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“It’s Better in The Bahamas” creator passes away

“It’s Better in The Bahamas,” the legendary slogan for The Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism was coined by Simpson McKinney I, who recently passed away on May 6, 2014 at the age of 70 years. McKinney was born and raised in the settlement of Sandy Point to Brutinell and Essie McKinney, and was the oldest of five children.

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“Mr. Lighthouse” remembered for years of preservation work

On Saturday, April 19, the Elbow Reef Lighthouse was decorated to honor Cullen Chambers (AKA Mr. Lighthouse). Mr. Cullen was in Abaco doing an assessment on the lighthouse and died suddenly only two days after returning to his home in Tybee Island, GA.

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Abaco’s new Port Admin to oversee department overhaul

Technically trained as a maritime professional, Williams became Abaco’s new Port Administrator two months ago. The prior Port Administrator, Leeland Russell, was on secondment from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and is now retired.

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Local is first Bahamian to become Certified Helicopter Instructor

On March 20, 2014 Brandon Saw­yer, son of Beth and Bernice Sawyer and grandson of well-known Abaconi­an Jack Lowe, completed an intensive course at Bristow Academy in Titus­ville, Florida becoming the first known certified Bahamian Helicopter Instruc­tor.

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An elder recalls Old Place

Cleola Sawyer has lived all of her 82 years on Mainland Abaco. Seventy one of those years she has spent in Dundas Town but the first eleven she spent in Old Place and South Side. This was a small settlement located north west of Marsh Harbour on the south west coast between Fire Road and Blackwood along with the settlements of Blackwood and Grape Tree. Born in 1931, Mrs. Sawyer was the last of three boys and three girls born to Nathaniel and Delrone Smith.

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Nature Trail at Camp Abaco named in memory of Ranger Ricky Johnson

On Wednesday, March 19, Pastor Symonette officiated a short ceremony dedicated to the memory of the late Ricky Johnson: a Park Ranger, a Nature Tour Guide and an avid bird watcher who passed away last year.

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GTC’s new “Artist in Residence” seeks the tranquility of island life

Green Turtle Cay has a new face that’s become quite familiar these past few weeks. Usually found with his easel propped opposite his muse - one of the cay’s street views, homes or beaches, Rett Sturman has a growing collection of oil-painted scenes like the Albert Lowe Museum he’s currently working on.

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Abaco student shares her college experience in China

Pamela Smith, a 2011 graduate of Forest Heights Academy, is now attending Beijing Union University (BUU) in pursuit of a degree in International Business and Trade. Smith has already completed two years of study at BUU in addition to learning to speak and write in Mandarin.

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Pete’s “20th Annual 50th Birthday” celebration excites crowd

On Saturday, Jan 25 Pete Johnston, proprietor of Pete’s Pub, held his “20th Annual 50th Birthday Party”. Pete’s Pub is tucked away in Little Harbour, and is one of Abaco’s best kept secrets.

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Chamber hosts CPA to speak to Abaconian dual citizens on FACTA compliance

On Jan 17 the Abaco Chamber of Commerce hosted a US based Certified Public Accountant to discuss the new FACTA taxes and taxation regarding dual citizens (Bahamian/U.S.A) living in Abaco. The CPA, Scott Williams, is a long-time visitor to Abaco. Over 120 people came to the meeting, which was held at the Anglican Hall.

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