Tuesday July 28, 2020

A vehicle accident has claimed the life of a Canal Point woman. On July 23, 21-year-old Courtney Cole was traveling north on SR 715 in Belle Glade. According to a witness, and for unknown reasons, Cole was swerving across the roadway. 45-year-old Kamara Woodson sat behind the wheel of a semi-truck parked on the side of the road, when suddenly, Coles pickup truck met head on with the parked semi. Nicolas Fields, a 67-year-old Belle Glade man was outside of the semi, securing a vehicle on the bed. According to a report from the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office, Fields suffered serious injuries. Woodson’s injuries were minor. Courtney Cole, the driver of the vehicle was transported to Saint Mary’s Medical Center with critical injuries. She died on Sunday. Courtney Cole would have turned 22 today.

The Harlem community lost a major provider in recent months, making it even more difficult for the citizens to gain traction in an already declining economy. Fifteen employees lost their jobs and 75 children lost their place when Harlem Academy Daycare center closed in March due, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure was initially said to be temporary. Former director for the center Felicia Brown who was with the organization for 23 years says, she feels as though the CEO Chris Hansen had every intention of permanently closing the center, despite not informing the staff and parents until last month. Further, Brown was not allowed to gather her belongings from the campus after delivering her resignation. The investigation into the closing of the Harlem Daycare is ongoing as WAFC will be contacting CEO Chris Hansen for comment.

The Florida High School Athletic Association’s board of directors will allow school athletics to begin next month. Board members agreed on August 24 as a new target date. Some coaches and students worry about their college prospects being in jeopardy while others are worried about the virus. Pahokee HS football coach DJ Boldin said, it’s no secret the kids wanna play. Safety of the players for the Blue Devils organization is always priority number one. But he has not received the PPE he needs for the coaches and players to remain safe. Other area coaches says boys are concerned that they won’t be able to show scouts their talents on the field, missing the opportunity for college scholarships. No word yet on when area schools will begin practice, if they are to do so.

The Florida Department of Health July 27 report shows 1,573 Hendry County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The county has had 34 deaths and 137 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 to date. Glades County is reporting 383 positive cases and 3 deaths. Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston will conduct testing tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle will conduct testing Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 both sites are by appointment only, Weather permitting.

Here is a link to the agenda and informational packet for the July 28, 2020 Hendry County School Board meeting beginning at 5:30 pm at 25 E. Hickpochee Ave in LaBelle. Dr Joseph Pepe, Health Administrator, is scheduled to be in attendance. The meeting will be live streamed on YouTube. Search Hendry County School District. http://go.boarddocs.com/fl/hendry/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BPKJMB4D00F4