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Teesdale company celebrates a year in business by doubling in size

The Northern Echo: DOG TREATS: Alison Walton, with her three-year-old Jack Russell, Welly.

2:31pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A TEESDALE company is celebrating a year in business with an expansion that will see it double in size.

Sporting success for Barney School girls

The Northern Echo: INTERNATIONAL TALENT: Aspiring horse rider and Barnard Castle School pupil, Charlotte Merrigan-Martin, is set to compete in international competitions. Picture: TOM BANKS

3:44pm Sunday 21st September 2014

PUPILS of Barnard Castle School are celebrating sporting success after excelling in javelin throwing and horse riding.

Resident's relief at planning rejection

3:17pm Sunday 21st September 2014

RELIEVED residents of a Teesdale village are thankful plans to build eight new homes in their picturesque village were rejected.

Community art project unveiled in Teesdale

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY ART: Residents of Hutton Magna with their newly installed stone information board

2:29pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A TEESDALE village has seen the results of more than a year’s planning come to fruition.

'They won't force me out' - Last remaining resident protests over care home closure

The Northern Echo: PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steve, Don and Michelle Robson

6:50am Friday 19th September 2014

AN 83-YEAR-OLD former headteacher has been joined by his family in making a last stand against the closure of a council-run care home.

Occupation of soon-to-be closed council care home 'will continue indefinitely'

The Northern Echo: PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steve, Don and Michelle Robson

5:19pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE occupation of a soon-to-be closed council care home will continue indefinitely until a decision over its future is reversed, campaigners have said.

Resident's anger over new homes in Barnard Castle

7:41pm Friday 19th September 2014

MEMBERS of the public shouted in anger as they left a meeting of Durham County Council’s Planning Committee yesterday (Thursday, September 18).

Talented violinist hits a high note

The Northern Echo: TOP MUSICIAN: Violinist Ceara Sutton-Jones. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:05pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A TALENTED young violinist has hit a high note with her latest academic achievements.

Stargazing event opens this weekend in Teesdale

The Northern Echo: DARK SKIES: Stargazer Richard Darn gets ready for the Hamsterley Village Hall astronomy event on Saturday, September 20.

1:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

STARGAZING events will take locals on a tour of the distant night sky from Saturday (September 20).

Chinese vase brings £10,000 at auction after £40 valuation

The Northern Echo: SHOCK RESULT: A Chinese enamel vase was knocked down for £10,100, in excess of its price estimate of £40-60.

6:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A VASE that was expected to bring £40 at auction sold for more than £10,000 earlier this month.

Sporting Tournament in Teesdale to mark school's 100th anniversary

The Northern Echo: SPORTING SPECTACLE: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School winning rugby captain Sam Moore, of Wakefield, with Barnard Castle Prep School captain Sam Metcalfe, of Gilling West

3:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

YOUNG athletes battled for honours on the sports fields commemorating the foundation of a school that opened its doors at the outbreak of the First World War.

Concerned residents object to new homes in Teesdale village

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

5:12pm Monday 15th September 2014

PLANS to build eight new homes in Teesdale have prompted 70 letters of objection from concerned residents.

Petition submitted to stop housing development in Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

7:59pm Monday 15th September 2014

A PETITION to stop dozens of homes being built in Barnard Castle has been submitted to Durham County Council.

Thousands celebrate country life in Bowes and Stanhope

The Northern Echo: STANHOPE SHOW: Pony driving in the main arena. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:59pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A CHEMICAL engineer who dreams of competing on the Great British Bake Off got his first taste of success at a popular agriculture show at the weekend.

Callous vandals set fire to wheelie bin in Cotherstone conservation area

The Northern Echo: CALLOUS BEHAVIOUR: The remains of a burnt out wheelie bin at Kennedy's Pond, a picturesque conservation area in Cotherstone in Teesdale

9:41am Sunday 14th September 2014

A CONSERVATION area that shares its name with its late creator has been targeted by mindless vandals.

Council chairman's 'clothing allowance' scrapped - but has change gone far enough?

The Northern Echo: Cllr John Robinson, the chairman of Durham County Council and Mayor of Durham

6:02am Friday 12th September 2014

A SO-called clothing allowance mockingly dubbed the Geordie Armani by Prime Minister David Cameron has been scrapped, The Northern Echo has learned.

Man warned he risks prison sentence if he approaches ex's new partner in next six months

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

6:03am Friday 12th September 2014

A MAN was told he must keep away from the new partner of a woman with whom he had a long-term relationship, or risk facing a prison sentence.

