BUTCHERS, bakers and expert coffee makers are just some of the businesses at the heart of our communities.
A HARBOUR chief today stressed the need to expand facilities in Aberdeen - to avoid sinking a £30 billion industry.
MOBILE phone firm O2 is investigating claims on social media that its mobile network is down in many parts of the country, including Aberdeen.
LONG-SERVING keeper Jamie Langfield looks to be in the frame to succeed legend Jim Leighton as the club's goalie coach.
Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall has won the backing of former bookies' favourite Chuka Umunna.
A 17-year-old has died in hospital after taking what he thought was ecstasy.
One of the prime suspects in the killing of Alexander Litvinenko has submitted material to the inquiry into the former Russian spy's death in a bid to give evidence.
Louis Walsh has fanned the flames of his spat with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini by claiming she would refuse to be an X Factor judge if Nicole Scherzinger returned to the show.
The Rolling Stones have ripped through Los Angeles' intimate Fonda Theatre with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour, in a surprise concert.
THOUSANDS of people flocked to a coastal town this weekend for a musical extravaganza.
FOR a big budget fantasy which vociferously encourages children to dream, Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is disappointingly - and ironically - short on invention and ingenuity.
ITALIAN dark psychedelic trio Father Murphy are renowned for their challenging live shows.
A MOTORBIKER has been charged after he was clocked driving at more than 111mph on a North-east road.
A WOMAN who caused the death of two scientists in a car crash on the A90 has today avoided jail.
YOUNGSTERS will attend their first day of school with their new teachers and uniforms...despite building work on a new multi-million pound school being incomplete.
PLANS to dual a busy Aberdeen road could be delayed.
A £5 MILLION profit was made by Aberdeen City Council from parking fines and charges last year.
ALEX Salmond hopes to pull off an oil and gas deal for the North-east this year in his new role as SNP foreign affairs spokesman.
COMMUNITY leaders today warned lives are being put at risk after two blazes broke out at a disused Aberdeen factory in a week.
A CARE home has been ordered to improve after claims of staff treating residents "like meat".
FIREFIGHTERS today battled a "well alight" fire at an Aberdeen garage.
A FORMER deputy council leader who quit his post said he left after becoming "frustrated" with the lack of communication.
A DRUGS runner caught with around £27,000 of cocaine after a police chase at the city's railway station has been locked up.
PROPOSALS to build more than 120 affordable homes on the footprint of a historic prison will be lodged next month.
PLANS to restore a historic building which was devastated in a fire were discussed today.
SCHOOL pupils across the North-east could be set to receive homework on how to cope with and prevent bullying.
A SUPERMARKET wants to allow a car hire firm to use its spare parking spaces in a bid to cope with changing shopping habits.
A MAN who threatened to burn down and smash up a council headquarters has been sentenced to nearly three months in prison.
A NEW Traveller site for Aberdeen could be signed off next week, with the issue dividing opinion in the area.
A MAN was today seriously injured after his car burst into flames following a crash with a lorry on a major North-east road.
AN AMBULANCE station was closed a number of times in a month because it is understaffed.