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American on firearms charges bailed

U.S. citizen David Dean Meadors was bailed Monday afternoon after appearing in Summary Court on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms, including a handgun and 240 rounds of ammunition in Cayman Brac.

Brac cliffs nominated for protection

The cliff faces of Cayman Brac have been nominated to be protected areas under the National Conservation Law.

Cayman Brac to host Clean and Climb Fest

Cayman Brac residents and visitors will have a chance to help improve the environment this weekend and do some rock climbing as part of a new beach cleanup initiative organized by Rock Iguana climbers.

Brackers get fit at health fair

The Cayman Brac community is in better shape after joining forces with Adventist Church services department to host its first health fair.

Escape to the Brac for a weekend fest

Cayman Brac is a favorite weekend getaway for those in Grand Cayman seeking a quieter way of life. With its rocky bluff, caves to explore and no such thing as rush hour traffic, the Brac is an enticing destination and only a quick flight away.

The goat man of Cayman Brac

Amid the bleating of newborn kids and the hammering of fence posts, a new industry is taking shape on Cayman Brac.

Wellness Centre opens clinic in Cayman Brac

The Wellness Centre is expanding its mental health services in the Sister Islands with a clinic in Cayman Brac. The office will share space with the Neurology Pain Management Clinic in the Holland Building on Gerard Smith Avenue.

Hazard Management chief receives award

Hazard Management Cayman Islands Director McCleary Frederick was named the first international recipient of the Governor’s Hurricane Conference Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to disaster preparedness and recovery.

Cayman Brac gets new ambulance

Cayman Brac received a new, replacement ambulance Monday morning, in a move to standardize the Cayman Islands’ fleet. The 2017 Chevy G4500 TraumaHawk has the same design as the ambulances on Grand Cayman, a Health Services Authority representative said.

Alexander Hotel falls into disrepair

Almost concealed by rampant undergrowth, the Alexander Hotel on Cayman Brac, remains closed “until further notice.” The hotel closed its doors in summer 2014 amid a row with government over a foul-smelling pond, which owner Cleveland Dilbert said was driving away guests.

Brac pool construction under way

Work has commenced on a new 25-meter swimming pool on Cayman Brac as progress on the island’s national sports center continues. Bulldozers were excavating the site for the pool, next to the football field and running track on top of the bluff this month. Harold “Mitchum” Sanford, sports coordinator for the Brac, said it is the latest investment in improving sports facilities for the island’s 1,500 residents.

Two injured in brac attack

An attack at a private residence on Cayman Brac sent two men to hospital over the weekend, one with serious injuries.
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Who’s trashing the Brac?

It was Earth Day and once again we found ourselves cleaning up after those shape-shifting, mythological, but-all-too-real duppies who inhabit the bluff on Cayman Brac.

30 years in the making, Roberts family goes back to Brac

For Paul and Ann Roberts, a trip back to Cayman Brac was 30 years in the making. And for their twin daughters Kate and Laura, it was a chance to see where they spent part of the first year of their lives.

Family of former Commissioner Smith on trip down memory lane

Marguerite Bernard, the daughter of former Cayman commissioner Ivor Otterbein Smith, had waited 65 years to see the Cayman Islands again before arriving in Grand Cayman last week and refreshing her precious memories of growing up in George Town.

Record attendance at Brac Ag Show

The 2017 Cayman Brac Agriculture Show was bigger and better than ever with a record crowd of 1,600. The show was held on March 25 at the Agricultural Grounds on the Bluff. Now in its 14th year, the event saw its largest crowd to date, as well as a record number of vendors.

50 years ago: Visit of HMS Salisbury calls for sherry and pomp

In the April 5, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lillian Ritch wrote: “The visit of the HMS Salisbury recently was a happy and successful occasion. For the ship’s complement of 16 officers and 204 men, this was an introduction to the Cayman Islands, and to some to West Indies as a whole."

Letter: Moving back home to the Brac

Bracker Alta Solomon moved to Grand Cayman in 1998 after returning from college in the U.S., and returned home to Cayman Brac with her family in December 2016. Here, she shares a letter on her decision to move back to the Brac and how it’s going so far.

No bail on Brac charges

Travis Kelvin Ebanks, 37, appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday, charged with seven offenses alleged to have occurred in Cayman Brac over the weekend.

Climbing, cycling events this week

The start of March has young people front and center in Cayman Brac, with numerous events catering to kids and youth scheduled over the...

Brac youth gearing up for a weekend of fun, sports and activities

Teenagers and young adults on Cayman Brac will be treated this weekend to an array of free events as part of the Brac Spring Weekend. Kicking off on Friday, March 10, the event is being organized by the Youth Services Unit of the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports.

Suspected car thief arrested twice in one weekend

Police arrested the same man twice in two days on suspicion of stealing cars on Cayman Brac. The 36-year-old man from George Town was arrested on Saturday and again on Sunday.

Drug arrests, rings recovered in Cayman Brac

Police arrested two men on Friday on Cayman Brac on suspicion of suspicion of drug offenses. Following an operation at an address on Blazer Drive, police found small quantities of ganja and cocaine.

