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BREATHE Easy Clackmannanshire celebrated National Breathe Easy Week 2013 with a speakers session.
A NEW matchmaking service is being launched this week across the Forth Valley to introduce buyers and sellers of empty properties, in a bid to bring empty homes back into use.
LUDGATE Resource Centre in Alloa hosted a charity fun filled week in aid of Dementia Awareness, writes Gordon Watson.
ALVA Primary School has bagged a Community Grant for £250 from a major supermarket chain, writes Gordon Watson.
A PROBATIONER teacher at Park Primary School was awarded a Standard for Full Registration.
CLACKMANNANSHIRE Council's Dog Watch campaign continues to stamp out the nuisance of pet fouling.
YORKSHIRE Building Society is calling on people in Alloa to give their favourite charity a cash boost as part of a new community initiative.
WEE County walkers put their best foot forward for the Rotary Club of Alloa's annual hill walk.
ALLOA Town Hall will play host to an advice surgery on Climate Challenge Fund grants.
MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, Gordon Banks, has congratulated Menstrie Bowling Club on securing a £8500 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
THE sun shone down on Menstrie Gala Day as the community enjoyed a whole host of events.
CLACKMANNANSHIRE Council has made 80 financial awards for those affected by changes to the benefit system, writes Ella Shilliday.
TWO youngsters from the 383 (Alloa) Squadron, Air Training Corps (ATC), are celebrating success.
AN Alloa woman hopes to star in a TV commercial for a weight loss supplement.
PUPILS at Alloa Academy were commended for their hard work over the academic year at an awards ceremony last week.
A TEENAGE tearaway who threatened to "blow up" a shop after staff refused to sell him cigarettes has been locked up for five months.
THE Young Yins finally outplayed the Golden Oldies.
THE Scottish SPCA has rescued a duckling after he was picked up by a gull and dropped into an outdoor dog run.
DOLLAR Academy's Junior 2 classes competed last week to create a jigsaw map of Scotland.
ADULTS with autism are enjoying a variety of fun activities as part of Social Kinections - a new social independence group based in Clackmannanshire.
CLACKMANNANSHIRE Council is offering free swims for school children during the school holidays.
AN injured magpie found by a holidaymaker and smuggled aboard a London to Edinburgh train has been released back into the wild by the Scottish SPCA.
A YOUTH who racially abused a man including telling him to return to his "own country" appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday.
A NEW work club is teaching unemployed residents of Clackmannanshire valuable IT skills, writes Ella Shilliday.
THE Hillfoots landscape, heritage and people are set to be celebrated with over 35 free events throughout June.
THE Scottish SPCA's National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Clackmannanshire has rescued its first hippo, albeit one made of fibreglass.
GORDON Banks MP paid a visit to Lornshill Academy recently to find out more about their dance project which has attracted a Big Lottery Communities Award of £1846.
An Alloa teenager raped two boys in the grounds of a primary school before telling police that he did not know why he had done it.
DOLLAR Academy is helping to restore a forest in the Highlands.
A FORMER gang member who spent 12 years on death row visited Alloa to inspire others away from a life of crime.
A SILVER surfer almost fell prey to an internet phishing scam.
ANOTHER successful jumble sale was held at Tillicoultry's Devonvale Hall.
CHILDREN from six Wee County primary schools will showcase their own animated films at a Schools Day event tomorrow (Friday) in Menstrie's Dumyat Centre.
A COMMONWEALTH Games-themed festival of sport and dance has been organised by Clackmannanshire Council.
A GANG of daredevils zoomed across the River Clyde 150ft in the air.
PUPILS from St John's and Claremont Primaries took part in a joint activity last week as part of the lead up to the creation of Redwell Primary School, which opens August 2014.
IT was a clear indication of success for Tilly Tearoom when the eaterie received two prestigious awards within three days.
A MOTHER-OF-THREE says she is stuck in a vicious circle of debt having taken out a payday loan to cover bills.
A TEENAGER stole an air rifle, ammunition and laptop from his father's house just days before Christmas, Alloa Sheriff Court heard.
BEECHWOOD recently held a coffee morning to open the social area that has been set up in the Myreton wing of the home.
A TILLICOULTRY Modern Apprentice (MA) has scooped the prestigious Vocational Qualifications (VQ) Learner of the Year award for Scotland.
STUDENTS from Alloa's Lifestart course braved the elements recently to step out and raise £160 for the British Heart Foundation.
FORTH Valley residents can attend a 'fridge clinic' this Friday (14 June) as part of a campaign by the Food Standards Agency to highlight kitchen horrors.
THE glassworks in Alloa has lost a contract to supply bottles for Diageo's famous whisky brand, Johnnie Walker.
A MAN tried to set up home in his brother-in-law's garage as he had nowhere else to go, Alloa Sheriff Court heard.
A TOUCH of the 1950s came to Alloa Town Hall when 180 people from across the Wee County and beyond gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation.
EVERYTHING will be coming up roses this summer for the people of Clackmannanshire as the council launches its annual garden competition.
FOLLOWING a successful renewal ballot in March, Clacksfirst BID has now set about delivering on its business plan.
