County jobless figure falls to 2.4%

South Wales Guardian: GREEN SHOOTS: A fall in the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants in Carmarthenshire has been welcomed.

4:39pm Friday 25th July 2014

The Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council has welcomed official figures showing unemployment in the county fell by more than 5.9 percent last month.

Make sure the Maes stays green

South Wales Guardian:

12:39pm Friday 25th July 2014

Visitors to this year’s National Eisteddfod are being urged to recycle as much of their waste as possible.

Get a grant for your charity from the Guardian

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

12:03pm Friday 25th July 2014

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc., the parent company of Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK's largest publishers and owners of The South Wales Guardian. We provide funding to registered charities in the areas where we operate local newspapers and websites.

Crime and punishment...Part One

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

9:15am Friday 25th July 2014

A round-up of the cases before Llanelli magistrates in the past week or two.

Moving house? Let the experts lend a hand

South Wales Guardian: SHOW TIME: Channel 4 are looking for people interested in finding their dream home in Carmarthenshire or across south Wales for the new series of Location, Location, Location.

5:14pm Friday 25th July 2014

Are you looking for a new house in Carmarthenshire or across south Wales?

Crime and punishment...Part Two

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

9:17am Friday 25th July 2014

More cases from the halls of Llanelli Magistrates Court.

Diamond couple set to celebrate big day

South Wales Guardian: ALL SMILES: Eryl and Daphne Lloyd will mark their 60th wedding anniversary with a family party.

6:08pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A pair of Ammanford sweethearts will be celebrating 60 years of marriage next weekend with more than 50 family members and friends.

Council calls for view on sports pitch charges

South Wales Guardian: COST CALL: Residents have until August 25 to submit their views on proposed changes to the way Carmarthenshire County Council charges for the use of its sports pitches

5:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

RESPONSES to consultation on proposed charges for Carmarthenshire County Council sporting facilities are still being welcomed by the authority.

Council chair presents charity cheques

South Wales Guardian: CHEQUE MATES: Carmarthenshire County Council Chair Councillor Terry Davies presents cheques for £7,000 each to Jayne Lewis of the British Heart Foundation and Cllr Gwyneth Thomas of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

3:35pm Thursday 24th July 2014

The outgoing chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council has presented cheques totalling £14,000 to his two chosen charities.

Brynaman drink-driver crashed car after fight with wife

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

3:23pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A 24-year-old Brynaman welder crashed his car into a farm gate after getting behind the wheel to escape a row with his wife, magistrates have been told.

Health Board hails new era of GP services

South Wales Guardian: RECKLESSNESS: Upper Amman Valley patient groups have expressed anger over the creation of a new "super surgery" which could see three doctors treating 14,000 residents.

10:16am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has hailed “a new era of general medical services” in the upper Amman and Swansea Valleys.

Legion to host candle-lit vigil

South Wales Guardian: LEST WE FORGET: The Royal British Legion is set to hold a candle-lit vigil in Garnant.

5:10pm Monday 21st July 2014

The Royal British Legion Garnant Branch is set to hold a candle-lit vigil in honour of the fallen from World War One.

Shuttle along to Eisteddfod Maes

South Wales Guardian: IN THE PINK: A free bus service will ferry passengers to the Eisteddfod Maes.

3:35pm Monday 21st July 2014

Carmarthenshire visitors to this year’s National Eisteddfod in Llanelli will be able to reach the Maes directly with easy-access public transport.

Tories name Llandovery barrister as parliamentary candidate

South Wales Guardian: CANDIDATE: Matthew Paul.

3:04pm Monday 21st July 2014

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Conservatives have announced their candidate to stand in the 2015 General Election.

WI set to stand firm at Eisteddfod

South Wales Guardian: PIECE OF CAKE: Carmarthenshire's various Women's Institute branches will set up stall at the National Eisteddfod in August.

12:45pm Monday 21st July 2014

Members of Carmarthenshire’s branches of the Women’s Institute are set to host a stand at the National Eisteddfod next month.

'Heart of gold' Claire is an inspiration

South Wales Guardian: DEGREES OF SUCCESS: Claire Williams, from Ammanford, has been named Carmarthenshire Adult Learner of the Year

4:49pm Friday 18th July 2014

An inspirational learner at Coleg Sir Gâr who faced a life-threatening illness after taking the plunge to return to education, has been named Carmarthenshire Adult Learner of the Year.

Former soldier to take on mountain hike for forces charity

South Wales Guardian: DADDY'S GIRL: Luke Toms, pictured with his daughter Willow, will be trekking through the Pyrenees mountains for forces charity Help For Heroes.

3:31pm Friday 18th July 2014

A FORMER Betws soldier will be facing one of his toughest challenges when he retraces the steps of those escaping the horrors of World War Two by trekking through the Pyrenees mountains to raise money for forces charity Help For Heroes.

