THE Tivyside area was firstly frozen to the core by ’the beast from the East’ and then battered by Storm Emma as the weather was the only topic of conversation. Schools were closed, sports fixtures cancelled and those brave enough to venture out found awful conditions on both roads and pavements. St David’s Day celebrations were also hit.

THERE was anger among traders that scaffolding around Cardigan’s Markethall was still in place more than a year after it had first been erected.

HOUSEHOLDERS in Pembrokeshire were faced with a whopping 12.5 per cent rise in their Council Tax, though the county still had the lowest rate in Wales.

LOCAL businesses enjoyed success at the Countryside Alliance Awards – the ‘rural Oscars‘. St Dogmaels local producers’ market was named the best in Wales, while Crymych’s Ken Davies took the runner-up award in the butchery section and Siop y Pentre at Cilgerran was highly commended in the village shop/post office category. At the SIBA Beer awards, both Mantle Brewery in Cardigan and Bluestone Brewery at Cilgwyn enjoyed success.

NEWCASTLE Emlyn once again showed off its Fair Trade credentials after its status was renewed by the organisation.

A PLAN was revealed for the £3m redevelopment of the Urdd site at Llangrannog.

CARDIGAN was left in a state of shock when toddler Kiara Moore died despite desperate attempts to save her after the car she was in rolled down a slipway into the River Teifi.

HYWEL Dda Health Authority finally began work on building the new £24m Cardigan Integrated Care Centre off Bathhouse Road.