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

In a year when the Labour party was being hotly tipped to win the General Election, the party retained control of County Hall, despite the shock of losing two seats.

Thieves had been active in the Ammanford area, stealing "substantial" sums of money from a house and raiding Betws RFC's clubhouse for the first time since it had been opened as well as the Pantyffynnon Social Club.

A new cedarwood restaurant built as an extension to the Penybont Inn, Llanfynydd, was badly damaged by fire just two days before it was due to open.

The owners of a Garnant coal-screening plant said to have gone to "rack and ruin" and to have been the site of coal-dumping, assured Cwmaman councillors they could move the massive pile "within three months".

The plan to widen a road at Brynaman – said to involve removing some graves – received "a gentle rebuff" from the relatives of people buried at Moriah Chapel.

The death of a Penygroes miner was not linked to an accident he had suffered at Tumble's Great Mountain Colliery three-and-a-half years earlier, an inquest decided.

A woman who borrowed £100 from a retired newsagent in 1957 was successfully sued for the balance of £91 still owing at Ammanford County Court.