Body retrieved from Pontardawe canal

South Wales Guardian: PONTRADAWE CANEL: Scene of the incident.

3:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

Police have confirmed a body has been pulled from a Swansea Valley canal.

MP welcomes ambulance investment but calls for waiting times improvement

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.

4:29pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards has welcomed a commitment to invest in 41 new ambulances to help upgrade Wales’ 736-strong fleet.

NFU calls for greater effort to combat fly-tipping

South Wales Guardian: RUBBISH: NFU Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government's draft ‘A Fly-tipping Free Wales’ strategy.

2:22pm Sunday 31st August 2014

NFU Cymru has welcomed the commitment from Welsh Government to tackle the issue of fly-tipping in its draft Strategy ‘A Fly-tipping Free Wales’.

Dyfed-Powys Police urged to improve their use of language by independent panel

South Wales Guardian: ANTHONY RICHARDS: Chairman of the independent residents’ panel

1:05pm Sunday 31st August 2014

DYFED-Powys Police is to change the way it handles complaints from the public following a recent review of its procedures.

BLOOMING GREAT: Forum grows with grand day out at Botanic Garden.

South Wales Guardian: JUST GRAND: Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum has organised its most ambitious annual event in the shape of a Grand Day Out at the National Botanic Garden on Friday, September 19, hosted by entertainer Roy Noble.

1:28pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum has organised its most ambitious annual event ever after a successful year of recruitment.

Llandovery man cycles Italian Alps for Wales Air Ambulance

South Wales Guardian: IRON MAN: Huw Thomas endured 620km over the course of a week in Italy’s Alpine region, covering a 25,000m ascent.

3:05pm Friday 29th August 2014

Dubbed the world’s toughest mountain bike race, a Llandovery man took on – and conquered – Iron Bike 2014, in aid of his chosen charity Wales Air Ambulance.

Gambling fraudster blew £100,000 at bookies

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

2:01pm Friday 29th August 2014

A Towy Valley gambling addict who once scooped £50,000 on a football bet has admitted nine charges of fraud after filling his car’s petrol tank at garages around the county only to then claim he had left his wallet at home.

Towy man admits £5,000 benefits fraud

South Wales Guardian: GUILTY: A Llandeilo man has admitted falsely claiming £4,861 in Housing and Council Tax benefits.

3:21pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A Llandeilo man has been sentenced to a community order for falsely claiming almost £5,000 in benefits.

Mum slams park vandals

South Wales Guardian: PARK STRIFE: Emma O'Brian and daughter Florence at Llandeilo's Parc Le Conquet.  Picture by Mark Davies

4:26pm Monday 25th August 2014

A Llandeilo mum has slammed the vandals who leave broken glass in children’s play areas, saying she often feels it is unsafe for youngsters to use the facilities.

Chicken bid has free-range council support

South Wales Guardian: HEN HOUSE: An application to house 32,000 free-range chickens at a site in Llandeilo looks set to be approved by county planners.

3:41pm Monday 25th August 2014

A BID to house 32,000 free-range hens on land near Llandeilo’s Cottage Inn has been submitted to county planners.

Pals conquer Kilimanjaro in aid of Cancer Foundation

South Wales Guardian: REACHING THE SUMMIT: Following 18 months of training and fundraising Lisa Chan and Harriet Webb have conquered Mount Kilimanjaro for Golau Cancer Foundation.

10:55am Monday 25th August 2014

A PAIR of Amman Valley fundraisers have scaled Kilimanjaro to raise money for Golau Cancer Foundation.

All Saints fund moves step closer with £75k grant

South Wales Guardian: DRIVING FORCE: Desna and Peter Pemberton have battled to raise £500,000 for the restoration of All Saints Church.

5:20pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Fundraisers overseeing the restoration of Ammanford's most iconic building have taken a massive step closer to the promised land after securing another more grants for the project.

Tumble man jailed after kicking teen in face

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

4:10pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A 21-year-old Tumble man has been jailed for 20 weeks after he admitted kicking an innocent teenager in the face after knocking him to the ground with two punches.

Pals set to scale new heights for charity

South Wales Guardian: TEAM-MATES: Jason Evans, Paul Griffiths and Nick Salini will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Ryan Davies' RYAN4LEUKEMIA charity.

2:08pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Three Ammanford friends are about to embark on a challenge of a lifetime and climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for RYAN4LEUKAEMIA.

Llangadog author charts the rise of empire

South Wales Guardian: HISTORY MAN: Llangadog author Graham Watkins has chronicled the rise of the Iron Masters in his new novel.

1:42pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A LLANGADOG author, who has spent the last two years researching the history of Merthyr, has published his first novel The Iron Master.

Memorial garden is the pride of the patch

South Wales Guardian: MEORIES: Elaine Withers with a picture of son Jethro and late husband Mark.