See Barnard Castle church bell tower

2:48pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A CHURCH will give visitors an extra treat when it takes part in a national grassroots heritage event this weekend.

Like "Noah without the ark" - zoo-keeper appeals for help in moving 1,600 animals to County Durham

The Northern Echo: ANIMALS RE-LOCATED: Terry Bowes is in the process of re-locating an array of animals from a rescue centre he ran near Penrith to Thorpe Park alongside the A66 at Greta Bridge.  He is pictured with some pygmy goats.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (10111494)

6:02am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A VETERAN zoo-keeper is faced with having to transport 1,600 rescued animals 40 miles to a new home in County Durham.

Developer reveals plans for derelict school site in Gainford

The Northern Echo: NEW HOMES: Plans to transform part of the former St Peter's School in Gainford into flats and build 26 new homes have been revealed to residents

5:01pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

RESIDENTS were given the chance to quiz developers over plans to transform a derelict school into flats and housing last night (Monday, September 8).

Sign up for paid-for garden waste collections

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12:43pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to sign up to a paid-for garden waste service.

100mph motorist narrowly escapes ban

5:22pm Monday 8th September 2014

A TEESSIDE motorist who reached speeds of up to 100mph on the A66 has narrowly avoided losing his licence.

Garden waste scheme to expand next year

4:33pm Monday 8th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to join the County Durham garden waste collection service next year.

Singers worried that 58-year-old choir may have to stop performing

The Northern Echo: GAINFORD SINGERS: Choir group is looking for new members. From left to right, Bridie Dixon, Katherine Mowbray, Don Eccles, Margaret Brown and Dianna Wilks

7:09pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A VILLAGE choir which began performing in 1956 hopes to strike the right note with new members or it could face closure.

Teesdale pub listed as one of the top places to dine out

The Northern Echo: GOOD GRUB: The Bridgewater Arms in Winston has been included in the 2015 Good Food Guide. Pictured front: restaurateur Paul Grundy with (L to R) his staff Emily Purvis, Charlotte Dickinson,Naomi Day, Tobias Biggs, Richard Vart. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:37pm Friday 5th September 2014

A BUSINESS owner has said he is surprised and thrilled that his restaurant has been included in the latest edition of The Good Food Guide.

Proposals to turn County Durham in to world leader in Spanish art given boost

The Northern Echo: SPANISH ART: Clare Baron, assistant curator at Auckland Castle Trust; Jane Whittaker is head of collections at The Bowes Museum; Adrian Jenkins, director of The Bowes Museum; Chris Ferguson, head curator at Auckland Castle Trust and Andy Beresford, Durham

6:27am Friday 5th September 2014

A BID to turn County Durham into an international destination for lovers of Spanish art has taken a step forward.

Council's flood response praised

The Northern Echo: Flooding near Staindrop, County Durham, in May 2013

6:52pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL has been praised for its response to severe flooding.

Ringing the changes for phone payments

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5:34pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL is ringing the changes for making over-the-phone payments.

Celebration of councillor's life

The Northern Echo: CHURCH SCENE: The funeral of Councillor Pauline Charlton at St Wilfrid's RC Church, in Bishop Auckland     Picture: ANDY LAMB (10017037)

5:14pm Thursday 4th September 2014

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at the funeral of a former council chairman who will be remembered as a redoubtable local politician who was treasured by friends and family.

Motorist shows age is no limit to safe driving

The Northern Echo: SAFE STANDARD: Terence Otter behind the wheel

3:58pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FORMER professional driver proved he still has the golden touch after brushing up on his skills behind the wheel.

Bowes show will chart farming history

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3:28pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A DISPLAY of vintage tractors and ploughs will show visitors to an annual country event just how much life has changed for farmers over the last two centuries.

Ring-a-ding-ding: Chinese keepsakes sell for hundreds of pounds at Barnard Castle auction

The Northern Echo: TOP PRICE: Two 19th Century bronze dings, which are believed to be have been brought to England from China by Reverend Jonathan Lees, an eminent missionary

6:54pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

KEEPSAKES believed to have been collected by an eminent English missionary in China during the late 19th Century surpassed auctioneer’s estimates by hundreds of pounds at a recent sale.

"Overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation of drugs, says police commissioner

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to local resident Helen Green and her sons James (9) and Daniel (5) in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

4:47pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A NORTH-East police and crime commissioner (PCC) has called for the region to lead the nation on drug policy reform, saying there is now "overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation.

