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Man in court for attempted murder

Jaron Calvin Solomon, 28, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, charged with attempted murder and eight other offenses arising from an alleged stabbing at an East End business last Thursday.
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UPDATE: Man charged in East End dive shop stabbing

A teenage employee at an East End dive resort was stabbed repeatedly Thursday evening inside the business by a suspect who police said had been released on court bail earlier this year in connection with a separate criminal offense.

A craft that time forgot

There was a time when the craft of fishnet weaving was a common sight in the outlying districts. Cast nets were most popular and it took patience to make them and strong men to use them.

UK accident victims’ remains repatriated

The bodies of three elderly U.K. tourists who died in a horrific May 2 crash in East End were repatriated late last week, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

North Side, East End get new police officers

Four new police officers have been stationed permanently in the districts of East End and North Side as of May 1, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne announced last week.

East End residents want more police

About 100 East End district residents gave Police Commissioner Derek Byrne an earful Thursday night regarding concerns that crime is growing in the small community and their perception that police seem to be doing little about it.

Police commissioner heads to East End in wake of backlash

Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Derek Byrne will meet with East End district residents Thursday night in the wake of some community backlash over a quadruple-fatal car crash in the district on May 2.

East End crash not Cayman’s deadliest

The May 2 crash in East End that killed three U.K. tourists and a Jamaican man was not the deadliest traffic wreck in Cayman Islands history.

UPDATE: Charges filed over police car vandalism in wake of East End car crash

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service arrested a suspect Friday in connection with what it termed a “criminal attack” against one of its officers’ personal property following last week’s quadruple-fatal two-car smash in East End district.

Police officer’s car vandalized after deadly East End crash

The Royal Cayman Islands Police officer who initially responded to the scene of Tuesday night’s quadruple-fatal car crash in East End district has been targeted in what department officials described as a “criminal damage” incident.

Four die in ‘horrific’ East End crash; adult and child remain in hospital

A speeding car with two passengers, including an 11-year-old boy, riding in its open trunk collided with a rental car in East End Tuesday night, killing four people, three of them elderly tourists from the U.K.

Campers help rescue free diver in East End

Campers in East End helped prevent a tragedy over the Easter weekend when they assisted in the rescue of a free diver.

A bird in the hand

The sight of frigate birds soaring over East End has long been a draw for tourists and locals alike.

50 years ago: Political meeting outlines proposed constitutional changes

In the March 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:“A political meeting was held at the ‘Bright Spot’ on the 16th by MLA Mr. W.W. Conolly."

Colliers reserve trail a window into East End’s wild interior

Colliers Wilderness Reserve is a National Trust for the Cayman Islands protected area in the district of East End. The European Union’s BEST program allowed for the establishment of the reserve.

Tea party marks 70 years of Girls’ Brigade

The Cayman Islands Girls’ Brigade continued its 70th anniversary celebrations with a Feb. 25 tea party at East End. The afternoon ceremony honored the history of the organization with a fashion show demonstrating historic brigade outfits and a slide show documenting seven decades of work.

Rankine, Isaac Douglas

Isaac Douglas Rankine is an independent candidate for East End.

Barbadians donate new bed to Cayman seniors home

East End seniors got a welcome boost earlier this month thanks to the donation of a specialized bed. A medical bed was donated to Sunrise Cottage, East End’s residential home for seniors, on Feb. 11 by Barbadians in the Cayman Islands, represented by Honorary Consul Juliette Gooding-Michelin.

John McLean seeks to reclaim ‘dad’s’ seat

East End’s John McLean Jr. is hoping the third time is the charm in his efforts to win the Legislative Assembly seat that once belonged to his father. Mr. McLean announced his candidacy this week, becoming the third person to enter the East End constituency race.

McLean, John Jr.

John McLean Jr. is an independent candidate for East End.

Skilled woodworker and Compass correspondent remembered

Charles Faulkner “Charlie” Dixon will be remembered as a man “greatly respected” for his leadership and pleasant disposition to those who crossed his path. Mr. Dixon, who would have been 91 on June 25, passed away at the George Town Hospital on Jan. 13 after battling heart problems and cancer.

50 years ago: Womens’ Guild social tea a happy occasion

In the Feb. 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “The monthly Social...

