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PRIMARY school pupils learned what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur after Business Gateway Clackmannanshire dropped in last week.
BEECHWOOD Park Care Home residents can now kickback with a cuppa in style.
AN Alloa runner completed his 15th London marathon last month as runners paid their respects to the victims of the Boston marathon bombings.
AN Alloa couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Star Wars Day.
ONE Tullibody woman has combined fitness and fundraising through a number of charity events for Walk the Walk.
A KINCARDINE woman whose cat was put down after consuming poison is urging pet owners to be vigilant.
IT'S been a busy time for Tillicoultry's French twinning group Tillycoeur, with fundraising events taking place throughout the community.
FOR a wheelie good time, scoot along to Sauchie skate park.
A NOISY neighbour tossed a lit cigarette butt through his letter box at a police officer trying to shut off his music, Alloa Sheriff Court heard.
ONE of central Scotland's biggest arts and crafts festivals in set to get underway.
Clackmannanshire Council is fully supporting the Alloa Park Residents' Association which is holding its annual litter pick this Saturday and is looking for volunteers to help out.
THE friendly smile and warm hand-shake which greeted sponsors and friends to Alloa Football Club's function lounges at Recreation Park is no more.
FURY has been expressed over NHS Forth Valley's decision to scrap the hospital bus services to outlying communities in Clackmannanshire.
DOLLAR Under 5s duck race went down swimmingly.
WIND and rain didn't keep the crowds away, as the community turned out to show support at Tic Toc's garden party this weekend.
A MAN who "trashed" his mother's home claimed he did it in revenge for money she owed him, Alloa Sheriff Court heard.
SEVERAL local police officers found themselves behind bars at HMP Glenochil last month - but it was all in aid of sport.
HORSES were let loose from a livery during the early hours of Saturday morning (11 May).
A SAUCHIE teen has won a year's modelling contract with Modelscotland.
AN amateur football match ended in a bloody brawl.
IT'S game, set and match for Clackmannanshire.
A MAN who knocked out his neighbour's tooth over a text message was fined £120 on Thursday.
IT was another successful workday at Alva Glen as a group of keen volunteers turned out to continue work to restore the Mill Lade.
STAFF at Forth Valley Royal Hospital have been praised by international visitors for their efforts in infection control and patient safety.
GET outdoors and explore the beauty of Ben Cleuch.
ASDA Alloa is celebrating after raising over £20,000 for local and national charities and organisations over the past 12 months.
STUNT bikers wowed pupils at Park Primary with aerial tricks as part of the national Give Me Cycle Space campaign.
PRIMARY schools and nurseries in Clackmannanshire still keen to enter environmental charity, Central Scotland Forest Trust's (CSFT) eco-art competition are being urged to submit their entries as the deadline of 17 May is fast approaching.
FORTH Valley College is set to play a crucial role in delivering skills and training for Scotland's energy sector.
PRIMARY schools in Clackmannanshire are being urged to sign up for a competition aimed at encouraging writing and creativity amongst pupils.
ALLOA Sheriff Court was disrupted today (Monday) as union members walked out as part of nation-wide industrial action.
A FLY-TIPPING crackdown in Alloa has proved to be a success with a dramatic drop in the number of incidents.
GET ready to dress up and toddle into Neverland.
PUPILS from Lornshill Academy starred at the launch of a £4 million fund for Scots to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
TWENTY-FIVE bags of litter were collected by staff from McDonald's in Alloa who embarked on a clean-up operation.
THE Health Group at Fishcross Primary School continued their success in maintaining their level three health accreditation by organising a whole school health morning.
ALMOST 600 chicks are thought to have been burned alive in a sickening arson attack near Sauchie.
PUPILS at Alloa Academy will soon be getting the chance to beat the lunch queues and "Grab and Go."
THE search for a retailer to buy the Alloa Crown post office franchise has begun.
ALLOA Academy pupils came up trumps by swapping the classroom for the Back Wood at Clackmannan this week.
MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Keith Brown, met with constituents at the Scottish Parliament to help raise awareness of brain cancer.
A FORMER Alva Academy pupil hopes to adventure to the States to take part in a global leadership summit hosted by Invisible Children (IC).
PRO-ISRAELI groups could be banned from hiring Clackmannanshire Council facilities.
A THIRD eco flag is recognition of the hard work carried out at Fishcross Primary School.
LIQUIDATORS of one of Scotland's biggest coal-mining firms have confirmed that they are in talks with parties interested in buying parts of the business.
THE Golden Oldies and Young Yins will once again battle it out in memory of Sauchie youngster Kevin Kippen.
ROLL out the red carpet and get ready to celebrate as the legendary Cala Gala returns.
MORE than 250 people from Alva and the rest of Clackmannanshire met at the town's Cochrane Hall late last month to hear from a top team of pro-independence campaigners.
CLACKMANNAN residents hope to restore pride to their historic town by forming a Community Development Trust.
CLACKMANNANSHIRE'S growing legions of 'silver surfers' are being warned to be vigilant as cyber criminals look to prey on unsuspecting victims with increasingly cunning online scams.
