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The Gleaner reports on Sturge Town

Published:Friday | July 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Sturge Town Primary was taken over as a government school following the passing of a resolution by the St Ann Parochial Board in April 1931.
From left: Andrea Lawrence, Deacon Albert James, and Janice Taylor provided a wealth of information, taking The Gleaner on a tour through Sturge Town. - Photos by Errol Crosby

August 13, 1964: Boys take main Spelling Bee honours; champ from St Ann

Boys swept the 1964 Children's Own Spelling Bee finals at the Myrtle Bank Hotel yesterday afternoon, taking all three major prizes. This was the second year that the official spelling book, containing more than 1,000 words, was exhausted and a subsidiary list had to be produced. The championship trophy and the prize of £50 was won by 11-year-old Junior Henry of Sturge Town School, St Ann. St Ann is the second rural parish to take the all-island title. Last year, St James produced the champion. Junior, who holds a scholarship for entrance into York Castle High School next month, also won the RJR challenge trophy as Champion Boy Speller and a book and cash prizes.

November 22, 1990: Vandals destroying school

Vandals have been destroying stores and other equipment at the Sturge Town All-Age School, the compound of which is in need of fencing. According to Lymano Wishart, the principal, the vandals have destroyed school furniture and teaching aids and they use the school's electricity for their own purposes whenever they like.

August 26, 1993: St Ann residents get community complex

A postal agency and a library have been opened to serve the more than 2,000 residents in the districts of Sturge Town, Green Castle, Llandovery Mountain, Thatchfield, Knapdale, and Shawberry in North West St Ann.

The $12-million community complex which houses these facilities was officially opened by Health Minister Desmond Leakey on August 23. Leakey urged the citizens to maintain the spirit of togetherness and challenge the youth to learn a skill and protect public properties in the district. The complex was constructed by community effort, with funds coming from residents, business interests, and a donation of $110,000 coming from Education and Culture Minister Burchell Whiteman, member of parliament for the area.

May 10, 2004: Farmers in Sturge Town get water tanks

Twenty-eight black tanks valued at some $500,000 have been donated to farmers and institutions in Sturge Town, St Ann, to improve water supply in the community. The tanks, which can hold 3,785 litres of water each, were donated by Carolyn Smith, citizen of the United States of America, who is a friend of the community. In addition to the donation to the farmers, one each would be given to the Sturge Town Basic School, the Sturge Town All-Age School for its school garden, and the Sturge Town Free Village Community Centre.

November 2007: Sturge Town second BEST community

The Glengoffe community copped the top prize of $2 million, compliments of Digicel, for being the BEST Community nationally. Second-place winners, Sturge Town, won $500,000, provided by Jamaica National Building Society, and the community of Beeston Spring in Westmoreland won $250,000, provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund.

July 24, 2009: Sturge Town wins environmental award

Sturge Town has been awarded first place in the National Better Environments for Social Transformation Competition and Programme for 2008. The community won more than $2 million in cash and prizes. Sturge Town took home four of the eight sectional prizes, coming tops in the areas of youth development, cultural heritage, and most improved agricultural practices, and copping the best community spirit and self-reliance award.

- Compiled by Andewale McLaughlin


Date headings represent the date of publication, which is not necessarily the date of the events mentioned.

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