Breaking news Council Chief Exec Mark James requests severance package

South Wales Guardian: EXIT: Controversial Carmarthenshire County Council chief executive Mark James has submitted a request for a severance package.

3:50pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Carmarthenshire County Council chief executive Mark James has submitted an application for severance, the local authority has announced.

Guardian hits record web figures

South Wales Guardian: CHANGING PLACES: South Wales Guardian appoints new editor.

7:57pm Monday 29th September 2014

THE South Wales Guardian’s online presence is booming according to the latest statistics.

Garnant British Legion celebrates 90th birthday

South Wales Guardian: REMEMBERING THE FALLEN: The new war memorial at Ysgol y Bedol.

5:38pm Monday 29th September 2014

GARNANT branch of the Royal British Legion is set to celebrate its 90th birthday with a World War One commemoration event.

Rainbow girls bring colour to charity fundraising

South Wales Guardian: IN LIVING COLOUR: Six Ammanford pals joined the Rain Run to raise more than £500 for charity.

4:53pm Monday 29th September 2014

A SEXTET of Ammanford fitness fans have brought a little colour into their lives by raising more than £500 for charity.

Ammanford pals conquer Kilimanjaro for R4L charity.

South Wales Guardian: CONQUERED: Three Ammanford pals flying the flag for R4L at the top of Kilimanjaro.

3:52pm Monday 29th September 2014

Three Ammanford friends have conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, the largest free standing mountain in the world, to raise money for a charity close to their hearts, RYAN4LUKEAIMA.

Hendy window firm takes on £1.155million Capel Hendre site

South Wales Guardian: INVESTMENT:  Victorian Sliders has acquired new premises and land, enabling it to bring its other two sites together, and operate from one site. Picture, Huw Evans Picture Agency.

1:56pm Monday 29th September 2014

EUROPE's largest manufacturer of uPVC windows, based in Hendy, has purchased new premises and land worth £1.155million in Capel Hendre.

Gwyl y Twrch Trwyth in pictures... Part One

South Wales Guardian: HORSING ABOUT: Sisters Caitlin (2) and Carys Lewis (4) are feeling a little hoarse.  Picture by Mark Davies

1:34pm Monday 29th September 2014

There was a carnival atmosphere in Ammanford at the weekend as the whole town go into the Twrch Trwyth spirit.

Llandybie woman denies headbutting rival

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

12:40pm Monday 29th September 2014

A Llandybie woman has denied head-butting her love rival and punching her ten times.

Sweet memories for Bake-off star in Llandybie

South Wales Guardian: LLANDYBIE-BOUND: Great British Bake-Off contestant Beca Lyne-Pirkis takes a trip down memory lane.

11:58am Monday 29th September 2014

GREAT British Bake Off’s Beca Lyne-Pirkis visits Llandybie on a trip down memory lane in the next episode of S4C’s Becws, on Thursday, October 2.

Importance of eye health promoted this Older People’s Day

South Wales Guardian: LOOK AFTER YOUR EYES: Conditions, such as cataracts and diabetes, are more common among the older generation.

2:25pm Monday 29th September 2014

SPECSAVERS in Ammanford is calling on local residents over the age of 60 to have an eye test, to coincide with Older People’s Day on October 1.

Gwyl y Twrch Trwyth - some pictures

South Wales Guardian:

10:47am Sunday 28th September 2014

There was plenty to see and do at Ammanford's Gwyl y Twrch Trwyth where crowds flocked to take part in the medieval fun.

Police praised as Cwmaman crime figures plummet

South Wales Guardian: JOB WELL DONE: Carmarthenshire county council leader Kevin Madge praised the work of the Dyfed Powys Neighbourhood Policing team.

6:20pm Friday 26th September 2014

CRIME for the past year in Glanaman has fallen by 77 per cent to date, recent figures have revealed.

Towy veterinary practice planning on expansion

South Wales Guardian: ON THE TABLE: A round-up of the planning applications submitted to Carmarthenshire County Council recently.

6:14pm Friday 26th September 2014

A TOWY Valley veterinary practice is looking to relocate by creating a purpose designed new premises.

