Thursday April 1, 2021

Charles Murphy of our sister station WOKC in Okeechobee reports, a LaBelle woman is charged for kicking in two doors, pushing and knocking down a senior citizen, and then slapping her ex-boyfriend after a domestic incident in Ortona. Thirty-two year old Desarae Davis is charged with battery on a person over 65, criminal mischief, burglary charges, intimidation with written threats, resisting arrest and giving false information to law enforcement. The arrest report said they responded to the report of a burglary in progress on Ortona Lakes Road just before dawn on March 20. Deputies said there was about $300 in property damage done from her kicking in two doors. One of the victims claimed Davis sent her a text message that included a threat to kill her. Deputies said they located Davis hiding inside a home in LaBelle and that she gave them a false name when they interviewed her.

The Clewiston High School Track and Field Team will host their 2021 Invitationals today, beginning at 5 o’clock at Cane Field. Head Coach Jay Similian says the athletes worked extremely hard to get to this point, holding car washes to raise money to help with the cost of the meet, raising over $2000 over 2 weekends. Coach Similian says this is an extra special event in part because, the kid’s times, scores and marks will be entered into the state’s official database. Clewiston High School Tigers Track and Field Invitationals will take place tonight starting at 5 with field events. Admission is $6 at the gate and the concession stand will be open. And as always, go Tigers!!

The Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle and Clewiston will be providing first dose COVID-19 vaccinations by appointments today in LaBelle from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  and tomorrow April 2 in Clewiston from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment and walk-ins on Saturday, April 3rd from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Glades County Regional Training Center. Remember to use the website to pre-register for appointments at: https://my vaccine.fl.gov/ or call 866-201-6745. Governor DeSantis signed an executive order this week, lowering the age requirement to 40 and over. EffectiveMonday, April 5, 2021 all Florida residents shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.

 A single-vehicle crash at approximately 11:05 p.m. on March 25th has claimed the life of a Belle Glade man in Alabama. Rolando Rivera, who was 39, was killed when his car left the roadway, struck a concrete barrier and overturned on an interstate near Evergreen Alabama.  Rivera was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. No further information was available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency continue to investigate.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced a proposal to provide $1,000 bonuses to public school principals and full-time classroom teachers for grades Pre-K through 12th grade in Florida. The funding for the bonuses would be $216 million from the third round of the Elementary and Secondary School, Emergency Relief Fund. The proposal would provide a bonus to more than 3,600 public school principals and nearly 180,000 full-time classroom teachers. Governor DeSantis is asking the Florida Senate and House of Representatives to include this $216 million appropriation in their respective budgets.

There’s an Easter Extravaganza going on this Sunday April 4 from 4p to 6p at the Community Tree Park. Organizers are asking that families bring a basket to collect eggs and enjoy a fun event for the entire family. You might even find the golden egg worth up to $25. If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions, contact 863-228-2076