Friday January 22, 2021

Let’s talk a little high school basketball from around the lake! The Okeechobee High School Brahman varsity basketball team is 7-2 following their sweeping 98-59 win over the Moore Haven Terriers on Jan. 14. Overall, the Brahmans now have 4 wins in a row. The Brahmans currently are ranked first in their district, with their next district matchup coming on Jan. 29 when they host the Jensen Beach Falcons. But first the Brahmans will be at home hosting the 5-9 Treasure Coast Titans on January 27 at 7 p.m.

Florida’s surgeon general signed an order that prioritizes Florida residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Seasonal residents who do not list their primary residence as Florida, cannot get the vaccine in Florida. The change comes after medical tourism or, “vaccine vacations”, or “vaccine tourism” became a thing, after the Governor allowed people from other states or countries to travel into Florida to receive the coveted vaccination. Florida residents must now show their driver’s license to receive the first vaccination shot.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, there have been 1,613,884 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 24,739 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 46 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Jan. 18. The type of variants is not specified on the table. Florida Department of Health and the CDC were previously investigating the evidence of the first known case of what is known as the UK COVID-19 variant on Dec. 31, 2020. Yesterday alone, 12,773 people tested positive in our state, and 161 residents died. Sadly, right here in Hendry County, another resident has died according to the latest report, which shows now 55 resident deaths. The County has seen 3,870 cases of COVID-19 in total. Glades County has 2 more positive cases to add to their daily increase for a total of 848 cases since March, and a total of 12 resident deaths.

Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

A 56-year-old man died early Thursday when his car and a tractor-trailer crashed. Palm Beach County authorities pronounced area resident Richard Allen dead at the intersection of State Road 80 and Hatton Highway. A Freightliner truck was northbound on Hatton just before 6 a.m. and started to cross State Road 80 on a flashing red light PBSO said, when it drove into the path of Allen’s car. The vehicles collided and the car became stuck under the trailer. The driver of the Freightliner, Adrian Rosado, 39, of Miami, was not injured. PBSO has not mentioned any pending charges in the crash.

**UPDATE** An update to a story we brought you earlier regarding a LaBelle man and a teen who lost their lives in an accident in Hendry County. The crash occurred Wednesday night at around 10:30 p.m. when a car driven by a 38-year-old Alva woman hit the vehicle near the intersection of Fort Denaud Road. Authorities say the woman was driving about 108 miles per hour. The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Unfortunately, 14-year-old Aryana Galindo and 42-year-old Enedino Galindo, died at the scene of the crash. Enedino Galindo and Aryana, whom were father and daughter, were both ejected from the SUV. WAFC has just learned that 13-year-old Keanna, who was also in the car with her sister and dad, and who was reported by a source to also be deceased, is, in fact, still in critical condition. We apologize for the earlier conflict. WAFC has confirmed this information through a source out of LaBelle. FHP said the woman is facing charges in the crash.

Hendry County Road & Bridge will be doing some roadwork in the Twin Lakes Subdivision on Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26 between the hours of 8am – 4pm. There’s gonna be some lane closures that might slow you down so leave the house a little early in case you need to detour or you get held up. Most importantly, please, please drive safely and watch for workers and other drivers. Contact the Hendry County Engineering Department with questions. at 863-675-5222.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Diego Vera. He has no last known address on record and remains at large. He is wanted for Aggravated Stalking. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Diego Vera, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.