold cases.
- Sole casualty of RAF Leuchars' Afghanistan tour pays tribute to his mates for rescue
An airman from RAF Leuchars shot by Taliban insurgents during a gruelling tour of duty in battle-scarred Helmand Province has told how his fearless comrades rushed to his aid despite the threat posed by enemy fire.
- Scottish Government under fire for refusing to share legal advice on European role
The Scottish Government has been accused of ''insulting'' voters after refusing to publish legal advice on an independent Scotland's role within the European Union.
- RM Condor remembrance garden pays tribute to heroes of 45 Commando
They may not have died in combat, but 45 Commando have ensured two marines killed in car crashes last year will never be forgotten.
- Council report says there is no viable alternative to Perth City Hall demolition
Councillors are to be told demolition is the only ''practical'' option for disused Perth City Hall.
- Life sentence for Kirkcaldy knife murderer Steven Kettles
A Kirkcaldy man who knifed his neighbour to death following a row over loud music has been jailed for life at the High Court in Edinburgh.
- Council is going to try its hand at property development
Dundee City Council has decided that when it comes to getting rid of surplus housing you have to spend money to make money.
- Vows Awards fall in love with Perth's Alison Kirk Bridal shop
A Perth bridal shop has lit a beacon of hope for independent retailers after winning an industry ''Oscar'' at a top awards bash.
- Tories in turmoil ahead of Ruth Davidson's FMQs debut
The Scottish Conservatives were in turmoil last night as the fallout from the divisive leadership contest caused further headaches for the new leader.
- Arbroath ceilidh visitors to dance the light away
The final event in Arbroath's Year of the Light takes place on Friday.
- Locals turn out to salute homecoming heroes of RAF Leuchars
The sky overhead may have been dark and foreboding but the mood on the ground was anything but sombre as heroes from RAF Leuchars were welcomed home to Fife following a gruelling deployment to war-torn Afghanistan.
- Large number of Dundee teachers approaching early retirement eligibility
Almost a fifth of teachers in Dundee will be eligible to apply for early retirement next year.
- Man who poured scalding water over boy's head acquitted on grounds of insanity
Dundee Sheriff Court has heard harrowing evidence of how an 11-year-old boy screamed in terror as a family friend pinned him to the ground and poured a kettle of recently boiled water over his head.
- Loyal to the end — pet dog alerts search team to body of missing Fife man Andrew Marshall
Police have confirmed the body found near Kingseat on Monday was that of Andrew Marshall, who had gone missing from his Cowdenbeath home last Friday morning.
- The Courier backs a winner in Perth Charities Race Day
The Courier has been credited with helping to smash a fundraising target for The Prince's Charities in Scotland.
- Expensive equipment stolen in Dundee hair salon raids
A Dundee hairdresser who borrowed £15,000 for her salon had all her equipment stolen two weeks after opening.
- 'The time for talking is over' — yet more radioactive finds at Dalgety Bay
A scenic stretch of a Fife beach could be forever designated as ''contaminated land'' and placed out of bounds following the discovery of yet more radioactive particles.
- Report of 'atrocious' speeding at scene of 2004 Kirkcaldy tragedy
A driver has been reported for travelling at more than double the speed limit yards from where a 10-year-old boy was killed by a speeder.
- PRI battling another outbreak of winter vomiting bug
Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI) has been hit by another outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.
- Gas leak forces one-day closure of Warout Primary and Community School
Almost 200 pupils had a day off school on Tuesday due to a gas leak.
- Neighbours pay tribute to elderly Arbroath fire victim
Tributes have been paid to a 93-year-old Angus man who died following a fire in Arbroath.
- Report warns thousands face seeing benefits stopped
As many as 9,000 people in Tayside and Fife will be stripped of benefits entirely because of government reforms, a new report claims.
- Money worries a major concern for Citizens Advice Bureau clients
Money worries are among the most common issues seen by staff at Dundee's Citizens Advice Bureau over the last 12 months.
- 'Disappointing' meeting adds to Dalgety Bay radiation tensions
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been urged to ''up its game'' following an emergency meeting convened to discuss the worrying number of radioactive particles found on a Fife beach.
- Controversial Lochee housing project up for sale
A Dundee housing project launched by a city drug dealer has been placed on the market.
- Over 200 lose jobs as window firm AC Yule enters administration
More than 200 jobs have been axed after north-east window firm AC Yule & Son went into administration.
- Scottish Natural Heritage objects to Fife wind turbines, saying they pose risk to bird life
An environmental watchdog may have cooked the goose of developers looking to capitalise on Fife's wind-related credentials.
- Probation for Dundee man caught with child abuse images on computer
A 57-year-old man caught viewing child abuse images when police raided his home has sentenced to three years' probation at Dundee Sheriff Court.
- Angus fears for representation of rural areas under new national police force
Tayside's police convener has claimed the success of Scotland's new single force could ''rise or fall'' on the strength of the body which will oversee its operation.
- Final contingent home from 45 Commando's Helmand Province tour
The last marines from Arbroath's 45 Commando have arrived home safely from Afghanistan after a six-month tour.
- Body found in search for missing Cowdenbeath man Andrew Marshall
The search for a missing Cowdenbeath man seems to have reached a tragic conclusion with the discovery of a body in woodland near Kingseat.
- Tay rafting dispute heading to the courts
Upper Tay fishing proprietors are to go to court in a bid to end their ongoing battle with rafters on the river.
- Customers wait to see if Royal Mail can deliver on promise of better Christmas service
Royal Mail is to introduce greater resources over the festive period in a bid to avoid the kind of chaos that hit deliveries in Dundee East last winter.
- UPDATE: 93-year-old man dies after Arbroath fire
A 93-year-old man who was rushed to hospital following a fire in Angus on Monday has died.
- 'Local hero' William Milne cuts ribbon on new Asda store in Forfar
After years of planning controversy and a less drawn-out construction phase, Asda has unveiled its latest supermarket on the former site of Angus Council's St James Road headquarters in Forfar.
- Council wins approval for compulsory purchase of Stobswell eyesore
One of the last pieces of the Stobswell regeneration jigsaw could soon be in place.
- Shona Robison says Jim McGovern's racism claim is 'gutter politics'
Dundee City East MSP Shona Robison has accused the Labour Party of descending into ''gutter politics'' over a claim that charging English students tuition fees could be construed as racist.
- Hope from despair — tragic Cole Gibson gives the gift of life
The pregnant mother of a seven-year-old Fife boy who died after an A9 accident at the weekend says she has honoured her son's wish that his death would bring the gift of life to others.
- Perth father and son jailed for vicious assault of stranger at birthday party
A father and son have been jailed for a total of three years after brutally assaulting a complete stranger during birthday celebrations.
- Dundee's grand old lady of the sea moves into the 21st century
The Unicorn is making waves online with the launch of an internet booking system.
- Star-gazers primed for Earth's close encounter with asteroid 2005 YU55
Star-gazers could be in with a chance of witnessing a historic event when a 400m-wide asteroid whizzes across the sky tonight.
- Community furious at theft of poppy tin from Lochgelly pub
A thief has stolen a Poppyscotland collecting tin packed full of money from a Lochgelly bar.
- New Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson issues independence referendum warning
Three days into her job, new Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson went to Downing Street on Monday for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron — then warned Alex Salmond must not be allowed to ''rig'' the independence referendum.
- Provost the latest to show support for Noranside rehabilitation centre idea
The provost of Angus has said she would be 100% behind the county playing a pivotal role in the nation's ''moral duty'' towards the care of its injured servicemen and women.
- Fife Council appoints Sustrans cycling officer
Fife Council has joined Sustrans Scotland to encourage more children to walk and cycle to school.
- Management buy-out saves majority of threatened Icon Energy jobs
Around 30 jobs at a failed Perthshire wind turbine installer have been saved after a management-led buy-out and the formation of a new company.
- Family reunited with christening keepsake thanks to a little help from a Facebook friend
A lost memento of a special family day has been reunited with its owner, thanks to The Courier.
- Kilrymont extension seen as most viable way forward for Madras College
The Madras College saga will take a major step forward on Thursday when councillors decide on a site.
- 'It was a total buzz!' — twins inspire daredevil Nan's leap into the unknown
Daredevil pensioner Nan O'Rourke completed her ''fantastic'' first-ever parachute jump at the weekend — at the age of 70.
- UPDATE: Police name victims of A9 crash near Dunkeld
Police have today named the two people who died after an accident on the A9 in Perthshire on Friday night.
- Brightsolid helps Dundee Science Festival crowds delve into the past
Hundreds of people have taken advantage of a free chance to research their family history at Dundee Science Festival.
- Police want to speak to man involved in 'possible suspicious circumstances' at Glencarse
Tayside Police have appealed for help to find a driver of a car involved in an ''incident'' in Glencarse at the weekend.
- Jim McGovern refuses to withdraw comment accusing SNP of tuition fees 'racism'
A Dundee MP has provoked fury by branding the Scottish Government's university tuition fee policy ''racist''.
- Labour on attack after figures show Dundee has 99 fewer teachers than a year ago
Dundee has almost 100 fewer teachers working in its schools than last year, it has been revealed.
- Major weekend search fails to find missing Cowdenbeath man Andrew Marshall
Fears are growing for the safety of a Cowdenbeath man missing from his home since Friday morning.
- Crieff community group in need of some light relief
Crieff is facing a festive blackout unless a desperate appeal for help to repair the town's damaged Christmas lights is successful.
- Mini-DV Festival persuaded of Dundee film-maker's talents
A young Dundee film-maker has won a top prize at New York's big Mini-DV Festival.
- Wildlife crime partnership on trail of deer poachers and coursers
Deer poachers and coursers are putting lives at risk in Fife, a wildlife crime partnership has warned.
- 'Enough is enough' — teachers vote for national strike on November 30
Families across the country are set to be hit by the first national strike in Scottish schools for almost 25 years.
- VisitScotland campaign to bring national TV exposure for Pittenweem
A scenic coastal village's tourism credentials are set for a major boost after it was chosen to feature in a major UK-wide advertising campaign.
- Perth and Kinross Council welcomes another community campus to school line-up
The completion of Perth and Kinross' final community campus means more than a quarter of the region's children are now being taught in state-of-the-art schools.
- Impact of 'inappropriate' Fife wind turbine near New Gilston
A proposed wind turbine in Fife would have a ''major, significant and adverse'' impact on the landscape, objectors have warned.
- Brightsolid to share family secrets at Dundee Science Festival workshops
Visitors are being offered the chance to bring their family history to life this weekend as part of Dundee Science Festival.
- Trading Standards survey finds drinkers still being sold short
Scots are being short-changed when they buy a dram in the pub, a new Trading Standards survey has found.
- Senior Black Watch Association figure says Noranside rehabilitation centre idea deserves investigation
There is growing support for the idea of developing a former Angus jail into a war veteran rehabilitation centre.
- Favourable forecast for Dundee's official firework displays
Huge crowds are expected to converge on two Dundee parks this weekend for the city council's annual firework displays.
- Lord of the Rings producer orders Fife firm to get out of the habit of referring to hobbits
A Fife company has found itself on the wrong side of Hollywood over the manufacture of its so-called hobbit houses.
- Hundreds of Halloween partygoers forced to evacuate during DUSA fire alarm
Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) has promised a ''full investigation'' after a fire alarm forced more than 500 people to evacuate a party.
- More eyewitness reports — but still no answer to Angus microlight mystery
The mystery of a microlight seen to plunge into the chilly waters off the Angus coast this week has deepened with the emergence of new evidence and the admission of Tayside Police that they ''remain concerned'' about the incident.
- 'I think about it every day' — Aleksandra Korkus murder witness tormented by harrowing memories
A former neighbour of a Polish mother-of-two who was murdered in a Perth flat says she cannot forget what she saw.
- Parties unite to register opposition to SNP's 'flawed' anti-bigotry bill
The SNP are forging ahead with their crackdown on football bigotry despite united condemnation from opposition MSPs.
- Council approves 57ft mobile phone mast in Broughty Ferry
Dundee City Council has approved the installation of a 57ft mobile phone mast in Broughty Ferry.
- Angus Council says Scarlett Johansson film location road was paved with good intentions
Angus Council says hosting filming of actress Scarlett Johansson's new movie is a ''tremendous showcase for the area''.
- War in Afghanistan prompts Olivia to fight for answers from Downing Street
Plenty of people have questioned government policy on Afghanistan — but not many of them are 12 years old.
- David's miniature marvel has no match
Burntisland man David Todd has given an intricate matchstick model of his local church to his fellow parishioners.
- Tom Harris launches Scottish Labour leadership campaign in combative mood
Labour MP Tom Harris has launched his leadership campaign by attacking MSPs for not supporting him.
- Dundee City Council chief tells Holyrood committee of welfare reform concerns
Dundee City Council's chief executive has warned wide-ranging cuts to benefits could cause a ''big increase'' in homelessness.
- Funding cuts mean closure for Fife Women's Technology Centre
Fife Women's Technology Centre faces closure after its funding was cut.
- Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group banking on local support to take plans to next stage
The 200 people who signed up to support plans for a community centre in Monifieth are being urged to throw their weight behind the fundraising which will be vital to the project's success.
- Barney's Fund helps to secure future of window to the past
A piece of Dundee's history has been given a role for the future thanks to the efforts of a local community group.
- Scottish Government pledges to tackle obstacles to finding homes for children in care
The Scottish Government has pledged to reduce the time it takes to find a permanent home for children who need care.
- Independents ready to fight their corner in Forfar's 'store wars'
Independent Forfar traders are preparing to mount a customer offensive to stave off a hit from the crossfire of impending ''store wars''.
- Community payback order for children's charity shop volunteer who sent indecent texts to young girl
A volunteer at a children's charity shop has been put on the sex offenders register for three years.
- Dundee project grabbing attention at WaterfrontExpo 2011
The £1 billion plan to transform Dundee's waterfront and cap it off with the V&A museum has been receiving international attention at an investment expo in Glasgow.
- Union leader's criticism of Amazon rejected in Fife
Fife politicians have defended Amazon after it was described as a ''worst'' employer by a union leader.
- First minister rejects report warning against renewable energy investment in Scotland
First Minister Alex Salmond has dismissed a leading financial house's warning that an independent Scotland could not afford to sustain a homegrown renewable energy industry.
- Witness worries fate of microlight pilot may never be known
An Angus businessman fears the mystery surrounding a microlight he saw plunge into the sea off the coast near Montrose may never be solved.
- Police name Windygates man who died after Glenrothes Bus Station accident
An 84-year-old man who died after being involved in a collision with a bus in Glenrothes on Monday has been named by police.
- Dundee toddler dies after taking unwell at home
A 19-month-old boy has died after taking unwell at his Dundee home, police have confirmed.
- Nine months' detention for teenager who attacked and stole from stroke victim in his home
A teenager who assaulted and robbed a stroke victim in his own home as he searched for alcohol and easy money has been detained for nine months.
- Police puppy Kate will put up a titanic fight against crime
The newest recruit at Fife Police will help officers sniff out crime.
- Written off — 'Depressing' study finds large number of adults view UK's children as 'feral'
Nearly half of all people in the UK believe children are becoming more feral, according to a report published today.
- Survey finds Angus used car trade in tip-top condition
Second-hand car dealers in Angus are shattering the industry's 'Arthur Daley' image.
- Warning of roadworks and lower speed limits south of Forth Road Bridge
Drivers travelling over the Forth Road Bridge are facing disruption from today as temporary traffic management measures for the Forth replacement crossing project begin.
- 'Nobody was expecting this' — solar power firm counting cost of feed-in tariff cut
The director of a Dundee micro-renewables firm has hit out at a UK Government decisions to slash feed-in tariffs for solar power installations.
- Protesters warn Angus College cuts would be devastating for young people and Arbroath
College cuts would decimate opportunities for young people in Angus and have just as damaging consequences for Arbroath, it has been claimed.
- Son gives poignant account at inquiry into death of tree-feller Norman Robertson
A man has told a court how he watched in horror as his father was killed by a falling tree.
- Serving soldiers given custodial sentences for nightclub attack
The families of two serving soldiers wept in the public benches at Dundee Sheriff Court as the young men were given custodial sentences by Sheriff Elizabeth Munro.
- Scottish Government extending bigotry crackdown to include age and gender discrimination
The Scottish Government's crackdown on bigotry at football matches will include measures to combat age and gender discrimination.
- Swans fighting back to fitness after airgun attack
Against all the odds, a family of swans targeted in an airgun attack are making a remarkable recovery in the care of the SSPCA.
- Social worker fined for being drunk while in charge of a young child
A social worker has been fined after getting so drunk while in charge of a small child that she fell over in the street and toppled the youngster's pushchair.
- Scottish Liberal Democrats issue speedy apology for 'idiotic' cartoon
The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has apologised for a cartoon which compared Alex Salmond to an Arab dictator.
- Ex-serviceman played rugby while claiming £45,000 in disability allowance
An ex-serviceman has been jailed for a year for claiming nearly £45,000 in disability allowance while turning out for a local rugby team.
- Veteran says Noranside estate would be ideal centre for recovering heroes
Noranside Prison could play a vital role for Scottish service heroes if it was developed as a rehabilitation centre, it has been claimed.
- CISWO rates dispute puts Glenrothes Tesco store plan in doubt
Tesco's plans to create 400 jobs in Glenrothes are hanging in the balance after crucial land deal talks broke down.
- Council says it is powerless to tackle subsidence at Methven Cemetery
There is little that can be done to stop subsidence at a Perthshire cemetery, the council has said.
- Scottish Government points to Canada as reason to resurrect minimum alcohol pricing plans
The Scottish Government is to bring forward its bill on the minimum pricing of alcohol within the next month.
- 'They have no respect' — mum's despair after vandals target baby twins' grave at Balgay Cemetery
A distraught mother has spoken of her outrage after the grave of her twin sons was damaged by vandals.
- Early-morning search fails to find any trace of microlight pilot reported lost in North Sea
A search for the pilot of a microlight feared lost off the coast near Montrose has been scaled down.
- Dundee Science Festival explains why it's all white to go grey
Visitors to a Dundee Science Festival event have been given the somewhat surprising news that grey hair does not exist.
- Councillors back plan to move services under control of new Fife Cultural Trust
Councillors have approved plans to hand Fife museums, libraries and theatres to a trust.
- Mixed news for Perthshire after broadband meeting
Business leaders in Perthshire have welcomed a commitment by BT to provide faster broadband.
- St Johnstone chairman describes road scheme opponent's claims as 'ill-informed speculation'
St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown has hit back at criticism of his purported role in a planned £13 million roads improvement scheme in Perth.
- Speeding drivers make Dock Street new target of Tayside Safety Camera Partnership
Around 1,400 drivers are breaking the speed limit on a busy Dundee road every day.
- Noranside closure leaves Angus with a prison-sized problem to solve
Nornaside's official closure has led to calls for a concerted effort to find a new use for the jail.
- Clatto Landscape Protection Group accuses council planners of deliberately obscuring true scale of windfarms
Planning chiefs in Fife have been accused of ''deliberately obscuring'' potentially controversial aspects of applications when making recommendations to councillors.
- Prison service nursing staff transferred to NHS in national move
Nursing staff at Perth Prison are to be transferred under the NHS, in a nationwide move from today.
- Civic trust says history has repeated itself with 'supremely ugly' Dundee House
Dundee City Council's new £34 million HQ has been branded ''supremely ugly'' by a local planning group.
- 'The age of the Highland clearances is over' — Usan Salmon Fisheries defends itself against Esk District Salmon Fishery Board criticism
A Montrose fishery business has accused the Esk District Salmon Fishery Board (DSFB) and the angling lobby of ''blatant, shameful anti-netting propaganda.''
- Family and friends united in grief after death of student Jane Kelly
The family of a St Andrews student who died in an incident in Kinross-shire at the weekend say their ''very special, beautiful'' daughter will be sadly missed.
- Dundee still waiting after Gamesa's deadline passes with no news of wind turbine manufacturing plans
The fate of a major renewables investment remains unclear after Spanish energy giant Gamesa broke a self-imposed deadline on deciding whether to locate in Dundee or at a rival port in England.
- Scottish Social Services Council finds Fife worker's failings left child vulnerable to sexual abuse
A Fife social worker has been disciplined after he left a child open to ''continued grooming and/or sexual abuse'' by a known sex offender.
- Citizens Advice Bureau director defends Gordon Wilson vote process
Claims that the vote to oust former Dundee MP Gordon Wilson from the board of the city's Citizens Advice Bureau was incompetent have been rejected by a director.
- EastEnders hooked on story of Perthshire pupils' artwork
The work of talented Perthshire schoolchildren could soon be seen by millions of soap opera viewers.
- Scarlett Johansson's sci-fi film Under The Skin touches down at Auchmithie
A sleepy Angus village got a taste of Hollywood when actress Scarlett Johansson arrived for filming on her latest movie.
- Elderly Windygates man dies in accident at Glenrothes Bus Station
An 84-year-old man has died after being hit by a bus in Glenrothes.
- Whitehall Theatre customers told refunds are coming soon
Whitehall Theatre Trust hopes soon to be in a position to reimburse ticketholders for shows that had to be cancelled when its former operating company hit the financial buffers.
- Teenagers suspected of causing £20,000 of damage to Fife schools
Two youths have been charged in connection with £20,000 of damage at several Dunfermline schools.
- Two in court accused of defrauding elderly couple of £65,000
Two men appeared at Perth Sheriff Court on Monday charged with defrauding an elderly couple of £65,000.
- PRI wards closed to control winter vomiting bug outbreak
Two wards at Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI) have been closed to new patients due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug (norovirus).
- Schools to close and Dundee council staff given day off for Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Dundee City Council staff will be given a day off next year to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
- Met Office predicts Scotland will be spared a repeat of November snow storms
Scotland is not expected to suffer a repeat of last year's November blizzards — even when the deadly snowstorm that has claimed nine lives in the US hits this week.
- Council asked to approve ban on council house sales in Perthshire
A housing crisis could see Perthshire become a ''pressured area'' for the next decade, The Courier has learned.
- New York trip inspires thoughts of a Dundee tenement house museum
A Dundee councillor is to explore the possibility of opening a tenement house museum in the city.
- UPDATE: Woman who died in Powmill incident named as Jane Kelly, of St Andrews
A man is due to appear at Perth Sheriff Court following the death of a woman in a quiet Kinross-shire village.
- UK Government told Longannet carbon capture scheme collapse must be explained
Ministers have been urged to come clean on the collapse of the carbon capture project planned for Longannet amid suggestions money was the main motivation behind the decision.
- Broxden roundabout grouse now powered by the sun
The dark nights will be a little brighter in Perth thanks to the solar-powered illumination of the Broxden Grouse statue.
- Householder suffers burned hands in Dundee flat fire
A man was taken to hospital after a fire in his top-floor tenement flat in Dundee on Sunday night.
- Closure of Noranside raises concerns about Scottish Prison Service's use of Castle Huntly
The Scottish Prison Service has been warned against using Castle Huntly open jail as a ''top-up'' centre to dump dangerous criminals.
- Controversial Cairneyhill Travellers site plan scrapped
Plans for a dedicated stopover site for Gypsy Travellers near a west Fife village have been dramatically scrapped, The Courier has learned.
- 'Local heroes' will help Asda celebrate its big week in Angus
Two Angus supermarkets that have brought hundreds of jobs to the county are to open within a week of each other.
- Olympia centre to close for a week
Dundee's flagship leisure centre is set to close for a week to allow for maintenance work.
- Woman pulled from water at Elie harbour
A woman was rescued after plunging into Elie harbour at about 3pm on Saturday.
- Walker rescued after Ben Lawers fall
Mountain rescue teams and an emergency helicopter were scrambled on Saturday evening after a walker was injured in the Highland Perthshire hills.
- Perth's quit4u anti-smoking scheme signs up 500th member
A scheme to encourage smokers to kick the habit has seen 500 Perth puffers sign up in its first year.
- Open day allows youngsters to experiment with science
The fun and excitement of science was brought to the fore on Sunday as Dundee Science Centre opened its doors to the public free of charge.
- Dundee retailers bank on having the right mix to tempt Christmas shoppers
Retailers in Dundee will provide a shopping ''experience'' this Christmas, despite claims that many customers are planning to cutback on spending this winter.
- 'Labour has completely changed' — Iain Luke resigns from party in disgust at treatment of former SNP leader Gordon Wilson
Shockwaves rippled through Scottish Labour as it emerged the former Dundee East MP Iain Luke has resigned from the party.
- Council planner delivers blow to St Andrews University's Kenly windfarm plan
Controversial proposals by St Andrews University to tackle spiralling energy costs through the creation of its own windfarm have fallen foul of council planning officials after they ruled it could detract from the picturesque town's ''medieval skyline''.
- Learning comes alive at Dundee Science Festival 2011
The third Dundee Science Festival starts today, kicking off two weeks of educational enjoyment. Jack McKeown looks at the highlights of this year's festival — which include time machines, the science behind hair, outer space, the comedy of science ... and zombies!
- Police admit possibility of big cats in Tayside cannot be ruled out
A tiger-like creature roaming near Montrose is among 19 unexplained ''big cat'' sightings investigated by Tayside Police in the last five years.
- Carnegie Dunfermline Trust confirms plans for Pittencrieff Park
Plans to restore Dunfermline's Pittencrieff Park as one of the country's premier family attractions will take a significant step forward next month.
- Tayside Police recruiting more puppy power
Tayside Police are looking forward to welcoming their newest four-legged recruit.
- St Andrews Aquarium's meerkats to provide extra Christmas cheer
The Christmas story at a Fife tourist attraction will have an added ''ooh and ahh'' factor this year following the arrival of several new actors.
- What a beauty! — Miss World contestants a big hit at Gleneagles
Fresh from enjoying Scottish hospitality and a traditional ceilidh, this year's Miss World contestants turned their hand to golf this week.
- Court relaxes Forfar stand-off man's bail conditions to allow him to go home
A drunk Angus man who threatened to kill his wife during a stand-off with armed police has been allowed back to the family home in Forfar.
- Councillor sticks to his guns after criticism from drugs support group
A national body which works closely with people affected by drug and alcohol misuse has criticised comments made in The Courier by Dundee's housing convener.
- Drink-driver student's car was littered with empty booze bottles
A drink-driver who careered into the back of a tractor while more than three and a half times the alcohol limit was arrested after police found numerous booze bottles littering his car.
- 'I feel really sorry for it' — abandoned Arbroath swan starts new life in Broughty Ferry
A cygnet that was ostracised by its family was found wandering the streets of Arbroath.
- City council told to park any plan to increase cost of Menzieshill permits
A Dundee councillor has reacted angrily to a call for parity over car parking permit costs across the city.
- First minister demands UK Government's 'full cooperation' on Dalgety Bay beach contamination
First Minister Alex Salmond has demanded the ''full cooperation'' of the UK Government over radioactive contamination at a Fife beach.
- Dundee waterfront project brings another change to bridge traffic system
Motorists in Dundee are dealing with more changes to the city's seemingly ever-changing road network as the realignment of the waterfront area continues.
- Angus Women's Aid says rapist's sentence appeal victory will only add to victims' trauma
Angus Women's Aid has branded the Scottish justice system ''archaic and deplorable'' after a rapist won the right to seek early release.
- Perthshire Chamber of Commerce to press the case for high-speed broadband
Business leaders will meet technology chiefs next week in a bid to prevent rural Perthshire becoming a business backwater.
- Crown Estate strikes deals for windfarms in North Sea
Plans to build windfarms in the North Sea have taken a giant step forward after the Crown Estate announced it has agreed leases for two sites off Fife and Tayside.
- Fife teenager admits using social media sites to blackmail and threaten girls
A schoolboy used social media sites to blackmail a young girl into supplying him with sexually explicit images of herself.
- Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson voted off Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau board because of same-sex marriage comments
Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson's controversial comments on same-sex marriage have cost him a top position at Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau.
- First Minister apologises to parliament for misleading independence referendum comments
First Minister Alex Salmond has apologised for misleading MSPs over a leading academic's view on the independence referendum.
- Pensioner suffers two broken legs in early-morning Arbroath road accident
Residents were woken by screams on an Angus street when a pensioner was seriously injured in a car collision.
- Edinburgh reveals line-up for Hogmanay street party
Primal Scream, Bombay Bicycle Club, Friendly Fires and Mark Ronson are the stars of this year's Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations.
- Jail warning for Fife man who set fire to his home
A man who set fire to his own house, endangering the life of his wife and a child and killing two dogs, has been warned he could face jail.
- Large rise in Scotland's police wage bill
Scotland's police wage bill has risen by £40 million over the past three years — but the number of bobbies on the beat has gone up by just 160 in that time.
- Traditional music fans flock to Dougie MacLean's Perthshire Amber festival
The Perthshire Amber festival begins today.
- Dundee ranks highly in affordable rent league
Dundee is the most affordable city in Scotland to rent a room, a new survey has found.
- Number of children under care of Dundee City Council reaches record high
The number of Dundee children in council care has reached a record high of more than 700.
- Forfar car garage owner says roadworks have seen business stall
An Angus business owner fears seven weeks of roadworks will bring his firm financial ruin.
- Tayside Fire and Rescue posts slight improvement in sick day rates
There has been a slight improvement in the number of sick days taken by fire officers in Tayside.
- 'Night at the movies' theme for Perth's charity Guy Fawkes' night entertainment
Preparations for Perth's charity Guy Fawkes' night bonfire are almost complete.
- Agricultural farming's appalling accident record revealed in Health and Safety Executive figures
Nearly two thirds of Scots killed at work last year worked in agriculture.
- 'It is a disgrace' — appeal judges cut rapist Scott Watson's minimum sentence
A serial sex attacker could soon be back on the streets of Angus.
- Far East's taste for whisky brings more jobs to Fife
Leven has been given another jobs boost thanks to growing demand for whisky in the Far East.
- Care Inspectorate full of praise for child protection work in Perth and Kinross
Child protection services in Perth and Kinross have been hailed the best in Scotland.
- Mother who lost son to mephedrone backs crackdown on legal highs
A mother whose son died after taking ''bubbles'' has backed calls to close a loophole that allows new legal highs to be sold.
- Constitutional law expert warns independence referendum will face lengthy legal challenges
Alex Salmond could face a race against time as legal challenges seek to block his independence referendum.
- Jobs at risk as owner of Dundee's Liquid Nightclub falls into administration
Nightclub owner Luminar Group Holdings, which owns Dundee's Liquid Nightclub, has gone into administration.
- 'The greatest privilege of my life' — 45 Commando CO pays tribute to his men after successful Afghanistan mission
The commanding officer of Arbroath-based 45 Commando says serving in Afghanistan with his men was the greatest privilege of his life.
- Teenager turns Spider-Man to escape from 14th floor of multi-storey block
A teenager escaped from police by climbing out of a window on the 14th floor of a Dundee multi.
- British Transport Police hunting boys who smashed train driver's cab window
The driver of a Glenrothes-bound train escaped unhurt after an object was thrown at his cab window.
- Future of Hawkleymuir linen works building back in doubt after housing plan falls through
A plan to give a former Fife textile factory a new lease of life has been dramatically shelved after a lack of progress in concluding a legal agreement.
- Perth man jailed for 'despicable' theft from disabled mother
A Perth man who stole £300 from his disabled mother's bank account has been told he committed a ''despicable'' crime.
- Business Growth Fund and Scottish Venture Fund say tie-up will provide new support for SMEs
A new tie-up is to help plug the funding gap facing Scottish businesses.
- Road improvements and oil helped to fuel Angus house price boom
Improved transport links and the oil sector are said to be two of the factors behind a 10-year house price boom in Angus.
- Answer to protecting Auchtermuchty Common grassland is sheep and cheerful
Sheep are to graze on Auchtermuchty Common for much of the year as part of a pioneering project to preserve a section of rare grassland.
- Traffic chaos during Tay Road Bridge closure
There was traffic chaos in Dundee city centre on Wednesday while the Tay Road Bridge was closed during an incident.
- Two swans injured in 'cruel' airgun attack
Two swans are fighting for life in a Fife wildlife sanctuary after suffering a brutal airgun attack.
- Monifieth man who claimed almost £20,000 in benefits fraud told he was close to being jailed
A Monifieth man who embezzled almost £20,000 in benefits has narrowly avoided a jail sentence.
- Road safety group wants tougher treatment of drivers who pile up the points
There are 50 drivers who are still on the road in Tayside and Fife despite racking up enough penalty points to be disqualified.
- Angus Centre for Enterprise sees business opportunities amid the economic turmoil
The head of the new Angus Centre for Enterprise says the downturn is the perfect time for new business ventures.
- Arbroath man headbutted takeaway worker in kebab price row
An Angus man headbutted a shop worker following a dispute over the price of his kebab, a court has heard.
- WestFest's piggyback champions rewarded for bringing home the bacon
Dundee's piggyback world record — won for the city last year when 320 runners and riders stampeded across Magdalen Green during WestFest — has been officially ratified.
- Effort to recover bodies of Pike River mine disaster goes global
An influential group of international trade union representatives have launched a global campaign to force the recovery of the bodies of Pike River victims, including Scots Malcolm Campbell and Pete Rodger.
- Pictish Arts Society says 'Disney' criticism of Pictavia was the personal opinion of one member
The vice-president of a historic society has moved to distance it from one member's opinion that it has allowed Pictish history to be ''Disney-ised.''
- Russian planes encounter provides vivid evidence of RAF Leuchars' vital role
As controversy over the decision to close RAF Leuchars continues to rage, The Courier has been handed dramatic images showing Fife crews shadowing Russian aircraft flying in the NATO air policing area.
- Fatal accident inquiry finds seatbelt might have saved farm worker Neil Abercromby
A sheriff has ruled that a retired farm worker who died following an accident in Perthshire could have survived had he been wearing a seatbelt.
- Emergency services to hold training exercise at Nynas oil refinery
Around 50 police, fire and ambulance service personnel will carry out an emergency exercise at the Nynas oil refinery in Dundee on Friday.
- Report calls for 'transparency' on price consumers are paying to support renewable energy
Governments and power companies must make it clear how much of household bills is being spent on the development of renewable energy, a major new report says.
- Gordon Brown demands new urgency to clear Dalgety Bay beach of radiation
More than 320 radioactive samples have been removed from Dalgety Bay beach since the start of September.
- 'How could anyone be so thoughtless?' — Carnoustie Panmure nail attack puts young footballers at risk of serious injury
Young Angus footballers have been put at serious risk after vandals scattered four-inch nails across their club pitches.
- Applicant says 18-flat plan would improve site of Broughty Ferry lock-up garages
Lock-up garages in Broughty Ferry could be replaced with 18 flats, if a planning application succeeds.
- Rush hour delays at start of major roadworks in Forfar
Seven weeks of roadworks have begun in Forfar.
- 'We just can't do it any more' — Perth's Honeypot Cafe the latest to fall victim to tough economic times
A popular child-friendly cafe in Perth is set to close its doors, mainly because of the economic recession.
- Councillor asks Scottish Government to prove commitment to Fife Energy Park
A Fife councillor has expressed concern for the future of the region's flagship energy park amid claims the Scottish Government has ''backtracked'' on renewable energy commitments.
- Scottish Government allocates £4.2 million to support use of electric cars
Public bodies in Tayside and Fife have been given a share of £4.2 million to help buy more low-carbon vehicles for their transport fleets.
- Owner puts up £1,000 reward in final effort to trace dog missing since April
An Angus dog owner has put up a large reward in one final plea for information on its whereabouts.
- Dundee pair detained for savage assault of girls and carer
A young man and woman who assaulted two girls with learning disabilities and a carer who tried to stop them have been sentenced to detention.
- Authorities working to ensure Tayside keeps moving this winter
With Scotland braced for a third Arctic winter in a row, Tayside's authorities have met in Perth to test their emergency response plans.
- Miss World contestants reign supreme in beautiful Perthshire
Miss World contestants have been bringing a real touch of glamour to Perthshire.
- Councillors approve new pharmacy and distribution depot despite locals' methadone fears
Controversial plans for a pharmacy and distribution depot in Dundee have been given the go-ahead despite fears the move will bring drug users into a residential area.
- Pictish Arts Society accuses Pictavia of 'Disney-type' distortions of history
The Pictish Arts Society (PAS) has launched a stinging criticism of an Angus heritage visitor attraction.
- Teenager facing death threat charges is banned from entering Perth
A teenager has been banned from his home town in the face of allegations that he targeted staff at Perth College UHI with chilling death threats.
- Shell UK says Mossmorran flaring poses 'no danger to the public'
Shell UK is investigating the latest incident of flaring at Mossmorran.
- London Stock Exchange moves to de-list Axis-Shield after Alere's hostile takeover
US giant Alere has claimed victory in its £235 million hostile pursuit of Dundee-based healthcare diagnostics firm Axis-Shield.
- Woman suffers serious injuries in accident with van in Lochgelly
A Fife woman was recovering in hospital last night after being badly injured by a reversing van as she made her way to work on Monday morning.
- Night in the cooler for Arbroath man who hid in wife's fridge
A man who breached bail conditions by hiding in his wife's fridge was remanded overnight ahead of a further court appearance.
- Million for a Morgue Campaign keeps crime writers in suspense
A new morgue being planned for Dundee will be named after a leading crime writer.
- Time running out to claim Omega Seamaster watch left at golf club in St Andrews
An expensive watch left in a St Andrews golf club in July is about to be sold at auction unless the owner claims it in the next few days.
- Alyth men jailed for 'vicious and depraved attack'
Two Alyth men have been jailed for carrying out a brutal assault in the town.
- Scotland's tourism sector benefiting from the 'staycation' effect
Scotland's tourism sector is dominated by the staycation market, VisitScotland has reported.
- Discovery Film Festival introducing young audiences to the magic of cinema
This weekend marked the start of Scotland's International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Dundee's very own annual celebration of film.
- Cancer Research UK 'overwhelmed' by Kirriemuir Relay For Life's record-breaking support
Kirriemuir's Relay for Life raised an incredible £182,670 for Cancer Research UK — beating 2009's record sum by nearly £10,000.
- Sensation shows might prompt council to rethink its zombie planning
The zombie invasion of Dundee has begun — and their craving for brains has led them to the Sensation science centre.
- Part of former Montrose airfield site to be cleared for housing
Angus Council's development standards committee has approved an application for housing where Montrose airfield once stood.
- Mearns the subject of more windfarm applications
Plans have been lodged for more wind turbines in the Mearns.
- Community council presses for RAF Leuchars answers after Liam Fox resignation
Campaigners in Leuchars are urging shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy to heap pressure on Liam Fox's replacement as questions over the decision to close Fife's historic RAF base remain unanswered.
- America bans award-winning Scottish crisps because of BSE fears
A Carse of Gowrie firm which produces award-winning crisps is coming to terms with one of its brands being banned in America.
- John Swinney paints a picture of prosperity with Scottish independence
An independent Scotland would be the sixth wealthiest country in the world, Finance Secretary John Swinney has claimed.
- Monifieth residents vote to sack property factor Greenhome
Monifieth residents have voted to sack the factor for their estate, even as the firm threatened a fine far in excess of its dues.
- Police find social networking can be a force for good
Police in Perth say they are keen to use social networking sites to spread their message across the community.
- 'A sickening act' — women steal man's wallet as he lies injured in the street in Glenrothes
A helpless man who lay bleeding on a Fife street following a fall was robbed by two women.
- SNP lay out 'roadmap to independence' — boosted by £1 million campaign fund
The SNP have launched the biggest political campaign in Scottish history by unveiling a £1 million war chest for independence.
- Woman victim of indecent assault in Lochee
A woman was subjected to a frightening indecent assault in Lochee on Friday night.
- Angus Council happy with schools' Curriculum for Excellence progress
Angus schools have made significant progress in implementing the Curriculum for Excellence, councillors have been told.
- Fife Council loads up extra salt for winter roads battle
Fife Council has ordered 40,000 tonnes of salt in a bid to prevent a repeat of last year's winter weather fiasco.
- Dundee project to be showcased at Waterfront Expo
The regeneration of Dundee's waterfront is to feature at a major international conference.
- Trust sees future for Camperdown House as maritime museum
A charitable trust that supports the restoration of Camperdown House, one of Dundee's most historic landmarks, is confident that demand is high enough to see its doors permanently reopened to the public as a maritime museum.
- 'It will always be with me' — Aberfan Disaster anniversary stirs up painful memories for lorry driver who answered the call to help
An Angus man who responded to the urgent call for help following the Aberfan Disaster says the memories of that terrible time will never leave him.
- Consumer Focus Scotland wants rigorous examination of Royal Mail proposals
Consumer Focus Scotland says proposals for a major shake-up of the Royal Mail have to be 'stress tested' to ensure a quality service is maintained.
- SNP fringe debate reignites same-sex marriage row
The bitter row over same-sex marriage has been reignited by a Perthshire MP predicting that the Scottish Government ''will'' introduce the controversial legislation.
- SEPA seeking help to track down Perthshire fly-tippers
A spate of fly-tipping incidents in Perthshire have led the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to call for assistance.
- Balhousie Care Group leaving Forfar for new Perth headquarters
Balhousie Care Group has revealed ambitious expansion plans as it announced it is moving to new headquarters in Perth.
- St Andrews University historian Dr Barbara Crawford collects OBE
A prominent Fife historian was in London this week to receive a top honour.
- National Trust for Scotland lines up Hallowe'en fright nights at historic Fife properties
There are ghostly goings-on at some of Fife's most historic properties.
- Dundee man added to sex offenders register for exposing himself at Kinshaldy Beach
A Dundonian who exposed himself in front of a terrified sunbather has had his name added to the sex offenders register.
- Site to west of Perth earmarked for 700-home housing development
A massive housing and business development — aimed at building around 700 homes and a business park — has been planned for the western outskirts of Perth.
- Lewd remarks on bus see Newburgh man added to sex offenders register
A man who cornered a terrified teenager on a Fife bus before making a series of lewd remarks has insisted he is ''not a deviant.''
- Dundee secondaries giving primary schools a lesson in stamping out assaults against teachers
Assaults on teachers by primary school pupils in Dundee have soared by more than a quarter over the past year.
- Salmond launches SNP conference with strong attack on UK Government's decision to axe Longannet project
Alex Salmond insisted a ''change is coming'' as he put the drive for independence at the forefront of the SNP party conference.
- 'Nobody can comprehend what it's like to lose a baby' — anguish of parents failed by Ninewells widwifery unit
The anguished parents of a baby who died just nine days after being born have said they will always be left wondering if their child could have lived.
- Stagecoach bus drivers stage wildcat strike at Leven depot
Dozens of employees at a Fife bus depot caused disruption to services in the region by staging a wildcat strike on Thursday.
- £20 million already spent on failed Longannet carbon capture scheme
More than £20 million was ploughed into Longannet's ill-fated carbon capture programme, ScottishPower has revealed.
- Hobbyist admits tattooing 16-year-old girl
A 16-year-old girl was given an illegal tattoo by a hobbyist, Perth Sheriff Court has heard.
- 'A history of good service to the city' — iconic Dundee store Robertson's closing after 130 years
A 130-year-old furniture store in central Dundee is to close, with the loss of 16 jobs.
- Angus legal figures concerned by rumours of threat to county's courts
Forfar has emerged as the latest Tayside and Fife sheriff court rumoured to be facing the axe under a service shake-up.
- Dundee player Kyle Benedictus 'wants to concentrate on football' after being admonished for assault
Dundee FC player Kyle Benedictus says he wants to move on and concentrate on football after he was admonished at the city's sheriff court.
- Abandoned lurchers kill sheep in attack near Loch Tay
A flock of sheep have been savaged in a Perthshire dog attack by two abandoned lurchers.
- Trump Organisation describes Menie Estate opponents as 'a national embarrassment'
The Trump Organisation has described the Menie Estate locals featured in an Angus film-maker's movie on the billionaire as ''a national embarrassment for Scotland''.
- Cockney watch fraudster's fake accent could not stand the test of time
A serial fraudster who felt there might be ''rich pickings'' in St Andrews during the recent Dunhill Links Championships has been jailed.
- Homeowner found vodka thief climbing out of bedroom window
A sheriff has sent a Forfar teenager to custody after a householder encountered him reaching into his home to steal a bottle of vodka.
- Engineering works to disrupt weekend rail services through Edinburgh
Engineering works will cause disruption to train services this weekend.
- Body could have lain in Menzieshill flat for three weeks
There is mystery over the identity of a man whose body was discovered in a flat in Menzieshill, Dundee.
- Darts world champions Adrian Lewis and Martin Adams heading for Kirrie showdown
The two reigning world champions are set to play out the biggest match in darts — squaring up in Kirriemuir.
- Pensioner jailed for 'disgusting' sexual assault of young girl
A pensioner who sexually assaulted a girl in a Dundee car park has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.
- Adam Smith roundabout in Kirkcaldy to close on Sunday for works
A busy junction in Kirkcaldy town centre will be closed to traffic this weekend.
- Scottish Building Federation pleads for more support for 'key driver of Scotland's economy'
New figures showing weak growth across the Scottish economy have prompted calls for the Scottish Government to refocus its spending priorities.
- Stonemason fears winter will increase the danger from above
A recent accident in Newburgh, where a schoolboy was injured when a retaining wall collapsed, might well be the ''tip of the iceberg'' should Fife experience another winter as severe as last year.
- Eastern European farm worker thought lock knife was legal
An eastern European farm worker found with a lock knife in his rucksack has been fined £300 at Dundee Sheriff Court.
- Plans for centre of excellence at Pitlochry Golf Course given green light
An ambitious £200,000 project to create a golfing academy in Pitlochry has been approved.
- Friends and family celebrate 100th birthday of the remarkable Betty Davidson
A ''frail'' child is celebrating her 100th birthday today without the need of modern medicine.
- 'I fear there may be more' — Forfar West End's problems a sign of financial pressures facing junior football
Difficulties at one of Tayside's oldest football clubs have signalled a sad moment in the junior game.
- Deprivation continues to limit Scots' life expectancy
Scots have the lowest life expectancy in the UK — and people born in Dundee have one of the lowest in Scotland.
- GP practice ordered to apologise to man diagnosed with lung cancer after 18-month scan delay
A Fife medical practice has been ordered to make a full apology to a man who was forced to endure an 18-month wait for a scan which ultimately diagnosed lung cancer.
- JD Wetherspoon's Blairgowrie pub plan approved despite local concerns
Plans for a ''super pub'' in the centre of Blairgowrie have met a mixed reaction.
- Changing technology market spells end for Dundee firm Computa Services & Consultants
A Dundee computer systems firm has been placed into liquidation with the loss of six jobs.
- 'Get that dog on a leash' — van driver's cruel taunt after fatally injuring family pet
An Angus mother has spoken of her family's grief after their dog was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver.
- Longannet carbon capture scheme collapse a hammer blow for Fife economy
First Minister Alex Salmond has described the UK Government's decision to axe Longannet's £1 billion carbon capture programme as a ''lost opportunity.''
- SITA UK wins approval for gasification scheme at Binn Farm
Councillors have backed plans for a gasification scheme in rural Perthshire.
- Council approves application for 30m taxi radio mast
A Dundee taxi firm has been given permission to install a 30-metre radio mast at its Balgray Place offices.
- Seven weeks of roadworks due to begin at Forfar's Westport junction
Forfar drivers are facing seven weeks of disruption at one of the town's busiest junctions from Monday.
- Sir Menzies Campbell demands RAF Leuchars rethink in wake of Liam Fox resignation
Sir Menzies Campbell has urged the coalition's new defence secretary to reconsider the axing of RAF Leuchars.
- 'This is an exciting time to be a Dundonian' — volunteers sign up to sing city's praises
An appeal for volunteers to become Burgesses of the City of Dundee has been hailed a success after around 50 people signed up for the scheme.
- Alcoholic drove while four times drink limit
An alcoholic who was caught in his car whilst more than four times the legal limit has been fined £600 at Perth Sheriff Court.
- Campaigner urges football fans to protest Stephen Birrell's 'draconian' sentence for Neil Lennon posts
A Dundee academic is calling on football fans across Scotland to protest over the ''draconian'' sentence handed out to a Glasgow man who admitted posting religious abuse online.
- Dunfermline businesses targeted with counterfeit cash
Four Dunfermline businesses were targeted with counterfeit cash at the weekend.
- Bus passengers finding it hard to get touchy-feely with new timetable technology
A tatty piece of paper may prove more helpful to bus passengers than the latest hi-tech timetable alternative, it appears.
- Shanwell Wildlife Rescue comes to aid of injured swan in Monifieth
Police threw up a protective cordon around an injured swan at The Seven Arches, Monifieth, on Tuesday.
- Fife becomes focus of shale gas extraction firm Dart Energy
Gas and electricity bills may be soaring but a massive new energy supply could found in underground coal seams in Fife.
- Developer claims public exhibition found support for Mull Hill windfarm
The organisers of a public exhibition for a proposed windfarm in Perthshire insist they have been pleased with the response.
- Liverpool star Charlie Adam backing Dundee's national football academy bid
Liverpool and Scotland star Charlie Adam is backing the campaign to open a national football academy in Dundee.
- Pittencrieff Park's locomotive is on the move
A Dunfermline locomotive has been on the move for the first time in over two decades.
- Retailers pinning hopes on Christmas boom after weak sales growth
The countdown to Christmas will be a crucial period for Scotland's hard-pressed retailers after sales only slightly increased during the past year.
- Scottish and Southern Energy given go-ahead for new Dundee depot
One of the country's largest energy providers has been given the go-ahead to build a new depot in Dundee.
- New Dunfermline High School's wind turbine to be higher than planned
A wind turbine which will form part of the replacement Dunfermline High School is likely to be larger in size than originally thought.
- Emotional tributes to Arbroath girl Amber Beaton
Tributes have been paid to a popular Angus schoolgirl who has died at the age of 15.
