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Ineos seeks damages from Scottish Government

A petrochemical giant is seeking damages from the Scottish Government in a legal challenge it has brought against the ban on fracking.

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Storm nightclub. Pic: Gary Hutchison

Sentence deferred on man who broke copper’s watch at Falkirk club

A 26-year-old man was lucky not to do time after breaking a police officers wristwatch.

Crime
Call for changes to ‘clinical and bare’ psychiatric wards

Call for changes to ‘clinical and bare’ psychiatric wards

A visit to two Larbert psychiatric assessment wards disclosed cheerless surroundings and a “garden” covered in stone chips.

Health
Bankier Primary language success is worth talking about

Bankier Primary language success is worth talking about

Bonnybridge’s Bankier Primary is reckoned one of the first in Scotland to come up with a bespoke plan for improving spoken language skills.

Education
Picture: Michael Gillen

St Bernadettes Primary win RHET Forth Valley Breakfast trophy

Sophie Gall (8), a P4 pupil from St Bernadettes Primary, has won the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Forth Valley’s 2018 ‘Big Breakfast’ trophy for her school.

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Cash boost for Upper Braes one parent families

Cash boost for Upper Braes one parent families

A project for needy lone parents based in Falkirk’s Upper Braes has received more than £46,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal.

News
The gravestone of Second Lieutenant William Galbraith who was killed when his Sopwith Pup crashed on February 26, 1918.

Remembering young pilot who died as he prepared to serve his country

A training flight tragedy almost exactly 100 years ago robbed a family of their beloved son and the Royal Air Corps of a talented pilot.

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Flooding in the Borders - the Falkirk scheme aims to ensure no similar problems ever happen here.

Grangemouth scheme aims to save 3,000 homes from £6 billion worth of flood misery

Two special local consultations next week will spell out to flood-risk householders how a major scheme will aim to prevent a future disaster.

Environment
Grangemouth firm Thornbridge Sawmills merges with NY Timber

Grangemouth firm Thornbridge Sawmills merges with NY Timber

Thornbridge Sawmills in Grangemouth has merged with North Yorkshire Timber to form a larger group, supported by further investment from Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP.

Business
Intellibox opens in Howgate centre in Falkirk

Intellibox opens in Howgate centre in Falkirk

Intellibox, an automatic self-service kiosk for selling your mobile devices, has opened up in Howgate shopping centre, Falkirk.

Business
Bo’ness man sent partner threatening texts

Bo’ness man sent partner threatening texts

A 25-year-old man admitted sending offensive messages to his partner over Christmas.

Crime
Plenty of houses but no community spirit

Plenty of houses but no community spirit

A plan to build 168 new homes in Falkirk was given the green light despite concerns over the development’s potential to create a “gated community”.

Politics
Jealous lover saw red then slashed his rival’s face

Jealous lover saw red then slashed his rival’s face

A jealous husband hopped up on alcohol and steroids flew into a rage and slashed his wife’s lover in the face.

Crime
Grangemouth man threatened to rip out police officer’s throat

Grangemouth man threatened to rip out police officer’s throat

A self-proclaimed “worst nightmare” of an offender threatened to “rip” a police officer’s throat out and make him eat it.

Crime
The event will be held at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre in Camelon.

Guidance on Alzheimers in Falkirk

Alzheimer Scotland are holding an open door event later this month in Camelon.

Health
Employability minister Jamie Hepburn makes an omlette under the expert guidance of chef Mark Heirs. Photography by Whyler Photos of Stirling  www.whylerphotos.com

A taste of the future for Falkirk school pupils

Over 160 pupils from Falkirk high schools got a taste of their possible future careers in the catering and hospitality industry.

Business
Bo’ness man spat on paramedic

Bo’ness man spat on paramedic

A man from Bo’ness has admitted threatening behaviour and assault after he spat on an emergency worker trying to their job.

Crime
MSP urges NHS Forth Valley to provide staff parking permits

MSP urges NHS Forth Valley to provide staff parking permits

NHS Forth Valley is being urged to solve a hospital parking tangle that has left hundreds of staff waiting for a permit.

Health
Shoplifter tipped shelf in Howgate Centre store

Shoplifter tipped shelf in Howgate Centre store

A shoplifter caused a disruption when she was caught thieving from a Howgate store.

Crime
Carron and Carronshore Gala Day retinue members are looking forward to the big day

Carron and Carronshore Gala Day to return after 18 years

Carron and Carronshore Gala Day will be revived for the first time in almost two 
decades this summer.

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