BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Protecting Gwent's elderly from scammers

South Wales Argus: Gerry Keighley, campaigns coordinator for Age Cymru

6:26pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Elderly people are vulnerable to rogue traders and scammers who use underhand and illegal tactics to get their cash. FRAN GILLETT looks at what is being done in Gwent to protect them.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Plan aims unlock Newport's business potential

South Wales Argus: At Project Space in Newport there was a launch of the Business Improvement District (BID) proposal.  Pictured from left is Chris Ashford, Laura Smith, Becky Chantry and Tom Evans all from the Newport Now BID Team. (11224381)

6:46pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

BUSINESSES in Newport could soon be helping to revitalise the city centre if they vote to create a Business Improvement District in next month's ballot. BECKY CARR looks at why businesses should vote yes.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Should 16-17 year-olds get the vote?

South Wales Argus: Behind the Headlines feature - Sixth Form Students from Croesyceiliog School with their thoughts on Scottish Referendum. Sixth Form Students from Croesyceiliog School woth teacher Tina Newland Jones. (10809257)

6:25pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE recent independence referendum in Scotland, in which 16- and 17-year-olds were able to vote, kickstarted a debate about whether the voting age should be lowered.

Behind the Headlines: The demise and rise of Newbridge Memo

South Wales Argus: After more than 30 years of neglect, the first phase in restoring the dilapidated Celynen Collieries Institute and Memorial Hall in Newbridge, South Wales, is nearly complete thanks to a grant of £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fundús People an

6:08pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

An iconic Gwent building will have a new lease of life this autumn - thanks to local fundraisers. CAIO IWAN looks at the decade-long battle to refurbish Newbridge's Memorial Hall.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: How Abergavenny Food Festival boosts local economy

South Wales Argus: PROUD LABEL: One festival-goer parades her bag at last year's festival

6:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Tens of thousands will visit Gwent's biggest food festival this weekend. NATHAN BRIANT examines its key role in the local economy.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Is our ambulance service in Wales in crisis?

South Wales Argus: GenericEmergency services at work (9934917)

6:08pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

PRIVATE ambulances to help fill weekend rotas, the threat of industrial action, continued poor performance on emergency response time targets - health reporter ANDY RUTHERFORD looks at the difficulties faced by Wales' ambulance service.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Nato summit will focus world’s eyes upon us

South Wales Argus: A  cameraman films anti-Nato protesters march down Commercial St in Newport (9829395)

5:31pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

With just two days to go until the Nato summit, BECKY CARR looks at the impact that the world's media will have during their visit to Newport.

Behind the Headlines - the long road to UNESCO World Heritage Status


6:16pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

The battle to gain World Heritage Status for Newport's Transporter Bridge is set to be a long and hared one, as FRAN GILLETT discovered.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent organisations helping those battling depression

South Wales Argus:

6:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

IT IS surely now well known, after several charity campaigns and other public awareness drives, that one quarter of people are suffering from mental health difficulties at any one time.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: How Gwent libraries are facing changing roles as the cuts bite

South Wales Argus: RENOVATION: Risca Palace became a library in 2011

6:14pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

With threats of closure many libraries are now turning to innovative ways of trying to staying open. CARYS THOMAS looks at what the libraries in Gwent have to offer.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: The logistics of Newport's Nato summit

South Wales Argus: LIVE: Newport council debate Celtic Manor conference centre

6:20pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

WITH Newport's population set to swell by up to a quarter during the Nato Summit in a month's time, BECKY CARR and EMMA MACKINTOSH take a look at the logistics of such a huge operation and what city residents make of it.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Parents condemn new £60 ‘truancy’ fines

South Wales Argus: Parent Terry Banfield is against the new truancy policy. He’s saying education is not just about the 3 Rs. He took his daughter to the Lake District for a week in May with her school’s permission and he says she read books and learnt all sorts

6:10pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

EDUCATION chiefs in Gwent will be able to hand out “punitive” fines to families of students who skip school from September. JOHN PHILLIPS takes an in-depth look at the merits of a controversial new policy which could also penalise parents who take their kids on holiday during term time.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Decision on M4 relief road sparks new row

South Wales Argus: POLITICS Wales 105430 (2282705)

6:19pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

LAST week's announcement that the Welsh Government is backing a new motorway across the Gwent Levels provoked a backlash from critics and was welcomed by those backing the "black route". So what happens now? JEN MILLS reports.

