Covering Ferryhill, Byers Green, Whitworth, Newtown, Tudhoe, Thinford, Kirk Merrington, Cornforth, West Cornforth, Coxhoe and surrounding villages.


Family embroiled in party wall battle Durham County Council

The Northern Echo: WALL ROW: Paul Kelley is having trouble with a wall (pictured) owned by Durham County Council that is joined to his West Cornforth home. Picture: TOM BANKS.

6:03am Monday 15th September 2014

A FAMILY embroiled in a two-year legal row with Durham County Council over a defective party wall claim the authority is failing in its legal duty.

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.

Cornforth residents' lifeline phones off for six weeks

8:03pm Thursday 11th September 2014

ELDERLEY and disabled residents left without their home telephones for six weeks have branded the situation a disgrace.

Memorial lecture for Norman Cornish

4:58pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A MEMORIAL lecture celebrating the life of Pitman Painter Norman Cornish will take place this weekend.

Sign up for paid-for garden waste collections

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

12:43pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

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

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.

Vengeful 'tenant' wrecked rented home after landlord's eviction bid

The Northern Echo: WALKING FREE: House wrecker Liam Goodchild

6:04am Saturday 6th September 2014

Could this be Britain's worst tenant?

Spennymoor woman shouts abuse at police officers while hanging out upstairs window

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

2:40pm Friday 5th September 2014

A WOMAN who threatened to jump out of her bedroom window while children were watching from the street below appeared before magistrates today (Friday, September 5).

Body in river thought to be missing man

The Northern Echo: UP TO DATE: The Millburngate area today from the Framwellgate Bridge, with the Gates shopping centre of 1978 on the riverside and the Millburngate Bridge of 1967 in the distance

9:54am Thursday 4th September 2014

A BODY discovered in the River Wear yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, September 3) is believed to be that of an elderly man who was reported missing from home earlier that day.

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.

Chilton brothers to tackle run for charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUN: Kyran Richmond, 11, left and brother Cameron, 15, from Chilton who will both be entering the junior Great North Run.        Picture: ANDY LAMB (10031704)

6:11pm Thursday 4th September 2014

TWO brothers will take on the Junior Great North Run this weekend for a cause close to their hearts.

Body of missing Spennymoor pensioner found in River Wear in Durham

5:56pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A BODY found in the River Wear in the centre of Durham has been identified as that of a pensioner missing from his home.

Ringing the changes for phone payments

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

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.

Call for probe after 'unlawful' spending claim at Ferryhill Town Council

1:56pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

INDEPENDENT members of a town council have accused Labour counterparts of spending public money unlawfully.

Woman, 66, stabbed with pen on Blackpool coach trip

The Northern Echo: Cynthia Bell with the pen still lodged in her arm (9910016)

1:12pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A COACH trip organiser is recovering at home in the North-East after being stabbed in the arm with a pen during a visit to Blackpool.

Woman, 66, stabbed with pen on Blackpool coach trip

The Northern Echo:

11:54am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A COACH trip organiser is recovering at home in the North-East after being stabbed in the arm with a pen during a visit to Blackpool.

County Durham and Darlington Fire Service looking to cut staff and review services to save £3.6m

The Northern Echo: CUTS PLAN: Spennymoor Fire Station Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

7:50pm Monday 1st September 2014

A NORTH-East fire service is proposing to cut staff and review services to fill a £3.6m funding gap.

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.

Clay pigeon shoot for charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SHOOT: Phil Bartlett of Ullswater Close, Spennymoor is organising a clay pigeon competition at the Spennymoor Shooting Club to raise money for Help for Heroes.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (9822248)

2:02pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A FORMER soldier who has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes hopes to be on target with his next charity event.

Ferryhill man enjoys free speech

The Northern Echo: STAMMER CONTROL: Liam Todd from Ferryhill attends a speech therapy programme to tackle his stammer     Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:02am Friday 29th August 2014

FOR many young men life is about getting a foot on the career ladder, having a laugh with friends and enjoying a drink and takeaway at the weekend.

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.

Spennymoor family's donation to thank Bishop Auckland ward for cancer support

The Northern Echo: BIG CHEQUE: Fundraisers Laura Dartnall, seated, and her aunt, Marie Bear, present £2,000 to staff nurse Charlotte Smith, left, and sister Yvonne Stuart, back right, at the Mara unit at Bishop Auckland Hospital   Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:47pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A FAMILY’S fundraising campaign has paid off for a hospital ward which will use its donation to make life a little easier for cancer patients.

Yob smashed disabled man's car window to steal £15

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court also houses the Youth Court

8:20pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A MAN smashed the back window of a disabled man’s car in order to steal £15 in loose change, a court heard today (Thursday, August 21).

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.

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.

Flying car nearly struck passing family vehicle

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

12:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A PASSING family vehicle was almost hit by a drink driver whose car hit a central reservation and flipped over as it careered up a road.