- 'We have just been thrown to the kerb' — staff in shock at sudden closure of Jolly's Hotel
More than 30 staff have been axed as time was suddenly called on a popular Broughty Ferry hotel and pub.
- Woman injured in machinery accident at Townhead Farm
A woman was rushed to hospital following an industrial accident at a Perthshire farm on Tuesday.
- Acid spill at Fife landfill site puts 11 in hospital
Eleven people were taken to hospital after being overcome with acid fumes at a Fife landfill site.
- Rail and road travel disrupted after lorry hits Tay Bridge
The Tay Rail Bridge was closed for an hour on Tuesday morning after a lorry smashed into it.
- Simon Howie Butchers triumph at Scottish Independent Retail Awards
Perthshire butcher Simon Howie's shop in Auchterarder has won the Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year category at the Scottish Independent Retail Awards.
- 'Nothing more than scaremongering' — salon owner says there's nothing fishy about pedicure craze
A Perth salon owner insists there is no need to fear the fish feet feeding phenomenon.
- Young man found dead in Buckhaven hostel
Fife Police are investigating the discovery of a man's body in a flat in Buckhaven.
- Trebling of racially aggravated breach of the peace crimes attributed to procedural change
Racially aggravated breach of the peace crimes have more than trebled in the last 12 months due to a reporting change within Tayside Police.
- Dog found abandoned with fly-infested wound
An injured and starving dog was found abandoned in Fife over the weekend, suffering with an open wound that had become infested with flies.
- Citizens Advice Scotland says 'blatant discrimination' against young people must end
The chairman of Dundee's youth council says young people are struggling to make ends meet as they become caught in an unemployment ''trap''.
- SEPA pressed to find source of Lochty Burn pollution
Kinglassie residents are baffled by mysterious rusty-coloured pollution which has killed wildlife in the Lochty Burn.
- Management looking at ways of saving jobs after collapse of Icon Energy
An attempt is being made to save around 30 jobs lost during the collapse of a Kinross-shire wind turbine installation firm.
- Fire Brigades Union mission to Nablus hit by last-minute 'red tape'
After travelling through 13 countries ''unnecessary red tape'' has meant a team of Dundee firefighters have narrowly missed out on their goal of delivering humanitarian aid to Palestine.
- 'It is a devastating thing to happen' — widow distraught after thieves steal memorial bench from cemetery
A heartbroken widow has hit out at callous thieves who stole a bench installed in memory of her beloved husband.
- SEPA finds over 60 radioactive samples in one weekend at Dalgety Bay
More than 60 radioactive samples were removed from Dalgety Bay beach over the weekend.
- Dundee taxi firm continues to operate amid liquidation proceedings
A Dundee taxi firm is continuing to operate despite its trading company going into liquidation.
- Council leader warns Angus faces more tough budget decisions
A senior councillor has admitted next year's Angus Council budget will be more challenging than the last.
- Fife Police vow sectarianism crackdown will beat the bigots
Football fans who chant sectarian or racist slogans are being told there is no hiding place.
- Scottish Court Service refuses to rule out possibility of closures
A number of smaller sheriff courts across Scotland — including Cupar in Fife — could close following a review by Scottish Court Service officials.
- Inspiration for The View's song Grace jailed for benefit fraud
A wheelchair-bound woman who inspired Dundee band The View's song Grace has been jailed for benefit fraud.
- Angus Council suspends four staff amid Yvonne Carrie death investigation
Angus Council has suspended four employees in the wake of the death of a 74-year-old woman.
- Police need help to solve mystery of man found in Dunfermline with serious head injuries
Police in Fife are pleading for information after a man was found unconscious in the street just hours after enjoying a night out with friends.
- Servite and Perthshire merge to form Caledonia Housing Association
Two housing associations have joined forces to become one of the largest operators in the Tayside and Fife area.
- Dundee City Council to appeal Linda Ross employment tribunal judgment
Dundee City Council is to appeal against the findings of the employment tribunal panel which severely criticised the council over its handling of the Linda Ross affair.
- Fife Council 'deeply concerned' by boy's Newburgh wall collapse injuries
Fife Council has launched an investigation into a wall collapse that seriously injured a six-year-old boy.
- SSPCA warns Daryl Beech's Easy Walkers group 'poses a risk to public safety'
The Scottish SPCA believes an under-fire Angus animal welfare organisation ''poses a risk to public safety.''
- Convention chief calls for national debate on future of community councils
Community councils must be given more powers if they are to survive, it has been claimed.
- Nethergate attack leaves 66-year-old man with broken jaw and cuts
A councillor has appealed for witnesses to the assault of a 66-year-old man in Dundee to contact police.
- Labourer dies after falling ill at Carnoustie building site
Tragedy struck at an Angus building site on Monday when a labourer took ill and died.
- Axeon charged with developing batteries for next-generation van
Dundee-based Axeon is hoping to power the next generation of white vans after striking a new battery supply agreement.
- Teenagers in court to face Leven attempted murder charge
A pair of Fife teenagers have been remanded in custody following the alleged attempted murder of a man in the Leven area.
- Planner backing proposal for JD Wetherspoon pub and restaurant in Blairgowrie
A vacant shop in Blairgowrie looks set to be reinvented as a pub and restaurant.
- Stratheden Hospital's Drumcarrow Lodge ward to close
A ward catering for elderly people at a psychiatric hospital in Fife is to close following a wide-ranging review.
- Property maintenance firm wins long-running court case
One of the longest-running small claims cases in Scottish legal history has been settled at Perth Sheriff Court.
- Dundee service honours submariners' sacrifice
Almost 300 Dundee-based sailors and commandos who lost their lives during the Second World War were remembered at a ceremony on Saturday.
- 'Sham consultation' — MP urges Fife Council to rethink Glenrothes sports centre decision
Glenrothes MP Lindsay Roy has waded into the row over the naming of the town's new sports centre.
- SNP councillors angrily reject Montrose master plan accusations
A war of words has broken out after a Montrose councillor was accused of making a false allegation in a regeneration row.
- Revised plans may provide way forward in bitter Pitlochry development dispute
It appears the developers behind controversial plans for Pitlochry have gone back to the drawing board.
- Dundee sees peaceful 'Occupy Wall Street'-inspired demonstration
In contrast to scenes of violence in Rome, where protests developed into a riot, anti-capitalist protesters in Dundee held peaceful demonstrations in the city centre over the weekend.
- 'We must have urgent action' — pressure on MoD after analysts' Dalgety Bay radiation fears revealed
The Ministry of Defence has come under fire again after ''shocking revelations'' about radiation at Dalgety Bay.
- 'A special day' — Carnoustie family have much to celebrate at wedding
Carnoustie twins Ayley and Chloe Hirsch beamed with joy at the weekend as their parents were married.
- Kayaker rescued after suffering back injury on River Tummel
A kayaker had to be airlifted to hospital after he got into difficulties on the River Tummel near Pitlochry.
- The Storm Is Coming — Dundee cage fighters send out warning to English opponents
Three Dundee cage fighters are set to be TV stars as they prepare to take on their English counterparts in a prestigious cross-border competition.
- Angus Council looking at ways to improve Arbroath town centre road system
Angus Council is to investigate making changes to a major access road into Arbroath town centre.
- Woman dies after falling ill in her car in Dundee
A 47-year-old woman has died after becoming unwell in her car on a Dundee street on Saturday night.
- 'He could have been killed' — family's anger after boy badly injured by wall collapse
A six-year-old boy was seriously injured when a wall collapsed in Newburgh.
- Council pressed to find tenant for empty house in Aberfeldy
A council property in Aberfeldy that has lain empty for more than two years could provide much-needed housing, a local man claims.
- Regeneration masterplan under scrutiny in Montrose
Plans to regenerate the south of Montrose and attract millions of pounds of investment to the town came under public scrutiny at the George Hotel.
- Dunfermline project to help school leavers impresses Education Minister
Mike Russell, the education minister, was impressed on a visit to Dunfermline's Tower House Centre.
- Forfar dog walker has terrifying encounter with cat 'lynx'
An Angus dog walker has spoken of her terrifying early morning big cat encounter near a popular beauty spot.
- Drug dealer caught in major Perth drugs operation
A major police surveillance operation aimed at bringing down a drugs gang has snared its first target.
- Anger as bid to save Dunfermline D8 bus service fails
A Dunfermline councillor claims Fife Council has rejected residents' pleas to save a local bus service.
- Family claim Inveraldie woman died alone due to community alarm failures
A grieving family are demanding to know why a 74-year-old woman was apparently left to die alone.
- The burden of 80 proof — man went on day-long Jack Daniels theft spree
A thief ended up in a whole vat of trouble after stealing more than 30 bottles of the world's best-selling bourbon over the course of a day, Perth Sheriff Court heard.
- Retailing is on the 'up' as Iceland sets up shop in vacant Forfar store
A major frozen food retailer is to move in to a vacant shop on a prime town centre site in Forfar.
- SSE spearheads big changes to UK energy market, says sorry for shortcomings
Perth-based energy giant SSE has said sorry to customers as it set out plans to radically shake up the UK's electricity market.
- Mixed reception for proposed Scottish electoral boundary changes
Proposed changes to Scotland's UK Parliamentary constituency boundaries have provoked a mixture of responses from politicians.
- UPDATE: Woman in court in connection with Lisa Quigley death
A 24-year-old woman has been in court in connection with the death of a woman in the Templehall area of Kirkcaldy.
- Shopping centre photography is permitted... within reason
Shoppers in Tayside and Fife should not encounter problems if they wish to photograph their children in local retail centres.
- Cowdenbeath has 152 empty council houses: MSP
Fife MSP Helen Eadie has revealed there are 152 council houses standing empty in her Cowdenbeath constituency.
- Work on 100-metre Pitreavie wind turbine finished
Work to install a 100-metre wind turbine at FMC Technologies' Pitreavie manufacturing base in Dunfermline has been completed.
- Arbroath common good property consultation goes online
The public consultation over a controversial review of common good properties in Arbroath has gone live online.
- Anger as Perth pensioners are conned out of £65,000
Police are scanning CCTV footage in a bid to track down heartless thieves who conned two elderly Perth residents out of £65,000.
- Pair remanded in custody for Rosebank Street assault
Two Dundee men have been found guilty after trial by a jury at Dundee Sheriff Court of severely assaulting another man.
- Parents asked not to use 'high risk' Carnoustie school car park
Parents of children at an Angus primary school have been warned not to drop their children in the school car park due to safety fears.
- Major milestone in £170m Victoria Hospital wing construction
Keys to the new wing at Kirkcaldy's Victoria Hospital will be formally handed over to NHS Fife on October 28 — another major milestone in the multi-million pound project.
- Sensation establishes genetics as the sweet science
Dundee pupils may soon have to resist the temptation to eat their own science experiments.
- Notice of Tay Road Bridge closure
The Tay Road Bridge will be closed for maintenance for a short period later this week.
- Money 'could be used more effectively' — Disabled People's Minister on Remploy
The fate of Tayside and Fife's closure-threatened Remploy factories could be known in a matter of weeks.
- Dundee-Aberdeen trains disrupted by bull accident
Train services between Dundee and Aberdeen were disrupted after a bull was struck in Angus.
- Residents fear for lives as Dunfermline flat is firebombed
A father and son feared for their lives during a firebomb attack on a quiet Dunfermline cul de sac.
- Balhousie Care Group — 18 of 22 homes to see price hikes
A Forfar-based care company is to increase its fees by over 8%.
- Woman carried heroin worth £10,500 in body for drug dealer
A heroin dealer who used a woman as a drug mule has been sentenced to two and a half years' imprisonment.
- Lines are blurring as Angus wardens apply parking amnesty
Angus drivers are enjoying an unofficial parking amnesty after delays in a line-painting programme.
- Dundee MP Jim McGovern cleared of wrongdoing over website expenses
A Dundee MP was cleared of any wrongdoing despite claiming website expenses in contravention of parliamentary rules.
- Public slow to back Stonehaven cashless car parking
A cashless parking trial in Stonehaven has only attracted around 50 users in its first five months.
- Spurtles at the ready in Birnam on Porridge Day
One of Scotland's most iconic dishes has been celebrated around the world, with staff at the Birnam Institute among those picking up a spurtle.
- Call to quantify public cash spent on failed Madras plan
A call to quantify how much public money was ploughed into ill-fated plans for a new secondary school in Fife has been issued.
- Rise in Scottish carbon dioxide emissions
The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by industry across Scotland rose during 2010.
- Campaigning pays off with Pitkerro Road crossing
Months of campaigning paid off for a Dundee community yesterday with celebrations marking the beginning of work on a new pedestrian crossing.
- Innovative approach to using Tayside House waste carpet
As work continues to strip out the interior of Tayside House in preparation for its demolition early next year, an initiative is ensuring disadvantaged Dundonians will benefit from the waste.
- Leuchars aircrew to join sales mission
Closure-marked RAF Leuchars is about to play a lead role in the fight to safeguard thousands of UK defence industry jobs, The Courier can reveal.
- 'Dunfermline as a place of learning' — firm has grand plans for Halbeath site
Plans to breathe new life into the former Hyundai site at Halbeath, near Dunfermline, could create thousands of jobs.
- Councillor queries Burntisland school location decision
Following a public meeting on the new Burntisland Primary School, a local councillor has requested further clarification for residents from council officers on why the selected site was chosen.
- Record season has Perth Racecourse on the up
The 2011 season has been Perth Racecourse's most successful ever — and looks like making it Scotland's number one.
- Bridie war not heating up, according to new Forfar store Goodfellow and Steven
Bridies made in Broughty Ferry have gone on sale in Forfar.
- Women ordered to attend mentoring over Old Hawkhill assault
Two women were ordered to attend a special mentoring service and be of good behaviour when they appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court.
- Builders announce rent/deposit scheme for first-time buyers
A new scheme has been launched to help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder.
- Councillor in campaign to restore St Andrews town centre fountain
A Fife monument could soon be restored to its former glory.
- Two injured in A92 Mearns road accident
Two people were rushed to hospital after a collision between a tractor and a motorbike in the Mearns.
- FitzPatrick to meet Jordanian PM on fact-finding mission
A Dundee politician is in the Middle East to meet Jordanian prime minister Dr Marouf al-Bakheit.
- Perth and Kinross residents responding well to recycling, council says
Survey findings have shown the majority of locals make good use of recycling facilities and want to see them extended, according to Perth and Kinross Council.
- 'What a man' — funeral of Carnoustie haulier David Murray
The strain of bagpipes filled a still Angus morning on Saturday as one of the county's best-loved sons was laid to rest.
- 'Last thing we need now' — 2011 Leuchars airshow may have been last
The future of Leuchars air show has been thrown into fresh doubt after the UK Government revealed this year's spectacular may have been the last.
- Issue of forced marriages put under the spotlight
A Dundee charity worker who promotes the rights of Scottish Muslims is urging society not to ignore the controversial issue of forced marriages.
- Dundee and Angus boast among highest disposable income rates
Despite the turbulent economy, it appears living in Dundee and Angus is good if you want to treat yourself.
- Winter warmer boost anticipated for Glenrothes homes
Households in Glenrothes will receive more information soon about a new scheme that could make up to 17,000 homes warmer this winter.
- Griff Rhys Jones revisits Perthshire on documentary trail
The centre of Crieff came to a standstill for one man and his drove, as presenter Griff Rhys Jones completed a 200-mile trek from Skye to Strathearn.
- Staffie campaign backed by latest shocking statistics
Shocking statistics from the Scottish SPCA support an Angus man's Staffordshire bull terrier campaign.
- Drivers angry over receiving parking fines for 'off-street' cars
Angry motorists are being hit with £60 parking fines after leaving their vehicles in what, for years, has been considered off-street parking near the Whitehall Theatre.
- 'Scotland is being used as the guinea pig' — coastguard cuts criticised
Scottish Government Ministers view plans to axe coastguard stations as a triple blow to Scotland's maritime safety.
- Dr Nigel Peyton installed as Bishop of Brechin
Church bells echoed through Dundee as the new Bishop of Brechin was consecrated and installed at St Paul's Cathedral.
- Rogue trader warning after Arbroath pensioner targeted
Police have issued a warning to Angus residents after rogue traders targeted a pensioner.
- Woman loses leg in Sikh temple blast
A woman lost her leg after being caught in a horrific explosion at a Sikh temple in Dundee.
- Perthshire race fans take in supercar feast
Rally fans were able to get up close and personal to a line-up of high-tech cars worth millions of pounds.
- Former PM Gordon Brown backing Remploy
Gordon Brown has expressed his support for Remploy workers facing the axe following a recent review.
- Supporters pave the way for Madison Barclay's dream trip to Disneyland Paris
A fund set up to raise money for terminally-ill Dundee schoolgirl Madison Barclay has closed with £18,000 donated.
- Charities benefit from Grove Academy pupils' passion for fashion
Grove Academy pupils were looking the part as they modelled their own creations at a charity fashion show.
- St John's Kirk welcomes new music director
One of Scotland's oldest churches, Perth's St John's Kirk, has a new director of music and organist.
- BEAR Scotland taking extra steps to tackle worst of winter
The company in charge of keeping Tayside's trunk roads snow-free is more than tripling overnight patrols as the spectre of another harsh winter looms.
- North Howe Transition Toun members' energy bills would make others green with envy
Residents in a small corner of Fife have seen their energy bills slashed by an average of £220 by a community collaboration.
- Fife charity reports rise in cases of domestic abuse of men
The number of male victims of domestic abuse has gone up by more than 20% over the past two years.
- Drivers asked to show patience during Tay Bridge road changes
Drivers are being warned further changes to Dundee's road layout are inevitable as work on the city's waterfront continues.
- Ewen's road signs a welcome improvement for Crieff
Visitors to Crieff are now being welcomed by new road signs designed by a local school pupil.
- Ceilidh to mark end of Arbroath's Year of the Light
The curtain is set to come down on Arbroath's Year of the Light celebrations.
- KFC would 'love' to open Forfar outlet
Fast food chain KFC has given the strongest hint yet that Forfar may be in its sights — saying it would love to open a restaurant in the town.
- Grangemouth man launched vicious attack in row over feeding baby
A terrified mother begged for mercy as her partner brutally attacked her following a furious row over whose turn it was to feed their baby daughter.
- Closing date looks like calling time on arts centre plan for former Caledonian Road Primary School
Plans for a new arts centre in a listed disused Perth primary school may have to be abandoned.
- Colliston Inn to open soon under new ownership
An Angus landmark hostelry is to reopen, following months of speculation about its future.
- David feels able to lift more bodybuilding trophies
A Dundee College communications lecturer is about to let his body do the talking.
- Community service order for landlord who ripped out door and windows while pregnant tenant was inside
A landlord who removed the windows and door of a flat while the pregnant teenage tenant cowered inside has been ordered to carry out community service.
- Grieving mother says ambulance breaks deal gives her some comfort
A grieving Perthshire mother has welcomed changes to paramedics' tea breaks that could have saved the life of her three-year-old son.
- York man accidentally broke woman's jaw in two places during brawl
A woman has been told she will struggle to eat properly for the rest of her life after her jaw was broken as she tried to stop a brawl.
- Longannet carbon capture scheme rumours described as 'deeply worrying'
ScottishPower has insisted talks with the UK Government are continuing, despite strong rumours that its flagship carbon capture and storage project is on the brink of collapse.
- Clergyman takes a relaxed view on plans for new lap dancing club in Dundee
Plans for a new lap dancing club in Dundee have been ''vehemently opposed'' by a woman's support group but greeted with apathy by a neighbouring clergyman.
- Bizarre FOI query confirms Tayside Police has no need to trim haircut costs
It's official — Tayside Police has spent not a single penny on haircuts for senior officers in the past six years.
- Tributes to Angus motorbike crash victim Stephen McMillan
Tributes have been paid to an Angus man who died in the second fatal crash on the county's roads in three days.
- Axis-Shield forced to accept Alere's 'undervalued' offer
Major Dundee healthcare diagnostics firm Axis-Shield has given up its hostile takeover fight despite insisting a new £235 million offer ''fundamentally'' undervalues the business.
- 'At the beating heart ' — new proposal to save Perth City Hall from demolition
A new future for the demolition-threatened Perth City Hall has been unveiled which retains the listed building and gives it a new role as ''the beating heart of the city''.
- House of Lords peers query civil servant's impartiality
Concerns about the ''politicisation'' of Scotland's top civil servant have been raised in the House of Lords.
- Fifers promised voice over dismantling of nuclear subs
Rosyth will have its say on the government's plans to dismantle the country's fleet of nuclear submarines.
- Council chief urged to bring parties together to solve school bus problem
Dundee's depute lord provost is urging an end to a school bus dispute.
- Binn Farm incinerator plans to be heard soon
Plans to build a gasification incinerator with a 55-metre stack are set to be heard by Perth and Kinross Council on October 19.
- Education secretary refuses to apportion blame for Madras College fiasco
The Scottish Government has refused to point the finger of blame over the dramatic collapse of a £40 million vision for a new secondary school in St Andrews.
- Leuchars Community Council's ex-RAF chairman sends symbol of cowardice to defence secretary
Lobbyists against the closure of RAF Leuchars have sent Defence Secretary Liam Fox four white feathers.
- Support for scheme designed to cut lorry journeys in centre of Perth
Perth could become the first place in Scotland to trial a new green transport scheme, if funding is secured.
- Stagecoach defends decision to not follow signs to Inverkeilor
Stagecoach says it will continue to review its timetables after criticism from residents in an Angus village.
- Fife Council receives another batch of wind turbine applications
A flurry of wind turbine applications have been submitted to Fife Council for sites across the region in the last few days.
- Scottish Government says extra support is response to rocketing fuel prices
An extra £5 million of Scottish Government money is to be used to tackle fuel poverty.
- Scottish Chamber of Commerce says imaginative thinking needed to sustain export growth
The Scottish Chamber of Commerce says manufacturers must continue to diversify and target new markets if a rise in exports is to be sustained.
- Enchanted Forest makes the transition to new home
As night falls on Friday evening, one of Scotland's top visitor attractions will begin what is set to be its biggest year.
- Fife Council asks public to choose name of new Glenrothes sports centre — then ignores result and picks its own
A late Glenrothes councillor's legacy will live on in the name of the town's new sports and leisure centre — after the result of a public poll was ignored.
- Bus service cut harming Catholic education in Dundee, committee told
The Catholic representative on Dundee City Council's education committee has claimed the withdrawal of a bus service to St John's High is undermining Catholic education.
- Smith Anderson hopes Kirkcaldy move will secure — and soon create — Fife jobs
A major Fife manufacturer has confirmed plans to move from Falkland to a new base in Kirkcaldy.
- Hundreds sign up to object to plans for windfarm between Forfar and Glamis
A community backlash has left the developers of a proposed windfarm near Forfar in no doubt that it is not wanted.
- Parent petition is proof of anger at park closures
Almost 1,000 parents have signed a petition demanding closure-threatened Perthshire playparks remain open.
- Film star Brian Cox moved by the still image at Cecil Beaton exhibition
He may be used to the world of moving images but Dundee actor Brian Cox has been back in town to witness the work of one of photography's biggest names.
- 'He should get real' — David Cameron accused of 'simplistic' views on debt
Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of holding an over-simplistic view of how to tackle personal debt.
- Montrose motorcyclist dies in crash outside Brechin
A motorcyclist has been killed in a multiple-vehicle crash on the outskirts of Brechin.
- 'Too many unanswered questions' over Netherlea Hospital, claims councillor
A councillor has blasted the decision to axe a Newport hospital.
- V&A at Dundee already becoming part of city's cultural life
A meeting in the city has heard connections are already being forged between the V&A at Dundee and the city's cultural and academic networks.
- Scottish Government pressed to end 'ludicrous' practice of full-time union staff being paid from public purse
Scottish taxpayers are forking out hundreds of thousands of pounds for government staff to carry out union activities.
- Dundee College's former Graham Street campus facing the wrecking ball
The former Dundee College building in Graham Street is set to be demolished and replaced with 46 houses.
- Angus Council evicts second tenant in less than a month
A drug addict has been evicted from her Forfar home — the second such action in recent weeks.
- Inspector warns school exclusions can be a prison sentence
Scotland's chief inspector of prisons has warned excluding children from school can set them on the path to a life of crime.
- Firm fined £8,000 for accident that cost Perthshire grain store worker his leg
The owner of a Perthshire grain store at the centre of a horrific accident almost three years ago has been fined £8,000.
- Professor says new evidence makes nurse Colin Norris' conviction for murders unsafe
New evidence has emerged that may allow a Dundee-trained nurse convicted of murdering four patients to appeal his sentence.
- Sir Menzies Campbell asks Commons defence committee to investigate RAF Leuchars closure
A senior MP has called for a powerful House of Commons committee to probe the controversial decision to close RAF Leuchars.
- Ewan McGregor tells BBC's One Show of his love for Crieff
Hollywood superstar Ewan McGregor has told the BBC's One Show that he still loves returning to his hometown of Crieff whenever he can.
- Scottish Government urged to control 'eye-watering' pay-offs for civil servants
Scottish civil servants shared a £49 million early retirement windfall last year.
- 'More National Trust than National Health Service' — Netherlea Hospital condemned to closure
A Newport hospital has been condemned to closure after health chiefs heard it was more suited to the National Trust than the National Health Service.
- Cosmetology girls are joining the stars at MOBO Awards
A Broughty Ferry beautician has traversed the globe to ensure some of music's biggest names look the part at a major awards ceremony tonight.
- 45 Commando marines opt for a low-key return from Afghanistan
The Royal Marines of Arbroath's 45 Commando have made a low-key return after six months in Afghanistan.
- Dundee Science Centre goes Crazy for Chemistry
If you have ever wondered what the building blocks of atoms are or even how to capture a cloud then an exciting series of experiments at the Dundee Science Centre may be just what you are looking for.
- Fife councillor Mike Scott-Hayward elected chairman of UKIP Scotland
A Fife councillor has been elected as UKIP Scotland's new chairman.
- Sainsbury's puts revised Perth store plans out for public reaction
Sainsbury's says it has addressed traffic concerns as part of its planned £40 million supermarket to be built on the outskirts of Perth.
- RoboX the robot not ready to shuffle into retirement just yet
A robot has discovered that working after reaching retirement age is not just for humans.
- Developer surprises community by coming back with revised — and more welcome — Invervar hydro plans
The developer behind a controversial hydro scheme has gone back to the drawing board to placate opponents in west Perthshire.
- Builders federation says 20% VAT is playing into the hands of rogue traders
Rogue traders are undermining the construction sector by stealing a major slice of the business available, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland has said.
- Authorities warn damage caused by drug-driving is likely to be worse than official figures suggest
Over 300 people in Tayside and Fife have been caught driving under the influence of drugs over the last five years.
- Monifieth residents lose case against factor firm Greenhome Property Management
A factor services firm says court action raised by Angus residents was ''totally unjustified and completely misguided''.
- Scotland gears up to face another tough winter
With winter expected to arrive early, Scotland's roads agency is readying for severe weather.
- Fire engines set off on 2,500-mile trip to Nablus
Two fire engines have set off from Dundee on a 2,500-mile journey for Nablus, where they will be used in the city's beleaguered Palestinian twin town.
- Hugh Grant is off the menu — but Michael Douglas is flavour of the month
Hollywood star Hugh Grant will have to give at least Two Weeks' Notice next time he wants to eat at a St Andrews restaurant — and even that may not be enough.
- Perth Academy held up as example of improving exam performance
The best results for over a decade at a Perth secondary school are proof of rising educational standards, the council has said.
- Friockheim crash continues tragic spell on Courier Country roads
A man was killed on an Angus road on Monday — the third fatality in four days across Tayside and Fife.
- Police appeal after woman's frightening ordeal in Auchterarder
Police are appealing for information after an incident where a man made inappropriate sexual remarks to a woman in Auchterarder.
- Dundee nursery looks to double up
A Dundee nursery is seeking permission to more than double the number of children it can look after.
- Scottish Government funding for St Andrews affordable housing project
Plans for the biggest affordable housing development seen in St Andrews have taken a significant step forward.
- City centre shop trade being 'killed' by Dundee waterfront roadworks
Shops in Dundee city centre are being ''crucified'' by roadworks, according to a local trader.
- Opera fans keen to see Lesley Garrett in Arbroath
Opera diva Lesley Garrett's appearance in Angus has generated interest from far and wide.
- Dunfermline High learns there are plenty who want to go back to school
They are supposed to be the best days of your life. But does anyone really want to revisit their classroom careers?
- BREAKING NEWS: Man dies in Angus road crash
A man has died after a road accident near Friockheim this afternoon.
- Giant queues at Jack and the Beanstalk auditions
Nearly 90 young hopefuls flocked to Perth Theatre on Sunday to audition for roles in Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Call for a better sign of the times at Broughty Ferry railway station
A councillor is calling for better information for passengers using Broughty Ferry railway station.
- Riley Murray back home after life-changing surgery in US
An Angus youngster returned home at the weekend from America after seeing his dream of walking come true.
- Tay Road Bridge closed while woman was coaxed back to safety
A woman had to be coaxed to safety by Tayside Police officers on Sunday after she threatened to jump from the Tay Road Bridge.
- Coaltown of Wemyss man killed in black weekend on Fife's roads
A man was killed and three other people injured in crashes on Fife's roads at the weekend.
- 'Glenrothes Sports and Leisure Centre' finishes first in sports complex naming poll
A new multi-million-pound sports centre planned for Glenrothes is set to be formally named this week.
- Transport Futures group urges Scottish Government to join plans for high-speed rail line
The Scottish Government has been told it must begin building a high-speed rail line to connect Scotland and England.
- 'He loved the town' — Carnoustie mourns businessman David Murray after motorbike tragedy
Carnoustie is in mourning following the death of a well-known businessman in a motorbike accident.
- Abercairney Estate windfarm backers issue mailshot in bid to win community support
The developers behind a Perthshire windfarm proposal say it would create a £1.1 million community fund and support local projects.
- Supporters make last-ditch plea for Netherlea Hospital
Health chiefs have been urged to postpone a decision on the future of Netherlea Hospital in the face of community opposition.
- Dundee Comics Day attracts a quite extraordinary line-up
John Wagner, creator of Judge Dredd, and Frank Quitely, one of the world's most sought-after comics artists, are among the top names appearing at this year's Dundee Comics Day.
- 'I'm just glad I didn't walk away' — salesman happy to have helped attack victim
A salesman credited with saving a man's life after he intervened in the wake of an attack says he is just glad he was able to help.
- Carnoustie community pulling together for Brooke Ramsay
The fundraising effort to help Carnoustie youngster Brooke Ramsay realise her dream of being able to walk unaided continues to enjoy massive local support.
- Coach company owner says Olympia centre parking setup is 'a recipe for disaster'
A Dundee coach operator has described temporary parking arrangements at a local tourist attraction as a recipe for disaster.
- 'If there is no wind then there is no power' — fall in production prompts call for renewables debate
The Scottish Government has said it will meet its ambitious 2020 renewable energy targets — despite a fall in production last year.
- Belgian hotel extends the hand of friendship to loyal Fife visitor
A Fife teacher who has taken hundreds of pupils to visit First World War battlefields has been given an unusual honour.
- What lies beneath — Whitehall Crescent roadworks unearth hidden part of Dundee's past
An unusual piece of Dundee's history has been unearthed in the city centre.
- AA names Inverkeilor restaurant Gordon's as best in Scotland
A rural Angus restaurant has been put at the centre of the culinary map after being named best in Scotland at the AA Hospitality Awards.
- Millden estate on the market for £17 million
A prime Angus sporting estate has gone on the market with a £17 million price tag.
- 'We are living on borrowed time' — monks making one last attempt to save St Mary's Monastery
Monks in Perth have launched a last-gasp bid to save their decaying monastery.
- RAF Leuchars gunner producing art in the unlikeliest of surroundings
A gunner from RAF Leuchars has turned his tent in Afghanistan into an artist's studio.
- Police review hopes to crack 40-year-old Blairgowrie murder mystery
Police are to review the brutal murder of a Blairgowrie man 40 years after his death.
- Thief raided disabled woman's house while she slept
A 56-year-old disabled Dundee woman slept as an intruder climbed in through a window and stole her possessions in the early hours of the morning.
- Cecil Beaton exhibition marks the start of Dundee's V&A experience
The cultural benefits of the £45 million V&A at Dundee project are already being felt four years before the venue is due to open.
- Former Angus man admits offences against young girls
A former Angus man has been placed on the sex offenders register after admitting a string of offences against young girls.
- Colin McRae Forest Stages rally roars into Perthshire
The peace of Highland Perthshire will be replaced with the roar of powerful engines this weekend.
- TaxPayers' Alliance says public don't thank councils for spending on 'back-patting award ceremonies'
Criticism has been levelled at Fife Council after thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money was lavished on award ceremonies in the last financial year.
- Dundee University and Commando form an alliance
Dundee University will be the target of a Commando raid this weekend.
- Neighbours pay tribute to St Andrews woman who died in tragic crash
Friends of a Fife mother who died when her car careered off the road and flipped on to its roof have spoken of their shock.
- Chat room user begged young teenagers to strip
A man who targeted young teenage girls from Perthshire through an online chat site has been put on the sex offenders register.
- Environmentalists and road safety campaigners against plans to increase UK speed limit to 80mph
The UK Government is planning controversial proposals to increase the maximum speed limit from 70mph to 80mph.
- 'Absolutely inspiring' — health board wowed by Charleston mum's get-up-and-go
A Charleston mum-of-two has been hailed as ''an inspiration'' by the board of NHS Tayside.
- Tears in court as father-to-be is sent to jail for driving offences
A dad-to-be sobbed uncontrollably in the dock as he was jailed just two days before his partner is due to give birth to their first child.
- Rattray nursery steps up security but says staff not to blame for two-year-old's escape
A Perthshire nursery has reviewed its security measures in the wake of a toddler being found on the pavement of a busy street.
- Arbroath man Graham Buist in court on murder charge
A man has appeared in private at Arbroath Sheriff Court charged with murder.
- Cellardyke man who 'refused to recognise' Poles spat in bus driver's face
A 61-year-old man told police that he spat in the face of an eastern European bus driver because Polish residents at a hostel he used to stay in repeatedly stood on his toes.
- Operational Honours List marks heroism of Fife soldier Lance Corporal Liam Tasker
A Fife soldier who was shot dead while on patrol with his dog in Afghanistan has received a posthumous honour.
- Castle Huntly inmate failed to return for fear of repercussions from drug debt
Castle Huntly absconder Thomas McGarva said he fled because he was afraid of being harmed over a drug debt.
- Dundee Science Festival promises to be a blast
Dundee Science Festival exploded into life as a fortnight of fun in the city was unveiled.
- Fife Ethylene Plant says it is 'highly unlikely' locals will suffer any more late-night frights
An incident at Mossmorran which caused widespread alarm in June was down to a highly unusual safety valve failure.
- FMC Technologies recruiting for 240 posts
FMC Technologies has begun recruiting to fill 240 posts, 70 of which are at its Dunfermline plant.
- Perth man with three previous assault convictions spared jail after attacking female police officer
Drunk and freezing as he lay face down in December snow, a Perth man then assaulted a female police officer who came to his aid.
- SSE's Cormaud exhibition hears locals' concerns about spread of windfarms
A two-day public exhibition has heard of locals' concerns about the proliferation of windfarms in the Kirriemuir area.
- Climate change campaigner Al Gore says Scotland can be a renewable energy world leader
Climate change campaigner and former US vice-president Al Gore has hailed Scotland as a world leader in renewable energy.
- Judges' decision means rapist Robert Foye can seek freedom in 2013
A sex attacker who raped a 16-year-old schoolgirl while on the run from Castle Huntly could be back on the streets within two years.
- Fife Sports and Leisure Trust blames 'misleading media reports' for swimming lesson controversy
After weeks of controversy and anger, the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust has insisted that new guidelines stating instructors should not enter the pool during swimming lessons do not constitute a ban.
- Lord Forsyth warns Murdo Fraser's breakaway plan would be a huge error
Breaking up the Scottish Conservatives would be the greatest political error since the Jacobite retreat during the 1745 rebellion, a Tory grandee has claimed.
- 'I just burst into tears' — Carnoustie twins' mum describes joy on hearing of surgery dates
Angus mum Averil Fleming broke down in tears after finally receiving the dates her twins will receive life-changing surgery.
- The Joker crashed the parentmobile after suffering Hallowe'en hallucinations
A hallucinating Hallowe'en drink-driver crashed his parents' car and then assaulted a witness who came across the accident.
- Joe hates to carp — but garden guest otter show more manners
An opportunistic otter is at the heart of a fishy mystery on the outskirts of Dundee.
- Woman dies after early-morning crash near St Andrews
A St Andrews woman died following an early-morning crash in Fife on Wednesday.
- 'This could have been horrendous' — two-year-old boy found on High Street after nursery escape
A Perthshire nursery has been reported to the Care Inspectorate after a two-year-old boy escaped from its garden.
- Alfred Dunhill Links Championship gives pupils a new course of study
Senior pupils from Carnoustie High School are leaving the classroom to mix with celebrities and pro golfers on the fairways.
- Help ma boab! — famous beat copper stands guard at Markinch archive
A familiar face was on hand to oversee the opening of police archives in Fife stretching back 140 years.
- Dundee and Hartlepool vie for 800 Gamesa wind turbine jobs
Dundee is in a two-horse race with Hartlepool to secure a £150 million wind turbine manufacturing plant that could bring 800 jobs to the city.
- Sales assistant stole almost £2,000 from Bullionfield fuel station
A petrol station employee has admitted embezzling almost £2,000 from his employers.
- Alfred Dunhill Links Championship ready to put on a show
Celebrities, professional golfers and hordes of fans are descending on three Courier country golf courses today as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship gets under way.
- Devon Wood windfarm proposer rejects claims scholarship offer is a 'PR wheeze'
The firm behind controversial plans for a windfarm at Devon Wood in Fife insists it is offering one of the most competitive community benefit packages.
- Mountain bikers' access defended after walker complains about mud on Kinnoull Hill
A Perth mother of two has hit out at the condition of paths at a Perthshire beauty spot.
- Court told driver who was four times alcohol limit didn't feel drunk
A man who drove while nearly four times the alcohol limit has claimed he did not feel drunk.
- 'We're the forgotten people' — Lochee residents say street has been abandoned to vandals
Residents in a vandal-hit Lochee street say they have been forgotten by the authorities.
- Abertay lecturer urges Old Firm fans to take stand against 'disproportionate' bill
A Dundee academic has called on Old Firm supporters to unite to defeat a bill that proposes to outlaw sectarian singing at football matches.
- NHS Fife told it can make huge savings by adopting smarter medicine policy
More must be done to curb spiralling NHS spending on prescription drugs in Fife, health chiefs have been told.
- BAE Systems job cuts a bitter blow after recent good news at Hillend plant
Fife has been dealt a major jobs blow with the news that 35 posts are under threat at BAE Systems' Hillend plant.
- Opposition say Scottish Government's new six-figure strategy director will be leading a 'Department for Independence'
There has been a furious reaction to news that the Scottish Government is to pay a civil servant a six-figure salary to lead the drive for independence.
- Convicted sex offender jailed after asking under-age girl to meet him wearing school uniform
A convicted sex offender who offered to pay an under-age girl to meet him has been sentenced to two years in prison.
- Man charged with murder after death of Arbroath woman Joanne Rennie
A 30-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman in Arbroath on Tuesday.
- Forfar's new Asda store has 10 applicants for every job
Asda has been flooded with almost 2,500 online applications for jobs at its new Forfar store.
- Perth man's ill-advised, unsupervised driving lesson proves a costly error
The decision to have an impromptu driving lesson proved to be a costly mistake for a Perth teenager.
- MSP claims consultant fees would have covered Fife hospital's at-threat ward
Consultancy fees paid by NHS Fife would pay for the closure-threatened hospice at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline, it has been claimed.
- Dundee Airport forced to close during communications fault
Air traffic controllers at Dundee Airport were faced with the frightening scenario of losing communication with in-bound flights on Tuesday afternoon.
- Scottish Water fined £6,000 after pollution killed over 500 fish
Scottish Water has been fined £6,000 after a sewage discharge into a Perthshire burn killed hundreds of fish.
- Parent fears Curriculum for Excellence plans will put Angus pupils at a disadvantage
Concerns that Angus secondary school youngsters will be out of exam step with other parts of Scotland under the new Curriculum for Excellence have been rejected.
- Groups unite to demand city taxi fleet continues to offer mix of vehicles
Elderly and disabled groups have rallied together to back calls for Dundee to retain its mixed fleet of taxis.
- Friends of Netherlea Hospital hand over 1,200-name petition demanding it stays open
A petition featuring the signatures of more than 1,200 people opposing the closure of Netherlea Hospital has been handed over to health chiefs.
- Former Carnoustie woman Pauline Claessens found dead
An inquest is to be held after police found a former Carnoustie woman dead in an English woodland.
- Education director pledges school timetable proposal will be subject to proper consultation
A teacher has warned that a proposal to standardise the school week across Dundee's secondaries might not work.
- Conservation project aims to protect Collace morthouse from the ravages of time
Major conservation work is under way on a structure once used to defeat 19th-century grave-robbers.
- Fife care homes: plan back to square one after council fails to find private partner
The future of Fife Council's care homes has been thrown back into uncertainty after the local authority failed to find a suitable provider to take on the service.
- City councillors united against university merger — but struggle to put it into words
Dundee councillors have failed to agree on a way to support the continued independence of the city's universities.
- North Sea knowledge puts Scotland ahead in the renewables race
Scotland's offshore wind industry could be given a massive headstart over its international rivals because of the country's oil and gas industry.
- Rowan Norway rig makes a big impression on journey into Dundee docks
Dundee welcomed its latest giant visitor when the towering Rowan Norway oil rig arrived on Monday.
- Carse of Gowrie Orchard Festival celebrating the season of mellow fruitfulness
The rich history of fruit growing in the Carse of Gowrie is to be celebrated through a week-long series of events.
- Two teenagers charged after blaze at derelict Pitalpin Works in Dundee
The importance of bobbies on the beat was shown on Monday night when fire swept through a derelict mill building in Dundee.
- One last hurrah for sun worshippers
Tayside and Fife are set for a late taste of summer this week, with temperatures forecast to soar.
- SSE Renewables' Cormaud Windfarm plans go on public display
Plans to build a windfarm on two Angus grouse shooting estates will go on public display today.
- The last love letters of Cpl Sean Binnie are still too painful for widow to read
The widow of a Fife Black Watch soldier killed in a firefight with the Taliban more than two years ago has revealed that she still keeps four precious letters from her husband locked in a safe unopened.
- Kinfauns man ordered to pay £300 compensation to neighbour who needed plastic surgery after dog attack
A Perthshire man has been ordered to pay £300 compensation to a neighbour after he was found guilty of owning a dog that bit a man's hand so severely that he needed plastic surgery.
- Four Seasons opts to close Rosebank care home after damning inspectors' report
A Dundee care home is to close after being branded ''unsatisfactory'' by inspectors.
- 'I have missed it a lot' — Michael Douglas happy to be back at Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Actor Michael Douglas said he is ''feeling good'' as he gears up to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
- Staffies campaigner heartbroken to see another dog lost because of past abuse
An Angus dog charity worker has told how he cried like a bairn after taking a Staffie to be put down.
- 'Spiritual home' pays tribute to rock legend Stuart Adamson — with a little help from Wigan
A decade since his tragic death, a memorial has been unveiled to Fife rock legend Stuart Adamson in his ''spiritual home.''
- Arbroath Infirmary's Queen Mother wing celebrates 50 years of life
Special memories and new beginnings were shared on a red letter day at Arbroath Infirmary on Sunday.
- Community council chief seeks to correct 'misleading' claims about Falkland drinking ban
A staunch defence of controversial proposals to ban booze in one of Fife's most tranquil towns has been launched.
- Arbroath promises a heroes' welcome for 45 Commando marines
The heroes of Arbroath-based 45 Commando will return home to Angus this week following a hugely successful mission.
- Campaigner vows to fight new Abercairney Estates windfarm plan
Perthshire's latest windfarm development applicants have ignored local and national democratic decisions by returning to planners with a revised scheme, according to a longstanding objector.
- Friends line up an earth-shattering surprise for newlyweds
Friends and family of two Tayside newlyweds didn't have to dig too deep to come up with a surprise for the couple's big day.
- Woman forced to jump to safety after pram set alight in Perth flats
A woman jumped to safety from a first-floor window as fire threatened to engulf a block of flats in Perth at the weekend.
- 'It was something pretty sizeable' — Angus councillor reports big cat sighting
A councillor says he could be the latest person to have witnessed a big cat roaming in Angus.
- Fife's soldiers remembered by Kirkcaldy war memorial extension
Families looked on proudly as the names of Fife soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice joined those of fallen comrades.
- Transplant patients hold tug of war at Dundee game
Spectators at Dens Park got two sports for the price of one at the weekend.
- Three due in court accused of sectarian comments during Dunfermline v Rangers match
Three men are due to appear at Dunfermline Sheriff Court today in connection with alleged sectarianism during the Pars' home tie against Rangers on Saturday.
- Education director proposing shake-up of the school day in Dundee
Dundee secondary schools are set for a shake-up of the way they schedule lessons.
- Angus urged to preserve memory of educationist A. S. Neill
The depute provost of Angus has launched a bid to ensure the memory of a visionary educationalist is not forgotten in the rural village where the seeds of his innovative teachings were sown.
- Fantasy film project overcomes some very down-to-earth challenges
A fantasy film following the adventures of a young girl has been completed in Dundee — despite runaway cows, torrential rain and power cuts.
- Scottish Water issues advice to flush out the bogus callers
Scottish Water is advising customers to use the 'three Cs' after recent incidents involving bogus callers.
- Councillors decide blocking housing for one squirrel would be nuts
A recommendation to refuse a housing development because the proposed site is home to a red squirrel was ridiculed by councillors this week.
- Alyth church and Doors Open Days are a match made in heaven
When Alyth Parish Church agreed to take part in Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust's Doors Open Days, it did not have to look far for a theme.
- US athletes enjoy some down time in Perthshire
A pair of US Olympic athletes visited Perthshire to enjoy a spot of fishing this week.
- Time for Dundee to make its renewables move
The Scottish Government was told this week that it must name Dundee as its preferred site to become the renewable energy hub for Scotland. Stefan Morkis looks at what that would mean for the city and the obstacles that will need to be overcome first.
- Heritage centre brings Egypt to Methil
A copy of the Rosetta Stone is one of the highlights of a new Egypt-themed exhibition in Methil.
- Sheriff agrees to impose £1,000 fine — but no ban — on 110mph A9 speeder
A salesman has escaped a driving ban after offering to pay a fine.
- SeaEnergy chief delivers stark message to Dundee — act now or lose renewables like you lost the oil industry
Dundee could miss out on hundreds of jobs after a leading offshore wind energy firm warned it could abandon plans to open a factory in the city.
- £450 fine for woman who stole clothes from House of Bruar in 'cry for help'
A holidaymaker has admitted brazenly robbing one of Scotland's most prestigious retailers.
- Dundee pair have become big movers in cleaning up Canada's oil industry
Two ex-Dundonians now living and working in Calgary are literally making it big in Canada.
- Bail warning for father of tragic Newburgh teenager Ricky Brown
A bereaved Fife father has denied making threats to another man in Newburgh — as heightened emotions in the community continue to be monitored.
- Economic think tank warns business rates being hiked to cushion public spending cuts
Scottish businesses face rates rises worth £849 million over the next three years, according to a new academic study.
- Police complaints commissioner rejects parents' claim that they were misled into giving statement
A Tayside couple have had their complaint rejected after they claimed they had been misled into providing statements to police investigating a case involving their daughter.
- Madras College: councillors rule two-school plan is not deliverable
A bid for a two-school solution for Madras College has been shot down by a Fife Council committee.
- Explosions in the sky: police unable to confirm source of late-night blast
Police in Dundee say they have been unable to confirm the source of a loud bang reported in the city on Thursday evening.
- Children's charity shop volunteer sent indecent text messages to 14-year-old girl
A volunteer at a children's charity shop is on the sex offenders register after admitting sending sexual messages to a 14-year-old girl.
- Jim Murphy says UK is not ready to elect a Catholic Prime Minister
A Scottish Labour MP has ruled himself out as a future Prime Minister — because he's a Catholic.
- 'She never complained' — family tributes after nurse Hazel Donald's brave cancer fight
A 33-year-old Monifieth nurse who faced a hard battle with an incurable brain tumour has died just months after being diagnosed.
- Fine and ban for drink-driver found with vodka between her legs
A Perthshire woman who was caught driving in Dundee with a bottle of vodka between her legs has been disqualified from driving for two years.
- Sad day for Glenrothes as Co-Op store closes, with loss of 42 jobs
Saturday signals a sad day for Glenrothes as one of the town's longest standing supermarkets closes its doors with the loss of 42 jobs.
- More prisoners abscond from Castle Huntly
A violent offender has absconded from Castle Huntly just over a week after another criminal failed to return to the open prison.
- Convener pleased with progress on Dundee's new multi-storey car park
Work on a multi-storey car park in the centre of Dundee is progressing well.
- Asda claims its move into Arbroath retail park will see empty units start to fill up
Supermarket giant Asda has claimed its new Arbroath store will stimulate interest in vacant shop units.
- Tag Games moves into new offices ahead of major expansion
A Dundee video games company is set to all but double its staff in the coming year, just over five years after its launch.
- Angus Council turns to the public to sort out Common Good Fund row
Angus Council will turn to the public to establish the controversial ownership of Arbroath Library.
- Councillors pledge to 'take control' of controversial Feddinch golf development
After years of controversy, councillors have pledged to take control of £20 million proposals for a golf and leisure development in Fife.
- Hotel and cars daubed with paint in Alyth vandalism attack
A hotel and 13 cars were daubed with orange paint in a vandalism attack in Alyth at the weekend.
