This week's front page
This week's front page

Police have renewed warnings to the dale's young people about the dangers of inhaling the drug "spice"

Preparations for a specatcular Christmas across the dale are well under way – we've reports from Barney, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Startforth and Butterknowle

Cyclists have rallied to the aid of a bike business in Hamsterley Forest that was "cleaned out" by thieves

Barney's arts centre is looking to recruit a new member of staff to take charge of programming and fundraising

Life after lockdown has been busy for artist Holly Scott, with a new studio, new solo exhibition and new printing press

The dale's Co-op stores have been handing out cash from the company's community fund – find out who got what

In sport, Raby Castle CC officials say they will need to raise up to £100,000 for a new pavilion; we've a full football round-up from last weekend; all the darts, dominoes and pool results and tables and the latest from the Barney Gatorz rugby sides

In rural news, trainees have been learining how to keep their hedges healthy thanks to a couple of courses

In What's On, we report on a band that added the finishing touches to their new album at a dale village hall

Plus, we've all your community news and readers' letters; Dave Moore's Nature Notes; family notices and Bob Garton's popular weekly quiz

All in this week's Mercury, in the shops now or available in digital for via