Cayman Brac diver removes knife from shark

A scuba diving instructor was leading a group of tourists on a dive off Cayman Brac when he made the bizarre discovery of a shark with a kitchen knife sticking out of its head. Brett Johnson coolly swam down and removed the knife from the shark, which appears to have survived the ordeal.

Brac farmer still active at 83

At 83, Norma Scott has not lost her love for the land or her passion for planting. “Despite the hard work it involves, it is the best therapy under the sun,” she said. Some 30 years after returning to her Cayman Brac roots, she still cultivates the land with her husband Henley, 84. The couple make the trip to their Bluff farm every morning by car and go about planting and harvesting peppers, when in season, sweet potatoes, yams, bottlers, watermelons, apple bananas and cassava.

50 years ago: MLAs head to Sister Islands for the day

In the March 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from the Sister Islands included: “Just after 10 a.m. on Thursday last, after a delay to change a spark plug, the DC-3 left for the Lesser Islands with MLAs and their wives who were paying an official fact-finding tour to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman."

Walkers Art Club on the Brac welcomes Gordon Solomon

Cayman artist Gordon Solomon, who recently returned to Cayman Brac to live, will be teaching Walkers Art Club youth classes this month. Mr. Solomon will teach classes at Spot Bay and West End primary schools using his “spots of light” technique.

Child abuse prevention talk draws interest

A talk on preventing child abuse in sports drew an interested Brac audience earlier this month keen to learn more about this important issue. A delegation from the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports traveled to Cayman Brac to kick off the first in a series of child abuse prevention training sessions.

YMCA to benefit from DG’s 5K run

Proceeds from Deputy Governor Franz Manderson’s annual 5K run this year will go to the local chapter of the YMCA. Mr. Manderson said he hoped the event could raise $60,000 for the charity. The money will go toward a “ropes challenge course” in Grand Cayman.

Former RCIPS commander Dixon enters political fray

Rudolph Dixon will formally announce his candidacy for the May elections in Cayman Brac Saturday, expecting to challenge one of Cayman’s longest-serving lawmakers for the seat. Mr. Dixon will declare for the constituency of Cayman Brac East, where Speaker of the House Juliana O’Connor-Connolly will run, if she does decide to contest the next election.

50 years ago: Winter guests warmly welcomed

In the Feb. 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Mrs. Bertha and Mr. Alton Ritch … are the guests of their sister–in–law and aunt Mrs. Gladys Ritch of Creek."

Brac proves an inviting home for bats

Cayman Brac’s distinctive landscape provides an ideal home for Cayman’s elusive and fascinating indigenous bats

Fire truck from Little Cayman to be shipped to Brac

An aerodrome certified fire truck from Little Cayman will be shipped to Cayman Brac as a temporary replacement for the truck that flipped on the runway last week. The switch will allow the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport to reopen to larger jet traffic.

EDITORIAL – Raising the alarm over the Brac’s flipped fire truck

When it comes to firefighting and emergency services in general, response times are of the utmost importance. By that standard, the Cayman Islands government’s response to the rollover accident involving a fire engine at Cayman Brac’s airport has been woefully inadequate.

Ceremony honors Cayman Brac’s 3 new immigration officers

Deanira Brown, Adam Clyne and Steven Scott, new immigration officers on Cayman Brac, were celebrated by family, friends and government officials at a ceremony at Immigration Department headquarters in George Town this month.

Santa helps Harmony Learning Centre

A special Santa and his trusty elf helper have been raising money in George Town to help out disabled teens and adults on the Brac.

50 years ago: Accolades for schools’ Christmas programs

“Welcome home to our seamen Winston Watson Jr., engineer ex Ore Saturn, and Wellington Watson off Blister Trader, both of Watering Place, and Japeth Walton, also off the Ore Saturn. Happy homecoming!"

Building material duty freeze extended

The government has extended a 15 percent import duty rate on building materials imported to Grand Cayman until Dec. 31, 2017.

Hundreds attend Cayman Brac Rotary Christmas tree lighting

More than 300 people celebrated the Rotary Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 5 at Cayman Brac’s Government Administration Building.

Mock plane crash tests emergency responders

The Brac was temporarily transformed into a disaster scene as emergency responders took part in a full-scale exercise staged at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport last month.

Brac student wins spelling bee

Christon Asa Ferguson from Creek and Spot Bay Primary School in Cayman Brac correctly spelled “guerrilla” to win the RBC Royal Bank Spelling Bee on Dec. 8 at the Red Bay Holiness Church in Grand Cayman.

50 years ago: PTA meetings go well; Christmas excitement builds

“Last week was PTA week. At Spot Bay, head teacher H.M. Morris and the meeting, having been planning through the year for the prize giving, acknowledged with gratitude contributions from individuals and firms."

Heritage Day celebrates Brac culture

In a show of community spirit, the people of Cayman Brac came together for a day of fun and culture at last weekend’s Pirates Week Heritage Day.

50 years ago: Bread shortage spurs cooperative action

“There’s beauty in bread!/ There’s the song of the rain/ that watered the grain,/ And the song of brown earth/ that brought it to birth./ And a song of sun too,/ as golden it grew." These lines, read years ago in an old magazine found in my grandmother’s home, came back to mind as I delved into the reason why there was an islandwide shortage of flour and a close down of the Pioneer Bakery for four days, 18th to 22nd.

