THE plight of families with missing relatives was highlighted yesterday when a group of charity walkers stopped off in Hartlepool.
TWO police officers who pulled a woman from a burning car, and a rookie PC who excelled in his first year in the force, have won top awards from Durham Constabulary.
WHILST briefly the SDP member for Newcastle East, Mr Michael Thomas would tell the story about the miner MP who waited several years before honouring the House with his maiden speech. Finally, since the colliery from which he had risen was facing imminent closure, the gentleman was moved to his feet.
COXWOLD Sunday, and Solomon in all his glory may not have been arrayed like the colourful crowd - Lycra for like - assembled in St Michael's. It is the 75th annual Cyclists Touring Club service, the one at which the Kingdom of God was once likened unto the cyclists caf at Gargrave - the congregation had nodded, knowingly - the one they have to come back for.
CIGARETTE workers at a North-East cigarette factory have been given a glimmer of hope in their fight to save jobs.
A black policeman is suing the Cleveland force claiming he was publicly humiliated by fellow officers when a woman falsely accused him of rape.
CHOCOLATE and soft drinks group Cadbury Schweppes is close to snapping up the Orangina drink brand from French rival Pernod Ricard as part of a £419m deal.
A JUDGE yesterday criticised magistrates who imposed only a fine on a man who hoarded Internet images of men having sex with children as young as five.
WILLIAM Hague is right. The polls do not matter. In fact, this morning they are utterly meaningless. This morning, when you walk into the polling booths, Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat and all the other parties are level pegging on zero. There is no Labour landslide, there is no Conservative wipeout, there is no LibDem opposition, there is no loud call for European withdrawal from the UK Independence Party.
WHEN Royston Ffrench notched up a grand total of 77 winners in 1998 it seemed he was a jockey destined for the very top.
AN expert told a jury yesterday that he was convinced a clockwork mouse at the centre of a Crown Court trial is the same one that was stolen from a North-East museum in 1994.
THE Old Trafford Test may be remembered for its no balls and verbals as much as the feast of dramatic cricket.
THE curse of the seventh-wicket stand returned to haunt Durham yesterday at the scene of its most harrowing appearance last season.
TONY Blair and William Hague returned to the region last night, spending the final hours of the election campaign issuing rallying cries to supporters on home ground.
IT was not quite a pre-election landslide but the dramatic swing in England's fortunes continued as Sven-Goran Eriksson proved, appropriately enough in Greece, that he retains the Midas touch.
THE Moscow State Circus has arrived in the North-East for the first time in six years.
NINE volunteers were rewarded for their work last night at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
THE secretary of a local branch of the Christian Union seems to have gone off his rocker. Simon Carpenter makes the front page of this week's Church Times with his suggestion that offices and factories should receive the laying on of hands.
THE result was sadly familiar, but Durham City's cricketers still celebrated with champagne after last Thursday's defeat at Eppleton - Gary Hulme had taken his 2,000th first team wicket for the club.
A WOMAN is hoping that her parting gift from a former boss could net her a jumbo profit this month.
WHEN it comes to voting for Tony Blair, let me try to spread a little apathy. For a start, there's more reality in Big Brother than there has been throughout Blair's election campaign. It's all been spin and smoke and mirrors, deceitful propaganda and phoney statistics about how much his Government has done for schools and hospitals. Every event graced (I'm sure that's the wrong word) by Blair's presence has been staged-managed for the television cameras. The one time he was accidentally confronted with a real voter - the woman complaining about hospital waiting lists, remember - his grin and his slogans failed him and he was left squirming like a fish on the slab at Whitby.
IT'S getting on 15 years since the Little 'Un, as then he almost was, last lunched with us in the brewery country around Masham, in North Yorkshire. He was barely two at the time, innocently persuaded to try some futuristic orange cake that was up to its neck in Cointreau, and in trouble. He snored gently in the baby seat, all the way home and for an hour or two thereafter.
Stan Wilson attended John Pickering's funeral at Hutton Rudby yesterday with memories of the day he clipped him round the ear.
WORK begins next week to breathe new life into a former Barclays Bank, which closed amid controversy last year.
LAMBORGHINI, Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lotus, and TVR will be leading a line-up of the world's greatest supercars at one of the North-East's biggest celebrations of horsepower and performance this weekend.
COUNCILLORS have refused planning permission for a former betting shop to be turned into a pizza takeaway.
IN Newton Aycliffe nine years ago, I achieved something I am unlikely to repeat, a 20-minute conversation with Tony Blair on election night.
Redcar and Cleveland College is used to giving one-to-one coaching in numeracy and literacy to some students.
SOLDIERS serving in North Yorkshire have been among millions of people around the world stunned by the massacre of the Nepalese royal family.
PLANS to build a business park in a North-East town have been given the go-ahead.
REGARDLESS of the size and direction of the swing in tomorrow's General Election, two dozen MPs from the last Parliament will take seats in the new one. And they will have gained them without any of the distasteful antics required in the month-long thrash around the hustings.
Shaun Williams was sharp to reply when police charged him with drink-driving, a court was told yesterday.
MORE than 1,500 schoolchildren are helping a superhero clean up the planet.
A PART-TIME soldier from the North-East had an audience of thousands yesterday.
PENSIONER Jean Watson hopes her double bed-sized quilt will help spread a little happiness and warmth.
PROTESTORS will take their campaign to close a mass foot-and-mouth burial site to ministry headquarters today.
A BUS company has come to the rescue of passengers frustrated by delays on a popular service.
Q: My mother has a pack of cards named Belisha, which she bought in London in 1939.
TODAY is the first day of a ten-week training schedule designed to help people get fit for this year's Darlington 10km Road Run.
NEWCASTLE Building Society has appointed a new chairman.
POLICE in the Sedgefield area have launched an operation to combat the growing problem of youth crime.
WELL, it's all right for Euan Blair. No wonder he was out campaigning with his parents over half term. He's not doing AS levels this week, unlike most of his Lower Sixth contemporaries who spent their week off locked in their bedrooms revising for exams which have lost their credibility even before the papers have been dished out.
COUNCIL staff in Darlington are enjoying a sparklingly health working environment after the introduction of an environmentally-friendly cleaning system.
POLICE are keen to trace a Samurai sword which was stolen from a car.
JUST when we might have been suffering from grammatical over-exposure - or at least a punctuated lung - Peter Sotheran writes from Redcar about that ubiquitous little blighter, the hyphen.
A TEAM of refinery workers has been helping dreams come true by taking part in a multi-sports event in the French Alps.
AMBULANCE chiefs have paid tribute to two long-serving members of staff who have retired due to ill health.
A ROW over an experimental road closure is to be rekindled -with a decision expected on whether the temporary order is to be made permanent.
TV comedian Michael Barrymore was arrested yesterday by detectives investigating the suspected murder of a man found floating in a swimming pool at the star's home.