THE consultation period for the proposed redevelopment of Sauchie Main Street has now finished.
SPAIN and Zimbabwe were among the far-flung places where Duke of Edinburgh Award participants from the Wee County completed projects.
AN initiative to help support people through mental health issues has been launched by the NHS.
ALMOST 300 tonnes of binned food was recycled in the first 11 weeks of food caddies being introduced, Clackmannanshire Council has revealed.
TWO orphaned pine marten kits are recovering in Fishcross after they were found in an attic in the Highlands.
MP Gordon Banks has expressed his concerns about large-scale job losses in the Scottish construction sector during past five years.
Craigbank Primary School in Sauchie was vandalised during the weekend of 17 May.
A TULLIBODY pub has been granted a licence to have a "pavement cafe".
AN out-of-town superstore has been granted a licence to sell booze amid objections from residents of under-age drinking in the area.
CYSTIC Fibrosis sufferer Lisa Hertwig has thanked her family, friends and local businesses for their generosity, writes Scott Binnie.
A NUMBER of bikes and tools were stolen from a garden shed in Alloa's Coats Crescent.
THE Queen's Coronation was a day to remember.
HEAD of education Belinda Greer is stepping down from her role and jetting off to the Far East.
A WOMAN who was caught drink driving twice in the space of two years has been granted a licence to serve alcohol behind a bar.
CASH-STRAPPED residents in the Wee County are borrowing four-times more in crippling payday loans than they did last year.
THE weekend's good weather helped two groups of volunteers from Alva Glen Heritage Trust get down to work.
IT was sunshine and smiles in Alloa's Greenfield Park last Saturday when hundreds of locals turned out for the Fun Day.
CLACKMANNANSHIRE Council is to hold a Civic Reception to honour Alloa Athletic, following the Wasps promotion to the Irn Bru First Division of the Scottish Football League.
TILLICOULRTY Gala will return next week.
WITH the number of people aged over 75 set to almost double in Forth Valley by 2035, Health Secretary Alex Neil believes caring for older people at home will be vital to ease the pressure on Scotland's health and social care services.
SAUCHIE Community Group wants residents to help with its bid to fund a Commonwealth Celebration.
CLACKMANNAN Boys Brigade's Annual Closing Display was held last Friday at the local town hall.
MSP Keith Brown has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that a new residential service is to be created in Scotland to assist the over 700,000 people in Scotland with chronic pain.
It looks like things will be plain sailing from now on for Forth Valley College beauty student Carrie Gordon, who has landed a job with a cruise ship spa specialist.
The opponents of Sauchie amateur football side Oakwood FC have been fined £250 and banned from competing in the Forth Valley Welfare Football League for 10 years after their involvement in a sickening brawl when the teams played last month.
Menstrie Gala Week is heating up.
Clackmannanshire Council's campaign to "Stamp Out" dog fouling has got off to a solid start.
AN NHS worker who lost her brother to cancer has raised £2000 in his memory.
SIX primary schools in Clackmannanshire are reaping the benefits of hands on environmental learning thanks to Ochils Landscape Partnership (OLP).
Stirling & Clackmannanshire Councils' Trading Standards Service are advising caution to consumers.
Police are urging the public to help them tackle disqualified and uninsured drivers by coming forward with information.
The bells of St John's Episcopal Church will soon be ring-a-ding-linging.
JUST a week after Play Alloa announced a huge cash injection by the Scottish Government it has received a second cash boost.
An ice cream vendor hopes to sprinkle a little flavour of Italy in Alloa town centre.
TWO Clackmannanshire Council run care facilities are throwing their doors open to the public as part of the first ever National Care Home Open Day.
THE Scottish SPCA is caring for four blackbird chicks who hitched a ride from Cumbria to Fife in a tractor.
AN Alloa hairdresser battled it out to be named a Regional Colour Winner 2013 of the Wella TrendVision Competition.
CLACKMANNANSHIRE Council's Sports Development, in partnership with Clackmannan County Cricket Club, held their annual P6 Kwik Cricket Festival in glorious sunshine at The Arns.
STIRLING University has received nearly £400, 000 of additional research funding from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).
STAFF from R & J Marshall in Alva raised over £1200 through taking part in the Race for Life.
DOLLAR Academy Prep and Junior School last week welcomed the visit of Festus Chibungu, a teacher from Malindi Primary School on the east coast of Kenya.
THE Scottish SPCA is seeking the owner of a cat found with a missing tail in Clackmannan.
TWO Frances Hunter hairdressers are gearing up for the next round of the Wella TrendVision competition.
THE history and heritage of the Hillfoots will be brought to life at the click of a mouse with a Virtual Visitor and Education Centre.
HARSH words got out of hand when a Sauchie man told his pal, "You'll have fun picking up bits of your face", Alloa Sheriff Court heard.
Dunbar the Jewellers hands over prize to competition winner.
MEMBERS of staff from Tesco in Alloa pulled out all the stops for Race for Life 2013.
TILLICOULTRY Primary School held their annual Health and Wellbeing Week from 20 to 24 May.