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Big Cheese 2014 attracts 80,000 to Caerphilly town

An estimated 80,000 visitors descended on Caerphilly town on the weekend for the annual Big Cheese festival.

The festivities started on Friday evening with the Great Cheese race, which saw teams battle to be crowned champions.

New Blackwood cinema gets ready for gala opening night

TIME TO RAISE THE CURTAIN: The Maxime Cinema as it appears today after a £1.5m redevelopment

The finishing touches are being put to a new independent cinema in Blackwood town centre.

The Maxime, which was originally opened as a cinema in 1939, will open its doors once again to film fans on August 6 after a £1.5 million refurbishment by company Picturedrome Cinemas, based in Bognor Regis.

Caerphilly girl, 14, goes missing

Bonnie Clarke has been missing since July 25

Police are appealing for information after a 14-year-old went missing from her Caerphilly home.

Bonnie Clarke has been missing since Friday July 25.

Caerphilly business leaders raise questions over cost of Newport M4 relief road

CONGESTED: A new £1bn pound M4 relief road in Newport has been announced

Business leaders have raised questions over the Welsh Government’s decision to build a £1 billion M4 relief road in Newport.

Pontllanfraith resident taken to court for dog fouling offence

A Pontllanfraith woman has been ordered to pay £340 after she failed to pay a dog fouling fine.

Caerphilly man arrested after Cardiff protest march violence

A 22-year-old Caerphilly man was arrested on suspicion of assault after violence erupted at a peace march in Cardiff.

Cedar Tree pub in Caerphilly evacuated after fire

The Cedar Tree pub in Caerphilly was evacuated because of a fire.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to the pub on the Pwllypant roundabout at 8.05am this morning, July 26.

‘Lives put in danger’ by 117 hoax calls to the fire brigade across Caerphilly last year

Almost 120 hoax calls were made to the fire brigade from Caerphilly County Borough last year.

Workers at Caerphilly packaging firm could face redundancy

Around 31 jobs could be lost at a Caerphilly packaging firm, it has been announced.

Abertridwr Bowls Club bow out with Aber Valley YMCA donation

A bowls club founded almost 90 years ago has bowed out with a donation to Aber Valley YMCA.

Blackwood firm sponsor Commonwealth Games boxing hopeful Kody Davies

Blackwood firm Clear Sky Recruitment has announced a sponsorship deal with local boxer and Commonwealth Games medal hopeful Kody Davies.

Gwent Police faces ‘deteriorating performance’, says HMIC report

Gwent Police could be putting crime fighting at risk because of budget cuts, a watchdog has warned.

Ystrad Mynach hair salon wins training award

Spirit Hair Team based in Ystrad Mynach has been recognised by ISA Training with a Working Partnership Gold Award.

Renewed plans for waste site on Dyffryn Business Park in Ystrad Mynach

FEARS: A waste transfer station could be situated at Dyffryn Business Park

A waste transfer station and civic amenity site could be developed in Ystrad Mynach, despite similar plans being scrapped.

Entrants wanted for Canmol marketing awards

The Chartered Institute of Marketing is seeking entries for its national Canmol Awards.

Caerphilly cancer sufferer rewarded by Princess Anne for work with Tenovus

JUST REWARD: Cath Jones with Princess Anne and NewLaw’s Helen Molyneux

A cancer survivor from Caerphilly has been rewarded for her volunteer work by The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

IT specialist Team Metalogic move to Caerphilly Business Park as part of growth

ON THE MOVE: Team Metalogic Managing Director Mike Parfitt

An award-winning IT company has moved its offices to the thriving Caerphilly Business Park.
Team Metalogic has moved to new offices in order to accommodate expansion.

New Caerphilly County Borough Council interim chief appointed

Carmarthenshire County Council’s deputy chief is the new interim Chief Executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council.

Man hospitalised after quad bike crash in Oakdale

A man was taken to hospital after overturning a quad bike in Oakdale Business Park.

Caerphilly Council cuts could see day care and ‘Meals on Wheels’ scrapped

UNDER THREAT: Caerphilly Day Centre has around 70 users and could close

Caerphilly Council are considering axing ‘Meals on Wheels’ and day services across the county.

South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: July 24

Lindsay Whittle, South Wales East Assembly Member

In his regular blog for Caerphilly Observer South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittlegives his take on recent news.

Four suspected Caerphilly paedophiles arrested

Four people from Caerphilly have been arrested as part of a UK-wide operation targeting suspected paedophiles.

Train chaos sees passengers stranded across South Wales Valley lines

Network Rail said improvement works in Cardiff were to blame

Commuters were left stranded in sweltering conditions after massive disruption to Valley line train services two days running.

Verdict expected on Michael Pearce in Nelson baby murder trial

Michael Pearce, of Nelson, is charged with the murder of six-week-old Alfie Sullock

A jury is expected to deliver its verdict in the case of a man accused of murdering a six-week-old boy who suffered brain damage.

Two escape chip pan fire in Abertridwr

Two people managed to escape a kitchen fire after a chip pan caught alight in Abertridwr.

Firefighters from Caerphilly were called to the house in Hendre Road at 11.12pm on Wednesday July 23.

£15m deal to upgrade Caerphilly Council houses agreed

A £15 million deal which will see thousands of council houses upgraded has been finalised.

Caerphilly County Borough Council has announced that construction firm Vinci Facilities will be refurbishing kitchens and bathrooms and providing new wiring and heating for almost 10,000 homes across the borough over a six-year contract period.

Oakdale school gets seal of approval from inspectors Estyn

GOOD WORK: Rhiw Syr Dafydd pupils with headteacher Mike Glavin

An Oakdale primary school received a promising review from inspectors Estyn just in time to celebrate during the summer holidays.

Trinity Fields School given boost by Sainsbury’s customer donations

Pupils from Trinity Fields School received the cheque at Sainsbury's Pontllanfraith

Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre benefited from over £4,500 in donations from customers at Sainsbury’s Pontllanfraith.

Fochriw pupils charge ahead in battery recycling competition

Fochriw Primary pupils Chianty Williams, Grace Jones and Brandon Evans are pictured with David Harding, Mrs Lisa Jones, Cllr David Carter,
Bella the Battery and Cllr David Poole

More than 1.8 tonnes of household batteries have been collected by school children in a scheme to encourage recycling.

Man robbed of cash outside Lloyds bank in Rhymney

A man in his 50s was robbed of money he had just withdrawn from a cashpoint at Lloyds Bank in Rhymney.

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