• Gwent plan could boost heart care

    HEALTH chiefs in Gwent will seek to increase capacity for carrying out heart tests in the area’s hospitals, to help reduce waiting times and transfer more work from Cardiff.They hope to increase cardiac catheter laboratory capacity for Gwent patients

  • Caerleon man pipped in MasterChef final

    CAERLEON-BORN Scott Davies tonight failed to win the MasterChef crown and was pipped by Steven Edwards. The 27-year-old former Newport High School Old Boys rugby player says he was “always involved in the kitchen” growing up. He left Caerleon

  • No regrets about turning down Pompey, says Justin Edinburgh

    NEWPORT County AFC travel to Portsmouth this weekend with manager Justin Edinburgh insisting he has no regrets about turning down the chance to manage the south coast club. The Exiles boss returns to Fratton Park – where he finished his playing

  • Ebbw Vale artist creates X Factor faces from food

    EBBW Vale artist Nathan Wyburn has given a taster of the talent show's climax by creating portraits of the finalists from food. He is said to have spent more than 30 hours working on the faces using 2kg of turkey, 144 slices of ham, 89 sprouts,

  • SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Llanfoist Fawr Primary

    Llanfoist Fawr Primary School, in Abergavenny is situated in the beautiful surrounding hills. Carys Thomas went to visit how the setting lends itself to the children's learning. “LLANFOIST Fawr is an outdoors school,” says Jon Murphy, head teacher

  • Exiles ace Andy Sandell ready to don the gloves if needed

    DEFENDER Andy Sandell will again act as back-up to number one goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley as Newport County AFC take on Portsmouth on Saturday, writes Andrew Penman.Reserve ‘keeper Jamie Stephens has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring

  • Newport man jailed for rape of other man

    A MAN who raped an 18-year-old man in the centre of Newport was jailed for nine years at Cardiff Crown Court. Altaf Ali Raza, 23, told his victim: "I'm not going to mug you. I just want to have sex with a white person, I've never had it before

  • New powers to tackle fly-grazing welcomed

    RSPCA Cymru has said it is “delighted” after Assembly Members unanimously voted to give councils additional powers to tackle fly-grazing and owners of horses who abandon them. All AMs voted for the Control of Horses (Wales) Bill at the Senedd

  • Brynmawr waste firm fined £10k

    A WASTE management company was fined £10,000 for depositing potentially contaminated waste without a licence at a hearing in Newport magistrates court yesterday.Thomas Waste Management (TWM) based on Old Abergavenny Road in Brynmawr, delivered 320

  • £10m loan revamp for Cardiff Airport announced

    IMPROVEMENTS will be made to Cardiff airport’s terminal building this winter. They should be completed by summer and are the first changes planned after the Welsh Government loaned £10 million to the airport. There will be a new and expanded

  • YOU AM WRITES: South Wales East AM William Graham

    M4 RELIEF ROADI make no apologies for raising this matter again. It is an all too frequent occurrence that an accident causes miles of tail-backs along the M4. There may not be universal agreement about which route it should take, but there is agreement

  • Newport Transporter Bridge group seeks UNESCO status

    THE campaign group aiming to get the Newport Transporter Bridge as internationally recognised as the Taj Mahal, the Egyptian Pyramid Fields and Statue of Liberty met again last week. The Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge held a meeting at Newport

  • Pontypool couple fell to their deaths from bedroom window

    A TRAGIC couple who were originally from Pontypool fell to their deaths from the bedroom window of their Dorset home, a coroner has heard. Glenys and Roy Smith, who were aged 92 and 89-years-old, were found in the garden of their home at Crag Head, Manor

  • Cwmbran Stadium suite renamed in paralympic star's honour

    CWMBRAN Stadium bosses yesterday paid tribute to Paralympic hero Chris Hallam by renaming a suite in his honour. The wheelchair athlete competed in four Paralympic Games and won gold in the 50m breaststroke event at the 1984 games in Stoke Mandeville

  • Low opinion

    MR NORMAN Jones seems to have a pretty low opinion of his fellow residents of south Wales (Letters, December 6). Because a majority of us “keep voting Labour”, Mr Jones thinks we’re “ignorant”. Perhaps he hasn’t quite got the hang of democracy?

  • Chance to have your say on £25m Newport cuts plans

    MEMBERS of the public can now have their say on plans for millions in savings for the next four years following a meeting of senior Newport councillors. The public consultation on proposals to deliver £25 million in savings over four years has

  • Leave leaves

    IT’S NICE to know that Newport City Council still have enough money in their coffers to send workmen out to vacuum up the leaves that fall in our parks and open spaces. As well as the industrial sized vacuums they then cart the leaves away in a lorry

  • Mandela light

    NELSON Mandela is dead, but the flame of freedom he lit will live on. He was a beacon of light in a world of indifference. I was proud to stand by all those in the Wales Anti Apartheid movement, in the fight to free this great man and his people

  • Pay anomaly

    UNBELIEVABLE! The increase for all MPs pay/salary at such a high percentage. What should be considered is the way they are paid. Why should all individual workers, some in same workplaces, be paid at different rates yet all MPs be paid equally throughout

  • Do right thing

    PLANS to award MPs an 11 per cent pay rise have been criticised across Westminster, with one minister describing them as “utterly incomprehensible”. Parliamentary watchdog Ipsa is set to recommend a rise of £7,600 to £74,000, to come in after the

  • Salmond attack

    DAVID McEwan Hill asked how we Welsh would feel if dreamer Alex Salmond were to come to Wales and “interfere with Welsh Politics?” Well, whilst I would agree that Scottish independence should indeed be decided on by the people of Scotland, it is

  • Lawyers warn over Newport M4 Relief Road

    LAWYERS have written to transport minister Edwina Hart warning her the Welsh Government is likely to face legal action over the M4 Relief Road.A so-called pre-action letter has been sent on behalf of Gwent Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth Cymru

  • End of an era as Abergavenny's livestock market closes

    IT was the end of an era as the bell rang out to mark the start of sales at Abergavenny’s historic livestock market for the final time this week.There was a sombre mood in the air and mixed emotions felt by many as more than 100 people from the

  • ARGUS COMMENT: Can we trust crime stats?