- Perth firm Epsco fined £155,000 after death of Glenrothes man Michael Benn
A Fife widow was in court on Wednesday to see a Perth firm receive a £155,000 punishment for the death of her husband.
- 'She lived life to the full' — husband's tribute to nurse Ruth Henderson
A nurse who ''lived every day to the full'' has died following a brave battle with a rare cancer.
- Helen Eadie's 'living wage' attack prompts angry response from council leader
A political row has broken out after new figures suggested almost one in 10 council workers in Fife is paid less than the living wage.
- Sheriff decides jailing security guard who attacked former partner would not be in the public interest
A shamed security guard beat his former partner in a bid to reassert control over her life, a court has heard.
- Report reveals council's uphill struggle to control potholes
Last year's severe winter is being blamed for a near trebling of the number of potholes on Dundee's roads in two years.
- Montrose to see first new council homes for 30 years
Montrose is to get its first new council homes for 30 years as part of a double Angus social housing boost.
- Some startling findings among Tayside's indecent exposure statistics
Offenders as young as nine and as old as 77 have carried out indecent exposure offences in Tayside in the last three years.
- Scottish SPCA wants help to find 'cruel person' who left dog to die by the roadside
A seriously ill dog had to be put down after being dumped at the side of a Fife road to die.
- 'The V&A will make a huge contribution to the cultural life of Scotland' — Scottish Government confirms £15 million backing for Dundee project
Confirmation that the V&A at Dundee is to receive £15 million from the Scottish Government has been heralded as an ''extremely significant boost'' for the project.
- 'We're moving with the times' — Milnathort Post Office thriving by embracing the internet
For many village post offices, the inexorable rise of the internet has been laden with doom. But in Milnathort, far from sounding the Last Post, new technology has been embraced and led to a thriving local business.
- GlaxoSmithKline faces public to outline case for wind turbines at Montrose
Representatives from GlaxoSmithKline have delivered a public presentation on a wind turbine proposal for Montrose.
- Coupar Angus girl Wiktoria Mucha heads to US for life-changing operation
A young Perthshire girl who won the hearts of local people is heading to America today for a life-changing operation.
- Pensioner manages to escape to safety from flat fire
A Dundee pensioner was forced to flee a blaze that ripped through his living room on Wednesday morning.
- Fife politicians denounce police and fire service mergers as 'centralist power grab'
Two leading Fife councillors have criticised plans for single police and fire services as being a disaster for Fife.
- Scottish budget: major retailers hit with new cigarette and alcohol tax
Major retailers selling cigarettes and alcohol are to be hit with a ''discriminatory'' new tax under the Scottish Government's budget plans.
- Abercairney Estate launches new windfarm bid — six years after original proposal was rejected
Plans have emerged for a multi-million-pound windfarm on a main Perthshire tourist route.
- Riverside bridge is the missing link
A pedestrian walkway over a stretch of Dundee railway line would be a huge boost to the area, says a local councillor.
- Muir Dean coal mine extension approved
An extension of the surface coal mine at Muir Dean near Crossgates has been given the go-ahead by councillors.
- Sainsbury's holds fire on Hawkhill store plan
Controversial plans for a new Sainsbury's store in the Hawkhill area of Dundee have been temporarily withdrawn.
- Montrose Heritage Trust seeking lottery funding to build 'community quayside'
Montrose Heritage Trust has unveiled plans for a 'community quayside' on the waterfront.
- Fife Council agrees to formally object to Gyle Shopping Centre expansion
Fears about the impact of the proposed extension of the Gyle Shopping Centre in Edinburgh has prompted Fife Council to formally object to the plans.
- Funeral on Friday for American man Walter Woodson
A funeral service is to take place for an American-born university researcher who was found dead in a Broughty Ferry flat.
- Compensation order for teenager who attacked victim after drinking two bottles of vodka
A court has heard a teenager launched a vicious drunken attack in a Perthshire park after downing two bottles of vodka.
- Planning committee approves Earlseat and Westfield windfarm plans
Plans for two major windfarms in Fife have won the backing of a key Fife Council committee.
- Court hears of wife's terrifying hours with Forfar stand-off man
A 52-year-old Forfar man who triggered an armed police response after subjecting his wife to hours of terror has appeared in court.
- Firm behind 200-plus Forfar housing plan says it is building while others 'run for cover'
Forfar's biggest housing development for almost two decades has been given the planning green light.
- Scottish budget build-up: John Swinney warned efficiency savings can only go so far
Councils are expected to bear the brunt when the Scottish Government outlines the most bracing public spending cuts for a generation today.
- Amazon 1,000-jobs announcement is much-needed retail therapy for Fife economy
News that Amazon is to create 1,000 jobs in Fife has been greeted with delight.
- Dundee promising to stage 'a Christmas wonderland' this year
A glimpse of this year's Christmas Light Night festivities has been revealed in Dundee.
- Community leaders say access laws leaving vandals free to spoil Perthshire beauty spot
Specialist contractors are to clean a litter-strewn Perthshire beauty spot as the community calls for a change to access rights to protect its environment.
- T in the Park drugs offenders facing ruined careers
Music fans risk destroying their lives by dabbling with drugs when attending festivals, a sheriff has warned.
- UK minister sees 'history in the making' at Rosyth dockyard
Rosyth dockyard is seeing ''history in the making'', according to defence equipment minister Peter Luff.
- Financial backing for Dundee V&A to be confirmed by Scottish Government
The Scottish Government is set to confirm its financial support for the V&A at Dundee despite unprecedented cuts to public spending.
- MSP backing Milnathort firm to rescue troubled wind turbine maker Proven Energy
A Kinross-shire company has launched a bid to save a wind turbine manufacturer and secure 70 Scottish jobs.
- Council gearing up for compulsory purchase fight with Cupar legal firm
Fife councillors will this week be asked to approve all necessary steps to attain a solicitor's office the local authority wants to demolish.
- Scottish Secretary's Lib Dem conference speech to step up challenge to SNP
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has accused the SNP of neglecting the responsibility of government in pursuit of independence.
- World porridge champion adds some needle to 2011 contest
The Fife man who last year claimed the title of world porridge champion has something special up his sleeve as he prepares to defend his crown.
- Tayside chief constable expects divisional structure to be lost under new national force
Tayside Chief Constable Justine Curran has told Angus councillors she cannot see a dedicated local division being part of Scotland's new single force map.
- Owners consider future for Waverley Hotel after it closes as base for homeless
Sir Brian Souter and sister Ann Gloag are looking into alternative uses for a former Perth hotel.
- Scottish Liberal Democrat leader comes to defence of presiding officer
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has defended Holyrood's presiding officer after she was criticised by his party's president.
- Royal Mail recruiting seasonal staff in bid to prevent repeat of last winter's delivery chaos
Local councillors say they hope problems that blighted mail deliveries in the east of Dundee last winter can be avoided this year.
- Man charged after report of dog attack in Glenrothes
A Glenrothes couple were injured while saving their pet from an alleged dog attack.
- Ninewells Hospital canteen provides a very special takeaway for new parents
Babies are born at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee every day — but not many make a dramatic entrance at the door of the staff canteen.
- Black Watch returning to Afghanistan
Soldiers from The Black Watch are flying out to begin a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan this week.
- 'This is just amazing' — Courier helps Roy find his long-lost family
A Fife man has found the twin brother and sister he hasn't seen in 40 years — thanks to The Courier and a big-hearted Perthshire couple.
- Menzieshill High School imposes break-time lockout to tackle trouble
A Dundee secondary school is locking children out of the building during break times following a spate of fights.
- Fife windfarm proposals come before planning committee
Two major windfarm developments are set to be decided by Fife Council's planning committee today.
- Glenshee driver who crashed after 'insane' overtake on blind summit found guilty of dangerous driving
A couple have described how their ski trip to Glenshee turned into a day of horror after witnessing a near-fatal car accident.
- Retail block sale a sign of St Andrews' ability to weather economic storm
A retail block in the heart of St Andrews has changed hands for more than £4.5 million.
- Council approves Asda's Gourdie supermarket — but Tesco's Supreme Court challenge still to be heard
Dundee councillors have given the green light to a £24 million supermarket development on the site of the former NCR Gourdie factory.
- Lib Dem leader outlines vision of alternative to Scottish independence
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has set out his vision of full home rule for Scotland.
- Scottish Fishermen's Federation warns on new safety rules
Fishermen have claimed new rules forcing the use of buoyancy aids at sea will be impossible to police.
- Armed police deal with stand-off in Forfar house
Armed officers were involved in a 45-minute stand-off in a Forfar house on Monday.
- Angus venues hold Doors Open Days for inquisitive visitors
Many historic buildings in Angus threw their doors open to the public at the weekend.
- Angus volunteers join Marine Conservation Society's national beach clean-up
An army of volunteers stormed the beaches of Angus at the weekend as part of a national clean-up.
- Scottish Government urged to make Dundee an offshore energy 'shop window' — before industry looks elsewhere
The Scottish Government has been told it must declare Dundee is to become the offshore renewable energy capital of Scotland or risk undermining the industry.
- Arbroath Guildry dean says library proposal would represent 'immoral quarrying of common good funds'
The head of Arbroath's oldest secular organisation has added his voice to the ''hands off'' cry over the town library.
- Sir Brian Souter says defenders of traditional marriage are being marginalised in same-sex relationships debate
Perth-based tycoon Sir Brian Souter has again put himself on a collision course with gay rights campaigners by denouncing same-sex relationships.
- RAF Leuchars task force says it won't tolerate period of decline
The transition task force overseeing the RAF's departure from Leuchars said it won't accept a fallow period for the local economy.
- Success at last for Carse of Gowrie level crossing campaigners
Work begins today on a new link road in the Carse of Gowrie.
- 'We could have been visiting a mortuary today' — family shocked by terrifying attack on elderly woman in her Hilltown home
A Dundee grandmother was left in fear for her life when a violent intruder barged into her home on Saturday night.
- Burntisland and District Pipe Band set Forth to drum up support
Motorists looked on in amazement on Sunday as a Fife pipe band went down in history as the first to play while marching across the Forth Road Bridge.
- Council planner wants to see airport holiday chalets plan grounded
A Perth company says it is ''dismayed'' to find its proposals for holiday chalets next to Perth Airport are being recommended for refusal.
- SEPA 'failing' to protect Dighty Burn from pollution
The environmental agency for Scotland has been accused of failing after industrial material was found in water close to Broughty Ferry beach only a year after an investigation into fly-tipping was carried out.
- Angus Council opts out of lending struggling first-time buyers a hand
A new local authority mortgage scheme that assists first-time buyers will not be available in Angus.
- Child found safe and well after Montrose alert
A police hunt was sparked in Angus by a false alarm at the weekend, following reports of a man carrying a ''lifeless'' toddler.
- Tay bridgehead area school back on the agenda
The possible construction of a new Fife school to serve communities including Tayport, Newport and Wormit will be forced to the top of the agenda again after a dramatic intervention by opposition councillors.
- Energie Fitness planning women-only gym in Dundee
A fitness chain has unveiled plans to open a new gym exclusively for women.
- FMQs review: up steps Eadie for the needy
For us hacks, the great hope is that the weekly First Minister's Questions will provide a decent story — something that matters.
- Harry's space video is being watched by the stars
A Dundee teenager's short film has gained an out-of-this-world audience aboard the International Space Station.
- Visitors follow trail to Gateway to the Glens Museum's hunting exhibition
An Angus museum's sporting exhibition is pulling in visitors.
- Concert hall bringing burlesque to Perth
Audiences in Perth will be introduced to the art of burlesque next month.
- 'Tourists think they've hit some sort of backwater' — Perthshire business chief explains digital imperative
Perthshire must keep pressing for vital technological tools so it does not fall behind the rest of the country, according to a business and tourism leader.
- Weather watcher predicts conditions not seen since 1879 — the year of the Tay Bridge Disaster
Freak weather last seen at the time of the Tay Bridge Disaster could return to the east coast of Scotland this year, it has been predicted.
- Waterfront project moves on to next phase from Monday
The latest phase of work on Dundee's multi-million-pound waterfront project gets under way today.
- Forfar pubs team up to counter anti-social behaviour
Forfar hostelries joined the Angus Pubwatch scheme this week.
- £19 million project to strengthen Tay Road Bridge delayed until February
Work on a multi-million-pound project to protect the Tay Road Bridge has been pushed back to next year.
- First offender sentenced to detention for 'worrying' assault of homeless man
A first offender who viciously attacked a homeless man in a St Andrews alleyway has been sentenced to detention.
- Fife MSP reprimanded for currency row with First Minister
A Fife MSP was reprimanded at Holyrood on Thursday after repeatedly accusing First Minister Alex Salmond of misleading parliament.
- City worker complains after waiting a long time for a shortcut
A Dundee woman is calling for the reinstatement of a popular shortcut that linked Infirmary Brae to the city centre.
- Farming partnership fined £112,500 after tragic death of worker Keith Wannan
A Fife farming partnership has been heavily fined after a worker was crushed to death in a potato harvester.
- Scottish Government warned of £8.4m-a-month penalty if it fails to impose public sector pension reforms
The Scottish Government has been threatened with a budget cut worth £100 million if it refuses to implement controversial Westminster public sector pension reforms.
- Dundee City Council interrupts its own review of Linda Ross tribunal judgment to defend HR manager
The Linda Ross employment tribunal story has taken an extraordinary twist with Dundee City Council denying its education human resources manager ignored correct legal advice from the council's own lawyers.
- Arbroath Library campaigners get off to good start
Campaigners fighting to retain Arbroath Library as part of the town's common good have claimed an initial victory.
- 'We really hope they will actually listen' — Fife Sports and Leisure Trust to hear what families think of new swimming lesson rules
After weeks of controversy and debate, concerned parents are set to air their views on the controversial ruling which bans Fife swimming teachers from entering the water during lessons.
- Campaign pays off with more train stops at Broughty Ferry
Broughty Ferry railway station is to see a big increase in passenger trains, with nine new services being introduced to daily timetables.
- Tennis champion George Stewart finally wins a break — at 91
A remarkable tennis champion has decided to sit out this year's Tennis Championships of the Highlands — at the age of 91.
- Father and son sentenced for Hogmanay assaults in Forfar
A recently bereaved Forfar father has been jailed for nine months for a Hogmanay assault.
- Campaign group claims economic case for Perth City Hall demolition collapses under scrutiny
Objectors to plans to replace Perth City Hall with a civic square say claimed economic benefits are ''pure speculation''.
- MSP warns poor will pay price of bank charges imposed on credit unions
A Dundee MSP has warned the poorest people in Scotland will suffer because of plans to charge credit unions for using banking services.
- City planning chief backing Asda's Wester Gourdie supermarket plan
A £24 million Asda supermarket on the site of the NCR Gourdie factory has been recommended for approval.
- 'My hands are tied' — Fife chief constable says police officer guarantees mean civilian staff must bear brunt of cuts
Fife's chief constable has given assurances over frontline policing as the axe hangs over civilian posts.
- Angus family taking caravan fight to Court of Session
A family are taking their fight to stay together to the Court of Session.
- MAPPA report shows 10% increase in registered sex offenders in Tayside
The number of registered sex offenders living in Tayside has increased.
- Willowgate Fishery applies to reopen extended cafe
The Willowgate Fishery at Kinfauns has lodged plans to reopen its cafe.
- Presiding officer taking a fresh look at MSPs' 'family friendly' working hours
MSPs could be forced to work longer hours at Holyrood under changes unveiled by the new presiding officer.
- 'I really don't know how I did it' — vertigo sufferer overcomes phobia to save girl on Tay Road Bridge
A disabled vertigo sufferer has told how he overcame his phobia to prevent a teenager jumping off the Tay Road Bridge.
- Police called in to investigate claims of missing function deposits at Centenary Bar
Police are investigating a claim thousands of pounds in deposits for functions at a popular Dundee pub have disappeared.
- Thief took elderly woman's bank card while pretending to be Good Samaritan
A thief has been condemned as “utterly despicable” for stealing hundreds of pounds from a vulnerable pensioner.
- Kenly Landscape Protection Group set up to fight St Andrews University's windfarm plans
Plans by St Andrews University to construct wind turbines on the outskirts of the town are facing growing opposition from locals.
- Doors Open Days offer a glimpse at the city's secrets
Visitors will be offered a glimpse behind closed doors — and into Dundee's hidden history — this weekend.
- Diazepam driver shocked motorists during aborted school run on A9
A Perthshire man has been jailed for six months after a court heard he was so heavily under the influence of drugs as he completed a school run that he fell asleep in a service station cafe.
- Public sector's share of Scottish employment market falls
The number of people employed in the Scottish public sector dropped by 4% in a year, according to figures out on Wednesday.
- Public asked for reaction to Montrose masterplan
A masterplan that backers say could attract £100 million of investment to Angus and create up to 500 jobs has been unveiled.
- How will he fare? Taxi man John hopes radio listeners will take him to heart
A Perth man has swapped taxi radio for a chance to get his voice heard right across Perthshire.
- Dundee care worker cleared of assaulting elderly woman in his care, with further charges dropped by the Crown
A Dundee care worker has been acquitted of assaulting an elderly resident in his care.
- First Minister claims UK economy would benefit by adopting his 'Plan MacB'
First Minister Alex Salmond has urged the Westminster Government to follow his economic lead after Scotland posted better job figures than the rest of the UK.
- Agencies pledge to try to limit A92 Edenbank Bridge roadworks disruption
Major roadworks on one of Fife's busiest roads have prompted concerns from a local councillor.
- 'We're committed to the project' — council says there's no drama in decision to defer £3 million Perth Theatre payment
Officials insists the redevelopment of Perth Theatre is still on course, despite Perth and Kinross Council holding more than £3 million of funding for a year.
- Police searching archives to find staff involved in 1968 Colin Blair baby case
More than 200 former Dundee police and emergency staff have been questioned over the 1968 death of Stobswell baby Colin Blair.
- 'The council should tear it up' — locals question new Monifieth pedestrian crossing
Locals are questioning the worth of a new pedestrian crossing and traffic lights in the heart of Monifieth — only days after a man was hit by a vehicle.
- NHS Fife abandons plan to end home births — but warns issue may have to be revisited
A plan to axe Fife's home birth service has been shelved by health chiefs, much to the relief of campaigners.
- Hester's in a hurry after fundraising mix-up
An email mix-up has left a Dundee teenager with just one month to raise £2,000 to take part in an international volunteer programme.
- Jail for man who used fake name to secure BMW sports car on credit
A man's attempt to buy a sports car under a false name only put him on the road to prison.
- Windfarm meeting called off — because of high wind
A meeting to discuss a controversial Angus windfarm proposal was postponed — because it was too windy.
- 'These numbers are worrying' — NHS Fife budget black hole attributed to soaring agency staff costs
Agency staff costs have been blamed for a massive hole in NHS Fife's finances.
- Unions combine to threaten widest industrial action since 1926
The UK faces the biggest wave of industrial action since the General Strike brought the country to a halt in 1926.
- Dundee's Got Talent finalists get tips from the top
Eighteen finalists in the first Dundee’s Got Talent show — all aged 12-19 — have met cast members from Rock Around The Clock at Dundee Rep.
- Forfar plant hire firm's licence revoked
Scotland's traffic commissioner has revoked the licence of a Forfar plant hire operator over professional competence and financial standing concerns.
- Academic takes issue with Fife police 'hate crime' figures reported in May
Abertay University academic Stuart Waiton says claims by Fife police that religious hate crime trebled last year are untrue.
- Perth celebrating broadband news — but rural areas still face life in the slow lane
An announcement that Perth is to get superfast broadband next year has been greeted with delight — along with a call for the rest of the region not to be left behind.
- Dutch energy company Tocardo BV looking at Tay for tidal energy project
A Dutch energy company is considering the Tay for a new tidal wave project that could eventually provide power for thousands of homes.
- 'You made a fool of yourself' — farmer fined £500 for butting steward at Perth Show
A drunken farmer who butted a steward at this year's Perth Show has been fined £500 at Perth Sheriff Court.
- Scottish Government urged to start delivering on green job promises
The Scottish Government has been told it must start delivering on its promise to create 130,000 green jobs.
- McCormac Review brings warnings from teaching unions
The Scottish Government has been warned it risks undoing a decade of stability in the classroom if it mishandles the McCormac Review of teacher employment.
- Supermarket thieves have a taste for Jack Daniels
A gang of criminals has raided Asda supermarkets in Tayside and made off with large quantities of Jack Daniels bourbon.
- Arbroath dad was growing cannabis in the loft
An Arbroath man was growing six cannabis plants in the loft of his family home, a court has heard.
- New information reopens inquiry into death of Dundee baby Colin Blair in 1968
Police are investigating the death of a baby in Dundee over 40 years ago as a possible case of murder.
- Residents trapped by early-morning fire in Perth flats
A blaze that trapped the occupants of a block of flats in Perth is under investigation.
- Linda Ross case: extent of problems at school revealed in councillor's notes from 2006/2007
A teacher at Sidlaw View Primary School was subjected to 23 incidents of physical and verbal abuse, among a total of 42 complaints logged during 2006-2007, The Courier has learned.
- Mearns man 'embarrassed and ashamed' after falsely claiming sister had been raped
A Mearns man who falsely told police his sister had been raped was said to be embarrassed and ashamed.
- Paul Donnachie 'commends' flag insult victim's decision to donate compensation to Fogel Family Fund
A Jewish academic who left St Andrews after a fellow student defiled his flag of Israel has vowed to donate his compensation money to the victims of terrorism.
- Montrose Facebookers backing a seagull cull
Angus people are overwhelmingly calling for a cull of gulls — if a new Facebook page is anything to go by.
- Dundee City Council refuses to release details of 'worst roads' list
Dundee City Council has a list of its worst roads but is not releasing details to the public.
- Trio jailed for subjecting woman and child to terrifying armed robbery in Perth
Three men have been jailed for a terrifying armed robbery against a woman and child at their Perth home.
- Elderly woman falls victim to Montrose High Street's 'shambolic' pavements
A 79-year-old Montrose woman is in Ninewells Hospital after tripping over a dislodged paving stone on the High Street.
- Businessman given community service for assaulting estranged wife
A Dundee man who assaulted his estranged wife has been ordered to complete 250 hours of community service.
- Developer ordered to rebuild Falkland wall
A feature in a Fife village is to be reconstructed 17 months after being demolished by a property developer.
- 'There is no excuse' — RNLI crew's lives put at risk answering hoax call
A suspected hoax call has put the lives of a lifeboat crew at risk during stormy conditions in the Firth of Forth.
- Major roadworks starting on A92 near Freuchie
The closure of a stretch of a major Fife road is set to cause headaches for motorists from today.
- Crieff Hydro suspends all river activities while weekend rescue is investigated
Investigations are taking place into the events leading up to a dramatic river rescue in Perthshire at the weekend.
- Future of swimming in Montrose starts to become clearer
Montrose's new swimming pool is taking shape, with the steel framework now in place.
- Samantha has a serious chance of being named Scottish Comedian of the Year
A young Perth woman has had her first big break in the world of stand-up comedy.
- Perth and Kinross Council savings dominated by staff cost cuts
Perth and Kinross Council's spending this year has been helped by more than £5.5 million in savings on staff.
- Give me a break! — bad luck comes in threes for Marion
A Montrose woman has had a series of bad breaks and wonders when her luck will turn.
- Linda Ross tribunal: Mike Barile says problems went right to the top of Dundee City Council
Former Dundee teacher Mike Barile claims the city council's ex-chief executive Alex Stephen positively encouraged former education director Anne Wilson to abuse her power.
- Scottish Government puts renewable energy at centre of economic strategy
The Scottish Government will invest £70 million to support offshore windfarms as renewable energy becomes the country's economic priority.
- Cupar landlord removed windows and door while pregnant tenant cowered inside
A heavily pregnant teenager was left terrified when her landlord removed the windows and door of her Fife property as she cowered inside.
- Street closed during flat fire in Perth
Atholl Street in Perth was closed to traffic on Monday night to allow firefighters to tackle a flat blaze.
- Angus police chief promises war on vandalism after 19% summer spike
Angus's top police officer has made a rallying cry on vandalism, following a 19% increase in the county.
- Protests expected at Paul Donnachie sentencing hearing in Cupar
Protesters are set to descend on Cupar Sheriff Court today as a student convicted of defiling an Israeli flag is sentenced.
- Drink-driver left registration plate at the scene of crash
A drink-driver who drove off after colliding with a lamp-post left a major clue for police.
- 1990s leaflet praising Perth City Hall reignites row over the building's fate
While the current Perth and Kinross Council is pressing ahead with plans to demolish Perth City Hall, its predecessor authority described the building as being of great architectural significance and beauty.
- Plans to stabilise Bervie Braes in Stonehaven back on the agenda
Plans to stabilise the crumbling Bervie Braes in Stonehaven and prevent landslips are to be resurrected.
- SEPA warns radiation testing at Dalgety Bay could restrict access to shore
Access to a stretch of Fife coast could be restricted if a radiation survey shows dangerous levels of contamination.
- 'We need a new ship' — Murdo Fraser says Scottish Tory polling analysis vindicates his breakaway plan
The Tories will be reduced to a handful of MSPs without “radical change”, a leadership candidate has claimed.
- Arbroath Community Council makes its position clear on Common Good fund review
Arbroath Community Council has waded into the Angus Common Good funding row.
- Change to social enterprise status sparks search for 'Ardroy Ambassadors'
A website has been launched to find 'Ardroy Ambassadors' who will help keep the outdoor centre open.
- Councillors asked to approve spending on provost's trip to German twin town
Councillors are being asked to approve a trip by Provost John Hulbert to Perth's German twin town, Aschaffenburg.
- Woman suffers leg injuries in crash with minibus in Arbroath
A woman was cut free from her car after it was involved in a collision with a minibus in Arbroath in the early hours of Sunday.
- Campaign group demands greater transparency about windfarm applications
Mearns residents are being warned a wind turbine gold rush will continue to gather pace.
- Royal Mail duo stamp out any hopes of Crichton Street collection office rethink
Royal Mail has firmly refused to reconsider its decision to close its Crichton Street collection office in Dundee — despite a last-minute plea by city councillors.
- Sanderson Review agreement part of 'exciting times', say Scottish Conservatives
A new vision for the future of the Scottish Conservative party has received overwhelming approval.
- GP surgery 'disappointed' by Methven pharmacy go-ahead
A controversial plan for a new pharmacy in Methven has been given the go-ahead.
- 'There was a lot of anger' — Netherlea Hospital meeting fails to pacify local campaigners
Netherlea Hospital campaigners have given NHS Fife an angry reception at a meeting in Newport.
- 'Quite shocking' — call for council to face Linda Ross case investigation
The city's longest-serving councillor has demanded a full investigation into Dundee City Council's treatment of former deputy head teacher Linda Ross.
- 'It's time to change the Scottish Labour Party' — leadership race finally picking up pace
The contest to be new Scottish Labour leader is heating up after a long-standing MSP confirmed he will stand.
- Wedding friends defend generations-old 'blackening' tradition
A Laurencekirk man wants to put the record straight following a blackening that sparked water pollution fears.
- Dundee Cyclathon entrants raise around £35,000 for charity
Around 500 cyclists raised an estimated £35,000 for charity at the Dundee Cyclathon.
- Red Arrows provide the emotional highlight of RAF Leuchars Air Show
Aviation enthusiasts arrived in their thousands at RAF Leuchars for another spectacular air show.
- Seven rescued after Crieff 4x4 driving group are caught in floods
A dramatic rescue in Perthshire saw seven people pulled to safety as flood waters threatened to sweep them away.
- Police appeal after suspected Arbroath street stabbing
Tayside Police are appealing for information regarding a suspected stabbing in James Street, Arbroath, on Friday afternoon.
- Man robbed by three youths in Baxter Park
Police in Dundee are appealing for witnesses after a 34-year-old man was reportedly robbed by three youths.
- Retired top detective to lead inquiry into Colin Marr's unsolved death
The unsolved death of a Lochgelly man is to be probed by the detective who led the cold case review of serial killer Peter Tobin.
- September 11, 2001: The day that scarred the world
Sunday marked 10 years since nearly 3000 people died in the September 11 attacks. Jack McKeown looks back at the atrocity, its impact and aftermath — beginning where the tragedy struck closest to home.
- Strathearn Mountain Biking Club seeking support for plans
A bid to to add to Perthshire's mountain bike trails will move up a gear next week.
- Forth Bridge paint job leaves nation in search of a new metaphor
A metaphorical constant will never be the same again when painting the Forth Bridge comes to an end in December.
- Flowers, food and fortune tellers — it was all crystal balls at FMQs
Of all the possible subjects that could have come up at the first FMQs since the summer break this week, the resident soothsayer at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival was not on many people's list of possibilities.
- Scottish Deer Centre celebrates acceptance by zoo association
One of Fife's most popular attractions is celebrating achieving zoo status.
- Green Circular Route improvements part of effort to reconnect the city to the waterfront
Dundee's Green Circular cycle route is to be altered to improve links between the waterfront and the city centre.
- Salmon netting returns to the River Tay after two decades
Two decades after it was stopped, salmon netting has returned to the River Tay.
- Another 17 miles added to the Fife Coastal Path challenge
Walkers now have an extra 17 miles of Fife's coastline to walk.
- More adopting the 'grow-your-own' approach to food
Taysiders are embracing the burgeoning popularity of grow your own vegetables, according to a local store.
- Is it time for Dundee to take some Highland games inspiration from its American cousin?
Dundee's lord provost would champion the return of the city's Highland games if there is enough support from the public.
- Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre visitors urge Angus folk to support gem on their doorstep
Angus has been urged to appreciate the heritage gem in its midst after a special reunion at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.
- Farmhouse vandals leave £100,000 repair bill in their wake
Vandals have caused £100,000 of damage at a Fife farmhouse in an 'unprecedented' bout of destruction.
- New hopes for site of former Seaforth Hotel in Arbroath
An Angus eyesore site has been put up for sale, five years after the hotel that once stood there burned down.
- Peter Mullan backing work of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Actor and director Peter Mullan stressed the importance of communication during childhood as he opened a conference in Perth on Thursday.
- Probation for Forfar man badly injured in fire he started
A Forfar man who spent four weeks in intensive care after starting an £11,000 fire in his own flat has been placed on probation.
- Fife fire chief rejects whistleblower's cuts claims
Fife's chief fire officer has issued a strong denial after a whistleblower told The Courier the impact of cuts was laid bare during a cliff rescue in the region this week.
- 'How can it take two years to fix a building?' — Crieff Road Pre-School Centre shut for another year
Parents are demanding to know why a Perth pre-school centre closed by flood damage will remain shut for a second year.
- Police hunting trio of 'hoodies' after man robbed in St Andrews
Police have launched a hunt for a trio of callous hoodies after a 60-year-old man was violently attacked and robbed.
- 'I still can't believe it' — Gibraltar beckons for bingo player Isobel
It's eyes down for a Dundee pensioner who will soon jet off to Gibraltar to battle it out for £20,000 and the title of Ultimate Bingo Champion.
- Independence 'the clear answer' to West Lothian Question, says SNP MP
Scottish independence is the one clear answer to the West Lothian Question, a Tayside MP says.
- Organisers insist Leuchars Airshow is not the last
Saturday's Leuchars Airshow will not be the last despite the imminent closure of the RAF base.
- Bizarre FMQs exchange shows there's no telling where independence debate might go next
A fortune teller encountered at Dundee Food and Flower Festival has been drawn into a political spat over Scottish independence.
- Kyle Hutton given points and fine for driving at 101mph on A9
Rangers and Scotland star Kyle Hutton has admitted tearing down the notorious A9 in Perthshire at more than 100mph.
- Courier country areas to have local commanders under single police force
Dundee, Angus, Perth and Fife will each have a designated local commander under Scotland's new single police force.
- Angus Council evicts tenant found guilty of supplying drugs
A tenant has been evicted from her council home in Angus following a recent drugs conviction.
- Bankrupt had withdrawn thousands days before declaration
A Dundee man has had a four-year bankruptcy restriction order granted against him for concealing a cash lump sum he received immediately before he was declared bankrupt.
- Disgust at desecration of Celtic FC legend John Thomson's grave
Cardenden residents have been left in shock after the grave of football legend John Thomson was desecrated.
- The show must go on — operatic group beats fire alarm by staging show finale in the car park
It's accepted wisdom in theatre-land that the show must go on — and that certainly proved true for Perth City Operatic Group this week as they finished a performance in a car park.
- Police disciplined for abusing access to files on criminals
Police officers and staff have been disciplined for abusing access to secret information about criminals in Tayside and Fife.
- NHS Tayside gives 'absolute guarantee' community will help shape Ardler Surgery plans
A Tayside health chief has given an absolute guarantee Ardler residents will be involved in decisions about GP services.
- Mountains Animal Sanctuary needs help to make it through winter
Scotland's largest equine sanctuary is facing closure within months in the face of a £300,000 financial crisis.
- Perth gearing up for campaign to become base for Scotland's single national police force
Business leaders and politicians say Perth is the perfect place to base Scotland's proposed new single police force.
- Whitehall Theatre needs a leader who 'knows showbusiness', says Jim Davidson
Love alone will not be enough to save the Whitehall Theatre in the long term.
- Forth Replacement Crossing project chief vows there will be no trams-style fiasco
MSPs have been given a pledge that there will be no repeat of the Edinburgh trams fiasco in the building of the new Forth crossing.
- Community service for man who offered 'bubbles' to off-duty policeman
A lonely man who offered drugs to an off-duty policeman has been ordered to carry out 152 hours' community service.
- 'There should be a level playing field' — call for end to fuel price inconsistency
An Angus councillor has hit out at the county's fuel-price postcode lottery.
- Residents worried they will take the blame for Kinross Market closure
Angry residents in Kinross believe they have been used as scapegoats for the decision to close the popular market.
- Mum says school run parents are ignoring 'Don't Park Here' message
A Dundee mother has claimed inconsiderate drivers are putting children's lives at risk at a city primary school.
- Earlseat windfarm plan finds favour among Glenrothes area councillors
A £25.3 million windfarm proposal for the outskirts of Kirkcaldy has been endorsed by Glenrothes councillors.
- Craws Nest pub in Carnoustie hit by 'very professional' thieves
An Angus pub boss has described the couple of dramatic days following a destructive break-in.
- Game over for parks despite councillor's last-minute rescue attempt
A last-ditch attempt has failed to save 19 Perthshire playparks from closure.
- Colleagues pay tribute to Leuchars man Andrew McGhee
Colleagues have paid tribute to the Leuchars man who died in a road accident outside Forfar on Tuesday.
- 'Time to let go' — Lord Provost John Letford to stand down in May
Dundee Lord Provost John Letford is to step down at the next election, because at the age of 76 he feels it is time to let go.
- Lorry driver seriously hurt in crash with tractor near Milnathort
A man was seriously injured after his lorry collided with a tractor near Milnathort on Wednesday.
- Plea to youths to avoid area after girls' quarry rescue
Police say they will increase patrols at a disused quarry after three girls were rescued from a 100ft ledge.
- Tayside Police officer picked up £16,000 overtime pay
A Tayside Police officer received more than £16,000 in overtime payments last year — contributing to a £2 million bill for the force.
- 'Dundee is a great city' — new V&A London director Martin Roth excited by waterfront plans
The new director of the V&A in London visited Dundee waterfront on Wednesday and admitted he was impressed.
- Yet more years of uncertainty facing Letham Grange resort
An Angus golf resort faces another two years of uncertainty after the latest development in an ownership dispute.
- 'This was mayhem waiting to happen' — jail for A9 lorry driver who was over four times drink limit
A drunken lorry driver who risked countless lives as he careered down the A9 in Perthshire has been jailed.
- RAF helicopter rescues woman at Kinkell Braes
A 36-year-old woman was airlifted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee after a cliff rescue in Fife.
- Community service and monitoring for student who filmed up women's skirts
A Dundee student who secretly filmed up women's skirts using a camera hidden in a rucksack escaped jail after a sheriff told him the maximum sentence was too short.
- Alex Salmond confirms there will be a single police force for Scotland
First Minister Alex Salmond has confirmed the worst-kept secret in Scotland — there will be a single police force.
- 'They don't even have the bottle to come and face ordinary people' — fury at NHS Tayside's Ardler GP surgery meeting no-show
The anger and frustration of the Ardler community over the closure of their GP surgery has surfaced at a public meeting.
- Inverness man was found asleep on the back seat of car he had broken into
A man who broke into a series of cars in Perth was discovered fast asleep in one of the damaged vehicles.
- Whitfield man claims warnings about neighbour's health were ignored
A Whitfield pensioner who discovered his neighbour's body only weeks after expressing concern about his wellbeing says he was let down by social services.
- 'Outstanding' candidate Murdo Fraser clear favourite to win Tory leadership contest
Murdo Fraser's bid for Scottish Conservative leadership now enjoys majority support from the party's MSPs.
- UPDATE: Leuchars man Andrew McGhee named as victim of Guthrie Castle crash
A Fife motorist who died after his car hit a stone pillar outside Guthrie Castle, near Forfar, on Tuesday has today been named by police.
- 'It makes a mockery of the planning process' — anger at bid to increase height of Calliacher windfarm turbines
A leading environmental watchdog has slammed plans to increase the height of turbines at a controversial Perthshire windfarm.
- Call for community alliance to rid Levenmouth of drug dealers
A Fife councillor has called for action on drug dealers who are polluting the streets of Levenmouth.
- Monifieth fire victim Craig Henderson still in critical condition in hospital
Monifieth man Craig Henderson remains in a critical condition on a ventilator — over a week after being rescued from his burning Monifieth flat.
- Life sentence for murderer of Dundee expat Allison McPhee
The killer of a former Dundee woman has been sentenced to life behind bars by a court in New Zealand.
- Dog walker is no lover of wedding 'blackening' tradition
A dog walker has raised concerns that high jinks ahead of a wedding posed a pollution threat to a burn and river near Laurencekirk.
- Serving soldier fined for 'nasty' attack on transgender victim
A serving soldier from Kinross has been convicted of transgender prejudice in one of the first cases of its kind.
- Jim Davidson stands up for Whitehall Theatre
Stand-up comedian Jim Davidson arrived in Dundee to start his UK tour at one of his favourite venues, the Whitehall Theatre.
- 'Some people are just horrible' — much-loved cats killed in airgun attacks
Fife police are hunting callous cat killers after a spate of airgun attacks.
- 'He has opened a Pandora's box' — anger at sheriff's decision to spare fatal crash driver a custodial sentence
Pressure is mounting for tougher sentences for motorists whose careless driving causes fatal and serious accidents.
- James Hutton Institute scientists get the lowdown on strategy to tackle worm menace
Scientists from The James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie are helping solve the problem of a tiny worm that causes huge damage to forests in East Asia.
- SEPA starts work to find source of radioactive particles on Dalgety Beach
Work to identify the source of radioactive particles on Dalgety Bay beach has started.
- 'Hun' not a sectarian term, Celtic fans' chief tells committee
Calling opposing football fans Huns is not sectarianism, the chairwoman of a Celtic supporters group has told MSPs.
- Future of Perth's medieval lade to be considered in a report to councillors
The future management of Perth's medieval watercourse which fed the water mills will be discussed by councillors.
- Small victory for Staffie campaign at Holyrood
Tayside campaigners for tighter controls on Staffordshire bull terriers are celebrating an early victory at the Scottish Parliament.
- Scotland's recorded crime at new low, despite rise in violent crimes
Recorded crime in Scotland has dropped to its lowest level in 35 years — despite a rise in rape and attempted rape cases.
- Police say school 'silver car' warnings sweeping across Facebook are unfounded
Fears that a man in a silver car is approaching young children across Fife are unfounded, police say.
- East Neuk First Responders reflect on a life-changing year
A group of dedicated Fife volunteers have been credited with saving dozens of lives after being called to more than 200 life threatening emergencies in the last year alone.
- 'I just want to know if they are happy' — Roy pleads for help to find long-lost brother and sister
A Fife man has issued an emotional plea for help in tracing the twin brother and sister he has not seen in over 40 years.
- Exhibition helping fight against cash machine crime
An exhibition providing advice to cash machine users on how to avoid becoming a victim of card crime has opened in Perth.
- Supporters welcome prospect of return for sacked minister Mike Erskine
Well-wishers have backed a former Fife minister who is set to make a return to the pulpit.
- Scottish Association of Social Workers reacts to 'fat family' criticism
Parents are being urged not to lose confidence in social workers following the row over Dundee's so-called fat family.
- Hallucinations led prisoner to attack fellow inmate at Perth Prison
A violent offender left a fellow prisoner permanently disfigured after delusions led him to believe that he was about to be attacked.
- Audit Scotland report reveals millions wasted by 'inefficient' court system
Last-minute decisions to drop prosecutions are costing the court service £30 million a year, shock new figures have shown.
- Wife pays tribute to 'perfect husband' Paul Mitchell
A Fife woman has paid an emotional tribute to her perfect husband, who died in a road accident.
- Name it, I'll bring it — cancer patient finds novel response to hospital ID demand
A Carnoustie cancer patient decided to leave no room for doubt after being denied treatment at Ninewells Hospital because he couldn't prove his identity.
- Royal Humane Society reward for fire hero PC Paul Radley
A Dundee police officer who saved a disabled man from a certain and horrific death in a burning building has been awarded a top national lifesaving honour.
- Family distraught after fatal crash driver walks free from court
A grieving mother has spoken of her anguish after the man who caused the death of her son walked free from court.
- 'This is a snobs' law' — Abertay lecturer castigates football sectarianism bill
A Dundee lecturer who is giving evidence at the Holyrood justice committee today has described the Scottish Government's bill on sectarianism at football grounds a snobs' law.
- Would-be thief appears in wheelchair after escape attempt goes wrong
A would-be thief sustained a suspected broken back as he tried to run away from police, Dundee Sheriff Court has heard.
- Conservative fundraiser rebuffs Murdo Fraser's breakaway plan
The Scottish Conservatives appear on the brink of civil war over plans to form a new party.
- 'I don't sleep right at nights' — Montrose man on edge after repeated fire attacks
A Montrose man is at the end of his tether after six fires near his home over the summer.
- VIDEO: Sea eagle touches down in Methil
A young sea eagle seems to have taken a liking to the Fife town of Methil.
- Independence debate sure to dominate Holyrood's year ahead
MSPs return to Holyrood today having spent the summer trying to get to grips with the political tsunami caused by the SNP's historic election victory.
- Dundee man in court on rape charge
A 52-year-old Dundee man has appeared at Perth Sheriff Court charged with rape.
- 'We are not yobs on the water' — Tay jet-skiers fed up of boy racer reputation
Jet-skiers in the Tay are being unfairly associated with yobbish behaviour, according to Dundee electrician and jet-ski enthusiast Alistair Phillips.
- Coupar Angus residents and politicians want parking spaces back to improve trade
A year since the transformation of Coupar Angus town centre, politicians have joined locals in calling for a rethink of the scheme.
- Parents want new school in St Andrews secured with 'Trump-style' Compulsory Purchase Order
A group of parents disillusioned following the collapse of ambitious £40 million plans for a new school in Fife are urging the local authority to take out a Donald Trump-style Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).
- Let parents decide — call for referendum on future of secondary schooling in north-east Fife
The public should have the final say on whether a new secondary school should be built to serve the Tay Bridgehead area of north Fife.
- Scotland's Countryside Festival organisers delighted by turnout
Bathed in glorious sunshine, Scotland's Countryside Festival drew the crowds to Glamis Castle on Sunday.
- New lease deal will see Angus Council take 30% of Arbroath Vics' car boot sale profits
Angus Council is to take a slice of profits from an Arbroath junior football club's car boot sales.
- Fife Outdoor Access Festival declares war on inactivity
Time was turned back at Tentsmuir Forest on Saturday, with the launch of Fife's Outdoor Access Festival.
- Fife MSP hosting Holyrood summit to discuss Remploy's future
Top-level crisis talks are to be held on the future of a troubled disabled workers' organisation.
- Kirrie Festival strikes a chord with traditional music lovers
Top-quality music and rekindled friendships put Kirriemuir at the centre of Scotland's traditional music map over the weekend.
- Would you Adam and Eve it? Chaz takes his pet snake shopping
Shoppers in a Dundee supermarket did a double-take on Sunday when a Douglas man decided to take his pet boa constrictor on a shopping trip.
- Hi-tech and self-help among options for winter response
With some experts predicting another harsh winter ahead, Perth and Kinross Council is finalising how it plans to try to keep disruption to a minimum.
- Lord Fraser to investigate Brian Souter knighthood controversy
Alex Salmond is to be investigated over his role in Perth transport mogul Brian Souter's controversial knighthood.
- Kinghorn RNLI saves woman in midnight rescue off Kirkcaldy
A woman was rescued in the early hours of Saturday morning as she was swept out to sea off Kirkcaldy.
- Sun shines on Dundee Flower and Food Festival
Fine weather on the final day looks to have helped Dundee Flower and Food Festival to post strong visitor numbers this year.
- Supporters looking for way to secure future of threatened Kinross Market
News that Kinross Market is set to close has been met with disappointment by locals.
- 'Unplanned maintenance' at Angus House puts repair budget £10,000 in the red
Problems with the heating and electrical systems at Angus Council's showpiece Forfar HQ have led to thousands of pounds of unplanned repairs.
- Locals cut off by Griffin windfarm crane accident
The fears of a Perthshire community were realised at the weekend after an accident involving a large crane blocked a road, forcing them to make an 80-mile round trip to their nearest town.
- Seal death brings another plea to River Tay jet-skiers
Irresponsible jet-skiers are still causing problems for wildlife in the Tay.
- Murdo Fraser divides opinion with 'radical' plan for Scottish Conservatives
The Conservatives must completely rebrand in Scotland to once again become a credible force, a candidate for party leader has insisted.
- Scone sex assault inquiry: man expected in court
A man is expected to appear at Perth Sheriff Court today following an alleged sexual assault at the weekend.
- Councillors agree funding for demolition of Robert Thomson murder house
Funding has been granted to demolish a house where a father murdered his two children.
- Trio sought after serious assault in Arbroath
The police are seeking three teenagers after a serious assault in Arbroath on Friday night.
- Ben back on his bike — but brother Joe is still on foot
A 13-year-old Dundee boy has been reunited with his rare £800 BMX.
- RM Condor agrees recycling plan with Angus Council
Angus Council is to embark on a new green scheme with the men who wear the green beret.
- Arbroath's Westport Bar cleans up in beer cellar awards
An Angus pub has scooped an award for the best beer cellar in Scotland.
- Broughty barbershop stalwart Malty the dog not forgotten
Customers at a Broughty Ferry barber's shop will notice the absence one of the area's most popular canine characters.
- Fife ranks among the country's top recycling regions
Fife is Scotland's third best local authority when it comes to recycling.
- Cameron Stephen hoping for Olympic games double
An Angus teenager is making a bid for Olympic glory in one of the biggest fast food restaurants in the world.
- Fife signs up to join Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Fife's education chairman has welcomed Dolly Parton's book initiative.
- Joseph Rowntree Foundation says report exposes devastating effects of poverty
Poverty in Scotland is causing misery, with family breakdown, depression and ill health among the devastating side-effects, a report this week warned.
- Dundee City Council-commissioned report finds youth projects not engaging members of ethnic minorities
More work is needed to reach out to young people from ethnic minorities in Dundee, a study has found.
- Tayside Aviation joins national celebration of female pilots
A century of female flight was celebrated by Tayside Aviation this week.
- Delma Wilson dance school classmates help David step out on a high
A world champion's final fling has capped a sensational summer for an Angus Highland dancing school.
- Fife timber firm celebrating performance in 'huge year'
A Fife timber specialist has defied the gloomy economic backdrop to post turnover of almost £100 million.
- Guess who — can you name these Dundee FC stars rendered in police sketches?
The transfer window may have closed but
Dundee FC players have found themselves on the wanted list anyway.
- Church of Scotland Guild provides six-figure support for Perth Prison Visitor Centre
An acclaimed prison visitor centre has been handed a major cash boost by the Church of Scotland Guild.
- 'He was leader' — SNP group chief questions Kevin Keenan's staff spying outrage
Dundee SNP administration leader Ken Guild has criticised his Labour counterpart for demanding publication of details of spying probes mounted against the authority's own staff — because most of them happened when the Labour member was leader of the city council.
- 'Uncertainty is unwelcome' — CBI Scotland chairwoman warns of economic damage from independence referendum
A leading Scottish industry organisation has claimed uncertainty over the SNP's planned independence referendum could damage the economy.
- Three-year drug treatment and testing order for former caddie
A highly-regarded St Andrews caddie whose life spiralled out of control after he became hooked on class A drugs faces regular drug tests for three years as he bids to prove he can kick the habit.
- Answer to Whitehall Theatre's woes may be just an arm's length away
How about this for a show? Me and My Girl and My Arm's-Length External Organisation.
- Uncertainty for staff and customers after furniture chain Walmsley's calls in administrators
Administrators have been called in to the debt-stricken furniture giant Walmsley's — which has branches in Dundee and Kirkcaldy.
- 'We can kill independence and break the SNP' — Murdo Fraser to launch leadership bid with bold message
Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has promised to kill independence and break the SNP if elected new Scottish Conservative leader.
- Royal Mail agrees to meeting to discuss Crichton Street office closure
Royal Mail's controversial decision to close the Crichton Street collection office is to be debated by the organisation's director of Scottish affairs and Dundee councillors.
- Angus Training Group seeing positive signs for engineering sector
An Angus training provider has seen a dramatic rise in the number of engineering apprentices finding jobs.
- Auchterarder lorry driver admits causing fatal crash on A9
An Auchterarder man has admitted causing the death of another driver in a road accident.
- Councillor says collapse of Madras College deal deserves an independent public inquiry
After four days of debate, a councillor has called for an independent public inquiry into the disgraceful collapse of £40 million proposals for a new school in St Andrews.
