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Scottish SPCA appeal for potential puppy farm victims

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information following an investigation into a suspected puppy farm.
Crime
Two veterans who took part in a previous tour - now free trips are being offered to all World War Two veterans.

World War Two veterans offered free tours to pay respects to fallen comrades

The travel arm of the Royal British Legion is on a mission to find all surviving veterans of World War Two.

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Sir Alex Ferguson fronts the new lung cancer awareness campaign

Had a cough since Christmas?

People in Grampian who have been coughing for three weeks or more over the Christmas period are being urged to make an appointment with their GP.

Health
Balmoral, named Scotlands second best-known castle in recent research conducted for tourism agency VisitScotland. It followed closely behind Edinburgh Castle.

Balmoral makes castles list

One of the Queen’s favourite family retreats has been named as Scotland’s second best-known castle, according to research released by tourism agency VisitScotland.

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The band members are pictured taking a break from performing a at the Cruden Bay Golf Club Christmas ceilidh.

Band’s benevolence benefits charities

An Aberdeenshire band has presented more than £5800 to a range of local and national charities as part of annual donations.

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Arrangements are in place to cover the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Aberdeenshire Council arrangements for festive fortnight

With Christmas rapidly approaching, Aberdeenshire Council is advising customers of its arrangements for the festive fortnight.

News
The Loan in Loanhead was closed after a crash

Aberdeenshire school bus driver named by police

Police have named the bus driver who died in a school bus crash on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

Transport
Aberdeenshire Council is reviewing its snow clearing policies following the cold snap earlier this month. The local authority has said that this is the first year its strategy has really been tested.

Road clearing to be reviewed

SNP councillors have called for a review of snow clearing operations to find if there are lessons for Aberdeenshire Council to learn from this month’s cold snap.

Politics
NEC see significant technological advantages.

Johnston Press digital awarded funding from Google innovation initiative

Johnston Press - the owner of this title - has announced that it has won two separate grants from the Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, which is backed by Google.

Business
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson launches the Festive Drink Drive campaign with Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone. 



Picture by Chris James.

Festive drink driving campaign warns ‘just one’ drink is one too many

Drivers in Scotland are being reminded that there is zero tolerance for ‘just one’ drink before driving.

Health
Some of the Loinmuie descendants met children from the craft clubs at Descendants Day in Ballater, earlier this year.

Search for villagers’ relatives

The search for the descendants of the lost village of Loinmuie, near Ballater, has received a boost as the project moves into its second year.

News
Driving examiners will strike today and tomorrow.

Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

Politics
The councils team of more than 210 staff and over 100 vehicles are geared up to provide support to ensure the regions residents can travel and operate as freely as possible through potentially challenging conditions.

Winter roads programme to keep Aberdeenshire on track

Aberdeenshire residents are being reassured that the local authority is ready to tackle whatever problems winter may throw at the area’s roads network this year.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

Politics
‘World-class’ mountain bike park plans

‘World-class’ mountain bike park plans

Community representatives have said that they would welcome engagement with local residents over plans to build a “world-class” mountain bike park and adventure centre with snow sports in Durris Woods.

News
Police target ‘cuckooing’ drug dealers

Police target ‘cuckooing’ drug dealers

Police in the north east have been cracking down on ‘cuckooing’ drug dealers who target members of the community by taking over their homes to store or deal drugs.

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Officers in the North East are recording significant reductions and increased detection rates

Incidents down and detection rates up as officers continue to tackle crime in the NE

Officers in the North East are recording significant reductions and increased detection rates in tackling the crimes that affect our communities most, in particular acquisitive crime and overall violent crime, which includes serious and common assault.
Crime
The Met Office have warned that ice is on the way. Picture: PA

Most of Scotland to be hit with icy weather

The Met Office has warned that most of Scotland, save for a few patches on the East coast, will be hit by ice later this evening, leading to a risk of slippery surfaces and travel problems.

News
What could your potential earnings be?

Study reveals the uni courses that’ll make you rich - and those that won’t

Studying medicine and dentistry will make you the richest after university with graduates earning an average of £46,700 according to new research from the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

Education
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