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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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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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Renardo Curry

Undeterred from the results of the General Election in May, Renardo Curry – the candidate for North Abaco for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), has focused his time on assisting the government in attracting investors to the North Abaco area while waiting for the upcoming bye-election. “The greatest need right now is jobs,” Mr. Curry noted. “I have been actively pursuing investors, as that is one of the quickest ways we can provide jobs for our people and presently I have some good leads.”

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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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Greg Gomez

The recently ratified candidate for the Free National Movement (FNM) in North Abaco is ready to continue to “build on the foundation started by Mr. Ingraham” as he seeks to bring all Abaconians together as one in the upcoming by-elections. A native Abaconian, Greg Gomez was educated at Dundas Town Primary, later graduating from Abaco Central High. He continued his education at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma where he studied business administration.

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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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