Creative Blaenau carer is nominated for award

South Wales Guardian: CREATIVE AND CARING: Nominee Karen Jefferies.

4:04pm Friday 26th September 2014

HAVING an imaginative approach to caring has proved so successful for one Blaenau woman, that she has been put forward for a top accolade.

Guardian staff take stock of Twrch Trwyth festival

South Wales Guardian:

3:49pm Friday 26th September 2014

Guardian staff throw their weight - and their sponges - behind Ammanford's Gwyl y Twrch Trwyth festival.

Crime and punishment... Court in the Act - Part Two

South Wales Guardian: PLEAS AND THANK YOUS: More goings-on from Llanelli magistrates court during the past week.

3:05pm Friday 26th September 2014

More of the latest hearings to take place at Llanelli magistrates court in the past week or two.

Crime and Punishment... Court in the Act - Part One

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

1:16pm Friday 26th September 2014

A round-up of the cases heard by Llanelli magistrates during the past week or so.

Penygroes bids farewell to coffee morning Queen.

South Wales Guardian: STAR BAKER: MP Jonathan Edwards and Sue Reece, fundraising manager for Macmillan, celebrate the efforts of Jean Aldwinkle (centre) who has raised more than £10,000 with her coffee mornings.

12:58pm Friday 26th September 2014

Penygroes turned out in force this morning (Friday) to bid farewell to Jean Aldwinkle at her final Macmillan Coffee morning.

Fag-butt fine for litterbug

South Wales Guardian: CAUGHT IN THE ACT: An Amman Valley woman has been ordered to pay a total of £170 after being spotted throwing a cigarette end out of her car window.

12:21pm Friday 26th September 2014

A Carmarthenshire man has been ordered to pay £140 for dropping a cigarette end.

Animal care students clean up

South Wales Guardian: TAKING CARE: Level One students Roxanne Oliver, Zara Bevan and Gwawr Jones on the litter-pick.

11:42am Friday 26th September 2014

Animal Care and Equine students from Coleg Sir Gâr's Pibwrlwyd campus have given up their study time to clean up the campus.

Matthews appointment "fantastic news for region"

South Wales Guardian: JACKPOT: The appointment of telecommunications billionaire Sir Terry Matthews as Chair of the Swansea Bay City Region is fantastic news for the region.

3:43pm Thursday 25th September 2014

The appointment of telecommunications billionaire Sir Terry Matthews as Chair of the Swansea Bay City Region has been welcomed by Carmarthenshire County Council.

TV star is backing Ammanford job centre entrepreneur day

South Wales Guardian:

1:42pm Thursday 25th September 2014

CARMARTHENSHIRE entrepreneur and star of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, Kevin Green, has given his backing to Ammanford Jobcentre’s event promoting self-employment.

Inspirational Paul takes anti-violence message to schools

South Wales Guardian:

8:50am Wednesday 24th September 2014

PAUL Pugh, the Ammanford man subject to a brutal random street attack in 2007 that left him in a coma and fighting for his life, is using his experience to warn future generations is warning of the dangers of alcohol-related crime in a special DVD.

Merched y Wawr groups throughout Wales support BHF Cymru

South Wales Guardian: WORKING TOGETHER:  Merched y Wawr president Meryl Davies and treasurer Gwyneth Griffiths, are pictured with BHF Cymru fundraising volunteer manager Sion Edwards, vice president Sandra Morris Jones and fundraising volunteer manager for BHF Cymru Jayne Lewi

1:22pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

ONE of Wales’ top women’s organisation, Merched y Wawr, who have a number of groups in the Ammanford area, has pledged a year long partnership of with British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru by naming the organisation as their Charity of the Year for 2014.

Have your say at S4C viewers' evening

South Wales Guardian:

12:51pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

S4C’s Chief Executive and Chairman are calling on the people of Ammanford and the surrounding area to go along to a viewers’ evening set to take place at the Mountain Gate, Tycroes.

