THE foot and mouth epidemic continues to cast its long shadow over our local farms and businesses with few immune from its deadly tentacles. For the first time there appears to be a glimmer of hope that the end is in sight.
A GOOD Samaritan who tried to stop four youths throwing stones at a nesting swan was subjected to a terrifying attack when the youths turned on her.
TWO theatre groups are to merge in a bid to cut down on shows - and increase audiences.
OTLEY suffered a second major blow when the organisers of the town's annual carnival decided to cancel the event because of the foot and mouth crisis.
The Prime Minister's stated determination to clear up communities blighted by abandoned cars, announced as part of his attack on the "yob culture", will no doubt have been welcomed by many people in Bradford.
Most businesses in the region have escaped any negative knock-on effects from the ongoing Foot and Mouth crisis.
A 30-year-old man who abused and attacked two Barnoldswick paramedics as they tended his epileptic girlfriend has walked free from court.
OPTIONS to revitalise Barnoldswick's Victory Park and improve its facilities for more local users were unveiled this week.
REWARDS have been offered to try to rid Cross Hills Football Club of vandals.
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to demand the removal of Settle's controversial speed humps.
CONCERN has been raised over the long-term damage being caused to a botanical site containing wild orchids.
A GROUP of Skipton residents is fighting plans to build new houses right on their doorstep.
IT'S out with the old and in with the new at Embsay Primary School.
Runner Rob Grillo is thanking his lucky stars he did not take part in the London marathon.
FARMS around Settle and Grassington have been moved out of the infected area for foot and mouth disease.
CRAVEN Tuck Shop might have been voted the Shop of the Year in the Herald but even it cannot survive the competition from the multi-national giants.
CHURCH officials are putting their faith in the public to come up with £200,000 needed for a new hall at St Margaret's, Ilkley.
A PUB landlord has been left geared up for battle - but apparently with no war to fight.
RESIDENTS in Guiseley are being urged to back a campaign and sign a petition to get a pelican crossing on a notorious stretch of road before a youngster is killed.
AT long last it seems that the provision of affordable housing in Ilkley is becoming a priority for those who can most influence its generation.
Bradford Park Avenue won promotion to the UniBond Premier Division last night with a thrilling 4-1 win.
Full-back Stuart Spruce appears to have lost his fight to join the Bulls' bid for successive Challenge Cup crowns at Twickenham on Saturday.
SHIPLEY-BASED Debut Theatre School has grown so
MAY Day will be greeted in the
THE EVENTFUL 21-year career of a commended ambulanceman - which included riding on horseback to rescue a woman from Ilkley Moor - has finally drawn to a close.
COMMUNITY-minded villagers turned out to have their say over the way Burley-in-Wharfedale is run.
ANGER has erupted in Horsforth after yet another planning application for a mobile phone mast for the town was submitted - the second in seven days.
A FIRST-TIME author has been nominated for a prestigious literary award - and is hoping that Hollywood success is just around the corner.
EVER wondered where the Spite pub in Otley got its name? Or why the Otley Bridge was built in two halves?
VILLAGES in the Wharfe Valley could become 'neglected' after new police boundaries were adopted, an Ilkley Parish Councillor has warned.
AN INTREPID cyclist is hard at work preparing for a 250-mile charity ride in Costa Rica.
AN ELDERLY man fell in the path of a getaway car being used in an attempted armed robbery, in Burley-in-Wharfedale.
CALLS for closed circuit television cameras to make Otley town centre safer have been backed by the new Chamber of Trade president.
MUCH-NEEDED sports facilities could be on their way to Pool-in-Wharfedale.
PARISHIONERS' prayers for a safe church have been answered after years of fundraising and campaigning in a small Wharfedale
THE problem of dog mess left on the parks and pavements in Ilkley could be solved by the introduction of new street wardens as part of a special Government plan.
AN Ilkley school is to launch a scheme to get children to school safely - and at the same time help the environment.
SOME battling displays of late by beleagured Guiseley have seen them improve their league standing and with three games left to play they now look as if they will escape the threat of a second successive relegation.
A pensioner has donated money to help farmers hit by the foot and mouth crisis - in memory of her parents whose lives were shattered by an outbreak in 1940.
Campaigners who want to keep Bradford's Council houses in the control of the local authority have stepped up their campaign with the launch of a manifesto based on the protection of tenants.
A mother of two young children says late-night drinkers using her garden as a shortcut have turned it into a hazardous waste ground.
Detectives today urged a key witness of Bradford's Easter Sunday disturbances to speak out - believing he could be the lynchpin to uncovering how the violence erupted.
A plan to replace fire station officers with non-uniformed inspectors has been met with outrage by union officials.
Masked men robbed jewellery salesmen in a busy Bradford street in broad daylight - smashing the windows of their car and escaping with a large amount of Asian gold.
A growing spate of car fires has led a senior firefighter to urge Bradford Council to remove abandoned vehicles more quickly.
A man was shot in the back as he ran away from a rampaging mob in Bradford, a court heard yesterday.
Two ballet dancing brothers are celebrating a double success after winning scholarships to a prestigious dance school.
Every morning Alison Box is filled with dread as she creeps into her teenage son's bedroom to check whether he has survived the night.