Friday February 19, 2021

An update in the case of a deadly crash in Port Charlotte in November. At about 10:45 on the night of November 13, a 50-year-old Port Charlotte man was driving north in the wrong direction approaching Morningside Drive. A second vehicle was driving south approaching the same intersection, as a third vehicle followed. The port charlotte man hit the 22-year-old driver of the second car head on, killing her on the scene. He continued in the wrong direction and collided with the front of the 3rd vehicle, a 42-year-old Lehigh Acres woman. She suffered minor injuries, while the man’s injuries were critical. After a long and exhaustive criminal investigation, and the 50-year-old wrong way driver was placed under arrest yesterday for DUI Manslaughter, DUI Injury to Another, DUI Property Damage x’s 4, and Driving While License Revoked involving Death.

So there’s a Vero Beach man that is quite literally going the extra mile to ensure that the endangered Florida panther is protected. On Wednesday, Steve Fugate popped into Hendry County as part of his 200-mile “love life walk” journey, which started on foot at Yeehaw Junction and will take him all over the State in the coming days. Partnering with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, his mission is to raise awareness and funds to help the Florida panther. One LaBelle resident and many other, had the pleasure of seeing Steve on his journey. Bailey, a Hendry County resident who makes the commute to Clewiston for work, said she saw him at about 7:20 Wednesday morning. (Sound bite) His trip will take him through the Florida Keys, Pensacola, and Tallahassee. You can follow and support Steve if you like through his Facebook page.

A local gem is making headlines, recently being featured in the online periodical StreetInsider. And his doing it in his own words. Dr. RL Carroll, now retired, after spending 50-years as a general surgeon, many of which were right here at Hendry Regional Medical Center.  In his memoir, “Rural Odyssey: Growing Up in the Country – Memories of Family, Faith, and Secrets,” Dr. Carroll recounts his life experiences. Throughout his book, Dr. Carroll shares the successes and failures experienced throughout his life. “Rural Odyssey: Growing Up in the Country (eBook)Available through AmazonBarnes & NobleBookshopChristianBook, and FaithGateway Dr. Carroll now spends his time focusing on writing and is in the process of penning a follow-up to “Rural Odyssey” about where he is in life now.

Florida will be getting an additional 41,000 doses of the COVID vaccine – weather permitting – by next week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. DeSantis is continuing his push to vaccinate seniors in the state ahead of other groups. DeSantis was at the opening of the latest vaccination site in the state, aiming to vaccinate 3,000 additional seniors in the next three days. DeSantis said Thursday that around 2 million of Florida’s 4.5 million seniors have received a vaccine shot, about 42% of the state’s total. Florida received 325,000 vaccine doses last week, according to DeSantis, and has been told the additional Moderna doses could be shipped as late as Monday due to storms that have been sweeping the country. DeSantis added he hoped the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be approved by the end of February.

The Florida Department of Health in Glades County has been informed that vaccine delivery will be delayed Due to the effects of the weather issues throughout the U.S. There will be no COVID-19 Vaccinations in Glades County on Sunday, February 21st or Monday, February 22nd. An announcement will be made when vaccines are received in Glades County.