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Markus is safe and sound, thanks to Shelter Scotland

From childhood, life has dealt Markus a difficult hand. There has seldom been a safe place to call home and, at his lowest ebb, he struggled to see a way forward.

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Call to action...rather than celebrating its 50th birthday, Shelter Scotland is planning a 12-month series of events and promotional activities under the banner We're Still Fighting.

Shelter Scotland: we’re still fighting, 50 years later

It is 50 years since Shelter Scotland was formed to help deal with the unique challenges of homelessness and bad housing in Scotland.

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That's my girl...Duncan Slater can now enjoy going out for a walk with his daughter Lilly (8), after having both his legs amputated. Despite life-changing injuries, he has no regrets about his RAF service.

Duncan Slater: So proud to be part of the RAF story

Despite almost every bone in his body being broken, Scotsman Duncan Slater remains both proud of the RAF and his service in it.

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Daddy's girl...Grace was just six months old when Kevin Ogilvie was injured while serving with the RAF. He and his family received a tremendous amount of support from the RAF Benevolent Fund as he tried to overcome his injuries.

Kevin Ogilvie: So proud to be part of the RAF story

Kevin Ogilvie was just 20 when he signed up to join the RAF and two years later, the young Scotsman’s life changed forever.

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Masonic Lodge members Steve Ritchie and Bill Harra returned to Loanhead from their mammoth non-stop 1700 mile charity drive for local good causes. Photo by Gordon Bell.

Driving up local charity funds

Loanhead masonic lodge members Steve Ritchie and Bill Harra embarked on their mammoth non-stop 1700 mile charity drive to Land’s End, John O’ Groats and back last week, raising £3500 for local charities.

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A train pulling into Newtongrange Train Station.

Railway extension remains on the table

The Borders Transport Corridors study draft report recommends that the Borders Railway extension option remains open.

Transport
The Forth Bridge (Pic: Jane Barlow)

Disused railway tunnel at Forth Bridge filled in

A disused railway tunnel near the Forth Road Bridge has been filled in – without anyone knowing work was being done!

Transport
The cycleway at Wester Auchendinny Bridge has now reopened.

Cycle path re-opens to the public

The Penicuik to Bonnyrigg cycle path cycleway at Wester Auchendinny Bridge has now reopened.

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Police Scotland

Appeal after bikes stolen during Penicuik housebreakings

Police are appealing for witnesses following three housebreakings and thefts in Penicuik.

Crime
The Ladies of Newtongrange Community First with Newbattle Pool lifeguards helping to promote the upcoming Pool Party at Newbattle Pool due to the pool closure and the new pool opening in the new Newbattle Centre

Making a final splash for Newbattle Pool

The local community is planning to come together to say a fond farewell to Newbattle Pool in Newtongrange, which is set to close next month.

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Dalkeith in action earlier this year (picture: Colin Wright)

St Andrews 1-4 Dalkeith Thistle

Dalkeith Thistle travelled to the picturesque town of St Andrews on a cracking day for football in good spirits following last week’s win at Bathgate.

Sport
Lasswade man of the match Stephen Hunter (picture: David Hunter)

Whitecraigs 22-24 Lasswade

Since the premature departure of Aberdeenshire, Whitecraigs had been the only tenant of the remaining relegation spot and had just two wins from their 18 games to date.

Sport
Whitehill Welfare players celebrate

Whitehill Welfare 4-2 Gala Fairydean Rovers

With three games left, Whitehill Welfare are looking to finish the season with a flourish after last weekend’s impressive 4-2 win over Gala Fairydean Rovers

Sport
Lumbert Kataleza opens the scoring for Penicuik (picture: Lisa Ferguson)

Broxburn 1-6 Penicuik Athletic

Penicuik reached their highest ever Super League points total on Saturday as they hit the 50-point mark with their 15th league win of the season.

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Camelon and Bonnyrigg fought out a goalless draw (picture: Scott Louden)

Camelon 0-0 Bonnyrigg Rose

Top of the East Super League Bonnyrigg Rose failed to find the net on a rescheduled visit to Camelon’s Carmuirs Park on Saturday.

Sport
Men's four win gold in lawn bowls (picture: Garry Bowden/Sippa)

Commonwealth Games: Ronnie Duncan is a double gold medallist

Midlothian bowlers Ronnie Duncan and Stacey McDougall produced fantastic displays to help Scotland win medals and record the country’s best ever performance at an overseas Commonwealth Games.

Sport
Danderhall singer songwriter Greg Pearson

New single for singer Greg

A Danderhall singer songwriter is set to release his second single, which he hopes will inspire others to follow their dreams like he has.

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The event will take place at Loanhead Library, in Loanhead Centre 5/3/18

Have you been thinking of flying solo?

Have you ever thought about starting your own business, working for yourself or making money in your spare time?

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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry chair Lady Smith speaking at the inquiry preliminary hearing last year.

Child abuse inquiry continues

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will next week continue investigating residential child care establishments run by organisations within the Roman Catholic Church.

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L to R: Dylan Waugh, Heather Ramsay, Sean McGill, Andrew Muir and Eli-Anna Allan sifted through artefacts including old notebooks, artwork and sports shields, to help choose items to display.

Remembering your
Newbattle school days

Pupils at Newbattle High School gladly gave up part of their Easter break to tackle a mountain of memorabilia for an exhibition next week.

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