- Defence cuts: Military analyst warns Britain is losing world power status
The UK will no longer be a world power once cuts to the armed forces are completed, a senior military analyst has claimed.
- Dundee taxi driver suspended after sex offence conviction
A Dundee taxi driver has had his licence suspended after he was convicted of a sexual offence.
- 'Bureaucracy gone mad' — new 'safety' rules keeping swimming coaches out of the water
New rules mean swimming teachers are being prevented from entering the water with four or more children during lessons.
- 'I am not
getting into politics
today' — Gordon Brown refuses to discuss Alistair Darling's claims of rift
Friends of Gordon Brown say he will maintain a “dignified silence” over revelations by former
- Perth butcher joins Scotch Beef big leagues
The steak pies of Perth butchers DG Lindsay & Son have been judged among the best in Scotland.
- Angus extends public drinking ban to all town centres
Public drinking has been banned in all Angus town centres for the first time.
- Post-9/11 climate of fear now too great: Professor Richard English
The response to global terrorism has had a bigger impact on people's lives than actual atrocities, according to a St Andrews University academic.
- Head-on crash kills biker on B913 Saline to Forestmill road
A motorcyclist has been killed following a head-on collision with a car in west Fife.
- 'There have been some horrendous stories' — council determined to stop unlicensed tattooists
Dundee City Council's licensing convener Rod Wallace has fired a broadside at unlicensed tattoo artists operating in the city.
- Consent granted for 1,000-job Arbroath business park
Angus Council's proposed multi-million-pound business park in Arbroath has taken another step forward, as planning consent has been granted.
- Question marks still hang over Angus common good fund, despite assurance
An assurance that Angus will not have a single common good fund has failed to quell concerns over Arbroath Library's future.
- John Weldon jailed for trying to take nearly 1000 diazepam into T in the Park
A Fife man who tried to take almost 1000 diazepam into T in the Park has been jailed for four months at Perth Sheriff Court.
- Levenmouth councillors give mixed reception to Earlseat windfarm plans
Plans for a major windfarm in central Fife have been broadly welcomed by Levenmouth councillors.
- Architect building a case to reform public sector procurement
A Dundee architect has launched a campaign to transform the bloated public sector procurement system.
- Plea for more support for city's construction industry
Dundee Labour group leader Kevin Keenan has said that investment in the construction industry in the city should be a priority of the Scottish Government.
- Tarek Ramzi loses brave battle against cancer
A Fife man who fought to receive potentially lifesaving cancer treatment has lost his battle against his illness.
- New owners lined up for administration-hit Arbroath pubs
Arbroath's pub trade may be set for a boost, with two bars in line for new owners.
- Falkland says 'nein' and 'non' to a ban on street drinking
Plans to ban public drinking in one of Fife's most tranquil towns have caused controversy.
- Tayside Police officer Colin Campbell given Royal Humane Society bravery award
A heroic police officer who risked his life earlier this year to rescue a man who fell into Victoria Dock, Dundee, is to receive a national award for bravery.
- Warning that NHS cuts could affect Perth Royal Infirmary
A Perth councillor has warned NHS job cuts could have a knock-on effect at the town's main hospital.
- Angus Council praised by Shelter Scotland for work on homelessness
Angus Council is on track to achieve Scotland's homelessness reforms.
- Dundee criminals are most likely to reoffend
Convicted criminals in Dundee are more likely to reoffend than anywhere else in Scotland, official figures have shown.
- Fife Council Conservative group calls for fresh look at two-school Madras College plan
The collapse of proposals to build a £40 million school to replace Madras College in St Andrews has led to renewed demands for a secondary school serving the Tay Bridgehead area.
- With two other Perthshire primary schools in limbo, Logiealmond is saved
A remote Perthshire school has been given a stay of execution following a year-long consultation.
- Public delighted after Sainsbury's given go-ahead for Montrose store
Montrose people have been celebrating after hearing a supermarket will be built on the former distillery site.
- Gaming firms fear a 'brain drain' from Dundee
Half of the companies in Dundee's computer games sector fear a brain drain.
- Operators found for Southern Cross care homes in Tayside and Fife
New operators for Southern Cross care homes in Tayside and Fife have finally been identified, a month behind schedule.
- 'Our future cannot be taken on trust' — Michael Moore sets questions for Alex Salmond over independence
Scottish secretary Michael Moore has challenged Alex Salmond to answer key questions about how an independent Scotland would operate.
- Fife Council dossier reveals extent of rift with St Andrews University over Madras College
Papers released by Fife Council show how St Andrews University officials effectively torpedoed plans for a new £40 million school in St Andrews.
- 70 new Fife jobs will take FMC Technologies' Scots workforce to 1,000
Seventy jobs will be created in Dunfermline by oil and gas industry giants FMC Technologies.
- Fife councillor's surprising admission on staff office fears
A senior Fife politician has admitted Fife Council could do better to communicate with staff in light of fears a flagship HQ was being run down.
- Perthshire businesses taken to task for pollution failings
A firm that blighted a Perthshire community with unpleasant odours has been criticised by an environment watchdog.
- Councillor makes appeal for calm on Angus Common Good funds
A call for calm has been made in the row over the administration of Angus Common Good funds.
- Councillor concerned over Dundee west end parking plans
A councillor has grave concerns about proposals for a residents' parking scheme in the west end of Dundee.
- Firefighters call on Scottish ministers to protect service
Firefighters gathered in Kirkcaldy to warn the Scottish Government about proposed cuts to their budgets.
- Forfar man fined for assault on mother and stepfather
An Angus man threw a glass tumbler at his stepfather before punching his mother, Arbroath Sheriff Court heard.
- Tribute paid to Carse of Gowrie farmer killed in bike crash
Tribute has been paid to David Arnot, the farmer who was killed in a tragic accident.
- 'Flash' Gordon Shedden ready for home lap of honour
A handful of points adrift of the championship leader, British Touring Cars star Gordon Shedden is relishing the chance to shine in front of a partisan home crowd this weekend.
- Supporters rush to back gay Newburgh minister
A Fife minister who outlined proposals to marry her same-sex partner has been inundated with messages of support.
- 24-year-old Angus man told child he wanted to kiss her
An Angus man who told a seven-year-old girl he wanted to kiss her was placed on the sex offenders register for three years.
- Reporter overturns planning rejection for Hilltown development
A Scottish Government planning reporter has given the go-ahead for a development on a Dundee site.
- 'A horrible time for people' as Remploy drive launched
A campaign has been launched in Fife to prevent the closure of Remploy factories for disabled workers.
- Dundee 'curse on society' fell fatally ill while in Perth Prison
A notorious Dundee drug-dealer died after being struck down by pneumonia while in prison in Perth.
- Older couple unhurt after crashing through Broughty Ferry barrier
An elderly couple escaped injury after their car smashed through a barrier and landed on a beach.
- Carnoustie woman Fiona Wallace living out her racing dreams
A young racing driver from Angus is preparing to take on the British Touring Cars at Knockhill.
- Ex-Forfar and St Johnstone player jailed for supplying drugs
A former Forfar and St Johnstone footballer who used his sporting and business connections to peddle drugs has been jailed for 51 months.
- Residents' Action Force Leuchars voice concerns to cabinet
Members of the Residents' Action Force Leuchars have hit out at continued uncertainty over the future of the air base.
- Dundee politicians in dispute over £51,000 spent on council 'sickie' detectives
Dundee Labour Party leader Kevin Keenan has written to council chief executive David Dorward asking why the council spent over £50,000 on private detectives.
- Sidey to create 50 new jobs in Perth
One of Perth's best-known companies has announced that it is creating 50 new jobs.
- Montrose knife struggle an 'Indiana Jones' incident
A Montrose man put a knife to his partner's face and told her he was going to kill her.
- Madras College saga has affected council elections
Plans for a new single-site Madras College in St Andrews don't just affect pupils and parents in north-east Fife.
- £10 million Sainsbury's approved for Montrose
Montrose will get a new Sainsbury's supermarket, after Angus councillors overwhelmingly voted for the £10 million development.
- Anger at 'old fossils' as Dundee Licensed Trade Domino League bans women
Women are being blanked by a Dundee domino league which is refusing to let female members join its teams.
- Sister of Holyrood presiding officer Tricia Marwick dies in house fire
The sister of the Scottish Parliament's presiding officer, Tricia Marwick, has died in a house fire.
- Royal Mail deliveries to Dundee are less than first class
Dundee postcodes have the worst delivery record in mainland Scotland, according to latest Royal Mail figures.
- St Andrews University 'lost focus' over new Madras College, claims Fife Council
A war of words has erupted between Fife Council and St Andrews University after the collapse of £40 million plans for a new Fife school.
- Angus Council eager to unleash wrecking ball on Forfar's Newmonthill flats
A funding decision which could set the wrecking ball rolling on ghetto Forfar flats is expected within weeks.
- Attacker left victim with permanent scars after mistakingly blaming him for vandalism
A dog walker attacked a man he mistakenly believed had vandalised his home, Dundee Sheriff Court has heard.
- Soft fruit farmer David Arnot named as victim of weekend motorbike accident in Borders
A Perthshire farmer is understood to have died following a road accident in the Scottish Borders.
- Action group agrees to give Brechin abattoir a month to prove it can be a good neighbour
Angus residents will assess the impact of a reopened slaughterhouse before reporting back to bosses.
- Fare's fair — report makes positive reading for Fife taxi firms
A new report has revealed Fifers are largely satisfied with the region's taxi service, despite concerns that some cabs are old and grubby.
- Mother pleads for return of autistic sons' bikes
A Dundee mother is raging after thieves stole her autistic sons' prized bikes.
- Dunning man cleared of dangerous driving but banned from the road for doing 103mph on A9
A young man who tore down the A9 at more than 100mph has been banned from the road.
- Toughened stance will see Scots secretary tell First Minister to 'get on with the job'
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore is to demand Alex Salmond gets on with the job of First Minister and stops lobbying for more powers.
- British Parachute Association clears Perthshire club of blame for Dundee woman's 'unfortunate accident'
No action is to be taken against a Perthshire skydiving club where a Dundee woman was injured when a 3500ft solo charity jump went wrong.
- Tayside Police admits losing track of sex offenders
Tayside Police has admitted losing track of seven registered sex offenders.
- 'We are trying hard' — Arbroath shop owner calls for some positive thinking
An Angus trader insists a high street resurgence can be more than just a fairytale for Arbroath.
- Paint stripper fumes the 'presumed' cause of Dundee worker Stevie Conway's tragic death
A man who collapsed while working in a chemical tank is presumed to have died from inhaling paint stripper fumes.
- Bell Baxter High School's YouTube stars provided flash of inspiration for the nation
After becoming internet sensations, a group of Fife youngsters are now hoping to get the country dancing.
- 'It has proved impossible ' — St Andrews University pulls out of Madras College project
A £40 million dream to give Fife one of Europe's finest schools lies in tatters today.
- Buckie man loses arm in horrific accident at Perth Railway Station
A man has had his arm amputated after falling into the path of a train at Perth in a tragic accident.
- 'This is just like Big Brother' — outrage after Dundee City Council admits spending £51,000 on private detectives to spy on staff
Opposition leaders in Dundee have criticised the city council over the revelation that it had spent more than £51,000 to spy on its own workers.
- Two top Conservatives back Murdo Fraser to lead the party in Scotland
Murdo Fraser's bid to be the next Scottish Conservative leader has won the backing of two high-profile party members.
- Dundee man who got drunk in his car banned from the road for 18 months
Police officers who went to challenge a driver over his bizarre parking position watched in horror as he slid out of the car and crawled away.
- Woman dies in Dunfermline house fire
A woman died in a house fire in a residential Dunfermline street on Monday.
- Perth and Kinross Council on track to achieve homelessness target ahead of time
Significant strides have been made tackling homelessness in Perth and Kinross, councillors will be told.
- Woman admits having Samurai sword in her car
Dundee Sheriff Court has heard how a woman was found with a Samurai sword in her car.
- Scottish SPCA says controversial leaflet shows 'harsh reality' of animal cruelty
A stark advertising campaign by an animal welfare charity could upset children, a St
Andrews cognitive scientist has claimed.
- Angus Council staff's return to County Buildings finally under way
Almost 200 Angus Council staff have begun the return to County Buildings in Forfar.
- Council enterprise chief upbeat on St Andrews hotel and housing plan
Plans to build a hotel close to St Andrews town centre could create 100 jobs.
- Lib Dem orders locals off his land — but all in the name of art
A west Fife councillor has become a laird — much against his will.
- Milnathort Golf Club sees land sale as a way of avoiding trouble
A Kinross-shire golf club has pleaded for permission to sell land to safeguard its future.
- Opposition to GlaxoSmithKline's Montrose wind turbines plan ahead of public meeting
A petition has been launched against an £8 million plan to install two 400ft wind turbines in Montrose.
- Increased tax on second homes helping to pay for affordable housing projects
Almost half a million pounds from council tax reserves is to be used in affordable housing projects across Perthshire.
- Burntisland parties loud to celebrate return of clock chime
Almost a year after a single complaint led to the silencing of a Fife town's historic chimes, a party has been held to mark their reinstatement.
- Arbroath Bell Rock Blues Festival lights up the weekend
Music fans headed to Arbroath for the Bell Rock Blues Festival at the weekend.
- Newburgh minister plans civil partnership with partner
The furious row over gay clergy has been reignited following revelations a Fife minister plans to marry her same-sex partner.
- Lord Provost's Youth Parade celebrates 'talent and enthusiasm'
A celebration of Dundee's young people brought a splash of colour to the city centre on Saturday with the eighth annual Lord Provost's Youth Parade.
- Angus Council considers allowing advertising in a roundabout way
Roundabouts at key locations across Angus could become prime sites for advertising.
- Breaking boundaries: Perth cricket clubs contemplating merged future
Perth's five cricket clubs will merge if members back a historic proposal to form a new club.
- Bruce Festival takes crowds on a journey to 14th century Dunfermline
Thousands of people descended on Fife over the weekend as its past was celebrated in the most dramatic way imaginable.
- Monifieth man Craig Henderson seriously injured in early-morning flat fire
A disabled Monifieth man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being dramatically rescued from a fire at his home in the early hours of Sunday morning.
- City shoppers given chance to bag a photo with the Olympic torch
Shoppers were given a close-up look at the Olympic torch when it visited Dundee at the weekend.
- Elderly motorist dies at the wheel in Perth
Motorists and pedestrians were left shocked after a pensioner died while driving through Perth.
- Body found at rail line near Arbroath after 'missing person' report
A 40-year-old man was found dead near an Angus railway line at the weekend.
- Supporters say stopover sites are best option for 'controlling' Traveller stays
The establishment of stopover sites for Gypsy Travellers in Fife has been cautiously welcomed as the best way to control the situation.
- Inquiry hears council's case for compulsory purchase of derelict Stobswell shop
The fate of a derelict shop in Stobswell is a step closer to being decided following a public inquiry in Dundee.
- Hopes of a reprieve for closure-threatened Logiealmond Primary School
A Perthshire primary school that faced closure looks set to win a reprieve.
- Geddes set to submit proposal for Edzell quarry
Plans for a 90-hectare sand and gravel quarry in Angus are set to be lodged.
- Tayport raises a cup to celebrate new community cafe
Tayport's community cafe was officially opened this week.
- Historic Fife firm in new waters with multi-million-pound 'super yacht' contract
A Fife company has been awarded a multi-million-pound contract to design a 'super yacht'.
- Thorntons taking the long view after Lloyds TSB survey shows depressed property market
Buying a house in Dundee is a good longer-term investment despite a national fall in prices, a housing expert has insisted.
- Slow take-up so far for Report Empty Homes website
Only a dozen properties across Tayside and Fife have been listed on a national empty homes website.
- Sensation out to find the box clever
What's in the box? It might sound an easy question — but visitors to Sensation have been baffled by its latest exhibit.
- Preview tour gives a tantalising glimpse of Taymouth Castle's future
History has come to life at Taymouth Castle with the restoration of several key rooms.
- Sainsbury's 'disappointed' to learn Montrose store plan is recommended for refusal
Planning officers have given a thumbs down to plans for a Sainsbury's supermarket in Montrose.
- Woman taken to Ninewells Hospital after fall near Killiecrankie
A 61-year-old woman has been recovering in hospital after falling 30 feet down an embankment in Highland Perthshire.
- Education chief attributes big fall in exclusions to 'addressing the needs of vulnerable pupils'
There has been a big drop in Angus pupils being excluded from school.
- Cupar farm operators admit safety failings contributed to tragic death of worker Keith Wannan
The operators of a Fife farm face an unlimited fine after a worker was crushed to death in a potato harvester.
- Water quality regulator hails national performance
Public supplies of drinking water in Tayside and Fife have been given a clean bill of health.
- 'Paranoid schizophrenic' cut woman's arm with screwdriver
A Perthshire man who struck a woman with a screwdriver has been sent to prison for seven and a half months.
- Leuchars Air Show crowds could still have chance to pay tribute to Red Arrows
Hopes are high that the Red Arrows will fly at this year's Leuchars Air Show.
- Drink-driver was found with bottle of vodka between her legs
A court has heard a Perthshire woman had a bottle of vodka between her legs when she was caught drink-driving.
- Net migration to UK up 20% — with eight-fold increase from Eastern Europe
Net migration to the UK rose by 20% to nearly a quarter of a million people last year.
- 'I couldn't believe it' — Ernie vows to play on despite theft of beloved cornet
An 85-year-old Angus musician has appealed for thieves to return his beloved instrument ahead of a major show.
- Family disgusted by vandalism at Invergowrie memorial bench
A memorial bench for an Invergowrie man who was killed while attempting to foil a multi-million-pound drugs smuggling operation has been targeted by vandals.
- Parrot problems — will anyone lay claim to the flighty Fin?
An African grey parrot found flying around a Dundee housing estate has been given sanctuary by an animal welfare charity.
- Growing support for Carnoustie skatepark plans
Angus Council has earmarked an area that could be considered as a venue for a skatepark in Carnoustie.
- Sheriff criticises weapon culture after Buckhaven meat hammer attack
Society will no longer tolerate a culture that sees youths routinely arming themselves with deadly weapons before leaving their homes, a sheriff has warned.
- Latest V&A at Dundee backers to play their part in 'a virtual revolution'
Two leading Scots businessmen are to take a leading role in raising funds for the £45 million V&A at Dundee.
- Rangers star Kyle Hutton denies 101mph A9 speed charge
Rangers and Scotland star Kyle Hutton has denied speeding at more than 100mph on the A9 in Perthshire.
- Fife Council denies claims that New City House HQ in Dunfermline is being run down
Claims that Fife Council's Dunfermline headquarters is being run down have been strenuously denied.
- 'It is unbelievable' — brazen thief steals cash till from charity shop
Staff at a Dundee charity shop have been left reeling after a brazen thief walked in and stole their till.
- Packed line-up promises to put Bruce Festival visitors in seventh heaven
The final preparations are being made for Dunfermline's Bruce Festival.
- Funeral mourner drove on A9 while three times the legal drink limit
A mourner who drove to a funeral while almost three times the legal limit has been banned from the road for five years.
- Feddinch golf course developers claim 'reasonably positive' reaction from locals
Developers behind a controversial Fife golf course development say amended plans have met a reasonably positive response.
- 'Let's see the evidence' — Muirfield Action Group questions closure-threatened school's heating assessment
The Arbroath schools merger row has taken a new twist, with alleged heating problems coming under the spotlight.
- 'I really don't need this at my age' — Perth art gallery owner picking up pieces after second attack by vandals
The owner of a new Perth business has been left counting the cost of two attacks on his art gallery.
- Whitehall Theatre Trust holds talks in bid to save venue
The Whitehall Theatre Trust has held confidential talks in a bid to secure the future of the popular Dundee venue.
- Local businessmen quick to challenge council's claim of 'qualified support' for Traveller stopover site at Crail
Fife Council's plan for a dedicated stopover site for Gypsy Travellers on the outskirts of Crail is already causing serious concern in the area.
- 'This is home' — The Black Watch of Canada Association shows support for regiment
The loss of The Black Watch in Scotland would be keenly felt across the world, according to visitors to its spiritual home.
- Pupils' risk-taking revealed on Broughty Ferry level crossing day of action
A dozen schoolchildren crossed the railway line at Broughty Ferry as the barrier was coming down and a train due.
- Mercy for Angus motorbike rider after High Court hears imprisonment would only compound family's grief
An Angus man who killed his father in a motorbike accident has been spared a jail sentence.
- Naked Rambler Stephen Gough sent back to prison for almost two years
The Naked Rambler was released from Perth Prison — then immediately locked up again, a court has heard.
- Dead man's family say they have been snubbed by justice secretary
A Fife family demanding answers over their son's death say they have been snubbed by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.
- Council under fire for failing to replace schools' lollipop patrollers
Parents at two primaries have resumed the school run only to discover their lollipop people are gone.
- Figures show road improvements at Angus accident black spots are paying off
Improvements at an Angus accident black spot have slashed the number of accidents.
- Kirkcaldy area councillors reach no conclusion on Earlseat windfarm plan
A major windfarm planned for the outskirts of Kirkcaldy has received a mixed reception from councillors.
- T in the Park thief 'like something out of Fagin's kitchen'
A pickpocket who robbed several people at a festival was described as like something out of Fagin's kitchen.
- Watchdog warns against poorly planned Scottish public service cuts
Badly planned staff cuts could put Scotland's public services at risk, an official watchdog has warned.
- Jail sentence ahead for man found guilty of chasing victim before stabbing him
A man who chased his victim before stabbing him was remanded in custody after being found guilty by a jury at Dundee Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
- Man due in court after death of Perth man Sandy Kelly
Police this morning confirmed that a 36-year-old man has been charged and is due to appear in court in connection with the death of Perth man Sandy Kelly.
- Deadline for Southern Cross homes missed
Southern Cross residents have been left in limbo after a deadline to appoint new care home operators was missed.
- Arbroath woman admits pretending to be police officer
An Arbroath woman has admitted impersonating a police officer before asking teenagers to empty their pockets.
- People power wins Muirhead and Birkhill Millennium Hall crossing approval
Birkhill and Muirhead residents have won their battle for a pedestrian crossing to their village hall.
- National Express Dundee service cut means longer school days for St John's High pupils
Pupils are facing over an hour's journey to get to school after National Express Dundee removed a dedicated bus service.
- Firms slowly getting back to business after Bridgend flooding
Businesses in Perth are still struggling to return to normality, more than a month after flooding ravaged the town.
- 'They attacked my beliefs' — former St Andrews student thanks authorities for helping to secure conviction
A former St Andrews student who a court has ruled was the victim of Israel-related racial abuse has thanked Fife police and university officials for helping him pursue the case.
- Driver injured by raised drain cover wins damages claim against Scottish Water
Scottish Water has been ordered to pay a Dundee driver £4500 in damages after his wheel fell into an open drain.
- Street thief steals 85-year-old musician's £1000 cornet
An 85-year-old Arbroath musician was a victim of theft as he waited to be picked up for band practice at about 7pm on Monday.
- MSP offers support after claims remaining Simclar staff in Dunfermline are facing intimidation
An MSP has claimed that workers at an at-risk Dunfermline factory are being intimidated over union membership.
- Chamber of Commerce urges local firms to support CityJet's Dundee-London air route
Businesses are being urged to support flights between Dundee and London City airports.
- Methven pharmacy applicant rejects complaints as 'misleading'
The applicant for a new pharmacy in Methven says it is premature and misleading to say his venture would lead to closure of the existing dispensary.
- Police investigating indecent assault outside Arbroath supermarket
Police in Arbroath are investigating an indecent assault outside a supermarket.
- Giant kangaroo's leap for freedom put the wind up air traffic controllers
A giant inflatable balloon featuring a kangaroo sparked a warning over Dundee amid fears that planes from the city's airport and RAF Leuchars could collide with it.
- Alyth man Kevin Mearns under sedation after crash at Crail Thrash
A 46-year-old Perthshire man has been kept sedated in hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in a car accident at a Fife motor sport event.
- Black belt Jack is punching above his weight in martial arts
A real karate kid from Angus has become the youngest black belt in Britain at his discipline.
- Two taken to hospital after crash on Coupar Angus road
Two drivers were rushed to hospital after a dramatic three-vehicle crash on a busy country road on Tuesday.
- St Andrews University expels man found guilty of racially abusing Jewish student
A St Andrews University student's career plans are in tatters after he was found guilty of defiling an Israeli flag.
- 'It was so sudden' — family tribute to Dundee man Mark McCleary
A Dundee man has died from cancer only three months after he was diagnosed.
- Fife Council pressing on with Gypsy Traveller stopover sites despite local opposition
Plans for dedicated stopover sites for Gypsy Travellers have been approved by Fife Council.
- 'It's all whispers' — Angus Council refuses to comment on claims of another waste services probe suspension
Angus Council has refused to comment on allegations that another employee has been suspended.
- Major win for Dundee V&A before work starts
The design for the V&A at Dundee has won a major international architecture prize — before construction even starts.
- Fife Constabulary redundancy notices called 'premature'
Fife Police have been urged to rescind statutory redundancy notices issued to 250 civilian staff.
- 'We'll do the show in the car park if need be' — Whitehall Theatre 'lover' Jim Davidson says date goes ahead no matter what
Jim Davidson says he's willing to perform for nothing if it means his planned show at the troubled Whitehall Theatre goes ahead.
- Home Bargains move bucks trend of Arbroath shop closures
A discount retailer's new £500,000 store is set to open in Arbroath.
- Council seeking partner for solar power revolution in Dundee
Dundee could become one of the greenest cities in the UK thanks to solar power.
- Minister advises against attending private firm's health clinics being held at her church
A Dundee minister has advised people not to attend a health screening clinic organised for her own church.
- 'It's almost like selling the family silver' — more opposition to common good asset changes
A leading community figure has warned Angus Council against selling off the family silver.
- Councillor says begging becoming more of a problem on Perth streets
A Perth councillor has raised her concerns over what she claims is an increase in beggars in Perth.
- Crail Thrash crash victim continues to fight for life
A man remains in a critical condition in hospital following a crash at a race track in Fife over the weekend.
- Stagecoach rejects pension consultants' comments as 'bizarre and contradictory'
Shareholders in Perth-based transport group Stagecoach are being urged to ignore pressure to block a move that allows executives to minimise the tax bill on their bonuses.
- Decision time for controversial Methevn pharmacy proposal
A controversial plan for a pharmacy in Methven will be decided on Wednesday.
- 'A most wicked crime' — conman steals three-figure sum from 93-year-old Rosyth man
A callous fraudster has swindled a Fife pensioner out of a large amount of cash.
- Councillor defeated in bid to save money by banning social work conference attendance
There has been a failed attempt to prevent any Dundee councillor from attending a conference.
- Royal Marine with 30 years' service faces new battle — to keep family home
An Angus marine who is being forced from his home after taking a desk job to look after his cancer-stricken wife has resigned.
- Perthshire minister suffers cuts in bizarre sea eagle attack
A Perthshire clergyman is recovering from wounds after being attacked by a sea eagle that also killed one of his showbirds.
- Couple taken to hospital after crash with bus on Tay Road Bridge
The Tay Road Bridge was closed both ways for a time on Monday afternoon after a car was involved in a collision with a bus.
- Angus Council preparing for worst of winter
Angus Council is trying to make sure it will cope this winter if the weather turns nasty on the roads.
- Tragic death of Flt Lt Jon Egging casts doubt over Red Arrows' appearance at Leuchars Air Show
The tragic death of a Red Arrows pilot at the weekend has cast doubt over the appearance of the much-loved team at this year's Leuchars Air Show.
- Army rejects speculation that The Black Watch could be sacrificed
The army has moved to allay fears that The Black Watch is under renewed threat of extinction.
- Councillors opposed to closure of Royal Mail's Crichton Street parcel office
Councillors in Dundee have unanimously agreed to oppose Royal Mail's plans to close its city centre parcel office.
- VIDEO: YouTube smash hit Brendan MacFarlane heading Stateside
A 13-year-old Perth schoolboy is set for superstardom after his internet singing performances went viral on YouTube.
- Grab the chance to put questions to the Scottish Cabinet in Kirkcaldy
Kirkcaldy residents are urged to seize the chance to quiz Scottish Government ministers next week.
- Angus Staffies campaigner secures hearing with committee of MSPs
An Angus campaigner calling for tighter controls on the breeding of Staffordshire bull terriers has secured a Holyrood slot to highlight the issue.
- Councillor reveals 'anxiety' of constituents worried about rising energy prices
A Perth councillor has slammed recent rises in energy prices after receiving complaints from some of his constituents.
- Rescuer hopes Rocco can get his life back on track after brush with death
A Dundee railway worker has stepped in to save the life of a lost dog.
- Cardenden biomass project comes with promise of cheaper energy for tenants
Work on a £35 million project to provide cheaper heating and hot water to hundreds of homes in Cardenden could start by the middle of next year.
- SEPA steps up checks at West Gourdie plant after complaints of 'repugnant' smells
A Dundee medical waste disposal company is being monitored after repugnant smells triggered complaints from locals.
- Final service marks end of centuries of worship at Dunnichen Church site
A thousand of worship on the site of Dunnichen Church near Forfar came to an end with a final service on Sunday.
- Man robbed of money in late-night attack in Perth
Police in Perth are trying to track down two men who robbed a man beside lock-up garages.
- Councillors asked to back official sites for Travellers at Crail, Cardenden and Cairneyhill
Dedicated stopover sites for gypsy Travellers are set to be established near Crail, Cardenden and Cairneyhill.
- Perth Royal Charities Race Day caps a 'fantastic summer'
The First Minister believes Perth's history made it a fitting location for a charity day attended by royalty.
- 'This is what the city needs' — Karting Ecosse says latest racetrack attempt will be its last
West coast company Karting Ecosse has launched a last-ditch attempt to open an indoor racetrack in Dundee.
- 'The scale is incredible' — Against Kinnettles Turbines group claims 'overwhelming local solidarity' against plan
Wind turbines proposed for farmland near Forfar would be twice the height of the town's East and Old Parish Church.
- Fife police charge 18-year-old with inciting riots on Facebook
Another Fifer has been taken into police custody after allegedly inciting riots on Facebook.
- Edinburgh man Daniel Pace dies in Highland Perthshire cycling accident
An Edinburgh man died after a cycling accident in Highland Perthshire at the weekend.
- 'Our young people will be inspired' — World Schools Debating Championship under way in Dundee
This week sees Dundee play host to a truly global gathering for the World Schools Debating Championship 2011.
- Hull of Royal Navy's future aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth reaches Rosyth
A massive section of the UK's first Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier arrived at its new home in Fife over the weekend.
- 'A complete swamp' — flooding forces cancellation of Kirriemuir music event Live In The Den
Hundreds of music fans were disappointed when Live in the Den at Kirriemuir was washed out at the weekend.
- Driver fighting for his life after accident at Crail Thrash
Visitors to a motor sport event in Fife have been left in shock after a spectacular crash left a 46-year-old man fighting for his life.
- Alex Salmond's betting tips at Perth Racecourse receive Prince Charles' seal of approval
Prince Charles picked up a few racing tips from The Courier, he revealed at Perth at the weekend.
- Woman fights off youths who were trying to steal her dog
A woman was forced to fight off dog-nappers with her walking stick during a terrifying weekend attack.
- Fifers tell of devastation after Pukkelpop Festival stage collapse
Two Fife men were among those caught up in a deadly stage collapse at a music festival in Belgium.
- 'It's been a terrible summer' — Camserney weather station reports most rainfall in the UK
A Highland Perthshire weather station claims it was the wettest in the UK for July.
- Flower power shows support for Poppyscotland in Glenrothes
A living tribute to Poppyscotland has been blooming in Glenrothes.
- Montrose railway station provides a platform for wildlife watching
Bird's-eye viewers have been installed at an Angus railway station so travellers can enjoy the local wildlife.
- Arbroath Male Voice Choir offering new recruits chance to sing with star Lesley Garrett
An Angus choir is giving local singers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on stage with opera diva Lesley Garrett.
- Perthshire farm is reaping the benefits of experience
It's harvest time on arable farms, and one Perthshire family in particular know that there is no substitute for experience.
- Ian's catch is a new record for Butterstone Loch
Staff a Perthshire estate couldn't believe their eyes when an angler returned with a record-breaking catch.
- Tributes paid to acid accident victim Stevie Conway
Tributes have been paid to a Dundee father of two who died after collapsing while working in a chemical tank.
- Fair City Singers preparing for emotional farewell — and start of new era
The end of an era for a remarkable musical partnership will be celebrated in Perth later this month.
- 100mph cardiologist escapes driving ban after mile-long police pursuit
A senior doctor dodged a driving ban, despite driving at up to 100mph on the A9 in Perthshire.
- Medical revelation adds to Lockerbie bomber anniversary row
The Lockerbie bomber was released on the basis of flawed medical evidence, a leading cancer specialist has claimed.
- Dundee's jail rate second highest in Scotland
Dundonians are more likely to end up behind bars than people from almost anywhere else in Scotland.
- Funeral of Professor Paul Wilkinson held in Crail
A leading authority on global terrorism and political violence was remembered at a ceremony in Fife.
- Location, location, location: St Andrews flat with 'finest view in golf' on market for over £1.75 million
A St Andrews property with probably the finest view in golf has gone on the market.
- Good weather tipped for Perth Racecourse Charities Race Day
Forecasters predict the clouds will part to reveal blue skies ahead of today's eagerly anticipated Perth Racecourse Charities Race Day.
- Drink-driver who crashed into wall was found barefoot and soaked in urine
Police called to investigate after a car hit a wall found the driver responsible barefoot and urine soaked.
- Controlled explosion in Alyth after gardeners dig up mortar shell
There was drama in Alyth on Thursday after a mortar shell was uncovered in a garden.
- UPDATE: Man who died in tragic incident at Diamond Wheel Technologies named as Steven Conway
A man who died after collapsing in a chemical tank at a Dundee alloy wheel repair company has today been named by police.
- Firm planning Dundee factory to meet predicted demand for domestic biomass technology
Dundee could be given a major jobs boost after a firm that makes flat-pack biomass burners announced plans to open a factory in the city.
- Developer ordered to stop felling trees at Dunfermline housing site while complaint is investigated
A developer has been ordered to stop felling trees on a historic Dunfermline site.
- FOI request reveals 80 cycling offence charges in Tayside in five years
Cyclists in Tayside have fallen foul of the law 80 times in the past five years.
- Scottish Water tells Arbroath residents 'foul' supply is safe and will soon return to normal
Smelly and foul-tasting tap water which sparked complaints in Arbroath is safe to drink, residents have been told.
- Victory for parents who campaigned against mobile phone mast near Forthill Primary School
Campaigners against a proposed mobile phone mast near a Dundee primary school are celebrating victory.
- 'Pure fiction' — SNP councillor rejects Labour MP Thomas Docherty's account of Alex Salmond spat
A Fife SNP councillor has jumped to the defence of Alex Salmond amid claims he went crazy during a visit to Dunfermline.
- Flying ants winging it to Lochee
At first it was jellyfish in Broughty Ferry and now parts of Dundee and beyond have come under a new attack — by flying ants.
- Arbroath Sea Fest crowd fail to see quit4u anti-smoking scheme as much of a draw
Up to 4700 people in Arbroath could get £12.50 a week if they give up smoking.
- Crail funeral for St Andrews University terrorism expert Professor Paul Wilkinson
One of the world's leading experts in the study of global terrorism and political violence is being laid to rest in Fife today.
- Scottish Conservatives say second anniversary of Lockerbie bomber's release should be marked with an apology
The Scottish Conservatives have launched a fresh attack on the SNP over the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
- Sheriff's yellow jersey jibe for 'daft' late-night cyclist
A drunken cyclist who tore through Perth was more Tour de Farce than Tour de France, a court has heard.
- 'Corporate theft' claim over Angus burghs
Local libraries, halls and parks could be asset stripped from Angus common good funds under new proposals.
- Taxi drivers under constant threat of violence
Dundee taxi drivers work under the near constant threat of violence from drunken customers.
- Closure of Co-Op store — and loss of 42 jobs — described as a 'huge blow' for Glenrothes
A Glenrothes supermarket is to close its doors next month, with the loss of 42 jobs.
- SNP plan for Scottish school studies course sparks 'indoctrination' row
Children could be exposed to nationalist indoctrination under SNP plans for a Scottish studies course, it has been claimed.
- Police investigating death of elderly man in Coupar Angus
Police are investigating the death of a 78-year-old man in Coupar Angus.
- BAE Systems lands Typhoon radar contract
BAE Systems' manufacturing division at Hillend near Dalgety Bay has won the major contract to develop parts of the radar systems on the next generation of the Typhoon combat aircraft.
- Eve Ireland sets the Standard in French exam
A Dundee girl has proven herself magnifique after attaining a Standard Grade in French at the age of 13.
- Attacker Andrew Wood's £500 Facebook bribery attempt
A drunken Fife man who brutally assaulted a student later offered his terrified victim a £500 bribe to drop the charges against him.
- Perth and Kinross planning chief intervenes to register Newburgh windfarm concerns
The furious windfarm row which has divided a Fife town has escalated after a neighbouring local authority waded in.
- First Minister and Labour MP have angry clash during Fife school visit
The First Minister has been accused of going crazy as he refused to condemn a new MSP's remarks while on a school visit in Fife.
- Hundreds determined to prevent Whitehall Theatre difficulties turning from a drama into a crisis
Hundreds of amateur dramatic enthusiasts are waiting in the wings to help save the Whitehall Theatre.
- Jail and seven-year driving ban for Crieff drink-driver described by sheriff as 'clear danger to people on the road '
A Crieff housewife has been jailed after a court heard she posed an alcohol-fuelled threat to public safety.
- Man dies in suspected chemicals accident in Dundee
A man, believed to be in his 30s, has died in an incident at an industrial estate in Dundee.
- Fife nurse struck off for 'grave' blood transfusion error
A Fife nurse has been struck off for misconduct.
- Fire destroys 15 tonnes of grain at Angus farm
An Angus farming family are counting the cost of a blaze which destroyed around 15 tonnes of grain.
- Sheriff criticises 'anti-social' Facebook as he detains teenager for carrying seven-inch knife
A sheriff termed Facebook an anti-social networking site after sending a knife-carrying youth to detention.
- Capability Scotland apologises for failing to uphold guaranteed interview policy
A disabled Perth man has received an apology after he hit out at a charity's poor recruitment efforts.
- Award-winning You've Been Trumped comes to the DCA
For a film Donald Trump branded a failure and Creative Scotland refused to finance, You've Been Trumped is doing rather well, winning two major film festival awards. Ahead of its week-long run in Dundee, its director Anthony Baxter spoke to The Courier.
- Businessman found guilty of assaulting former wife
A Dundee businessman has been found guilty of assaulting the wife from whom he parted last year.
- Two Angus Council waste services staff suspended on full pay
Two Angus Council employees are off work on full pay after being suspended from posts in waste services.
- Police complaints commissioner finds Tayside officers acted correctly when removing child
Tayside Police have been cleared over complaints from a woman whose son was taken from her.
- Perth Racecourse Charities Race Day tipped to be a winner for the local economy
Perthshire is set to benefit to the tune of around £2 million thanks to a charities race day held on Saturday.
- Tottenham Hotspur stars enjoy some St Andrews hospitality ahead of Europa League clash against Hearts
A world-famous St Andrews hotel has been playing host to some of Europe's best known footballers.
- Mourners to pay respects to Longforgan woman Jane Cumming
The funeral of Jane Cumming, whose body was discovered in her Longforgan home last month, will be held on Friday.
- Police say Broughty Ferry man's death is 'not suspicious'
Police have this morning confirmed that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a 56-year-old man at a flat in Broughty Ferry's Union Street.
- Ring the bells — Burntisland party to celebrate return of clock chimes
A special event to signal the return of clock chimes to Burntisland is to be held after they were silenced several months ago.
- Blairgowrie man who used former girlfriend to lure victim to scene of assault spared jail
A Perthshire man who staged an elaborate revenge attack has avoided a jail sentence.
- 'I thought the riots had started in Dundee' — Grampian Police race through city on non-emergency journey to London
Scottish police were sent south on Wednesday as reinforcements for London officers trying to maintain calm in the capital.
- Ending Facebook page appears too late to save Arbroath Seafront Spectacular
A Facebook page that sparked the demise of Arbroath's Seafront Spectacular is being taken down.
- Shanwell Wildlife Rescue Trust's hopes of move to new base suffer setback
Plans for a wildlife rescue centre at the former putting green pavilion in Broughty Ferry have been knocked on the head.
- Company behind plans for 67m wind turbine near Lochgelly say it would be no louder than 'the noise of leaves rustling in a gentle breeze'
Plans have been submitted for a 67-metre wind turbine on the outskirts of a Fife village.
- Father and son detained for brutal city centre attack
A Dundee father and son have been put behind bars for their part in a brutal assault in the city centre.
- Local landmarks inspire plans for Arbroath's West Links
Concept designs have been released showing how Angus Council aims to restore the shine to a jewel in the county's tourist crown.
- Olympics add extra edge to this year's Blair Castle International Horse Trials
Final preparations are in full swing for this year's Blair Castle International Horse Trials, which open on Thursday.
- Kengo Kuma's Dundee V&A Museum designs shortlisted by World Architecture News Awards
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's designs for the Dundee V&A Museum have been shortlisted for a major architecture prize.
- Shadow makes a dog's dinner out of toy teapot
Every pet owner knows dogs should enjoy a balanced diet.
- Panmure Estate puts 477 acres up for sale
A major part of a £21 million Angus estate with its roots stretching back into the 12th century has gone up for sale.
- 180 charged with sex crimes as children
In the past three years Tayside Police have charged 180 people with sexual offences allegedly committed while they were children — in some cases as young as eight.
- RAF Leuchars: Danny Alexander breaks silence to admit involvement in closure decision
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has admitted involvement in the decision to axe RAF Leuchars.
- Move it or lose it — provost says it's time to find new home for flood-hit Perth Highland Games
Perth's blighted Highland Games must move to a new location to safeguard its future, Provost John Hulbert has warned.
- Mixed reception for UK Government's broadband funding announcement
Tayside and Fife could win a share of a £68.8 million windfall to improve broadband connections in rural Scotland.
- Time running out for 'least liked' building Tayside House
It was once voted Dundee's least liked building, but now the blot on the landscape known as Tayside House is only months away from being torn down.
- Year's ban and £700 fine for Comrie man who drove at 117mph
A Perthshire motorist who drove at more than 115mph has been banned from the road and fined £700.
- Dundee FC backing MSP Jenny Marra's bid to bring national football academy to city
A campaign to bring a football centre of excellence to the city will today receive the official backing of Dundee FC.
- Drunk Montrose man tried to look up 15-year-old's skirt
An Angus man who attempted to look up a 15-year-old girl's skirt has been placed on the sex offenders register.
- Finance Secretary John Swinney sells taxpayer-funded Morningside home
Perthshire North MSP John Swinney has sold his taxpayer-funded second home for a gain of £75,000.
- Investigation launched into nitric acid leak at Diageo's Cameronbridge distillery
An investigation has been launched into the cause of a chemical leak at a Fife distillery.
- John Swinney extols the benefits of devolved corporation tax
Key industries in Tayside and Fife could receive targeted tax cuts under Scottish Government plans to devolve corporation tax.
- Warning police staff may strike over cuts to allowances
Hundreds of police staff in Tayside could strike over threats to cut their allowances.
- Council letter says garage at centre of dispute does not have planning permission
The story of a Dundee garage accused of operating outwith its licence has taken a new twist.
- Councillor claims Gateside wind turbine is evidence of planning system 'deception'
Guidelines surrounding wind turbine applications are deceptive and could lead to the nation's countryside being desecrated, a councillor has claimed.
- Young friends team up to make sure Madison Barclay has the holiday of her dreams
Young friends of a Dundee six-year-old with an incurable brain tumour have raised more than £300 to help send her on her dream holiday.
- Tesco plan prompts Leven Business Association to question knock-on benefits of large supermarkets
Tesco's renewed plans to build a store in Leven have been greeted with concern by local businesses.
- Ardler GP service on agenda of next NHS Tayside Board meeting
The future of GP services in Ardler in Dundee will be discussed at next week's meeting of the NHS Tayside Board.
- Family thank community for Wiktoria Fund support — but plead for more
The campaign to send a disabled Coupar Angus girl to America for vital surgery is starting to gather pace.
- Councillor says chief executive willing to 'consider' external probe into Arbroath primary school consultation
External scrutiny of the consultation surrounding plans for Arbroath's new super-primary could yet be on the horizon.
- Fife Youth Olympiad Games team praised for their Italian job
Youngsters and coaches who represented Fife at this year's Youth Olympiad Games have been praised for their medal haul.
- Liverpool stag party assault victim Craig Beharrie concentrating on recovery
Stag party assault victim Craig Beharrie is recovering at home and planning a new wedding date with his fiancee.
- Police board chiefs say they were told no decisions on single force had been made
Police boards in Tayside and Fife are still in the dark over plans for a single Scottish force.
- Dundee MSP Joe FitzPatrick appeals for calm debate on same-sex marriage
A gay MSP has appealed for a full and dispassionate debate on same-sex marriages.
- Sunday far from a day of rest for Broughty Ferry lifeboat crew
Strong tides off Broughty Ferry contributed to a busy Sunday for the local lifeboat crew.
- Colin Montgomerie giving golfing masterclass at Dunning Golf Club
A Perthshire golf course is offering the chance to learn from one of Scotland's biggest sporting stars on Saturday.
- Family distraught to learn there will be no legal action after attack on cat
An anguished Angus family whose cat was killed say they feel let down by the justice system.
- Hundreds join Facebook bid to fight threat to home births in Fife
Hundreds of women have joined an online campaign against threats to end Fife's home birth service.
- Lord Steel confirms weeks-old resignation in protest at First Minister's Supreme Court comments
A Scottish Government adviser on ministerial ethics has resigned over remarks made by Alex Salmond and his justice secretary.
- Comrie drink-driver's alcohol consumption shocks sheriff
A drink-driver has admitted consuming 14 bottles of wine a week to drown out her money problems.
- Workers evacuated after nitric acid spill at Diageo's Cameronbridge plant
Workers were evacuated from a Fife distillery on Monday following a chemical leak.
- 'I couldn't believe it' — teenager with fractured skull was refused X-ray at Ninewells Hospital
A young Dundee footballer with a caved-in head was refused an X-ray by a doctor at Ninewells Hospital.
- Letham locals asked to help stamp out 'fly-tipping' at recycling site
People in an Angus village are being urged to help identify a mystery dumper responsible for fly-tipping at a recycling site.
- Shell Gannet Alpha North Sea oil spill confirmed as biggest in a decade
A North Sea oil spill 112 miles from the Scottish coast is the biggest leak in a decade.
- Kirkcaldy teenager accused of inciting riots held on remand
A Fife teenager accused of inciting riots on a social network has been remanded in custody.
- Whitehall Theatre Trust says the show must go on, despite operating company's liquidation
The fate of the Whitehall Theatre is shrouded in mystery after claims that the final curtain had fallen were disputed.
- Moves to cut down on plastic carrier bags could include charging
Scottish shoppers could be charged for each carrier bag they use under new moves to protect the environment.
- Auchterarder couple's plea after hunt for beloved 2CV Emily hits the skids
A Perthshire couple are desperately hunting for an old friend, last seen 24 years ago.
- Council investigating garage after operating hours complaints
A Dundee garage is being investigated after complaints it is operating outwith its licence conditions.
- New owners ask for more time to bring about Cherrybank development
Plans for a massive development on the outskirts of Perth could still become a reality after the new owners called for more time to take forward their proposals.
- Fledgling Famous Grouse festival off to successful start
The first Famous Grouse festival drew to a close on Saturday.
- Scottish Government expected to confirm plan for single police force
Scotland's eight police forces are to be merged into one following a Government announcement next month, The Courier understands.
- Thousands turn out to enjoy Arbroath's Sea Fest
More than 30,000 people lapped up two days of fabulous attractions, performances and displays in Arbroath's Sea Fest maritime heritage celebration at the weekend.
- Ofcom report backs up plea for broadband investment in Perth and Kinross
Figures released by communications regulator Ofcom have revealed that Perth and Kinross ranks in the bottom half for broadband service in the UK.
- Dunfermline's Bruce Festival first to benefit from Alfred Stewart Property Foundation
Dunfermline's Bruce Festival is the first beneficiary of a foundation which hopes to inject millions into west Fife.
- Carnoustie traders report business was up and down during Women's British Open
Businesses in Carnoustie experienced mixed fortunes during the staging of the Women's British Open, a review of trade has found.
- 'We have a record we can all be proud of' — sadness at sudden closure of Whitehall Theatre
Theatre-goers have been told the final curtain has come down on the Whitehall Theatre in Dundee.
- Hollywood backing for Birks Cinema Group's final funding push
Hollywood star Alan Cumming has thrown his support behind the fundraisers seeking £1.8 million to reopen Aberfeldy's cinema.
- RAF Leuchars: Thomas Docherty pursuing answers on Danny Alexander's involvement
A Fife MP is continuing attempts to discover if chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander inappropriately interfered with the decision to close RAF Leuchars.
- Get Back! — music fans plead for Scottish Beatles Weekend to become annual event
The first Scottish Beatles Weekend held in Dundee has been hailed an overwhelming success despite the late cancellation of the event's biggest name band.
- Driver has amazing escape from 80ft cliff plunge near Lunan Bay
A woman has cheated death after her car plunged over a cliff on to rocks 80 feet below.
- 'The lowest form of human beings' — woman's disgust at thieves who raided home of her late father
Thieves who broke into the home of a recently deceased man have been branded the lowest form of human beings by his daughter.
- Post office services to be restored at Bankfoot
Post office services are set to be returned to a Perthshire community after a three-year absence.