Newport's town bridge sealed off due to police incident

South Wales Argus: Gwent Police Logo2.jpg

5:36pm Friday 18th July 2014

TOWN Bridge is sealed off this afternoon due to a police incident.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent councils facing more cuts

South Wales Argus: TRANSFER: Sport and leisure services in Newport are set to be transferred from council control to a trust. This has already happened in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent.

6:17pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

With the Welsh Government indicating that councils across the country could be facing budget cuts as deep as 4.5 per cent next year, NATHAN BRIANT finds out what it means for Gwent.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: The student voices behind planned university cuts

South Wales Argus: Students at the Acorn Centre in Abergavenny (L-R) Kelly Brown, Sharron Clarke, Sally Jones, David Holman and his daughter Tanaka Abigail Shaw, Nikki Wilkins, Janet McCarthy, Annwen Holland, and Kathy Batten (7841174)

11:36am Wednesday 9th July 2014

LAST month the Argus revealed 100 part-time student places could leave Gwent if cuts proposed by the University of South Wales go ahead this year, while some courses in Caerleon are already being stopped. EMMA MACKINTOSH spoke to some of the students who could be affected.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Will the Newport Nato summit boost the city?

South Wales Argus: Newport NATO Summit Logo (7529320)

6:04pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

As Newport is snubbed from the Nato summit’s title and an overwhelming majority believe there are no benefits to be had, LAURA LEA asks the people of Newport how we can benefit from the global event this autumn.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Pit closures still blighting Gwent

South Wales Argus: SWA_BM_1046_03 (3429885)

6:30pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

COAL mining areas in South Wales continue to be blighted by the effects of the huge job losses caused by pit closures throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, and still require support to help them recover, a new State of the Coalfields report concludes. ANDY RUTHERFORD looks at former mining areas in Gwent.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: 'Cuts hitting older people'

South Wales Argus: CAMPAIGNING: Sarah Rochira

6:15pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

PUBLIC service cuts are hitting the quality of life of older people in Wales, says Older People's Commissioner Sarah Rochira. NATHAN BRIANT reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Are blocked brooks to blame for flooding?

South Wales Argus: WATERWAY: The footpath from the St Joseph's Meadow estate to the railway line had at least a foot of water. -Photo taken by Mike Villars (6690998)

6:03pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

People whose homes were flooded in Cwmbran last month are still living with the fall-out of the waters damaging their properties. LAURA LEA investigates.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Eisteddfod will be ‘lasting legacy‘ for Abergavenny

South Wales Argus: CB 2.8.10 REPORTER BEN

6:20pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

The biggest cultural event in Wales is coming to Monmouthshire in 2016. Carys Thomas and Kath Skellon report on what this will bring to the county.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent less likely to be hooked on sport

South Wales Argus: Argus-Mark  Reporter-Martin  21-06-13
Newport Park Run at Tredegar House

12:47pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

Despite an encouraging study showing the numbers of adults who regularly take part in exercise is growing in Wales, it is growing faster in other parts of the country than in Gwent, KEILIGH BAKER discovers.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Recycling fears push councils to their limits

South Wales Argus: A bin lorry collection round through the streets of Newport (2905302)

6:03pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

LOCAL authorities across Gwent are looking at very different ways of reducing their landfill waste, including the potential for monthly bin collections, as JOHN PHILLIPS reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Count down to Queen’s Baton Relay in Blaenau Gwent

South Wales Argus: Queen's Baton Relay  (3318277)

3:47pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

IT’S now less than one month to go until the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Blaenau Gwent and the community is gearing up to support it. HAYLEY MILLS reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Is Welsh Government backing food industry?

South Wales Argus: Rogerstone's Avana Bakeries will be closing and that there will be a number of job losses.  Pictured is Avana company logo on one of the pedestrian gates. (5198346)

6:03pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE food industry was dealt a massive blow last week as Avana Bakeries confirmed the closure of their site in Newport putting around 650 jobs at risk.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Should e-cigarettes be banned in public places?