Volunteers sought for Brac airport emergency exercise

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority is looking for volunteers to take part in an airport emergency exercise on Cayman Brac on Nov. 30.

Arlin Tatum Tribute Concert and Country Jamboree

There is a very close legacy link between country music and the Cayman Islands, particularly Cayman Brac. Before 1976, when Radio Cayman first began to broadcast, recorded music made its way to the Brac inside of suitcases after a Bracker’s long stretch at sea.

UPDATED: Zika town hall meeting slated for North Side Civic Centre

The East End town hall meetings about the Zika virus will be taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the East End Civic Centre. The meetings have been scheduled by the Public Health Department to inform residents about Zika and to address concerns, especially for pregnant women.

50 years ago: Numerous arrivals by stork, sea and air

“Mr. and Mrs. Horatio Chantiloupe of the Creek welcomed home their daughter Winnifred from a very refreshing year in the USA on the 2nd. Winnifred was greatly impressed with the beauty of the places she visited and the kindness of everyone. She was with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Connolly of the Bronx, and her brother Ashton and his wife in Philadelphia."

50 years ago: Celebrity author Robin Moore stops in

In the Oct. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac news included: “Mr. Robin Moore, author of America’s No. 1 best-seller, ‘The Green Berets,’ and also the hit song of the same name, who is also an executive of the Sheraton hotel chain, landed in Cayman Brac on Tuesday, the 11th by private aircraft."

Flow announces Brac broadband upgrade

Flow announced that fiber upgrades across Cayman Brac mean broadband customers there can now obtain speeds of at least 15 Mbps. “Numerous studies have found that, in general, broadband deployments have a positive impact on economic growth,” said Flow Cayman’s customer experience director, Daniel Tathum.

Primary Football League Opening Rally set for this weekend

The 2016/2017 CUC Primary Football League Opening Rally is set for this Saturday, Oct. 1. The matches kick off at 9 a.m. at the traditional home of local football, the T.E. McField Sports Field (known as the Annex Field) in George Town.

EDITORIAL – The lasting legacy of ‘Ivan the Terrible’

Just as Western history is divided into two grand epochs — B.C. and A.D. — Cayman’s modern history is also bifurcated — “before Ivan” and “after Ivan.”

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."

Praise for ‘District Days’

I want to thank you and commend you for the section you have added a while back to the Compass called “District Days.”

A Brac life remembered: Hazel Azeith Scott

Hazel Azeith, the third of four children born to Evans and Frederica McLean, was born on Sunday, July 31, 1932, at Spot Bay, Cayman Brac.

50 years ago: Fishing trip a (happy) misadventure

“Friday night of the 8th was a harrowing one for the families of Keith Tibbetts, Arlen Reid and Mrs. Mavis Brown. Parker Tibbetts, his younger brother Nat, Derbyn Brown and Melgreen Reid went in Parker’s motor boat to Little Cayman for whelks and conchs early in the morning."

Two injured in Brac crash

A male driver of a vehicle involved in a collision between two cars in Cayman Brac over the weekend was arrested following the crash, police said Tuesday.

Little Cayman police meeting nets interest

Members of the Little Cayman community recently had the chance to meet with their Royal Cayman Islands Police Service area commander.

50 years ago: Windows arrive for Brac’s new high school

“The motor vessel Kirkco landed 22 packages of windows for the Secondary Modern School on Wednesday the 15th."

50 years ago: Sea rescues recounted and medical inadequacies highlighted

In the June 15, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Good food, games at family fun day

Exciting games, tasty treats and clear skies made for a fun day at the Brac’s recent family fair.

‘Rundown’ takes show to the Brac

“Rundown” is heading to the Sister Islands, with a performance of the annual comedy revue slated for Friday, June 3, at the Aston Rutty Centre.

50 years ago: Educator Layman Scott heads abroad

“Mr. V.L. Jackson, Director of Education, was on a routine visit from May 22 to 26. On Wednesday evening he met with the members of the Board of Education and teachers in a stimulating meeting."

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.

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."

A special story time

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

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.

Students find inspiration in flotsam

The student artists in the National Gallery’s Walkers Art Club at Spot Bay Primary School recently focused their creative skills on turning found objects into eye-catching artwork.

Earth Month events wrap up on Brac

A lecture and a party were among the public events bringing Earth Month activities to a close on Cayman Brac, with the final event, a talk on recycling, scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 30, at the Brac Public Beach.

50 years ago: Burgess Meredith visits the Brac

In the April 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the newspaper reported: “Burgess Meredith, famous character actor and star of ‘The Music Man’ is pictured at Owen Roberts airport with his wife after their return from a week’s vacation on Cayman Brac with their friend Mr. Carl Marcum."

Calling Young Brac Bakers

Time is running out to enter the fourth Child Month Cupcake Wars competition, open to Brac pastry chefs ages 10-25.

Trashing Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac must be too beautiful for some folks, because they are taking it down a notch by carelessly trashing it.

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