Faced with a recession, both Biggar and Lanark are pulling out the stops to encourage customers to shop locally, with special late-night opening in both towns on Friday.
The recession continues to bite at public services, and South Lanarkshire Council approves cuts of over £12 million.
But, at the same time, ambitious plans are lodged for a whole new town in the Douglas Valley.
And the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of Natasha Paton, hears more evidence from those on the school trip that fateful snowy morning.
Find out who raised a phenomenal £17,000 for cancer charities.
And, as the season draws on, Santa pays a visit to Carluke and Lanark, among other stops, helping the towns switch on their Christmas lights, and Lanark Panto Club unveils its production of Goldilocks.
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