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2008-09-28 00:00:26

Parents have raised concerns over a proposal to merge two Gwendraeth Valley secondary schools. A council document discusses the possibility of merging bilingual Ysgol y Gwendraeth in Drefach and Welsh-medium school Ysgol Gyfun Maes-yr-Yrfa in Cefneithin. It is part of wider schools reorganisation proposed in Dinefwr, which could lead to the number of secondaries in the area being cut from five to three. Carmarthenshire Council says it was premature to read too much into the proposals,...

2008-09-18 00:00:14

A Hate-peddling internet group targeting Llanelli's Polish population has been shut down by police. An anti-Polish web page was set up on social networking site Facebook in May. The group, which had 140 members, described its raison d'etre as: "Llanelli has a population of 60,000 people, and nearly 10,000 are Polish. They take our jobs, and have no respect for us or our town. Get the Polish out." The page featured anti-Polish pictures and comments, and was quickly taken over by angry...

2008-09-11 00:00:27

Hurdling hero Colin Jackson has been welcomed to Llanelli by excited schoolchildren. Pupils from Halfway Primary School went to Tesco at Parc Trostre to meet the Olympic star and former world record holder. Colin, who was spreading the word about his healthy range of nuts snacks, said he enjoyed meeting the Llanelli schoolchildren. He said: "It was such a pleasure to meet so many Welsh sports stars of the future and to spread the word about the importance of healthy eating. "As an...

2008-09-05 00:00:18

During the 17th Century in the lordship of Gower, beer licences were issued by justices of the peace for a fee of 20 shillings. Failure to sell beer without one would result in the offender being "openly whipped" and given a three-year ban. The drinks trade became established and moved on apace, as revealed in the book. "THE upgrading of the turnpike roads, towards the end of the 18th Century, brought stagecoach traffic including the Royal Mail over the ancient Pontardulais Bridge (on the...

2008-09-05 00:00:12

By geraint thomas Llanelli has acquired the latest in cutting-edge technology at the forefront of detecting water pollution in the environment. The Environment Agency's National Laboratory Service, based in the former home of the Stepney family overlooking the town, has undergone a pounds1 million-plus revamp. Penyfai House, in Furnace, monitors the quality of sea water, rivers and lakes across Wales, testing for chemical, bacterial and viral pollution. It is used by a wide range of...

2008-08-21 18:00:45

By Brian Robinson; OBE Principal; Coleg Sir Gar Following years of education nurtured in familiar surroundings supported by familiar faces, uncertainty is only natural when the time comes to leave school. A college education is for many, an extremely positive progression, unleashing new-found confidence and unravelling skills and talent, all of which are encouraged and developed within a friendly and relaxed learning environment. Colleges are able to offer a range of excellent...

2008-08-20 00:00:22

Carmarthenshire Council has become predictable in the way its "spin machine" deals with the public: many press releases could be written before meetings take place. Why was the public excluded from the meetings with the Environment Agency and Welsh Water, while the press attended? Was it to ensure press releases only contained favourable spin? By inviting the press, the council had a moral obligation to include the public to ensure healthy debate and openness; in this way, press...

2008-07-29 18:00:30

AWELSH town plagued by concerns over its sewerage infrastructure can cope with the level of development currently planned, officials claimed yesterday. In a special meeting called after concerns were raised in Llanelli over the number of sewage spills from treatment works, and the number of spills into streets and rivers, Carmarthenshire Council, Welsh Water and the Environment Agency also said the county's water quality is better than it has been at any time in the last decade. The...

2008-07-21 18:00:46

By Steffan Rhys AN EXPLOSION which left four teenage girls critically ill in hospital for several weekswas caused by the "excessive use of a large number of aerosol deodorants", an official inquiry will announce today. A joint investigation was launched by Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire Service after the fire, which blew the roof off a terraced house in Llanelli on December 17. Afile was also submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, who have decided there is...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

By Martin Shipton A MORATORIUM on new housing developments could be imposed in West Wales' largest town amid concerns its sewerage system cannot cope. Planned projects are currently being allowed to proceed in Llanelli, but future developments are dependent on major investment in the sewerage system by Welsh Water over the next two years. The crisis affecting Llanelli underlines the strain placed on sewerage systems across the country by the level of house building that has occurred...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'