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Stories by Shanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | March 8, 2021 | 12:23 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

She was a victim at the hands of father figures and a mother who chose to look the other way. But Shawnafi Dynesen, a native of Bath, St Thomas, has turned a history of pain into a road map of redemption and strength. The 42-year-old, who now lives...

Published:Monday | March 8, 2021 | 12:08 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Comfortably perched on what seemed like a retaining wall, Martin Miller, a resident of Swamp Road in St Thomas, idly watched as another man gathered large rocks from the banks of Montecot River, which flows through the small community. Just weeks...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:17 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Members of a Rastafarian faith group have lambasted the narcotics police for destroying a half-acre plantation of ganja that was allegedly being used for sacramental purposes. Royan Harris, member of the Ethiopian African Black International...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:57 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Work on the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) resumed yesterday after a five-day suspension triggered by an extortion threat made last Friday. The threat, which was made anonymously via a handwritten note, called for biweekly...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2021 | 12:03 PMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The violence a teenager meted out on a young child made headlines last year and the now 17-year-old has been sentenced. Many times after the initial shock and disgust the public feels when we read of these horrors wears off, we forget the victims...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2021 | 12:30 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The family of a then six-year-old boy who was chopped multiple times and whose penis was dismembered by a teen in August 2019 is appealing for emotional help and protection from the taunts of residents that are pushing the victim over the edge. The...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2021 | 12:19 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

A STIGMA reportedly surrounding the Yallahs High School, St Thomas, after a student tested positive for COVID-19 has left at least one parent fuming. The news, which forced the institution to suspend face-to-face classes for the rest of the...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:16 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Passion for children has spurred Edwinna Nelson-Thomas to open the doors of her home to a host of happy feet in Logwood, St Thomas. The 58-year-old, who has been lauded for her kindness, currently cares for approximately 10 children during the days...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

At least two principals in St Thomas who have opened their doors for the resumption of face-to-face classes have raised concerns about a percentage of students who have not been engaged since the closure of schools in March 2020. These students,...

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2020 | 12:06 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

ADDING A mask and a bottle of sanitiser to his yearly rounds, Ricardo ‘Mr Volunteer’ Burke will be braving the unpredictability of the pandemic to ensure some 200 of the displaced population receive a warm dinner on Christmas Day. While the 34-year...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:07 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

A weekend fire stole Christmas joy for Takay Reid of Dumfries in St Thomas, depriving the business owner of her livelihood. In addition to her salon and equipment being torched, the professional nail technician lost an adjoining space she rented...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:12 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Norris in St Thomas are voicing their frustration with the inconsistent or negligible supply of water to the eastern Jamaica community, a grouse they say dates back more than 20 years. They say they have not been benefiting from a...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:18 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Commuters travelling from Kingston to St Thomas are raising concerns about what they describe as an unauthorised hike in taxi fares. Sharing that they are being forced to pay 20 per cent more in travel costs, the commuters say that they are being...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:18 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

As heavy rains associated with Hurricane Eta continue to wreak havoc in the eastern parish of St Thomas, concerns about life and property are being raised by residents of several affected areas. The residents are calling on the National Works...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:21 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Rain clouds bring worry for residents of Bachelor’s Hall in St Thomas. While persons travelling to between Hordley Crossing and Bath or on the Golden Grove to Hordley main road may get nervous, fearing the road will become impassable if the...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:22 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

With blue storage drums at every stop and corner, the Holland Town community in Dalvey, St Thomas, has been suffering from a lack of running water in the pipes of the residents since 2007. This was revealed by despondent residents who say they are...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:22 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The St Thomas police have described the issue of praedial larceny as a bitter concern that has been plaguing the parish over the last few months. In response to the surge in agricultural property theft, the police say they have stepped up their...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2020 | 12:10 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Two 12-year-olds are among students in St Thomas who are celebrating passes reflected in the recently released Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination results. Andrene Morgan and Khyreice Gordon, past students of the Morant...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:11 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Many person are unfamiliar with the various hormonal struggles women face daily. Among these is the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is common among women of reproductive age, subjecting them to infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 12:16 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

As the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in St Thomas continue to spike, chairman of the Princess Margaret Hospital, Michael McLeod, has called for additional wards and at least one other facility to accommodate persons infected with the new...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The National Works Agency (NWA) has announced a major realignment to Segment 1A of the planned Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP), which runs from Harbour View in St Andrew to the Yallahs Bridge in St Thomas. The changes, which...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2020 | 12:12 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Despite the passing of the general election, the political atmosphere remains charged in St Thomas with Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) delegates voicing their dissatisfaction with the councillor for the Yallahs division, John Lee. Scores of placard-...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 7:32 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

FORTIFIED BY a mask and a bottle of alcohol used as sanitiser, 106-year-old Dorothy Lee of Port Morant, St Thomas, was wheeled in a chair into the polling division of Port Morant in St Thomas. Despite the heavy rains and desperate warnings from her...

Published:Monday | August 31, 2020 | 12:21 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Dr Fenton Ferguson is banking on what he described as his “worth and work” to keep him as the people’s choice in St Thomas Eastern come election day, Thursday, September 3. Boasting a non-partisan approach, the incumbent said his character was...

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2020 | 12:08 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

JAMES ROBERTSON is confident that, in addition to regaining the highly contested seat of Western St Thomas for a fifth term, his winning margin will far exceed that of his previous years. Robertson claimed the seat in 2002 when he defeated the...

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