Fundraisers prove more than a match for cancer

South Wales Guardian: CLUBBING TOGETHER: Event organiser Hayley Williams presents Gareth Elward with a cheque for £1,500.

3:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Two young Amman Valley cancer sufferers have received a massive boost thanks to the generosity of the valley’s sporting fraternity.

Case closed: Guardian reporter claims to have solved 1920s Star Stores murder

South Wales Guardian: MURDER AT THE STAR: Guardian chief reporter has secured a publishing deal for his book investigating the murder of Thomas Thomas (pictured centre) at the Garnant branch of Star Stores on February 12, 1921.

12:44pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The story of the Amman Valley’s only unsolved murder is to make it into print after author and Guardian chief reporter Steve Adams agreed a book deal with one of Wales’ most prestigious publishing companies.

Mourners 'distraught' as goats invade Gwaun cae Gurwen cemetery

South Wales Guardian: Goats are becoming a nuisance at an Amman Valley cemetery. (stock pic)

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

GOATS are causing mayhem in an Amman Valley cemetery, resulting in thousands of pounds’ worth of damage.

Show up or quit, mayor tells Ammanford councillors

South Wales Guardian: TOWY MAYOR: Irena Hopkins

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

TOWN councillors who rarely attend meetings should stand down and let others take their place.

South Wales Guardian Opinion

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

SOMETIMES we take things for granted — like having a roof over our heads, for instance.

Crimes, clowns and a vision of femininity: April 16, 1964.

South Wales Guardian: CLOWNING AROUND: Ammanford ground to a standstill as Coco the Clown came to town to open the revolutionary new "self-service" Spar store.

9:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

These are the stories that were hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardian 50 years ago on April 16, 1964.

Ammanford councillors slam takeaways over litter

South Wales Guardian: Ammanford councillors and Ammanford Evangelical Church joined forces for the litter pick.

12:23pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

AMMANFORD town councillors have expressed astonishment at the amount of litter they collected during a litter pick in partnership with Ammanford Evangelical Church.

Caroline Flint visits Ystradowen Community Centre

South Wales Guardian: ROUND TABLE: Caroline Flint makes a point during her discussion with members and guests.

11:16am Monday 14th April 2014

LABOUR front-bencher Caroline Flint, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, visited Ystradowen Community Centre last week.

Man "tricked Tycroes Rugby Club out of more than £7,000"

South Wales Guardian: The crunch meeting is now set for Thursday, February 27.

4:53pm Friday 11th April 2014

A man appeared in court today accused of tricking Tycroes Rugby Club out of more than £7,000 by promising to supply an X Factor winner for their Party On The Pitch event in 2011.

Mum's anger over scarlet fever legal threat

South Wales Guardian: RED LETTER: An Ammanford mum has said she was forced to send her daughter to school despite her showing symptoms of scarlet fever.

3:39pm Friday 11th April 2014

An Ammanford mum has hit out after she claims she was forced to send her four-year-old to school suffering from scarlet fever fearing she would otherwise face legal action.

Amman Valley councillor's call for speed humps on death road

South Wales Guardian: TRAGIC: John Gwyn Edwards

3:06pm Friday 11th April 2014

AN AMMAN Valley councillor has attacked a decision by county council chiefs not to introduce speed humps on a road where a pensioner was mown down and killed in November 2012.

Black Mountain centre quash closure rumours

South Wales Guardian: Black Mountain centre staff quash closure rumours

3:10pm Friday 11th April 2014

IT'S business as usual – that is the message from an Amman Valley community centre which has quashed speculation that it is on the brink of closure.

Disabled and homeless: Dad forced to live in van at campsite

South Wales Guardian: DESPERATE: Disabled former builder Tony Lindon has spent three weeks stuck in the driver's seat of his van.

12:02pm Friday 11th April 2014

A 64-year-old disabled former builder has been pushed to the brink of suicide after being left to spend his life sitting in the driver’s seat of his van.

Shoplifter causes store a headache

South Wales Guardian: JAILED TIME: Andrew Cobby stole two packets of headache tablets from Llandelio Co-op.

1:37pm Friday 11th April 2014

A 49-year-old shoplifter was sentenced to four hours behind bars after he admitted stealing a bar of chocolate and two packets of headache tablets from a Llandeilo supermarket.

Check your Easter travel plans

South Wales Guardian: TAKING A TRIP: County residents have been urged to check their travel plans over the Easter holidays.

12:30pm Friday 11th April 2014

Carmarthenshire residents are being warned to check their travel plans if they plan to use public transport over the Easter break.

Tycroes car dealer faces £5million tax fraud charges

South Wales Guardian: DRUG CHARGE: A Glanamman dad-to-be has admitted possessing cannabis resin.

4:35pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A Tycroes car dealer faces the possibility of life in prison following allegations that he was part of a £5million tax evasion fraud.

Former Llandybie man faces historic child sex charges

South Wales Guardian: The crunch meeting is now set for Thursday, February 27.

3:11pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A former Llandybie man has appeared in court accused of a string of historic rape and sexual assault charges against a schoolgirl in Llandeilo.

