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Brackers make strides against cancer

Dozens of Brackers and Grand Cayman residents met at Cayman Brac Beach Resort at the weekend to participate in the nationwide Stride Against Cancer.

Brac airport re-opens

Cayman Brac's Charles Kirkconnell International Airport's runway was closed today (Thursday) after a private aircraft aborted its takeoff.

Woman reports bag stolen, assaults police

Police used pepper spray to subdue an intoxicated woman at a Cayman Brac bar after they responded to a report of her bag being stolen.

EDITORIAL – A new day for Le Soleil D’Or and the Brac

Cayman Brackers and the rest of us received welcome news last week with the announcement that the Dart organization is in the final stages of completing the purchase of the luxury Le Soleil D’Or on the Sister Island.

10 new government buildings planned for Brac

Ten government-led construction projects are planned on Cayman Brac in early 2019, including new customs and immigration buildings, a new planning, lands and survey building, and a new vehicle inspection center.

No air-pollution controls at landfill incinerators

The George Town and Cayman Brac landfill incinerators have burned nearly 2 million pounds of trash since August 2016, all without the use of scrubbers – devices to remove toxins from the incinerators’ exhaust.

Police helicopter transports premature baby from Brac to Grand Cayman

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Air Operations Unit airlifted a premature baby from Cayman Brac to Grand Cayman in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Rusted bolt blamed for Brac fire truck crash

A rusted bolt was to blame for the mechanical failure that caused a fire truck to flip over on the runway at Cayman Brac, an accident reconstructionist has concluded.

Three men charged in Brac assault case

Three men were charged over the past week with assault in connection with an attack on a 77-year-old man in a bar on Cayman Brac last year.

Sister Islands seniors enjoy special events

During October, designated Older Persons’ Month across the Cayman Islands, Brac seniors had a lot of activities to take in to mark the occasion, including a tea party, island tours and a social.

50 years ago: Remembering the great storm of ‘32

The hurricane that hit the Cayman Islands in November 1932, known as the 1932 Cuba hurricane, or in the Cayman Islands as the 1932 Storm, hit Cayman Brac on the evening of Nov. 8 wreaking widespread destruction and death.

Teens arrested for Brac assault

Two male teenagers have been arrested in connection with the beating of a man in a bar on Cayman Brac on Oct. 17, police reported.

Injured Brac owl undergoing treatment

Things are looking up for an injured owl making a recovery at a local veterinary practice.

Creatives gear up for Autumn Festival

Cayman Brac’s creative community is gearing up for a highly anticipated arts festival. The second Brac Autumn Festival takes place on Oct. 14 and 15 at locations across the island with a variety of events being planned.

Brac community takes strides to breast cancer awareness

Getting some exercise and fresh air, along with some friendly competition, the Brac community recently got together to raise funds for breast cancer awareness efforts.

New exhibit at Heritage House marks sinking of MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts

The Heritage House will be showcasing Cayman Brac’s marine heritage with a new exhibit this month.

Brac seniors enjoy social night

Good times, good friends and plenty of reminiscing were all on the agenda at a recent seniors event on the Brac.

50 years ago: Ryan, Scott wedding draws a large crowd

In the Sept. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Perhaps the largest crowd ever gathered at the West End Baptist Church on Aug. 27 to witness the marriage of two popular young people, James Montgomery Ryan and Shirley Olee Scott."

Art project shines in a unique setting

Sister Islands MLA and Deputy Governor Moses Kirkconnell recently paid a visit to a very special art project created by the Brac’s Year 6 primary school children at Walton’s Mango Manor in Stake Bay.

Tradition lives on at Brac historic home

Cayman Brac boasts a number of interesting historic buildings, among them the Spellman McLaughlin home, a traditional house located at the Creek that has been lovingly maintained and restored.

50 years ago: Captain Nathaniel Glover Kirkconnell passes

In the Aug. 31, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from the Brac included: “Captain N.G. Kirkconnell of Stake Bay passed peacefully away on Monday evening the 22nd at his residence. He had been for over three years in failing health."

Tampa facility cited in death of Brac native Maynell Scott

When Maynell Scott, an 81-year-old Brac native suffering from Alzheimer’s, wandered away from an assisted living home in Tampa, he had been known for wandering away and should have been wearing a GPS tracking device, according to a report by Florida officials.

Brac customs officer arrested

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers arrested a Cayman Brac customs officer on suspicion of possessing an unlicensed firearm after a search of the man’s home Tuesday recovered the weapon, police said.

