Council: £487k parking cash was 'surplus' not profit

South Wales Guardian: PARK STRIFE: Carmarthenshire county council has disputed that the £487,000 it made from parking charges last year was "profit".

3:11pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Carmarthenshire county council has moved to counter official figures showing it generated almost half a million pounds profit from car parking charges last year.

Myrddyn all geared up to maintain cycle path

South Wales Guardian: SADDLING UP: Myrddyn Griffiths is pictured with his new bike.  He is joined by (from left) Cllr Susan McNicholas, Tom Addey, Powys County Council’s Area Regeneration Manager (South); Helen Davies, Sustrans; and Howard Williams, 1st Swansea Valley Sc

11:10am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

An YSTRADGYNLAIS man who has kept a cycle path between two communities in top condition has been presented with a bicycle for his efforts.

Ammanford firefighters go on all paws to rescue trapped corgi!

South Wales Guardian: RED ALERT: Ammanford firefighters dashed to the rescue of Princess the corgi.

10:37am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AMMANFORD firefighters responded to one of their more unusual call outs on Sunday – to free a corgi trapped beneath a reclining chair!

Fire crew in five-hour grass-blaze battle

South Wales Guardian: Mid and West Wales fire crews were called into action to tackle a blaze on the Black Mountain at 7pm on Saturday. The service has faced 200 grass fires during the month of April. Picture by Roger Vince.

10:09am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE latest grass fire to strike the Amman Valley raged for more than five hours on the Black Mountain on Saturday night before being brought under control by emergency crews.

Police investigate Ammanford vehicle vandalism

South Wales Guardian: SAFE HOUSES: Price comparison website has shown that homes in the SA18 postcode area is the 'least likely' in Wales to be burgled.

9:59am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Ammanford Police are investigating a spate of incidents of criminal damage to vehicles in the town.

Way back when....

South Wales Guardian: FOR KING AND COUNTRY: A unit of raw recruits from the south-west Wales region relax to enjoy some time out from basic training before heading for the front line during World War One.

2:15pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

These were the stories hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardian on April 23, 1964.

Car park charges prove high earner

South Wales Guardian: EARNINGS: Official figures show Carmarthenshire county council made  £487,000 profit from car-parking charges last year.

11:39am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Carmarthenshire county council earned almost half-a-million pounds profit from car park charges last year, the latest figures have revealed.

Sian Thomas confirms departure from Menter Cwm Gwendraeth

South Wales Guardian: CLLR SIAN THOMAS: Dispute with fellow board members.

1:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PENYGROES-based county councillor Sian Thomas has confirmed she has stepped down as chairwoman of one of Wales’ oldest Welsh language support groups.

South Wales Guardian Opinion

1:03pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

ONE of Wales’s oldest Welsh-language support groups has parted company with its chief executive. Former newspaper editor Cathryn Ings has left her post at Menter Cwm Gwendraeth amid claims that her Welsh was not considered good enough.

Drink-driver three times limit had 'slow metabolism'

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

4:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A 48-year-old Swansea Valley hairdresser who claimed she had not had a drink for more than 12 hours was three times the legal driving limit when stopped by police, a court has heard.

Shopper more than double the drink-drive limit

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

3:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A 62-year-old Bonllwyn man has told magistrates he had no idea he was over the drink-drive limit despite downing wine before he got in his car for a 3pm shopping trip in Ammanford town centre.

Driver admits role in Land Rover theft

South Wales Guardian: THEFT: A £9,300 Land Rover Defender was stolen from Tout's Garage, Pontaman by a three-man crew from Merthyr Tydfil.

2:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A 34-year-old man has appeared before magistrates to admit his part in the theft of a £9,300 Land Rover Defender from an Ammanford car sales garage.

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.


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