Friday January 29, 2021

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Steven Dowling. His last known address is Pelican Lake Dr., Pahokee. He is wanted for violation of probation on organized scheme to defraud, grand theft, and uttering forged bills. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steven Dowling, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Publix is tweaking its online coronavirus vaccine appointment system. Installing phone lines to help seniors without computers is one change being considered. They are also thinking about offering appointments at later times, but that switch wouldn’t happen for a while. While Publix is giving vaccines in 20 counties throughout the state, and many people in rural areas don’t have access, for many others, it’s their only option without having to leave the county altogether. Visit for information about appointments. No walk-ins accepted, and appointments cannot be made by calling the stores or pharmacy departments. 

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, there have been 1,687,594 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 26,035 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. The CDC reports, Florida has recorded 92 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Jan. 26. Lee County specifically has reported 2 cases of the UK COVID-19 variant. the type of variants is not specified on the table. As of yesterday, there were 11,423 new COVID-19 cases reported. There were 202 new resident deaths. Glades County reported a total of 861 positive residents and 13 deaths. Hendry County cases has risen by 13 overnight for a total of 4,004 total cases and 55 deaths. Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

A new traffic pattern is coming to SR 82 from Alabama Road to the Lee/Hendry County line beginning on Sunday, January 31 at 10 p.m. So be careful if you have to travel through this area. The project improvements include widening SR 82 to a four-lane divided highway, installing lighting, and sidewalk. The expected completion time is late spring 2021. 

The Anti-Defamation League and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office are partnering to host a free virtual event for the Spanish speaking community about hate crimes. On Thursday, Feb. 4, the Anti-Defamation League and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will team up with leaders in the Hispanic community for a free virtual presentation on hate crimes. According to the Anti-Defamation League, there were 7,314 reported hate crimes to the FBI in 2019. The virtual presentation on hate crimes will take place on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. To register, click here.