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Work in progress in Murphy Town

During the last two meetings of the Murphy Town Committee, June 10 and June 14, the board members agreed to proceed with the scope of work proposed by Chairman De Shawn Simms at the beginning of the fiscal year. Besides the renovation of the Murphy Town Burial Society which was to start before the end of July, as well as the dredging of the boat ramp at Coconut Tree Bay, it was also agreed to take care of minor repairs such as the rebuilding of to the graveyard wall which had been partly demolished by a car, the filling of potholes with cold patch and to repair the road to the entrance of Bahama Coral Island.

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Schooner Bay Host Local GOvernment Officials

Mr. Joshua Smith, newly appointed Administrator for South Abaco, and various Local Government officials were treated to a luncheon at Schooner Bay on July 27. Afterwards they were taken on a tour of the property to view the various aspects of development.

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NEMA Director heads disaster meeting

Captain Stephen Russell, Director, and Gayle Outten-Moncur, Disaster Manager, of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) attended the Central Abaco District Disaster Committee Meeting held on July 25 at the Department of Education’s Conference Room.

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Government apprentices very pleased with training experience

Work is now winding down on the new airport terminal at the Marsh Harbour International Airport, which means that the training experience for government apprentices employed there will soon come to a close. Thirty young men began working with FES Construction in September 2011 when ground was first broken for …

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Analysis Workshop held for farmers

The Analysis Workshop was facilitated by Manuel Messina and Shacara Lightbourne of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and BAIC officials at Abaco Central High School on July 31. Messina and Lightbourne began with a SWOT Analysis to gain a quick assessment of Abaco’s agricultural sector and then to form a strategic plan for the farmers to work toward.

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An evening of appreciation held for former Administrator Pinder

An appreciation dinner was held in the Community Hall, Sandy Point, on July 21 to honour former Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. Mr. Pinder was hoping to work until his contract expired in September 2013, but was replaced by an Administrator from Nassau, Joshua Smith, who arrived to take up office on July 15. In an emotional farewell speech, Mr. Pinder said, “I am a little saddened at leaving my post but I was taught whenever one is down one should stand up, shake it off and move on so that is what I will do.

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Minister of Education Tours Local Schools

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, visited Abaco on July 12-13 to inspect the “physical plan of the government schools” across Abaco and was pleased with the general conditions of the schools here. Mr. Fitzgerald spoke of the need to focus more time on core subjects in schools “as we move forward to improve our educational system so that the students are not only prepared for the jobs that will come online but to be able to compete in the twenty-first century.”

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Minister of Housing Inspects Government Projects

During his visit to Abaco on July 20, Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett addressed concerns with the number of government homes in Spring City that are boarded up and unoccupied stating that he intends to have them occupied as quickly as possible to avoid any further “depreciation of the assets here in Abaco.” “My concern continues to be that we have completed homes in Spring City and unfortunately my understanding is that we haven’t provided or facilitated the mortgages to enable people to occupy those homes,” he said.

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BNT holds public meeting on the use of lobster condos

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) held a public meeting on July 18 at the Anglican Parish Hall, and Angee Doerr, a PhD candidate from the University of California-Davis, delivered a presentation on the “Socioeconomic and Ecological Impacts of Condos on the Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery.” Currently, the lobster fishery is …

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Body Found in Bustic Bight Area

A gruesome discovery was made on Sunday, July 15, when a resident and some family members were in the area of Bustic Bight hunting for hogs and they found a body wrapped in a sheet through a track road. Police were alerted and upon investigation discovered the body of a …

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