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Social Services launches, ‘Older Persons’ activities

OLDER PERSONS MONTH – The Department of Social Services is pleased to host a month of activities for October geared toward engaging seniors in a digital era. Pictured from left to right are Rochelle Minnis, Chief Welfare Officer, Department of Social Services; Charlamae Fernander, Assistant Director, Grand Bahama and Northern Bahamas, Department of Social Services; Brennamae Cooper, Manager, Senior Persons Division, Department of Social Services and Linda Hepburn, Case Aide, Senior Persons Division, Department of Social Services. (PHOTO: SHAYNE STUBBS)

In an effort to recognize senior citizens in the community, the Department of Social Services, this month, will host a number of activities to pay homage to the island’s ‘Precious Pearls.’ This year, the department will focus attention on the inclusion of seniors in the new digital era. Social Services’ Assistant Director for Grand Bahama…
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Simmons found not guilty of 2018 attempted murder

NOT GUILTY – A nine-member jury found Jeffery Jacy (Jaycee) Simmons not guilty of the June 2018 attempted murder of Andrew Forbes. The verdict came down Thursday, October 14, after a five-day trial. Simmons is pictured at center, being escorted to court for his arraignment back in 2018.

Jeffery Jacy (Jaycee) Simmons walked out of the Supreme Court Thursday (October 14) afternoon, a free man. Simmons, who was charged with the June 2018 attempted murder of Andrew Forbes was found not guilty. Shortly before 4:00 p.m. the jury returned to the courtroom with the 8-1 not guilty verdict. The nine-member jury heard testimonies…
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Grand Bahama’s traffic fatality count now seven

Shortly before 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, an adult male succumbed to injuries suffered in a traffic accident. According to police reports, the victim, the driver of a 2009 blue Ford Fusion, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the entrance wall of the Rand Memorial Hospital on East Atlantic Drive. “Shortly before 8:00…
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Tablets for hearing impaired students

DONATION – The Beacon for Change Foundation Inc., was pleased to present to the Hearing Impaired Unit of the Ministry of Education much-needed tablets and laptops this past Thursday, October 7. Pictured from left to right are Nicola Knowles, Teacher, Hearing Impaired for the Northern Bahamas; Ravanno Ferguson, Representative for the Beacon for Change Foundation Inc., and Johnathan Cooper, President of the Grand Bahama Deaf Association. (PHOTO: JAIMIE SMITH)

The Hearing Impaired Division of the Ministry of Education received seven electronic tablets and is expected to, shortly, have three laptops delivered to assist students and teachers, in virtual classes. The donation of tablets, which were presented to education representatives at The Beacon School recently – October 7 – was courtesy of the Beacon for…
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