- Newport's Netherlea Hospital seems certain to close following review
A hospital that cares for elderly patients will almost certainly be recommended for closure this year, The Courier understands.
- Hedzup Racing ready for Manx GP challenge
Youngsters in an Angus youth project are revving up for their first foray into the world of international motorcycle racing.
- Prince Charles to be guest of honour at Perth Racecourse
The sport of kings will be graced by the heir to the throne when the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay arrive for the Perth Racecourse Charities Race Day this month.
- 'Common sense' allows Auchtermuchty yard of ale contest to continue
A popular yard of ale competition staged annually in a Fife village is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, despite concerns raised ahead of this year's event.
- Wedding postponed after brutal attack on groom Craig Beharrie
A Scottish couple's wedding has had to be postponed after the groom was assaulted on his stag weekend.
- Fly long and prosper — Vulcan to return to Leuchars Airshow
Visitors to this year's RAF Leuchars Airshow will be treated to the sight of the Vulcan bomber, among others.
- David Swan, who threatened neighbour with a cut-throat razor, is spared prison
A Crail man who threatened a neighbour with a cut-throat razor earlier this year has been spared jail at Cupar Sheriff Court.
- Celtic Boys Club quizzed over alleged trouble at J Bolton Cup final
Officials from a Dundee football team have refused to comment after being quizzed about trouble at a local amateur cup final where a supporter allegedly struck the referee with a bag.
- Consumer Focus Scotland calling for post offices to offer more local government services
A consumer watchdog is calling for more local government services to be made available through post offices.
- More cuts to Fife Fire and Rescue would endanger public, claims councillor
Any further cuts to front-line fire and rescue staff in Fife would pose a danger to the public and fire crews, a Fife councillor has claimed.
- Abertay University students reassured over Grant Management deposits
A Newcastle property management company has assured Dundee tenants they will receive their deposits back after vacating their flats.
- Rain forces the cancellation of Perth Highland Games
A deluge has led to the Perth Highland Games being cancelled — the fourth time the event has been hit by bad weather since 2004.
- Warning over construction trade after recruit numbers halve
The number of 16 to 19-year-olds who are working in the building trade has more than halved in three years, according to research by ConstructionSkills.
- Former police officer John McKenzie banned after being caught drink-driving
A retired police officer should have known better than to drive while more than twice the legal drink-drive limit last month, a sheriff has said.
- 'Absolute gridlock' — 'Chaotic' Dundee rush hour after Asda car park reduced to one exit
Motorists have endured a week of traffic chaos due to the closure of a road regularly used by shoppers leaving the Asda superstore at Milton of Craigie.
- Despite increasing tolerance, Scots still believe discrimination can be justified
More than a quarter of Scots still believe prejudice can be justified, a survey has revealed.
- Parents of tragic Crieff toddler Martyn Gray focusing on fight to change ambulance breaks
The parents of a Perthshire toddler who died while they waited for paramedics to arrive are focusing on change.
- 'Deeply disturbing' — Fury in Angus as terminally-ill to keep paying for final meal
Terminally-ill people in Angus are at the centre of a care row after a councillor's shock that they will continue to pay for their last supper.
- Floods close roads across Fife as fire crews join relief effort
Roads across Fife were closed on Thursday as drains struggled to cope with Wednesday night's deluge.
- Jailed Fife man Derek Lewis put baby's life at risk with fire-raising
A Fife man who endangered the lives of his ex-partner and her young child by setting fire to the entrance of her home with them still inside has been jailed for three years.
- Sodden Scotland suffering its wettest August for 60 years
Scotland faces its wettest August in 60 years despite expert predictions that summers are getting hotter and drier.
- David Cameron pledges to get tough on rioters
David Cameron has unveiled tough new measures to crack down on rioters as MPs returned to parliament to debate the crisis.
- Global interest building for Gleneagles Hotel Sporting Gun Auction
Organisers hope the 44th Sporting Gun Auction at Gleneagles Hotel will go off with a bang later this month.
- Pupils' safety is the key concern at new Eastern Primary School
Dundee's education convener has said every effort has been made to improve road safety at the new Eastern Primary School.
- Farmer calls for action on fly-tipping after dumping of asbestos
A Carse of of Gowrie farmer feels action should be taken to prevent people fly-tipping on private land after he has been left to clear up broken asbestos sheets in one of his fields.
- Arbroath railway station letters r back where they used to b
Arbroath railway station's missing letters have been reinstated following pressure from the public.
- Dundee tattoo website told to remove 'misleading' LazerCream claims
A Dundee company that sells a cream it claims can remove tattoos has been told there is no proof the product actually works.
- Sunnyside Royal Hospital to mark end of an era
As Sunnyside Royal Hospital by Montrose prepares to end a 230-year history of mental health care later this year, a number of events to celebrate the history of Scotland's first asylum have been arranged.
- Criticising lack of consultation over moving army to HMS Caledonia in Rosyth
Rosyth SNP councillor Douglas Chapman has hit out at the lack of local consultation over the UK Government's decision to base part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland at HMS Caledonia.
- Aberdeenshire fisheries communities urged to help European funding bid
Stonehaven is to host an engagement event that could help open a £1.2 million fund for sustainable development in Aberdeenshire fisheries communities.
- Lecturer's claim that riots could spread to Scottish cities
A criminologist and sociologist in Dundee has said he would not be massively surprised to see riots spread to Scottish cities.
- Longforgan murder accused Neil Cumming will go to Carstairs Hospital
A 45-year-old man accused of murdering his wife at their home in Longforgan is to be sent to the state hospital in Carstairs as soon as he recovers sufficiently from his injuries.
- As heavy rain continues, flood defences return to Dundee
Flood defences returned to parts of Dundee on Wednesday only weeks after storm waters ripped through city streets, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
- Sharp increase in numbers claiming benefits across Tayside and Fife
There has been a dramatic spike in the number of people claiming the dole in Tayside and Fife in the last year, new official figures have shown.
- 'Like living in a war zone' — Former Angus man frightened to leave home during London riots
A former Angus man has been left feeling like a prisoner in his own home after the London borough where he lives was caught up in riots that have swept the capital.
- Call for Arbroath schools merger inquiry to avert Angus Council 'Watergate scandal'
Opposition councillors have called on the chief executive to set up an independent inquiry into the Arbroath schools merger controversy to get to the bottom of what was described as Angus Council's very own Watergate scandal.
- Scottish riot police on patrol in English cities
A total of 250 riot-trained Scottish police officers were on patrol in English cities on Wednesday night.
- Rosyth resident tells of years of flooding misery
A Rosyth woman yet again watched muddy flood-waters rising around her house during Wednesday's rain.
- 'The worst face of nationalism' — Alex Salmond criticised for 'English problem' riot comments
Alex Salmond has provoked a furious political row after insisting the riots that have brought chaos to the streets of Britain were solely an English problem.
- Postal worker suspended after non-delivery of exam results in Clearwater Park and Ferry Fields
A Dundee East postal worker has been suspended by Royal Mail after several school pupils in Broughty Ferry did not receive their exam results in the post.
- Angus Council staff will return to County Buildings as inquiry continues
Almost 200 Angus Council staff are preparing to return to Forfar's County Buildings, six months after the offices were closed due to major electrical problems.
- Campaigner James Provan makes final push to save Perth City Hall
A former MEP and leading protester against the demolition of Perth City Hall has laid out his objections as the fight to save the building enters its final stages.
- Queen Margaret Hospital 'richly deserves' award for standard of cancer care
The high standard of care given to cancer patients at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline has been recognised with an award to Fife for the first time.
- Murdo Fraser refuses to confirm bid for Scottish Conservative leadership
Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has refused to confirm that he will stand for the vacant post of Scottish Conservative leader.
- Reward of £1000 to help solve Audio Visual Solutions break-in mystery
A frustrated Dundee retailer has offered a £1000 cash reward for information that helps track down the £15,000 worth of stock stolen at the weekend.
- Plan for 110ft wind turbine on Dundee's outskirts
A 110-foot wind turbine could be built on the northern outskirts of Dundee, if a planning application is approved.
- Xtreme Action jet ski team to strut their spectacular stuff at Arbroath Sea Fest
Having been one of the hits of last year's Sea Fest, world-class freestyle jet ski team Xtreme Action are returning to wow the crowds this weekend.
- 'Bits of the jigsaw coming together' — Dundee is open for business
Dundee's retail sector is better placed to tackle the challenging conditions facing the economy than many other cities, according to a local business leader.
- Enlargement of Lundie Loch will 'improve biodiversity'
Fields around Lundie Loch near Muirhead are to be flooded and the surface area of the loch significantly increased.
- Charity champions to take on BlueSky Experiences' Urban Challenge
The Fair City could soon become the Thrill City with the launch of Perth's first urban adventure race.
- Privatisation 'only option on the table' for Fife's care homes — councillor
The row over Fife Council's plans to privatise all 10 of its care homes shows no signs of abating after an opposition councillor rubbished the suggestion they could be taken over by the voluntary sector.
- Dundee dancing 'superstar' Garry Mitchell fined £400
A 52-year-old Dundee superstar of the local dancing competition scene, who claimed in court to have 29,000 hits showing his moves on YouTube, has been fined £400 by Sheriff Munro.
- NHS Tayside plans thwarted by ruling to keep Murray Royal Hospital buildings
The Scottish Government has decided that two listed buildings at Murray Royal Hospital in Perth must stay, to the disappointment of NHS Tayside which had planned to knock them down as part of a £95 million redevelopment.
- Politicians accused of scoring points over RAF Leuchars rather than looking to the future
A Fife independent councillor has attacked mainstream political parties for being more interested in scoring political points on the withdrawal of the RAF from Leuchars, rather than looking to the base's prospects.
- MSP Jenny Marra urges Scottish Parliament to condemn Ardler Surgery closure
A Dundee MSP has called on the Scottish Parliament to condemn the closure of a city medical practice that has left hundreds of people without a doctor.
- Banned Montrose driver Craig Duncan was 'drooling' when stopped by police
A 26-year-old Montrose man was incoherent, unsteady on his feet and drooling when stopped in his car by police, a court heard.
- Paper mill Tullis Russell to cut 43 jobs in Markinch
Fife paper mill Tullis Russell has announced that 43 jobs at its Markinch plant are to be axed.
- Dundee councillor taking protest over Royal Mail's Crichton Street office closure to UK Government
The closure of Royal Mail's parcel office in Dundee city centre is being protested to the UK Government.
- Reasons to be cheerful about Perthshire house prices
The average price of a semi-detached family home in Perthshire is on the up, according to new figures.
- Angus provost attacks critics of Arbroath Seafront Spectacular
The provost of Angus has launched a blistering attack against critics of Arbroath Seafront Spectacular as an online war continues to rage over the event.
- Defence secretary Liam Fox defends decision to close RAF Leuchars
Defence secretary Liam Fox has acknowledged the devastating economic effect the loss of the RAF from Leuchars will have on local communities — but maintains the decision to turn it into an army base still makes overall military sense.
- Perth Civic Trust presents restoration and renovation award to Fair Maid's House
A historic building in Perth has been recognised by a prominent body.
- Jobs to go as well-established Perth firm Park Plumbing & Heating ceases trading
Perth has been dealt a major blow as it emerged that familiar city firm Park Plumbing & Heating has ceased trading.
- Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie's hidden past revealed by Dunfermline Genealogy Club
It's every politician's worst nightmare.
- Convicted killer Brian McGowan absconded from Castle Huntly and toured Britain
A convicted killer who went on the run from Castle Huntly open prison treated himself to a tour of the UK, Perth Sheriff Court has heard.
- 'Sick and twisted handful of self-publicists' — Westboro Baptist Church's Dundee plans condemned
An outspoken Dundee minister has condemned plans by a fundamentalist US church to picket the church of a gay Scottish clergyman.
- PriceWaterhouseCoopers' advice on making a profit from care homes
It is possible to provide good care and make money, it has been claimed.
- Campaigners' dismay at Scottish Government appeal over Kinfauns Church plan
Campaigners against the proposed desecration of their family graveyard by a developer seeking to build a private house in the adjacent abandoned church have told of their dismay that the Scottish Government has been called in to help decide the case.
- Fife pensioner Jimmy Ewan buried in pauper's grave in Portugal after being lost at sea
A Burntisland pensioner who went missing from a cruise ship five years ago has been laid to rest in an unmarked grave in Portugal.
- NHS Tayside GPs back decision to force closure of Ardler Surgery
GPs have backed the decision to force the Ardler Surgery in Dundee to close, insisting that it could not provide the level of service its 1700 patients needed.
- Optimism over Tayside property sales — despite US economic turmoil
Despite trillions of dollars wiped from global stock markets and fears of a double-dip recession, a leading figure of Tayside's property market has voiced optimism for local homeowners looking to sell up.
- Son of missing Richard Lyon appeals to Dundee FC fans
The son of a former Dundee man who went missing from his home in Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, a week ago has appealed to Dundee FC fans to keep an eye out for his father.
- Danny Alexander under increasing pressure to speak out over RAF Leuchars claims
Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has come under increasing pressure to outline his involvement in the closure of RAF Leuchars amid allegations he may have broken the ministerial code.
- Unexploded torpedo fished out of River Forth is 'lost' in estuary
A torpedo which was reeled in by a fishing boat off the coast of Fife last week has been lost.
- Labour accused of 'ridiculous smears' in Brian Souter knighthood row
Scottish Labour have been accused of ridiculous smears as the row over the knighthood of Stagecoach tycoon Sir Brian Souter continues.
- Labourer Michael Bloice admits causing death of chef Ryan Young
A farm labourer has admitted causing the death of one of Scotland's top chefs in a horrific road accident.
- SNP's 'exclusive' focus must be on independence, claims MP
The SNP's total and exclusive focus over the coming years should be on gaining Scottish independence, a Tayside MP has said.
- Royal Mail confirms closure of Dundee parcel office at Crichton Street
Royal Mail has confirmed it is to close its parcel collection office in Dundee city centre this month, claiming it is not fit for purpose and cannot cope with a growing workload.
- Cupar's dreaded South Road roadworks welcomed by councillor
Resurfacing which is expected to challenge the patience of motorists going in and out of Cupar this week has been welcomed by a town councillor.
- New waste laws could force up Dundee incinerator's charges
Proposed changes to waste laws could force up charges at Dundee's incinerator, its operator has warned.
- Online row over Arbroath Seafront Spectacular intensifies
The internet row over charges at this year's Arbroath Seafront Spectacular has rumbled on, with a new online group set up supporting the organisers.
- Charity joins efforts to save condemned Dundee dog C-Jay
A campaigner leading the fight for tighter controls on the breeding of Staffordshire bull terriers has vowed to do whatever he can to help save a young dog facing a death sentence after it mauled a cat.
- Town's roads worse than the dirt tracks of Patagonia, claims Carnoustie man
An Angus pensioner has claimed he was told by visiting friends that a Carnoustie road was in worse condition than the dirt tracks of Patagonia.
- Councillor accused of hypocrisy and double standards over Fife Council care homes
Fife's SNP social work spokesman has hit back in the row over the future of council-run care homes, accusing the main opposition party of hypocrisy and double standards by continuing to criticise the plans.
- Action demanded for Ardler and St Mary's patients as GP surgery closes
A Dundee councillor is calling for urgent action to find a GP for hundreds of patients in Ardler and St Mary's.
- Concern over Noranside closure's impact on prisoner work placement scheme
Angus — and inmates — will suffer a double prison work party whammy when the shutters come down on Noranside open jail, it has been claimed.
- 'It's vitally important' — names of soldiers Kevin McHale and Sean Binnie to be added to memorial
The names of two soldiers, one killed in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, will be among the first to be etched on the newly-extended Kirkcaldy war memorial.
- Crieff buzzes with Vintage Motor Cycle Club rally riders
Crieffwas buzzing again at the weekend as the Vintage Motor Cycle Club brought more than 100 vintage and classic motor cycles and three-wheelers into town for its annual rally.
- Overflowing drains flood Leuchars housing complex with sewage
Torrential rain has got right up the nose of a Leuchars pensioner.
- Assessing impact of 45 Commando's departure from Arbroath
Angus Council is set to carry out a full impact assessment in preparation of 45 Commando being replaced by the army at RM Condor.
- Councillor rejects plans for single Scottish police force
A Fife councillor has joined calls to save local policing by rejecting proposals for a single Scottish police force.
- Dozens of headstones toppled at cemetery, amid spate of Dundee vandalism
Vandals have struck at opposite ends of Dundee, smashing scaffolding installed for the repair of a historic bridge and toppling dozens of gravestones from their plinths.
- Government reporter backs Perth and Kinross Council on Kinnoull Hill plan refusal
Developers seeking to build in one of Perth's most scenic areas have lost their appeal to the Scottish Government after it was decided the scheme could detract from views of the town.
- MP urges MoD probe into Danny Alexander RAF Leuchars claims
A Fife MP has called on the Ministry of Defence to probe claims that RAF Leuchars may have been sacrificed to save the seat of chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.
- Eastern Scotland bears the brunt as floods return
Eastern Scotland was battered by torrential rain over the weekend which left many areas under water and others on flood alert.
- Praise for Rewind crowds amid hints it may be back
The organiser of the Rewind Festival, which saw more than 20,000 descend on Scone Palace, has said he was delighted with the event.
- Norway — bloodied, but not broken
A special report by Fife journalist David MacDougall in Oslo.
- Brooke Ramsay only dreams of playing with her friends
I just want to be able to to run and play on my bike with my friends. That was the appeal from seven-year-old Carnoustie girl Brooke Ramsay, who is understood to be the first Scottish child to undergo a specialist procedure in the UK to reverse the effects of cerebral palsy.
- Gay former churchman is exonerated of all allegations
A former Dundee rector who was forced out of his church amid allegations of financial impropriety, bullying and the homophobic behaviour of some disgruntled members of the congregation has been cleared of mismanagement by the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Courier can reveal.
- Pete Wishart MP voices concern at Holyrood's 'anti-gay' motion
A Tayside MP attacked several SNP colleagues for supporting what he called an anti-gay motion at the Scottish Parliament.
- Mark Connolly's mother wins legal battle over soldier son's final resting place
The mother of a Black Watch soldier who died after an alleged pub brawl in Germany has spoken of her joy that he is to be laid to rest in Fife.
- University union leader condemns kidney sale suggestion
A leading trade union has condemned comments made by a prominent academic at Dundee University, who suggested hard-up students be allowed to sell a kidney to help pay off their loans.
- MP calls for task force on army's arrival at HMS Caledonia
Dunfermline and West Fife MP Thomas Docherty has called for a cross-party task force to be set up to ensure Fife is ready for the arrival of the army at HMS Caledonia.
- First Minister Alex Salmond's efforts to 'seduce' Murdoch revealed in letters
Details of correspondence and meetings have revealed Alex Salmond embarked on a four-year campaign to court scandal-hit media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
- Comrie man is fined for playing sectarian songs on his computer
A Perthshire man who played anti-Catholic songs through his computer following an Old Firm football match on Easter Sunday was fined £600 at Perth Sheriff Court.
- Council presses ahead with plans to privatise Fife's care homes
Fife Council is pressing ahead with controversial plans to privatise its care home provision by formally seeking interest from the private or not- for-profit sector.
- Calls for Carnoustie's Barry Road to be repaired before it collapses
Calls were made for the repair of an Angus road that is near a state of collapse.
- CityJet executive confirms airline's commitment to Dundee
CityJet took the unprecedented step of visiting Dundee to reaffirm its commitment to the city's under-performing Dundee to London route.
- MSP claims Calliacher wind farm plan is a 'slap in face' to the community
An energy firm has been accused of riding roughshod over Highland Perthshire communities after officially lodging controversial proposals.
- Facebook page creator defends criticism of Seafront Spectacular
The creator of an internet site protesting against the price of this year's Arbroath Seafront Spectacular hit back at criticism of his viewpoint.
- Leuchars airshow set to go ahead as planned
RAF Leuchars will host its air show next month, The Courier has learned.
- MSP calls for more support for Dundee's smartphone gaming industry
Dundee's gaming industry must be given support to capitalise on the boom in smartphone use.
- Calls to repair damaged Barry Road in Carnoustie before it collapses
Calls have been made to repair an Angus road that is near a state of collapse.
- Fife Constabulary hails community policing strategy amid drop in recorded crime
Fife Chief Constable Norma Graham has pledged to build on the success of the region's community policing strategy after crime in the region fell by 11%.
- BLESMA is optimistic about the future of Ancaster Home
The loss of the generations which fought in the two great world wars is to signal a new chapter in the history of Perthshire home for veterans.
- Countryside Alliance warns Scotland's rural areas are facing an affordable housing shortfall
Rural communities across Scotland could shrivel and die because of a lack of affordable housing.
- Apology demanded from Fife Council for contractor's shoddy workmanship
A Fife man has demanded an apology after contractors working on behalf of the council turned his home into a building site.
- Chemical hazard poses threat as blaze rips through Mearns farm
A savage fire ripped through buildings at a Mearns farm causing damage estimated to run into six figures.
- Transport minister Keith Brown refuses to meet A92 campaigners
Transport minister Keith Brown has refused to meet campaigners calling for an upgrade to the A92 in Fife.
- Union expects only minor problems with council's move to Dundee House
With less than a fortnight to go until Dundee City Council officially opens its new headquarters to the public, a leading trade unionist warned yesterday he expects teething problems.
- Michael Moore ordered to release details of meetings with defence secretary over aircraft carriers
Scottish secretary Michael Moore has been ordered to release details of meetings he held about aircraft carrier work being carried out in Rosyth.
- Fears of major disruption in Cupar as South Road resurfacing work set to get under way
Work that could cause major disruption around one of the main roads into Cupar next week could pave the way for big improvements for pedestrians, drivers and residents.
- Councillors launch nationwide search for solution to gull problem
Angus councillors are preparing to scour the nation in search of potential solutions to the menace posed by the area's gull population.
- Transplantee hits out at leading academic's kidney sale call
Dundee man Ronnie McIntosh, who underwent a life-saving transplant, has criticised a call from a leading academic in the city for people to be allowed to sell their kidneys.
- End of an era, but Muirton Park looks set to sparkle
It was the end of an era for the residents of a much-maligned Perth housing estate as they said a final goodbye to their homes.
- Police confirm body found in woods is that of Lochgelly soldier Mehmet Ali Osman
Politicians have led tributes after police confirmed a body found in Dunfermline last week was that of a young Lochgelly soldier.
- Lib Dem infighting blamed for loss of RAF Leuchars
The Liberal Democrats were accused of allowing personality clashes to spell the end of RAF Leuchars.
- Closure of Noranside Prison angers community's leaders
Fallout from the Noranside Prison closure decision intensified amid growing frustration over its loss to Angus and fears for the future of buildings at the site near Forfar.
- Exam bosses under fire for texting results one day early
Exam bosses have been left with an F on their report card after a blunder meant almost 30,000 pupils across Scotland received their results a day ahead of schedule.
- RAF Leuchars: Commercial airline flights may be an option for base
Commercial airline flights could take off from Leuchars as part of its controversial future as a home to the army, the Scottish Government has suggested.
- Health board defends its decision to close Ardler Surgery
NHS Tayside has defended its decision to shut down a Dundee GP's surgery at short notice and leave 1700 patients in search of a new doctor.
- Sheriff has no sympathy for man whose jail time will leave him homeless
A Dundee man who is set to be made homeless after being sentenced to six months' imprisonment was told by a Fife sheriff he had brought it on himself through his actions.
- GlaxoSmithKline plans two 130-metre wind turbines at Montrose site
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is hoping to install two wind turbines on its Montrose site, taller than the ones at the Michelin tyre plant in Dundee.
- Suspected second world war shell comes ashore at Tentsmuir
Efforts to destroy a shell at Tentsmuir beach in Fife were hampered by the tide on Wednesday.
- Police praise 'good response' to anti-sectarian initiative
Police in Perth are pleased with an anti-sectarian initiative used at McDiarmid Park at the weekend.
- Scotrail announces late service to Perth during Edinburgh festivals
Scotrail is running a late night train service to Perth during the Edinburgh festivals for the first time and is also running an extended late night train to Fife for the event.
- Council seeks buyers for historic Pullars building
Plans to transform the centre of Perth could take another step forward after the council agreed to place the former Pullars building on Mill Street on the open market.
- Campaign group dismisses Clatto Hill turbine report as a 'whitewash'
A campaign group has reacted angrily to the continuing efforts of a wind farm developer to minimise or even erase the major problems it believes proposals for seven turbines in the Fife countryside present.
- Contractors begin work on roof of Dundee's new swimming pool
Work on Dundee's new swimming pool complex is rapidly taking shape, with its steel structure now complete.
- Wiktoria dreams of being able to play in the garden
A £28,000 funding gap stands in the way of a Perthshire girl's dream to walk to school unaided.
- Developer reveals new plans for vacant Cupar site
Ambitious proposals for a new housing development at a prominent site in South Road, Cupar, have been lodged with Fife Council, it has emerged.
- Academic suggests people should be allowed to sell their kidneys
A leading Dundee University academic has been condemned after suggesting people should be able to sell their own kidney for £28,000.
- Councillors demand apology from Seafront Spectacular's Facebook critics
Angus councillors have rounded on critics who set up an online site to protest against prices at the Arbroath Seafront Spectacular.
- Feuding travellers invade field and ruin Scottish Whippet Derby
The jewel in Scotland's whippet racing calendar had to be abandoned at the weekend after gypsy travellers tore through the venue.
- Scottish Prison Service confirms Noranside is to close at end of October
The axe has finally fallen on Noranside open jail in Angus after a Scottish Prison Service (SPS) closure announcement described as criminal by one local politician.
- Jobs blow as 115 face redundancy at Coupar Angus poultry factory
Perthshire was dealt a major jobs blow with the news 115 workers at a poultry factory face redundancy.
- Dr Dennis Charles Miller launches attack on health board for closing Ardler surgery
A Dundee GP who was effectively sacked by NHS Tayside has accused the health board of failing 1700 patients by shutting down his surgery.
- Sheriff Court convenes at murder suspect Neil Cumming's hospital bedside
Perth Sheriff Court came to Dundee's Ninewells Hospital as a murder suspect appeared from his bedside before Sheriff Robert McCreadie.
- Tayside Police payouts exceed the force's budget
Tayside Police chiefs continue to spend beyond their target budget when it comes to paying overtime to some of its workers.
- Assurances that Drug and Alcohol Project Limited's closure will not leave vulnerable out in the cold
Assurances have been given that young problem drinkers will not be left to fend for themselves following the closure of a celebrated service.
- Dilapidated St Columba's Church in Brechin attracts mystery bid for its purchase
An eyesore of a building on a prime site in Brechin could be about to undergo a transformation after a bid from a mysterious prospective purchaser.
- Bikers are all revved up and ready for rally
More than 100 vintage and class motorbikes will roll into Crieff this weekend.
- Clear-up of rubble at Alexander Street gets under way
After Sunday's spectacular demolition the hard work of clearing the rubble of the Alexander Street multis has begun.
- Gulls could scupper Stonehaven's bid for beauty gold
It is feared littering gulls could place the Mearns town's bid for recognition in a Beautiful Scotland competition in jeopardy.
- Four people injured in head-on collision
Four people were injured in an Angus accident involving an ambulance patient transfer minibus and a car.
- Vet expresses anger after spate of injuries caused by discarded fishing hooks
A west Fife vet has been left disgusted by a recent spate of serious injuries to animals and birds caused by carelessly discarded fishing hooks.
- Councillor concerned Angus schools project money could go elsewhere
Angus Council's education convener admitted he does not know whether a controversial project to merge two Arbroath schools into one site will be given the go-ahead at Holyrood.
- New era dawns as Kirkcaldy port is set to welcome its first cargo in decades
Kirkcaldy port is days away from welcoming its first cargo ship for more than two decades.
- Councillor denies review of bus services will result in cuts
A number of Angus bus services, including some serving Stracathro Hospital, Brechin Infirmary and Sunnyside Royal Hospital, are being reviewed.
- Sheriff orders man who threatened police with sword to 80 hours unpaid work
A Perthshire man who threatened to run a sword through police officers after he was accused of drink-driving has been ordered to do community service.
- Objectors to proposed golf development at Feddinch seek to uncover facts behind application
Opponents of a proposed multi-million-pound golf and leisure development near St Andrews say they hope to take their concerns to Fife councillors in person later this month as they seek to uncover the facts behind the application's history.
- Stobswell resident's anger at persistent car vandalism
A Stobswell resident has hit out at the actions of vandals after once again having his car's wing mirrors kicked off.
- Seafront Spectacular organisers hit back at Facebook critics
Organisers and supporters of an under-fire Angus show are preparing to hit back at online critics.
- Provost calls for momentum to be kept up in Perth's bid for city status
Provost John Hulbert has made an appeal for the momentum of Perth's bid for city status to be maintained over the coming months.
- Cancer care fears caused by uncertainty over hospital cuts
A Fife health campaigner fears cancer patients could miss out on hospice care if plans to axe beds are given the go-ahead.
- Council installs warning signs on Seaton Cliff path
Angus Council has installed warning signs at a crumbling path on a cliff that has been the scene of numerous rescue operations and the death of an 11-year-old girl.
- Decision to scrap agreement with Iberdrola has no affect on Gamesa's plans for Dundee
Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa has said plans to open a factory in Dundee remain on track despite scrapping an agreement to develop wind farms with Scottish Power's parent company.
- HSBC claim job losses won't impact on its plans for expansion in Scotland
A warning by banking giant HSBC that up to 30,000 posts could be cut worldwide over the next two years will not affect its plans for expansion in Scotland.
- Inuit demands spark angler concerns over Scottish salmon stocks
Salmon stocks on the River Tay and the North and South Esk in Angus could be under threat from the demands of a group of Eskimo fishermen.
- Discovery of body sparks fears for missing soldier Mehmet Ali Osman
Relatives of a Lochgelly soldier who has been missing for more than two months are facing an anxious wait for news after police revealed the body of a man was found in woods at Dunfermline's eastern expansion.
- Scottish Labour is warned it must look beyond its central belt heartland
Scottish Labour must look beyond its central Scotland heartland and refocus on areas like Dundee if it is to recover from its election humiliation, one of its MSPs has claimed.
- Disgraced MP Jim Devine released on home curfew
The only Scottish MP jailed for fiddling his expenses has walked free after serving just four months.
- Public airing of tune composed to mark Bell Rock lighthouse's bicentenary
An Angus pipe major was at Arbroath harbour at the weekend for the first public rendition of a piece composed to mark the bicentenary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.
- Demolition of Alexander Street multis herald start of new era for city
The demolition of the Alexander Street multis has been hailed as the start of a new era for the Maxwelltown area of Dundee.
- Jimmy McLean has emotional memories of his childhood home in Alexander Street
A former resident of the Alexander Street multis has expressed his sadness following the demolition of his childhood home.
- Carnoustie hopes success of Women's British Open will convince top golfers to return
Carnoustie is determined to attract the top women golfers in the world after its hosting of a major event was deemed a big success.
- Second phase of Mill o' Mains regeneration set to begin
People living in the Mill o' Mains area will have a chance next week to see the proposals for the second phase of its £45 million regeneration.
- Methil residents cry foul as odour makes return
The infamous Methil ming has been getting up the noses of Levenmouth residents once more.
- A busy weekend for Perthshire mountain rescue teams
Mountain rescue teams were stretched when they were called to deal with three incidents in Perthshire in the space of a few hours.
- 'Cash for warrants' scandal — staff had been warned as early as 2008
Council planning staff were explicitly warned to have no input into the preparation of building warrants prior to an investigation into the cash for warrants scandal, The Courier can reveal.
- Concern at rise in number of drivers caught speeding
Dundee councillors have voiced concern after new figures showed more than 1600 motorists had been caught speeding on the city's roads this year.
- Heritage Lottery Fund boost for landscape protection groups
More than £3 million has been earmarked by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to protect and conserve some of Perthshire and Fife's best-loved countryside.
- Black day as teenage driver is killed and cyclist seriously injured on Fife roads
A black day on Fife's roads saw a teenager killed and a cyclist left fighting for life in hospital after incidents that happened within a few hours of each other.
- Sandy Park users furious at its unkempt condition
The management company responsible for maintaining a popular Broughty Ferry park has apologised for its unkempt appearance only weeks after a major renovation project was completed on the site.
- Preventing access may be only solution to vandalism problem at Auchmithie
An Angus councillor said he fears blocking off access to a beauty spot might be the only way to stop littering and vandalism.
- Linacre Land Ltd seeks independent inquiry into collapse of retail plans for Perth City Hall
The failed bid by Perth and Kinross Council to see Perth City Hall converted into a retail complex could be examined by an independent inquiry.
- Dundee's skyline takes on new look as Hilltown multis are demolished
The Dundee skyline changed for ever as the Alexander Street multis crashed to the ground in a spectacular controlled demolition.
- Asylum seeker Kishor Dangol once again faces being deported from Kirkcaldy back to Nepal
Nepali asylum seeker Kishor Dangol, who has lived in Kirkcaldy for over a decade, is set to be deported this week after his latest bid to stay in the country failed.
- VIDEO: Demolition of the Alexander Street Hilltown multis in Dundee
They came in their thousands to watch, and the much-anticipated simultaneous demolition of the four Alexander Street multis in the Hilltown did not disappoint spectators on Sunday.
- House prices fall in Dundee, despite small boom across Courier country
Average house prices in Dundee have fallen again despite other parts of Courier territory enjoying a small boom.
- RAF Leuchars: Closure is a 'daft' decision with political motives, says ex-airman
A former airman has blasted the decision to close RAF Leuchars, branding it daft and suggesting it was taken for political rather than strategic reasons.
- My Pinkie Promise in running for top businesswomen's award
Dundee company My Pinkie Promise has been named as a finalist in the 2011 Association of Scottish Businesswomen awards.
- Dumbarton FC v Dundee FC: Steven Milne is relieved to be on the goal trail
Steven Milne is already off the mark for the season, and the Dundee striker is hoping it's the first of many.
- Taymouth Castle Estate owner responds to 'urgent' pleas for Chinese Bridge restoration
A historic bridge which crosses the upper reaches of the Tay is to undergo a major restoration.
- VIDEO: People's Postcode Lottery arrives in lucky Leven
Lucky Leven residents scooped a total of £30,000 when they struck gold in the People's Postcode Lottery this week.
- MacRosty Park's transformation recognised with green flag award
Crieff's MacRosty Park has been recognised as one of the best in the country.
- Generation game — family birthday party spans the decades
There were beaming smiles all round when five generations came together in Fife to celebrate a very special new arrival.
- Former St Andrews man jailed for killing in Barcelona
A former St Andrews man has been jailed by a Spanish court for 10 years for killing a fellow Scot.
- Suspected drink-driver told police 'phobia of white tubes' prevented him giving breath test
A Fife man has been banned from the road and faces losing his job and home after he told police he could not give a breath specimen because of a phobia of white tubes.
- Plans for a Sainsbury's Local store in Hawkhill
Sainsbury's are hoping to open a convenience store in Dundee's Hawkhill.
- West Coast Energy says it is 'delighted' by public response to Corse Hill wind farm plan
The firm behind proposals for a £21 million wind farm between Arbroath and Carnoustie claims there are high levels of public support for the project — despite only 74 people completing a survey form during a two-day exhibition.
- Public sector union leader says pension proposals are a tax on workers
A Tayside union leader has blasted government plans to increase public sector pension contributions, branding the proposal a tax on workers by the back door.
- Meet the neighbours — Laurel the seal decides it's time to say hello
You know what it's like when the new neighbours are moving in. From behind the net curtains you peer at their arrival, wondering if they'll be friendly, if they'll be noisy.
- Dundee Institute of Architects registers its opposition to 'wanton destruction' of Perth City Hall
The Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) has added its voice to those opposing plans to demolish the City Hall in Perth.
- Fifers given opportunity to pay respects to victims of Norway killings
Books of condolence have been opened in Fife to give people the chance to show their solidarity with Norway following last week's atrocities.
- Girl's horrific Perthshire farm accident leaves area shocked
A 10-year-old girl lost her right foot in a horrific farm accident in Highland Perthshire on Thursday.
- Late-night harbour rescue just the latest in a busy spell for Arbroath lifeboat
The late-night rescue of a pensioner who fell into freezing water at Arbroath Harbour is just the latest drama in a busy spell for the local lifeboat crew.
- Four-car Kingsway crash Kingsway disrupts evening rush-hour traffic
Commuters in Dundee experienced rush-hour misery on Thursday evening after a four-car crash on one of the city's busiest routes brought traffic to a standstill.
- Council and Scottish Water agree to investigate Perth flooding hotspots
Perth and Kinross Council and Scottish Water are carrying out a full investigation of the drainage and waste-water systems in Feus Road and Crieff Road in Perth following recent flooding.
- 'We've been fighting for a long, long time' — nuclear test veterans welcome Supreme Court judges' ruling
Veterans from Tayside and Fife who say they were made ill after being exposed to radiation during nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s have claimed victory in their latest legal fight for compensation.
- Police reveal number of cyclists pedalling into trouble
Cyclists in Tayside pedalled their way into trouble eight times in the last year.
- AC/DC fans lured by Bon Scott exhibition help Kirriemuir museum smash attendance records
Rock fans have smashed attendance records at an Angus museum to see a collection of memorabilia from the career of legendary AC/DC singer Bon Scott.
- Broughty Ferry Esplanade to lose some upstanding citizens because of root damage
The appearance of Broughty Ferry Esplanade will change in the next few weeks when as many as 14 mature trees are cut down to allow repairs to the pavements.
- Police drive home importance of designated crossings after pedestrian's lucky escape
Impatient pedestrians who fail to use designated crossings are putting their lives at risk, Tayside Police have warned.
- Businessman saves Kirkcaldy's Old Kirk
A historic church has been saved and preserved for future generations after a generous benefactor brought about a change of ownership.
- ScotRail says services returning to normal after derailment at Edinburgh
Delays and disruption caused by a train derailment in Edinburgh on Wednesday evening caused many commuters a major headache for much of the day on Thursday.
- RAF Leuchars: Locals meet to discuss ways of securing 'best possible deal' for Fife
Campaigners have joined forces with government officials and local authority chiefs to demand the best possible deal for Fife following the decision to axe RAF Leuchars.
- Council Conservative group leader says day care service price rises are an attack on the old
A dramatic rise in the cost of day care services in Perth and Kinross has been slammed as an attack on the old, the frail and the infirm.
- Councillors urged to save lauded Drug and Alcohol Project Limited
Fife councillors have been urged to save the threatened Drug and Alcohol Project Limited (DAPL) when the health and social care partnership meets on August 25.
- 'Weekend millionaire' caused £10,000 of damage trashing parents' house in money row
A man described by his father as a weekend millionaire trashed his parents' home with a hammer — causing around £10,000 worth of damage — due to him bearing a grievance over his allocation of money.
- Lost in music — DJ Scott appeals for return of lost records
A Dundee DJ is appealing to taxi drivers in the city to check the boots of their cars after he left a box of records behind.
- Carnoustie going all out to capitalise on its week in the golfing spotlight
The eyes of the golfing world are on Carnoustie this week as the Women's British Open gets under way for the first time at the Championship Course.
- FoI revelations add fuel to Newburgh wind farm row
The row dividing Newburgh shows no signs of abating after supporters of a controversial wind farm were accused of attempting to hoodwink the public.
- Young girl loses foot in accident at Mains of Murthly Farm in Aberfeldy
A 10-year-old girl has lost a foot in an accident on a Perthshire farm this morning.
- Perth police issue traffic warning ahead of Rewind Festival and SPL match
Motorists are being advised to expect delays this weekend when an 80s revival concert at Scone Palace takes place along with a lunchtime visit of Rangers to McDiarmid Park on Saturday.
- Developer says Fasque House Estate housing would support restoration of one-time home of William Gladstone
Up to 275 jobs could be created in the Mearns after proposals were lodged for a £55 million development at the one-time home of Victorian prime minister William Gladstone, near Fettercairn.
- Scots Labour leader says Lockerbie bomber's appearance on Libyan TV 'turned the stomach of our nation'
The Scottish Government is facing renewed pressure over the release of the Lockerbie bomber following his damaging appearance on Libyan television.
- £800 fine for bogus workman behind copper cable theft attempt
A bogus workman who told police he was carrying out sub-contracting work for BT as he attempted to steal copper cables has been fined £800 at Perth Sheriff Court.
- Gellatly Street job centre marked for closure
The Department of Work and Pensions has confirmed it is to close the job centre in Gellatly Street in Dundee as part of its cost-cutting efforts.
- 'Healthy interest' in scheme that would see public halls taken over by communities
Fifers are being given the chance to buy their community halls.
- Tayside Safety Camera Partnership says national accident figures vindicate work
Roadside cameras save lives and money in Tayside — that is the message from the group that runs the region's fixed and mobile cameras in the wake of new Scotland-wide accident figures.
- 'The winning years' — Scotland's tourism chief excited by potential of V&A museum at Dundee
Scotland's tourism chief says the V&A at Dundee could become as famous as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, delivering a major cash injection not just to the city but across Courier territory.
- Grundon outlines revised plans for Perth waste-to-energy plant
The firm behind plans to build a waste-to-energy plant on Perth's Shore Road has outlined its intentions to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Perth and Kinross Council.
- Leuchars van driver drove while four times drink limit
A Leuchars man who drove while four times the legal alcohol limit has been banned from the road for four years at Dundee Sheriff Court.
- Police officers in court to deny assaulting hostel worker
Two serving police officers accused of assaulting a Dundee hostel employee by handcuffing her to a window and wrapping Sellotape round her head have appeared in court.
- British Forces Broadcasting Service helps send messages of love to forces in Afghanistan
The vast distance between Scotland and Afghanistan has been bridged to a small extent thanks to the efforts of the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) at Perth Races.
- Councillors asked to approve £240,000 accommodation plan for homeless alcoholics
Almost a quarter of a million pounds is to be spent on supporting 10 homeless alcoholics in Dundee.
- Faltering Scots growth fuels demand for greater spending powers
Scotland's faltering economic recovery strengthens the case for greater devolution of spending powers, it has been claimed.
- Note to readers: July 27 edition of The Courier
The Courier regrets that it was unable to provide its full print service to readers on Wednesday.
- Two years' jail for tax office worker who carried out £90,000 fraud
A former tax office employee who invented four children and impersonated a woman to fraudulently claim more than £90,000 in benefits has been sent to prison for two years.
- Montrose man admonished after 'storm in a teacup'
A man flew into a rage after being denied a second cup of tea after having spilled his first while waiting in custody at an Angus court.
- Dundee City Council planning to repeat retirement and voluntary redundancy programme
More Dundee City Council employees could be in line to retire early as part of its cost-cutting drive.
- Council asked to do more to prevent problem parking at South Inch
Selfish dog owners are continuing to flout the rules by abandoning their cars on grass at a popular Perth park.
- Hope Paton members far from bowled over by council's response to seagull problems
An Angus bowling club has been left less than impressed by advice from council officers on deterring invading seagulls — which included deploying human scarecrows overnight to scare them off the green.
- Police condemn 'incredibly reckless' person who started fire at Perth flats
Police in Perth say a fire that is believed to have been started deliberately in a block of flats occupied by elderly residents could have had far more serious consequences.
- RAF Leuchars: Signs that defence secretary may bow to demands for Fife visit
After a week of heated debate and criticism, the Ministry of Defence has hinted that Liam Fox may at last be prepared to visit RAF Leuchars.
- Husband of murdered Jane Cumming out of coma but still not fit to answer police questions
A father-of-two who was involved in a road crash on the outskirts of Dundee shortly before the body of his murdered wife was discovered at the couple's home in Longforgan has awoken from his coma.
- Police unable to confirm exact time of Hilltown multis demolition
Those intending to watch the collapse of the Hilltown multis on Sunday could be in for a long wait.
- 54 speeding offences detected during A92 day of action
Disappointment has been expressed after dozens of motorists were caught speeding on Fife's main arterial road during a concerted police day of action focusing on the route.
- Countdown to return of Glamis Prom begins in earnest
The final preparations for this year's Glamis Prom have been getting under way.
- Rotting bodies of seals finally to be removed from Lunan Bay beach
Angus Council is to finally take action after seal carcases were left rotting on a beach for three weeks.
- Gordon Brown and Jim Leishman visit set of film that taps into community's rich seam
Under blazing summer skies on Tuesday former Prime Minister Gordon Brown stood in the middle of a Fife landscape once farmed by his ancestors.
- HMS Unicorn figurehead to mark Dundee's maritime role at Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Part of a Dundee landmark took to the skies on Tuesday as it prepared to take centre stage at this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
- Flood-hit salon owner says sorry for 'rant' at Tayside Fire and Rescue
The owner of a Perth hairdressers who was faced with thousands of pounds worth of damage following the recent flash floods has apologised for her rant at Tayside Fire and Rescue.
- Anstruther coming together to protect its built heritage
Proposals to provide some of Anstruther's most historic buildings with a £1.5 million facelift are progressing well.
- Army redundancies could mean final defeat for Black Watch
The loss of any Scots regiment through a new wave of army redundancies could spell the end for The Black Watch, it has been claimed.
- Local businesses urged to seize opportunities thrown up by British Women's Open
Tourism chiefs have described Carnoustie's staging of this week's Women's British Open as a huge opportunity for businesses in the area.
- St Salvador's Episcopal Church worshippers to watch demolition from on high
Nothing, it seems, will get in the way of worship at the Hilltown's St Salvador's Episcopal Church this weekend — not even the demolition of the Alexander Street multis.
- Plaudits count for little as Drug and Alcohol Project Limited's street referral project faces closure
A celebrated project providing early intervention for underage drinkers in Fife is to close in September.
- Power cut affects parts of Broughty Ferry and Monifieth
A power cut left almost 1000 people without electricity in parts of Broughty Ferry and Monifieth on Monday.
- Tayside Police sending thousands of DNA samples to national database
More than 3000 DNA samples taken by Tayside Police have been submitted to the national database in the past 18 months.
- TSPC manager says homeowners are showing 'an air of realism'
Around £120 million of property changed hands through the Tayside Solicitors Property Centre in the first half of the year.
- MSP launches online campaign to bring national football academy to Dundee
An MSP has launched a campaign to bring Scotland's new flagship national football academy to Dundee.
- Perth and Kinross Council signs up to Halving Waste to Landfill Commitment
A bold bid to halve the amount of waste from construction, demolition and excavation has been launched by Perth and Kinross Council.
- Hope Paton Bowling Club at war with Montrose's soaring seagull population
An invasion of seagulls in an Angus town is causing significant problems for locals — even leading to a bowling club being forced to move fixtures for the first time since the second world war.
- Councillors asked to approve next stage of Dundee waterfront project
The next stage of the transformation of Dundee's central waterfront will take three years and cost more than £11 million, the city council has confirmed.
- Pete Wishart under fire for suggesting Britishness 'could well be enhanced with independence'
Perth and North Perthshire MP Pete Wishart has come under fire for suggesting Scottish independence would in fact enhance Britishness.
- Almost 100 birds killed in 'frenzied' fox attack at Angus farm
A bloodthirsty fox killed nearly 100 valuable game birds at an Angus farm in what has been described as a frenzied attack.
- Methil mum 'terrified' for daughter who found needles in park
A Methil mother said she is terrified for her daughter after she was injured by a hypodermic needle found in a park.
- New owner reveals plans for St John's Centre investment
Perth city centre's regeneration could receive another timely fillip after plans to pump millions into St John's Shopping Centre were unveiled.
- Crown drops rape charge against Dundee United striker David Goodwillie
Dundee United striker David Goodwillie has been told a rape charge against him has been dropped.
- Scottish Water to investigate Montrose flooding
Scottish Water is to carry out an investigation in a bid to resolve a severe flooding problem that Montrose residents say goes back over 35 years.
- Forthill Primary School parents stage last-ditch effort to block mobile phone mast
Opponents of a scheme to put up a phone mast near a Dundee primary school are making a last-ditch effort to block it.
- RAF Leuchars: Defence secretary Liam Fox insists closure of base 'makes sense'
Defence secretary Liam Fox insists the closure of RAF Leuchars makes strategic sense.
- Latest emergency brings new Seaton Cliffs safety warning
Walkers have been urged to heed warnings at an Angus cliff, after a woman was rescued from the exact spot at which an 11-year-old girl plunged to her death.
- Bruce Festival banquet offers chance to take a culinary step back in time
A feast fit for a king — that is what is being planned for Dunfermline's Bruce Festival.
- Live Active Leisure gains council's early support for new sports park
A Live Active Leisure Park is to be created under multi-million pound plans to transform Perth's sports facilities.
- Victims of Norway attacks remembered at Montrose tribute to Bamse
Owners of St Bernard dogs from across the UK held a minute's silence for the victims of the Norway terror attacks when they gathered in Montrose on Sunday to pay their respects to a second world war canine hero.
- St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum given a postcard bequest worth writing about
Staff at the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum are celebrating the magnificent bequest of a collection of an incredible 1179 postcards of the town.
- Perthshire swimmer Colleen Blair first to complete notorious Hell's Mouth route
An Aberfeldy swimmer has become the first person to successfully swim across the nine-mile Hell's Mouth stretch between mainland Scotland and the Orkney Isles.
- Police admit action against St Mary's drug dealers may have moved problem into other areas
A resident of Gleneagles Road in Dundee says locals fear a police clampdown on drug dealers in St Mary's is pushing the problem into their area.
- Arbroath Seafront show is a Spectacular success
The Seafront Spectacular was hailed a huge success after thousands of visitors from Angus and beyond packed Victoria Park in Arbroath to enjoy a day of thrills, spills and excitement in glorious sunshine.
- Right to privacy means full story of Perth and Kinross Council 'cash for warrants' scandal will never be known
Disciplinary measures surrounding the cash for warrants scandal at Perth and Kinross Council will remain shrouded in secrecy after a ruling by Scotland's information commissioner.
