NEWCASTLE United have been told to tread carefully with Kieron Dyer despite receiving the all-clear over the England starlet's shin splint problem.
Visitors to a North-East castle are being invited to try some medieval-style courting.
STUDENTS, children and even internationally important artists enjoyed a day of Harry Potter mania at an awards ceremony in Durham Castle at the weekend.
A CHARITY has stepped in to help a family link up with a US institute which could help them cure their four-year-old autistic son.
RESIDENTS are demanding a council tax rebate because they say their lives are being made a misery by development work on Darlington Football Club's new stadium.
DARLINGTON FC chairman George Reynolds walked out of Saturday's game because he feared for his family's safety, it was revealed last night.
A TECHNOLOGY and investment event will bring together North-East science and business communities.
PLANS to turn a former pub into a youth centre have been described as a "disaster for the community" by residents.
THE final touches are being put to one of the last pantomimes of the season.
A COUNTY Durham man is to tell of his quest to discover the fate of three of his uncles in the First World War.
THE owner of a Stockton hotel has claimed that her rooms have become unlettable because of the noise from a neighbouring club.
NEW England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson yesterday refused to give Middlesbrough skipper Paul Ince any guarantees over his international future.
BLOOD from a donor who developed the human form of mad cow disease has been used to treat haemophiliacs in the North-East, health chiefs confirmed yesterday.
FRESH police warnings were issued last night after the latest in a series of letter bomb attacks in the region.
Coronation Street star Vicky Entwistle last night insisted she had done nothing wrong after being arrested over an alleged assault on a man.
African robes will take the place of an academic gown when retired Professor Neville Birdsall takes up his latest appointment.
UP to half of Corus workers in the North-East could lose their jobs this week, with an announcement on the company's future expected in the next few days.
IRISH supergroup The Corrs has postponed to-night's sell-out show at Newcastle's Telewest Arena. One of the sisters has a sore throat.
A YOUNG man accused of attempted rape will be one of the first people in the country charged with very serious crimes to receive new fast track justice.
MOBILE phones firm Orange is to offer small investors a discount in a bid to attract interest for its partial flotation later this month.
WHEN I was at school I remember reading that the Nazi party won 90 per cent of the vote in a referendum held in Germany around 1933. Can you confirm this? - LD Wilson, Guisborough.
THE funeral of a student who was to make her home in the region after studying at one of the North-East's universities takes place in France tomorrow.
students are taking to the catwalk for charity.
A FAMILY who successfully stopped smoking are hoping to inspire other people to kick the habit.
A MILKMAN has been nominated as one of the cream of the crop.
CONCERN is growing for the safety of a woman with schizophrenia who went missing on Friday after saying she was going to meet a relative.
BUSINESS is on the up for a stair-lift manufacturer after chartered surveyors Whittle Jones helped the company consolidate operations on one site.
VICTIMS of disgraced surgeon Richard Neale are stepping up their calls for a public inquiry.
PROUD parents will look on as more than 70 students receive awards for excellence at Darlington College of Technology on Friday.
CHURCH leaders are appealing for community groups to come forward to use their newly renovated church hall.
LOCAL Government Minister Hilary Armstrong will unveil a memorial plaque in Crook dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.
A HUGE land reclamation programme looks likely to start in north Durham following a lengthy delay.
AN exhibition of battledress and armour opened at Brough Park, near Catterick, at the weekend. An array of military uniforms - part of an exhibition by Dutch artist Auke de Vries, above - went on display for the first time in Britain. The exhibition, Designs for a Friesian Army, is on show at St Paulinius, a church building in the grounds of Brough Park. It is a joint venture between the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and artist Greville Worthington and features uniforms for an imaginary army to protect Friesland, in Holland Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY
AN internationally-renowned classical accordionist will perform at Sowerby Music's next concert.
A PREMIER League pet can now emulate his Sunderland FC supporting owner - with his very own red and white striped kit.
ALL these blokes writing in the newspapers and coming on television to tell us about their battle with the booze and how hard it is to lay off. I think it's time I came clean with you, dear reader, and told you the whole sordid truth about my own personal struggle which takes a rather different course.
A FIVE-YEAR development plan has been drawn up to attracting thousands more visitors to Darlington's railway museum.
THE family of football's legendary clown prince of soccer, Len Shackleton, took part in an emotional unveiling of a tribute portrait and plaque yesterday.
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a car crash which left two drivers and an 11-year-old boy in hospital.
ARISING out of any tragedy there is an understandable clamour for retribution. Often the clamour is misguided. Sometimes accidents happen and there is no one person, or no one company, to blame.
A BID to expand a pub into a next-door butchers shop has come up against opposition from English Heritage.
PEOPLE are calling on Darlington Borough Council to re-open a youth club in a popular community centre.
ARSONISTS may be responsible for a fire which swept through a North-East school causing massive damage.
RESIDENTS are to be given the chance to hear how their police district commander is looking after their interests.
YOUNGSTERS at a Darlington school are appealing for help in tracking down the subjects of two mystery photographs.
A NEW phase of parking controls in congested areas of Durham City comes into operation next week.
The next meeting of the Carers Initiative, for the carers of people with drugs problems, will be on February 5, at Woodhouse Close Church, Bishop Auckland, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. For details contact Loretta Watt on (01388) 451400.
COUNCIL house residents on a Darlington estate are to become the first in the town to manage their own properties.
IT WAS live, but only vaguely interesting. The world had, after all, witnessed countless other space shuttle launches. Challenger itself had blasted off nine previous times and that same world was becoming blas.
PLANS for a new social club will improve the fitness of hospital staff.