• Village's vandalised statue repaired

    QUITE literally, it has cost Miguel Santiago and arm and a leg to get his statue repaired. But then, there are some thing that have to be done. "Why an earth thieves should want to take the hand and foot from a wooden sculpture I don't know, but they

  • All-women list is right, says Blair

    TONY Blair is backing the imposition of an all-women Labour shortlist for Blaenau Gwent. The Prime Minister - speaking exclusively to the Argus yesterday as he travelled to Gwent to launch his public consultation on government policy - waded into the

  • Don't ring and drive

    CONFUSED motorists are calling Gwent Police for advice on new laws making it illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. Motorists say they are unsure about whether it is also illegal to use phones via hands-free kits and car cradles when the

  • Malcolm medal in jeopardy

    THE CHANCES of Newport sprinter Christian Malcolm having his world championship silver medal taken off him look to be increasing with the news that Dwain Chambers may have failed a second test at this year's competition in Paris. Malcolm was staying tight-lipped

  • A St Valentine's Day massacre?

    IT looks as though I'll be back in the ring in the second week in February to defend my world super-middleweight title. And then, hopefully, it will be all systems go for a world light-heavyweight title fight in April or May. I haven't yet spoken to my

  • Masterful portrayal of life in brutal navy

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (12A) Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy, Edward Woodall WITH what must be the most ridiculous, testosterone-loaded title of any film this year, Russell Crowe captains a nautical epic set back when

  • Death-crash driver banned

    THE Ebbw Vale driver of a car which crash-ed, killing both him and two young passengers, had been banned from driving, police have revealed. Richard John Watkins, aged 24, from Rassau, had been disqualified from driving four times and was still banned

  • Festive charmer

    Elf (PG)Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner NO sooner has the Christmas muzak appeared in the supermarket aisles than the reels are turning for the first overtly Christmas picture. It couldn't get much more Christmas

  • Step out to Nutty Sound

    Madness, Madness, they called them Madness. Out of the schools, pubs and church halls of North London they came in 1978 with a brand of music dubbed the Nutty Sound. Seven in number and strongly rooted in the street culture of Camden Town, they were more

  • Bus driver has takings stolen

    A BUS driver was robbed of his takings by two young men in Newbridge on Wednesday. Martin Hughes, who has worked for Glyn Williams Buses for a week, was robbed as he drove the Abertillery to Blackwood route. Mr Hughes, aged 21 and from Ebbw Vale, said

  • £25million needed to repair Newport's roads

    A THIRD of Newport's roads are now in need of total reconstruction which is set to cost the authority £25 million, the city council was told. And the authority is facing a potential compensation bill of over £4 million from people who have had accidents

  • Longer wait for surgery

    CATARACT patients in Gwent face longer waits for treatment because cash set aside for operations has been withheld to help reduce a budget deficit. The Assembly's target of a maximum four-month wait for cataract surgery has been met in Gwent during recent

  • Don't leave

    MIKE Ruddock has been urged to stay as Newport Gwent Dragons coach and not apply for the Wales post by Dragons director Martyn Hazell. Ruddock and Llanelli Scarlets coach Gareth Jenkins are expected to go head to head for the Wales job which is being

  • This is the big one

    HORNCHURCH chairman Gary Calder today underlines the importance of the FA Trophy to his Ryman League high-flyers. On the eve of Hornchurch's appetising second round tie with Newport County, the Urchins' chief insisted the clash with the Exiles was BIGGER

  • Arts roundup

    Mono's Paul Platt looks at what's on now and coming soon The movie industry is simmering before the release on December 17 of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. But until then there's plenty to keep your eyes busy. Next Friday Brother Bear

  • Mother found addict dead

    NO MEDICAL explanation could be found for the death of an Abergavenny man who was trying to give up heroin, an inquest heard yesterday. A verdict of misadventure was recorded at the inquest into the death of Oliver James Hillman, 30. Gwent coroner David

  • Port's Shorne thing!

    RHYS Shorney is only 26 but the Newport centre admits he sometimes feels like an old man in the club's youthful threequarter line, writes Paul Tully. That's because he is older than his colleagues and has much greater experience at the highest level.

  • Food festival is greatest event

    THE Abergavenny Food Festival was officially named as the greatest event in Wales at a glittering, Oscar-style ceremony in Cardiff last night. The festival landed the title at the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2003 after convincing judges that it