PUPILS from 16 primary schools in the Bishop Auckland area took part in an athletics festival at one of County Durham's top tracks yesterday.
CONMEN claiming to be builders targeted a 61-year-old man.
PLANS to cut traffic congestion, increase the number of parking spaces and encourage "greener" forms of transport are being considered by council bosses.
A COMMUNITY centre has been awarded a grant to replace its floor as part of a major refurbishment.
CYCLISTS from Darlington joined a series of events to explore the town.
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a white Seat Toledo and blue Vauxhall Cavalier collided southbound on the A1(M) near junction 60 at Bradbury, near Sedgefield, on Monday afternoon.
FIGURES produced by Darlington businesses for May are in complete contrast to the previous four weeks.
CAMPAIGNERS hoping to save a top-performing school in their village have criticised Prime Minister Tony Blair and one of his strongest allies.
THE region's first nano-medicine conference will start next week.
A NORTH-EAST university will hold a popular open day today.
POSTERS and stickers telling people the walking distance to a town centre are being put up as part of a council campaign.
"Why do people read these columns?", my husband pondered. "What makes them bother?"
"I'm going to get tickets for us all, " my husband said, full of enthusiasm. "They're really good.
A COMMUNITY group in north Durham is launching its own music and dance festival at the weekend.
BUSINESSES in Darlington have been urged to back a town-wide ban on smoking.
STAFF at Dogs Trust Darlington are trying to find people who want to provide a home for a dog, after being inundated with two particular breeds - lurchers and greyhounds.
GUY Wilks was forced to play second fiddle to Suzuki team-mate P-G Andersson in Greece at the weekend, but still managed to consolidate his second place in the Junior World Rally Championship.
THE COAL Authority (CA) has come up with a long-term solution to halt the danger of rising minewater contaminating drinking water supplies
QUICK-WITTED police officers braved smoke and flames to save a family home from fire.
A CAREER criminal who burgled a student's flat has been jailed for two years and five months.
CHILDREN and parents have been putting safety first, thanks to an initiative in Darlington.
RESIDENTS say a council's decision to approve plans for a block of flats in their street was undemocratic and unfair.
PLANS to convert a former school into 26 flats and houses would cause traffic chaos and overstretch amenities, according to people living nearby.
BRITISH Waterways has launched a drive to make sure people enjoy North Yorkshire's rivers and reservoirs safely during the summer.
STAFF and students at a college are celebrating a glowing report from Government inspectors as they come towards the end of their first year at a new site.
CHILDREN at a Darlington school will learn about looking after their feet today.
POLICE investigating the murder of 11-year-old Dean Pike in an arson attack have been putting up posters appealing for information as they face a wall of silence from a community.
A BOOK explaining one of the most recognised forms of martial arts in the world has been launched in Darlington.
AN extra £149m would be available to spend on local services if North-East councils were funded the same way as their London counterparts.
A strike at Newcastle Airport, due to begin on Thursday, has been called off pending the results of a ballot. Following talks at Acas, managers tabled a revised pay offer and workers will now vote on the deal.
Lions coach Ian McGeechan last night saluted his players for helping to ''lift a dark cloud'' following their 109-6 demolition of Manawatu.
DR ROBIN WADE: I WAS very saddened to read about the events leading up to Dr Robin Wade's appearance in court last week (Echo, June 21 and 22).
Ian Harvey proved once again that he is the undisputed king of Twenty-20 cricket by thrashing a sizzling century in Yorkshire's six wicket win over previously unbeaten Derbyshire at Headingley.
Tomorrow, the Pool head for Cardiff for the biggest game in their 97-year history.
A FIRM producing specialist pigging equipment to travel down oil and gas pipes has started work on a £2.5m factory.
AUTHOR Bill Bryson was on official duty yesterday in the building that captured his imagination on first sight.
TECHNOLOGY experts from across the world will gather in Newcastle today to discuss how to boost the region's knowledge economy.
DEPARTMENT stores group House of Fraser yesterday announced a £69.4m deal for a smaller rival.
POOR weather was yesterday blamed for a dip in profits for Dobbies Garden Centres.
"I wouldn't have done it if I'd still been bellringing," said my mother. Pulling the fitted sheet over the mattress on the top bunk bed (for visiting great-grandchildren) she'd pulled a muscle in her shoulder.
A MOTHER who went on holiday to Turkey and left her three children at home was arrested on suspicion of neglect when she arrived back in the North-East yesterday.
When I get up in the morning, the first thing I often do is switch on the radio to catch up with the news. It's part of my morning routine, something to listen to with half an ear while I get the breakfast.
HAS there ever been any recorded case of a paedophile getting a video of a school sports day and using it to track down children? Or are we getting things utterly out of perspective?
Ann Widdecombe to the Rescue (BBC2); Columbus: Man or Myth (five): SOMEONE at The Guardian has got a lot of explaining to do.
They were ahead of us at the checkout in B&Q: two small children, a boy and a girl, each clutching a tray of plants whose green shoots were too newly grown to be recognisable as any familiar flower or vegetable.
It has been a bad week for horses in Trimdon, but an excellent week for a horse called Trimdon.
A RAMBLER has been spotted exposing himself to the elements in the Durham Dales.
LET'S tub-thump. Let's be proud. Just for a moment, let's not run ourselves down.
IT'S one of the region's most cherished, most memorable and most stirring traditions: bands and banners marching proudly through former pit communities on their way to Durham Big Meeting.
THE fight to eradicate world poverty has brought out a creative, campaigning streak in children at a North-East primary school.