Expansion a hot topic at YMCA board retreat

Leaders of one of Cayman’s newest service organizations have their sights set on growth, with a dedicated facility on the table at its retreat, held last weekend. The YMCA of the Cayman Islands board of directors spent a weekend in East End to plan the organization’s future in Cayman, according to a press release.
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Police seize illegal firearm in East End

A modified flare gun was seized during a police search at an East End home Wednesday. Police said officers executed a search warrant on John McLean Drive in the district, recovering a modified flare gun along with one live round of ammunition.

McLean, Arden

Arden McLean is an independent candidate for East End.

East End man charged after iPad incident

An East End man appeared in Summary Court on Monday following an early Friday afternoon incident involving an iPad. Roland Welcome, 26, was charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent and damage to property, as a result of the complainant’s report to police.

50 years ago: Children thrilled as Santa pays visit to East End

“Wed. 21st was a great day for the children of East End, for at 10 a.m. Santa Claus visited their district in person for the first time."

The People Time Forgot: James Thomas

In this image, James Thomas receives a Christmas kiss from two young ladies, possibly members of his family. The photograph dates to the late ‘70s and was taken at the annual Rotary senior citizens’ Christmas party where the attendees came from all the districts throughout the island.

50 years ago: Excitement surrounds British military exercise

“No doubt many residents are looking forward to the arrival of the contingent of British troops from British Honduras who are due to arrive for a military exercise on Sunday the 11th at 10 a.m."

FBI offers $10,000 reward in disappearance of comic book artist

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation this week announced a US$10,000 reward for information about Norman Lee, an artist who worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, who went missing in the waters off East End on March 5, 2015.

East Enders pass down sweet tradition

Ask a Caymanian which district bakes the best cassava cake, and you will get a “stretch” of answers all the way from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

East End kids enjoy mid-term break

Cayman government schools will resume classes on Monday with students heading back after the fall mid-term break, which this year ran the week of Oct. 24 to 28th.

The People Time Forgot: Wompers

There was a time when only the more affluent Caymanians could afford to wear store-bought shoes on a regular basis, and those who had little money who did have nice shoes only wore them to church, weddings and other special occasions.

50 years ago: Parties for Abnor Dixon’s 86th and Halloween

“Returning on the 20th from Jamaica were Mr. and Mrs. Jarrett Ritch, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dixon, Mr. Denby Rankine, Miss Lyn and Mrs. Messerita Bodden."

Annual coral spawning a spectacular sight for divers

Over a couple of nights every September, a few days after the full moon, the corals of the Cayman Islands burst into life as their annual spawning gets under way. Last week, divers got to experience the spawning show, which lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.

Discounted licenses extended for small businesses

Government has extended trade and business license discounts for small businesses and free licenses for “micro businesses,” such as ice cream trucks, through the end of 2017.

Modern-day angel recognized

A woman in East End district has received recognition for her dedicated service to helping children and seniors in the community.

Man in coma after East End beating

Police are looking for possible witnesses to a late-night beating in East End over the weekend that left a man in a coma at Health City Cayman Islands after he had to have brain surgery.

50 years ago: Evangelists continue rounds of districts

In the Aug. 17, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon reported: “On Aug. 1, a team of 10 evangelists made an unexpected call on residents of this district."

Farmer finds joy in raising chickens

From the time he was a little boy, East End resident Edwin Fisher liked animals.

50 years ago: Watlers welcome a son and a Bodden-Rankine wedding

In the Aug. 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “Born to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Watler on the 24th of July the precious gift of a son. Mother and son doing fine."

Public appeal for young East End family

The relatives of a young East End family up against tough odds have launched a public appeal to help defray rising medical bills.

Cuban migrants land in East End

Five boats carrying Cuban migrants have passed through Cayman waters this week, according to the Immigration Department, including seven men who landed in East End Friday morning.

Shelter found for homeless man

A homeless man who had been living rough on East End Heritage Beach now has a new place to call home.

Farmer recalls early days of agriculture

Farming is not for everyone, but for one East End farmer, it’s been his entire life.

The people time forgot: Lemmie McLaughlin

Lemmie McLaughlin never did go to sea like most men of the eastern districts.

50 years ago: Girls’ Brigade exchange group heads to East End

“Gail McIntyre and Susan McBride from Canada, who are visiting the Girls’ Brigade, spent six days in this district, two of which were at the Tortuga Club through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bergstrom."

