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Stories by Shanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | January 28, 2022 | 12:11 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Residents of the western St Thomas community of Grants Pen have slammed the access route to the under-construction South Coast Highway as unviable, but the state agency tasked with the roll-out has rubbished the counterproposals as impractical....

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:06 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Stakeholders in St Thomas are at their wits’ end with what they describe as the inefficient way in which the works on the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) is being executed. Among those who have raised concerns are taxi...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:09 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Hefty input costs and the lack of a reliable tractor are atop the list of challenges being faced by farmers in St Thomas. The eastern parish consists of two agro parks, boasting a membership of 40 farmers who are all dedicated to intensive...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:05 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearnel Charles Jr has indicated a keen interest in increasing productivity among farmers so that the industry can better cater to the needs of the local market. One of the areas in which he hopes to see this...

Published:Wednesday | January 19, 2022 | 12:06 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

A common memory shared among the older residents of Port Morant in St Thomas is of the once-annual Regatta that would bring them all together. Established in the 1960s, the event took place on the shores of the community’s fishing village and...

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2022 | 12:05 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

SOME MINISTERS of the gospel on the international stage are calling for an intensification in sermons on the topic of sexual purity according to biblical standards. This charge follows the increasing popularity of the discontinuation of conversion...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:05 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Though excited about the long-anticipated resumption of face-to-face classes, the principal of Busy Bee Basic School in Yallahs, St Thomas, Eugenie Hayden-Allen, is admitting that the challenges that will come with the reopening cannot be ignored...

Published:Saturday | December 25, 2021 | 12:06 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Barking Lodge in St Thomas are hoping that Ricardo ‘Mr Volunteer’ Burke will be able to fulfil their shared Christmas wish of building a new house for a needy neighbour, even as he executes customary efforts to bring cheer to his...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2021 | 7:18 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Caretaker councillor for the Morant Bay division, Wilbert Walker, has described the promises of First Heritage Co-operative (FHC) Credit Union to build a permanent office in St Thomas as an opportunity for progress in the parish. Walker was...

Published:Thursday | December 16, 2021 | 12:06 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

A few minutes off the Golden Grove main road in St Thomas lies a place of refuge for endangered species called the Holland Crocodile Sanctuary. And it’s crawling with more than 170 of them! A long, narrow, and rocky track leads to the wetland,...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2021 | 12:08 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

AS ST THOMAS continues to record the lowest number of residents who are immunised against COVID-19 in Jamaica, the local health department is adapting new ways to tackle vaccine hesitancy in the parish. So far, according to health officials, only...

Published:Friday | December 10, 2021 | 12:07 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Olympic medallist Candice McLeod will be offering scholarships to two students of her alma mater, Morant Bay Primary School in St Thomas. She made the announcement during her first visit back to the primary school following the recently hosted...

Published:Friday | December 3, 2021 | 12:08 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Golden Valley in St Thomas are breathing a sigh of relief as works to correct a problematic earth drain in the community are under way. The residents, who have in the past protested its condition, shared that the gully has been posing...

Published:Friday | December 3, 2021 | 12:05 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

DESPITE EXPRESSIONS of gratitude to the Universal Service Fund (USF) for establishing a hotspot zone in which community members of Seaforth in St Thomas will be able to access free Wi-Fi, some residents are mindful that their children will not be...

Published:Thursday | November 25, 2021 | 12:09 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica joins the world in commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women today, People’s National Party junior shadow spokesperson on gender, Krystal Tomlinson, is calling for lawmakers to reshape legislation to...

Published:Saturday | November 20, 2021 | 12:07 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Councillors of the St Thomas Municipal Corporation are now breathing a sigh of relief following assurance from the National Works Agency (NWA) that the Roselle Falls will not be destroyed amid roadworks on the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement...

Published:Thursday | November 18, 2021 | 6:54 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The National Works Agency (NWA) has said that there are no plans to destroy the Roselle Falls in St Thomas as work continues on the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project. NWA Communications Manager Stephen Shaw gave the assurance amid...

Published:Thursday | November 18, 2021 | 6:53 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

A St Thomas mother on Tuesday relived a common nightmare following the murder of her daughter in a double killing that rocked the small district of Soho in the parish. This is the third of her five children who have been brutally killed. The first...

Published:Saturday | November 6, 2021 | 12:06 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Though expressing gratitude for having copped the prestigious title of being one of four valedictorians for the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus’ 2021 virtual graduation, Police Corporal Kensley Shay admitted that he does not...

Published:Tuesday | November 2, 2021 | 12:06 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

A NEW day dawned in special education as the Lyssons Centre of Excellence in St Thomas is celebrating the passing grades of two of its students, following the recently released Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate results. Seventeen-year-old...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

As the community of Bath, St Thomas, grapples with fear as fugitive Davian Bryan remains elusive, the police have given the assurance that the search for the suspected child abductor continues. Commanding officer of the St Thomas Police Division...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The abduction saga that triggered fear and anxiety in the usually tranquil community of Bath, St Thomas, continues to wreak havoc among residents. Despite the bittersweet storyline of the rescue of two girls abducted days apart, children have been...

Published:Friday | October 22, 2021 | 12:11 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Forty-two year-old Levi Chambers condemned the separate abductions of two girls in St Thomas last week and expressed a desire for the perpetrator to be brought to justice. But in a cruel twist of fate, Chambers was attacked and fatally stabbed,...

Published:Monday | October 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Bath, St Thomas, are ruing that their goodnatured hospitality has come to haunt them as they cited betrayal on Sunday by the main suspect in the abduction of nine-year-old Phylisa Prussia and person of interest in the disappearance of...

Published:Monday | October 18, 2021 | 12:05 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The stark tension associated with the missing girls saga over the weekend in Bath, St Thomas, is in total contrast to what residents describe as a usually relaxed and safe environment. In fact, they admit that the happenings have dramatically...

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