50 years ago: Delinquent youth called out in North Side

In the Nov. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“Leaving on Sunday was Mr. Burton Ebanks to join the S.S. Bulk Oceanic.

“Mr. David Ebanks returned to Miami to join his ship on Thursday 3rd.

“Mr. Anthony Connolly returned on Thursday from a short vacation in Jamaica.

“Mr. Rhyworth Whittaker also arrived home recently from National Bulk Carriers.

“I noticed in the ‘Buzzing About’ column mention being made of a window that was wilfully smashed in the Town Hall here recently. It seems as if there is no district in the Island where lawlessness can be practiced as good as in North Side, and so much ill-use of Government property. Some time ago it was brought to the attention of the police the way Government notice board and Government notices were being destroyed. For a time, this was checked. Now the notice board is on the ground again and the notices destroyed before the public has an opportunity to read them. It appears to be a ‘Gang’ who are determined to practice their evil habits regardless of the consequences. It has often been said that North Side does not need a constable.

“As a J.P., it is my opinion that unless some stop is put to this teenage gang now, that in a short while it may not need one policeman, but the whole force to take over.

“A telephone booth is being erected quite close to the notice board and may not meet with any better treatment than other public property, as breaking glass seems to be a habit that can’t be resisted. One has only to look at a few of the old unoccupied homes along the road, and note the broken windows in them.

“‘A stitch in time saves nine.’”

In the same issue, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Residents and especially motorists who have been complaining about the awful condition of the road are now pleased with work being done, and take this medium to express their thanks to the Public Works Department for the improved conditions now existing.

“Mr. Goldwyn Welcome returned from Miami on the 13th after a short business trip. “Miss Sybil Jackson left on Oct. 27 to spend some time in the U.S. with friends.

“Mr. Clarinton Scott left on Oct. 30 for Jacksonville to work for the Illinois Glass Co.

“Mr. Roy Bodden returned to the U.S. on Oct. 30 after spending his vacation with his wife.

“Mr. Oswald Rankine returned on Oct. 30 to fill a post as teacher at Bodden Town school. He formerly worked for Illinois Glass Co. in Jacksonville.

“Residents are happy to hear that the new telephone system installed by Cable & Wireless in the Post Office building is almost completed. Trial calls have been made to George Town at various times from Nov. 2 and the results are said to be very good. It is hoped the service will shortly be available for public use.

“Mr. Douse Dixon left the Oct. 27 to work for National Bulk Carriers.

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. Danworth Rankine on the 5th, the precious gift of a daughter.”

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