- New school building escapes damage in fire seen across Dundee
A thick black plume of smoke alerted people across Dundee and beyond to a fire in the east end of the city on Sunday — and stopped it damaging a new £8 million primary school being built for the children of Whitfield.
- RAF Leuchars: Fears there will be a 'fallow period' before the army arrives in Fife
An army formation headquarters will be set up at Leuchars in Fife within two-and-a-half years.
- Idea of Armageddon may have been Anders Breivik's motive to kill
The attacker responsible for the carnage in Norway may have been inspired by an Armageddon-like idea of bringing the system to its knees, a leading expert in global terrorism told The Courier.
- More tombstoning warnings after teenager is injured at St Monans
A teenager was rushed to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee after he was injured during a tombstoning leap in the East Neuk of Fife on Saturday.
- Local authorities taking legal action against council tax dodgers
Councils are launching legal proceedings against thousands of people each year in a bid to recoup millions of pounds of unpaid council tax.
- Woman airlifted to Ninewells Hospital after stumbling on Seaton Cliffs
The dangers of the Angus cliffs was highlighted dramatically when a 42-year-old woman was airlifted from a notorious danger spot by a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter following a full-scale rescue operation.
- Community's transition in the Hilltown charted by Pure Media UK
Things are changing in Dundee's Hilltown. Four multi-story blocks that form a familiar silhouette on the skyline will soon be demolished, greating a gap where homes once overlooked the Tay. A year-long project by a Dundee creative arts charity is aiming to capture the spirit of the area during this transition, Jennifer Cosgrove discovered.
- 'He wanted buried at home' — family's bitter struggle over final resting place of Private Mark Connolly
The heartbroken mother of a Black Watch soldier from Fife, who died following an alleged brawl with another squaddie, will fight with all the strength she has left in her to ensure her son is laid to rest near the family home.
- St Andrews' new seal ready Togo on a journey for friendship
A lonely seal at St Andrews Aquarium, who was separated from her companion during a freak storm last year, is set to find happiness again.
- Dunkeld Smoked Salmon enjoys the sweet taste of success
Dunkeld Smoked Salmon is celebrating after winning a 2011 Great Taste Award.
- VIDEO: 45 Commando leader's thanks for support from home
The commanding officer of 45 Commando has hailed the tremendous support they have received from back home.
- Lord Sugar's Apprentice confidant says what you see is what you get
Mike Soutar — one of Lord Sugar's trusted confidants during the final interview stage of The Apprentice on BBC1 — is from Barnhill in Dundee.
- BBC show Town, with Nicholas Crane, stopping off in Perth
Perth is one of just four locations to be featured on a new television show, produced by the Open University and the BBC.
- CityJet cuts some Dundee-London route flights, citing low demand
CityJet has announced that it is to cut some flights between Dundee and London as there is no demand from passengers for them.
- Name it — Brandon opts for Guthrie Castle visit when asked to make a wish
An American teenager with a life-threatening illness this week visited the Angus castle that shares his surname.
- Young Fife chef Conor McLean accepted for apprenticeship at Savoy Hotel
A talented teenage chef from Fife is preparing to take up an apprenticeship at the Savoy Hotel in London.
- Circus of the Orient coming to Forfar
Circus of the Orient will pitch its big top in Forfar next week.
- 'It was very hard to take control of it' — Slask Wroclaw chairman apologises for behaviour of some visiting fans
The chairman and general manager of Slask Wroclaw, Poitr Wasniewski, has apologised to the city of Dundee for the trouble caused by some fans of the Polish football team before and after Thursday night's Europa League qualifier with Dundee United.
- Kingdom Shopping Centre does its best to make life a beach for visitors
With the great Scottish weather as reliable as ever, visitors to Kingdom Shopping Centre in Glenrothes are being guaranteed sunshine of a sort at the venue's new indoor beach.
- New Arbroath Rotary Club president on a mission to challenge 'misconceptions'
The new president of Arbroath Rotary Club says he wants to shatter any misconceptions people might have about the organisation.
- Tesco denies any interest in opening store on site of Shand pub
Tesco has denied it is interested in creating a new convenience store on the site of the Shand pub in Dundee, just yards from a major Spar outlet.
- Forfar man who stole his nurse's mobile phone breaks down in tears at start of prison sentence
A Forfar man has been jailed for eight months for stealing a mobile phone from a nurse who had just treated him.
- Scottish and Southern Energy adds to consumers' power price pain
The Scottish Government is demanding Scottish and Southern Energy explain how it can justify a price hike that could plunge tens of thousands of people into fuel poverty.
- 'No sandwich is safe in the High Street' — Kirkcaldy's seagulls causing panic from above
Kirkcaldy residents are being urged not to feed gulls after a number of reported attacks.
- Women found guilty of racial aggravation in argument about parking space cleared of snow
A row over a hard-won parking space when Dundee kerbsides were piled high with snow landed two women in the city's sheriff court.
- St Andrews University expert says jellyfish bloom could be a sting in the tail from winter
Last winter could be directly responsible for turning coastal seas into a jellyfish soup, a St Andrews expert has claimed.
- Sheriff appeals to Naked Rambler Stephen Gough to stop 'selfish' behaviour
A sheriff implored a naked rights activist to reconsider his vow to remain naked at all times when he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court on Thursday.
- Arbroath ready to welcome visitors to Seafront Spectacular
Arbroath will welcome visitors from across Angus and beyond to the annual Seafront Spectacular on Saturday.
- Broughty Ferry pub Jolly's faces uncertain future after entering administration
One of Broughty Ferry's best-known pubs, Jolly's Hotel in Gray Street, has gone into administration.
- 'Hero' Fife sniper Christopher Reynolds pays for assaulting girlfriend
A Fife soldier awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in Afghanistan has been ordered to pay £500 compensation to the girlfriend he battered just a month before receiving the accolade.
- Tragic Angus schoolgirl's father's anger at cliff hoaxers
The father of an Angus 11-year-old who died after falling from a cliff, has slammed hoaxers who called emergency services out to the same spot eight years on.
- Incinerator firm Grundon urged to 'pack their bags' and leave Perth
A call has been made by Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, for a company behind a £100 million waste incinerator to pack their bags and go.
- City centre closed down to contain Slask Wroclaw fan trouble
Dundee city centre was shut down last night to quell the risk of serious disorder by visiting Polish football fans.
- Work to improve Big Tree Bends stretch of A92 could be complete by next summer
A £3 million programme of work to improve a notorious stretch of road could be completed as early as next summer, it has been announced.
- Morrisons reaffirms pledge to open £25 million supermarket in Kirkcaldy
Supermarket giant Morrisons has reiterated its commitment to open a £25 million store in the Inverteil area of Kirkcaldy, which it claims could become a reality as early as next year if the development gets the final go-ahead.
- 'There is now no escape' — expert describes torment faced by victims of phone bullying
Tayside Police figures on the number of children who have reported receiving offensive or threatening phone messages are likely to represent just the tip of the iceberg, an anti-bullying expert has suggested.
- Councillors agree to breathe new life into Collace Church mort house
A macabre survivor of a dark chapter in Scotland's history is to be restored.
- Dundee United v Slask Wroclaw: police advice for home fans in Eddie Thompson Stand
Tayside Police have issued advice for Dundee United fans attending tonight's Europa League match against Slask Wroclaw.
- Pitlochry Conservation Society urges community to keep its guard up
The chairman of Pitlochry Conservation Society fears builder Upland Developments will just keep trying to push through controversial plans despite a number of knockbacks.
- RAF Leuchars: Swinney says Scottish Government was 'greatly disappointed' by decision
The Scottish Government will stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Fife following the controversial decision to axe RAF Leuchars, finance secretary John Swinney has pledged.
- Royal Scottish Geographical Society opens new chapter for Perth's Fair Maid's House
The latest chapter in the history of Perth's oldest secular building has been revealed to the public.
- 'Most nations have a single force' — Kenny MacAskill says policing changes have to be considered
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill says there is no reason a single police force could not work in Scotland.
- Unicorn's heavy hitters called on for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
There were a few raised eyebrows outside the Unicorn as six huge 18-pounder guns were lifted out of the naval warship by just two volunteers.
- Naked Rambler Stephen Gough due for prison release — but for how long?
A former Royal Marine who gained notoriety as the Naked Rambler is expected to be released from Perth Prison today.
- Woodlands Primary parents to be asked to keep cars away from school
Parents at an Angus school will be advised not to drop their children off by car unless absolutely necessary, after the grounds were identified as high risk.
- Police expect lengthy wait before they can speak to husband of murdered woman Jane Cumming
It is likely to be quite some time before police are able to question the husband of murdered Longforgan woman Jane Cumming.
- Polish fans say Dundee United's European dream ends tonight
Young Polish footballers living in Dundee have predicted Slask Wroclaw will end Dundee United's European dream tonight.
- RAF Leuchars: Defence Secretary Liam Fox branded a 'coward'
Under-fire Defence Secretary Liam Fox has been branded a coward for not visiting Leuchars after announcing this week that the RAF base there will close to make way for a new army headquarters.
- Councillors give backing to Tesco supermarket plan in Crieff
A long-running saga which stalled the development of a new supermarket in Crieff effectively ended on Wednesday, with Tesco emerging as victors.
- Dentist 'very relieved' to have been exonerated by General Dental Council
A Dundee dentist has been cleared of misconduct after being accused of aggressive and inappropriate behaviour towards a patient.
- Boy suffers serious injuries in road crash near Carmyllie
A seven-year-old boy was fighting for his life in hospital last night following a serious road accident in Angus.
- Castle Huntly absconder Brian McGowan still at large
A convicted killer is still on the run after absconding from Castle Huntly, near Dundee.
- Jail for disqualified driver who led two police forces on high-speed chase
A disqualified driver who drove at 80mph through Perth, 100mph on a dual carriageway, drove on the wrong side of the road, drove off while a policeman's arm was through a car window and was pursued by two different police forces — all with a woman passenger — was jailed for 14 months at Perth Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
- Call for action after Scotland narrowly avoids double-dip recession
There have been calls for urgent action on the economy after it emerged that Scotland only narrowly avoided a double-dip recession.
- Kenny MacAskill praises 'excellent initiative' to tackle underage drinking
Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill met a Cupar shopkeeper on Wednesday to find out how responsible licensees were tackling underage drinking.
- Feddinch golf course project signs up former Open champion Tom Weiskopf as designer
Former Open champion Tom Weiskopf has unveiled plans to transform fields on the outskirts of St Andrews into a private golf course.
- 'We have not been given any say' — neighbours worried as multis demolition approaches
Residents living in the shadow of the Hilltown multis say they are being let down by a lack of support being offered to them in the run-up to the demolition of the four blocks at the end of the month.
- Analyst says recent fuel price fall is no more than a blip
A Dundee oil expert has warned that the recent drop in fuel prices is nothing more than a short reprieve.
- Level crossing fault disrupts preparations for British Women's Open at Carnoustie
A broken level crossing on one of the busiest roads in Carnoustie has been causing traffic chaos for lorries bringing in supplies for the Women's British Open.
- Wind farm opponent films YouTube retort to Newburgh Community Trust
Newburgh's YouTube wind farm war has intensified, with claims of personal vilification.
- Overgate shopping centre adding Superdry and Stormfront to line-up
The owners of the Overgate shopping centre in Dundee are set to welcome two new stores.
- RAF Leuchars: Sir Menzies Campbell says base 'was never meant to close'
There was never a single argument to dispute the compelling strategic case to retain RAF Leuchars and its closure will have a profound effect on the government's ability to protect UK citizens, North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell has told The Courier.
- West Coast Energy shares Corse Hill wind farm plans at exhibition
Plans for a £21 million wind farm in Angus have gone on display, and seem to have been well received by community groups.
- Feus Road homeowner says council is not providing enough flooding support
A Perth householder whose home is under constant threat from flash floods has hit out at the local council for refusing to provide him with £2 sandbags.
- Jane Cumming murder: police still waiting to speak to badly injured husband
Detectives are still waiting to question the man who may hold the key to the death of Longforgan mother-of-two Jane Cumming.
- Family go to court to settle Black Watch soldier Mark Connolly burial dispute
A bitter tug-of-love has broken out following the death of a Black Watch squaddie in an alleged bar brawl.
- Carnoustie mum's back-seat birth after baby Finlay decided red lights meant go
An Angus father has told how he watched his newborn son delivered in the back of his own car, in the middle of rush hour at Dundee's busiest junction.
- Scottish tenpin bowling champion says loss of Dundee Megabowl is a huge blow
Scotland's top female tenpin bowler says the closure of Dundee's only venue for her sport is a huge blow to the city.
- Three injured in A9 crash near Dunkeld
Two adults and a child were taken to hospital following a collision on the A9 near Dunkeld on Tuesday.
- ABN keen to get back to normal at 'important' fire-hit Cupar Muir mill
Operators of an animal feed mill in Fife that was badly damaged by fire last week say they hope to return to business as usual as soon as possible.
- Business leaders fly to the defence of airport operator BAA
Business leaders have said services at Edinburgh Airport should be maintained regardless of who owns it, in the wake of operator BAA being told to sell two airports.
- Sheriff agrees to spare Arbroath Staffie's life after hearing of owner's efforts after attack
An Angus dog owner has reacted with joy after his Staffordshire bull terrier was spared death by a sheriff.
- Marines leaving Condor poses potential security risk, warns Angus MP Mike Weir
The MP for Angus has warned the decision to move 45 Commando from Arbroath could leave Scotland potentially very vulnerable.
- 'I feel humiliated. She's used me' — pain for man jilted by Jamaican bride after 20 minutes in Perth
A jilted Perth man is battling to have his new wife's visa rescinded after she dumped him just 20 minutes after they crossed the threshold.
- Malmaison's plans to renovate Tay Hotel given conditional approval
An iconic Dundee building is on the brink of a new dawn after city planners gave the green light to major renovation work.
- Police hope to curb card crime by raising awareness of skimming techniques
Police in Fife are hoping to curb escalating cases of bank card crime by raising awareness of the high-tech methods used by criminals at cash machines across the region.
- RAF Leuchars: campaigners flabbergasted by minister's 'extraordinary snub'
Just a day after his brief statement in the Commons ended the RAF's century-long association with Fife, defence secretary Liam Fox has been accused of an extraordinary snub.
- RAF Leuchars: chamber of commerce chief sees opportunity amid upheaval
Creating army barracks at Leuchars could boost the Fife economy — despite the loss of high-profile events such as the air show.
- RAF Leuchars: minister asks community to embrace new army future
The minister charged with the grim task of visiting Leuchars on the day it was confirmed that the RAF is to be removed from the base has urged the community to embrace the base's new identity as an army garrison.
- Disney holiday reward for little battler Jack McNaughton
Little Jack McNaughton was lost for words when he discovered none other than Mickey Mouse would help him celebrate the anniversary of the operation that changed his life.
- Local organisations hoping to benefit from Corse Hill wind farm community funding urged to come forward
The Corse Hill Wind Farm Community Group — formed to take advantage of funding from a proposed Angus wind farm — has appealed for input from local organisations.
- RAF Leuchars: council leader says 'basic courtesies' missing from MoD announcement
The leader of Fife Council has accused the Ministry of Defence of lacking basic courtesy over its decision to withdraw the RAF from Leuchars.
- Public warned to stay away from dangerous fire-hit mill building in Inverkeithing
The public are being warned to stay away from the dangerous site of Caldwell's paper mill as police launch an investigation into the cause of yet another major fire at the disused Inverkeithing factory.
- SEPA reports incredible rainfall in Perth during flash flood
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has confirmed that Perth was hit by an astonishing 42.6mm of rain on Saturday.
- Plans for Arbroath's RM Condor marine base described as 'best of a bad deal'
The UK Government's decision to pull Royal Marines out of Arbroath and turn RM Condor into an army base has been described as the best of a bad deal.
- Pair see demand for 'round-the-table' taxi talks turned down
Leading figures of Dundee's taxi industry have demanded crunch talks with high-ranking council officials in a bid to thrash out a solution to the long-running row over wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs).
- Kirkton of Auchterhouse family told caravan has to go
A family have lost their bid to keep an 11m caravan in their cottage garden.
- RAF Leuchars: Alex Salmond insists future as army base is 'substantial consolation prize' for Fife
First Minister Alex Salmond has said becoming the headquarters of Scotland's new army brigade is a substantial consolation prize for Fife — after it was confirmed that the RAF is to be pulled out of Leuchars.
- Scottish Government warned the loss of support staff to help hit police target is a false economy
Bobbies are being taken off the beat to do jobs previously carried out by civilian staff just to maintain artificially high police numbers, it has been claimed.
- MP accuses former MEP of making 'scurrilous and bizarre' comments about plan to demolish Perth City Hall
MP Pete Wishart has become embroiled in the row over the future of Perth City Hall by calling on former MEP James Provan to apologise for a scurrilous and bizarre attack on the council.
- RAF Leuchars: local campaigners greet closure news with tears and anger
There were tears of disbelief when, after months of mounting speculation and crippling uncertainty, news that RAF Leuchars is to be axed was finally confirmed.
- Another blow to Karting Ecosse's hopes of opening indoor centre in Dundee
Dundee City Council officials have rejected plans for what would be the city's only indoor go-kart centre.
- Darren Clarke's Open championship victory is a real rub of the green for Forbes of Kingennie
Darren Clarke's Open Championship victory is set to boost tourism in Angus, a prominent local businessman says.
- Perth businesses facing big bills after Saturday's flash flood
Shop owners in Perth have been left with thousands of pounds of damage after flash floods struck at the weekend.
- Police determined to solve Jane Cumming death mystery for sake of her children
Police say they are determined to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of 40-year-old Longforgan woman Jane Cumming.
- Home leave prisoners reveal emotional strain of their visits
Inmates at Tayside's two open prisons have spoken of the emotional turmoil they often face during home leave.
- No confirmation how Southern Cross rescue plan would affect Tayside and Fife
Southern Cross has declined to confirm if any of its homes in Tayside and Fife will be included in the rescue plan announced by its largest landlord NHP.
- Families bereaved by loved ones' suicide to sue NHS Tayside for negligence
The families of three young Dundee men who took their own lives last summer are to sue NHS Tayside.
- Fife Ness coastguard station closure 'appears to have been a fait accompli'
The UK Government's determination to close the Fife Ness coastguard station proves it is out of touch, an MSP has warned.
- Plans to build 45 council houses in Montrose warmly welcomed
Montrosians are hoping the first council houses to be built in the town for nearly 30 years will get the go-ahead.
- Liam Fox confirms RAF Leuchars' closure as an air base
After 100 years of proud aviation history, the death knell has sounded for the world-famous RAF Leuchars air base.
- Government reporter agrees Steptoe's Yard expansion was subject to unreasonable conditions
A Mearns antiques dealer has been thrown a business lifeline by the Scottish Government after its reporter overturned council conditions for the expansion of his rural operation.
- ScotRail insists there are big improvements down the line for Perth railway station
Almost £4 million is to be spent modernising Perth railway station in the wake of criticism from some rail users and politicians.
- Dundee church offers itself up while Hilltown multis come down
A Dundee church will temporarily transform into a refuge centre later this month to shelter those forced to leave their homes on the day the Hilltown multis are levelled.
- Community mucks in to make the most of Kirriemuir Show
An estimated 2000 people descended on the showground at East Muirhead of Logie for the Kirriemuir Show on Saturday determined to enjoy the huge variety of events and activities on offer.
- Aberdeen FC supporters' club chief says 'New Firm' rivalry with Dundee United is lively but friendly
The animosity that supposedly exists between Aberdeen and Dundee United fans is not as bad as some may think, according to a Dons supporters' club.
- Brightsolid takes on its second Saltire Foundation fellow
A scheme to encourage Scotland's next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs has had fresh backing from Dundee-based firm brightsolid.
- Thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses enjoy 'successful' convention in Perth
Thousands of people attended the annual Jehovah's Witnesses Convention at McDiarmid Park in Perth at the weekend.
- Owner of Perth's City nightclub and Sportsters bar falls into administration
A Perth bar/nightclub could soon be on the market after it was disclosed that the firm that owns it has fallen into administration.
- Large turnout for 'reinvigorated' Dundee Half Marathon
The weather stayed mercifully dry as a record number of runners took part in the Dundee Half Marathon on Sunday.
- Street closure for Byre Theatre's Inside Out festival doesn't play well with everyone
The decision to shut one of Fife's busiest shopping streets for a street theatre festival has been branded absurd.
- Former councillor Ron Scrimgeour says Angus Alliance treats others with 'contempt'
A former SNP Angus councillor has claimed that party and tribal politics contributed to his stepping down from office.
- Man due in court after alleged assaults in Kinross
A man has been arrested in connection with two alleged assaults on two men that took place in the early hours of Saturday morning in Kinross.
- Former marines to hand over proceeds of gruelling fund-raising challenge
Former Royal Marines from Tayside will be in London today to hand over two cars that will be used to transport injured marines to hospital appointments.
- Council steps in to subsidise new Broughty Ferry bus service
Campaigners have won their fight for a regular bus service to be reintroduced linking Barnhill and Forthill with the centre of Broughty Ferry.
- A90 crash being linked to the death of Longforgan woman Jane Cumming
A mother-of-two who was found dead at her home in a Carse of Gowrie village — in an incident police are linking to the serious crash on the A90 on Friday — has been named by police.
- Government to announce closure of RAF Leuchars
RAF Leuchars will be condemned to closure as an airbase in a move that will have devastating repercussions for Fife and further afield and could severely damage the local economy.
- Plan to end Fife home births due to costs and falling demand
Fife's NHS bosses are planning to end the service which allows expectant mothers to give birth at home.
- Perth mops up after worst flooding for years
Perth was hit by what one shopkeeper described as a mini tsunami at the weekend, with flash flooding destroying homes and damaging businesses.
- ABN mill fire investigation will take some time
A probe into what caused a major fire at an animal feed mill in Fife is set to continue for some days to come, The Courier understands.
- The One Show finds something to sing about at Verdant Works
Verdant Works provided an appropriate backdrop for a BBC crew's visit to Dundee this week to film a segment for The One Show.
- Record entry for Dundee half marathon
An event that appeared in danger of collapsing in 2009 is now going from strength to strength.
- Beekeepers on their guard as infected Meigle hive is destroyed
Honey beekeepers in Perthshire are on their guard following the announcement an apiary has an outbreak of a killer disease.
- 'It's better than Eastenders' — plea for sense over wheelchair taxis in Dundee
A Dundee disabled rights campaigner has pleaded for common sense over the issue of wheelchair accessible taxis in the city.
- Alasdair McLeay's widow in tribute to Ninewells care unit at £11,000 cheque handover
A widow handed over £11,215 to staff in the acute palliative care unit at Ninewells Hospital which cared for her husband.
- Tuesday decision means weekend of waiting for RAF Leuchars supporters
After months of speculation and crippling uncertainty, campaigners fighting for the retention of RAF Leuchars have told The Courier they would spend this weekend praying for a positive outcome.
- Dundee United official Derek Robertson tells of plane drama
Dundee United representative Derek Robertson has told of his fright at being involved in a plane crash en route to Thursday's Europa League draw.
- Project teaching Perth and Kinross youngsters about the outdoors
Youngsters throughout Perth and Kinross have been learning about the great outdoors thanks to a unique education project.
- Perth Racecourse charities day set to be a big success
The Perth Racecourse Charities Race Day is set to be one of the venue's most popular events of all time and the most valuable race day ever staged at the Scone track.
- Hot air balloon landing by street shocks Forfar residents
A Forfar man had a big surprise when he looked out of his window to see a hot air balloon land at the end of his street.
- Activities company Blown Away speeds off with another award
Twins Guy and Jamie McKenzie, who run Scotland's first land yachting company, have the wind in their sails after receiving yet another award.
- Major alert as blaze rips through ABN mill near Cupar
Huge fireballs leapt several hundred feet into the air as up to 70 firefighters desperately fought to control a blaze at a Fife factory.
- Church of Scotland receives offer for Kirkcaldy's Old Kirk building
Kirkcaldy's Old Kirk building — put up for sale in March — is now under offer, the Church of Scotland has confirmed.
- RNLI can't be politically involved in Coastguard closures row
A high ranking figure at the RNLI has stressed the charity would continue to concentrate on saving lives at sea, despite the coalition government announcing this week it was to axe a number of coastguard stations including one in Fife.
- Rescue services hoaxed into Arbroath search for '10-year-old girl'
A 'sick' hoaxer sparked a rescue operation at an Angus cliff after calling ChildLine to claim a 10-year-old girl had fallen to the sea.
- European AC/DC fans pledge to make another Bon voyage to Kirriemuir
A group of AC/DC fans from Germany and Austria who rocked Kirriemuir during a Bon Scott tribute say they can't wait to return to the town next year.
- Four and a half years' jail for man who carried out 'horrific' attack in Anstruther
A Fifer who brutally assaulted a man with a block of wood when a long-running feud spiralled out of control has been jailed for four and a half years.
- Law allotments targeted again
Vandals have caused more heartache for allotment holders on the Law.
- Court hears of St Andrews caddie's life ruined by drink and drug addictions
A court has heard how a highly-regarded St Andrews caddie's life spiralled out of control after he became hooked on class A drugs.
- Residents set up website to track wind farm 'gold rush'
A group of Aberdeenshire residents concerned about the proliferation of wind farm proposals have set up a website to track the various proposed projects.
- Dundee licensing committee chief insists sheriff's HMO licence ruling won't alter policy
The leader of Dundee City Council's licensing committee says it will not be forced into changing its policy on restricting the period of licences for houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs), despite a sheriff's new ruling.
- Khushi's look to open Indian restaurant in former Perth church
Plans to convert a dilapidated former Perth church into an Indian restaurant are progressing.
- Binmen want to throw out Fife Council's planned changes to rubbish collections
Fife Council's latest bid to save money by making changes to rubbish collections has received an angry reaction from binmen.
- Tayside Police Choir provide an arresting spectacle at T in the Park
Many a hopeful band have dreamed of catching their big break by performing at T in the Park. But Tayside Police Choir took matters into their own hands to achieve that this year.
- Man suffers 'life threatening' injuries in crash on A90 near Landmark roundabout
A car driver has suffered life threatening injuries in a crash with a lorry on the A90 Perth to Dundee road, between Bullionfield service station and the Landmark Hotel roundabout.
- Father of girl who died at Seaton Cliffs says equipment — not signs — saves lives
An Angus father whose 11-year-old daughter died after falling from a clifftop has called for equipment to save lives at the spot, rather than the replacement of vandalised signs.
- Dundee publican says derbies create more problems than matches against Old Firm
A Dundee publican believes tough proposals aimed at tackling sectarianism on match days would be more useful for when Aberdeen fans are in the city.
- Perth City Hall plan opponent claims demolition would be 'in the name of the council but not with the authority of council members'
Former MEP James Provan has accused Perth and Kinross Council of being undemocratic in its plans to demolish Perth City Hall and replace it with a civic square — a claim robustly denied by the leader of the council.
- Wheelchair user says attitude of some city taxi drivers is 'very shocking'
A Dundee man has entered the debate over wheelchair accessible taxis with the suggestion it is not just the vehicles but the drivers who can be a problem for disabled passengers.
- Jail for addict identified by mother as pensioner's bag snatcher
A drug addict whose horrified mother identified him as the man who robbed an Angus pensioner of her handbag in the street has been jailed for three and a half years.
- Teenager fined and banned from driving for colliding with Bell Baxter pupil
A pupil at a Fife school was treated in hospital after a teenage motorist ran him over during a lunch break.
- Jail sentence for Perth man whose savage attack left boot imprint on victim's face
A man was kicked so hard during an assault that his assailant left the imprint of his boot on his face, Perth Sheriff Court has heard.
- Furious reaction to news that Forth Coastguard station at Fife Ness is to close
Hope turned to consternation and despair on Thursday when the coalition government sounded the death knell for the Forth Coastguard station.
- CityJet announces cheaper fares to London City
CityJet has announced a new fare for one-way trips on its Dundee to London City route.
- NHS Fife accused of trying to 'shut up the public' with break-up of patients' forum
The loss of the NHS Fife patients' forum amid a shake-up of hospital services defies all logic, a health board member has said.
- 'Good to be back' — Australian professor's praise for the city that helped launch career
A former Dundee student who has gone on to become an eminent professor in Australia has given thanks to the people of the city for their part in getting him where I am today.
- Parents worried that Newport Primary School pupils could lose large part of their playing fields
Proposals which could result in a Fife primary school losing a chunk of its playing fields have caused controversy.
- Female student punched in the face by handbag robber
A Dundee student was punched in the face by a robber who stole her handbag as she made her way home from a friend's house in the city centre early on Tuesday.
- Councillor wants businesses to sign up to his Grundon incinerator fight
Plans for a £100 million incinerator in Perth could drive away visitors and cripple the town's economy, a councillor has claimed.
- 'It's a town, not a village' — Newburgh wind farm supporters' video gives birth to a catchphrase
YouTube is a feature of everyday life for younger generations but a pair of silver surfers from Fife have used the video-sharing site to highlight a community project.
- Local interviews will continue when Dundee passport office shuts in autumn
Dundee's passport office in Nethergate, where initial interviews for passports are conducted, is to close in the autumn.
- Montrose councillors' saltire row shows no signs of dying down
An Angus SNP representative has claimed there is only one true independent councillor in the county, as a row over a saltire escalated.
- Teenager told members of funeral party he was going to 'slit their throats'
A teenager who threatened mourners in a Perth pub has narrowly avoided a custodial sentence.
- Imam calls for 'inter-faith dialogue' after attack on Muslim woman
A representative of Fife's muslim community has called for more inter-faith dialogue to raise awareness of other cultures.
- Pair say licensing chief has already shown 'bias' towards one option for future of city's taxi trade
A trade unionist and leading representative of the Dundee taxi industry have called on the city's licensing chief to temporarily step down from his post.
- Angus marine receives his war medals — 65 years later
Former marine Alex Adam has just received his medals, 65 years after he came home from the war he fought in.
- Councillor says he is 'delighted' travellers have moved on from Broxden Business Park
A Perth councillor says he is delighted that a travellers' encampment described as a blot on the landscape has been removed.
- 'Scotland is in the rapids of a renewables revolution' — BiFab unveils next-generation wave energy technology
A major breakthrough in wave energy technology has been hailed by First Minister Alex Salmond at Methil's Energy Park Fife.
- Talks on future of ice hockey team after collapse of franchise owner Ward Building Services
Dundee building firm Ward Building Services has fallen into receivership, with the loss of 30 jobs.
- Kinross-shire councillor gives damning assessment of party control in local politics
Central government control is turning local councillors into puppets, according to an elected member who has turned his back on party politics.
- Driver who tore roof off his bus in crash at Ninewells Hospital told he can claim for unfair dismissal
A Dundee bus driver sacked after he crashed into a footbridge at Ninewells Hospital and tore the roof off his vehicle has been told he can pursue a claim for unfair dismissal.
- 45 Commando apprehensive of Afghanistan summer fighting season
The commanding officer of Arbroath's 45 Commando says the Royal Marines on the Afghan frontline are waiting to see what the fighting season may bring.
- Jobs hope for Halbeath's mothballed Hyundai site
The Newcastle firm hoping to breathe life back into the mothballed former Hyundai plant at Halbeath is confident that ploughing more money into the site will reap rewards.
- 'He was quite a little character' — Piper the baby meerkat dies
A baby meerkat which captured the hearts of visitors to St Andrews Aquarium has died.
- Community council says its own survey found strong opposition to St Andrews University's Kenly wind farm plan
A row has broken out over St Andrews University's proposals to cater for all its energy needs through a purpose-built wind farm.
- Saltire flying again at Montrose beach — but councillor raises red flag about rival's comments
A saltire is once again flying over an Angus beach after a controversial saga on its use appeared to reach a conclusion.
- Yet more delay before plans for RAF Leuchars are confirmed
An announcement on the future of RAF Leuchars has been further delayed as the air force and army battle it out for the right to be based in Fife, The Courier can reveal.
- McDiarmid Park preparing to welcome thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses
McDiarmid Park in Perth will be bursting at the seams this week when thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses converge on St Johnstone FC's stadium.
- Arbroath school plans worrying for family with traumatic experience of pedestrian accidents
An Angus mother whose daughter was involved in a car accident on a busy road has spoken out against proposals for a new school on Arbroath's Westway.
- Stay out of the water — blue-green algae at Clatto Country Park prompts warning
Visitors to Clatto Country Park on the outskirts of Dundee have been warned not to go into the water.
- Father of Pike River tragedy victim Malcolm Campbell says miners had faced 'mega-pressure'
A Scot killed when a series of devastating blasts ripped through the Pike River mine in New Zealand had spoken of being under mega-pressure prior to the catastrophe — leading to fears safety took a back seat.
- Lost property office working to make sure everything makes it home from T in the Park
Abandoned tents and camping gear are increasingly part of the T in the Park clean-up, but music fans also leave behind hundreds of other items that have not been so willingly discarded.
- Health campaigner calls for open debate on palliative care plans in Fife
NHS Fife has been urged to come clean on the possible closure of a Dunfermline hospice.
- Site between Forfar and Glamis identified for latest Angus wind farm project
Plans have emerged for the latest Angus wind farm — with the company behind the project claiming it could provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 90% of Forfar's homes.
- Shanwell Wildlife Rescue Trust's future being put at risk by vandals and delays
Vandals in Broughty Ferry could be threatening the future of Tayside's only dedicated volunteer wildlife rescue service.
- Scottish Government says it is seeking 'urgent' solution to ambulance breaks problem
The Scottish Government has confirmed it has put forward a formal proposal that ambulance staff can be disturbed during a break to answer a 999 call.
- Jail term for Leslie man who ripped burka from woman's head
A Fife drug addict who assaulted a Muslim woman by pulling a burka from her head has been sent to jail.
- Mobile cinema stopping off in Aberfeldy
Film fans will come face to face with swashbuckling pirates, talking pandas and a Formula One racing icon when Scotland's only mobile cinema returns to Aberfeldy next week.
- GlaxoSmithKline says job cuts in Ireland 'have absolutely no impact' on Montrose
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline insists jobs at its Angus factory are safe, after local concerns were raised following cuts in Ireland.
- Strong support for Gordon Brown from across political spectrum after hacking allegations
Politicians have united in support of Gordon Brown MP as the phone hacking scandal intensifies.
- Michelin managing partner 'extremely optimistic' about new jobs at Dundee site
The global head of Michelin has reaffirmed the company's commitment to Dundee and says he is confident 140 new jobs will be created at the Baldovie Road plant.
- Thorntons seeing a different housing market to the one reported by RICS
Tayside's leading estate agency has said there was no sign of a slump in the property market last month — despite a new report claiming a nationwide downturn.
- New B&Q store safeguards jobs in Leven
B&Q is opening a new store in Leven, safeguarding 18 jobs at the former Focus DIY store.
- Team investigating Broughty Ferry flooding problem finds concrete in the drains
Rogue workmen could be to blame for an overflowing drain in Broughty Ferry.
- Strathkinness village shop has EU rules to thank for closure, councillor claims
A councillor claims the closure of the only shop in a Fife village is down to European Union bureaucrats.
- Amber gets the green light to go home after anti-freeze poisoning almost killed her
A cat not expected to survive after being poisoned with anti-freeze is now back home with her five-week-old kittens in Kirriemuir.
- As others see us — Mac turns lens on Caledonia Hotel regulars
An Angus artist, intrigued by the way a pub toilet window distorted the view, has showcased a gallery of photographs taken from behind the glass.
- Police say fans were the real stars of T in the Park
The mammoth task of clearing up the T in the Park site began extra early for organisers this year, as the bin bags came out before the last band left the stage.
- Pillow Talk was a sleeping giant of a business idea
A blend of romance and technology has put a Dundee University graduate in the running for a top business award.
- Leisure and Culture Dundee takes over running of city attractions
A new charitable trust, Leisure and Culture Dundee, has officially taken over the running of some of the city's top attractions, including the McManus Galleries and the Caird Hall.
- Chapelpark Primary School building being 'left to rot'
A town councillor says Forfar's former Chapelpark Primary School building is sliding towards decay.
- Councillor shares concerns after travellers set up at Broxden Business Park
Just two months after steps were taken to prevent travellers from taking up residence at the Broxden dental hospital, a new encampment has been set up nearby.
- 'It is just a desecration' — heartbreak for widow who has seen memorial plaque vandalised twice
A Monifieth woman says she has been left emotionally devastated after a memorial plaque to her husband was vandalised twice in the space of three months.
- Bon Fest praised for putting visitors on the highway to Angus
An Angus councillor has hailed the tourism boost for the county generated by the weekend Bon Fest tribute to former AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott.
- Fife Council leader admits plan to axe 80 management posts will put more pressure on staff left behind
Fife Council is to cut around 80 management posts in a move which will save £3.2 million a year.
- 'Roadside rubbish tip' near Dunkeld prompts complaint
Perth and Kinross Council says it has done what it can to tackle an eyesore near Dunkeld.
- Muirfield Action Group claims emails show Angus Council ignored own road safety expert's advice
Angus Council roads division raised serious concerns over pedestrian safety and traffic disruption at a proposed Arbroath school site before councillors passed the plans, it has been revealed.
- Social networking warnings for 'fewer than 10' NHS Fife staff
NHS Fife staff have been dealt with after inappropriate use of social networks, it has emerged.
- House prices in Dundee and Angus post 5% year-on-year fall in June
House prices in Dundee and Angus have fallen by more than 5% — but a local expert insists things are starting to improve again.
- Tayside Joint Police Board hears how allegations against force were investigated in 2010
Allegations of excessive force, discrimination and corruption by Tayside Police staff were investigated last year.
- Ken Lyall's resignation from Perth and Kinross Council confirmed
A Highland Perthshire councillor who said he was standing down due to his disillusionment with politics has formally tendered his resignation.
- Unexploded WWI ordnance found on Monifieth beach
Navy bomb disposal experts were called to Monifieth beach after two wartime relics were found.
- PICTURED: the appalling neglect that meant this Shetland pony had to be put down
A Shetland pony found with overgrown hooves in Fife was in such a neglected state it had to be put to sleep.
- Dundee businessmen's anger as flash floods strike once again
Business chiefs were left counting the costs after a devastating early-morning flash flood hit parts of the city on Monday.
- Onus on protecting Perth properties from floods placed on homeowners
Beleaguered Perth homeowners who have found themselves plagued by flooding have been told they must take responsibility for protecting their own properties.
- British Gas becomes the latest to announce huge energy price rises
Angus MP Mike Weir has called for the UK Government to step in after British Gas became the latest energy company to increase its tariffs.
- Family fun at Perth Racecourse
Perth racecourse hosted one of its most popular annual fixtures on Sunday as crowds gathered for the Family Race Day.
- Forthill Primary School parents' mobile phone mast attracts over 130 names
More than 130 people have signed an online petition protesting plans for a mobile phone mast close to Forthill Primary School in Broughty Ferry.
- 'It all happened so quickly' — pair who saved Buddy the labrador laugh off 'heroes' tag
The young men involved in a daring Perthshire river rescue have expressed their surprise at being hailed as heroes.
- Scottish Transport Extravaganza's old timers weather the storm
Scotland's largest gathering of automotive old timers managed to plug through the mud of the Glamis Castle showground to make the 37th running of the Scottish Transport Extravaganza a hit.
- Police crackdown still finding people who will risk drinking and driving
A Mearns councillor says he has no sympathy for the drink drivers caught in the latest crackdown by Grampian Police.
- Elderly man dies while walking on on Meall Nan Tarmachan
An elderly man died at the weekend while hillwalking in Highland Perthshire.
- Court of Session upholds Fife Council decision to refuse taxi driver licence
Fife Council regulations and licensing committee chairman Gerry McMullan has welcomed a Court of Session ruling which backed its refusal to renew a Kirkcaldy taxi driver's licence.
- Let there be rock — AC/DC fans invade Kirriemuir for Bon Fest 2011
AC/DC fans from across the globe rocked Angus at the weekend to pay tribute to one of Kirriemuir's most famous sons.
- Threatened RAF base's important link to Leuchars conservation project
With the decision which will seal RAF Leuchars' fate only a few days away, a small conservation project has demonstrated the important links the base has with the community.
- Tesco home-working project could create up to 300 jobs in Tayside
Tesco hopes to create almost 300 jobs in Tayside thanks to a home-working project that aims to help its call centre in Dundee.
- 'We need to get that dog off the streets' — Staffie kills pet chihuahua in Arbroath
The Angus public are being urged to help get a killer dog off the streets after a pet chihuahua was mauled to death.
- Campaign to retain part of Perth City Hall gains a high-profile backer in former planning chief Dennis Munro
A former planning chief has added his voice to those calling on Perth and Kinross Council to rethink the demolition of Perth's Edwardian city hall.
- Sir Menzies Campbell: there is an unanswerable case for retaining RAF Leuchars
In a special article, MP Sir Menzies Campbell tells The Courier why the UK Government should keep RAF Leuchars open.
- First Minister Alex Salmond makes late plea for threatened RAF bases
First Minister Alex Salmond has made an 11th-hour plea to Westminster to keep both RAF Leuchars and RAF Lossiemouth.
- Councillor's support for Montrose beach saltire described as electioneering
A Montrose councillor has been accused of double standards and electioneering in the wake of the row over the beachfront saltire.
- Advertising feature: Home security measures to help you sleep at night
Burglaries may have been on a general downward trend in recent years, but now there are signs that they may be on the way up once more, as the medium-term effects of the recession become clearer. And anyone who has experienced a break-in will know how upsetting it can be.
- Pair complete 72-hole golf challenge in memory of Susan Crosbie
A pair of Angus golfers completed four rounds on four different courses during a fund-raising effort close to both their hearts.
- Perth councillor Peter Barrett ups the ante in opposition to waste incinerator
A Perth councillor has urged residents not to be put off demonstrating their opposition to revised plans for a £100 million waste incinerator that has been dubbed a pollutant-belching monstrosity.
- Angus Talking Newspapers bringing news to those in need
An Angus charity is seeking volunteers who can spare one evening a month to deliver local news to blind and visually impaired people.
- Discovery link unites city with exploration of the stars
Primary school pupils from Tayside were joined by some very special visitors as they reached for the stars on a historic and emotional day for space exploration.
- SNP claim Ministry of Defence is set to announce massive RAF cuts in Scotland
THE SNP has warned the Ministry of Defence (MoD) could be considering massive and disproportionate cuts to the RAF in Scotland just days before an announcement is expected on the future of RAF Leuchars.
- Slainte! Whisky provides some good cheer for Scotland's tourism
The importance of Perthshire's whisky distilleries to the local and national tourist economy has been underlined in a new report.
- Perthshire produce sure to gain chorus of approval at Rewind Festival
Perthshire's chefs, farmers and food producers have joined forces to ensure visitors to this month's Rewind Festival at Scone Palace will get a real taste of quality local produce.
- Sixty-year friendships forged through nursing celebrated as Fod classmates of 1951 reunite
When a group of teenagers with ambitions to be nurses met for the first time in Dunfermline in 1951, little did they realise they were starting friendships that would last 60 years.
- 45 Commando's CO seeing 'cause for optimism' in Afghanistan
The commanding officer of Arbroath's 45 Commando has said there is cause for optimism in the area of Afghanistan where his men are operating.
- Joint working against anti-social behaviour in Perth sees calls to police drop by a third
A joint initiative launched to tackle anti-social behaviour across Perth has reduced calls to the police from the public.
- House of Dun key detectives trying to unlock the ultimate puzzle
A project to match hundreds of keys with cabinets and cupboards is under way at the National Trust for Scotland's House of Dun near Montrose.
- Community praised for work on Falkland pedestrian bridge
Community efforts to provide a replacement pedestrian bridge in Falkland following flood damage in 2008 have been called terrific.
- Appeal for more help for children of Aleksandra Korkus
A campaign to raise money for the children of a Polish mother-of-two who was fatally injured is gathering pace in Perth.
- Council and businessman still poles apart after Montrose saltire clash
A Montrose businessman is involved in a war of words with Angus Council in a bid to see the saltire flying again at the town's beachfront.
- Thornton man jailed for drunken attack with hammer
A man downed a litre of vodka before carrying out an attack with a hammer, a court heard.
- 'We are just so overwhelmed' — Ayley and Chloe appeal crashes through six-figure barrier
Just five short months ago they set out to scale what must have seemed an impossibly large fund-raising mountain to reach a new point in the lives of their darling twin daughters.
- Perth's St John's Shopping Centre sold for £31.25 million
The St John's Shopping Centre in Perth has been sold for £31.25 million.
- Grove Academy's house structure falls victim to education cuts
Grove Academy's historic house system is one of the latest casualties of education cuts in Dundee.
- Black Watch given notice of September mission to Helmand Province
Black Watch soldiers are preparing for a dangerous mission to take on the Taliban in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
- Community service order for Guardbridge woman who spat on man during homophobic assault
A Fife woman bowed her head in shame as a court heard how she screamed abuse at her same-sex neighbours, branding them dirty.
- Dundee University Chaplaincy welcomes violinist Laura McGhee
Violinist and songwriter Laura McGhee returned to her roots with an intimate gig in Dundee.
- Tributes to 'very special friend to many' Scott McIntosh
Friends have been paying tribute to the Blairgowrie man who died after a collision on the A93 near the Spittal of Glenshee on Wednesday.
- Lawrence leads the line for Dundee United fans heading to Poland
Devoted Dundee United fans put in the hours to make sure they secured a ticket for next week's Europa League clash in Poland.
- West Coast Energy says wind farm planned for Angus coast would operate for 25 years
A wind farm being proposed for the Angus coast could be sited in the area for quarter of a century, it has been revealed.
- Man's body found in Dunfermline — the third sudden death in five days
Dunfermline has been reacting to the news that a man's body was found in the High Street on Thursday.
- Tommy Sheridan almost eligible for home leave from Castle Huntly
Tommy Sheridan will be allowed to return home on leave from Castle Huntly jail, near Dundee, later this month.
- Inquiry into death of Law Killer Alastair Thompson to begin
The death in prison of one of Dundee's most notorious murderers will be examined at an inquiry at Perth Sheriff Court.
- Arbroath Royal Marines base and MoD tight-lipped on phone hacking scandal
Officials at RM Condor in Arbroath have closed ranks on the phone hacking scandal.
- Plan to demolish Menzieshill's Shand pub to make way for shops
A Dundee pub building will be pulled to the ground if a planning application gets the green light.
- News of the World scandal delays decision on RAF Leuchars
An announcement on the future of RAF Leuchars is set to be delayed because Westminster is so consumed by ongoing phone hacking allegations, The Courier can reveal.
- 'From the gutter to the sewer' — soldier's grandmother hits out at News of the World
A Dundee woman whose grandson was killed in Afghanistan has said she is delighted at the demise of a tabloid newspaper that sank from the gutter to the sewer over the phone hacking scandal.
- Business leader says nationwide broadband access will be 'critical component' of future prosperity
The regional chairman of one of Scotland's major business organisations has warned that failure to deliver high-speed broadband to rural areas will continue to threaten the ability of people to start and run their own business and to provide employment.
- Cycling councillor on a mission to get more to take to the saddle
A Perthshire councillor who cycles to meetings has urged others to follow in his carbon-saving footsteps.
- Currys to close store in Murraygate
Dundee's shopping district has been dealt a blow after electrical retailer Currys confirmed it is to move out of the Murraygate later this year.
- 'I can't thank them enough' — can you help us find the pair who saved Buddy the labrador at The Hermitage?
A Coupar Angus man has showered praise on two heroes who plucked his much-loved pet from a raging torrent.
- Tay Mills flats approved after government reporter overturns council decision
Plans to convert part of an old mill in Dundee city centre into 25 student flats have been approved on appeal.
- Dundee Airport security investigation concludes with no disciplinary action taken
No one is to be disciplined over a potential security breach at Dundee Airport, it has been confirmed.
- 'We cannot do any more' — Strathkinness shop owner gives emotional insight into financial pressures facing village services
The increasing dominance of Britain's supermarkets is being keenly felt in a picturesque Fife village after the owner of its only shop decided to throw in the towel.
- Amorous Swede sent back home after disastrous trip to Perth
An aspiring Romeo has returned home to Sweden after a failed bid to find love in Perth led to two court appearances.
- Scottish Government rejects 'Trojan horse' housing proposal for Wormit
Controversial plans which would have led to a population explosion in Wormit have been thrown out by a Scottish Government reporter.
- UPDATE: Spittal of Glenshee crash victim named as Blairgowrie man Scott McIntosh
A 26-year-old man who died in a horrific three-vehicle accident on the A93 near Spittal of Glenshee on Wednesday has today been named by police.
- Lorraine uses wedding to give something back to Ninewells Cancer Campaign
An Arbroath woman who had treatment for breast cancer at Ninewells Hospital has handed over a cheque to express her thanks for the care she received.
- Property downturn forces developer to redraw plans for Broughty Ferry Esplanade flats
Pressure from the bank over the economic downturn has forced a developer to go back to Dundee City Council to seek fresh planning permission for the second phase of a luxury flats development in Broughty Ferry.
- Axis-Shield rejects £230 million takeover bid by US firm Alere
Shares in Dundee biotech firm Axis-Shield soared by 44% on Wednesday after it rejected a multi-million-pound takeover bid by a larger US rival.
- Police investigate female jogger's frightening ordeal at hands of stranger
A lone female jogger was subjected to a frightening ordeal last week after being approached three times by the same man.
- Heavy rain causes flooding, with thunderstorms set to follow
A deluge swamped Tayside and Fife — with more rain expected over the course of the week.
- 'It is a 24/7 kind of a job' — RAF Leuchars Typhoon pilot reflects on Libya mission
Just days after flying a series of crucial missions in the skies above battle-scarred Libya, a Typhoon pilot from RAF Leuchars has told The Courier of his joy at returning home to his family.