Swimming cuts 'a disgrace', say Amman Valley parents

4:10pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

FURIOUS parents and teachers have slammed a move forcing schools to pay for youngsters to receive potentially life-saving swimming lessons.

Ammanford pensioner slams ambulance service over '90-minute delay'

South Wales Guardian: RON PHILLIPS: "The delay drove me up the wall."

4:06pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

AN AMMANFORD pensioner claims he was forced to endure a 90-minute wait for an ambulance after his wife collapsed at home.

Bid to turn Ammanford shop into Indian restaurant

4:03pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

PLANS are afoot to convert a former discount store in Ammanford into a restaurant.

South Wales Guardian Opinion

4:12pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

AMMANFORD Police Station has reopened to the public.

Ballots, burglars and rebuffs: April 9, 1964.

South Wales Guardian: GRAVE CONCERN: Proposals to "move" some graves in Brynaman as part of a road-widening scheme received a "gentle rebuff".

11:50am Wednesday 9th April 2014

These were the stories that were hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardian on April 9, 1964.

Come clean with Cwmgwili residents, MP and AM tell company

South Wales Guardian: RHODRI GLYN THOMAS:  "Welsh language census figures for Carmarthenshire are alarming."

9:32am Monday 7th April 2014

HOST a public meeting for Cwmgwili residents – that was the message from MP Jonathan Edwards and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas when they met with representatives of Clean Power, the company behind the controversial proposed waste processing and energy generation facility in the village which residents refer to as an incinerator.

Council moves to "next stage" of parks transfer

South Wales Guardian: ASSET TRANSFER: Llandeilo town council has agreed to move to "the next stage" of taking on responsibility for Parc Le Conquet and Parc Penlan.

3:21pm Friday 4th April 2014

Tempers flared at the most recent of meeting of Llandeilo town council where it was agreed to “move to the next stage” of Carmarthenshire county council’s asset transfer programme despite stark warnings from the body which oversees Welsh town and community councils.

Health Board scoops diabetes awareness award

South Wales Guardian: IN THE PICTURE: Hywel Dda Health Board has won an X-PERT Health for its patient education sessions which help county residents living with diabetes.

11:05am Friday 4th April 2014

Diabetes sufferers in Carmarthenshire have seen huge improvements to their health thanks to an award-winning scheme aimed at helping them better manage their condition.

'I will love killing you,' Hunt Master told

South Wales Guardian: The crunch meeting is now set for Thursday, February 27.

4:30pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A Gloucestershire anti-hunt campaigner has appeared before magistrates to admit making abusive phone calls to the Master of the Llandeilo Farmers’ Hunt following the online publication of photographs showing what appeared to be illegal fox-hunting.

Jonathan applauds Visteon pension victory

South Wales Guardian: (3989423)

10:19am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MP JONATHAN Edwards has congratulated the former Visteon workers who have campaigned for the pension he says they rightfully deserve.

Brecon Carreg launch new sustainable bottles at open day

South Wales Guardian: VIP TREATMENT: First Minister Carwyn Jones is given a tour of the factory by Jeff Phillips, production man - ager of Brecon Carreg.

10:07am Thursday 3rd April 2014

BRECON Carreg welcomed First Minister Carwyn Jones to an open day as the Trap-based company announced the launch of new, more sustainable, bottles across its small format range of pure and natural mineral water.

Calum slates Government over 'botched' Royal Mail sale

South Wales Guardian: IN THE BALANCE? Based on forecast swings, the YouGov poll puts Welsh Labour's Calum Higgins within 38 votes of Plaid's Jonathan Edwards.

1:23pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

CALUM Higgins, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr, has slammed what he has called the Government's "botched privatisation" of Royal Mail after a report showed the sale had cost the public hundreds of millions of pounds.

Ammanford Police Station re-opens to public – for four days

South Wales Guardian: APPEAL: Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the disturbance.

3:17pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

AMMANFORD Police Station is re-opening to the public – for four days, anyway.

Bedroom tax 'an utter disaster' – Calum

South Wales Guardian: IN THE BALANCE? Based on forecast swings, the YouGov poll puts Welsh Labour's Calum Higgins within 38 votes of Plaid's Jonathan Edwards.

12:18pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

CALUM Higgins, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr,has re-affirmed his support for Labour leader Ed Miliband's pledge to scrap the so-called 'bedroom tax'.

Llangadog recycling centre to remain open

South Wales Guardian: REPRIEVE: The Llangadog waste and recycling centre will now remain open for the next 12 months.

8:31am Tuesday 1st April 2014

THE Household Waste Recycling Centre at Llangadog is to remain open following a vigourous campaign by residents and councillors.

Secret tunnel found near Ammanford Castle

South Wales Guardian: GOING UNDERGROUND: |A worker inspects the newly-discovered tunnel near Tirydail.

8:10am Tuesday 1st April 2014

EXPERTS are currently examining a secret tunnel unearthed in the Tirydail area of Ammanford, the Guardian has learnt.