South Wales Argus: E-cigarettes "just another way of smoking" warn health chiefs

10:42am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Electronic cigarettes have 1.3 million users in the UK so how will the Welsh Government proposals to ban the use of them in public places and places of work affect them? CARYS THOMAS looks into the argument for and against the ban of e-cigarettes in Wales.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Why won’t NHS fund life-changing op?

South Wales Argus: Behind the Headlines - Bayli Lippiet. Pictured is Bayli Lippiet at home in Fleur de Lys, near Blackwood. (4795683)

6:10pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

MORE than 20 children from Wales have undergone radical surgery - most of them in the USA - to help overcome problems that severely restrict their mobility and balance. Health reporter ANDY RUTHERFORD reports on a parent-driven campaign that is seeking to get the treatment, called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), available on the NHS.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: How the film industry is adopting Gwent

6:20pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

With previous attempts at revitalising the Welsh films and entertainment industry in the form of Dragon International Studios (aka Valleywood), people involved in the business are eagerly waiting to see how well the new Pinewood Studios Wales will perform. ALEX JAMES JONES looks into how important filming is to the Gwent area and how this ties in to Pinewood.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Miners' strike anniversary brings calls for inquiry

South Wales Argus: STAND-OFF: Police and striking miners at the Celynen colliery during the 1984-85 strike

6:15pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

IT WAS a bitter conflict which has left wounds for decades and is now sparking continued calls for a public inquiry. This month marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the1984/5 miners' strike, and NATHAN BRIANT takes a look at whether there is an appetite for such a probe in Gwent.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Major hospital services shake-up ahead

South Wales Argus: Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Gwent Hospital on Cardiff Road, Newport. (4010944)

1:45pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

HEALTH boards across South Wales - with one notable exception - have voted to concentrate key services at fewer hospitals, to try to protect them and improve quality for patients. Health reporter ANDY RUTHERFORD reports on a process that will begin in within months, even though in Gwent the hospital that will house these services has yet to be built.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Neknominate: The Russian roulette of drinking games?

South Wales Argus: Newport drug campaigners hit back over criticism of scheme

6:51pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

As Gwent's PCC slams online drinking craze Neknominate as a real-life Russian roulette, LAURA LEA looks at the game making headlines and claiming lives.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Newport Ship needs funding to keep project afloat

South Wales Argus: SCALE MODEL: Toby Jones with a 1:10 scale replica of the Newport Ship

6:10pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

After a decade of work on the Newport Ship specialists are sharing their wealth of information with the world. But with funding cuts planned a council officer says a trust is the best way forward for the project. DAVID DEANS reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: M4 relief road - what route next for South Wales?

South Wales Argus: Lorry RTC in the Brynglas tunnels.

Chris Prior from Usk. A friend of mine was driving the lorry that collided with the tanker. Driver is fine.  (3543003)

6:12pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

DEBATE has raged for years, decades even, about what should be done to the M4 around Newport.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Job aid for those who served their country

South Wales Argus: ACTIVE SERVICE: Military personnel have skills which are in demand in civilian life Picture: JON BEVAN

6:10pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

A PONTYPOOL-based charity is helping ex-servicemen and women into jobs in civvy street. ROB OWEN investigates.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Joy as Cwmcarn High reopens its doors

South Wales Argus: GLAD TO BE BACK: Teacher Charlotte Vaux takes a georgaphy lesson at Cwmcarn High School

9:14am Tuesday 7th January 2014

No less than 14 months after the school first closed over airborne asbestos fears, pupils were relieved to get back to Cwmcarn High yesterday. CAIO IWAN and EMMA MACKINTOSH look back at the school's turbulent journey.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Can we address our obesity problem?

South Wales Argus: OVERWEIGHT: Too many of us are obese putting the NHS under increasing and unsustainable pressure

6:00pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

CHILDHOOD obesity is one of the biggest threats to public health not only in Wales, but across the UK.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Newport Velodrome builds on 10 years of success

South Wales Argus: VERSATILE VENUE: Newport City Council cabinet member for leisure and culture Cllr Debbie Wilcox

6:12pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

THROUGHOUT its lifetime, the 250 metre track has been used by many cycling greats from Sir Chris Hoy to Mark Colbourne, but the arena is also the base for the head office of Welsh Cycling and Newport Velo Youth Cycling Club.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent Music Support Service still standing

South Wales Argus: TALENTED: Gwent Music Support Service students line up outside the Royal Albert Hall