- Parents ready to play hard to fight off threat to Aberfeldy park
More than a decade after saving their much-loved playpark from closure, a group of Aberfeldy parents are to reprise their fight.
- New restaurant to offer 'al fresco eating' on the Perth Road
A plan for a restaurant in the heart of Dundee's student area has been granted conditional approval.
- Pair found dead in Dunfermline named as James Drysdale and Derek Neilson
Police have today named the two men whose bodies were found in a house in Dunfermline at the weekend.
- Family pay tribute to motorcyclist Callum Patton
The family of a Perth motorcyclist who died following a road accident at the weekend have paid tribute to him.
- Councillor says Grove Academy fuel bills have soared since move into new building
Grove Academy's fuel bills appear to have rocketed since it moved into its new building, a Broughty Ferry councillor has reported.
- Fire Brigades Union says cuts leave Fife service facing an 'impossible' task
Firefighters in Fife face an impossible task and can no longer guarantee public safety, it has been claimed.
- Councils warned against using private security firm police say was a front for organised crime
Councils have blacklisted a private security firm after Tayside Police exposed it as a front for organised crime.
- Cabinet will be asked to keep fate of RAF bases secret for four days
The UK's most powerful politicians are set to learn the fate of RAF Leuchars on Thursday — but will be ordered to keep a lid on the decision until next week.
- Victim of early-morning Dundee fire named as former artist George Martin
An 82-year-old man who died following an early-morning blaze at his Dundee home has been named by police.
- 'There was a nice feeling of Scottishness' — Dougie MacLean accepts OBE from the Queen
It was scarier than playing live to thousands — but a deep sense of Scottishness in the palace enveloped singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean as he accepted his OBE from the Queen.
- Taylor Shepherd development at former Wellbrae Primary rejected
Angus councillors have refused planning permission for a housing development on the site of the disused Wellbrae Primary School in Forfar.
- More direct trains to Glasgow for Tayside commuters by end of 2011
Rail commuters in Tayside are set to benefit from improved timetables to Glasgow, it has been claimed.
- Revised plans for Perth store submitted by Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's has lodged revised plans for a £40 million supermarket to be built on the former site of Perth's agricultural mart, in a move that it claims could bring 500 jobs to the town.
- Major boost to dental services with new centres in Methil and Glenrothes
Two new NHS dental access centres open in Fife this summer.
- Driving test trial 'extremely positive' for Forfar and Arbroath
Angus driving instructors have said that a trial to bring driving tests closer to candidates bodes well for tests in Arbroath and Forfar.
- Spanish students eager to learn Scottish way of life from Dundee hosts
A group of Spanish students keen to learn about Dundee were welcomed to the city by Lord Provost John Letford.
- Not just men in a boat: HM Coastguard needs Angus and Mearns volunteers
HM Coastguard is appealing for volunteers to respond to a range of emergency situations in Angus and the Mearns.
- Visiting astronaut Colonel Alvin Drew on the future of man in space
On February 28 this year, Colonel Alvin Drew became the 200th man to walk in space. Currently in Dundee to receive an honorary degree from Abertay University and deliver a public lecture, the American astronaut told Jack McKeown about the future of space exploration.
- Revised Grundon incinerator plans are threat to Perth, warns councillor
City leaders risk underestimating the threat posed to Perth by plans for a £100m incinerator, a senior local councillor has told The Courier.
- New buses launched but Stagecoach boss can't promise new Ninewells Hospital services
Not every town and village in Angus can expect a direct connection to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, a bus boss has said.
- Perceptions of Dundee changed by waterfront regeneration
The regeneration of Dundee's waterfront is already changing perceptions of the city, according to a local councillor.
- Tayside Police go to town on under-age drinking in Arbroath
Officers from Tayside Police community task force capped their latest deployment to Arbroath, by disposing of alcohol taken from under-age drinkers.
- Anti-Tay turbines lobby claim 'hoodwink' over government biomass subsidies
Campaigner fighting against plans to build a massive biomass generator at Dundee docks say the plant would not be built if it were not eligible for government subsidies.
- Perth Road shops up in arms over Sainsbury's store plan
Sainsbury's plan to open a new store serving Hawkhill area has run into opposition from a number of shopkeepers who fear the move will devastate local trade.
- Group to take up concerns with Brechin abattoir bosses
Brechin residents are to take up a series of concerns with abattoir bosses before a controversial slaughterhouse reopens.
- Blairgowrie man Marc Assenti used former girlfriend as bait for assault
A Perthshire man has been found guilty after trial of assaulting a man in a remote, wooded area, after planning an elaborate plot to lure him there using his ex-girlfriend as bait.
- Second world war shell found on Kinshaldy beach is blown up by experts
Bomb disposal experts have finally been able to blow up a second world war bomb that washed up on Kinshaldy beach in Fife on Wednesday.
- Dramatic rescue of 50ft cliff plunge dog at Mariners Grave
An Angus man climbed down a treacherous cliff in pitch darkness to rescue his dog after it fell 50ft.
- Climate change committee issues warning on Longannet carbon capture scheme
A cutting-edge carbon capture and storage programme planned for Longannet Power Station could miss its start date unless promised government funding is approved immediately.
- Time to up the game: Scottish councils told their recycling efforts are not enough
Scottish councils have been told they must do more to increase the amount of household waste they recycle.
- 'Essential' that Rosyth ferry freight service is retained
Any loss of the freight ferry service running between Scotland and Europe would be catastrophic, experts have warned.
- Recognition for efforts of Duke of Edinburgh gold award winners
A Dunfermline staff nurse and Perthshire entrepreneurs are among those to embody the determination needed to earn a Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.
- Drugs suspected in deaths of Dunfermline men
Drugs are believed to have claimed the lives of two men in the Touch area of Dunfermline.
- RAF Leuchars Typhoon crews back home from Libya
Pilots from closure-threatened RAF Leuchars are safely back in Scotland after a series of crucial operations in battle-scarred Libya.
- Kevin Drapajlo cleared of attempted murder charge
A Dundee man accused of attempted murder has been cleared of the charge at the High Court in Perth.
- T in the Park festival-goers told of ecstasy death fears
Festival-goers have been warned not to take ecstasy at T in the Park after the deaths of two men in Ayrshire were linked to a super-strength batch of the Class A drug.
- Blaze in Stobswell claims life of elderly resident
An elderly man has died following an early morning blaze in Mains Loan, Dundee.
- Fly-tipping remains a scourge across Angus
Angus Council is investigating over 300 reports of illegal fly-tipping every year.
- Proposed wind farm near Arbroath 'to power 10,000 homes'
A proposed new wind farm in Angus could produce enough electricity per year to power 10,000 homes.
- Retiring rector John Hunter hits out at conditions in purpose-built Grove Academy
Must do better — that is the stern message to the company responsible for managing the new state-of-the-art Grove Academy building in Broughty Ferry, amid allegations it is failing to provide a comfortable environment for staff and pupils.
- Replacing Perth city hall with civic square has 'universal support'
The largest private employer in Perth's town centre believes plans to demolish the former city hall can now claim almost universal support.
- GAFG appeals to transport minister Keith Brown after blow to hopes of A92 upgrade
A Glenrothes action group has called on the Scottish Government to reject an unacceptable recommendation not to upgrade the A92.
- Armed forces celebration helping troops 'get the job done'
People in Dundee saluted the brave servicemen, women and veterans of the British Armed Forces over the weekend.
- Waterfront Nightclub hosts fight night for good causes
While all eyes of the boxing world were on Hamburg for the weekend's heavyweight bout, a series of lesser-known pugilists went toe to toe in Angus.
- Stobswell business loses its fight with council over roadworks
A business has lost its fight with the council over a recent road upgrade they claim had been completed without public consent.
- Stracathro Hospital supporter attacks inspectors on 'minor' faults
One of Stracathro Hospital's most ardent supporters has launched a blistering attack on a national inspection body that highlighted faults in a report published last week.
- Drama as men's bodies found in Dunfermline
The bodies of two men have been discovered in a Fife town, sparking a major police operation.
- Councillor undertakes firefighting triathlon for The Moira Fund
An Angus councillor spent a day in the boots of a firefighter, as part of a personal fund-raising effort following the abduction and murder of her niece.
- Singing dream over but vision remains for Montrose singer Jenna White
One woman's dream of making the Hollywood semi-final of a global singing talent search is over — but she has vowed to continue to follow her dream of becoming an international star.
- Discussion with UK Government source a further boost for RAF Leuchars
The campaign to retain RAF Leuchars has been handed a massive boost after defence chiefs were warned any alternative would leave Scotland facing an economic disaster.
- Celebrities take steps to help twins Ayley and Chloe Hirsch
Tayside celebrities took part in a fund-raising walk for Angus twins Ayley and Chloe Hirsch.
- Drifting yacht rescued by Broughty Ferry lifeboat
Rescuers at Broughty Ferry lifeboat station were scrambled to help a stricken yacht that almost collided with the Tay Bridge.
- Sun shines on record Scottish Game Fair crowd
The annual Scottish Game Fair enjoyed a record-breaking year as thousands of visitors made their way to Perthshire and the grounds of Scone Palace over the weekend.
- Political fears for future of Rosyth freight ferry
The firm behind the freight ferry service between Scotland and Europe is preparing to scrap the route and pull out of Rosyth, a leading politician has claimed.
- Assault and robbery of Dundee pensioner prompts conviction rate examination
Police in Dundee are hunting a man who carried out a cowardly attack on a Broughty Ferry pensioner at the weekend, sparking outrage from an elderly residents group.
- Osprey expert claims ban from Loch of the Lowes reserve
A wildlife expert who tended to the now world-famous osprey Lady claims he has now been banned from visiting her nesting site.
- Son Andrew's life is 'a gift that keeps giving'
An Angus mum who lost her teenage son to a brain haemorrhage and donated his organs to help others from just 10 months old is urging people to sign up to the organ donor register during National Transplant Week, which begins today.
- Biker dies at Queen Margaret Hospital after A912 Falkland-Strathmiglo accident
A 40-year-old motorcyclist has died after he came off his bike on the A912 Falkland-Strathmiglo road in Fife.
- Support needed to protect Dundee's children from exploitation
A charity has warned more support is needed to protect children from sexual exploitation in Dundee after it emerged some as young as 10 have been targeted in Scotland.
- Action plan drawn up to determine cause of Feus Road flooding
Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, has met Scottish Water in a bid to receive an update on action being taken to look at flooding in Feus Road in Perth.
- Moncreiffe Hill Wood blooms a seasonal splash of colour
After a wet start to the week, the sun shone on the riot of colour that has emerged at Moncreiffe Hill Wood.
- New off-road maps aim to boost Perthshire's cycling credentials
Perthshire's growing reputation as one of Scotland's most welcoming areas for cyclists and mountain bikers has been boosted with the launch of 16 off-road cycling route cards.
- Kengo Kuma's V&A design entered for World Architecture News award
Kengo Kuma's design for the V&A at Dundee is in the running for a prestigious architecture prize — before construction work on the building has even begun.
- Sensation science centre breathes new life into Dundee's zombie story
Dundee may have been declared a zombie-free zone by the city council this week, but the prospect of the undead stalking the streets looking for brains to eat has not been entirely ruled out.
- Record attendance expected for 2011 Arbroath Sea Fest
Organisers of the Arbroath Sea Fest have revealed that more than 30,000 visitors are expected at this summer's event.
- New chief executive for Kingsbarns Golf Links
Kingsbarns Golf Links has appointed Alan Hogg as its new chief executive.
- Impromptu show starts Dundee Blues Bonanza with pizazz
The 17th annual Dundee Blues Bonanza kicked off in style with an impromptu street performance by two of its international stars.
- Game Fair hopes to draw record crowds to Scone Palace
The organisers of the Scottish Game Fair are hoping to attract record crowds this weekend to Scone Palace, with the overall attendance of the three-day event set to top last year's figure of 33,000.
- Wartime comments forgotten as Duke of Edinburgh charms Methil
The Duke of Edinburgh may have once been rumoured to call Methil a dump, however the people of the Fife town proved they had put the past behind them on Friday by warmly greeting their royal visitor with smiles and cheers.
- Four! — family members taking on golfing challenge in memory of Susan Crosbie
An Angus mum's tragic battle against a rare form of cancer has inspired her family to embark on a longest-day golf challenge in her memory.
- World Jampionships launched in Scotland's soft fruit capital
The search for the world's 'berry best' jam-maker has been launched in the heart of Scotland's soft fruit growing area.
- City planners turn down two of three proposed taxi ranks
Dundee planners have knocked back proposals for two new taxi ranks in the city centre.
- Albert Bar in Montrose forced to shut until noise problem is addressed
An Angus pub has had its licence suspended following a long-running battle with the council over noise complaints.
- Supporters confident of future for St Andrews Botanic Garden — but not without change
A popular Fife attraction at the centre of a funding crisis could yet enjoy a bright future following a series of negotiations between interested parties.
- Inspectors find improvements but ongoing weaknesses at Southern Cross' Riverside View care home
A Dundee care home heavily criticised by inspectors has made improvements, but its standard of care remains weak.
- 'Everything to play for' — new hope for Perth's city status bid
The race for city status has taken a dramatic turn after it was confirmed there may be more than one winner.
- Carnoustie group launches early bid for share of wind farm community cash
An Angus community group has bid for spin-off funding from a new wind farm — before an application for the development has even been submitted.
- Police want to close Tay Road Bridge during towers' demolition
The Tay Road Bridge could be temporarily closed later this month to prevent motorists being distracted by the demolition of four Dundee tower blocks.
- Grand Saturday opening for Craigtoun Country Park's famous miniature train
Just a few short months ago, the very future of Craigtoun Country Park was hanging in the balance.
- Friarton Bridge pile-up van driver had texted for help to stay awake
A van driver who caused a near-fatal pile-up on the Friarton Bridge at Perth had texted friends just minutes before asking them to help him stay awake.
- Bulgarian jailed for stealing purse from 92-year-old woman
A young Bulgarian has begun a nine-month prison sentence after snatching the purse of an Angus 92-year-old.
- Councillors reject planners' advice and approve Morrisons supermarket in Kirkcaldy
People power prevailed at Fife Council headquarters when campaigners for a Kirkcaldy supermarket were granted their wish.
- 'We fed it some bits of sausage roll' — ferret fills up at Dundee petrol station
An unusual customer popped in to visit staff at the Scott Fyfe filling station on Dundee's Arbroath Road.
- Mother of injured road workman angered by 'pathetic' sentence handed to driver Jordan Caird
The mother of one of two workmen struck by a car while they painted lines on a road has described as pathetic the sentence handed down to the driver.
- Businessman given two-year ban and £1500 fine for driving at 133mph on A90
A Tayside businessman clocked at 133mph in a high-powered Aston Martin near Forfar has been fined £1500 and banned from the road for two years.
- Crown drops case against Polish war veteran Sylvester Nowak
The case against a Polish war veteran accused of attacking two female police officers with a knife and axe has been dropped.
- 'He only had six years but he did a lot with them' — tears and laughter at funeral of Aidan Sands
A little boy with the face of an angel — that was just one of the tributes paid at the funeral of Dundee six-year-old Aidan Sands.
- Prime Minister David Cameron's comments give hope for RAF Leuchars' future
Prime Minister David Cameron has raised hopes RAF Leuchars will be spared closure after declaring himself impressed by the remarkable level of support for the base.
- Scottish Parliament condemns 'deplorable' attacks on ambulance crews
The deplorable number of attacks on ambulance crews in Tayside and Fife has been condemned in the Scottish Parliament.
- 30,000 join strike in protest at UK Government's planned changes to public sector pensions
Tens of thousands of Scottish public sector workers took part in a day of strike action over the government's proposed changes to their pensions.
- Jellyfish power — blooms causing waves across the country
Plagues of scary-looking jellyfish are forcing beach swimmers and paddlers to stay out of the water — and have even forced the shutdown of one of Scotland's nuclear power plants.
- Dundee dentist facing misconduct hearing after claims of aggressive behaviour towards patient
A Dundee dentist could be struck off after being charged with behaving in an aggressive and inappropriate way towards a patient who complained of pain.
- Councillor says critics of £40 million Madras College plan 'want to see this project fail'
A senior councillor has launched a stinging rebuke to critics of the £40 million proposal to build a new school in St Andrews.
- Muirfield Action Group asks Scottish ministers to put brakes on schools merger
A group of parents has submitted a written plea to the Scottish Government in a last-ditch effort to stop the merger of two Arbroath primary schools.
- Thousands attend opening day of Perth's Challenge Cup meeting
Thousands visited Perth Racecourse on Wednesday for the first day of its Challenge Cup meeting.
- Angus quarry digs East Neuk Festival sand artists out of a hole
An Angus quarry operator has been held up as the saviour of a key artistic component of this year's East Neuk Festival.
- Tayside Police board member says crime rate 'will undoubtedly rise'
A leading member of the Tayside Joint Police Board has warned that crime in the region will undoubtedly rise despite new figures which show that crime figures are at a 10-year low.
- Big party to celebrate full testing phase of Rosyth dockyard's giant Goliath crane
There were fireworks over the Forth when Fife's newest landmark — the Goliath crane at Rosyth dockyard — was officially opened.
- Future of Glass Pavilion restaurant unclear after firm's collapse
The future of Broughty Ferry's Glass Pavilion is a mystery after a company which has its head office at the Esplanade restaurant collapsed into liquidation for unpaid tax.
- Fife to investigate using online video to 'engage more people' in council business
Meetings of Fife Council could be filmed and streamed online in a bid to make decision making more accessible to the public.
- Budget pressures forcing councils to cut roads maintenance at time of greatest need
Motorists are set for continuing pothole misery as councils slash spending on road repairs.
- TalkTalk debt collectors finally hang up thanks to a little help from The Courier
A widowed Angus pensioner hounded by debt collectors over a bogus £30 charge has claimed a victory thanks to help from The Courier.
- New Fathers 4 Justice group promises action against sheriff who jailed David Hawksworth
A controversial fathers' rights group has threatened to protest outside the home of a Dundee sheriff after an activist was jailed last week.
- Stagecoach profits rise 25% despite 'challenging times'
A year after warning of challenging times for the transport sector, Stagecoach has reported a 25% rise in operating profits.
- Sacked Dundee teacher Linda Ross wins unfair dismissal claim
Dundee teacher Linda Ross has won her unfair dismissal claim against the city council.
- MoD spending provides hint of RAF Leuchars' survival
Campaigners believe the pendulum is swinging in favour of retention of RAF Leuchars after figures revealed the Ministry of Defence has recently pumped almost £3 million into the base.
- Transport minister admits A9 dualling might be decades away
Scotland's transport minister has admitted dualling the A9 north of Perth could take decades.
- 'Quality, originality and diversity' — food ambassador ready to sing Fife's praises
Food writer and chef Christopher Trotter will attempt to open the doors of Fife's larder to the waiting world, as he has been named the region's first food ambassador.
- Arbroath mini lighthouse cleaned of artistic additions
A mini lighthouse at the entrance to Arbroath has been cleaned up after being the subject of some unwelcome attention.
- Extra carriages to tackle early-morning overcrowding on train service to Edinburgh
Extra carriages will be introduced on early trains between Dundee, Fife and Edinburgh after concerns over severe overcrowding.
- School inspection reports lead to clash between councillors
Accusations of failings within the education system in Perth and Kinross have sparked heated debate between local authority members.
- Naval officer fined and banned for 111mph drive on A90 in Angus
A naval officer has been fined and banned after admitting driving at 111mph on an Angus road.
- Residents welcome Pitkerro Road crossing progress
Road safety campaigners in the Maryfield area of Dundee have welcomed the news that improvements on a busy route are to be investigated.
- Scottish Government told public 'have a right to know' why Glasgow 2014 chief John Scott resigned
The Scottish Government is being urged to come clean over the resignation of the chief executive of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
- 'Just outrageous' — Dunning Glen parties leaving problems in their wake
Groups of youngsters using a Perthshire beauty spot to drink and party are blighting the scenic area, according to locals.
- 'Every time I close my eyes I hear it again' — cyclist faces long and expensive road to recovery after terrible accident with lorry
A Fife woman whose life was left hanging by a thread after a devastating accident in Italy now faces an agonising battle to fund critical medical care.
- West Coast Energy reveals plan for seven-turbine wind farm between Arbroath and Carnoustie
Proposals have been unveiled for a £21 million wind farm between Arbroath and Carnoustie.
- Prison and 25-year internet ban for Perth paedophile
A paedophile caught with over 1500 indecent photographs of children and who had previous convictions for indecent conduct and shameless indecency has been sent to prison for 27 months and ordered not to access the internet for 25 years.
- Split could undo plans for single-site Madras College
After years of meticulous planning, £40 million proposals to build what was heralded as one of Europe's finest schools in St Andrews could unravel in the face of unprecedented criticism.
- NHS Tayside balances books with £1 billion expenditure
NHS Tayside spent almost £1 billion in the last financial year — almost £2.5 million a day.
- Scotland braced as up to 30,000 PCS members may strike
Scotland is bracing itself for major disruption on Thursday when up to 30,000 public sector workers are expected to go on strike to protest against UK government plans for pension reform.
- Man stole from parents to pay Liverpool drug dealers
A recovering drug addict stole his parents' savings to pay off a drugs debt to dealers in Liverpool, Dundee Sheriff Court has heard.
- Scales of justice weigh down on Arbroath man smoked out during haddock heist
An Arbroath man who broke into a fish merchant wearing an apron and rubber gloves while high on drugs to smoke himself some haddock has been jailed for eight months.
- Locals warned Dundee Airport night noise will last the rest of the week
Residents near Dundee Airport are faced with another week of late-night noise after it emerged the contractors resurfacing its runway have fallen behind schedule.
- Glasgow man set up elaborate operation in bid to steal copper cabling from roads
A Glasgow man was fooling no one when he set up an elaborate ploy to steal copper cabling from underneath roads in eastern Perthshire.
- Proceeds of crime laws allowing record amounts of cash to be seized
Proceeds of crime legislation has been used to seize record amounts of cash from Scots criminals in the past year, including over £100,000 from a Tayside businessman convicted of allowing an old Angus church to be used as a cannabis farm.
- Plan to make street one-way thwarted by glider hitch
Plans to make a street near a Dundee primary school one-way have been put on hold — because a resident is worried about how he will get his glider out of his drive.
- Plans for a 'Perth city square' on show at public exhibition
The plans to demolish the City Hall and put a new civic square at the heart of Perth have gone on display for public scrutiny.
- Revised Carrach wind farm plans have one fewer turbine — but lower cash rewards for community
Angus landowners with ambitions to establish the county's first wind farm on land near Kirriemuir have submitted a formal planning application to the local authority.
- 'No glass ceilings' — Dundee's new education director wants staff and pupils aiming higher
The fortcoming shake-up of the Scottish exam system has been welcomed by Dundee's new education director.
- Efforts to tackle alcohol problems help former care worker avoid prison for stealing from elderly woman
A former care worker who betrayed her employers by robbing the elderly woman she was entrusted to look after has narrowly escaped a prison sentence.
- Jordans nightclub in Cupar given green light to continue youth band nights
A Cupar nightclub has been allowed to continue holding band nights for teenagers despite police concerns about underage drinking.
- RM Condor assault allegation: marine will not be court martialled
An Angus Royal Marine at the centre of allegations that a recruit was forced to eat human excrement and drink urine will not be court martialled and has not been deployed to Afghanistan.
- £10,000 Blairgowrie fire could have been even worse
A Blairgowrie farmer has been left counting the cost of a blaze which ripped through his property early on Monday — but firefighters revealed it could have been much worse for the area.
- University lecturer says proposed anti-sectarian legislation would be 'most authoritarian law in British history'
An Abertay University lecturer has launched an online petition to protest against anti-sectarian legislation he claims will be the most authoritarian law in British history.
- Anthony Baxter launches crowd-funding bid to take You've Been Trumped to New York
An Angus documentary maker behind a film investigating Donald Trump's golf course near Aberdeen is planning a premiere in the billionaire's home city New York.
- AP Jess says incinerator is not part of plans to reopen Brechin abattoir
Brechin residents have been assured that the reopening of an abattoir in the town will not mean a return to action for a controversial incinerator.
- More jail time for 'horrendous' offender Edmond Eccles
A man with a horrendous record of offending, who tried to rob a man and kicked a woman's car in a Dundee street, has been jailed for 47 months.
- Lord McCluskey's panel calls for law change to exclude UK Supreme Court involvement
A top team of legal experts is calling for a change in the law to keep the UK Supreme Court out of Scottish justice.
- Baxter Park car vandalism trial to hear from 70 witnesses
A 60-year-old Dundee man accused of scratching 40 cars in the Baxter Park area of the city will stand trial in July.
- Dunfermline's Simclar Group enters administration — putting more than 200 jobs at risk
Dunfermline's Simclar Group has gone into administration, putting more than 200 jobs at risk.
- Meeting with Michael Moore leaves Residents Action Force Leuchars spokesman buoyant
The fight to save RAF Leuchars will go down to the wire after senior officials at the heart of the UK Government revealed details of the controversial strategic defence review are still being thrashed out.
- Soots you — John Hunter powers to victory in Scottish Coal Carrying Championship in Kelty
Thousands lined the streets as a world champion left a series of rivals choking on his dust at an iconic sporting event in Fife at the weekend.
- Pitkerro Road crossing campaigners have high hopes
Members of a Dundee community remain hopeful that a campaign for a safe road crossing can still prove successful.
- Thousands take to the streets for aquatic-themed Dunfermline Children's Gala parade
There was something fishy going on in Dunfermline at the weekend.
- Give It Up For Baby anti-smoking scheme finding most success in Perth and Kinross
A Perthshire smoking cessation scheme has been hailed as one of the most successful in Scotland.
- Police appeal for witnesses to three-vehicle crash on A9 near Bankfoot
Police are appealing for information following a three-vehicle collision on the notorious A9, involving a lorry, a car and a tractor.
- Rowan Viking jack-up oil rig leaves Dundee
The Dundee waterfront looks slightly sparse this week, after a high-profile visitor to the city returned to its life at sea.
- Sunday no rest day for RNLI crews at Montrose
Montrose's lifeboats were called out twice on Sunday afternoon.
- Haldanes chief executive linked to string of failed businesses
A businessman with interests throughout Courier country has racked up debts of up to £8 million, it has been claimed.
- Ancient Mason Lodge of Dundee No. 49 holding open day to 'dispel myths'
A Dundee Masonic lodge will open to the public at the weekend to dispel myths.
- Perth's Polish community setting up support for children of Aleksandra Korkus
Members of Perth's Polish community are making efforts to support the children of a woman who was fatally injured, by setting up collection boxes and a bank account.
- Lifeboat crew races to save dog stranded off Crail
A pet dog has cheated death by just a few seconds after being cut off by rising tides off the coast of Fife.
- 'Shocking' number of attacks on Fife and Tayside ambulance crews
Ambulance crews in Tayside and Fife have been assaulted more than 50 times in the past three years — figures described as both shocking and unacceptable.
- Arbroath man beat addiction — and found love with his support worker
A former Arbroath heroin addict has celebrated his first wedding anniversary — with the wife who used to be his support worker.
- Norway thanked for latest batch of sea eagle chicks
A number of sea eagle chicks are settling into their new home at a secret location in Fife after being brought to Scotland from Norway.
- Angus Council gives backing for campaign to control Staffie breeding
Angus Council has become the first Scots authority to back a local man's campaign for stricter controls over the breeding of Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
- Over £200,000 raised by Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp
Over 200 hardy souls will wake up to sore legs this morning after the first Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp at the weekend.
- Pro-RAF Leuchars lobby meets Scottish secretary Michael Moore today
With a decision on the future of RAF Leuchars a maximum of three weeks away, the case to retain the Fife base will today be taken to the UK parliament.
- Zombie planning — undead hordes no threat to Dundee City Council
Dundee City Council has been asked what its plans are for dealing with an invasion by zombies and vampires.
- Enchanted Forest organisers confident of a successful transition to new venue
Organisers expect this year's Enchanted Forest to sell more tickets than ever before, with 25,000 now on sale.
- Provender Brown voted best Scottish delicatessen
A Perth retailer has seen off fierce competition to be crowned the Scottish deli of the year.
- Falkland Palace's restored tennis court already a smash hit with the swallows
All eyes may be on Andy Murray at Wimbledon, but the National Trust for Scotland has just served up its own ace at Falkland Palace.
- Fresh warnings after council tax rebate scam resurfaces
Criminals are still taking to the phones in a bid to trick bank details out of unwary people, despite their scam being uncovered months ago.
- New home the perfect birthday present for Laurel the seal
Last year may have been something of an annus horribilis, but much-loved St Andrews seal Laurel is now looking to the future with renewed optimism.
- Crossing campaigners take a step closer to victory
Campaigners are a step closer to winning their battle for a crossing to an Angus village hall, after councillors voted to bring forward fully-costed proposals for the project.
- Digital Spark conference to help companies find hidden value
Businesses in the digital creative industries are being urged not to miss out on major profit opportunities ahead of an international conference at Abertay University next week.
- 45 Commando Marines and Afghans working together on area safety
Arbroath-based Royal Marines have this month been working with Afghan soldiers and local police in Nad-e Ali South to provide greater security and stability in the area of Zaborabad.
- Putting on the pressure — legend Tom Watson drops in to watch women's Himalayas competition
As one of the most famous and talented golfers of all time, Tom Watson has been involved in some mighty tussles on some of the world's finest fairways.
- Former Tory councillor Edward Adam hits out at sectarian row MSP
A former Conservative councillor, whose father was rector of a Dundee Catholic school, has lashed out at a Tory MSP who claims faith schools amounted to state-sponsored conditioning of sectarianism.
- Take That and party — Courier secures Hampden tickets for group who saw theirs stolen
The Courier helped a Dundee woman and her friends to see their idols Take That on Friday night — after thieves stole their original tickets to see the Fab Five in concert.
- Channel 4 approach Dundee's Hann family for documentary
Dundee's biggest family are getting ready to be television stars, with Channel 4 keen to screen their story.
- 'I want consensus' — Salmond's anti-bigotry bill climbdown catches Parliament by surprise
Alex Salmond has bowed to opposition pressure and agreed to delay a tough new crackdown on football-related sectarianism.
- 'Be realistic' — plea to landlords to help prevent housing benefit changes causing a homelessness crisis
Dundee landlords are being urged to be realistic and consider lowering their rents in the face of changes to the housing benefit system.
- Deep Sea World helps Alice Pyne tick 'swim with sharks' off her bucket list
A teenage cancer sufferer who made an online wish list of things she has always wanted to do has fulfilled a lifetime ambition by swimming with sharks.
- 'Offensive and untenable' — Bishop angered by MSP's 'sectarian' schools comments
The Scottish Tories have been accused of being spiteful towards Catholics after claiming separate schooling amounted to state-sponsored conditioning of sectarianism.
- Dairsie man given probation for driving car over girlfriend
A drunken joyrider who ran over his girlfriend as she slept in a tent, leaving her permanently disfigured, has narrowly escaped being sent back to jail.
- Safe pair of hands prevents baby Ricci making a big splash
A quick-thinking Dundee mum had to stop her baby daughter from making a big splash when she made an unexpected arrival this week.
- Group reveals design that would see part of Perth City Hall retained
On the day Perth and Kinross Council applied to demolish Perth City Hall to make way for a civic square, an alternative vision of the future for the heart of the town was unveiled.
- Questions about £500,000 Arbroath West Links project at time of severe financial pressure
The announcement of a £500,000 upgrade for Arbroath's seafront West Links has been overshadowed by a row over how cash-strapped Angus Council has found the funds for the scheme.
- Police warn that bending of licensing rules is turning some members' clubs into nightclubs
Fife members' clubs could be subject to tighter restrictions to prevent them becoming nightclubs at weekends.
- Disabled pensioner could only watch in terror as thief raided her home
A thief who left his disabled pensioner victim terrified as he searched her home for cash to feed his heroin addiction has been jailed for eight months.
- Council told giving more information might have avoided taxi rank row
Any litter dropped by passengers using a proposed overnight taxi rank outside St Andrew's Cathedral must be cleaned up before morning, Dundee City Council has been told.
- Scott Nichol's father struggling to get over his grief
A Forfar father is facing the first anniversary of his son's death next month, still with more questions than answers.
- MSPs condemn plan to cull coastguard
A proposed cull on coastguard bases, which could see the Fife Ness station axed, has received strong condemnation at Holyrood.
- Uneven distribution of NEETs in Dundee compared to Perth and Kinross
The number of people under the age of 17 in Dundee who are out of education and unemployed is five times higher than that of neighbouring Perth and Kinross, new figures have revealed.
- Dundee student fined over biomass protest — then graduates 24 hours later
A Dundee University student graduated only 24 hours after she was fined for protesting against plans to build biomass generators at four Scottish sites, including Dundee.
- 'This is June!' — amazing video of freak hailstorm in Dundee
Astonishing video has emerged showing how a hailstorm in Dundee on Thursday afternoon led to scenes that would have looked extreme in January — but were verging on the ridiculous for June.
- Taymouth Castle transformation a step closer to reality after holiday homes approved
Taymouth Castle and estate's planned transformation into a world class hotel and golf resort has overcome a major hurdle.
- 'It will bring the country to a stop' — Dundee union leader backing calls for national strike
A leading Dundee trade unionist has called on all public sector workers to go on strike this month in a fight to protect jobs, pensions and services against government cuts.
- Tayside Police report warns leader of single national force would be 'unduly exposed' to political pressure
Creating a single Scottish police force risks putting undue power in the hands of its chief constable — and leaving him or her at risk of interference from politicians.
- House of Commons transport committee report strengthens case of Fife Ness Coastguard station
A proposed cull of Coastguard bases, which would see the Fife Ness station axed, has been branded seriously flawed by a group of MPs.
- Repeat drink-driver spared jail after sheriff accentuates the positives
A drink-driver has walked free from court after a sheriff delivered the defence on his behalf.
- Wellgate shopping centre purchase is a vote of confidence in a city 'undergoing a major transformation'
The new owner of the Wellgate shopping centre in Dundee has cited the ongoing regeneration of the city as a reason for its purchase.
- NHS Fife 'does not recognise' sums mentioned in MSP's consultant contract allegation
Cash-strapped NHS Fife has defended its hiring practices amid allegations that it paid hugely enhanced salaries for consultants on a part-term contract.
- Stagecoach blames commuter card price rises on soaring fuel bills
Stagecoach passengers face being hit in the pocket again, just two months after the company announced a fresh hike in prices for its regular customers.
- Supporters staging marathon to help St Cyrus Playgroup survive financial pressures
St Cyrus Playgroup is facing a cash shortage that could threaten its existence.
- Police asked to investigate reports of 'organised foreign gangs' stripping beaches of whelks
A Dundee MP has launched a probe into organised foreign gangs rumoured to be collecting whelks from a Broughty Ferry beach.
- Kinfauns Church house plan rejected for fifth time
Objectors say they are elated that a plan to create a luxury home next to their family graveyard has been thrown out by the council.
- Cally's heading to Harvard
A west Fife girl is one of only three young Scots to win a prestigious seven-week scholarship to Harvard.
- Holidaymaker who tried to video friend in shower is spared prison sentence
A Dundee man who set up a hidden camera in a bid to capture naked video footage of a female friend has escaped a prison sentence.
- 'On a par with Sir Alex Ferguson' — Dundee University honours United legend Jim McLean
It's a world record — I have never smiled that long in my life. That was how Dundee United legend Jim McLean greeted the attention he was receiving from photographers as he received an honorary degree from Dundee University on Wednesday.
- SNP react with fury after Labour MP Ian Davidson's 'narrow neo-fascism' comment
The SNP have demanded the resignation of a senior Labour MP after he branded the party neo-fascist.
- Councillors back move to merge Muirfield and Timmergreens primaries in new-build school
Angus councillors have finally rung the bell on two Arbroath primaries with a vote in favour of creating an £8 million 500-pupil school for the west of the town.
- Scaled-down plans for incinerator put to council by Grundon Waste Management
Planners behind a controversial £100 million waste incinerator in Perth — previously described as a pollutant-belching monstrosity — have submitted revised proposals which they hope will allay public fears and meet the approval of Perth and Kinross Council.
- Dundee City Council staff redeployment could be biggest change in its history
Proposals for a staff reorganisation at Dundee City Council would be the biggest single change at the authority since its creation in 1996.
- Falling oil revenues provide fuel against independence — Michael Moore
Plummeting North Sea oil revenues provide a compelling case for Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom, Scottish secretary Michael Moore has claimed.
- Bruce Festival should deliver king-sized financial lift to Dunfermline
The Bruce Festival is set to produce a £400,000 boost for local traders, according to the event's organisers Dunfermline Delivers.
- Grieving family thank all who tried to save Dundee boy Aidan Sands
A six-year-old Dundee boy who was found unconscious at the bottom of an Angus swimming pool has lost his fight for life.
- City could get on board with Food Train home delivery scheme for pensioners
Dundee pensioners who struggle to get to the supermarket could soon be helped by a shopping home delivery service.
- Man who tried to sell rare lemurs escapes with fine
An animal enthusiast has vowed to take a break from owning any exotic pets after escaping serious punishment at Perth Sheriff Court.
- Man fears how possible Southern Cross collapse would affect care home
As Britain's biggest care home group struggles to stay afloat, financial wheeling and dealing is dominating the headlines. But in all of the group's care homes across Tayside, uncertainty is blighting the lives of individuals. Marjory Inglis spoke to one relative with a wife in an Angus care home.
- Glenrothes drugs raid digs up stolen plants
Flowers stolen from a Glenrothes park were returned after being found by police during a drugs raid.
- Angus Council to introduce means testing for social work services
Angus residents who receive social work services in their home may now be charged for provision they previously got for free, it has been revealed.
- Forestry Commission woods investigated for wind energy potential
The potential to harness wind energy in two Forestry Commission woodlands in Fife is being investigated, with three smaller forests also being looked at.
- Government claimed to 'lack vision' over Scottish Roman centre
The Scottish Government has been accused of lacking vision over proposals to improve Roman history tourism in the country.
- Tax credit where it is due — marked collection rate rise in Dundee
Dundee has seen the biggest improvement in Scotland in its council tax collection rate.
- Tayside Criminal Justice Authority against ditching young offenders scheme
Urgent talks are being sought with the Scottish Government to try and save the valued Right Track young offenders programme as funding runs dry this month.
- NHS staff consider themselves 'afterthoughts' — MSP
Mid Scotland and Fife MSP John Park has criticised the NHS over its treatment of hospital staff.
- Brechin caravan park owner concerned at council's stance on flood prevention
An Angus caravan park owner, facing the prospect of losing his firm to compulsory purchase, has hit out at councillors opposing flood alleviation measures.
- Taxi licence application scotches woman's benefits fraud
A 46-year-old Dundee woman who obtained more than £30,000 in benefits by claiming she was a single parent when she was living with a partner was sentenced to 12 months in prison at the city's sheriff court.
- Group out to stop planned wind farm near Largoward
Stop Turbines At Cameron, Kinaldy (STACK) is fighting proposals to build five turbines near Largoward.
- Athens or bust for Forfar magnificent seven
Jim Morrison may not yet know it, but from this morning he might have to get used to answering to the name of Jeremy.
- Aberfeldy residents urged to make use of new learning campus
The Aberfeldy community was urged to make the most of its new campus as it was officially opened.
- Dundee Steeple congregation to migrate for a year
The congregation of one of Dundee's oldest churches is to move out of its base in the heart of the city for a year.
- Newport's Netherlea Hospital subject of region's in-patient review
A Fife hospital that cares for elderly patients may become a casualty of changes to the region's health service.
- Concern at marked increase in serious assaults in Tayside
The number of serious assaults in Tayside leapt by almost a quarter over the past year.
- Boys charged over Peter Pan mosaic damage
Tayside Police have charged three young boys in connection with alleged vandalism to a Peter Pan mosaic in J. M. Barrie's home town, Kirriemuir.
- Ballinluig hives destroyed after American foulbrood infestation
A disease that can devastate honey bee colonies has been discovered in an apiary in Perthshire.
- Cost of Broughty Ferry school transfer soars
The cost of moving Eastern Primary School in Broughty Ferry into the Grove Academy building has rocketed by £300,000.
- Prince Philip returns to support Methil exhibition
The Duke of Edinburgh will return to Methil — the Fife town he was once rumoured to have called a dump.
- Dundee man stole from friend's shed he was sleeping in
A thief who left a trail of stolen items — including an inflatable boat — in his wake after raiding a friend's shed has been sentenced to 100 days in prison.
- Senior officers warn merging police forces could lead to more crime
Merging Scotland's police forces could cause a rise in crime and the loss of thousands of jobs, the country's most senior officers have warned.
- Unions claim St Andrews University jobs are under threat
Hundreds of employees at St Andrews University could either lose their jobs or be transferred to positions on lower pay grades, union officials have claimed.
- VIDEO: Pupils react with Glee to Forfar Academy teachers' YouTube efforts
Forfar Academy staff are on track to become internet stars with a send-up of the hit show Glee.
- Community council launches broadside against Perth and Kinross Council's 'deplorable attitude'
An astonishing attack has been launched by a community council on the deplorable attitude of Perth and Kinross Council.
- Tommy Sheridan transferred to Castle Huntly
Disgraced politician Tommy Sheridan has settled into his new home — Castle Huntly open prison outside Dundee.
- Retiring Dundee education director Jim Collins 'upbeat' about future of city schools
Dundee's education director is bowing out stressing that he remains upbeat about the future of city schools.
- If not here, where? — taxi chief's question to those opposing plan for taxi rank outside cathedral
A prominent figure in the Dundee taxi trade has told those who oppose plans for a new rank outside a cathedral to grow up.
- Polish Consulate working to help family of tragic woman Aleksandra Korkus
The Polish Consulate has contacted the family of a 28-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered in Perth, describing her death as a tragedy.
- We're best by a mile — Glamis Castle launches bid to host Olympic torch
Glamis Castle will play host to the 2012 Olympic torch — if castle administrator David Broadfoot and Tayside's best known Olympian get their way.
- New council chief Richard Stiff seeing the 'wow factor' in Angus schools
The chief executive of Angus Council has suggested that schools in the county are ahead of the game after being left hugely impressed by the quality of the rural authority's education establishments.
- Tough training paying off for bodybuilder Andrew McLaughlan
A Dundee teenager is gunning for success after reaching the finals of a national bodybuilding competition.
- Family hope fatal accident inquiry sheriff will rule elderly man's death is proof of 'systematic failure' at PRI
The family of a Perthshire man who died just hours after he was discharged from Perth Royal Infirmary have asked a sheriff to deliver damning findings against the hospital and its staff.
- Police and council 'aware' of Arbroath traveller encampment
Police have spoken to travellers who set up an illegal encampment in Arbroath.
- Former Dundee FC captain Bobby Glennie banned for drink-driving after anonymous tip-off
Former Dundee FC captain Bobby Glennie has been fined and banned from driving after he was found to be more than twice the legal limit.
- 'If you do not toe the party line you are ostracised' — SNP councillor Ken Lyall in shock resignation
A Perthshire councillor is to stand down and emigrate to Australia, blaming disillusionment with politics in part for his decision.
- A92 safety campaigners vow to fight on despite Transport Scotland report disappointment
A campaign to upgrade safety on the death trap A92 is to continue, despite the rejection of calls to improve the route.
- Residents' group seeking answers as Brechin abattoir gears up for reopening
Brechin residents who staged a long-running campaign against emissions from an animal plant say they will be looking for answers over what new plans to resume abattoir operations hold.
- Mobile phone companies take plan for mast near Forthill Primary School to Scottish Government appeal
Vodafone and O2 are moving to overturn Dundee City Council's decision to reject plans for a mobile phone mast next to a Broughty Ferry primary school.
- 'Amazing Effie' — Aberfeldy woman goes white water rafting for 90th birthday
A fearless Aberfeldy woman has fulfilled her 90th birthday wish — but it was no sedate family party or quiet day in with friends.
- 'We've had tremendous support' — Donald Trump dismisses objectors on visit to Menie Estate
Donald Trump flew in to Scotland to oversee the progress on his controversial £750 million golf and leisure development near Aberdeen, claiming adverse publicity had helped the project and guaranteed its success.
- PICTURED: the moment Cowdenbeath woman Christine Smith learned she'd won £30,000 on the People's Postcode Lottery
An extra-special delivery had a Cowdenbeath woman reeling in surprise on Monday.
- Green fees VAT ruling in England could benefit Scottish golf clubs
A leading St Andrews golf organisation claims an English court ruling could lead to Scottish clubs enjoying significant cash windfalls.
- Balhousie Care Group looking to take over Southern Cross homes
A Forfar-based care company could take over some of the homes run by financially struggling Southern Cross.
- 38-year-old man appears on Perth murder charge
A 38-year-old man has appeared in private before a sheriff at Perth on a petition alleging murder.
- Report finds Angus Council's funding shortfall will be even greater than predicted
Angus Council is standing on the edge of a funding abyss, which could stretch to almost £35 million in the next four years.
- Dundee boy still critical after Arbroath pool accident
A six-year-old Dundee boy remained in a critical condition at Ninewells Hospital two days after being pulled unconscious from an Arbroath leisure pool.
- New Cupar railway users group warns about overcrowding on morning services to Edinburgh
The packed state of some commuter trains running between Fife and Edinburgh is causing a significant hazard for passengers, it has been claimed.
- Cupar sheriff in plea to jurors over Facebook chat
A sheriff has pleaded with jury members not to discuss evidence on social networking sites — and warned of dire consequences should they disobey.
- 15-year-old pupil's jaw broken in alleged attack at Morgan Academy
A 15-year-old Dundee schoolboy needed emergency surgery after his jaw was broken in an alleged playground attack.
- Two-week campaign reveals increase in drink-drive offences
Seventeen people were caught drink-driving in Tayside during a two-week national clampdown.
- International Year of Forests brings weekend of events to Scone Palace
Perthshire played a part in the International Year of Forests at the weekend when Scone Palace hosted its first forest festival.
- Promising start to Mountains Animal Sanctuary's Dayzee Appeal
An Angus horse sanctuary has been given a galloping start to its fund-raising appeal.
- MSP urges Fifers to pressure BT for broadband investment
A concerned MSP believes Fifers are being cheated out of superfast broadband due to some woefully inadequate telephone exchanges.
- Kieren Webster makes surprise appearance at Neurofest
The View's Kieren Webster delighted a home crowd when he made a special appearance at a charity music festival in Dundee on Saturday.
- Councillors being advised to back poultry farm near Dunning
A council planner is recommending approval of a 90,000-bird poultry production unit near Dunning despite objectors' fears about odour and noise problems.
- Usan Salmon Fisheries warns Christmas trade will be hit by post office closure
The owners of an Angus salmon fishery have claimed the closure of a post office could badly affect trade this Christmas.
- Mandy Mathieson's family offer support for Crieff parents after Martyn Gray tragedy
The Perthshire couple whose son died while they waited for an ambulance to arrive have been contacted by another family who lost a loved one in similar circumstances.
- Hardy few wait for better weather to complete Bell Rock Lighthouse regatta
The weather cast a shadow over the latest weekend event to mark the bicentenary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse — but did not completely thwart a group of hardy sailors.
- 'Fantastic' Dundee WestFest claims a world record
The city can boast a new world record after almost 350 people ran piggy back along Magdalen Green at Dundee WestFest.
- Aces at the double for Celtic legend Bobby Lennox
Celtic legend and former international star Bobby Lennox is celebrating following a sensational hole-in-one at Gleneagles which amazingly saw his opponent also achieve an ace on the same hole.
- Letham Grange members celebrate 25 years of golf — and promise there are many more to come
A closure-threatened Angus golf club has celebrated its 25th anniversary, with members predicting it will survive well into the future.
- West Coast Energy reveals plans for third wind farm in Fife
A wind farm developer has unveiled plans to erect turbines at a third location in Fife.
- Biomass plant plans put on hold while parties agree air quality monitoring programme
Controversial plans to build a biomass generator at Dundee docks could be held up for months while a programme of air quality monitoring takes place.
- Man charged after Perth woman's death
A man has been charged in connection with the death of a young Perth mother and is expected to appear in court today.
- Family hold bedside vigil for boy after Red Lion Holiday Park pool rescue
The family of a six-year-old Dundee boy have been staging a bedside vigil as he fights for his life after being pulled unconscious from a leisure pool in Arbroath.
- Fife MP to confront ministers with RAF Leuchars concerns
UK Government officials including armed forces minister Nick Harvey will meet a Fife MP following allegations that the defence review which could spell the end for RAF Leuchars has descended into a shambles.
- Delayed A92 report rejects safety campaign calls
A long-awaited report on the safety of the A92 in Glenrothes has rejected calls to improve the route.
- Officials push economic case for Taymouth Castle plans
The economic benefit of a massive tourist development in the heart of some of Perthshire's most beautiful countryside outweighs concerns about the scale of the project, councillors will be told this week.
- Angus youngster Adam Lear-Jones loses his battle with leukaemia
A young Angus leukaemia sufferer who left an indelible impression on all he met has lost his battle against the illness.
- Souter Investments strikes deal for Turkish ferry firm Istanbul Deniz Otonuslen
Sir Brian Souter's international consortium this week completed an $861 million deal to acquire a Turkish ferry business.
- New pad should help Laurel the seal adapt to life as a single girl
A seal who hit the headlines when her other half went missing during stormy weather last year is preparing to celebrate her 20th birthday by splashing out in a brand new pool.
- St Andrews Botanic Garden wins higher 'excellent' rating from VisitScotland
A Fife attraction at the centre of a funding crisis has been awarded four stars by Scotland's tourism body.