South Wales Guardian Opinion

2:05pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

QUESTION: What do Carmarthenshire County Council and a pelican have in common?

Council facing £70,000 audit office bill, claim Plaid

South Wales Guardian: COUNTY HALL: "We cannot as a council afford to be damaged like this again.”

5:28pm Friday 28th March 2014

Plaid Cymru has claimed that Carmarthenshire tax-payers could be facing a £70,000 bill for the two Wales Audit Office (WAO) public interest reports issued in relation to unlawful payments made by the local authority.

Birthday girl asks for donations to Children in Need instead of presents

South Wales Guardian: BEAMING: Smiling Talia proudly shows off her certificate from Children in Need. Photo by Roger Vince.

2:19pm Friday 28th March 2014

A BIG-hearted Glanaman schoolgirl is delighted to have been named a hero by Children in Need after asking family and friends to donate to the cause in place of presents on her birthday.

Mum found hanged had consumed "substantial amount" of alcohol

South Wales Guardian: The crunch meeting is now set for Thursday, February 27.

2:03pm Friday 28th March 2014

A 28-year-old Ammanford mum-of-five had a “substantial amount” of alcohol in her system when she was found hanging in the garage at her home, the Carmarthenshire coroner has ruled.

Glanaman playground gets a revamp

South Wales Guardian: PLAY IT AGAIN: Four-year-old Josh Doorbar and pal Evie Williams enjoy the new playground. Picture: Jeff Connell.

12:07pm Friday 28th March 2014

AN Amman Valley play area has been officially opened by the Mayor of Cwmaman after being refurbished with community benefit funding.

Police warn of forged notes

South Wales Guardian: THIEF: Stephen Letts admitted taking £10,200 in £500 bundles from his mother-in-law over two months.

3:43pm Friday 28th March 2014

Dyfed-Powys Police have warned of a number of incidents of forged £20 notes being used at shops and businesses in Llandeilo, Llandybie and Ammanford in recent weeks.

Council to close account after HSBC "abandons" Llandeilo

South Wales Guardian: ACCOUNT CLOSED: Llandeilo town council has said it plans to sever its ties with HSBC after the bank announced it would close its town branch.

4:25pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Llandeilo town council is to close its account with HSBC after claiming that the bank – which describes itself as The World’s Local Bank – was “abandoning” the town.

Mark James should be suspended, say MP and AM

South Wales Guardian: (3989423)

4:01pm Thursday 27th March 2014

MP JONATHAN Edwards and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas are calling for the suspension of Carmarthenshire County Council chief executive Mark James after questioning his role as local returning officer for May's European election.

Amman star returns to record tribute to the Valley's fallen

South Wales Guardian: TRIBUTE: Amman Valley-born star John Rhys Davies recording Steve Adams' Remembrance Day piece commemorating the death of Private Arthur Williams in 1915.

3:38pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

A Guardian tribute to one of Ammanford’s doomed youth – as the poet Wilfred Owen described the fallen of the Great War - has been recorded for posterity by the valley’s greatest acting talent.

Gorslas scout group 'could close'

South Wales Guardian: Adam, Alexander, Scouts section leader Simon Brown and Matthew

6:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

GORSLAS parents fear the village scout group is under threat of closure if a new leader isn’t found within the next few weeks – an outcome that would leave one particular little boy heartbroken.

Dyfed Powys Police name new Deputy Chief Constable

South Wales Guardian: STEPPING UP: Carl Langley is the new DEputy Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police

10:57am Wednesday 26th March 2014

CARL Langley has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Constable for Dyfed Powys Police having joined the Force in March 2012 as Assistant Chief Constable from Lincolnshire Police.

Project to add solar panels will slash household bills - Kevin

South Wales Guardian: UNDER FIRE: Council leader Kevin Madge is being called on to resign in the wake of the WAO report.

6:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council is gearing up for a mass solar panel programme designed to slash the energy bills of council house tenants.

50 Years Ago: Landlord's challenge to drinkers

South Wales Guardian: (4897849)

4:24pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

These are the stories that were hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardian on April 2, 1964.

Drivers jailed over Valley pensioner death crash

South Wales Guardian: APPEAL: Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the disturbance.

1:50pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

TWO Amman Valley drivers who killed a pensioner while racing each other have been jailed.

South Wales Guardian Opinion

11:49am Tuesday 25th March 2014

THE Dyfed-Powys police and crime commissioner’s decision to withdraw funding from the local authority-run Carmarthenshire News is something we welcome — there must be a million better ways to spend £5,000 of police cash.

Chief Fire Officer Smith to step down as changes loom

South Wales Guardian: A firefighter at the scene on Monday.

11:46am Tuesday 25th March 2014

RICHARD Smith, Chief Fire Officer of the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority has announced he will be ending his 35-year career in the fire service on Monday.

YMCA hits lottery fund cash jackpot

South Wales Guardian: Llandovery youngsters celebrate the news that the town’s YMCA has received a lottery grant.

11:30am Tuesday 25th March 2014

A life-changing Towy Valley community organisation has announced ambitious plans after scooping a £249,839 grant.


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