Village nightlife has pupils in a flap

South Wales Guardian: NIGHT VISITOR: Youngsters from Saron School take a close look at an Elephant Hawk-moth - one of the 60 different species of moth found as part of their conservation project.

2:29pm Friday 18th July 2014

THE secret nightlife of an Amman Valley school was revealed recently as part of a conservation project.

Suspended jail term for Ammanford shoplifter

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

12:29pm Friday 18th July 2014

An Ammanford woman with almost 50 previous convictions to her name has received a 15-week suspended jail term after "all attempts to make her change her ways failed".

Changes recommended for planning enforcement

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

3:13pm Friday 18th July 2014

A cross-party scrutiny working group has proposed a number of recommendations for changes to planning enforcement in Carmarthenshire.

Students set sights on Sao Paulo

South Wales Guardian: TARGET: Plastering student Nathan Roblin from Betws is aiming to land a place in the UK squad for the World Skills competition in Brazil.

1:35pm Friday 18th July 2014

Two Coleg Sir Gâr students hope to shine in Brazil next year after being selected to join the UK squad for the largest international skills competition in the world.

New Rotary president is welcomed to the fold

South Wales Guardian: HANDOVER: Nigel Evans, Caron Morgan, Graham Gunnell, Rob Thomas and Jonathan Jennings.

11:48am Thursday 17th July 2014

Members of the Ammanford Rotary Club gathered recently at the Red Lion, Llandybie, for their annual Presidential Handover Dinner.

Amman Valley man's hunt for heirloom home

South Wales Guardian:

9:43am Thursday 17th July 2014

AN AMATEUR Amman Valley metal detectorist who believes he has found a pocket watch belonging to a poet born over 100 years ago is hoping to reunite the time piece with the relatives of the original owner.

Planners to consider Cross Hands KFC signs.

South Wales Guardian: PROPOSAL: Plans have been submitted for signs advertising the new Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in Cross Hands.

3:03pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

CROSS HANDS' newest fast food business has applied for an advertising sign for their new drive-through.

Miles bring smiles for little Hannah

South Wales Guardian: ON HER BIKE:  Fundraising cyclist Nicola Evans, little Hannah Poole, mum Katrina and Helen Gravelle of LATCH.

2:26pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A Drefach woman has cycled 50 miles to raise money for Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity LATCH following their support for Glanaman youngster Hannah Poole.

Local authority homes plan for Garnant

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

1:06pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

County planners are to consider an application to build three new local authority houses on land in Garnant.

AM visits expanding Ammanford sock company

South Wales Guardian: Rebecca Evans AM with Corgi's Chris Jones.

12:44pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

AMMANFORD sock maker Corgi received a recently welcomed a visit from Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales.

Proposals submitted to county planners

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

12:23pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council have received a planning application for a two-storey side extension at a home in Ammanford.

Advisers hit the road to help launch new recycling service

South Wales Guardian: The ‘Recycle+’ system is part of the Council’s work to increase recycling rates in the borough, to help hit the Welsh Government’s strict statutory targets for recycling and composting.

12:01pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A TEAM of recycling experts from Neath Port Talbot Council will be hitting the streets later this month, to help introduce people to their new and improved recycling service.

Look back in wonder...

South Wales Guardian:

9:01am Wednesday 16th July 2014

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

Desperately seeking tearaway Timothy

South Wales Guardian: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS TORTOISE: Timothy has run away from home on College Street and his family miss him dearly.

8:49am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Ammanford residents are being urged to keep their eyes peeled for a runaway.

Boards hit out at 'unhelpful' GP services speculation

South Wales Guardian: RECKLESSNESS: Upper Amman Valley patient groups have expressed anger over the creation of a new "super surgery" which could see three doctors treating 14,000 residents.

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

Health boards providing GP cover in the Amman Valley have moved to reassure residents over changes to services following fears of a “super practice” being set up.

Ammanford Tenovus store celebrates its 25th birthday

South Wales Guardian: Esme Davies, Val Jones, Shirley Jones and Jill Richards are pictured outside Tenovus with Ammanford Mayor Jonathan Jennings and staff at the Quay Street store.

4:37pm Monday 14th July 2014

AN Ammanford charity shop celebrated its 25th birthday this week with a party to thank the community and volunteers who have supported them over the years.

Village looks back on Eisteddfod anniversary

South Wales Guardian: CHEQUE MATES: Lloyds Bank's Emma Evans presents a cheque for £500 to Llandybie Eisteddfod Commemoration Committee treasurer Tom L Jones (left) and chairman Alun M Lloyd. Picture: Arwel Davies, Carmarthen.

3:59pm Monday 14th July 2014

Residents of Llandybie has marked the moment 70 years ago when the National Eisteddfod was hosted by the village.

Search is on for sighted guides

South Wales Guardian: LOOKING AHEAD: My Guide Ambassador for Wales Kylene Rafferty will be searching for volunteer sighted guides ion Ammanford.

