• Mavericks crash to cool Carmarthen

    TIM Stone has vowed to stand by his young guns after seeing Newport Mavericks lose speedway's first-ever Welsh derby. Carmarthen Dragons won the Bank Holiday Conference League clash 46-43 with vastly experienced duo Dean Felton and Craig Taylor playing

  • Addison set for dramatic return to help out Exiles

    COLIN Addison (pictured) could dramatically return to football management at Newport County as an advisor to Exiles boss Tim Harris. And Addison, who was axed by cash-strapped Third Division club Swansea City due to financial reasons, fuelled that speculation

  • Beggars bugging vicar

    A GWENT clergyman says he feels "under siege" from people demanding money. Canon Jeremy Winston, vicar of St Mary's Church, Abergavenny, said in an average month his door is knocked by up to 60 people looking for a cash handout - and he thinks it is often

  • Harris left fuming

    MANAGER TIM Harris was fuming with his Newport County players after their Jekyll and Hyde Easter show. The Exiles reached the heights of an excellent 3-1 win at third-placed Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday - to the dreary and dismal low of a shocking

  • Four die in Bank Holiday crashes

    FOUR people died in two bank holiday crashes in Gwent. Two Gwent people died in a car crash at a notorious accident blackspot near Abergavenny yesterday evening, while two people believed to be from the Cardiff area died when a plane crashed into a mountainside

  • Landmark demolished

    VISITORS to Newport's city centre will no longer be confronted with an eyesore which blotted the landscape for several years. Kingsway Bridge, the footbridge near the bus station, was almost completely demolished at the weekend. Motorists were diverted

  • Fears of business rate changes

    Businesses in Wales will be devastated by any return to a localised business rate, according to CBI Wales director David Rosser. Commenting on the release of local government reform proposals by the National Assembly, Mr Rosser said: "It cannot have escaped

  • Windsurfer to get award for bravery

    A WINDSURFER who battled in vain to save a drowning sailor is to be commended with a bravery award. James Morris, 22, a watersports instructor with Gwent Adven-tures, at Llandegfedd Reservoir, was windsurfing there on September 17 last year when he saw

  • Two wins away

    Tony McCoy endured another frustrating afternoon chasing Sir Gordon Richards's record-breaking 269 winners in a season at Chepstow when partnering only one success aboard Carandrew. And to make matter worse, the champion was adjudged to have used his

  • Gaff gets thumbs-up

    ALAN Gaffney, the surprise leading contender to be Newport's next coach, has received the backing of fellow-Australian Matt Mostyn. Newport's leading try scorer knows Gaffney from his Super 12 days with New South Wales and gives him the thumbs-up. Gaffney

  • Tax collecting 'must be more businesslike'

    THE government will need to adopt a more business-like approach to raising revenue if tax rises are required to pay for improved public services, such as the NHS. This is the view of the tax department at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England

  • Wildlife protected in new action plan

    WILDLIFE in Newport is set to be protected under a new plan. The city has a range of important habitats including ancient semi-natural woodlands, reed beds, rivers and ponds. Now Newport council is putting together a biodiversity action plan to protect

  • Newport out of Principality Cup

    WAIT until Cardiff come to Rodney Parade in the league at the end of next month - that was the message from the Newport camp after the holders were knocked out of the Principality Cup 20-14 in a rip-roaring quarter-final at the Arms Park last night. It

  • Cup holders out as Cardiff grabs late try

    HOLDERS Newport are out of the Principality Cup after being narrowly beaten 20-14 by Cardiff, their biggest rivals in a penalty-ridden quarter-final at the Arms Park last night. It means Newport will have to wait an eighth year before they can try again

  • The highs beat lows in being your own boss

    A SURVEY measuring small business confidence in South Wales has revealed that despite predictions of economic gloom, the smaller end of the business market is more upbeat about its fortunes than many of its FTSE100 counterparts. However, lack of financial