Alone and homeless on East End beach

Darney McLaughlin lives on the beach at East End Heritage Park. He has been homeless for more than 12 years, living on the beach where he says he knows he will not mess up anyone else’s life.

Land crabs focus of latest scientific research

Land crabs and other local creatures are the focus of a number of research projects under way in North Side.

50 years ago: Community mourns Caroline Carter’s passing

“Arriving on the 3rd from Jamaica was Mrs. Josephine Pearson, who visited her sick husband Mr. Carlton Pearson. He is feeling much better and hopes to be back soon."

A beach wedding for the Campbells

Joined by 30 of their closest friends and family members, 22-year-old Lavessa Welcome and 25-year-old Travis Campbell exchanged their “I do’s” last month at Smith Cove.

Police: Woman found dead on beach

A 36-year-old woman was found dead on an East End beach near a hotel property early Friday morning, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported.

Top Clifton Hunter students receive honors

A packed house celebrated students from the eastern districts at the Clifton Hunter High School graduation ceremony last week.

Counterfeit goods in the spotlight

Counterfeit goods proved to be a hot topic at a recent presentation to Clifton Hunter High School students

50 years ago: Beloved old grape tree collapses

“Speaking of a fallen grape tree in Bodden Town, a similar incident took place in Carmen Conolly’s yard a few weeks ago."

Teenager helps save two people from drowning

An East End teen is being lauded for helping rescue two people after they were caught in strong currents in East End waters.

East End fishermen continue to feed family from the sea

The East End fishing community is proud of its fishing heritage.

Alan Ebanks reflects on meeting with Ali

There has been a lot said about the late Muhammad Ali. Fans can recite the facts, quote many statistics and tell you lots of life history. However, East End resident Alan Ebanks has a personal connection to the boxing great, whose recent death had him musing on some very special aspects of Ali’s life.

50 years ago: New babies bring joy in the district

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Jervis on May 26, God’s precious gift of a daughter. Mother and baby doing well."

Lighthouse park a beacon on the past

Among East End’s points of interest is Lighthouse Park, where a flight of stairs lead to a small site highlighting an invention that helped seafarers safely navigate the waters around the Cayman Islands.

Young aviation enthusiasts get a boost

Aspiring pilots and aviation professionals in the eastern districts got a welcome boost recently thanks to a local scholarship.

Snorkeling tragedy for newlyweds

A young woman visiting the Cayman Islands with her new husband and his family died in a snorkeling accident off East End on Friday.

Female snorkeler, 29, dies after EE incident

A 29-year-old American tourist died Friday night after getting into difficulty during a swim with her husband, Royal Cayman Islands Police reported.

Wyndham Reef Resort launches Sunday Market

Visitors and locals in the George Town and West Bay areas have had the advantage of location when it comes to sampling wares at the markets.

50 years ago: Turtlers return from Mosquito Cays

“After completing a successful three months on the Mosquito Cays, the turtle trappers returned to their wives and loved ones on May 17. As a result, meat has been plentiful but at various prices."

No politics in this yard

A sign at this home off John McLean Drive in East End is making the occupants’ stance clear on discussing politics in their front yard.

Alan Ebanks, Blow Holes ambassador

If you drive pass the East End Blow Holes from Monday to Friday and see a man looking very relaxed, lying in a colorful hammock, do not be mistaken. He’s not homeless; in fact, he’s never felt more at home.

50 years ago: Message in a bottle

In the April 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “Farmers are getting worried as the drought continues to endanger their crops. Water is scarce, and everywhere it is dry and dusty."

Celebrate Earth Day at the botanic park

North Side’s Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park will be marking Earth Day with a family friendly fair and plant sale this weekend.

Health City expands internship options

Health City Cayman Islands is inviting students to apply to their summer Healthcare Explorers programs.

50 years ago: Seamen come ashore for a visit

In the April 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “On Monday, April 11th the MV ‘Chemical Trader’ called in at George Town for two days, giving the Cayman crew an opportunity to see their families."

‘Freak accident’ kills East End woman

A long-time resident of Grand Cayman’s East End district died Tuesday afternoon in what family members described as a “freak accident” in the driveway of her property.

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