    THE evidence given to MPs yesterday by Gwent's chief constable brings into question the reliability of crime statistics nationwide. As we reported yesterday, an internal review of the way Gwent Police record crime showed half of incident logs in

  • EDITOR'S CHAIR: Help us find Ben, our friend and colleague

    THIS has been a tough week for everyone who works for the Argus and our sister newspapers. As most of our readers will know, one of our staff members has been missing since Saturday night. Ben Caplan works in our newspaper sales department.

  • Devolve Wales’ rail franchise – AMs

    THE way in which the company who runs the bulk of Wales’ railway services should be in the hands of Wales, a cross-party group of AMs have said. The Assembly’s Enterprise and Business committee has called on the Welsh Government to continue to

  • Mascot Keiran Leads Out Newport

    Ten year old Keiran Richards is a relative newcomer to rugby this season but under the guidance of our good friend Sue Williams, and the fact that he attends Eveswell Junior School, he is progressing well. We host a team from Eveswell every season

  • Newport Enjoy Two Guards of Honour

    The Trust hosted two teams to Rodney Parade on a sunny December afternoon to see Newport play local rivals Bedwas. Boys and girls from Eveswell Junior School and St Jospehs U12 RFC all came along and took part in a pre-match skills session with

  • Man jailed for relationship with Gwent schoolgirl

    A MAN who had sex with a Gwent schoolgirl who later became pregnant has been sentenced to four years in prison. Noel Beese, 40, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to two offences of sexual activity with a child, in Newport Crown court. On sentencing, Judge

  • Gwent gymnasts show their talent in inter-club competition

    OVER 40 gymnasts from across Gwent attended a competition held by The Association of Inter-Friendly Gymnastics last month.The five piece competition at Kestrel gymnastics club in Chepstow on November 30, saw gymnasts aged five to seven from the Academy

  • Jason Tovey's dual French mission

    JASON Tovey has a double aim tonight as the talented No 10 faces Bordeaux-Bègles in the Newport Gwent Dragons’ vital away Amlin Challenge Cup clash, writes Iwan Gabe Davies.The 24-year-old will look to continue the imperious form which puts

  • Cwmbran dance school celebrates 30th birthday

    A CWMBRAN dance school celebrated its 30th anniversary with a show at the Congress Theatre. Annette’s School of Dance has been running since 1983 and is based at Llantarnam Church Hall and West Pontnewydd Community Hall. The show, called Inspirations

  • Fuel spillage closes Newport M4 lane

    ONE lane is closed and queueing traffic is reported due to a fuel spillage and tyre debris on the M4 in Newport. The incident is westbound between J28 at Tredegar Park and J29 A48(M). Congestion is stretching back to J24 at the Coldra.

  • Michael Sheen film to show plight of Syrian refugees

    NEWPORT-born actor Michael Sheen has spoken of his concern for Syrian children in refugee camps after he visited them with the charity UNICEF. And Mr Sheen features in a short film, No Place Like Home, which the charity has produced to further

  • Jolley reveals his goal... a goal!

    NEWPORT County striker Christian Jolley only wants one thing for Christmas... a goal, writes Michael Pearlman.The former Wimbledon man scored 15 times for Newport last term despite only joining the Exiles in January after an initial loan spell and was

  • Cwmcarn School to finally return to original site

    PUPILS and staff of Cwmcarn High School will return to their original site on Monday, January 6, after 13 months at its temporary base in Ebbw Vale.Younger pupils will spend their last day at the site tomorrow before finishing for the Christmas break.The

  • Gwent Police's top special cop to retire

    A NEWPORT man who served the city for 44 years as a special constable is to retire. Special Chief Officer Peter Howells, 66, from St Woolos, is to retire from the Special Constabulary after more than four decades of service to local communities

  • Lewis Evans looks to emulate Connacht heroics

    LEWIS Evans is relishing one of the biggest games of his career tonight as Newport Gwent Dragons look to draw inspiration from Connacht’s stunning victory in Toulouse on Sunday, writes Iwan Gabe Davies.The Gwent region could make history tonight

  • Edinburgh pleased with big improvement

    COUNTY manager Justin Edinburgh hailed his side for their display despite defeat to Peterborough United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.The Exiles boss was pleased with a marked improvement from Saturday's FA Cup exit at Kidderminster Harriers

  • Bakery backs Newport Christmas hamper appeal

    A NEWPORT bakery has backed the Newport-based Jesus Cares Christmas hamper campaign this week, donating 200 Welsh cakes to struggling families across South Wales.Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Jesus Cares started in 2009 as a result of community organisations

  • Caerleon man to star in MasterChef final

    IT will be revealed tonight whether a chef who grew up in Caerleon has won BBC Two’s MasterChef: The Professionals. Scott Davies, 27, said he was “always involved in the kitchen” growing up. And viewers have been able to watch his culinary

  • Ferguson admits County gave his side a fright

    PETERBOROUGH boss Darren Ferguson admits his side were flattered by their 3-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory at Rodney Parade and believes the Exiles can get promoted this season, writes Michael Pearlman.The Posh boss, son of Manchester United'