EMPLOYMENT opportunities are ringing at North-East call centres, with more than 1,000 posts up for grabs at a jobs fair tomorrow.
REDCAR'S darkest hour is to be commemorated with a memorial garden almost 50 years after 15 people died when the town was bombed during the Second World War.
URGENT action has been demanded to secure empty houses scheduled for demolition, after a fire in a derelict property threatened occupied homes.
RURAL areas in the North-East are in danger of being left behind in the race for new technology, the Country Landowners' Association (CLA) has warned.
WORK on a £2.5m expansion scheme at a Teesside chemical site is set to begin within the next few weeks.
A ZERO tolerance campaign is being launched to boost attendance and punctuality among Hartlepool's primary school pupils.
A SCHEME to improve maths teaching in Stockton has been declared a success by the borough council.
WALKING with dinosaurs could come a step closer if a daring cliff rescue comes off.
THE number of "at risk" children in a Teesside authority has fallen, according to social services figures.
IN the great scheme of things, it is difficult to know what's so wrong with a market stall trader in Sunderland selling fruit and veg in pounds and ounces.
A JOINT anti-drink-driving campaign between Durham and Northumbria Police has caught 146 drivers over the limit in its first month.
Architectural and cultural heritage has become an increasingly media-friendly topic.
DARLINGTON businesses are being urged to back a campaign to persuade more people to choose the town for their Christmas shopping.
WORK to improve life in a former East Durham pit village has started.
BUS and train group Arriva's continued expansion into the European transport market has seen its operating profit jump 9.4 per cent to £36.1m in the first half of the year.
METHODISTS in Wear Valley are facing a shake-up which could result in the closure of two churches.
ALMOST 6,500 people have objected to plans to close Seaham's ambulance station in a shake-up to improve response times.
YOUNGSTERS got to grips with a load of old rubbish at a resource centre celebration.
AN emergency town council meeting has been called in Knaresborough on Friday to discuss how it will fund a bill for up to £4,000 for a poll on the euro.
CONVICTED arms dealer Peter Bleach was offered fresh hope yesterday when Home Secretary Jack Straw personally intervened on his behalf.
COUNCILLORS are preparing to thrash out details of a scheme that will bring half-price bus travel to pensioners across North Yorkshire.
A BRAZEN flock of sheep put two marauding foxes to flight by uniting in a 36-strong band and charging the would-be raiders right out of their grazing land.
ACTION is to be taken to stop rabbits causing havoc on a town's allotments.
THE Men in Black have celebrated initial victory over an alien species which is threatening to take over the countryside.
LIKE everyone else in Consett, Tommy Moore knows exactly what it meant for the town when they closed the steelworks 20 years ago.
THE start of a major initiative to get local people from the west end of Newcastle into jobs has been launched.
PEOPLE were given a taste of Thailand when Asian exchange visitors brought a touch of spice to Bishop Auckland.
BRAVE Katie Meehan cannot wait to skip to school and play with her friends.
THERE is a North-South divide in the kind of underwear women wear, according to a new survey.
NORTH-EAST Euro MP Stephen Hughes has called for an investigation into holiday pay entitlement.
EIGHTEEN months of hard work paid off at the weekend when former football referee George Courtney unveiled a village's millennium project.
AFTER ten years of coaching, a County Durham artist has been told she is ready to go it alone.
THOUSANDS of traders across the region could be affected by a landmark decision to prosecute a North-East greengrocer for refusing to sell goods in metric measures.
A BURGLAR left behind a vital clue after raiding a house - his false teeth.
THE four-year-old boy picks up his pencil and, concentrating hard, carefully draws a circle.
SCREEN siren Jennifer Lopez's heavenly body was branded an insult to God yesterday.
IN case you missed it, here is the good news. A drug has been developed which appears to slow down the process of ageing. But before you cancel your advance order for a Zimmer frame, here is the bad news. So far it has only been tried out on primitive worms.
AS Alf Garnett's son-in-law, Tony Booth often had to puncture the extreme right-wing views of his ranting father-in-law.
UNION leaders are calling for top level negotiations with mobile phone giant Orange after it sacked more than 40 staff for circulating obscene material on its computer systems.
THE streets of Hartlepool are the cleanest they have ever been thanks to wheelie bins and teams of cleaners.
RUNNERS representing a Darlington hospice are limbering up for the Great North Run.
A TEESSIDE council has turned down an application to turn a shop and a house into flats.
RIPON farmers' markets are being backed by traders as well as shoppers, one of the organisers has claimed.
A CHRISTIAN charity yesterday lost its legal battle to prevent a "fair of erotica" taking place this weekend.
An amazing goal by Stuart Elliott earned Quakers a second-round Worthington Cup tie against Premier League Bradford City after a night to remember at the City Ground last night.
DISTANT MUSIC, one-time favourite to win the 2000 Guineas, attempts to restore his crumbling reputation in the White Rose Stakes on day two of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster today.
ALAN Shearer had the nerve and the Will as he grabbed his 200th career League goal and sent Newcastle to the top of the Premiership.
SMOKING at work has just about had it. New rules being considered this week means it will be almost impossible for people to smoke in offices, shops and factories, or anywhere where it might upset their colleagues.
PEOPLE who live near a Bishop Auckland primary school are renewing their calls for parents to walk their children to school to stop traffic chaos on their street.