WATFORD are nine victories away from promotion. While, at this juncture, they may appear to need more to be mathematically safe, the probability is that nine would be sufficient.
AN "unprecedented" number of reported cases of adult abuse in west Hertfordshire nursing homes has prompted tighter controls on staff recruitment processes, writes Tim Bowdler
WATFORD clawed their way back to the top of the heap on Saturday with a victory that was probably their luckiest since they left Grimsby shaking their heads in wonder back in October.
TWO robbers threatened a shop manager and stole more than £100 from the till in a raid on a Redbourn off licence on Sunday.
A PLEASANT day's fishing was rudely interrupted on Saturday by a pervert who exposed himself while wearing stockings and suspenders.
BEFORE leaving for Luton, hospital boss, Stephen Ramsden will be running for Watford.
AN inmate is still on the loose from The Mount prison in Bovingdon, nearly two weeks after he "wandered off" from outside the prison gates.
PARENTS of St Albans primary school children will be asked for their views on a proposed new secondary transfer system in the biggest-ever consultation exercise of its kind, writes Kate Werran
EMPLOYMENT minister Alan Howarth spoke about the Government's plans to provide better opportunities for the disabled at Shendish Manor in Kings Langley on Wednesday.
PROTESTERS fighting to stop a service station being built on the M1 near Redbourn have received a boost from MP Peter Lilley.
REVELLERS could hold the key to police investigations into a hit and run incident in Holywell Hill on Friday night, writes Stuart Hutchison.
THE wait for Watford Royals is over at last.
WATFORD Ladies almost pulled off a shock to reach the last 16 of the Women's FA Cup against a side three divisions their senior.
A TINY baby born four months premature was fighting for his life yesterday (Thursday) after amazing doctors with his will to live.
A LANDLORD was fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £2,700 after pleading guilty to failing to maintain a house in Watford.
A WATFORD police sergeant charged with three sex offences was committed for trial at Luton Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).
A FATHER-OF-FOUR from Croxley Green was stabbed to death in his home in the early hours of Friday, writes Dave Allen.
CHANGING careers is always a difficult transition which takes courage and determination, particularly for older members of the workforce.
A WATFORD charity for people with arthritis is celebrating the success of a campaign to find a replacement hydrotherapy pool.
THE man who cajoled Mohammed Al-Fayed into drawing a picture of his private parts in front of the TV cameras appears at St Albans' comedy club tonight.
THE Amadeus Chamber Orchestra begins the new year with a concert featuring music by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven on Saturday, January 31.
ST ALBANS' musical heritage is well known far afield from the Roman city. But now, a new exhibition aims to highlight the city's substantial contribution to the visual arts.
THE West End production of David Mamet's play Oleanna caused a huge stir when it premiered several years ago, writes Steve Murray.
FOR the past few days, one billion Muslims around the world have been looking at the sky for a tiny sliver of light - the appearance of the new moon, which will signal the end of Ramadan.
ROUBLE on the ice literally turned out to be a real show stopper for the Russian Ice Stars during their performance of the fairytale favourite, Sleeping Beauty, at the Alban Arena, writes Diana Machin.
THE Radlett Music Club welcomes a popular young string trio for its fourth concert of the season.
WATFORD hope to have the green light to go ahead with the signing of Moldovan international Serghei Clescenco.
PROTESTERS have accused health chiefs of snubbing an 18,000-signature petition opposing the possible closure of Watford General Hospital.
MAJESTIC Wine plc, based in Watford, saw a record year as sales rocketed by more than 20 per cent.
A NEW chief executive, who has pioneered controversial merger proposals in Essex, has been appointed to lead hospitals in west Hertfordshire, writes Tim Bowdler.
SOME victims of domestic violence endure as many as 35 attacks before issuing a cry for help.
ST ALBANS MP Kerry Pollard has been challenged to support the fight to protect health services by leading a protest against hospital closures at a public meeting.
THE historic Carillon chimes could ring out across St Albans once more to welcome in the Millennium.
A MAN who indecently assaulted a 14-year-old schoolboy at his carpet shop in Harpenden has been jailed for 18 months.
THERE was an item on the WML recently about product loyalty and how you would behave if you found a snail in your beer can.
FEARS a new pub in Rickmansworth would attract yobs and underage drinkers were tackled head-on by pub chain J.D. Wetherspoon at a public meeting on Wednesday.
THE deafening silence of 10,000 people, knuckles white with anxiety, greeted Michael Lynagh as he meticulously prepared the deciding kick in Sunday's Tetley's Bitter Cup fifth round tie.
THE new primary school league tables show that youngsters in the St Albans district are out-performing their peers in other areas of England.
AN armed robber waved a gun at a bus full of schoolchildren as he made his getaway from Safeway in Hatfield Road on Monday afternoon.
POLICE will carry Polaroid cameras in their patrol cars in a pioneering attempt to tackle domestic violence in St Albans.
PROTESTERS in St Albans have won their battle to stop more than three million tons of gravel being extracted from land at Oaklands College, writes Steve Murray.
THE most expensive film ever. More than likely to sweep up many of the Oscars later in the year. Some of the most amazing special effects ever. And a romantic storyline. The film Titanic will no doubt have been seen by many.
THE future of health services in west Hertfordshire will be open for discussion at a public meeting on Monday.
THE Prince of Wales could become this century's first royal composer when he visits The Purcell School in Bushey today (Friday).
WITH City manager Jimmy Neighbour in Gainsborough spying on Barrow at the weekend, the task of explaining away the Saints latest Ryman League defeat fell to the likeable Saints assistant manager Terry Harris.
COST-cutting stone masons who build cheap memorials in cemeteries are putting lives at risk, according to an award-winning Bushey company, P Brant and Sons.
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BASING a whole feature film on a single idea is known in the business as "high concept". Among most cinema audiences, though, it's known as "rubbish".
IN Hertfordshire during the past 12 months four construction workers fell to their deaths and others suffered permanent disabling injuries.