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Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 12:07 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Almost two dozen detainees were taken into custody on Tuesday as the St Catherine North police stepped up security operations in the division with snap raids in crime hotspots, including Lakes Pen, Ellerslie Pen, Tawes Pen, and Spanish Town proper...

Published:Tuesday | September 7, 2021 | 12:10 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

When Glenroy Brown took his 75-year-old mother, Anita Brown, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 last Friday, he believed he had given her insurance against severe illness and death and had already started making arrangements for her to get the...

Published:Monday | September 6, 2021 | 12:09 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Health officials in St Catherine have reported being heartened by the pace of student vaccinations across the central Jamaica parish, pledging to ramp up their campaign in densely populated urban communities. Schools have become key launching pads...

Published:Monday | September 6, 2021 | 12:07 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Primary Exit Profile (PEP) high achiever Andriel Whonder of Kitson Town Primary School in St Catherine exuded pride and determination as he and three other students were honoured on September 2. “It feels good to be awarded. It was as a result of...

Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:07 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

For 20 years, Eugene Grandison has operated Farmers Jerk Centre, Restaurant and Bar in Old Harbour, churning out a platter of tasty dishes in the bustling St Catherine township. But constant coronavirus curfews and lockdowns since April 2020 have...

Published:Thursday | September 2, 2021 | 12:10 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Spring Village, St Catherine, resident, Audrey Richards Malcolm, continues to be haunted by memories of flooding. “It’s constant flooding fi wi,” Malcolm said. “From the road fixed, we have been getting flood out, as the surface gets higher than...

Published:Monday | August 23, 2021 | 12:07 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

The health hazard from raw sewage flowing from the Cherry Gardens treatment plant in Kitson Town, St Catherine, continues to cause concerns for residents. The pungent odour of the sewage, which has been flowing across the Mary’s Field road for...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:10 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Late police Corporal Devon Thomas has been lauded as a faithful crime-fighter who gave yeoman service to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Thomas, 50, was murdered at a bar in Mona Common, St Andrew, in July. He was praised by mourners as a...

Published:Friday | August 6, 2021 | 12:05 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

THE HISTORIC community of Sligoville in north central St Catherine is longing for ‘Emancipendence’ celebrations which have been the way of life until the COVID-19 pandemic halted festivities. When The Gleaner visited the rural community last week...

Published:Thursday | August 5, 2021 | 12:34 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Nekeisha Myers didn’t graduate from high school. She has no qualifications. Not even a stove to cook for her family. What she does have are five children in the single-parent household - with the father of at least three of the kids reportedly...

Published:Wednesday | August 4, 2021 | 12:10 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

The more-than-two-decade wait for promised changes to regulate the operations of funeral parlours has irked registered members of the industry. Telbert Roberts, public relations officer of the Jamaica Association of Certified Embalmers and Funeral...

Published:Thursday | July 29, 2021 | 12:08 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

It’s been 10 years since the Gorge Inn Restaurant, along Main Street in Bog Walk, St Catherine, opened its doors. And it still holds its reputation for great-tasting and affordable dishes. According to proprietor Oral Clarke, despite the downturn...

Published:Wednesday | July 28, 2021 | 12:07 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

The community of Gordon Pen in St Catherine is set to benefit from an upgraded sporting facility courtesy of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF). An initial sum of $35 million has been allocated for the early phases of the project, but the...

Published:Monday | July 26, 2021 | 12:06 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Police Sergeant Marlon Smith, the late bodyguard of Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke, was praised last Thursday as a selfless and dependable close protection officer who was a standard-bearer of the values of law enforcement. High-profile attendees...

Published:Monday | July 26, 2021 | 12:06 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

For three years, Marjorie Gentles, a York Street resident, has had to dig deep into her pockets to pay jacked-up taxi fares and suffer the indignity of motorists refusing to make the journey to her home, because of the deplorable road conditions in...

Published:Wednesday | July 21, 2021 | 12:10 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

A father and stepmother who have been charged with child abuse which arose from the death of a child are to reappear in the St Catherine Parish Court on October 27. Those charged are 27-year-old Loraine Fletcher and 39-year-old Rohan Russell, both...

Published:Monday | July 12, 2021 | 12:06 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

The Government is digitising teacher records and data to make access to personal information easier and to smoothen the collection of pensions after retirement. Minister of Education Fayval Williams made the disclosure during a handover ceremony at...

Published:Friday | July 9, 2021 | 12:07 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Latoya Hedge was teary-eyed as she recalled the ill effects of Tropical Storm Elsa, which drenched dozens of her children’s books and left her lamenting thousands of dollars of damage. The 32-year-old mother of three took time out to reveal how...

Published:Tuesday | July 6, 2021 | 12:09 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

A man who brutally attacked two sisters aged 11 and 13 with a machete was sentenced to 18 years in prison in the St Catherine Circuit Court. He is Timothy Tulloch, a 25-year-old labourer of Marlie Acres in Old Harbour, St Catherine. In handing down...

Published:Monday | July 5, 2021 | 12:08 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Saturday’s second-dose vaccination exercise in St Catherine was low-key, with concerns about looming wind and rain from Tropical Storm Elsa cited as a key reason for the lower-than-expected attendance. But for those who turned out, the second shot...

Published:Friday | July 2, 2021 | 12:10 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

The dry pipes in sections of Sligoville are a cruel joke to residents who have endured water-supply challenges for as long as they can remember. Karla Beckford said that folks in James Mountain primarily depend on rainfall, as water is supplied to...

Published:Friday | July 2, 2021 | 12:06 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Beverage giant Wisynco is forging ahead in its bid to achieve a 60 per cent sales growth of its Bigga sodas in the United Kingdom (UK) market for 2021, and is bullish on profiting from the July 1 easing of COVID-19 restrictions that is expected to...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Police and military personnel swooped down on Kingsland district in Kitson Town, St Catherine, detaining 11 persons who attended a cockfight after curfew on Sunday. Residents of the farming community were surprised when the security forces...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:07 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Scores of residents in St Catherine were drawn to the inaugural farmers’ market and economic fair last Friday put on by the Social Development Commission (SDC). The event was the first of its kind to be hosted on the grounds of the SDC. One vendor...

Published:Friday | June 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-four trees weren’t nearly enough for Prime Minister Andrew Holness as he launched an environmental initiative at his alma mater, St Catherine High School, last Friday. He is eyeing more green. “I think that we have enough space for about 240...

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