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

In this week's Mercury...

There was a mixed reaction of plans by upper dale firm Technimark to expand its operation in Middleton-in-Teesdale at an extraordinary parish council meeting

Durham County Council's Conservsative group, led by dale councillor Richard Bell, has put forward proposals to abolish car parking charges for th coming year in a bid to boost the county's high streets

Pursuing a judicial review into Durham County Council's decision to grant planning permission to Raby Estates for a large housing scheme in gainford could "wipe out" the local parish council's reserves

We've the return of our Quaranteens – young writers who are still coping with life in lockdown

Barney songstress Rebecca Anna Hosey is aiming for the big time

Magician Danny Hunt takes part in this week's Q&A feature

We've a four-page special feature on how Teesdale Action Partnership will be supporting the dale during the coming months

In sport, Middleton Wanderers FC is planning to run a reserve team next season

Plus... a bumper postbag with all our readers' letters; Bob Garton's latest quiz; four pages of farming news and mart prices; family notices and much more.

All in this week's Mercury, out now.