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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

The Northern Echo:

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.

Nice sets of wheels

The Northern Echo: MOTOR MANIA: Ford Escorts on show at the Classic Car Show at Raby Castle.        Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:59pm Sunday 17th August 2014

MOTORING enthusiasts got lost in nostalgia among the rows of classic and vintage vehicles at a rally today. (Sunday, August 17)

Businesses expand in Middleton-in-Teesdale

The Northern Echo: Middleton Hub development worker Hayley Bell, with the chair of The Prince's Rural Action Programme David Yiend, UTASS Chairman Dr Jonathan Nainby-Luxmoore, and UTASS project manager Diane Spark.

12:12pm Saturday 16th August 2014

FOUR new business units in Teesdale have been officially opened, helping local people expand their businesses.

Museum fundraising target reached

12:09pm Saturday 16th August 2014

THE Bowes Museum is celebrating after securing £21,000 to restore a 15th century renaissance altarpiece.

Tributes paid to two "cracking lads" after double death crash near Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo:

3:13pm Saturday 16th August 2014

THE charred scene of a car crash which claimed the lives of two friends has been turned into a roadside shrine.

Teesdale man searches for soldier's family

The Northern Echo: SEARCHING FOR OWNER:John Hay from Barningham is looking for the owner of this medal which he bought in a jumble sale as a youngster in London. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

12:08pm Friday 15th August 2014

A TEESDALE man is hoping to locate the family of a soldier who fought in the First World War to unite them with his bronze memorial plaque.

Student celebrate success after opening A-level results

The Northern Echo: THE A-TEAM: Barnard Castle School students celebrate their success after recording top exam results, L-R, Matthew Jeffrey, Charlie Naseby, Nathan Miller, Sarah Child, George Jones, Iona Borer, Max Jones, Hamish Carter, James Roberston

4:46pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THERE was plenty of good news when it came to A Level results across south west Durham.

North-East author Anne Fine pays tribute to Robin Williams who brought her character Mrs Doubtfire to life

The Northern Echo: Anne Fine

6:43am Thursday 14th August 2014

AWARD winning author Anne Fine last night paid tribute to tragic funnyman Robin Williams - who brought her character Mrs Doubtfire to life.

U-turn as NHS gives in to pressure for extra meeting

The Northern Echo: Councillor Tom Deacon pictured outside Barnard Castle Ambulance Station with the leaked email. Pic Keith Taylor (9163974)

6:31pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

HEALTH bosses have performed a u-turn after coming under pressure to hold an additional public meeting to discuss controversial proposals to dilute the skills of ambulance crews.

Author hopes to fund commemorative window

The Northern Echo: Governor Malcolm McCallum with his new book tracing the history of Barnard Castle School chapel

4:46pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

AN AUTHOR is hoping his new book will raise enough money to install a stained glass window to mark the 100th anniversary of a local school chapel.

Tiny art gallery commemorates First World War

The Northern Echo: BOX EXHIBITION: The phone box which has been transformed into a First World War display Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

7:26pm Monday 11th August 2014

IF you’re passing through Barningham it would be easy to overlook one of the most compact commemorations of the First World War.

Mountain rescue team reveals new wheels

The Northern Echo: NEW WHEELS: Andy Neill (left) and Pete Bell (right) with the team's new Land Rover

4:55pm Monday 11th August 2014

A MOUNTAIN rescue team has extended its fleet of lifesaving vehicles following a three-year fundraising campaign.

Residents refuse new housing development near Bishop Auckland

4:45pm Monday 11th August 2014

CONCERNED residents have hit out against proposals to build 13 new homes near Bishop Auckland.

Council tenants urged to vote on transfer

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

3:15pm Monday 11th August 2014

COUNCIL tenants are being urged to vote on plans to transfer their homes to a new landlord.

Off-duty search dog rescues elderly man in Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: GOOD TEAM: Tony High, of Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue, with his faithful border collie, Isla

6:19pm Sunday 10th August 2014

A MOUNTAIN rescue search dog proved she is never off-duty when she alerted her owner to an elderly man who had fallen by a river.

Pregnant woman suffers minor injuries in head-on collision

The Northern Echo: FLYING RESUE: The Great North Air Ambulance Service attended the scene of the crash near  Raby Hunt Inn in Summerhouses, near Gainford, County Durham

12:33pm Sunday 10th August 2014

A PREGNANT woman was airlifted to hospital yesterday morning (Saturday, August 9) following a head-on car crash.

Dozens of riders saddle up for horse show

The Northern Echo: BREED SHOW:The Dales Pony Society annual summer sow at Streatlam Farm, Barnard Castle. Pic: SARAH CALDECOTT

11:58am Saturday 9th August 2014

DOZENS of riders from across the country competed in the Dales Pony Society Summer Breed Show.

Residents in North-East consulted about broadband coverage

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

2:47pm Friday 8th August 2014

RESIDENTS in the North-East are being asked about broadband coverage.

