Hanover cops struggle to solve mob killing | News

The Hanover police are yet to make an arrest arising out of an incident in which an alleged car thief was beaten to death by an angry mob in the parish on Saturday. Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer for the Hanover police division, said it would be very difficult for the police to arrest persons involved so quickly as persons are unwilling to identify the individuals who carried out the act. “We still trying to find persons,” Beeput told WESTERN STAR. “Mob killings are hard to solve because the persons…

Gardener needs help following accident | News

A St Elizabeth woman is desperately seeking help for her common-law husband, who has been suffering from a head injury after falling from a tree. Loretta Flack, during an interview with THE STAR, fought hard to hold back the tears as she explained how 59-year-old Fredrick Nelson, a once able-bodied and hard-working individual, got to his present state. “He was working as a gardener at the home of Goshen councillor, Donovan Fagan, looking after his animals for nine years,” Flack said, noting that his job included feeding cows, goats, pigs…

Elaine Dennis, Farming since age 7 | News

Elaine Dennis is a local celebrity among the farmers and other residents of the Niagara community in St James, following last year’s staging of the Montpelier Agricultural Show where she was heralded as the 2017 Female Champion Farmer for the parish. The 52-year-old farmer, who is known to her neighbours as “Yvonne,” told the WESTERN STAR that she never expected to cop such an honour, which she received during the show’s 36th annual staging at the Montpelier showground. “When I was there at Montpelier, I was peeling cane and putting…

Two men, one name, one funeral – Eric Wilsons laid to rest | Features

The Wilsons of Falmouth laid to rest two of their beloved family members, Eric Wilson Sr and his grandson, Eric Wilson Jr, following a service at the St Joseph Catholic Church in Falmouth on Saturday. Eric Sr, 72, succumbed to cancer on November 8, while his 15-year-old grandson, a student at Albert Town High School, was the victim of a motor vehicle accident on December 15. At the service, Eric Sr was remembered as a no-nonsense man. His daughter, Davia, said: “My father did not like shorthand work. He wanted…

Water not flowing in Niagara | News

The presence of a river running through the area, the existence of a water-treatment plant some distance from the main road, and the recent rains across the island are apparently not enough to address Niagara’s water woes, which are belied by the healthy-looking green shades across the local vegetation. Anthony Fowler, a cabbage and dasheen farmer, said that the water issue has been present for approximately one year. “We have a great problem with water. From early last year we have had no water,” said Fowler. “We have a catchment…

Student beats teacher for damaging cell phone | News

A student of a prominent Corporate Area-based high school was expelled after he physically assaulted a vice principal of the institution on Friday. According to an eyewitness, the vice principal saw the fifth form student with a cell phone in his possession and grabbed it from him, as it against the school’s policy for students to have their phones on the compound. However, the student was determined that he would not give up his phone, and snatched it back from the vice principal’s grasp, and a tussle for the device…

Community Focus : Niagara’s natural wonder | News

For those who are into exploring the nooks and crannies of Jamaica’s landscape, there is a cave network in the rural district of Niagara, St James, that offers a view of natural wonder, hidden in the depths of darkness. The Niagara caves, which are located on property occupied by a local flower farm and are home to colonies of bats, were explored and documented by the Jamaican Caves Organisation (JCO) in 2004 as part of the group’s assessment of caves in the parish of St James. “When we did that…

Coffee farming nuh easy – Blue Mountain grower speaks | News

Recently, THE STAR visited coffee farms in the Hagley Gap region, an area where the residents rely heavily on the income from the fruits of their soil. One farmer, Tashane, spoke to THE STAR about how he got started in coffee farming. “Is a family ting. My grandfada dem start out with like thyme and scallion an dem tings deh, but dem nah sell as much as di coffee, so dem start plant coffee,” he said. He said that the average farmer can start his day from as early as…

Only the best for Boyne | News

When the dust settled, Delroy Gordon, Andrew ‘Shirty’ Martin and Melvin Dyer were kept busy covering the final resting place for media icon Ian Boyne on Sunday. THE STAR saw the trio busily preparing for the burial at the Dovecot Memorial Gardens and Crematory in St Catherine. “It is one of the biggest celebrities that I have ever dealt with over here; it feels good to know that I am able to be a part of the provisions for one of Jamaica’s great journalists,” Gordon said. Gordon told THE STAR…

Southfield greenhouse abandoned | News

The Southfield community in St Elizabeth is home to a greenhouse that was intended to help farmers in growing their crops, but which has fallen into disrepair. The greenhouse, which was originally erected by the Digicel Foundation in 2013, is located at the end of a battered dirt road some five minutes away from the main road. The sight of the structure is not worth the journey, however, as portions of the material which make up the roof and walls have been stripped off and there are no fruits or…