Making the news this week...
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..