Exciting tales bring Brac’s past to life

As part of an ongoing project to document the Brac’s early days, Saskia Edwards of the Cayman Brac Heritage Committee recently sat down with Leonardi Orlando Carter, whose family history spans many interesting periods of the island’s development.

Brac all set to host football tournament

The Brac Cup Invitational Men’s Football Tournament is returning to Cayman Brac after a 12-year hiatus.

50 years ago: Rollin Jackson earns Jamaican spelling bee accolades

In the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Congratulations to Rollin Jackson on attaining the 10th place in the Children’s Own Spelling Bee Championships in Kingston last week."

Young Brac campers explore Cayman history, culture

The Brac YMCA culture camp wrapped up last week, with children learning about Cayman’s history and heritage on the Sister Islands.

50 years ago: Dixon homecoming and Kirksons boat brings visitors

In the Aug. 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Mrs. Vedette Dixon, second youngest daughter of the Scott family, now lives in Brooklyn. First leaving here at 7 years of age, she spent most of her life in Jamaica and eventually migrated with her two children to the U.S. in 1962, where she studied the profession she has always wanted, beauty culture."

Brac camp sends kids a blast from past

The Brac YMCA Culture Camp recently kicked off with an action packed schedule.

50 years ago: Homesters remind all of childhood summers on the Brac

“July came in with the homesters, especially the children, rushing home as soon as school closed to the sea and skin diving and fishing and torching and the freedom of wind, wave and ironshore and bluff of their birthplace."

Brackers alarmed at crime wave

A dozen burglaries in six months may not sound like a crime spree. But on sleepy Cayman Brac, the statistic is causing alarm, affecting the economy and impacting people’s way of life.

50 years ago: Scott children mark some milestones

In the July 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Scott of Spot Bay are happy in the recent successes of their children."

Cayman Airways seeks another new plane

Cayman Airways is seeking to lease a second Saab prop plane to operate on the commuter route between Grand Cayman and the Brac.

Cuban boat runs aground on Brac

Immigration officials say a boat carrying nine Cuban migrants ran aground on rocks along the west side of the Brac.

Cubans pass through Cayman Brac

A 20-foot boat with 13 Cuban migrants aboard passed through Cayman Brac on Monday evening.

Obituary: Remembering Joris Poldervaart

Joris Poldervaart was born on Sept. 24, 1929 in Vlaardingen, Holland. He was the son of William Poldervaart and Helena Troost-Poldervaart, now deceased.

Heritage House welcomes young visitors

There has been a lot of activity at the Brac Heritage House in recent weeks, with locals and visitors taking part in a number of events.

Events: Community meetings, activities

Police Inspector Wendy Parchment invites the public to a community police meeting on Tuesday, June 14, in Little Cayman at the hurricane shelter on Spot Bay Road from 6–8 p.m.

Driver smashes into Brac liquor store

A car plowed into a Cayman Brac liquor store late Saturday night after the business had closed, causing serious damage to both the inside and outside of the store.

Brac Jackpot anglers reel in winners

A total of 31 boats and more than 100 registered anglers took part in the 2016 Cayman Brac Jackpot fishing tournament over the recent...

Brac customs officers receive refresher training

Customs laws, procedures and techniques were the topics at a recent workshop held on the Brac. Eleven Cayman Brac customs officers received refresher training in various customs and related laws, general procedures and techniques at the workshop on April 11-15 at the Cayman Brac Heritage House and at the District Administration Building.

50 years ago: A historic trip to Trinidad

“On Sunday, May 15, Mr. K.P. Tibbetts, MLA for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, returned after a fortnight’s absence during which he attended the 1966 C.P.A. Registered Conference in Trinidad and Tobago."

Braccanal weekend lights up the Brac

The music was pumping and spirits were high at Cayman Brac’s homegrown Carnival held over the long Discovery Day weekend.

Bolt visits the Brac

Olympian Usain Bolt caused a sensation on the Brac last week as the star athlete paid a visit to the island on his way to Grand Cayman, where he was competing in a race at the Cayman Invitational.

A special story time

Celebrity Reading Day provided an entertaining kick start to Child Month on the Brac.

Carnival time for the Brac

Cayman Brac celebrates its carnival this weekend with the annual Braccanal festivities.

Programs for kids bring Brac heritage to life

For the past few weeks, Brac Heritage House staff and volunteers have been out and about in the community delivering a variety of kid-friendly programs.