3:23pm Monday 14th July 2014

Guide Dogs Cymru is coming to Ammanford in search of two-legged volunteers for an ambitious new project.

Mystery surrounds death of drowned Towy Valley boatman

11:51am Monday 14th July 2014

MYSTERY still surrounds the death of a former Towy Valley boatman and his friend who both drowned in a canal after an all-day drinking session at a nearby pub, a coroner has said.

Shoppers donate 1,000 meals to foodbank

South Wales Guardian: GENEROUS: Shoppers donated more than 1,000 meals to Ammanford foodbank

10:27am Monday 14th July 2014

Amman Valley shoppers donated over 1,000 meals to help families and individuals in need.

Carmarthenshire charity boxes clever for donations

South Wales Guardian: BOXING CLEVER: Angela Edwards, Jonathan Richards and Sharon Williams are in Ammanford today hoping local businesses will take a Carmarthenshire People First charity box.

2:59pm Friday 11th July 2014

A Carmarthenshire charity is calling for donations of unwanted items that can be used to help their fundraising efforts.

Cross Hands man jailed after 'flagrant disregard' of court orders

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

2:13pm Friday 11th July 2014

MAGISTRATES have jailed a Cross Hands man after he consistently breached court orders.

Get set for Amman Valley wheelbarrow race this weekend

South Wales Guardian: ON YOUR MARKS! There is just one day to go before the annual wheelbarrow race kicks off in the Amman Valley.

10:29am Friday 11th July 2014

AMMAN VALLEY fundraisers are gearing themselves up for the annual charity wheelbarrow race this Saturday.

Woman planned damage with a brick

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

12:08pm Friday 11th July 2014

AN AMMANFORD woman, who has admitted being drunk and disorderly will appear at Llanelli magistrates Court on July 16.

Ammanford town band raise money for trip to competition finals

South Wales Guardian: The junior section of Ammanford town silver band entertain shoppers as part of the band's playathon.

10:01am Friday 11th July 2014

Ammanford town silver band gave shoppers a musical treat when they played non-stop for four hours on Saturday, July 5.

Young traders prove top of the shops

South Wales Guardian: TOP TRADERS: Ysgol Llangadog, the winning team of Carmarthenshire Young traders 2014 competition, being presented with their trophy by Carmarthenshire County Council's head of co-operate property Jonathan Fearn.

4:27pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A team of Towy Valley youngsters have been crowned the county’s hottest traders after proving their business prowess by earning more than £500 in sales.

Work starts on reviewing CCTV in Carmarthenshire

South Wales Guardian: Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon  has said his priorities include preventing crime, keeping vulnerable people safe and spending public money wisely.

11:32am Thursday 10th July 2014

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon and county councils have funded a contract for security specialists Instrom to research CCTV provision across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Former Amman Valley coal miners could be in line for compensation for hearing loss

South Wales Guardian: (8062019)

11:16am Thursday 10th July 2014

AMMAN Valley coal miners could be in line for compensation for hearing loss – even if they had made a previous claim, according to leading Welsh law firm Hugh James Solicitors.

Refuse collections changes due to strike action

South Wales Guardian: CHANGES: Refuse collections due in Carmarthenshire today Thursday) will now take place on Saturday.

11:14am Thursday 10th July 2014

REFUSE collections in Carmarthenshire due to be made today will be done by Saturday.

Anger over 'unsafe' valley GP cover

South Wales Guardian: RECKLESSNESS: Upper Amman Valley patient groups have expressed anger over the creation of a new "super surgery" which could see three doctors treating 14,000 residents.

2:49pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Grave concern has been expressed regarding the “parlous and potentially unsafe” state of health services in the upper Amman Valley following the announcement of plans to merge GP services in the area.

Community Ed Centre meeting rearranged

South Wales Guardian: SCHOOL'S OUT: The classrooms at Ysgol y Gwendraeth have been empty since since all pupils transferred to the new Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth in Cefneithin.

3:03pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A meeting organised in response to concerns about Llandeilo’s Community Education Centre has been re-arranged due to tomorrow’s planned strike action.

Welsh Ambulance service wants to hear your stories

South Wales Guardian: Share your experience of the Welsh Ambulance Service – Emergency Medical Services, Patient Care Services and NHS Direct Wales – and make suggestions about how it could improve.

10:33am Wednesday 9th July 2014

PEOPLE in Wales are being invited to share their experience of the Welsh Ambulance Service – Emergency Medical Services, Patient Care Services and NHS Direct Wales – and make suggestions about how it could improve.

Grandfather 'over the moon' at Pantyffynnon traffic scheme

South Wales Guardian: Traffic calming measures.

10:40am Wednesday 9th July 2014

AMMANFORD grandfather Alfred Broome has won his two-year campaign calling for traffic calming measures along Pantyffynnon Road.



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