News and sporting review of 2010 - January-April

CATCH up with all that has happened in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and beyond...

JANUARY

* Arctic conditions caused havoc for drivers and pedestrians in towns and villages across East Dunbartonshire.

* A pensioner from Bishopbriggs was left "extremely shaken" after confronting two masked raiders in his home.

* Brave dad-of-two Jim Corrigan, from Moodiesburn, was hailed a hero after rescuing an unconscious man from a burning car.

* A murder investigation was launched after Kevin 'The Gerbil' Carroll was gunned down in broad daylight in the Asda Robroyston car park.

January:

* Former Rob Roy manager and Campsie Black Watch player Mick Oliver spoke of his delight after being appointed Scotland's chief scout by Craig Levein.

* Plans were unveiled to set up a new junior team in the district by Bishopbriggs-based Rossvale Boys' Club.

* Scottish football legend Andy Ritchie spoke to the Herald about his career. The former Celtic starlet was farmed out to Rob Roy in 1972 and netted 36 goals in 14 games.

* Kirkintilloch Olympians Crawford Brown and Howard Elliott took part in the Tough Guy Challenge – braving fire, freezing water and barbed wire.

FEBRUARY

* Cash-strapped East Dunbartonshire Council announced it was preparing to slash its budget for 2010/2011 by 8million.

* Bishopbriggs was named as one of 21 'hotspots' for traffic pollution in Scotland.

Campaigners said the new town centre 'masterplan' would only make it worse.

* Thieves stole a lorry filled with computer equipment worth more than 40,000 from Stepps.

* Possilpark residents told of their terror after a suspected gas explosion ripped through a property on Stronend Street.

* Petershill manager Stevie Easton vowed to carry on despite a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Rob Roy.

* Rob Roy manager John Richardson labelled the fixture pile-up "farcical" after the game against Largs Thistle was called off due to a frozen pitch.

* A pay-out of 1,000 from the Scottish Junior Football Association was warmly welcomed by Rob Roy and Petershill after repeated call-offs due to the Arctic weather.

MARCH

* East Dunbartonshire Council announced it was to scrap its popular mobile library – despite a campaign by angry residents to save the service.

* The Herald launched its 'Take Pride in the Forth and Clyde' campaign after a report showed the Kirkintilloch stretch of the canal was the most litter-strewn.

* Three branches of William Hill bookmakers – in Muirhead, Moodiesburn and Baillieston – were raided by armed robbers on a two-hour crime spree.

* The Springburn community was in mourning after three asylum seekers jumped to their death from the 15th floor of the Red Road flats.

* Campsie Black Watch under-19s continued a record-breaking run by reaching the semi-finals of the Lady Darling Cup, winning 2-1 against East Kilbride Thistle. Meanwhile senior Blackies scored eight times against Avoca.

* Former Bishopbriggs High pupil and ex-Allan Glen's player Alastair Kellock delivered an outstanding performance during the Calcutta Cup draw with England.

* Rob Roy secured a crucial victory when they beat Vale of Clyde 3-0, taking a step closer to premier league survival.

* Two Bishopbriggs pupils proved they were chop class at the National Schools Judo Championships. Turnbull High's Christine Milroy won gold, while Stephen Ross from Woodhill Primary won bronze.

APRIL

* Rush hour traffic in Kirkintilloch was brought to a standstill as angry parents protested against the council's decision to slash free school buses.

* East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson called in the police to investigate a spate of bogus election letters, saying the missives were "a blatant attempt to smear her".

* Controversial plans to build properties around Johnston Loch, in Gartcosh, were torpedoed after strong opposition from local residents.

* A Robroyston couple suffered a terrifying ordeal after being tied up in their own home by robbers. Their three children were left 'uninjured but badly shaken'.

* Campsie Black Watch u-19s beat KRR Harestanes u-21s 2-0 to reach the final of the Lady Darling Cup – an under-21s tournament.

* Two Rob Roy stars – Kevin MacDonald and Grant Anderson – were called up to the Junior

Scotland squad for a tournament in Northern Ireland.

* Allan Glen's celebrated a unique double. The First XV won the Scottish Hydro National 3 League, while the Second XV also won their league. It was a magnificent achievement for the Bishopgriggs club, who ended the season with a 29-8 victory over Helensburgh.

* Caurnie Angling Club told the Herald all about their activities as they marked their 85th season.

Antermony Loch in Milton of Campsie is leased by the club.

* Evergreen golfer Jim Hay told how he had shot an incredible 24 holes-in-one – more than Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. His secret? Fifty per cent skill and fifty per cent luck!