Police issue warning following ATM skimming fraud

South Wales Guardian:

10:31am Wednesday 24th September 2014

TWO men have appeared in Llanelli Magistrates Court charged with two counts of fraud.

Carmarthenshire man fined for bin-bag offences

South Wales Guardian: DUMPED: A Carmarthenshire man has been fined for repeatedly putting his rubbish out on the wrong day.

3:56pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A Carmarthenshire man has been fined £200 for continually putting his rubbish out on the wrong day and putting non-recyclable waste in blue bags.

Jonathan: Make Wales an equal partner

South Wales Guardian: PUTTING THE BOOT IN: Jonathan Edwards is set to join a Commons Committee to draw up an alternative - and more rigorous - Recall Bill.

2:42pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE Scottish referendum has offered an unprecedented opportunity to rebalance power in the UK, Plaid Cymru has said this week as it launched its vision for a prosperous, equal and empowered nation at a press conference in Cardiff’s Millennium Centre.

Vandalism at Grenig Park, Glanaman

South Wales Guardian: SPREE: Two young girls were the cause of 92 percent of Penygroes crime after vandalising 23 cars.

8:47pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Vandals damaged nets and fencing at Grenig Park, Glanaman, between 4.30pm on Saturday, September 13, and 6.30pm on Monday, September 15.

Clothing theft from Ammanford store

South Wales Guardian: SPREE: Two young girls were the cause of 92 percent of Penygroes crime after vandalising 23 cars.

8:43pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Thieves made off with a large amount of clothing from Ammanford’s New Look store on Wednesday, September 17.

Platinum pair celebrate 70 years of wedded bliss

South Wales Guardian: PLATINUM PAIR: Graham and Enfys Hobbs celebrated their 70th anniversary with a card from the Queen.

6:47pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A PAIR of war-time sweethearts who fell in love while on duty for their country have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Bodybuilder Phil has eyes on the prize thanks to community backing

South Wales Guardian: WINNING WAYS: Phillip Evans with his UKBFF Welsh Championship trophy.

4:49pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A TYCROES electrician is set to see his dream of competing in the British Bodybuilding final come true thanks to his best pal and an enormous amount of community spirit.

Thumbs up for school kitchens

South Wales Guardian: SQUEA KY CLEAN: Carmarthenshire County Council Catering Services mascot Dylan The Dragon at Model Primary school, Carmarthen. From left - catering assistant Selina Davies, cook in charge Susan Mc lavy, Dylan the Dragon, Catering Manager Jeanette Benson an

3:57pm Monday 22nd September 2014

WHEN it comes to hygiene standards Carmarthenshire’s primary and secondary schools have proved theirs are as clean as a whistle.

Lecturer takes on new Welsh speaking role at Swansea university

South Wales Guardian: Rachel Williams is enjoying her new role at Swansea University.

12:31pm Monday 22nd September 2014

AN ambitious Ammanford woman who has taken on a new role as a midwifery tutor, has said she hopes to increase the number of students who decide to take on the course through the medium of Welsh.

Save the date: Carmarthenshire NFU county meeting

South Wales Guardian: Carmarthenshire NFU Cymru county meeting is set to take place on Tuesday, October 7.

2:01pm Monday 22nd September 2014

LOCAL farmers are invited to the next Carmarthenshire NFU Cymru county meeting, on Tuesday, October 7, at the White Hart inn, Llandeilo.

Police appeal after Glanaman theft

South Wales Guardian: SPREE: Two young girls were the cause of 92 percent of Penygroes crime after vandalising 23 cars.

3:08pm Sunday 21st September 2014

THIEVES stole items from a storage container at Siop y Pentre, Glanaman, between 9pm on September 17 and 6.20am next day.

Landlords urged to attend legislation forum

South Wales Guardian: FORUM: Landlords in Carmarthenshire are being urged to keep up to date with changes to legislation.

2:25pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Landlords with properties in Carmarthenshire are being urged to keep up with new legislation.

Create your own Gwyl y Twrch Trwyth boar mask

South Wales Guardian: MASK Click the link below to down and colour in your very own boar mask, created by Lee of Hidden Jewel.

