• Blaenau Gwent libraries set for change

    LIBRARY users in communities across Blaenau Gwent will have better access to books, following a decision to develop the library outreach service. The council plans to extend its home delivery service and develop a network of community venues

  • Newbridge man fronts campaign to stop metal theft

    A NEWBRIDGE man is helping to front a new police campaign tackling metal theft. Keith Miles, pictured, a member of the Royal British Legion branch in Newbridge, is one of three people helping the four Welsh police forces raise awareness of

  • Potter released by County

    NEWPORT County announced a double deal tonight after goalkeeper Danny Potter was released with immediate effect. The former Torquay goalkeeper was a summer signing by ex-boss Anthony Hudson but never really impressed the Spytty Park faithful

  • Cwmbran dance group set for dream USA visit

    A CWMBRAN dance group is preparing for a stateside visit to learn more about where their hobby originated. The ‘Brandywine Cloggers’ Appalachian dance group will live its dream to visit the USA in particular the eastern states where the dance

  • Wales v Italy – Webb in for Williams

    RHYS Webb will replace Lloyd Williams on the replacements bench for Wales’ clash with Italy on Saturday. Ospreys scrum-half Webb was named in the pre-tournament training camp which travelled to Gdansk, Poland, at the end of January, but has yet to make

  • Audit report praises Caerphilly council

    AN independent audit of Caerphilly council painted a positive picture of how it has performed in the last year. The annual improvement report, compiled by the Wales Audit Office praised various policies, including how it works with neighbouring

  • Trio charged with Trevethin assault

    THREE men have been charged with assault following an incident on Winstone Road, in Trevethin, just after midnight on March 6. A 21-year-old from Pontypool was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport with swelling, bruises and cuts, but

  • Brace's Bakery could buy Croespenmaen Remploy plant

    GWENT company Brace's has opened talks to buy the closure-threatened Remploy factory in Croespenmaen. Following yesterday's announcement, the factories in Cwmtillery and Croespenmaen will shut down as part of UK-wide closures of Remploy factories

  • M4 relief road best option - Newport council leader

    THE leader of Newport City Council says a relief road is still the best option to relieve congestion on the M4 around Newport, following the announcement of a fresh public consultation on the issue. The Welsh Government has announced a 13

  • Torfaen burial and sport fees set to rise

    FEES for cemeteries, park activities and waste and skip permits could go up in Torfaen, through proposals to help earn the council an extra £52,000. Torfaen council has suggested increasing fees and charges for its neighbourhood services for

  • Welsh Government to look at saving Remploy jobs

    THE Welsh Government says it wants to look at whether the jobs of more than 60 disabled workers employed in Gwent's Remploy factories can be saved. The Argus reported yesterday that Remploy furniture factories in Cwmtillery and Croespenmaen

  • TONY SINGH TRIAL: 'Accused wasn't angry'

    A MAN accused of murdering a Newport father told jurors he was “deflated” when he discovered they had been conned by drug dealers. Karl Drummond, 37, of Attlee Court, Caerphilly, is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court, along with Shahid Rafiq, 37

  • Newport pupils become film critics to help literacy

    PUPILS at a Newport school turned a critical eye to films as part of a different approach to teaching. Youngsters at Duffryn High School got a visit from Welsh writer and critic Dylan Moore this week. Prior to Mr Moore’s arrival, the

  • 'Evacuation' gives Newbridge pupils history lesson

    WHEN the air raid siren sounded, children at Tynewydd Primary School, Newbridge, were told to gather their gas masks and suitcase for an evacuation. The Year 3 pupils had no idea that they were being evacuated, but the exercise was part of

  • Follow County and Wales with the Argus

    YOUR Argus will be there for a great weekend of sport for Gwent and Wales. At Spytty Park, Newport County are two games away from Wembley with the first leg of their semi-final against Wealdstone. We’ll be covering the game live via

  • CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons have to believe to triumph

    IT’S UNLIKELY that there will be many television trailers promoting ‘the battle for eighth’ as the RaboDirect Pro12 heads towards crunch time. Newport Gwent Dragons find themselves in the position of being able to hinder others’ play-off ambitions but

  • CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Statistics! Be careful what you believe

    EARLIER this week Wales coach Warren Gatland warned of the emotion that Italy will bring to the Six Nations encounter at the Millennium Stadium. In what is becoming a statistics-obsessed sport it was nice to hear an intangible mentioned. We are bombarded

  • Yes Loans 'disappointed and saddened' at licence move

    DIRECTORS at Yes Loans have hit back at the decision to revoke its licence, saying they are "disappointed and saddened." Following the Office of Fair Trading's announcement, the directors at the Cwmbran-based business issued its statement.