  • Time right for docks to be given a boost

    NEWPORT docks should be given a more prominent role in the regeneration of Newport as a city following an impressive appraisal of its future. This is the view of Mike German, (pictured) Welsh Liberal Democrats leader in the National Assembly, who has

  • Spending on older pupils set to rise

    TORFAEN council is to correct the imbalance of spending between its schools by injecting an extra £400,000 into secondary education. While the council claims to give a greater percentage of its total education budget direct to schools than almost any

  • Counting the cost of schools' vandalism

    FOR headteacher Tony Hopkins, it's a last throw of the dice in the fight against vandalism. His school, Monnow Junior in Newport, already has a burglar alarm installed. Police keep an eye on the school, as do parents, and Newport council's rangers patrol

  • Boy racers 'threat to children's lives'

    BOY racers are using a car park as a racing track and putting children's lives at risk, residents claim. People living in William Street, Blackwood - whose houses are behind the High Street car park - claim two cars have recently ploughed through the

  • Paver Andrew has a real drive to succeed

    IF a paving job in South Wales was ever described as Dickensian it would have no connection with the Victor-ian author but a lot to do with a successful Cwmbran company. Block-paving contractor Andrew Dickens (pictured) is celebrating the award of Top

  • Now interest rate decision is eagerly awaited

    Traders hauling themselves back after the Easter break will be met with just a handful of company results in the shortened week. However, economic news is busy, with all eyes on the Bank of England's rate decision on Thursday. Aviation services group

  • New High Sheriff sworn in

    GWENT's new High Sheriff was sworn in at the civic centre, Newport. William Nevill Waters, holder of the MBE and also a magistrate, is the latest to take up the historic role. The post of High Sheriff dates back to Saxon times when a reeve - the title

  • Jobs axed but trading figures are excellent

    ONE of Gwent's leading companies proved it is bucking the trend of overproduction in the semi-conductor market by reporting exceptional trading figures for last year. Surface Technology Systems, of Imperial Park, Newport, (pictured) reported revenues

  • £50m factories plan will bring work to the Valleys

    A £50 million factory-building programme could eventually create up to 4,500 jobs in Wales, including the Gwent valleys. The Welsh Industrial Partnership, involving the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and the Royal Bank of Scotland, will result in the

  • Errors cost Cwmbran Euro spot

    THE multi-million pound redevelopment programme at Cwmbran Stadium has deprived the Crows of their normal training facilities over the past 15 months - and how it's starting to show. Last Saturday, the Gwent outfit gifted visiting Bangor City all their

  • Williams quits in rugby row

    THE tidal wave of discontent washing through Welsh rugby claimed another victim yesterday - Les Williams. It's reported that Williams is set to quit his post as Welsh Rugby Union vice chairman. The news comes just five days before an extraordinary meeting

  • Cabbie helps PCs rescue toddler

    A TAXI driver joined forces with two police officers to save three people - including an 18-month-old child - from a smoke-filled house in Newport yesterday. Dean Holden, from Bettws, managed to kick open the front door of the house in Glebe Street, Maindee

  • Newport RFC in talks with Australian

    A COMPLETE outsider has emerged as a candidate to be the next Newport rugby coach. He is Alan Gaffney, an Australian currently assistant coach with top Irish province Leinster who have beaten Newport three times this season. Ian McIntosh is expected to

  • gaff gets thumbs-up

    ALAN Gaffney, the surprise leading contender to be Newport's next coach, has received the backing of fellow-Australian Matt Mostyn. Newport's leading try scorer knows Gaffney from his Super 12 days with New South Wales and gives him the thumbs-up. Gaffney

  • Small really is beautiful, says McIntosh

    HIGH intensity games and fewer teams at the top level - that is the firm view from the Newport camp after Friday night's firecracker of a game against Cardiff. Holders Newport were knocked out of the cup at the quarter-final stage by their biggest rivals