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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...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2020 | 12:17 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Residents of several communities in St Thomas, including Georgia, Font Hill, and Trinityville, are crying for help as the main road leading to their homes was compromised by flood waters from the Dry River, which has been in spate since Monday....

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:27 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The 2020 general election will be Dr Fenton Ferguson’s last. Ferguson said that he will dedicate what he believes will be his seventh and final term as member of parliament for St Thomas Eastern to completing the work he has started in the parish...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) standard-bearer for Eastern St Thomas, Dr Fenton Ferguson, is concerned about the fundamental right to vote of persons who do not have the COVID-19 virus, but are living in affected areas. His concern was ignited...

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2020 | 12:23 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Tempers flared in Bamboo River, St Thomas, on Monday morning as residents of the quarantined community pleaded with the security forces to allow them to run errands in the parish capital of Morant Bay, a stone’s throw from the entrance to their...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2020 | 12:27 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Mark Malabver is dismissing claims that he was forced to abandon his prospective candidacy in the race against the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) James Robertson for the St Thomas Western seat. The PNP announced...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:21 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

For Jamaicans the period August 1 to 6, referred to as Emancipendence in Jamaica, is a time for reflection and celebration of freedom from slavery and oppression. It is said that during this time in 1834, the Emancipation Declaration was read from...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:20 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

‘Jubilee, Jubilee, this is the year of Jubilee, Queen Victoria set us free … . This is the year of Jubilee’ are the words of the song that Kumina drummers, singers and dancers usually used to welcome the morn of August 1, celebrated as Emancipation...

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2020 | 12:16 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Several elderly residents in St Thomas are bemoaning the recent changes implemented under the digital transformation initiative being undertaken by banks in the parish. The changes, according to the citizens, have been posing numerous challenges...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The atmosphere at the Golden Grove Meadows in St Thomas reeked of despair as dejected residents voiced anger at the stench that has overtaken their homes. Several former sugar workers and their families were relocated from the dilapidated Golden...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2020 | 12:28 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Fountain Road in Bath, St Thomas, say they are trusting God to be their refuge this hurricane season in light of flood threats posed by the Sulphur River that flows through their community. In the past, heavy rains have caused the...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:24 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

THE ST Thomas Municipal Corporation has moved to address long-standing complaints by residents of Leith Hall and Airy Castle about inefficient garbage collection. The local council engaged residents of the community on Labour Day yesterday in the...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 12:19 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

TAHIRAH STEELE’s last memory of her mother, 43-year-old Coleen Myers, alive was of the distressed woman rushing towards her drowning frame and clinging to her hand in a bid to repel the deathly clutch of the Rio Grande in Portland. Then she...

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2020 | 12:07 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The National Works Agency (NWA) has given the assurance that the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic will not affect the roll-out of the highly anticipated Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project in St Thomas and Portland. In fact, the...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 9:08 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

HAVING HAD to sit out her Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations because of financial difficulties her family faced at the time, Patrice Bromley of White Horses, St Thomas, envisioned providing for her daughter, Patrina Ashman, the...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

As St Thomas remained one of three parishes yet to record a case of the deadly coronavirus in the island up to press time, residents are pleading for non-residents to keep out as Jamaica recorded a dramatic surge in cases over the last two days,...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

At least two cane farmers in St Thomas have raised concerns about their exclusion from the list of beneficiaries of the $200 million allocated by the Government to assist those who have been negatively affected by the closure of the Golden Grove...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:08 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Fish vendors at the Morant Bay Fishing Village in St Thomas are bemoaning what they call a drastic decrease in sales since news of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reached the shores of the country. The vendors said the...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:41 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

There is political unrest in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as delegates in St Thomas Eastern have voiced disapproval of the prospective candidate being promoted by the hierarchy to vie in the next general election. Scores of placard-bearing...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Construction for the multibillion-dollar Morant Bay Urban Centre in St Thomas will officially begin in June of this year on the grounds of the Old Goodyear Oval in Springfield. The announcement was made by Lyttleton ‘Tanny’ Shirley, chairman of...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:28 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Cane farmers and sugar workers who were once employed by the recently shuttered Golden Grove Sugar Factory in St Thomas are to benefit from a $200-million grant from the Government. The announcement was made by Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw,...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Roots and culture Reggae Singer Bushman is proclaiming that he should have been booked for this year’s staging of the highly anticipated cultural show Rebel Salute despite the unfortunate way in which his set ended last year. Bushman drew much...

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:51 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

With the looming cane crop in full view, farmers in St Thomas who once supplied the commodity to the Golden Grove Sugar Company, which was shuttered in July 2019, gathered at the entrance of the old factory on Tuesday to bemoan what they described...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:26 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Unruly Fest, like Christmas, will catch residents of Springfield, St Thomas, in a good mood when it rolls in to the Goodyear Oval for its ­second staging tomorrow. The event, which is the brainchild of popular dancehall artiste and son of the soil...

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