Law firm helps Caring Cousins in Brac

A recent appeal from the National Council of Voluntary Organisations was answered through a kind donation from Conyers Dill & Pearman to the Caring Cousins Lunch Support Program in Cayman Brac.

Ghostly littering in Cayman Brac

I think it must be the capricious activity of a duppy! Or several duppies. It must be several. They are the mythic entities, nondescript shape-shifters, that roam the Cayman Islands, especially the Brac … and up on the bluff.

Brac author nets top literary prize

Brac author Kathleen Bodden-Harris is finally enjoying a well-needed break and some well-deserved time to celebrate.

50 years ago: A bus for the Brac

In the May 4, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Rich wrote: “Late afternoon Tuesday, 19th, as Captain Keith Tibbetts drove the green and gold [Chevrolet 48 passenger bus unloaded from the Motor Vessel Kirkchief] on to solid ground cheers of joy resounded through the atmosphere. Within seconds the sun slipped below the horizon."

Bakers wow judges at Brac Cupcake War

Young bakers were strutting their pastry-making stuff at the fourth annual Brac Cupcake War on Saturday, April 30, at Layman E. Scott High School.

The People Time Forgot: Sylvia Christian

Sylvia Christian was a seamstress, thatch maker and one heck of a good singer on the island of Cayman Brac.

More Cubans pass through Cayman Brac

The second boatload of Cuban migrants in the past week was spotted Friday in Cayman Brac and were allowed to continue with their journey.

16 months for Brac road death

Jefferson Jeupe Laureano was sentenced to 16 months in prison Wednesday for causing death by careless driving on Cayman Brac last year.

Obituary: Claudia Ryan passes at 99

Cayman Brac’s Claudia Louise Ryan passed away on April 4 surrounded by family at Faith Hospital. She was 99. Family remembered her for her dedication and generosity to the church.

Talk sheds light on mangroves

A hands-on presentation on the local mangrove population was one of the latest events taking place on Cayman Brac marking Earth Month.

Appreciating women in Little Cayman

Students were on hand as the Little Cayman Baha’i community marked International Women’s Day with an event at Blossom Village Park last month

Don’t miss these events on Brac

A roundup of upcoming events on the Brac.

50 years ago: New school for the Brac takes shape

“Picking one’s way over cliffs and rocks, looking at men taking stones from one place to another, observing others throwing up a coconut limb shade, suggests that one has nothing to do, but there are also corner profiles and an outlined area and men taking sights and stretching tapelines."

The People Time Forgot: James A. Ryan

James A. Ryan, photographed at his office in this image taken around 1979, was one of the most respected and loved gentlemen on Cayman Brac.

A busy Earth Month ahead for Cayman Brac

Earth Month activities kicked off on Cayman Brac with a cleanup at Public Beach.

Events will celebrate the Earth all month

Earth Day is April 22 but Earth Month starts April 1, and there are plenty of opportunities this month to celebrate Mother Nature in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

Cayman Airways plane damaged by private jet

The newest addition to Cayman Airways fleet, its 34-seat Saab prop plane, was damaged last week by the jet blast of a nearby private aircraft, according to the airline.

Brac high school hosts career fair

Students from Layman E. Scott High School took part in the school’s career fair earlier this month, where representatives from 11 local companies met with the students.

50 years ago: Island visits, baby shower and livestock plans

In the March 30, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “After an absence of 26 years, Mr. Henry Tomlinson paid a brief visit to his mother, Mrs. Almira and the family."

US tourist dies in Brac diving accident

A 65-year-old man died Wednesday after a scuba diving accident on Cayman Brac.

Brac sports day heralds a new era

Young Brac athletes were the stars of a notable track and field event held on Friday Feb. 5.

Nature Cayman offers up the best of the Brac

Rustic and charming Cayman Brac, first settled in 1833, offers up an array of activities for visitors to experience.

Crown accepts plea in Brac road death

Defense attorney Nicholas Dixey advised Justice Robin McMillan in Grand Court on Friday that the Crown had accepted the plea offered by his client, Jefferson Jeupe Laureano, to a charge of causing death by careless driving.

50 Years ago: Cuban refugees, teen dance in the news

In the Feb. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Miss Frances wrote: “It is reported that 3 boat loads of refugees from Cuba landed on Cayman Brac over the weekend."

Burglars hit two Brac liquor stores

Two liquor stores were broken into last weekend on Cayman Brac and cash was taken in at least one of the cases, Royal Cayman Islands Police said Thursday.

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