Fishing coaching for children on offer in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: ANGLING EVENT: A free family fishing event will introduce young people to the sport in a safer setting

1:59pm Monday 18th August 2014

YOUNG people are being encouraged to take up fishing thanks to angling coaching on offer in Spennymoor this summer.

Lottery grant will help break cycle of abuse in Cornforth

The Northern Echo: The Cornforth Partnership Healthy Changes project will tackle issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

1:57pm Monday 18th August 2014

A PROJECT to help tackle issues such as domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse will receive a £233,000 Big Lottery grant.

Charge dropped against driver accused over multi-vehicle crash

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

6:02am Monday 18th August 2014

PROCEEDINGS have been dropped against a motorist previously accused of being responsible for a multi-vehicle collision.

Care home and houses plan on edge of village

4:06pm Thursday 14th August 2014

PLANS for a residential care home and self build houses on the edge of a village have received a mixed reaction from residents.

Brothers' charity tribute to mother

The Northern Echo: SPONSORED RUN: Brothers Keith and John Blowes will run the Great North Run for Butterwick Hospice Care

3:57pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

TWO brothers are preparing to tackle one of the world’s most popular half marathons in memory of their late mother.

Spennymoor cleaner in court over frenzied attack on woman in Durham nightclub

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

12:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A WOMAN repeatedly punched a female reveller in the face during a frenzied and unprovoked nightclub assault, a court heard.

Memorial lecture in Spennymoor to Pitman Painter Norman Cornish

5:39pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

THE life and work of Pitman Painter Norman Cornish is to be celebrated in a memorial lecture.

Teenager from Spennymoor aims to win modelling contract in Miss Teen competition

2:33pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A TEENAGE beauty queen hopes to win a modelling contract as she battles youngsters from across the country to be named Miss Teen 2014.

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.

Grown-up children of 'diabetes doc' run in his memory

The Northern Echo: The late Dr Alan Sensier,  who was a well-known and popular GP in Spennymoor, County Durham, before his sudden death in 2011.

1:25pm Monday 11th August 2014

THE grown-up children of a popular North-East GP are tackling the Great North Run in his memory to raise money for his favourite cause, Diabetes UK.

Judge praises pub drinker for bravery in flat fire rescue

The Northern Echo: : Dundas Street in Spennymoor. Picture:; DAVID WOOD (9095049)

6:32am Saturday 9th August 2014

A MAN who abandoned his Sunday afternoon drink to rescue an alcoholic from a house fire is to be honoured for his bravery.

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.

Children discover angling at Weardale quarry

4:38pm Thursday 7th August 2014

YOUNGSTERS were given the chance to learn about angling with a day out a quarry.

Motorists caught speeding at over 46mph in 30mph zone to be sent warning letters by police

The Northern Echo: SPEED CHECK: PCSO Brian Nicholson, with volunteer Neil Pennington, check vehicle speeds in Kirk Merrington. Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

4:12pm Thursday 7th August 2014

MOTORISTS caught speeding at more than 46mph through a residential zone by police will be sent warning letters.

Nurse honoured during First World War is honoured in Spennymoor exhibition

The Northern Echo: WAR SERVICE: Nurse Kate Maxey, with a medical orderly, during the First World War

6:04am Monday 4th August 2014

THE story of a nurse who was awarded the Military Medal after she was badly wounded in a German bombing raid during the First World War is part of a new exhibition.

Journey from the coal face to acclaimed Pitman Painter

The Northern Echo: PITMAN PAINTER: Artist Norman Cornish in his Spennymoor studio

7:37pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

AS the eldest of nine children born in a North-East pit town, Norman Cornish used his experience of life in the coalfields to create the honest, characterful paintings that made his name.

Tributes pour in for Norman Cornish - the last of the Pitman Painters

The Northern Echo:

7:17pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

NORMAN Cornish, the Pitman Painter who in his own words was an artist who happened to be a miner, was tonight described as one of the greatest draughtsmen Britain has ever produced, following his death at the age of 94.

Youngsters on Spennymoor-based Duke of Edinburgh scheme win praise

The Northern Echo: AWARD SCHEME: Jon Crank, divisional manager at engineering firm NG Bailey, alongside student Declan Longstaff and learning support assistant Norman Lawrence

1:08pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

STUDENTS attended an awards ceremony to mark the completion of a construction careers scheme taken as part of a Duke of Edinburgh programme.

Celebrated County Durham artist Norman Cornish dies aged 94

The Northern Echo:

2:49pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

ONE of the region's most celebrated artists, Norman Cornish, has died at the age of 94.

Village remembers this weekend

The Northern Echo: : Sweetheart cushion on display at St Peter's Church in Byers Green. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8860523)

5:30pm Friday 1st August 2014

A VILLAGE will commemorate its First World War sacrifices with an exhibition and church service.

Village fun at weekend

5:12pm Friday 1st August 2014

VILLAGERS are invited to a community fun day in West Cornforth this weekend.

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.

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