6:10pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013

DESPITE some setbacks in the past, Gwent Music Support Service is continuing to produce talent as Nathan Briant finds out.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent plays its part in Doctor Who story

South Wales Argus: BOWING OUT: Matt Smith is soon to leave Dr Who

6:00pm Tuesday 19th November 2013

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of science fiction TV series Doctor Who. NATHAN BRIANT takes a look at the links between the programme and Gwent.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: ‘Embrace Nato talks - the world is coming to Newport'

South Wales Argus: NATO: Some 60 heads of state are expected

12:50pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

THERE was excitement last month when Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the military alliance would be convening at the Celtic Manor Resort next autumn, as well as venues in Cardiff.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Why educating the young about Gwent's Chartist heritage is vital

South Wales Argus: Behind the headlines feature
Pat Drewett, of the Chartist Society, at his home in Keynsham Avenue, Newport (2289896)

6:02pm Tuesday 5th November 2013

Today [TUES], hundreds of school children will march down Stow Hill to the Westgate Hotel in the footsteps of the Chartists who did so 174 years ago. LAURA LEA finds out why education must be at the heart of remembering this extraordinary piece of local history.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: We’re in good shape, says NHS Wales chief

South Wales Argus: Submitted pic from internet
Generic surgery

6:02pm Tuesday 8th October 2013

UNPRECEDENTED demand on emergency departments, more than 2,500 operations cancelled and threats of a massive squeeze on budgets. It has been a tough year for the NHS in Wales.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Let trains take strain as Gwent valleys marooned

South Wales Argus: ELECTRIC PLAN: The rail line at Ebbw Vale

1:20pm Tuesday 17th September 2013

IT will be a depressingly familiar picture for many across Gwent.

More premature babies surviving at Royal Gwent

4:01pm Tuesday 20th August 2013

More babies born prematurely are surviving to go home. Jen Mills visited the neo-natal unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital, to find out about a revolution in care over the past 20 years

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Welcome for Old Town Dock regeneration

South Wales Argus: PLAN: How the development at Newport's Old Town Dock could look

4:40pm Tuesday 25th June 2013

Plans to transform Newport’s Old Town Dock are being welcomed as a much-needed boost for the city. JEN MILLS reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: PCCs under scrutiny after Gwent's top cop retires

South Wales Argus: CONTROVERSIAL DECISION: Gwent police and crime commissioner Ian Johnston

9:39am Tuesday 18th June 2013

The forced retirement of Carmel Napier exclusively revealed by the Argus last week has triggered a debate on whether the power of PCCs should be curtailed. Now a Home Office committee led by MP Keith Vaz will investigate the matter. DAVID DEANS, SOPHIE BROWNSON and NATALIE CROCKETT report.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: 'Too many myths' about drink or drug-driving

South Wales Argus: BREATH TEST: Gwent Police officers will take part in the all-Wales crackdown on drink and drug-driving, which will include more frequent stop checks

7:30pm Tuesday 4th June 2013

FORCES usually run such campaigns in summer and at Christmas, as shown by the poster above Too many myths about drink or drug-driving Every month 23 people in Britain are killed and 108 are seriously injured by drink or drug drivers.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Safer A465 could be at cost of wildlife

South Wales Argus: UPGRADE: An artist’s impression of the A465 after it is dualled, with its split-level carriageway, improved junctions, viewpoints and extra lay-bys

4:40pm Tuesday 28th May 2013

LAST week the final design for the scheme to dual the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road between Gilwern and Brynmawr was revealed.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: ‘Shops, art and leisure can revive Newport’

South Wales Argus: BLEAK TIMES: Empty shops on Commercial Street in Newport

5:16pm Tuesday 21st May 2013

With regeneration plans put into place to transform Newport’s city centre, SOPHIE BROWNSON, DANIELLE SHERIDAN and DEAN PROSSER asked the people of Newport what they would really like to see happen to regenerate it.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Big demand for Welsh education means crunch time for planners

South Wales Argus: WELSH-MEDIUM SCHOOL: A teacher and pupils in a workshop in the newly refurbished block at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw

2:40pm Tuesday 14th May 2013

IN THREE years’ time pupils from Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire who want to go to a Welsh-medium high school in their catchment area could find they have nowhere to go.

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