Village set for 200-plus new homes

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:59pm Monday 1st September 2014

MORE than 200 new homes could be built on the edge of a village, under proposals being considered by council planners.

Talented youngster trains at Loughborough University

The Northern Echo: NEXT GENERATION: 12-year-old Finn Usher, at Barnard Castle Cricket Club, was one of 80 selected to train at Loughborough University's cricket ground Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:21pm Monday 1st September 2014

A TALENTED cricket player was invited to spend the day at Loughborough University last week to experience national coaching.

Police found schoolgirl hiding in cupboard in man's house

The Northern Echo: IN COURT: Sean Lancaster arrives at Teesside Crown Court. Picture: TOM BANKS (9815166)

9:02am Saturday 30th August 2014

A MAN who was banned from having any contact with a schoolgirl was in court yesterday (Friday, August 29) after police twice found the teenager in his home.

Barnard Castle new bridge studies are completed

6:34pm Thursday 28th August 2014

PROPOSALS for a suspension rope bridge over the River Tees in Barnard Castle have been passed back to a Teesdale marketing company.

Tributes paid to former Durham County Council chairman

The Northern Echo: Coun Pauline Charlton

6:11pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A FORMER chairman of Durham County Council has died following an illness.

Teachers celebrate exam success

The Northern Echo: THE A-TEAM: Jack Parker, Emma Turner and Tabitha Gillard at Teesdale School

3:43pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

TEACHERS are celebrating after more than a dozen pupils achieved straight-As in their GCSEs this summer.

Flowers left in memorial of fallen First World War soldier

The Northern Echo: FLORAL TRIBUTE: Flowers left in the phone box art gallery in Barningham Village

6:24pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AN ARTIST is looking to find the family who placed flowers in a village phone box turned art gallery.

Hamsterley fun day raises thousands for Butterwick Hospice

The Northern Echo: COUNTRY LIFE: Sheepdog  trials, vintage tractors and tasty country cuisine are among the treats on offer at Hamsterley Hoppings

3:51pm Monday 25th August 2014

A VILLAGE fun day has raised almost £3,000 for good causes.

Families pay tribute to the men who died in car crash last week

The Northern Echo: TRAGIC LOSS: 21-year-old Grant Benson, who died in a car accident last week.

5:19pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE families of two friends killed when their car hit a tree have today (Friday, August 22) spoken of their devastation.

Driver escapes driving ban - despite injured passenger's plea - after causing smash

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5:01pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A PASSENGER badly injured in a road smash urged magistrates to ban the driver after she showed no remorse.

Smoking ban for play areas considered

The Northern Echo: A man smoking

3:42pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PARENTS could be banned from smoking in play areas under a tobacco crackdown.

Motorist blamed ex-girlfriend's death for drink-driving

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

2:48pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MOTORIST blamed the death of his former girlfriend for him being more than three times the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped by the police.

County Durham council tenants vote for homes transfer

The Northern Echo: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

3:52pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THOUSANDS of tenants have voted for their homes to be transferred out of council ownership.

Friends and family of two young men killed in County Durham road accident continue to pay tributes at crash scene

The Northern Echo: MUCH MISSED: Grant Benson (top) and Nick Davidson

6:18pm Monday 18th August 2014

MORE tributes have been paid to “two of the nicest guys” who died when their car hit a tree and burst into flames.

Rural pursuits take centre stage at Hamsterley fundraiser

The Northern Echo: COUNTRY LIFE: Sheepdog  trials, vintage tractors and tasty country cuisine are among the treats on offer at Hamsterley Hoppings

5:36pm Monday 18th August 2014

SHEEPDOG trials, vintage tractors and tasty country cuisine are among the treats on offer at an annual a fundraising event this weekend.

Visitors had knockout time

The Northern Echo: FUN AND FROLICKS: An It's a Knockout style event at The Hub in Barnard Castle.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:53pm Monday 18th August 2014

THERE were plenty of thrills and spills when a youth centre staged an It’s a Knockout event at the weekend.

Roadside shrine to two friends after car hits tree and bursts into flames

The Northern Echo: SAD SCENE: The tree with floral tributes near Whorlton where a double death car accident happened          Picture: ANDY LAMB

8:27pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A ROADSIDE shrine has been erected in memory of "two cracking lads" who were killed when their car hit a tree and burst into flames.

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