HUNDREDS of pupils from primary schools across Darlington are going for gold in an Olympic challenge.
JUVENILE thieves are being warned to stay away from Teesside this summer - or risk being taken to court.
SUPER Spaniard Sergio Garcia continued to motor towards his first Open Championship triumph at Carnoustie today.
ONE of the country's oldest rowing clubs has a new £1m home.
Just two games in Holland for Danny Wilson's side
A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after her car hit a fence near Stanley, County Durham.
Middlesbrough are still without a victory in three pre-season fixtures after sharing a lively draw with Burnley.
AN AL-QAEDA mastermind, attacked in a North-East prison with boiling oil and water, is back in prison following treatment at a local hospital for the "horrific assault" which has left him scarred for life.
A DRUG addict mother who started selling heroin to make money for a bond on a house was yesterday jailed for two-and-a-half years.
DESPITE heavy rain battering the UK, some of it in the North-East and North Yorkshire, emergency services in the region were not called out to any flooding incidents last night.
HOW ironic that Newton Aycliffe's "town centre" became the focus of campaigning to elect Sedgefield's new MP.
THANK you Adrian Cunningham for your views on the Beckhams (HAS, July 17).
IN a number of European countries, simple road repairs are carried out overnight.
HASN'T it occurred to Steve Colborn, who takes such a simplistic view of society (HAS, July 13), that much of what is wrong in the world has nothing to do with capitalism?
CAN someone tell me why there is all this hue and cry about "fireretardant pyjamas" (Echo, July 16)?
I RECENTLY received three separate envelopes (each weighing 100gms) from the Child Support Agency (CSA) on the same day.
JOHN Petter, chief operating officer at BT Retail, states "there have been some misunderstandings" over BT charges (HAS, July 18).
DAVID Bates (HAS, July 18) does not counter any of my assertions. The fact that Israel has purchased weapons from the US does not constitute an alliance.
I AM about to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner since the CCTV cameras operated by Darlington Borough Council, with the possible exception of those in the car parks, do not comply with the national Code of Practice in that, for example, there are no "zone signs", and are therefore illegal.
IN his Saturday column, "A terrible story for Gala day" (Echo, July 14), Chris Lloyd's evocative and harrowing description of what miners and their families suffered when "Coal was King" reminded us of the debt we owed, and still owe, to the thousands of men and boys (not forgetting the ponies) who earned their living underground.
I READ with amazement your story referring to "dumbing down" of GCSE English exams because of emphasising basic English skills in language (Echo, July 14).
INVENTIVE ways of serving chicken proved to be a butcher's recipe for success.
MOTORCYCLES seized from law-breaking tearaways are to be scrapped, as part of a new get tough campaign.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC project is to mark the end of the line for a historic locomotive depot.
A TEENAGER who faked a blaze so he could be rehoused was locked up for two years yesterday.
A NURSERY has received an excellent Ofsted report.
DOCTORS in the region believe a greater willingness to come forward for checks is one of the reasons for a big increase in sexually transmitted infections.
A FINANCIAL crisis has cast doubt on the future of a North Yorkshire sports centre.
A COUNCIL planning a shake-up of its waste collection service looks set to stick with weekly bin collections.
A FUN day at Redcar Racecourse hopes to survive the inclement weather that has finished off so many events.
PEOPLE are being warned not to reveal their bank details to the ever-growing army of unsolicited charity collectors.
TOUGH measures may to be introduced to tackle the problem of people parking their cars on pavements in County Durham.
A WOMAN who was arrested for stealing a £10,000 Rolex watch invented a lurid story about being threatened by a drugs gang that she would be forced into prostitution for a cocaine debt.
LEISURE centres in Durham City are to launch their biggest programme of events for the summer holidays.
SHOPPERS will be given advice on fire prevention next week.
CHESTER-LE-STREET District Council planning chiefs are celebrating outperforming other local authorities in the North-East in deciding and processing minor and other planning applications for the second year running.
A DOMESTIC violence worker is bound for Romania to help orphans.
TOUGH new measures may be introduced to tackle the problem of people parking their cars on pavements in County Durham.
The BBC is going to the pictures this summer to celebrate homegrown cinema.
FEARS of another interest rates rise were further fuelled yesterday after figures confirmed that the UK's economy has grown for its 60th quarter in a row.
THE Co-operative Group yesterday confirmed plans to cut about 1,000 jobs from its financial services businesses.
A SHAKE-UP to make a council more accountable has been given the go-ahead by councillors - despite criticism that it does not go far enough.
BISHOP Auckland's new town council could have a permanent base in comic Stan Laurel's old school.
A FARMER who found success with his naturally reared venison is breaking into the fashion market.
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after six seagulls were shot by yobs using an air rifle.
A POLITICAL row is brewing as the new Labour guard at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council accuse the former coalition leaders of creating financial chaos.
CHILDREN from Darlington schools have been having their say on a £60,000 playground to be built in Eastbourne Park.
AN overhaul of council portfolio holders has been announced in Darlington.
THE result of the cash-for-honours inquiry is clearly a relief for Tony Blair, just as it is for the three individuals who were arrested during the investigation: Lord Levy, Ruth Turner, and Sir Christopher Evans.
A COUNTRY park in Hartlepool is hosting another of its BMX races this weekend.