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Blackwood boy guilty of murdering Michael Lee Emmett

Michael Lee Emmett died a month after being stabbed in Blackwood

A teenager has admitted murdering Michael Lee Emmett, who died a month after he and a friend were stabbed in Blackwood.

Aberbargoed Primary School pupils learn conservation at grasslands reserve

INVADERS MUST DIE: Schoolchildren removed unwanted scrub from the grassland

School children have been fighting off invaders at Aberbargoed Grasslands Nature Reserve.

Caerphilly photographer wins Age Cymru competition with celebration of positive ageing

BOND: The picture gives a positive image of ageing and intergenerational relationships

An amateur photographer from Caerphilly has taken first prize in a competition for her image questioning presumptions of old age.

Maesycwmmer actor Craig Roberts supports Ty Hafan’s Christmas appeal

YOUNG STAR: Craig Roberts will direct and star in the film he penned about a lonely teenager

Maesycwmmer Holiday star Craig Roberts took acting lessons off Ty Hafan patients when he dropped in to watch their Disney-themed pantomime.

Pantside Primary celebrates cupcake café success

Pupils at Pantside Primary School are celebrating the success of their new community cupcake café.

Children at Pantside Primary School, in Newbridge, are celebrating the success of their new community cupcake café.

The initiative allows Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to serve a range of hot and cold refreshments to parents, classmates and teachers.

Caerphilly-based consultants UES Energy make four key staff appointments

NEW RECRUIT: Andy Hutchinson with Andrew Diplock

An expanding Caerphilly-based energy consultancy has recruited a new member to their team.

UES Energy, based on Caerphilly Business Park, picked Andy Hutchinson from one of their largest UK competitors for the new role of Client Services Director.

Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter returns to help rough sleepers

The Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter scheme to support the homeless through the winter months has returned for its third year.

Tonyfelin ward by-election for Caerphilly Town Council approaches

A by-election for Caerphilly Town Council will take place on December 18, in the Tonyfelin ward.

New allergy rules for Welsh food businesses come into force

Cafés, takeaways, restaurants and any other business that serves food to the public, must now tell customers of any potential allergens in their ingredients, following new EU rules.

Police appeal over criminal damage in Trethomas

Lewis Thompson of Trecenydd

Police are appealing for information following incidents of criminal damage to six vehicles on September 27 in Bevan Close, Bevan Rise and Bryn y Fran Avenue, Trethomas

Police would like to speak to 20-year-old Lewis Thompson from Graig y Rhacca in connection with the incidents.

Deri Primary School named Caerphilly Pride in Your Place champions

Staff and students from Deri Primary School at the Pride in Your Place awards

Staff and pupils at Deri Primary School are celebrating after being named Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Pride in Your Place champions of 2014.

Search continues for Caerphilly County Borough’s £1.8m lottery prize winner

The search is continuing to find the winner of a £1.8 million lottery winner from Caerphilly County Borough.

Caerphilly Music Service hosts extravaganza performance at St David’s Hall

The County Ukulele Ensemble perform

Young musicians from across Caerphilly County Borough performed on the world-renowned stage at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on December 3.

Abercarn couple wed on day same-sex marriage legalised

Mark and Ian Faulkner after taking their marriage vows

An Abercarn couple became some of the first people to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage by taking their vows on the day the law changed.

Federation of Small Businesses in Wales supports vow to devolve business rates

Chancellor George Osborne vowed to devolve business rates to the Welsh Government in his Autumn Statement on December 3.

Islwyn MP calls for funeral costs review as one in five can’t afford death of loved ones

Islwyn MP Chris Evans has called on the UK Government to review the affordability of funerals. It comes after a report claimed one in five households can’t afford the cost of a basic funeral.

Five-year-old Fochriw girl honoured after rescuing mum from kitchen fire

HEROINES: Paige and Olivia with fire chiefs

A five-year-old girl has been honoured by fire chiefs after her and her best friend saved her epileptic Mum from a kitchen blaze at their home.

Caerphilly start-up Nudjed signs deal with Superdrug

SUPERNUDGE: Nudjed’s Neil Atherton with Tim Morgan, Service Development Manager for Superdrug

A Caerphilly-based health technology start-up has struck a deal with health and beauty retailer Superdrug to trial its product.

Rhymney Allotments given £5,000 council cash

Rhymney Allotments have been given a cash boost of £5,000 from Caerphilly County Borough Council’s £50,000 Community Improvement Fund.

Caerphilly MP Wayne David gives lecture on World War One objector Morgan Jones in Parliament

Former Caerphilly MP Morgan Jones

Caerphilly MP Wayne David has given a special lecture in Parliament on the first conscientious objector to become an MP.

Success for Caerphilly Council’s Operation Santa

GIFTS: Caerphilly County Borough Mayor David Carter collecting gifts from Zodiac Seats UK

Generous people across Caerphilly County Borough have donated thousands of gifts to a council-run charity Christmas appeal.

Caerphilly women lose £11,000 holiday of a lifetime savings as Blue Skies Travel (UK) goes into liquidation

DEFIANT: The women did not let the company’s collapse ruin their holiday of a lifetime

A group of friends were left “seething” after losing £11,000 when the travel agent they booked a “holiday of a lifetime” with went into liquidation.

Caerphilly Council’s Pontllanfraith House offices could close due to budget cuts

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s offices in Pontllanfraith could be closed as part of a bid to save £29m over the next three years.

Prince Charles visits Newbridge to officially reopen the Memo

The Prince of Wales was greeted by around 400 people in Newbridge

The Prince of Wales has officially opened the newly restored Newbridge Memorial Hall today and was greeted by around 400 people.

Record crowds give towns a boost with Christmas cheer

Christmas cheer has filled the streets of towns right across Caerphilly County Borough, with the festive period very much underway.

Rugby legend Gareth Thomas ditches pitch for classroom in Bedwas

TEACHER THOMAS: Gareth Thomas with the Year 11 pupils

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby star Gareth Thomas has swapped his boots for the classroom in a bid to help children’s communication skills.

Illegal tattooist who was operating in Risca fined £1,050

An illegal tattooist has been fined £1,050 by magistrates.

Stephen Stevens, of Duke Street, Abertillery, appeared at Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court on Friday November 28 and admitted eight offences relating to illegal tattooing and piercing.

Appeal after burglary in Aberbargoed

Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a property on Mount Pleasant Street in Aberbargoed sometime overnight between December 9 and 10.

£7m council cinema plan for Bargoed to be reviewed

An artist's impression of the planned Odeon in Bargoed

A planned £7 million council-owned cinema is to be reviewed by senior councillors, putting the controversial project in doubt.

Two adults and a child treated with oxygen after living room fire

Two adults and a child were treated with oxygen by firefighters after a house fire in Blackwood.

A crew from Aberbargoed was called to a report of a living room fire at a home in Sunny bank Road at around 6pm last night, Wednesday December 10.

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