These are the stories that were hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardian 50 years ago on July 22, 1965.

Betws Recreational and Social Club was thrown into turmoil following a row over falling bar takings and the installation of one-armed bandits at the venue.

A meeting to discuss the drop in profits descended into chaos, culminating in a fist-fight between two committee members and the resignation of the chairman.

Four weeks after a Penybanc teenager disappeared while on his way to school there was still no word from the youngster.

The 15-year-old, who was thought to have run away to sea two days after both his mother and uncle were rushed to hospital, had been featured on the hit TV show Police Five, but his whereabouts remained a mystery.

A 35-year-old sailor from Tairgwaith was missing presumed drowned after disappearing from a navy ship on manoeuvres off Malta.

Despite extensive searches by both Royal Navy and RAF teams of the coast of the Mediterranean island the body of the able seaman remained lost at sea.

Ammanford Chamber of Trade announced that all shops in the town would be closed on Thursday, July 29, for the annual shop assistants outing.

Thieves broke in to the officers of a Garnant building firm and cracked open the safe, before making off with around £170.

Nothing else was stolen in the raid although various drawers and cabinets were ransacked.

Pay rises of £50 each for two Ammanford council officers caused uproar among councillors.

”The rate-payers of the town deserve to know who approved this decision,” who said.