AN ALLOA woman has been appointed as the Voluntary Arts Ambassador for Clackmannanshire.
A FISHCROSS mum is disgusted at the mess dog walkers and litter louts have left along the Devon Way path.
ST Serf's Primary in Tullibody have gained their fourth Eco Schools Green Flag.
PRINCESS Anne went wild at Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park.
A PHEASANT who became trapped inside the grille of a car for over five hours after being hit has been released back into the wild by the Scottish SPCA.
THE board of the new Scottish Police Authority (SPA) will be in Alloa to hold its ninth public meeting tomorrow (Thursday).
FOR those looking for an athletic challenge, the Wee County's first ever duathlon could be just the thing.
OCHIL Landscape Partnership (OLP) is appealing to Clacks residents to get involved in a number of key volunteering events in Menstrie and Alva this month.
VOLUNTEERS pulled on their wellies and joined Clackmannanshire Council's Country Ranger Service in a clean-up of the pond area at Gean House, in Alloa.
CUE cards offering walking and health advice are to be given to walkers by the Tullibody Healthy Living Initiative.
CENTRAL Scotland Fire and Rescue Service held a charity reunion night for present and former employees at Stirling County Rugby Club at the end of March
IT was a weekend of success for Meggan Dawson-Farrell, who made the qualifying time for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.
REACHOUT With Arts In Mind members will be taking a sponsored stroll to Dunfermline.
SEVEN Scout teams from all across Clackmannanshire met for their annual cooking competition in Tillicoultry.
CLACKMANNANSHIRE and Stirling Council Trading Standards Service have issued a series of useful tips to ensure that your dream of buying a second hand car doesn't turn into a nightmare.
SCOTTISH Autism, Scotland's Autism Charity, is urging school children in Alloa to get baking and get creative.
A BIG Club Night, aimed at helping sports clubs, teams and dance groups gain funding for their organisations, will take place next week.
TILLICOULTRY Clock Tower Campaign (Tic Toc) will be holding their second garden party on Saturday 11 May in the grounds of the clock tower at Walker Terrace Gardens.
PROSPECTIVE students from across the Forth Valley area are set to benefit from a 15 per cent growth in apprenticeship opportunities available at Forth Valley College for session 13/14.
BRITISH Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland needs collectors in Alloa to join the fight for every heartbeat.
A SAUCHIE man was found guilty on Monday of carrying "an imitation weapon" - after a bright orange toy gun fell out of his pocket as he sat begging on the steps of a Stirling bank.
KATIE Arthur's Dance Attack continues its school of success with over 160 pupils acing their spring exams.
CLACKMANNANSHIRE Council has given planning permission for building work on the new Redwell Primary School in Alloa West to begin.
TESCO knows that every little helps and have raised £91 for Diabetes UK.
A LEGENDARY steam engine raced through Alloa station last week.
A CORRUPT cop who perverted the course of justice by telling a Tullibody teen how to get off with an alleged vandalism charge escaped jail on Friday (26 April).
A WEE County student hopes to be able to make a difference when she goes across to Africa as part of a teaching project.
FORTH Valley Royal Hospital's radio station is using its power to help patients get a better night's sleep - by playing recordings of birdsongs and snoring.
MR BOOM, a one band man from the moon, landed his spaceship at Alloa Ludgate Church.
A MAN who was caught drink driving two years ago has been granted a personal alcohol licence.
A HOUSING boom over the next 10 years could see schools struggling to cope with the resulting influx of pupils, a report has warned.
A TILLICOULTRY man was jailed for two years in Alloa Sheriff Court for acting as a heroin courier.
TILLICOULTRY runner Stuart McKee smashed his fundraising target for Prostate Cancer Research Centre.
IT'S an exciting time for one model, who hopes to do the Wee County proud as she competes for the title Face of the Globe Scotland.
THE Wee County was united in sadness last week by the passing of Dr Alf Martin, Clackmannanshire's Citizen of the Year in 2008.
JANITORS at Wee County primary schools could be scrapped by 2015.
THE Wee County's "peaceful" rating has been calculated in a new report.
ALMOST 600 young chickens are thought to have been burned alive in an arson attack near Sauchie.
A GROUP who ran the Alloa Half Marathon in memory of a good friend raised an impressive £2413.30 for charity.
KEITH Brown has pledged to a new initiative which will help Scottish men suffering from prostate cancer receive the best possible care and support - regardless of where they live.
ALVA Academy's school football programme continues to hit the back of the net.
ONE of the top trophies in Scottish sport was in Clackmannanshire this week, and a group of Alva Primary School pupils were among the lucky ones to get their hands on it.
CLACKS Council has been praised by external auditors for its strong performance and its commitment to improvement.
THE Scottish SPCA has rescued its first nestling of the season - and the charity is advising people to contact its animal helpline if they see a baby bird in distress.
A DOLLAR tot shone in the spotlight when she danced for legendary prima ballerina Darcey Bussell OBE.
A WHEELCHAIR curler ended up playing in the final of a national competition after she was cornered in the car park on the way to watch the match.