A family of extremely rare giant eagle owls has set up home in a secluded woodland deep in Harry Potter country.
FIVE young people from the Bishop Auckland area have taken their first steps towards a military career.
A FERRET which escaped from home has been reunited with his owner thanks to an appeal in The Northern Echo.
A SERIES of advice days are being held to help people in Wear Valley who have consumer problems.
RESIDENTS of Sedgefield are urged to recycle their Christmas trees.
COUNCIL bosses are searching their budget in an effort to save an award-winning warden scheme.
A PROJECT that helps people in Darlington get back to work has started to pay dividends, with the first of its job-seekers securing employment.
AN art exhibition using photography and light will open in Hartlepool on Saturday.
THE country's first education village remains on course to open later this year.
RESIDENTS have vowed not to give in to council plans to destroy their homes.
COUNCIL bosses have hailed the success of a campaign to enhance the cultural aspects of Darlington.
It is particularly important to look after your mare as she enters the last few weeks of pregnancy. Most importantly she must be fed properly to ensure normal growth of the foal. Additional feeding is required during the last three months of pregnancy. This is the time when 65 per cent of foetal growth occurs.
The Mayor of Ripon, Councillor Stuart Martin, has issued a thank you to the public for the concern they have showed after his wife had an accident.
A NORTH Yorkshire church has joined forces with the town council to put on a concert for the tsunami disaster fund.
RURAL issues and concern for the future of the countryside have led to an increase in membership for the local branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
CHINESE culture, jazz and Yorkshire drama are among the attractions planned for a community hall in the coming months.
HOUSEHOLDERS are being encouraged to do their bit for the environment as the festive season fades away.
MARK SCHWARZER last night admitted it is likely he will leave Middlesbrough before the end of the month.
CAMPAIGNERS against changes to Darlington's High Row are asking new questions of councillors.
WHETHER you have a little wager on Prince Charles and Camilla finally tying the knot or a quick punt on the awful possibility of Jordan and Peter Andre releasing a single together, it's the perfect time for predicting which weird and wonderful events might become reality in the New Year.
Darlington youngster Chris Hughes is delighted to be back in the first-team picture, despite having to play in three different positions in yesterday's win over Macclesfield Town.
In days of old, only the very rich were allowed to own ferrets and the 'poor' poachers would sometimes have to hide their illicit animals down their trouser legs.
SEX AND OTHER CHANGES by David Nobbs (Heinemann, £16.99) : When Nicholas Divot decides to go for a sex change and becomes Nicola, his wife Alison is furious - but only because she wants to be Alan and now has to wait her turn.
A PEOPLE'S tribunal is to be held over the way failed asylum seekers are being removed from the region.
A downbeat Graeme Souness last night pledged to re-assess his transfer priorities, despite refusing to blame a goalless draw with West Brom on the absence of his three leading strikers.
THE walls of water that devastated Asian shorelines served as reminders of the fragility of life, but yesterday new survivors emerged as a testament to human resilience.
OVERNIGHT rain threatens Ayr's fixture, but if the course survives a 6.45am inspection mud-loving Man Murphy (2.40) will be in his element.
A CONCERTED effort is to be made over the next decade to halt the trend for the Derwent Valley to become a commuter belt for Tyneside.
Courageous Lindsay Marriott has fought against all the odds to ride horses. She was born 1969, in Hartlepool, with the genetic condition Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT), otherwise known as Motor Neurone Sensory Deficiency, type two.
The region's first baby hospice is finally set to achieve its dream of providing round-the-clock care for sick youngsters. Stuart Mackintosh reports on a new dawn for Zoe's place.
WHEN Graeme Souness arrived at St James' Park in September, he talked of inheriting one of the best strike forces in the Premiership.
A DIRE encounter at the Stadium of Light yesterday saw Sunderland make it just four points from 12 over a festive period Mick McCarthy will be keen to forget.
It was a pretty cool idea racing from church steeple to church steeple. Those resourceful sportsmen would probably be delighted, even envious, to know how that race has developed into the hugely popular sport that Point to Pointing is today with over 3,000 runners annually.
Too Forward's return from the wilderness was completed with a forthright display to win at Folkestone yesterday.
ON A wet and blustery day, Catterick racecourse threw open its gates to an army of sensibly-clad racing buffs who, with hats pulled down around ears and hands plunged deep into generously cut jackets, braved the cold for an entertaining afternoon on the turf.
A NORTH-EAST hospital will today become the first in the country to ditch ordinary milk for the organic variety.
A NEWSAGENT is recovering from the shock of being targeted by raiders twice over the festive period.
THE winner of a competition to design a new logo for a campaign to cut smoking in Derwentside will be announced on Thursday.
US authorities have defended the decision to send four of its former navy vessels to the North-East.
The new film Vera Drake highlights the agony women enduced when they underwent back-street abortions. Women's Editor Lindsay Jennings speaks to a midwife who saw first-hand the sickening injuries caused by illegal abortions.
BUT for a quirk of fate, new ambulance chief John Darley might have been a professional footballer.
ROAD safety campaigners are to make a renewed attempt in the coming months to introduce a charge of causing death by careless driving.
The news that Darlington Memorial Hospital is leading the way in becoming the first hospital in the country to switch to organic milk is very welcome.
England's hopes of maintaining their proud unbeaten record into the New Year came under serious threat in the third Test after South Africa mounted an impressive fightback with bat and ball at Newlands.
A girl who survived an SS death squad in the Belgian Ardenne was unable to recall little but the name of a friend. Sixty years on, she has been reunited with that friend, Now living in the North-East. Gavin Engelbrecht reports.
FORMER Coronation Street actress Denise Welch has quit her starring role in a pantomime because of ill health, theatre bosses said yesterday.
IT'S that time of year again. No matter how good your intentions were over Christmas, that all-too-tempting surplus of chocolate, snacks and booze leaves most people with an uncomfortably tight waistband by January. So, if your New Year's resolution involves losing that stubborn spare tyre, there's only one thing for it: find a diet.
THE merger of fire control centres could mean 999 calls made in the North-East being answered at the opposite end of the country, it was claimed last night.
STEVE McCLAREN is set to turn to his young guns once again in a bid to blow a hole in Chelsea's Premiership title aspirations and rescue what is left of Middlesbrough's tattered tinsel shreds over the festive period.
A MOTHER whose dead baby's brain was retained without permission ten years ago is still waiting for compensation - because lawyers are haggling over money.