The local elections have been a real talking point this week, but there’s plenty going on in the area — here are the big stories in this week’s Times.

West Devon Borough Council (WDBC) has plenty of new blood following an election which saw the leader and several long-time councillors lose their seats.

• Representatives from two charities which help young people visited Okehampton College last week, to each receive a £500 cheque raised through the college’s Titanic Ball.

• Tots and teenagers are enjoying a major revamp of the play facilities at the North Tawton Memorial Park, which includes a state-of-the-art new skate and bike track.

Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band are inviting people to have a go at playing one of their musical instruments on Sunday.

• A humourous novel written by a former principal of Okehampton College has been published to raise money for good causes.

• A group of parents and teachers have jumped from an aeroplane at 15,000 feet to raise funds to complete an amphitheatre woodland area at Hatherleigh Primary School.

• Dartmoor enthusiasts are ‘furious’ after two recent outbreaks of graffiti vandalism on the moors near Princetown.

• A National Lottery funded project to combat social isolation through art is expanding to reach new rural communities.

• NINE pages covering all the local sport, including coverage of Okehampton Golf Club’s effort to retain the Dartmoor League, a disappointing end to Okehampton Argyle’s season and much more.