5:43pm Friday 19th September 2014

Amman Valley youngsters are being encouraged to create their own boar look for Gwyl y Twrch Trwyth.

Pontardawe geek joins forces with TV star Lumley to tackle animal research

South Wales Guardian: AMBASSADOR:Geek4aWeek Emily Hopkin with campaign mascot Hadwen.

4:33pm Friday 19th September 2014

A Pontardawe student named the geek of the week is backing a campaign launched by TV star Joanna Lumley opposing animal medical research.

World Cup fan banned after semi-final shootout

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

3:08pm Friday 19th September 2014

A BONLLWYN football fan who drove home after drinking three cans of beer while watching a match has admitted drink-driving.

Kevin: We must deliver a better Wales

South Wales Guardian: DEMOCRACY IN ACTION: Carmarthenshire County Council leader Kevin Madge believes the Scotland vote can be a springboard to building a better Britain.

1:07pm Friday 19th September 2014

Carmarthenshire council leader Kevin Madge has welcomed this morning’s Scottish referendum result and called for the decision to be used as a springboard to transform the political landscape of Wales and the rest of the UK.

PMT mum bit in-law's face in drunken pub row

South Wales Guardian:

11:47am Friday 19th September 2014

A Glanaman mum-of-three suffering from severe PMT has admitted biting the face of one of her in-laws during a family feud on a drunken night out in Carmarthen.

Crime and punishment... Court in the act

South Wales Guardian:

7:54pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A round-up of some of the cases to have appeared at Llanelli magistrates court during the past seven days.

Brian's crew keeps county in tip-top shape

South Wales Guardian: TIDY LIKE: Project worker Brian Mogford.

7:31pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A TOTAL of 992 bags of rubbish, 15 tyres and 76 miscellaneous items such as pushchairs, carpets and scooters that have been dumped across Carmarthenshire have been removed by Tidy Towns in the past six months.

Forgetful Ammanford shoppers help raise £68k for Welsh causes

South Wales Guardian: A BAGFUL OF CHARITY: Ammanford's Wilko staff Anne Hyde, Sara Morgan, Sue Jones, Val Doherty and Lisa Greig celebrate the store's latest carrier bag donations.

2:22pm Thursday 18th September 2014

AMMANFORD shoppers have played their part in donating £68,000 to five fantastic Welsh causes – all because they forgot their carrier bags.

Commissioner launches domestic abuse support scheme

South Wales Guardian: Christopher Salmon, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys, marks the new domestic abuse service with, from left, Jan Stoneman and Sara Humphreys, of Hafan Cymru, Annette Brenchley, of Grwp Gwalia, and Natalie Hardess, of the Carmarthenshire Domest

1:52pm Thursday 18th September 2014

DOMESTIC abuse victims in Carmarthenshire are to benefit from a share of a new £500,000 support service.

Gay Ammanford slams claims of ‘homophobic’ town

South Wales Guardian: COMMUNITY PRIDE: An Amman Valley gay and lesbian support group has hit out at newspaper claims branding the area homophobic.

1:03pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN AMMAN Valley gay and lesbian support group has slammed a national newspaper article which branded the area homophobic.

Residents fuming after property repairs cost almost double estimate

South Wales Guardian: HIKE: Owners of properties on Ammanford's Heol Wallasey were stunned to receive bills in excess of £5,700 for work they were told would cost around £3,600.

10:55am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A GROUP of Ammanford residents have slammed Carmarthenshire County Council for nearly doubling the cost of maintaining their properties.

Plaid urges greater support for farmers as milk crisis deepens

South Wales Guardian: (3989423)

7:26pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

DEEPENING difficulties in the milk sector have seen Plaid Cymru calling for action from the Welsh Government.

Former Panther set to prowl the catwalk

South Wales Guardian: SPONSOR: Gemma with sponsor and hair and beauty team member Lisa.

9:23am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE FORMER skipper of the Penybanc Panthers women's rugby side, forced to retire due to injury, has made it to the final of Miss Upcoming Model Girl UK, 2014.







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