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Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:09 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie brought joy to an indigent couple in Trelawny on Wednesday when he presented Lloyd and Vernice Dell, of Martha Brae, Trelawny, with the keys to their new home. The house was constructed...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:05 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Mutchel Yeckes, managing director of Organic Growth Holdings Incorporated (OGHI), says he has no fears about thieves targeting his company’s newly established US$4-million ganja farm in Swanwick, Trelawny, because they won’t be able...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:09 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: If last Wednesday’s launch of the 65th renewal of the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show is anything to go by, the event, which is slated for Ash Wednesday, could have a contentious political overtone, as Victor Wright, the...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:36 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Tourism Linkages Council is being touted as an entity that if properly utilised by local farmers, could significantly reduce the nation’s annual J$40-billion import bill. Floyd Green, the state minister in the Ministry of...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 7:43 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A St Elizabeth mother is blaming the death of her daughter, a 13-year-old student at William Knibb High School in Trelawny, on a medical doctor at the Falmouth hospital who she claimed misdiagnosed her daughter and then gave her...

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:51 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Four of five persons who were travelling from Portland to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay were killed yesterday morning in a horrific mid-morning traffic collision along the Falmouth leg of the North Coast Highway,...

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:15 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) could find itself in dire straits going forward unless the organisation can find a way to plug the gap when the Government pulls the annual $80-million subsidy it pumps into the organisation to...

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:14 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has launched an ambitious ‘school garden programme’, which will see seven schools from Trelawny participating in a special agricultural project designed to promote self-reliance in...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:08 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Well-known southern Trelawny businessman Kenneth Grant Sr, who is credited with transforming Albert Town into a premier economic centre in the western parish, died at his home on Monday. He was 95. Full of charisma, Grant was highly...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:30 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

The 41-year-old Jamaica Darts Association (JDA) was challenged to take the sport to the nook and cranny of Jamaica. This challenge was given by Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association, as he delivered the main Address at...

Published:Tuesday | December 24, 2019 | 12:11 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Eight retired principals from the parishes of Westmoreland, St James and Hanover, who collectively gave 272 years in the service of education, were honoured by the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Region Four at a principals’...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 12:11 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Owen Speid, the president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), has described a letter to the JTA, over the signature of Dr Grace McLean, the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, as contradictory to the ministry’s current...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:12 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In the six years since Royalton Whitesands Hotel became a part of the Trelawny hospitality landscape, the organisation has been making a substantial difference in the lives of residents, which has earned them the Good Samaritan...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:31 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As more lands in the former sugar cane belt move into other areas of production, Cari Bamboo, a Jamaican company with backing from the United Kingdom, will be investing US$200 million in the establishment of a bamboo farm on 2,000...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:13 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Mitchel Yeckes, the managing director of Organic Growth Holdings (OGH), the latest addition to the nation’s expanding cannabis industry, says his company will be investing US$4 million in his project. The company has a lease...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:06 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With climate change gaining ground as a major global development concern, Jamaica will host a historic Disaster Risk Conference in Montego Bay in July. Making the announcement while addressing a town hall meeting in Falmouth last...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:08 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The emerging medical ganja industry will become one of Jamaica’s fastest-growing industries and could be worth as much as J$16 billion in the next three to four years, the agriculture minister has said. Speaking at Wednesday’s...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:12 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau Come next year, the local justice system is poised for major reform, as according to Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, some six new parish courts are to be constructed across the island. “The Government will be embarking on the building...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:08 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau Businessman Kenneth Grant, president of the Trelawny Lay Magistrates Association, is calling on his fellow justices in the parish to put aside the temptation to profile and, instead, focus on doing the job they were installed to...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:55 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Government has been urged to give an additional month’s maternity leave to mothers instead of offering fathers time off from work. That call has come from outspoken president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Owen...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:53 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Shocked at the run-down state of the four main cemeteries in Trelawny, a Jamaican expatriate has committed to clean the burial ground in her hometown of Martha Brae because of the failure of municipal authorities. Judy Doctor, who lives in the...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:28 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Parliamentarian Ronald Thwaites has urged residents to promote respect for punctuality among both children and adults and to reject flippant acceptance of ‘Jamaica time’ – a humorous allusion to tardiness which, he said, negatively...

Published:Tuesday | November 26, 2019 | 12:07 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Thanks to the group Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA), which operates out of New York in the United States, and Falmouth, Trelawny, students in and around Falmouth now have a homework centre, where they can go in the afternoons...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:29 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Vice-President Damion Crawford has not ruled out running on a People’s National Party (PNP) ticket in St Catherine South East – or any other constituency – if the political organisation calls on him to do so. Crawford, whose name...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 1:47 PMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Trelawny Public Health Department has shut down the Tesco Supermarket on Market Street in Falmouth in a crackdown on food establishments breaching health standards. Delroy Mowatt, Trelawny’s chief public health officer, told...

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