  • Morrisons interested in vacant Blackwood DIY site

    SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons could open a new store in Blackwood, in a move which would bring hundreds of jobs to the town. Caerphilly council’s planning committee will discuss an application on March 14 for a supermarket at the Blackwood Gate

  • Cwmbran-based Yes Loans has licence revoked

    CWMBRAN-BASED Yes Loans has had its licence revoked due to "deceitful and oppressive" business practices. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) confirmed today that Yes Loans one of the UK's largest brokers of unsecured credit and which employs

  • Gwent disabled workers' tears as factories close

    DOZENS of disabled people in Gwent face losing their jobs after the UK government scrapped funding for its Remploy factories. Workers at Remploy furniture factories in Cwmtillery and Croespenmaen found out yesterday their jobs are under threat

  • Davies confident Wales can handle pressure of expectation

    WALES V ITALY (Saturday KO 2.30) JONATHAN Davies is confident that Wales can handle huge expectation levels as they close in on a second RBS 6 Nations title and Grand Slam of coach Warren Gatland’s four-year reign. Victory over Millennium Stadium visitors

  • Bring your brain to breakfast

    Extra spaces have become available for a special ‘Bring Your Brain to Breakfast’ business event in Newport next week. Christopher Rowell, project manager at architects Architen Landrell Associates, and Dr Gareth Loudon, of Innovation Forum Ltd, will

  • New bid to solve M4 congestion around Newport

    A fresh public consultation looking at how to tackle congestion on the M4 is being welcomed by Gwent drivers, businesses and politicians. JESSICA BEST and ALISON SANDERS report. THE Welsh Government has launched a 13-week public consultation

  • Work order for carer who slapped 94-year-old

    A NEWPORT care home worker was given a community order and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work after a court heard she slapped a 94-year-old dementia suffferer while trying to restrain her. She was also made to pay £620 prosecution

  • Dispute over Cwmbran bowling alley as site is repossessed

    THE landlord of Cwmbran’s bowling alley said the site has been repossessed this week. Bowlplex Limited is now closed to the public and John Ives, a director of landlord Mintblue (Cwmbran) Limited, said it now intends to reopen the building

  • Rees 'The Rock' poised for a big year

    PROMOTER Eddie Hearn has promised Gavin ‘The Rock’ Rees a huge fight this summer, but only if the European lightweight champion can first enter the Lion’s Den and come out roaring. The Newbridge puncher, now training with former WBU champion Gary Lockett

  • CHEPSTOW ROAD MURDER TRIAL: Hearing to resume today

    THE trial of four men accused of murdering a Newport man was adjourned yesterday. Kamil Semrau, 28, of Chepstow Road, Pawel Lysonik, 22, of Capel Crescent, both Newport, Lukas Kalkowski, 30, of Laundry Road, Pontypridd, and Stanislaw Gliszczynski

  • Tempo is key to victory, says Phillips

    MIKE Phillips believes playing a high speed game will be the way to put Italy away on Saturday as Wales aim to complete the fourth stage of their Grand Slam bid. The scrum-half said his side will look to give the big, beefy Azzurri pack the

  • £1,000 reward for help to find missing Cwmbran dog

    A CWMBRAN couple are offering a £1,000 reward for information to help find the family’s missing dog. David Evans, of The Upper Cock Inn, The Highway, at Croesyceiliog, said he and his family are desperately worried about seven-yearold American

  • Thomas and seven others heading for Dragons exit

    NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will release full-back Martyn Thomas at the end of the season. The 24-year-old is out of contract this summer and is one of eight players that have not been offered new deals to stay at Rodney Parade. Thomas has

  • Animal-lovers raise £1,500 for neglected Blaina dog

    WELL-WISHERS from around the globe have raised £1,500 towards the care of a dog found dying in a valleys street. People from as far away as America and the Netherlands have clubbed together to fund the care of three-year-old Blue Boi who was

  • Jobs on offer at Tredegar House as new boss takes over

    A SERIES of jobs are being advertised at one of Newport's historic landmarks ahead of its takeover by the National Trust. The conservation charity will take over the running of Tredegar House on March 19 with the management of the iconic building

  • Dogfight is still on, says County keeper

    NEWPORT County goalkeeper Glyn Thompson admits Tuesday’s defeat to Braintree means the Exiles are still in a relegation dogfight this season. County once again paid the penalty for ill-discipline with Lee Minshull given his marching orders after just