Latest West Lothian Stories

2008-10-11 09:00:14

MORE than 6,000 litres of alcohol were spilt over a road yesterday after a 38-tonne tanker overturned. The tanker, travelling from a distillery in Edinburgh, collided with a small van at 8:40am on the A71 near the North British Distillery in Addiewell, West Lothian. Fire and Rescue services had to cut the van driver out of his vehicle using hydraulic cutting equipment. The 52-year-old was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and last night was described as being in a critical condition....

2008-10-03 18:00:24

CONCERNS have been raised over travel plans for removing coal from a proposed new mining site in West Lothian. Energy company The Banks Group submitted plans last December to extract coal and fireclay from a site near Breich. The company wants to mine 1.5 million tons of coal over a seven- year period from the 380-acre Rusha site, creating 57 jobs. But there are concerns about the route the lorries carrying the coal to Longannet Power Station will take. Banks has proposed the lorries...

2008-08-25 06:01:06

A WOMAN has given birth to a baby girl after suffering 18 miscarriages in eight years, it was reported today. Angela Haston, 27, from Polbeth, West Lothian, said she wanted a baby so much that she could not bring herself to stop trying, despite the heartbreaking miscarriages. She gave birth to Mia-Rose on Tuesday, five weeks early. Mrs Haston's first child, Keiron, was born in 2000, but medical tests failed to ascertain why she subsequently suffered repeated miscarriages. Last...

2008-07-31 06:00:48

SCOTLAND'S schools are being gripped by escalating violence by pupils and soaring numbers of exclusions, according to the latest figures. The number of pupils excluded for physical assaults rose by 14 per cent to more than 7,300 in the past year. Government figures also revealed the overall number of youngsters suspended or expelled from school rose by 4 per cent during the same period. There were 44,794 exclusions from schools - the fifth successive annual increase since 2003....

2008-07-29 18:00:51

FORMER Scotland and British Lions rugby star Gregor Townsend visited St John's Hospital to present bosses with an award. The Livingston hospital became the first in Scotland to receive a Healthy Working Lives Gold Award, in recognition of the work that has been done to make the hospital a healthier workplace. It offers stop-smoking sessions, makes fresh fruit widely available and offers health and lifestyle checks to staff. NHS Lothian also became the first health board in Scotland...

2008-07-10 15:00:36

A FORMER West Lothian hairdresser turned Hollywood star has just secured a part in one of America's longest-running soaps. Whitburn-born actor Michael E Rodgers has already had a string of bit-part TV and movie roles and will now take on a new recurring role in As The World Turns, screened since 1956. (c) 2008 Evening News; Edinburgh (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'