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Slave Ship Artifacts Found at Lynyard Cay

On craggy rocks and in silent gullies at Lynyard Cay in the Abacos lay the fragments of an American-owned slave ship, the 129-ton, 88-foot schooner, the Peter Mowell. Luckily, 390 of the 400 of its human cargo were able to clamber safely ashore – they were quite young: 96 men between 20 and 36 years, 37 women between 20 and 30 years, and 256 children between 6 and 20 years.

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BCP’s Ali McIntosh in the race

Adding her name to the mix of candidates to contest the upcoming bye-election in North Abaco, Ali McIntosh, “Servant Leader” of the Bahamas Constitution Party (BCP), is seeking to provide for the inclusion in Parliament of the voice of third parties, “so that other divergent and also conservative views may be available.” The former Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Hubert Ingraham, handed in a letter to Parliament on July 19 setting the date of his resignation for August 31, 2012.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cay Mills

Declaring his bid to run as an independent candidate in the North Abaco by-elections, Cay Mills shared what he called a “flawed” and “unfair process” undertaken by the Free National Movement (FNM) in selecting their candidate. According to Mr. Mills the process of selecting the FNM’s candidate for North Abaco began with Perry Thomas, Jackson McIntosh and himself, with John Swain being considered at one point before withdrawing himself from the race. After seven weeks of waiting, which he said was supposed to have been two; Greg Gomez’s name was added to the list.

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