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North Abaco Bye-election to be contested by four candidates

The constituents of North Abaco will elect a new Member of Parliament in the upcoming by-election. The Right Honourable Hubert A. Ingraham has held onto the North Abaco Constituency since 1977, being returned each year and representing both the Progressive Liberal Party in his first years and the Free National Movement most recently. He also won as an independent in 1987. This 2012 by-election will mark the first time in nearly thirty five years that voters will elect a new Member of Parliament to represent them. The voters will have a choice of four candidates.

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Powerboat Race and Summer Festival held at Treasure Cay Beach

The 7th Annual North Abaco Summer Festival and Power Boat Race was held from July 19 to July 22 at the Treasure Cay Public Beach. The venue was changed this year because of Hurricane Irene’s damage to the Green Turtle Cay Ferry Dock. According to Cliff Bootle, the event organizer, Saturday proved to be the main event. This year’s featured performers were Dylan McKenzie and the Impact Band who provided great entertainment on Saturday night.

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Family Offers Reward for Missing Man

On August 1, Eleaxor Brown’s brother, Tyrone Brown, and his sister-in-law Nurse Martha Brown, made an appeal to the community of Abaco to assist them in finding him. “We are appealing to the public to kindly help us find my brother,” Tyrone solemnly said. “He has been missing since July 10, and we haven’t seen or heard from him since.”

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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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Gomez Chosen as FNM’s North Abaco Candidate

On July 23 the Free National Movement officially selected and ratified their candidate to run in the North Abaco by-elections. Greg Gomez was chosen and accepted to run on the party’s behalf. The by-election will be called within sixty days after the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham officially resigns from the House of Assembly on August 31. Other names, besides Mr. Gomez, which were considered by the FNM were Perry Thomas, Jackson McIntosh and Cay Mills. Mr. Gomez was chosen after nearly ten hours of deliberation.

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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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Cephas Cooper Bids Farewell to Abaco

On July 14 previous Senior Island Administrator Cephas Cooper was honoured in a special going-away dinner held at Abaco Beach Resort. Mr. Cooper, originally from Cooper’s Town, has been Abaco’s Senior Administrator for several years. The dinner party marked his last weekend as Abaco’s Administrator before he headed to Rock Sound, Eleuthera to take up administrative duties there.

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