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Leonard M Thompson Airport Finally Opens in Abaco

After more than a year in delays The Abaconian is proud to finally report that the new international terminal in Marsh Harbour is open and serving the public. Officials say some operational kinks still need to be worked out, however, they maintain that they have security first and foremost.

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NIB unveils new card for members

On May 20 the National Insurance Board officially unveiled their new NIB member’s card. The reveal happened simultaneously across the country, with officials at the Government Complex in Marsh Harbour making their own presentation to the local media. The plastic card, which is to replace the previous, yellow paper cards has a host of security features and electronic benefits built in.

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Community meeting in Cherokee tackles various issues

The Local Government Authority Town Committee for Cherokee Sound, Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shores held a community meeting in the W.H. Sands Community Centre in Cherokee Sound, on May 12. The goal of the meeting was for persons from all of these townships to air any concerns they may have and have them answered by the various dignitaries and heads of department present.

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Conservation group stops bulldozing of historic site

The conservation group known as the Abaco Defenders banded together to stop the clearing of land on private property that may be the remains of Carleton settlement, the first Loyalist settlement in Abaco. The group approached the operating bulldozer, stood in front of it with cameras running until it shut down. The group was able to explain their concerns to the operator and the General Manager of Treasure Sands, Tim Blakely.

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Planning oversight leads to trenching of newly paved road

Just days after the portion of Don MacKay Blvd from BTC’s Office to Abaco Hardware was finally paved, bringing relief to motorists and businesses alike, Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) was seen digging a trench in the road on the north-bound lane.

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Scurvy Few recognizes KFC’s “Tots” contribution

The Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club made a presentation to Kentucky Fried Chicken on May 14 honoring the restaurant for being the largest collector of donations for the club’s Toys for Tots program.

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Fire Road to celebrate 2nd Annual Fishing Tournament and Festival in July

The Fire Road 2nd Annual Fishing Tournament & Festival is slated for July 11-13 at Fire Creek Road – the designated festival site located in North Abaco. The festival will kick off with an opening ceremony on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. complete with fireworks.

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Historic artefacts found at Treasure Sands Property

Remains of a loyalist settlement have been confirmed at the site of the proposed Treasure Sands development and Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) has requested that construction cease pending further research.

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South Abaco police’s only vehicle remains out of service  

According to the Superintendent of Police for Abaco, Noel Curry, the South Abaco Police vehicle is still out of service. The area from the Airport Roundabout to Sandy Point, including all the settlements in between, is patrolled by two stationed officers with three reserves. Unfortunately the only vehicle these officers have to perform their patrols has been out of commission since February 23.

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Sandbanks relief efforts continue

On Abaco, and throughout The Bahamas, the poorer sections are often overcrowded with poor planning and limited zoning oversight from the government. These “shanty towns” develop and grow organically as necessary to accommodate the poor folks who live here. One such community is called Pigeon Pea, which burned and consumed many homes on December 31, 2013; two souls were lost in this fire.

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