• Your chance to stop the gridlock

    DUST down that old bicycle, dig out those walking boots or borrow your children's micro-scooter - you may soon need it. On September 22, instead of the usual gridlock, Newport could be a calm, car-free oasis - if commuters agree to forsake their vehicles

  • Doctors orders

    "YOU'LL see a new Jamie Arthur" was the young Gwent boxing star's promise this week ahead of his third professional fight at the Newport Centre on Saturday. But first the 23-year-old former Commonwealth Games gold medallist has got to pass the doctor.

  • Knock-out TV role for Darragh

    NEWPORT schoolboy Darragh Mortell has clinched a key role in hit children's TV drama Tracy Beaker. Darragh, 14, of St Mark's Crescent, beat thousands of other young hopefuls to get the role. Set in a London children's home, the award-winning programme

  • Finals weeekend for Millwood bowlers

    FINALS Day is always a highlight of the season's end at Windsor BC, and this year's event was given added significance by the presentation of a £1,400 cheque to the Ty Hafan Children's Hospice. Ty Hafan was selected by Ladies' captain Sheila Fullbrook

  • Dream almost reality

    WEARING that famous red dragon on your chest in a major championship is every Welsh football player's dream. And that fantasy could become a reality as last night Wales finally secured a play-off place for a chance of competing with football's elite at

  • Russell match demand

    MARCUS RUSSELL has told Newport Gwent Dragons director Martyn Hazell that he only needs to publicly say one sentence and the Welsh Premier Division match on Saturday between Newport and Ebbw Vale will be back on. But, said Russell, unless Hazell states

  • Skate park protesters: 'We are not giving up'

    PROTESTERS say they will not give up their fight against a controversial skate park - despite assurances from the council that it is in the right location. Leading Monmouthshire county councillors met this week to endorse a decision to locate a skate

  • Health services to get £5m boost

    GWENT'S health boards will get nearly £5m from the National Assembly in an attempt to make the NHS fairer. Health minister Jane Hutt announced yesterday that more than £11 million is to be allocated to Local Health Boards (LHB) to help reduce health inequalities

  • Giant leap for dancer to top school

    WESLEY Pritchard has a spring in his step - and he's hoping to make a career out of it. For the 20-year-old, of Maesglas, Newport, has scooped a coveted place with the prestigious London School of Contemporary Dance. Wesley is one of the happy few - only

  • Mystery of dad's river death

    AN INQUEST into the death of a Blaenavon father of two, whose body was found in the River Taff, in Cardiff, was unable to conclude why or how he went into the water. The disappearance of Richard Davies, 39, a self-employed builder, from Avon Road, after

  • See you Roon!

    WITH Wales guaranteed at least second place in their 2004 European Championships qualifying group, Ryan Giggs and co. can now turn their attentions to their likely rivals in November's play-offs for Portugal. And the Manchester United star has no doubts

  • Crunch meeting over Valleys rail link

    THE future of the Ebbw Vale to Newport rail link will be discussed at a crunch meeting in London today. The Argus has been campaigning for more than a year for the vital link to re-open at the same time as the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff route. On Tuesday the

  • Are Parky and co. the right choice?

    The timing of the press release of a five-man consortium campaigning for radical changes to county cricket was inopportune. It came on the back of England's insipid defeat in the fourth test at Headingley and captain Michael Vaughan's subsequent comments

  • New vision for city unveiled

    A NEW vision for Newport was unveiled last night, as consultants put forward a masterplan for reshaping the city. The radical, multi-million pound scheme aims to bring new housing, people, shops and a better, bolder image to Newport. The Newport Unlimited

  • Rural roads crisis

    RURAL roads in Monmouthshire will soon be little better than cart tracks, unless they are repaired, highways chiefs warn. A total of £39m is needed to bring the county's roads up to standard, or 44 per cent of the rural roads will soon be almost unuseable

  • OAP's three-year wait for op

    A CRIPPLED Gwent widow with a crumbling hip must wait up to three years before she can see a specialist, let alone have an operation. Dorothy Meats, 77, of Pontllanfraith, has chronic arthritis and needs a hip replacement. But she was told by letter that