- Spanish family pay homage to legend of rock Bon Scott
Kirriemuir has welcomed a rock-mad Spanish family who made a pilgrimage of almost 2000 miles from their home in Cordoba to pay tribute to one of the town's most famous sons.
- Muirview Unit at Stratheden Hospital recognised for 'architectural excellence'
A Fife hospital has been recognised for its architectural excellence by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
- Homes and businesses will be evacuated during Maxwelltown multis' spectacular demolition
Around 600 homes and 50 commercial premises will be evacuated when the four Maxwelltown multis in Dundee are blown down at the end of next month.
- Praise for RAF Leuchars reservist who was awarded the OBE
The leader of RAF Leuchars' reservist medics has been congratulated by the Chief of the Air Staff on receiving the OBE.
- Elements of the past in environmental group's vision of the future for Dundee
Trams back on the streets, multi-storey car parks transformed into vertical gardens and nearly all food for sale in Dundee sourced from within 25 miles of the city centre. It sounds like fantasy but a Dundee environmental group believes that is what life in the city could be like in three decades' time.
- Dick and Dom go wild in Dunfermline
Film crews working on popular CBBC programme Dick And Dom Go Wild were in Dunfermline this week.
- Large fall in Caird Hall visitor numbers
The number of visitors to the Caird Hall has plummeted by more than a quarter due to the state of the economy, councillors heard this week.
- St Andrews Preservation Trust appoints Graham Wynd as chairman
Graham Wynd has been appointed chairman of the St Andrews Preservation Trust, in succession to John Matthews.
- Monty votes new Dormy clubhouse a 'fantastic' addition for Gleneagles ahead of Ryder Cup
Former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie this week hailed the fantastic £3 million refurbishment of the Dormy clubhouse at Gleneagles.
- First Minister leads get-well wishes for Dundee council leader Ken Guild
First Minister Alex Salmond led the calls for a speedy recovery for Dundee City Council leader Ken Guild after he suffered a stroke last week.
- Young athlete Sean Clark runs into London 2012 mascot
A young Canmore Primary pupil who is inspirational to his teacher and her class had the surprise of his life when he came face-to-face with Wenlock, one of the London 2012 mascots.
- HMS Illustrious heads for sea trials after Rosyth refit
HMS Illustrious has started sea trials after completing a £40 million upgrade at Rosyth.
- Falls of Bruar casualty has serious back injuries
A 24-year-old is still in hospital being treated for serious back injuries she sustained following a 25-foot fall down a gully at the Falls of Bruar in Perthshire.
- Lorraine Kelly supports air bases as Armed Forces Day takes off
Lorraine Kelly flew the flag for RAF Leuchars' future as she started the countdown to Armed Forces Day.
- 'A credit to the city' — McManus citizenship awards recognise teenagers' contribution to community
There are about 12,000 teenagers in Dundee, but if you wanted to find the best and brightest of them then the City Chambers on Thursday would have been a good place to start.
- Prison sentence for man who carried out brutal attack on friend in Brechin
A Jekyll and Hyde character who punctured a friend's skull several times with an ornament in a drunken attack has been sentenced to almost three years in prison.
- Lennon's Bar spared punishment for licensing breach
A Dundee pub has escaped punishment after council officials discovered it had been operating with an absentee manager.
- Councillors agree to £15.5m waste plant — funded by 'prudential borrowing'
Plans for a multi-million-pound organic waste renewables plant have been approved by Fife councillors.
- 'He has an opinion on everything else' — sheriff's cutting remarks directed at first minister
A sheriff has taken a swipe at the first minister, as the row over comments made by Alex Salmond about the judiciary escalates.
- Dundee pensioner in scaffolding accident was a 'nice guy'
A Dundee pensioner who fell 30 feet to his death on Thursday has been described by neighbours as a nice guy.
- Alex Salmond refuses to back down in face of widespread criticism of legal row comments
Alex Salmond repeatedly refused to apologise on Thursday as the row over his entirely unacceptable attack on two senior Scottish legal figures intensified.
- Late bid to block Fife Council's care homes plan defeated
A last-ditch bid to stop the privatisation of care homes in Fife failed as the council approved measures to help plug a £127 million gap in its capital investment plan.
- Two deaths in Pitlochry street treated as 'pure coincidence'
Two deaths on the same Pitlochry street have been deemed non-suspicious by police and their proximity confirmed as pure coincidence.
- Fighting with police costs Carnoustie teenager his place in the sun
A Carnoustie teenager will miss his summer holiday to the Canary Islands after a sheriff ruled he must abide by a bail curfew until his next court appearance in July.
- 'She loved everybody and everybody loved her' — husband's emotional tribute after sudden death of Lesley Cuthbert
A heartbroken Dundee man has told how his 43-year-old wife tragically died after becoming ill in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
- Council hopes independent valuer can help Madras College and St Andrews University strike land deal
A new attempt is being made to break the impasse between Fife Council and St Andrews University over plans for a single-site replacement for Madras College.
- 34-year-old Kirriemuir grandmother set upon men with metal dog lead
A 34-year-old grandmother has admitted injuring three men by assaulting them with a metal dog lead after her son became involved in a brawl in Kirriemuir.
- Parent comes to the defence of Blair Atholl Primary School after inspection report
An angry parent has hit out at claims that standards at Blair Atholl Primary School are slipping.
- It Is On customers told 'It is off' when they tried to grab pizza the action
A new money-saving website has come under fire after Dundee pizza lovers who had shelled out for a prepaid voucher were turned away hungry and empty-handed from local branches of a takeaway chain.
- Terrorist threat could see RAF Leuchars spared
With a terrorist attack on UK soil still deemed to be highly likely, The Courier understands the proximity of RAF Leuchars to some of the nation's most sensitive potential targets could be enough to save it from the chop.
- Drugs workers warn dealers are pushing purer form of ecstasy tablets
A new purer form of ecstasy tablet is being sold in Dundee, drugs workers have warned.
- Woman dies and man arrested after incident at flat in Perth
A 28-year-old woman has died and a man has been arrested following an incident at a flat in Perth.
- Anstruther man punched woman in the face when Cellardyke hot tub party bubbled over into violence
A woman was hospitalised after a Fife man attacked her during a row in a hot tub.
- Woman winched to safety in Falls of Bruar rescue
A woman was winched to safety by a helicopter after tumbling 25 feet down an embankment at the Falls of Bruar in Highland Perthshire in an incident which sparked a major rescue operation on Thursday.
- 'It's unbelievable' — £10,000 donation puts Ayley and Chloe appeal within touching distance of target
An Angus mother aiming to raise £80,000 to send her twin daughters to the USA for life-changing surgery has said she can't stop crying after receiving a £10,000 donation to the campaign.
- WWF hails Longannet carbon capture plan
Plans to utilise a giant pipeline that will transport carbon dioxide through Fife, Angus and Perthshire to the North Sea have been welcomed by WWF Scotland.
- 'Noise nuisance' causing untold misery
New research has revealed that millions of Britons are suffering in silence each year at the hands of their noisy and anti-social neighbours.
- Paramedic defends staff amid 'tea break' row
A Perthshire paramedic has claimed continued criticism of his service over the tea break row is ill-informed and causing a crisis in morale.
- New Kirkcaldy supermarket a 'major milestone'
A former Scottish Enterprise chief has hailed the decision of councillors to approve plans for a new supermarket in Kirkcaldy as a major milestone for the town.
- Year of the Light Regatta appropriate for Bell Rock bicentenary
A special yacht race to and from the Bell Rock Lighthouse will take place on Saturday during the Year of the Light celebrations.
- Joblessness rate in Fife increases 7% in year
Fife is one of Scotland's top five unemployment blackspots, according to the latest figures.
- Excessive speeding forces Angus Council to move obscure sign
Angus Council has pledged to move a flashing sign ordering motorists to keep to 30mph on a notorious stretch of road after a barrage of complaints.
- MSPs pressure justice secretary over Colin Marr death inquiry
Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has been urged to order a fresh probe into the death of a young Fife man, following claims the initial investigation was botched.
- St Andrews students criticise 'silver bullet' solution to town centre residency
Student leaders have hit out at the two St Andrews councillors who supported introduction of a moratorium on houses in multiple occupation (HMO) in the town.
- Fintry man George Carr killed in Dundee scaffolding accident
A 67-year-old man from Fintry has been killed in a fall from scaffolding in Dundee today.
- Atholl Palace to receive rare trees from Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens
The Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry is looking forward to a new batch of rare conifers arriving for planting in the grounds at the end of the summer.
- Age no barrier to recklessness as six caught in Tayside drink and drug-driving campaign
Two youths were among the six drink-drivers caught by Tayside Police in the first week of a national summer safety campaign.
- Morgan Academy 'house' tradition falls to cuts
An 80-year-old school tradition has fallen foul of contemporary cuts at one of Dundee's oldest schools.
- Railway on track for Craigtoun Country Park summer season
News that it is full steam ahead for Craigtoun Country Park's miniature railway this summer has been hailed.
- Campaigners ask public to boycott Bobby Roberts Super Circus
Animal rights campaigners are urging the public to boycott a circus being staged in Perth.
- Kingsbarns villagers in David and Goliath battle against Scottish Government
Outraged residents in a Fife village are drawing up plans to take on the might of the Scottish Government.
- Large variations in Angus Council FoI fulfilment times
Angus Council took almost five months to respond to a single request under Freedom of Information (FoI) legislation, new figures have revealed.
- EIS warning on 'bleak' future for new teachers
Newly-qualified teachers are facing a bleak future, Scotland's biggest teaching union has warned.
- National Express Dundee bus drivers being asked for views on possible strike action
Dundee bus drivers could go on strike over what they regard as their terms and conditions of employment being under threat.
- Police name driver who died in accident on M90 near Perth
Police have today named the man who died in an accident on the M90 near Perth on Wednesday evening.
- James Kinsella fails to overturn conviction for attempted post office robbery
Appeal court judges have rejected a Dundee man's claim that he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice in being convicted of attempting to rob an Angus post office.
- No breakthrough yet in new effort to find body of Adam Alexander
Police have been continuing their efforts to try to find the burial site of Errol man Adam Alexander, who was killed almost 12 years ago.
- Fife Council suspends five recycling depot staff amid probe into allegations of metals theft
Fife Council has suspended five members of staff following allegations of theft.
- Monifieth raises a flag to celebrate beach winning Rural Seaside Award
Monifieth has raised the flag to mark its first Rural Seaside Award.
- 'A little pain for a lot of gain' — another plea for patience during Dundee roadworks
Frustrated drivers are being urged to show patience as major roadworks in Dundee cause drivers a little pain for a lot of gain.
- More apologies from Fife Ethylene Plant operators
The operators of a Fife petrochemical plant have again apologised to local communities after it emerged that elevated flaring is expected to continue until Friday at least.
- Family tributes to Dundee music scene figure Frankie Falconer
The family of a popular Dundee musician have paid tribute to a total one-off who died after suffering a suspected heart attack at his city centre home.
- Kinross farmer butted mother in row over leaving rent-free home
A farmer butted his pensioner mother when she tried to evict him from his home.
- David Lloyd gym evacuated during gas alert at Breedon Aggregates
Staff had to be evacuated 200 metres from an Angus quarry warehouse on Wednesday after an industrial gas cylinder caught fire.
- 'Childish' Alex Salmond faces legal threat from human rights lawyer
Alex Salmond is facing the prospect of legal action after launching an astonishing personal attack on one of Scotland's leading human rights lawyers.
- Developer will take time on 'urban village' near Clatto Country Park
The developer behind controversial plans to build 275 houses on the outskirts of Dundee has yet to decide if it will proceed to lodge a full planning application, a representative of the company has told The Courier.
- Scottish cabinet's summer schedule includes visit to Kirkcaldy
Kirkcaldy will play host to a meeting of the Scottish Government's new cabinet team in August.
- Preparations in full swing at Glamis for biggest Grand Scottish Prom yet
The biggest orchestra and the biggest stage yet are coming to Glamis Castle for the return of the Grand Scottish Prom.
- 'Shocked' Coupar Angus father Ian Stewart delivers baby Abbie at home
A Perthshire father has told of his shock at having to deliver the latest addition to his family after his wife went into labour while in the bathroom.
- Fife secondary teacher charged under Sexual Offences Act
A Fife secondary school teacher has been arrested and charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2009.
- Arbroath FC step in to offer new venue for car boot sale
A weekly car boot sale at the centre of a row that forced an Angus junior football team to fold is to be resurrected on another site.
- Former Brown aide urges Labour councillor to go as party in Fife continues to pick over election drubbing
A former aide to Gordon Brown has demanded the resignation of a Fife Labour councillor amid bitter in-fighting following the party's disastrous Holyrood election result.
- Detention for Arbroath teenager who carried out racially-aggravated assault
A serial offender who injured a man as he punched and kicked him in a racist assault has been given a four-month custodial sentence.
- 'A lot going for it' — Crieff folk think it's time for action
Residents in Crieff have been invited to attend a meeting to discuss the possibility of setting up a development trust to regenerate the town.
- Council says ban on street obstacles remains — despite Gertie the Giraffe's reprieve
Retailers in Dundee have been warned not to place advertisements on the city's pavements just days after the local authority performed an apparent U-turn over a children's ride.
- St Andrews University's Kenly wind farm plans opened up for public scrutiny
Plans by St Andrews University to build its own wind farm are being laid out for public scrutiny.
- Councillors vote to bar Orange Lodge members from laying wreath at Forfar Cross
Councillors have moved to block Scottish Orange Lodge marchers from laying a wreath at Forfar Cross during a procession.
- Friends drove parent's car without permission or licence
A pair of joyriding friends look set to be relying on public transport for the next few months after being banned from the road.
- Swedish DJ Basshunter cleared of sexually assaulting women at Kitty's nightclub
Swedish superstar DJ Basshunter has been cleared of sexually assaulting two women in a Fife nightclub.
- Boxing — and the Salvation Army — help David back on his feet after 'lowest point' of his life
Three months ago he was on the brink of suicide after losing his business, his girlfriend and his home. Now, with the help of his flatmate who intervened in the nick of time, Dundee man David Stephenson has pulled himself back from the depths of despair and is looking forward to a new career as a semi-professional boxer.
- Bat takes of advantage of full legal protection to enjoy a day in court
There was amazement when officials flung open the doors of a Fife courtroom to find a bat was in residence.
- Adam Alexander's heartbroken mother watches latest effort to find his body — and vows killer will serve full sentence
The heartbroken Perth mother of a man killed and then buried in an unmarked grave in the Carse of Gowrie wants his killer to serve his full sentence and will take her case to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.
- Family in shock at death of Carnoustie man Steven Lyon in Spain
An Angus father-of-three has collapsed and died while on holiday in Spain.
- Cowdenbeath woman's home vibrated due to sudden shutdown of Fife Ethylene Plant
A Cowdenbeath woman has described how she literally felt the walls of my home vibrating due to the noise triggered by a weekend incident at Fife Ethylene Plant.
- Parents have it spelled out to them after testing time on return to Letham Primary School
Parents played hookey from work to go back to school at Letham Primary.
- 'Appalling and horrific' — St Andrews taxi firm loses five licences after damning inspection report
A Fife taxi firm has been stripped of several operating licences after councillors heard details of a shocking litany of test failures.
- Angus Council pays out £6000 in pothole damage compensation claims
Angus Council has received over 230 compensation claims and paid out nearly £6000 to motorists who say their vehicles were damaged by potholes on the county's roads.
- Stephen Sharp showed solidarity by going barefoot for Burma
A Dundee man has just completed a year of walking barefoot — braving broken glass, sharp stones, thorns, ice, snow and high heels — to raise awareness of the campaign for democracy in Burma.
- Perthshire pupils link up with counterparts in Brittany to create interactive learning tool
Despite being separated by over 500 miles of land and sea, schools in Perthshire and France have managed to work together to develop a interactive learning tool.
- Fife Council to decide on future of Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre
Councillors are likely to decide the fate of an outdoor education centre used by generations of Fifers at their next meeting.
- Sheriff criticises legislation as young mother is found guilty of reduced charge of careless driving
A young mother accused of causing the death of an elderly man in Dundee city centre has been fined £300 after being convicted of straightforward careless driving by a jury.
- Mothballed Brechin abattoir to be reopened
A west coast company has declined to confirm when it will be reopening an Angus slaughterhouse in a move that could create 30 jobs.
- Chancellor stresses fiscal responsibility as he agrees to extra financial powers for Scottish Parliament
Chancellor George Osborne is to hand extra financial powers to the Scottish Parliament in the latest bid to strengthen devolution and fight the independence movement.
- 'It will become an icon for design for all of Scotland' — incoming director shares V&A Museum excitement
A leading figure behind the V&A Museum in Dundee has hailed the project as an icon for the city.
- Trump group goes on offensive as Scottish premiere of You've Been Trumped approaches
An Angus film director who made a documentary about the Donald Trump golf development saga has been accused of lacking professionalism and integrity by the billionaire's firm.
- A hoist for heroes at Scone Palace's Forest Festival
A massive Douglas Fir in the grounds of Scone Palace has been the scene of frantic activity as arborists prepare for a charity challenge at this weekend's Forest Festival.
- Alex Salmond accused of sending mixed messages on role of private care home providers
Alex Salmond's personal backing of the decision to privatise Fife Council's care homes shows the Scottish Government has no clear strategy on the subject, Labour leader Iain Gray has claimed.
- 'Sometimes it's better to lose and be morally right' — Fraser Macpherson's reaction to Israel motion defeat
Fraser Macpherson's attempt to condemn the Israeli government and liken its treatment of the Palestinians to that of black South Africans under apartheid has been heavily defeated at Dundee City Council.
- 'Get in touch' — wife issues appeal to missing Arbroath man Scott Watson
The search is continuing for an Arbroath man who has not been seen for more than a week.
- Locals want more answers as 'disturbing' flaring continues at Fife Ethylene Plant
Operations at the Fife Ethylene Plant should return to normal by the middle of the week, following a weekend disturbance which frightened hundreds of locals.
- City council considering moving away from Royal Mail for some post
Dundee City Council could stop using Royal Mail as it wants TNT Post, the largest private postal sector operator in the UK, to handle all of its second-class mail from July 1.
- Montrose diver recovering from decompression sickness after weekend accident
An Angus diver has been recovering from decompression sickness following a dramatic sea rescue.
- Tragic diver Graeme Mackie was a devoted family man
The diver who lost his life off the Fife coast at the weekend has been named as Tranent man Graeme Mackie.
- Salmond opens wind farms amid news of operators being paid millions to stop producing electricity
First Minister Alex Salmond has reaffirmed the Scottish Government's commitment to renewable energy — despite wind farm operators being paid millions last month to switch off their turbines.
- Firm renews attempt to build ill-fated Blairgowrie hydro scheme
The team behind ambitious proposals to build a hydro scheme and visitor centre on the Ericht in Blairgowrie has been given the green light to restart work by the Scottish Government.
- Crieff Hospital colleagues pay tribute to A9 crash victim Julia Jarvis
Staff at Crieff Hospital have been left deeply saddened by the death of a colleague, killed in a car crash on the A9 last week.
- MoD moves to end speculation on Leuchars and Condor bases
- Expect delays — drivers asked to show patience at start of 12-week South Marketgait roadworks
Today marks the start of major roadworks in Marketgait, Dundee.
- Death of young grandmother Lorraine Forbes devastates family
A Dundee family have been left devastated after the death of a 39-year-old doting granny following a sudden stroke at the weekend.
- 'A quiet space in a city' — Dundee University's Botanic Garden marks 40 years
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dundee University's Botanic Garden, a week of special events has been planned in this most beautiful corner of the city. Helen Brown talks to curator Alasdair Hood about a great public favourite.
- Visitors urged to avoid lighting bonfires in West Sands dunes
Visitors are being warned that bonfires on one of Fife's most popular beaches are damaging the dunes.
- Alyth Community Council reserving judgment on Scottish Power Renewables' wind farm plan for Bamff Hill
Alyth Community Council will listen to the latest wind farm developer to target the Strathmore countryside before deciding whether to support or object.
- Hopes of hundreds of jobs from Norwegian fish processor Morpol's move into Fife
Fife could be set for another major jobs boost, after the world's largest fish processor revealed its intention to establish a new plant at the former Lexmark factory in Rosyth.
- Farmer's application for 40.5m wind turbine at Garvock approved
A wind turbine has been given the green light by members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee despite 17 letters of objection.
- Councillor pressing for Broughty Ferry underpass work — but don't hold your breath
There appears to be little chance of a Broughty Ferry underpass getting a much-needed makeover any time soon, despite being labelled an eyesore by a local councillor.
- Council business awards raise a toast to marmalade maker Mackays
Provost Ruth Leslie Melville has hailed an Arbroath firm as an inspiration to local businesses.
- Diver dies off Methil and another rescued off Angus coast
An investigation has been launched following the death of a diver off the Fife coast over the weekend.
- Benefactor's descendants gather in Crieff for reopening of MacRosty Park
A procession of members of the MacRosty family kicked off a day of celebration at the renovated Crieff park which bears its name on Saturday.
- 'It was a real honour' — NASA astronaut Colonel Alvin Drew thrilled to attend Strathmore Highland Games
The sun shone on Glamis Castle on Sunday as it welcomed a special visitor to the Strathmore Highland Games.
- Noise of Fife Ethylene plant flaring is 'frightening' for locals
A Fife councillor has called for an inquiry into incidents at a petrochemical plant near Cowdenbeath that led to hundreds of people being awoken in the middle of the night.
- Owner allowed city centre pub Lennon's to operate without a licensed manager
The owner of a city centre pub is facing council censure for allowing it to operate in breach of licensing laws for seven months.
- Debtors warned 'cases will remain open' despite move to write off £1.5m
Over £1.5 million of bad debt is set to be written off by Perth and Kinross Council.
- DFDS Seaways' reduction of Rosyth ferry freight service raises concerns for future
The operator of freight ferry route from Rosyth to the continent has cut the frequency of sailings — raising fears for the future of the service.
- Arbroath congregations gather to remember the men who built the Bell Rock Lighthouse
Congregations from churches across Arbroath have joined for a special ceremony to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.
- Fraser Macpherson says his Israel efforts have received 'outpouring of support'
Dundee councillor Fraser Macpherson has said there has been an outpouring of support for his attempt to persuade the city council to criticise the Israeli government.
- First Minister stands behind Fife Council's decision to privatise care homes
Alex Salmond has given his personal backing to Fife Council's controversial decision to privatise care home provision.
- Community payback orders are stretching region's crime budget
Tayside's criminal justice budget is being strained further by community payback orders, a report has shown.
- Macmillan Cancer Support among good causes championed by Etape Caledonia
Fund-raising from the Etape Caledonia cycle race has topped £1 million and continues to climb, organisers have announced.
- Missing Lochgelly soldier Mehmet Ali Osman may have been home
A serving British soldier who has gone missing may have returned to Fife earlier this month, police have revealed.
- Anstruther lifeboat crew pay tribute to retiring volunteer Paul Lewis
A long-serving member of Anstruther lifeboat crew has been honoured on his retiral by his fellow volunteers.
- Pick someone you like — diamond wedding couple's simple advice for a happy marriage
A Carnoustie couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week — and hinted at the secret for a happy marriage.
- Arbroath service to remember the men who gave their lives during the building of the Bell Rock Lighthouse
A ceremony for people of all faiths and churches will take place in Arbroath on Sunday in memory of those who died during the construction of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.
- Portrait of the architect — Kengo Kuma asks to use Courier photo
The Japanese designer of the new V&A museum at Dundee is hoping to snap up a photo taken by The Courier.
- Dayzee rascal inspires Mountains Animal Sanctuary appeal
An animal refuge in the foothills of the Angus Glens has launched a special appeal to mark the first birthday of one of its best-loved residents.
- Crew moves in to start demolition of Broughty Ferry bathing shelter
Demolition work has started on a derelict bathing shelter on Broughty Ferry Esplanade.
- Cairnie Chip Shop celebrates 50 years
The Cairnie Chip Shop in Arbroath is celebrating half a century of feeding the town.
- Black Bull whisky given a sporting chance
A whisky produced by a Dundee company, bottled in Montrose and banned in the US has made a spirited comeback.
- Dunfermline teenagers' bravery recognised at Scottish Parliament
Two Dunfermline teenagers, whose bravery has already been recognised by their college, have received recognition in the Scottish Parliament for their outstanding actions.
- Memorial fund for Cupar man Darren Lackie has already raised over £1500
A memorial fund established to ensure a popular Fife soldier is never forgotten already stands at well over £1500.
- NASA astronauts visiting Dundee to pay homage to birth of Discovery
Dundee's association with 'Discovery' is leading to a visit from a party of NASA astronauts next month.
- Woman killed in crash with tourist bus on A9 at Dowally
A woman died in a crash on the A9 in Perthshire when her car was involved in a collision with a tourist bus.
- Paramedic warns of enforced breaks' threat to life-saving work
A paramedic has warned there will be more tragedies if ambulance crews have to take tea breaks and emergency calls are routed elsewhere.
- Tay anglers may take council to court over 'incessant' rafting
River Tay anglers are considering legal action against Perth and Kinross Council after it turned down a bid to legally restrict the number of rafters using the upper stretches of the river.
- It's Fisherman's Friend to the rescue for calamity-prone Kalisto
A fishing boat bought for around £30,000 suffered a calamitous journey home to Angus after being stormbound, breaking down three times and catching fire.
- Newington Farm wind turbine rejected
The construction of a wind turbine north of Cupar has been prevented after those behind it refused to provide councillors with further details of the potential for noise nuisance.
- 94-year-old runner Andy Coogan nominated to carry Olympic torch
A 94-year-old athlete from Carnoustie could pound the streets again after being nominated to carry the Olympic torch in the run-up to next year's London games.
- Wheelchair taxis move criticised by campaigner
A prominent disability rights campaigner has underlined her opposition to a controversial proposal to make every taxi in the city wheelchair-accessible.
- Police taskforce will 'hit criminals where it hurts'
An Angus community taskforce has told organised criminals and drug-dealers, We're going to hit you where it hurts — in the pocket.
- Move sees longer fire responses in West Fife
Moving Dunfermline Fire Station means that appliances are failing to arrive at incidents in the 10-minute target.
- Jail warning for Bulgarian purse snatchers
A pair of young female Bulgarian thieves who brazenly targeted Angus OAPs, aged 92 and 79, in town centre purse snatches have been warned by a sheriff they are facing jail.
- Career thieves targeted House of Bruar
Two career thieves who targeted one of Scotland's most prestigious retailers whave each been jailed for 10 months.
- Dundee City Council loses nearly 1000 staff with fears more could go
Nearly 1000 employees quit Dundee City Council during the last year.
- Man armed with sword on Cupar streets remanded
Alarmed people called the police after a man was seen on the streets of Cupar armed with a two-foot sword.
- 'Lost' images raise doubts in child abuse case
The trial of a Dundee man accused of possessing indecent images of children appeared to be in doubt after a court heard an allegation that police officials had lost the images.
- Court hears how lorry smashed into stranded car on A90
A court has heard how a lorry driver's unblemished 40-year record behind the wheel came to an end with what could have been catastrophic consequences after his vehicle ploughed into a broken-down car on the A90 dual carriageway.
- Fight for Pitlochry's town centre goes on
The battle for Pitlochry town centre continues after a new report detailing apparent problems with the controversial development was submitted to planning chiefs.
- More than £11,000 seized from drug dealer
More than £11,000 has been seized from a Dundee man after a sheriff ruled that the money was obtained through drug dealing.
- Washout ends struggle to stage Cupar Highland Games
Years of poor weather have rained on the parade of a Fife highland games and forced the show to be cancelled.
- Man found with 'commando knife' on Blairgowrie street
A young man is facing custody after he admitted drunkenly stumbling around a Perthshire street while waving what has been described as a commando knife.
- SNP warns David Cameron against 'imperial' meddling in independence referendum
First Minister Alex Salmond has warned David Cameron from imperially meddling in the forthcoming independence referendum.
- Forfar woman jailed after policewoman's syringe ordeal
A female drug addict whose hidden needle pricked a woman police sergeant's thumb during a body search has been jailed for nine months.
- Alex Salmond's pledge on ambulance tea breaks after Martyn Gray's tragic death
First Minister Alex Salmond has vowed to change rules forcing paramedics to take tea breaks following the tragic death of a Perthshire three-year-old while waiting for an ambulance.
- Jordan Caird sobs as court hears how his drink-driving has left workman in wheelchair and needing constant care
A young man sobbed uncontrollably on Thursday as a court heard how he ran over two workmen as they painted lines on a Fife road.
- Support agencies say they are dealing with far fewer cases of 'bubbles'
Dundee's boom in bubbles appears to have burst after drug treatment agencies said they were dealing with far fewer cases involving the so-called party drug.
- Ex-Dundee minister is first to break away from Church of Scotland over gay clergy issue
A former Dundee minister has become the first clergyman to break away from the Church of Scotland over its decision to lift a ban on gay ministers.
- Man who died in crash outside Kirkcaldy named as Brian Forbes
The man who died in a crash outside Kirkcaldy on Wednesday evening has this morning been named by police as Brian Forbes, of Kettlebridge.
- Nick Clegg announces early access to borrowing powers towards new Forth crossing
The Scottish Government is to be given early access to borrowing powers to help fund the new Forth crossing, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced.
- Mother's anger as fresh bid to find body of Adam Alexander is abandoned
A grieving Perth mother has hit out after the latest bid to locate her son's body was abandoned at the last moment.
- St Andrews Students' Association 'incredibly frustrated' by news of HMO moratorium
A moratorium has been imposed on new houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) in central St Andrews after a warning the area could soon be completely populated by students.
- Cecil Beaton's royal portraits will be city's first V&A exhibition
A unique collection of royal portraits will become Dundee's first V&A exhibition later this year.
- 'There is so much potential' — Inch Cape offshore wind farm seen as start of something big
A proposed 180-turbine wind farm 10 miles off the Angus coast will benefit the area's economy immeasurably, according to one councillor.
- Fife Council urged to rethink private sector care homes plan in light of Southern Cross problems
Fife Council is coming under increased pressure to abandon its plans to privatise the region's care home services.
- Reality bites as council starts to add detail to programme of cuts
The public finance squeeze is being brought home to Perthshire communities as the latest in a raft of detailed cuts are outlined.
- Price hikes like ScottishPower's give councils little hope of cutting fuel poverty
Increases in energy prices mean that Dundee City Council's efforts to tackle fuel poverty are inevitably going to fail, according to a local authority figure.
- Firm denies construction of Tullis Russell biomass plant is making too much use of foreign labour
A major row is brewing over the employment of foreign labour at one of Fife's biggest companies.
- Former church minister put on probation for 18 months for benefit fraud
A former minister who resigned from her Angus parish in disgrace following an affair with a married church elder has been sentenced for benefit fraud.
- Tay District Salmon Fishing Board fails in bid for new byelaw to restrict rafting
A bid by anglers to restrict the amount of time rafters can use the Upper Tay has been rejected by Perth and Kinross Council.
- Opponents line up to ridicule Swinney's claim that Rosyth could still win British defence contracts in an independent Scotland
It is inevitable that Rosyth would lose its contract to build British warships in the event of an independent Scotland, an MSP with close links to the dockyard has insisted.
- Tay Taxis director says some city cabbies are 'too lazy' to help people into cars
A Dundee taxi firm director says the trade in Dundee is need of a radical shake-up — as he accused some drivers of being too lazy to get off their backside to help people into cars.
- Realise Renewables claims survey reveals majority support for Carrach wind farm near Kirriemuir
A renewables company has published a survey which it claims proves the majority of residents are in favour of a wind farm being constructed five miles north-west of Kirriemuir.
- Family tribute to Rosyth man Alexander Ormiston
The family of a Rosyth man who died a fortnight after an alleged assault have paid tribute to him.
- Joe FitzPatrick raises 'appalling' Ninewells Hospital case at Holyrood debate
The appalling treatment of an elderly dementia patient in Ninewells Hospital is a sad reflection on all of us, a Dundee MSP has told his parliamentary colleagues.
- For better or worse? — Worrying findings in Dundee Social Survey
Years of community regeneration projects appear to be missing the mark as residents in some of the most deprived parts of Dundee have reported increasing dissatisfaction with the areas where they live.
- Southern Cross announcement raises fears for jobs — and care of the elderly
The jobs of staff at nearly 20 care homes in Tayside and Fife are under threat after troubled firm Southern Cross announced it is to cut 3000 posts across the UK.
- Pig slurry poured through pensioner's letterbox
An Angus pensioner woke to find what is believed to be pig slurry had been poured through her letterbox.
- One-legged house-breaker sentenced to 40 months' jail
A one-legged heroin addict staged a string of house break-ins across Perth.
- Man dies and seven injured in crash on Kirkcaldy to Kinghorn road
A man died and several people were injured following a devastating crash in Fife on Wednesday night.
- Irish move prompts new call for tax relief in video games industry
Dundee West MSP Joe FitzPatrick has issued a fresh call for tax breaks to be introduced to help the city's video games industry after the Irish Government announced it is considering implementing them.
- VIDEO: 'Terrible beauty' of Methil chimney stack ends with a blast
The forever skyline changed forever when the 300ft Methil chimney stack that inspired artist Jack Vettriano was demolished on Wednesday.
- Consumers' bills make hidden contributions to renewable energy
Electricity customers are paying billions each year to subsidise investment in renewable energy.
- Rubble all that remains of fire-ravaged CeeGee's in Crieff High Street
A gaping hole has been left in Crieff High Street after the devastating blaze which ripped through a clothes shop early on Tuesday.
- Kishor Dangol hopes for local support to ensure he can stay in the UK
Back in his adopted home of Kirkcaldy, Nepali asylum seeker Kishor Dangol is appealing to locals to help his fight to stay in the UK.
- Angus service veterans set off on poignant cycle to Wootton Bassett
Three Angus service veterans took to the saddle this morning at the start of a symbolic 400-mile journey to the small English market town which has become synonymous with the sacrifice of today's war heroes.
- Scottish Friends of Israel object to motion proposed by city councillor Fraser Macpherson
A pro-Israel campaign group have accused a Dundee councillor of using historically inaccurate and distorted arguments to propose a motion that criticises the country's government.
- NHS Fife says Victoria Hospital has already acted on inspectors' hygiene advice
NHS Fife says a plan to address issues highlighted during an unannounced inspection of Kirkcaldy's Victoria Hospital is making progress.
- 'He fought right to the end' — family lead tributes to teenager Christopher Howie
A Dundee teenager who fought a long and courageous battle with cancer has died in hospital with his family by his side.
- Quiz night raises funds in tribute to Monifieth dad Christopher Richardson
Family, friends and former colleagues gathered at a fund-raising quiz night to celebrate the life of a Monifieth man who died of stomach cancer aged just 41.
- Three-year sentence means terminally ill sex offender John Goldie could die in jail
A terminally ill sex offender could die in jail after he was imprisoned for three years.
- New owners of Ballumbie Castle Golf Club promise bright future
The future of a troubled golf course has been settled, with administrators confirming that a buyer has been found.
- Shop and home destroyed in ferocious early-morning blaze in Crieff High Street
Firefighters and Crieff's community spirit have been hailed after a fire reduced one of the town's finest High Street buildings to a smouldering ruin.
- Liam Fox's emphasis on Moray only adds to fears for RAF Leuchars
The future of RAF Leuchars in Fife looks bleak after Defence Secretary Liam Fox hinted that Lossiemouth could be spared in the latest defence cuts.
- Arbroath teenager started fire near petrol station
An Arbroath teenager who set a fire close to a petrol station — forcing it to shut down its pumps — has been put on probation for a year and ordered to undertake 120 hours of unpaid work.
- SNP follow through on pledge to provide 1000 extra police officers
The Scottish Government has met its pledge to put an extra 1000 police officers on the streets.
- Noranside prisoner Gary McMenamin guilty of assaults on officers
A prisoner serving a 28-year sentence for a brutal 1980s Edinburgh murder has been found guilty of assaulting and threatening to kill three prison officers at Noranside open prison in Angus.
- Dundee taxi group chiefs at odds over proposed switch to wheelchair-accessible vehicles
A row is brewing between two Dundee taxi associations with opposing opinions over proposals to make all cabs in the city wheelchair accessible.
- Campaigners take fight to save coastguard centres to Downing Street
Fife MPs have backed a petition campaign to save UK coastguard stations.
- Experts warn ScottishPower's huge price hike will herald new wave of increases across the industry
Average fuel bills are set to rise by more than £170 a year after ScottishPower opened the floodgates to a new wave of energy price hikes.
- Hugh Mullen fails to get attempted murder conviction quashed
A Blairgowrie man serving a lengthy prison sentence has failed in a bid to have his conviction for attempted murder overturned by the Appeal Court.
- Inspectors say Victoria Hospital 'generally clean' — but stress need for hand hygiene
Staff at Kirkcaldy's Victoria Hospital have been told to wash their hands more often to reduce the risk of infection.
- Historic papers discovered at Hospitalfield House
Fascinating material providing a missing link in the history of Arbroath's Hospitalfield House has emerged in perfect time for a special open doors event this weekend.
- Plans for prime St Andrews site prepared for public consultation
A plan for redeveloping a site in central St Andrews is about to go out to public consultation.
- Councillors asked to agree new approach as road repair backlog exceeds £60 million
More than £60 million needs to be spent to bring the roads network in Perth and Kinross up to standard, it has been revealed.
- Plans to create seal protection zone at Kirkcaldy
A stretch of Kirkcaldy's shoreline could be designated a safe haven for seals under new legislation.
- Ninewells Hospital's 'Mrs V' case prompts national action on care of dementia patients
Inspection teams are to be sent into Scottish hospitals in a bid to ensure there is no repeat of the woefully inadequate care given to a dementia patient in Dundee.
- Artist who led Peter Pan mosaic project says Kirriemuir won't give in to vandals
The artists who led the creation of a gateway sculpture to Kirriemuir's Peter Pan play area has added her voice to the local anger and disappointment expressed after vandalism at The Hill.
- Man due in court after death of Alexander Ormiston three weeks after alleged attack in Rosyth
A man was due to appear in court today after the victim of an alleged assault in Rosyth almost three weeks ago died.
- Councillors told proposals for wheelchair-compliant taxis are 'very bizarre'
The possible future of Dundee's taxi trade has been shown to councillors — as an industry official criticised proposals that could make all cabs in the city wheelchair-compliant.
- Scottish secretary says two referendums would be needed for independence
Westminster will demand two separate referendums before Scotland can break away from the United Kingdom, Scottish secretary Michael Moore says.
- Glasgow man guilty of knife raid at Perth betting shop
A Glasgow man has been been found guilty of terrorising staff at a Perth bookmakers by carrying out a masked raid with a knife.
- Dog owners urged to play it safe after attack on pet greyhound in Monifieth
A Monifieth man whose greyhound was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier has hit out at thoughtless dog owners who allow their pets to run free in public places, despite knowing they pose a danger.
- There's no arguing that World Schools Debating Championship will bring economic boost to Dundee
Dundee could soon welcome an investment boost of over £1 million when the city hosts the World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) in August.
- Neighbouring force asked to investigate after man dies in Dunfermline police station cells
An investigation has been launched after a man died in the cells at Dunfermline police station over the weekend.
- Dundee Airport facing a shutdown if security staff vote to strike
Dundee Airport could be shut down next month if security staff strike over pay.
- Marines of 45 Commando will 'inevitably' leave RM Condor
A military expert has said it is virtually inevitable that the Royal Marines of 45 Commando will leave their Angus base for England.
- Police to review case of Mary McLaren's wanted murderer Patrick Rae
Police are carrying out a review into how murderer Patrick Rae was able to escape notice in Scotland despite being a wanted man in his Republic of Ireland homeland.
- Crieff High Street closed as firefighters tackle 'large' blaze
Crieff High Street has been closed as firefighters tackle a major early-morning blaze.
- Brave Barry Gourlay honoured for saving canoeist
A Fifer who leapt into treacherous waters to save a stricken canoeist has been recognised for his outstanding bravery.
- Locals win the backing of Historic Scotland in fight to save Pitlochry's Bank House
The fight to retain a well-known building at the centre of a planning storm in Pitlochry has received the backing of Historic Scotland.
- 'Truly dreadful' — resident happy to see 'scary' Fraser Avenue in Inverkeithing facing demolition
A Fraser Avenue woman has backed plans to demolish the blighted Inverkeithing street.
- St Andrews University's wind farm proposals split local opinion
Proposals by St Andrews University to tackle spiralling energy bills through the construction of a wind farm have split public opinion.
- Scottish police forces launch summer road safety campaign
Motorists are being warned not to allow themselves to be caught up in the moment of summer festivities as Scottish police forces launch their seasonal campaign against drink- and drug-driving.
- Special council report confirms pain being felt by high street retailers
Economic conditions remain difficult for town centre shops, according to a detailed review of Perth's retail sector.
- Aberdeen premiere for You've Been Trumped
An Angus production company's film on the residents fighting Donald Trump's £750 million golf development in Aberdeenshire is to receive its Scottish premiere this month.
- Willie Rennie says Liberal Democrats will now support SNP's minimum alcohol pricing plans
The new leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has announced a policy U-turn by saying he will back renewed SNP plans to impose a minimum price for alcohol.
- Silver Tassie pub building destroyed in early-morning fire
Police are investigating a blaze that gutted the Silver Tassie in Leven at the weekend.
- 45 Commando base rumours raise fears of another Edzell
An Angus councillor says closing the Royal Marines Arbroath base if 45 Commando are relocated would be madness.
- Dundee to stage Dare ProtoPlay games festival
Dundee's reputation as an international leader in video games development has been boosted with the announcement that a major computer games festival is to take place at the Caird Hall in August.
- Council given £209,000 to support cycling and walking
More than £200,000 is set to be spent improving paths, cycle routes and roads across Perth and Kinross.
- North-east Fife councillors asked to agree new speed limits
New speed limits are on track to be implemented on several roads around north-east Fife following a region-wide review of A and B class routes.
- Russell Crowe shows DunCarron medieval fort will be a real star attraction
Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe has made his first visit to Scotland — and it won't be his last.
- Man treated in hospital after being attacked and robbed in Dundee street
A man had to be taken to Ninewells Hospital by ambulance after being brutally assaulted and robbed in broad daylight in a Dundee street on Saturday.
- Anger as Peter Pan mosaic vandalised in Kirriemuir
There was outrage and revulsion in Kirriemuir after vandals trashed a Peter Pan mosaic at the entrance to a new play area to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the town's famous son.
- Lomond Group 'considering its position' on smaller Riverside hotel
The company behind the unsuccessful plan for a 102-bedroom four-star hotel on Dundee's Riverside is considering its options for the landmark site on one of the main approaches to the city.
- Dunfermline man's appeal against conviction for stabbing girlfriend overturned
A Fife man who stabbed his former girlfriend has lost an appeal against his conviction.
- Old Course Hotel's Ross Marshall named Scotland's best young chef
A chef at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews has been named Scotland's best young chef.
- Angus Young Carers launch website
Young carers in Angus have launched a website which was built using their ideas and suggestions.
- Italian families swapped the not-so-dolce vita for Dunfermline
West Fife is awash with good old fashioned Italian names, many above the doors of ice cream emporia or mouthwatering fish and chip shops.
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders set to parade through Alloa
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, will hold a homecoming parade in Alloa on June 22 to coincide with Armed Forces Day.
- Election chief Angus Robertson to run campaign for Scottish independence
The referendum on Scottish independence appeared a step closer as Alex Salmond's SNP appointed a senior politician to head up its campaign.
- Perth bar owner launches legal action against council control
The owner of one of Perth's best-known bars has launched a legal bid against Perth and Kinross Council for what he believes is a campaign of persecution.
- Patrick Rae showed 'no remorse' for brutal rape and murder of Mary McLaren
Convicted rapist Patrick Rae has been sentenced to life imprisonment — for a minimum of 20 years — after being found guilty of raping and murdering Dundee mum Mary McLaren while on the run from the Irish police for another alleged sexual attack.
- Angus Council bullish about County Buildings PC glitch resolution
Angus Council chiefs said they are confident the authority has finally resolved major electrical problems, which have plagued Forfar's County Buildings for months.
- Arbroath schools merger approved after heated debate
Angus Councillors have voted in favour of merging two Arbroath primary schools during a heated meeting at Forfar County Buildings.
- RingGo starts — Mobile phone parking pilot introduced
A new way to pay for parking has been introduced in Dundee to make payment easier and reduce the thousands of pounds in counterfeit coins being used each year.
- Private care home plans are attacked by Alex Salmond
SNP-led Fife Council's plans to privatise care homes were branded untenable after First Minister Alex Salmond attacked such moves.
- BREAKING NEWS: Patrick Rae found guilty of Mary McLaren murder
Irishman Patrick Rae was today found guilty of raping and murdering Dundee mum-of-three Mary McLaren.
- MSPs join forces in battle for Leuchars
Eleven MSPs have joined forces in a potentially influential last-ditch bid to save RAF Leuchars.
- Dunfermline marine James Chalmers suffers 'terrible injuries' in Helmand blast
A Dunfermline marine has suffered terrible injuries in an Afghan blast which killed two of his comrades.
- Games firm Outplay Entertainment's new HQ in Dundee
New Dundee games firm Outplay Entertainment has opened its new offices in the city.
- Asylum-seeker Kishor Dangol awaits news of release from Dungavel
Nepali asylum-seeker Kishor Dangol, who narrowly escaped deportation last week, following an 11th-hour bid by his lawyers, is hoping to be released from Dungavel on bail on Friday.
- Huge scrapyard blaze sends smoke plume above Fife
Firefighters have been tackling a huge scrapyard blaze in Fife since early this morning.
- Leuchars Air Show now 'more crucial than ever'
The threat looming over RAF Leuchars makes staging this year's air show more crucial than ever, according to the man in charge.
- Four times as many police forces needed—report
A leading think tank has warned against a single Scottish police force — and called for the number of forces to be quadrupled instead.
- Perth's city status bid on the lips of UK's movers and shakers
Perth's bid for city status has captured the attention of decision makers the length and breadth of the UK, including leading politicians and royalty, Provost John Hulbert believes.
- Fines of £5900 for 'shambolic' rogue landlord in St Andrews
A rogue landlord who illegally rented out accommodation to St Andrews University students has racked up £3 million of debts, a court heard.
- Lord Advocate announces new 'cold case' unit for Scotland
A new cold case unit to investigate unsolved murders — such as Fifer Sandy Drummond who was killed 20 years ago this month — is to be created.
- Plans to develop run-down Longhaugh Neighbourhood Centre
A run-down centre in the heart of Longhaugh could shortly be demolished to make way for affordable housing and a new parade of shops.
- Asylum-seeker Kishor Dangol hopes to return by end of week
Nepali asylum-seeker Kishor Dangol hopes to be back in his adopted home of Kirkcaldy by the end of the week.
- Southern Cross crisis should inform council care home plans
A major financial crisis at one of the UK's biggest care home providers should act as a stark warning to Fife Council over its plans to privatise provision, it has been claimed.
- Search for alternative fuel focuses on shale gas
As North Sea gas and oil deposits dwindle, the search for alternative fuel supplies has gathered pace.
- Advocate general attacks SNP in UK Supreme Court row
The UK's top law adviser has launched an unprecedented attack on the Scottish Government as the row over the UK Supreme Court escalated.
- Three-car collision causes A9 closure near Dunkeld
A driver had a lucky escape on the A9 in a three-car crash, as motorists suffered rush-hour chaos after the collision north of Dunkeld forced the closure of the route for almost two hours.
- Posthumous bravery award for Lance Corporal Liam Tasker's sniffer dog Theo
A sniffer dog who died shortly after his Fife handler was killed in Afghanistan was posthumously honoured last night.
- Straloch and Struan primary schools may still face closure
Despite the announcement of a one-year moratorium on closing rural schools, councillors have agreed to press on with consultation about the future of two schools in Perth and Kinross.
- SEPA signs for Monifieth beach after water quality success
An Angus beach which has been awarded designated bathing water status for the first time is to benefit from new information signs.
- Parents 'fuming' at Perthshire kids' club closures
Communities across Perthshire could be torn apart by the decision to close vital after-school clubs, parents have told The Courier.
- Community health partnerships branded 'bureaucratic monoliths'
One of Scotland's top doctors has hit out at bureaucracy choking the health system after a deeply disturbing report from the country's spending watchdog.
- Band and bakers make sweet music — It's all in the mix
A Bafta-winning band are making sweet music after a Fife baker made them a playable chocolate seven-inch single.
- No room for complacency in Afghanistan, warns 45 Commando CO
The commanding officer of Arbroath's 45 Commando has warned his unit against complacency, despite a drop in insurgent activity on the Afghan front line.
- Tesco pricing error leads to rush for alcohol
Night-time visitors to the Tesco store in South Road, Dundee, were thrilled to find a till error was slashing the price of beer and cider.
- Call for drivers' patience during next phase of waterfront development
Work on the £500,000 project to realign one of the major routes through Dundee Waterfront starts this month.
- First Tipster Alex Salmond backs 'Royal Perth' race
Scotland's First Tipster Alex Salmond is giving up the day job, The Courier can exclusively reveal.
- Warning given on UK Government's support for nuclear power
One of Scotland's leading environmental groups has warned support for nuclear power in the UK could undermine the future of the renewable energy industry in Scotland.
- Jobs uncertainty with closure of Chiltern drug-testing clinic
A Dundee drug-testing clinic is to close at the end of this month because of difficult trading conditions in the global market for the development of medicines — but it was unclear how many of its 24 employees will be made redundant.
- Businessman Mark Harris free after two-week trial
A Newport businessman accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by intimidating two police officers walked free from court after a jury delivered majority not proven verdicts.
- Post Office is called on to reopen branch after sudden closure
The Post Office has said it is making every effort to get an Angus village shop open again following its sudden closure.
- Crisis-hit Southern Cross care group rent payments deferred
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