Cash-strapped Moray Council has been warned its roads are a "ticking time bomb".
Moray has long boasted some of Scotland's best kept roads but there are fears it may soon surrender that status.
Extra support has been demanded for Moray businesses to help them tender for large public sector contracts.
Green-fingered volunteers hope a new resident at a historic home in Moray will help restore flower beds to their former glory.
The Conservatives in Moray have been bolstered once more after winning a by-election.
The wife of a newly elected councillor is seeking to join him in the chamber.