Deadline looms in race to restore 15th century Bowes Museum masterpiece

The Northern Echo: : The Altarpiece at Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9064550)

7:44pm Thursday 7th August 2014

FRIENDS of The Bowes Museum have just one week to raise £21,000 to restore a 15th century renaissance masterpiece.

Diamond couple celebrate 60 years of marriage

The Northern Echo: LANDMARK DAY: Bob and Margaret Trotter of Gill Lane, Barnard Castle celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary tomorrow (Thursday)  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:51pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A COUPLE who met at the cinema in 1948 will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary tomorrow (Thursday 7 August).

Wind farm plans scaled down in response to public feedback, says developer

The Northern Echo:

2:08pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

THE developer behind plans for a County Durham wind farm says the proposal was scaled down in response to public feedback.

Vintage travel accessories to go under the hammer

The Northern Echo: VINTAGE GOODS: A folding half plate camera will be on sale tomorrow.

1:40pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

VINTAGE suitcases and travel accessories will go under the hammer at an antiques auction tomorrow. (Thursday 7 August).

Relatives of tragic baby hope their charity will prevent other infants suffering same ordeal

6:02am Wednesday 6th August 2014

RELATIVES of a baby who died from injuries sustained by being shaken are hoping their charity will prevent other infants from suffering a similar fate.

Farmer jailed after leaving dead and dying animals in atrocious conditions

The Northern Echo: In court: James Linsley admits animal cruelty

5:12pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

SHOCKING scenes of 350 dead and dying animals met RSPCA officers as they inspected a tenant farmers land in a case one inspector said was the worst he had ever seen.

Toddler group seeks volunteers to set-up sessions

4:39pm Monday 4th August 2014

A TODDLER group has issued a plea for volunteers to help set-up its sessions.

War-themed events to commemorate First World War in Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: WAR COMMEMORATION: The fifth event in Barnard Castle Town Council's summer programme at Scar Top will be war-themed to commemorate the First World War.

2:56pm Monday 4th August 2014

WAR themed events are taking place in Barnard Castle to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Holiday lodges plan for Staindrop

12:39am Monday 4th August 2014

PLANS have been unveiled to build an upmarket holiday lodge development in a Teesdale village.

Pupils and residents collaborate to create a unique online memory bank

The Northern Echo:

5:09pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

SCHOOL children have collaborated with care home residents to create a unique online memory bank that will help dementia sufferers to recall their younger days.

Car lands on roof at Boldron

11:17pm Friday 1st August 2014

A CAR landed on its roof on the A66, Cross Lanes, at Boldron, County Durham, tonight.(Friday)

Police investigate litter left in Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: NO RESPECT: Litter left behind by visitors to a river bank in Barnard Castle

4:58pm Friday 1st August 2014

POLICE are investigating after litter was found strewn across a river bank in Barnard Castle.

Jobseekers' prospects boosted after securing work placement with building firm

The Northern Echo: BUILDING SKILLS: Darren Edwards and Shaun Henderson boosted their job prospects with work placements

1:50pm Friday 1st August 2014

TWO jobseekers boosted their skills and job prospects after securing work placements with a building firm.

County Durham farm shop named as one of the best in the UK

The Northern Echo: TOP TEN:Cross Lanes Organic Farm shop has been included in the BBC Good Food's top ten farm shops in the UK, pictured owners Peter and Sue Coverdale.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A COUNTY Durham farm shop has been named as one of the top ten destination farm shops in the UK by the BBC’s Good Food magazine.

Candlelit vigil and lantern procession to mark First World War anniversary

3:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A MUSEUM is holding a candlelit vigil and lantern procession to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Council apology over Labour children's centres briefings

The Northern Echo: Rachael Shimmin, Durham County Council's corporate director of children and adults services

1:48pm Thursday 31st July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have apologised after only Labour councillors were briefed on controversial plans to axe children’s centres before they were made public.

Increased sightings of elusive red squirrels in Teesdale

The Northern Echo: RED SQUIRREL: The red squirrel spotted in amateur photographer Martin Rogers' garden at Middleton-in-Teesdale.

5:37pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

RURAL communities and landowners are being urged to look out for red squirrels following several recent sightings of the rare mammal in the region.

Competitors sought for Teesdale photography contest

The Northern Echo: PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Amateur photographers are invited to capture the spirit of Teesdale.

3:06pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

AMATEUR photographers are invited to capture the essence of some of County Durham’s most picturesque countryside.

Councillors hope to keep historic building for community use

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY BUILDING: Barnard Castle Town Council hopes to lease Woodleigh to keep the building for community use.

5:14pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

TOWN councillors have pledged to create a business plan in a bid to lease an empty community building.

Family distraught after vandals ruin stillborn baby's grave

The Northern Echo: GRAVE RUINED: Vandals ruined a stillborn baby's grave in Barnard Castle cemetery, leaving only a small vase at the scene.

3:16pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A FAMILY was left distraught after vandals damaged a stillborn baby’s grave just weeks before the fifth anniversary of his death.

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