• Belles out to charm judges

    FOUR Gwent women will be battling it out for the coveted Miss Wales crown next month to win the chance of representing their country at the Miss World pageant. The winner of the title will scoop an all-expenses-paid four-week holiday to China, then travel

  • Car bandit on estate just 12

    A BOY of 12 went on a midnight car crime spree in Newport - using stolen DIY tools to break into a string of cars, a court heard yesterday. Police say they also arrested a ten-year-old boy involved in the incidents, reprimanding him on the night. The

  • Plea as girl,15, goes missing

    A GWENT schoolgirl missing since last Friday is being urged to contact her worried parents. Lois Gurden, 15, was last seen by her mum and dad on Friday evening when she left her home in Llanfrechfa, Cwmbran, to see friends. The teenager contacted her

  • BT depot staff battle to keep jobs in city

    WORKERS at the BT depot in Newport are fighting to keep their jobs in the city after the company announced a move to Bristol. BT has operated out of its transport depot in Corporation Road for many years but the lease is due to expire in October 2004.

  • 'I'm innocent victim of race row group'

    A NEWPORT woman caught up in the controversial ousting of the head of a Gwent race group says she is the "innocent victim" of an internal dispute. Rachel Godwin lost her job at the South East Wales Racial Equality Council (SEWREC) last week, along with

  • Blacksmith solves a TS Eliot mystery

    A GWENT well which inspired poet TS Eliot has been discovered by a blacksmith - solving a decades-old mystery. In 1935 the American Nobel prize-winning poet penned an obscure poem entitled Usk while touring South Wales. Literary experts have since struggled

  • New look for former hotel site

    THE Eastern Valley Housing Association has a £1.75 million project which will mean the revamp of Pontypool's derelict Clarence Hotel. The Association is hoping to start work early next year on the scheme, the lynchpin of the Clarence Corner redevelopment

  • The new Alec Stewart?

    A FORMER Gwent player, in his first full season in county cricket, could propel himself towards England recognition over the next four days. And, in doing so, he could leapfrog over a player who once blocked his progress at Glamorgan and who was also

  • Hughes: 'Let's do it in style'

    WALES hero Mark Hughes wants his glory-hunters to dance in style all the way to Portugal next summer. Hughes' unbeaten Euro 2004 Group Nine table-toppers are now entering the final lap of their finals qualification bid - but this is where it starts to

  • Royal seal for top-class riding venue

    HUNDREDS attended the opening of the UK's first all-weather equestrian arena last night - with a Jordanian princess as the guest of honour. The £250,000 David Broome Event Centre was officially opened by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, daughter

  • Eisteddfod plea to Gwent firms

    GWENT businesses and industry could help make up the £100,000 funding shortfall facing Newport's Eisteddfod next year, says a key organiser. The plea comes amid fears that popular attractions will be axed or trimmed down to help balance the books in Newport

  • Pooler dumped at the Altar!

    TONGAN international rugby player Manu Tuip-ulotu has caused a storm by leaving Pontypool to join Welsh Premier Div-ision rivals Ebbw Vale. It is less than a week since the back row player returned to Wales from Tonga with his new bride Atu. The trip