More than £750,000 is to be spent improving rural roads in Aberdeenshire and Moray used by timber lorries.
Dreams of transforming a north-east village into a regional hub for mountain biking have moved a step closer to becoming reality.
A police chief has warned residents in the countryside are being targeted by "hardcore" criminals intent on stealing cars and motorcycles.
Plans for a £100million luxury development in Aberdeenshire - which includes a five-star hotel - are hanging in the balance after councillors ruled they "do not deliver what was promised".
Police are urging residents of Aberdeenshire to secure their vehicles and homes after a spate of "opportunistic thefts".