3:14pm Friday 22nd August 2014

An Amman Valley garden is looking blooming great - and all in memory of a much loved character who lost his battle with cancer.

Councils warning over toxic loom bands

South Wales Guardian: BAND S ON THE RUN: Trading Standards manager Roger Edmunds, Councillor Jim Jones and Lisa Williams customer service officer with a selection of loom bands.

2:58pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Carmarthenshire's Trading Standards are testing batches of loom bands they believe may contain harmful levels of toxic chemicals.

Woman who assaulted four police officers spared jail

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

5:36pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A Towy Valley woman who assaulted four police officers after an afternoon drinking binge has been spared a prison sentence at Llanelli court.

County construction apprentices build a better future

South Wales Guardian: EXCELLENCE: The Kachumbala Widows Cooperative Mill and Grain Store project has seen apprentice builders from Carmarthenshire travel to Uganda to make use of their skills.

4:38pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Carmarthenshire swept the board at the recent Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards.

Driver claims she drank half-a-litre of vodka after crash

South Wales Guardian: BANNED: A Cefneithin man was more than one-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit when tested by police.

4:18pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A Towy Valley woman found to be almost four times the limit has told a court she did not have a drink until after she reversed into the garden wall of her ex-husband’s neighbour.

Wrestling star set for Ammanford visit

South Wales Guardian:

12:02pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

WRESTLING fans are in for a treat next week when JT Supplements in Ammanford welcomes Welsh professional wrestler Robert ‘The Freak’ Terry.

That was the week that was...

South Wales Guardian: PUBLIC CATALEPSY: “The only thing that sparks the imagination in this village is a whist drive.”

8:32am Wednesday 20th August 2014

These are the stories that were hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardian 50 years ago on August 20, 1964.

Youngster learning to go green as school goes solar

South Wales Guardian: GOING GREEN: Pupils at Ysgol y Bedol in Garnant will be helping the environment while they learn after solar panels were fitted to power the school.

11:12am Tuesday 19th August 2014

An Amman Valley school will be helping the environment when pupils return to class this September after having solar panels fitted.

MP makes mark on Westminster

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.

10:20am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr Jonathan Edwards is one of Wales hardest-working politicians, according to the latest statistics.

Appeal following Tumble car thefts

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

7:57am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Dyfed-Powys Police are appealing for information following thefts from two vehicles parked in Bethesda Road, Tumble, on August 17, a 12.40pm.

The search is on to find the heroes of childcare

South Wales Guardian:

3:56pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Do you know an unsung heroine or hero that has made an outstanding contribution to your child’s life?

JONATHAN: 'Amman Valley patients deserve answers'

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.

6:58pm Monday 18th August 2014

Residents of the Amman and Swansea Valleys deserve answers following the reconfiguration of GP services in the area, according to MP Jonathan Edwards.

Crime and Punishment... Part Two

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

9:02am Sunday 17th August 2014

Part Two of the latest round-up of the goings-on at Llanelli Magistrates Court.

Crime and Punishment...In the Dock

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

9:20am Saturday 16th August 2014

A round-up of some of the cases appearing before Llanelli magistrates in the past few weeks.

All Saints' service to honour the fallen

South Wales Guardian: LEST WE FORGET: The memorial board at All Saints' Church, Ammanford.

3:15pm Friday 15th August 2014

The All Saint's Church tower and clock were built in memory of those men from Ammanford who died at war.

Penygroes remembers its heroes

South Wales Guardian: FAMILY SACRIFICE: Sergeant John Scott of Gorsddu, Penygroes. Sgt Scott was killed in action on August 11, 1915. His father and his brother were both also killed in the War.

2:24pm Friday 15th August 2014

Penygroes History Society will be holding a special meeting in November to remember the sacrifices of local men during the First World War.

Crime and punishment.... behind the wheel

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

1:25pm Friday 15th August 2014

A selection of some of the cases appearing at Llanelli magistrates court over the past few weeks.

Ammanford aid for American youngster

South Wales Guardian: TRIATHLON TRIUMPH: Spencer Lawrence (left) with training partner Antony Quick and their children following the Gower Sprint Triathlon.

5:05pm Thursday 14th August 2014

An Ammanford-based pharmacist has completed the first step in his mission to raise £1,000 for a brave American youngster.

County comes top of A-level pass rates

South Wales Guardian: MAKING THE GRADE: Carmarthenshire has achieved the highest average A-level pass-rate in Wales.

2:46pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Carmarthenshire school pupils are celebrating after topping the Welsh average A-level grades yet again.

Commissioner: 'Crime victims must be supported"

South Wales Guardian: LISTENING: Christopher Salmon met members of the public to discuss support for the victims of crime.

8:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon spent his time at the National Eisteddfod gathering opinion on how crime victims should be supported.

