THE prospect of round-the-clock shopping is coming to Thirsk.
RESIDENTS in parts of the North-East are to pay at least £37 more for their council services from April.
TWO East Durham schools look likely to be among the chosen few in the country to be included in a £10m Classroom of the Future pilot scheme.
A TRAINEE cleric who died in a university gym was remembered last night by fellow students.
ENGLISH Nature has welcomed a government announcement that it has designated more than 40pc of the North Pennine moors the largest special protection area (SPA) in England.
A DOCTOR is urging people to take an active interest in the running of their health service.
FANS of one of the region's Premiership football clubs are being given the chance to win one of four signed football shirts in a free draw.
LUCK seems to have run out for a fortune teller who has been touting for business in a layby near Ripley.
ONE of the country's most popular tribute bands is to perform in the region.
A CRACK that appeared in a public footpath has gradually widened, causing it to be closed for safety reasons.
MORE than 60 representatives from voluntary groups lobbied councillors over budget plans which they say will result in a cut in the social services budget.
CAMPAIGNING dairy farmer Mr Bert Langthorne is preparing to take the government to court.
VANDALS are putting the future of recycling services in jeopardy, council officials in Hartlepool have warned.
Sir, - The clerk to Northallerton Town Council, Mrs Sheila Gibbins, should have a look in her own information window. The names of members of the town council are on display with the names of the amenities committee. Coun Steve Merritt is shown on both lists, eight months after we are now told that he has left the council! This information was also on display in the town library as recently as Saturday, February 10.
THE headteacher of Britain's second oldest nursery school has told of her honour at visiting Downing Street for an education conference.
THE two men charged with the murder of student John Paul Jeffries have been remanded in custody.
DURHAM'S Labour MP Gerry Steinberg is to visit a school that has won national praise.
A NORTH-EAST man made his wife's dreams come true last night after picking up £16,000 on television quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
MORE than 20 tonnes of steel smashed into the cab of a lorry as it veered off a dual carriageway - but the driver walked away virtually unscathed.
FROM this newspaper 100 years ago. - The Richmond Post Office and Millgate had a narrow escape from being burnt down on Thursday noon. Mr H Petch, a senior postman, discovered a fire in his picture framing shop. Neighbours hastened with buckets of water, checking the flames until Mr S Rodber arrived with a hand grenade. The fire was then speedily extinguished, and before the arrival of the fire brigade Mr W Cherry's ponies were speedily removed from the stabling overhead and thus prevented from suffocation. The damage to Mr Petch's property is estimated below £100.
TWO athletes from Richmond and Zetland Harriers and one from Loftus AC picked up gold medals when they helped the Yorkshire under 20 women's team win the UK inter-counties cross country title on Saturday.
VET Nigel Haizelden is holding a course on first aid for horses on March 17 from 10am to 4.30pm.
SUNDERLAND AFC assured worried supporters last night it would not be funding a planned sports complex.
The Abbey School Walking Train route in Darlington will take on a new look with its stencilled signage, next week.
THERE is an old tradition which says that wild birds mate on the feast of St Valentine, and that the crocus comes into bloom at this time. In some parts of Yorkshire, the crocus was dedicated to this saint - although, in fact, some 52 saints share this name, while two of them share this same feast day.
AN INQUEST which resumes today could finally shed light on the mystery death of a pensioner who was found in a beck ten months ago.
SCHOOLCHILDREN on Teesside are being included in a Government survey into attitudes about buying counterfeit goods.
A MAN who jumped into a fast-flowing river when he mistakenly thought he was being followed by a police helicopter is feared dead.
YOUNG supporters of Middlesbrough Football Club were taken on an exclusive tour of the club's training ground yesterday.
BUILDING work on a hospital in the region should start in April, after approval from planners.
SITTING in the solitude of their bed-sits or back bedrooms, logged on to a virtual world which appears cut off from reality, many of those men involved in the world's largest Internet child porn ring found it chillingly easy to convince themselves they weren't doing anything wrong.
NORTH Yorkshire police will not enforce access by the National Grid Company on to land to build their controversial pylon line, if the land owner does not agree to it.
THE Friends of Middleton Tyas primary school have raised £4,000 to help maintain four full-time teaching staff.
MOBILE phones are easy targets for the "progress-means-worse" brigade, whose prejudices are fanned every time they see a gaggle of schoolgirls in thrall to saucy text messages. After the briefest of honeymoons, nearly every invention on which we now depend for a civilised life has had its period of vilification as more bane than boon.
A JUDGE delivered a stark message to drug dealers in Bishop Auckland on Monday as he jailed three men for supplying heroin.
CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a telephone mast will have to wait until councillors visit their village before a decision is made.
AN East Durham school that has drastically reduced truancy has won national recognition for its efforts.
COUNTY Durham Charolais breeder Mr Stephen Nesbitt was joint bidder for the top 28,000gns bull at the breed society's spring sale in Perth last week.
IT'S an ill wind, as they say, and Quakers' manager Gary Bennett is hoping Hull City's financial misfortunes blow him some good in time for tomorrow's game at Barnet.
YOUNGSTERS can win the latest fashion accessory by taking part in activities across Redcar and Cleveland during the half term holiday.
A WENSLEYDALE farming partnership has been able to maintain a high stocking rate, and improve the sporting capacity and environmental diversity of their moorland, thanks to European grants and entry into a countryside stewardship agreement.
A WOMAN from the region who was forced to have a second breast implant operation because of a health scare will receive compensation this month.
FLOODS minister Elliot Morley this week offered hope to a community devastated by repeated downpours.
AN ELDERLY couple from the Northallerton area are threatening to take a housing association to court after they found burglars in their home.
THE first turf has been cut for the construction of a £2.4m learning resource centre.
A TEAM of student swimmers from Darlington turned on the style last weekend to become national schools' medley relay champions.
A COUNTY Durham soldier has been sampling life in the central American jungle on a six-week Army exercise.
THE driver of a lorry involved in an accident in which two women died declined to give evidence at their inquest yesterday.
A GROUP of school pupils were thrilled to receive letters from their MP inviting them to the Houses of Parliament.
THE IRISH dream rolled on as Mary Reveley's good mare Function Dream landed the Mitsubishi Shogun Game Spirit Chase at Newbury's all-chase card on Saturday.