• Martial arts - and life skills

    "IT'S not about kicking it's about caring," that's how Everton Smith sums up the philosophy of his Black Belt Academy. He believes it's just as important to help people become happy and healthy individuals as well as learning martial arts skills. The

  • 'I don't blame driver for my son's death'

    THE GRIEVING mother of a man who died when his friend's car plunged into the River Usk says driver Leighton Pring should not be blamed. Jacqueline Hill's son Anthony, 35, Durham Road, died on December 16 last year when a car being driven by Mr Pring on

  • Eccentricity times two

    IF you missed Harper junior then here's your chance to catch both father and son when Roy Harper plays Cardiff next week. The acclaimed songwriting family are in the Coal Exchange tomorrow night when Roy headlines with a special appearance from his son

  • Today's ads: JONES Neil Happy 30th Birthday Sunday 21st October With all our love & very best wishes from Mum, Dad, Lindsay, Danny & Gran XXXXX LLOYD (Margaret) Happy Birthday Mam for tomorrow (Sunday) Have a Nice Day All our love Neil, Julie,

  • Cardboard box of drug money

    THIS cardboard box stuffed with more than £100,000 shows the evil profits of Gwent's drug trade. The largest ever haul of amphetamine sulphate - commonly known as speed - in Wales was seized in the Valleys by Gwent Police. The success was the result of

  • Phone calls agony for Jenna's family

    FAMILY and friends of missing teenager Jenna Baldwin are clinging to the hope that mystery phone calls they received are from their daughter. But police remain unconvinced the calls were being made by the 15-year-old, who went missing on September 10.

  • Sports clubs facing a ban

    SPORTS clubs and organisations in Blaenau Gwent are to be banned from hiring facilities at local authority leisure centres and sports grounds - if they do not adopt a child protection policy. Blaenau Gwent council's executive meeting heard on Wednesday

  • Sheep massacred by gun 'maniacs'

    A GWENT borders farmer is counting the cost of a mystery shooting spree that left more than 20 of his sheep dead and 40 injured. From his farm in Stroat, near Chepstow, Willy Guest, 48, said: "We discovered the devastation on Monday morning. I have only

  • Today's ads: Blair Happy 18th Birthday Rachael Love always, Mum, Nan, Grandad and family HARRISON Emma HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY To a Very Special Daughter Love you lots Mum & Dad XXX HARRISON (Emma) Happy 18th Birthday Have a good one Love Alun, Cerr,

  • King of skiffle still on board

    KING of the skiffle frontier, Lonnie 'My Old Man's A Dustman' Donegan, plays Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon tomorrow night. Born Anthony Donegan in Glasgow in 1931 he learnt guitar and how to sing, and played in Ken Colyer's group and in Chris Barber's

  • New city, new club

    WALES' newest city has a new club to boast of, opening soon on Newport's live music street, Clarence Place. Newport City Live Arena (NCLA) has been made in the shell of the derelict Odeon Cinema on that street and should be ready to open by the end of

  • Man knocked down victim for revenge

    THE captain of a Gwent rugby club ordered to pay compensation to a man he attacked assaulted him a second time - because he was angry about the payout. Jurors at Cardiff crown court found Michael Morris, aged 27, of Valley Road, Ebbw Vale, guilty of causing

  • One IT help call cost us £6,000

    THE Assembly's IT contract will cost £18m more than expected - because bosses failed to effectively estimate how many staff would use the system. A report by the Auditor General for Wales, Sir John Bourne, released today, reveals the projected cost of

  • Fend off the half-term horrors

    NEXT week may be the half-term holidays but parents needn't panic - there is plenty for your little ones to do across Gwent. In Blaenau Gwent, a full programme of art and sporting entertainment has been laid on which kicks off with some sculpture art

  • Police plea to canal baby's mother

    A DETECTIVE today made a personal plea to the mother of the baby boy whose body was found in a Gwent canal to contact them. The baby, who weighed five-and-a-half pounds, was found in a bag by the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal in Newbridge last Friday

  • Today's ads: HALE - PLUNCKET Sue & Rob Hale are delighted to announce the Engagement of their eldest Son Gareth to Tracey youngest daughter of Val & John Pluncket Sydney, Australia Lots of Love All the family

  • Family's road fears

    A GWENT couple who live near the A4042 are considering educating their children at home to stop them becoming "another statistic on this death road." Every day Elaine Rolfe, 40, takes four of her children aged between three and 10 to Llanover primary

  • First release for Headtest

    NEWPORT'S Headtest released their first single last month on the acclaimed singles' club label, Boobytrap. Matthew Blythe found out how. Headtest are happy. The band of three years standing or more finally has a release to boast of. Hear My Air/Friendly

  • Tories back bid to open vital rail link

    THE Argus campaign to reopen the Ebbw Vale to Newport rail link received backing from Tory and Labour politicians. We want the line reopened in 2005 - the same time the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff link opens - to provide better job opportunities to a town devastated

  • Today's ads: HARRIS-WILLIAMS Linda and Clive are thrilled to announce the birth of a Beautiful Grandson FINLAY CLARK Lots of love and thanks to Donna and Rhys 'Two in two months' We feel truly blessed! SHORNEY-CHURCHER A beautiful granddaughter for Richard

  • Today's ads: JONES (Annette & Martin) Best wishes on your PEARL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY on 21st October Love from Mam and Dad, brothers, sisters in law, families and friends Good luck in Saudi Arabia.

  • More than just a pit stop

    THE Rhondda Heritage Park at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, is one of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales. Owned and funded by Rhondda Cynon Taff council, work began to transform the former colliery into a tourist

  • Today's ads: BRYONY DUGGAN-HILL Happy 18th Birthday Hope you have a great day. Lodas of love from Mam, Spud, Kirsty, Warren & Lloyd xxx DUGGAN - HILL Bryony HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY With love and best wishes from Nan & Gramp FRASER (Haley) Happy '18th

  • Queens reign supreme

    LAST year's Queens of the Stone Age's gig in Newport Centre might have been the loudest, most pounding affair to happen to South Wales this century but trying telling that to bassist Nick Oliveri. "I heard a bootleg of the Newport show and thought, 'man