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

In this week's Mercury.

A dale headteacher has outlined the difficulites faced in keeping his school open during the Covid-19 alert

Well-wishers contributed to an online appeal to buy a new mitre saw for retired joiner Ken Jordan, whose bird boxes are raising cash for a cancer charity

Crime has fallen due to the "Covid factor", according to the dale's police inspector

Updated proposals for the dualling of the A66 have been published

A vitural high street, created to help Barnard castle businesses affected by the latest lockdown, has proved popular

Volunteers in West Auckland have been hailed for their efforts in sprucing up the village

TV antiques expert David Harper says he is ready for a new challenge after calling time on Bargain Hunt after 15 years

We've had a look around the revamped and expanded Mainsgill farm shop

The dale's former arts officer Rosie Cross takes part in this week's Q&A feature

Included with this week's paper is a useful wallplanner for 2021

Plus... Bob Garton's weekly quiz; Remember When imagines what might happen if Norman Cornish met John Bowes over a pint; in farming we report on bumper prices for Mule sheep breeders plus Richard Warren introduces us to another fascinating plant; family notices, motors, sales and classified ads... only in this week's Mercury, out in the shops now..