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Stories by Ruddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:29 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Kasey Tulloch was wracked with disappointment as he pondered how death would rob him of his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. Now, he has been given new wings. Tulloch’s diagnosis of chronic kidney disease in 2014 had pushed his mother, Mitzite...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:33 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) was criticised by councillors attending Thursday’s general meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, who described the regulatory body as “useless”. Councillor for the Waterford division in Portmore...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Sleepless nights, inconsolable meltdowns, and existing in a state of denial characterise the daily life of Winsome Goulbourne, who lost her 10-year-old son, Leon Whittingham, little more than a year ago when he was shot in the head. Goulbourne is...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will expand its reach in the St Catherine North Division with the construction of a new police station in the suburban community of Green Acres, near Spanish Town. Ground was broken last Friday for the...

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Several councillors attending Thursday’s monthly general meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation were displeased with the garbage collection in their respective divisions, and accused the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA)...

Published:Saturday | January 11, 2020 | 12:26 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A war of words between homeowners and a citizen association is threatening to erupt into a legal fight over gate access privileges at New Harbour Village II, a sprawling housing development in St Catherine. New security measures triggered by a...

Published:Tuesday | December 24, 2019 | 12:41 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

While an autopsy is yet to be performed, the Catherine North police have determined that foul play was not suspected in the death of Wesley Suckoo, Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Point Hill division of the St Catherine Municipal...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:32 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Pauline Smith was a shadow of herself yesterday, crippled with grief at the loss of her daughter, 42-year-old bartender Patricia King, who has left behind two sons. “Why me, Lord? No, sah, not me. They took her from me. This is not right,” she said...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:49 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday described as misleading Opposition claims that he has fudged data on the spiralling dengue fever epidemic, rejecting calls for his resignation as misguided. Tufton’s pushback was in...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:35 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

As Tesha Miller was found guilty of accessory before and after the fact to the 2008 murder of then chairman of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, Douglas Chambers, residents and business operators in Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday pondered...

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Faced with a population that has outgrown the school’s capacity, the St Jago High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Thursday launched its 275 Infrastructure Fund initiative, aimed at raising $275 million in the next five years to cater to...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:25 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Dr Garth Anderson has said that a change in a regulation by the Ministry of Education of not allowing 10 per cent of teachers from different schools to be granted study and...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:51 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Less than 48 hours after Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a $1.3-billion mitigation programme to combat the deadly dengue outbreak, councillors of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation engaged in a sparring match, accusing each other of...

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:36 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Seventeen-year-old Damario Patterson, an upper-sixth-form student at St Jago High School in Spanish Town, was on Monday declared St Catherine Municipal Corporation youth mayor for 2019 after outperforming six other youth councillors drawn from...

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2019 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

More than 40 fishermen who operate along the Rio Cobre have had their livelihood dislocated because of the contamination of the river from effluent that triggered a fish kill last week. The Government’s environmental watchdog, the National...

Published:Monday | October 14, 2019 | 12:21 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Some 200 homeless persons from Spanish Town were given what was described as “total care” by personnel from the Poor Relief Division of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, as the parish observed World Homeless Day on Thursday, October 10. The...

Published:Saturday | October 12, 2019 | 12:15 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Councillor for the Waterford division in St Catherine, Fenley Douglas, has criticised the Ministry of Health and Wellness for contracting private pest control firms to assist the Government in its drive to combat the dengue outbreak. Douglas told...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The St Catherine Municipal Corporation at its monthly meeting on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to provide cash assistance of US$5,000 to aid The Bahamas in its recovery effort after being ravaged by Hurricane Dorian earlier this month....

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

As Help Jamaica Medical Mission from the United States (US) turns its focus to high schools and colleges in Jamaica, athletes from St Jago High School and the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport in Spanish Town, St Catherine,...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The passing of former West Central St Catherine Member of Parliament Dr Kenneth Baugh has been met with sadness and grief by residents in his former constituency. Although it was widely known that the former politician had been ailing for some time...

Published:Saturday | August 24, 2019 | 12:23 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Hundreds of students, accompanied by their parents, turned up at the Dinthill Technical High School in Linstead, St Catherine, on Thursday to access free back-to-school medical, dental, and optical checks. The event was organised by the Florida...

Published:Saturday | August 3, 2019 | 12:16 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine: President of the Spanish Town House of Nyahbinghi, Rudolph Bailey, on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with the turnout rate for Emancipation Day Flag Raising Ceremony in Spanish Town, St Catherine. Fewer than 100...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:15 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

With bush fires accounting for more than 60 per cent (116) of the 198 calls received by the St Catherine Fire Brigade last month, the Jamaica Fire Brigade will be conducting a probe into the origin of such blazes. Valerie Dixon, divisional...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:22 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Five weeks after a controversial $9-million donation from Petrojam hit the bank account of the Sydenham Citizens’ Association, nearly all the cash was removed in nine withdrawals of $900,000 each, a Gleaner investigation has revealed. The donation...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The family of businessman Sheldon Junior ‘Biggs’ Daley has rejected notions that his involvement in the shady underworld may have led to him being shot dead by three policemen at a party in Chedwin Park, St Catherine, on Saturday night. One of the...

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