Friday July 17, 2020

After more than 4 years of anticipation, its finally here. The Hampton Inn Clewiston waved its flags just off highway 27 yesterday, boasting the opening of the 86-room facility. According to General Manager William Verbeke, there’s a fully heated pool, free wi-fi, over 100 items available for breakfast and meeting space that accommodates 85 people. We had a chance to catch up with the busy manager yesterday who was preparing to welcome his first guests just before 3p. Verbeke says, as of this morning, the hotel is already at over 10% capacity. Visit to check flexible rates.

The mother who left her 2-year-old daughter in a locked car as she shopped at Macy’s, Thamyres Ponce, 32, was arrested Monday on a charge of child neglect after a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy smashed the window of a car parked at the Mall at Wellington Green to save her. The temperature in Wellington that afternoon reached 96 degrees, according to an arrest report. The girl, who had a body temp of 102 when she was rescued, was treated by responding paramedics. Security camera video from the mall indicated that the girl was inside the car for roughly 25 minutes. According to a report, Ponce was arrested and released the that day on $1,000 bond.

On Thursday, the Department of Health released the lasted Covid-19 numbers for Hendry and Glades Counties. 1,310 positive cases of the virus have been reported in Hendry since March. Glades County reports 215. Thankfully, no more deaths have been reported between the two counties, however, as of yesterday, our state broke another record high in deaths with 156 people. The old record was set just a week ago.  

A local news source reports that Pahokee Mayor Keith W. Babb Jr. is always looking to bring potential investors into the city to see the available opportunities in town. During 2020, he has welcomed to Pahokee Richard Williams, the 78-year-old father of famed tennis players Serena and Venus Williams; and Eddie Levert Sr., actor, singer-songwriter and lead vocalist of the legendary rhythm and blues group The O’Jays. On June 30, he greeted Mr. Williams for the third time in recent months. Williams returned this week for another visit, the mayor announced July 9.

Team Glades will have another free food distribution event today, from 9 a.m. until noon (or whenever supplies run out.) It will take place at Hand Park, 500 West Canal St. S., in Belle Glade. Pop-up COVID-19 testing will be available from the Florida Community Health Center. The food giveaway is made possible through the partnership of the Federation of Families, MHA, the Be Well Center of Okeechobee Center, Healthier Glades, Guardians of the Glades and the Tri-Cities.