Former Ystradgynlais councillor honoured in Queen's birthday list

South Wales Guardian: Award Presentation: The Hon Mrs Shan Legge-Bourke, the Lord-Lieutenant for Powys presenting the BEm to the Thomas family.

5:12pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A former Ystradgynlais town councillor, who died following a long battle with cancer, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Bank Holiday refuse collection changes

South Wales Guardian: CHANGES: Bank Holidays changes to refuse collection and recycling services.

4:30pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Carmarthenshire refuse and recycling collections will take place one day later than usual over the August Bank Holiday.

Cwmaman: "Back our bid for sports facilities"

South Wales Guardian: MAKING A SPLASH: Youngsters enjoy some summer fun at the Ammanford splash pads.

11:07am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Carmarthenshire county council leader Kevin Madge has called for the public to get behind Cwmaman town council’s bid to create a state-of-the-art multi sports area and splash pads feature at Garnant Park.

Optician Zoe looking to jump into fundraising

South Wales Guardian: LEAPING INTO THE UNKNOWN: Optical assistant Zoe Davies plans on taking sky-dive for charity.

4:23pm Monday 11th August 2014

An Ammanford optician is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for charity by completing a solo skydive.

No hiding place for drink-drivers in June

South Wales Guardian: BANNED: A Cefneithin man was more than one-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit when tested by police.

4:11pm Monday 11th August 2014

Dyfed-Powys Police caught 88 driving over the limit “the morning after” during a month-long anti-drink and drugs campaign which saw the Force testing an average of 184 drivers every day throughout June.

Parc Trostre bought by asset management firm for £156m

South Wales Guardian: SALE: Parc Trostre has been bought for £156m it was announced today.

2:31pm Monday 11th August 2014

Llanelli's Parc Trostre has been bought out by asset management company M&G Real Estate for £156 million.

Cancer charity seeks volunteers

South Wales Guardian: (9158967)

4:15pm Monday 11th August 2014

MARIE Curie Cancer Care are looking for volunteers in the Amman Valley to offer to help look after their charity tins and daffodil boxes in shops and business in the area.

Pensioner killed in A483 road collision

South Wales Guardian:

4:22pm Sunday 10th August 2014

A 90-year-old Powys hill farmer has been killed in a fatal road accident on the A483 between Llanwrtyd Wells and Llandovery.

MPs go head to head over Twitter comment

South Wales Guardian: JEER AND LOATHING:  Jonathan Edwards' tweet during the Scottish referendum debate.

6:15pm Friday 8th August 2014

Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards has found himself in hot water after appearing to claim that anyone wishing to remain part of the UK “loathed” Wales.

Amman and Towy Valley set to benefit from superfast broadband by 2015

South Wales Guardian: (9090678)

4:21pm Friday 8th August 2014

COMMUNITIES in the Amman and Towy Valley's are set to get high speed fibre broadband by summer 2015 as part of the Superfast Cymru roll-out, the Welsh Government and BT have announced.

Carmarthenshire gets Welsh Government grant to tidy-up communities

South Wales Guardian: Over £170,000 will be spent to tidy-up communities across south west Wales

4:03pm Friday 8th August 2014

CARMARTHENSHIRE is set to benefit from Welsh Government funding as John Griffiths, the Minister for Natural Resources, Culture and Sport has announced £178,071 will be spent to keep communities across south west Wales tidy.

Spared pooch Tia in the pink at charity walk

South Wales Guardian: STAR OF THE SHOW: Tia and Jacqueline enjoyed plenty of attention at the Race for Life.

3:33pm Friday 8th August 2014

An Ammanford pit bull-type terrier saved from the executioner’s needle just three months ago has proved that magistrates were right to lift her death sentence by raising funds for charity.

'Growing cannabis no better than buying it,' shop worker warned

South Wales Guardian: GUIILTY: A Towy Valley man has been granted an 18-month conditional discharge after he admitted growing cannabis at home.

1:35pm Friday 8th August 2014

A Towy Valley shop worker has been warned that “growing cannabis is just as bad as buying it” by magistrates.

Pedal-powered pair cycle Wales for charity

South Wales Guardian: SUMMIT: At the top of Pen y Fan, Brecon, fellow Grow Peace fundraiser Lindsay Geddes, Seth Jones, daughter Ffion, wife Nia and daughter Megan and Anthony O Neil.

12:13pm Friday 8th August 2014

TWO AMMANFORD men, who cycled across Wales, clocked up an amazing 400 miles on their charity ride.

Golf day raises £3,000 for stroke victims

South Wales Guardian: DONTATION: A charity golf day, organised by Tracey Evans has raised £3,000for BLAS - Life After Stroke, Ammanford, in memory of husband Aled.

10:28am Friday 8th August 2014

The widow of Aled Evans, who died of a strike while on holiday in Portugal 18 months ago, has helped raised £3,000 in his memory.






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