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South Abaco Farmers Association meets in August

The August 9 meeting of the South Abaco Farmers Association was held on the patio at Central Abaco Primary School. Only a handful of members attended the meeting, among them a group from the Horticultural Society, but it was non-the-less informative. Chairman Leslie Thompson invited the members of the Horticultural Society to introduce themselves and state the reason for their presence.

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Ricardo Ferguson takes office as new principal of Abaco Central High School

During the last week of August a new captain, Mr. Ricardo Ferguson, took the helm of Abaco Central High School. Outgoing and dynamic, the new Principal seems to have the right personality to take over the leadership of the most crowded high school on Abaco. Previously occupying the position of Senior Master at R N Bailey, one of the largest high schools in The Bahamas, Mr. Ferguson is used to the challenges presented by a populated school

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Hope Town School’s Top 10 Activities for the 2011 – 2012 year:

Became the FIRST government school in the Caribbean to be awarded the prestigious certification of Green Flag Eco-School because of all the environmental activities the school has done for 30 years. Presented by the Ministry of Tourism and BREEF (Bahamas Reef Environmental Educational Foundation) who are the Bahamian sponsors for this United Nations Program schools all over the world vie for.

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Government departments relocate to administrative complex

The end of August kept government workers busy as they bid farewell to their former offices and exchanged them for the newer, more modern facilities located at the Abaco Government Complex. Offices like the National Insurance Board (NIB) have been at their previous location for close to 4 years.

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FNM Chairman passes away on Abaco

Charles Maynard, Chairman of the Free National movement and former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, passed away in Abaco early August 14, 2012. Mr. Maynard was in North Abaco helping prepare for the by-election when he collapsed from a heart attack. He was unresponsive when he arrived at the Treasure Cay Clinic and was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m.

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Man stabbed at club in Haitian community

According to police officers at the Marsh Harbour Police Station, a stabbing occurred at Club Perfect, which is located in The Mud on August 9. The incident took place at 11:30 p.m. Police reports indicate that the victim approached the suspect about money that he owed to him. When the suspect refused to return the money, it resulted in an altercation between the two men. As a result, the victim was stabbed in the chest – the stab just narrowly missing his heart.

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Abaco Records Third Murder

Police have two men in custody and are continuing their search for three other men for questioning in connection with the shooting death of a 26-year-old male outside a motel in Sandy Point in the early morning hours of August 26 bringing Abaco’s murder count to three for the year. Police report that at about 4:18 a.m. on Sunday a Bahamian male of Sandy Point contacted the Police residence at Sandy Point reporting that a 26 year old male he knew was shot while at a motel nearby.

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Minister prepares to address Abaco’s manufacturers

Minister of Financial Services, Ryan Pinder, held a brief meeting on August 24 in hopes to better understand the particular needs of Abaco and be prepared to adequately address manufacturers on the island when he returns in two weeks. Mr. Pinder worked with the Abaco Chamber of Commerce to get a small group of manufacturers together for a preliminary visit “to hear the issues that pertain to manufacturing on Abaco, so we can better plan a comprehensive trip.”

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Angels Academy under new ownership

Angels Academy, located on Front Street, Marsh Harbour, is under new ownership. Michelle Roark, previously Michelle Albury, has purchased the school from the previous owner, April Higgs, and has been working hard for the beginning of the new school year. The staff at Angels Academy will remain the same with Barbara Johnson continuing as principal.

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Athletics lead to scholarships for youth

On August 8, Whelma Colebrook of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture organized a press release to acknowledge eight of the students who had qualified for scholarship because of their performance in track & field. Only four of them- Shane Jones, Delicio Stuart, Elroy McBride from Moore’s Island and …

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