Friday, June 12, 2020

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced recommendations for local communities to consider as they finalize plans to re-open safe and healthy schools. Here are the recommedations:

K-12 Campus should re open in 3 steps:

  • This month for youth activities and summer camps.
  • Next month, further the reopening for summer recovery instruction.
  • And Step 3 in August; to reopen campuses reopen at full capacity.

For college and university campuses

  • Summer A and C Semesters remain mostly virtual
  • Summer B Semester to open for in-person summer learning. 
  • And for the Fall Semester, state colleges, technical colleges and universities at full capacity.
  • The governor believes that reopening should be decided locally, and each institution should have a safe way to teach the students, and have Recommendations to Plan for Sports, Band, Arts, and Other Extracurriculars

To read the full re-opening of Florida’s schools and CARES ACT plan, visit:

To read Governor DeSantis’s re-opening plan, visit: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.

The Florida Department of Health is reporting that as of June 11th at 2 p.m., 590 Hendry County residents, up by 10 since yesterday, have tested positive for the Coronavirus, since testing began in March. There are 34 additional positive cases in Glades County, making the total number there 104. Glades County Public Safety and Hendry County Health Department is working closely with the Department of Health to protect the health and safety of our citizens. In doing so, testing opportunities have increased in the areas.  Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven at 1021 Health Park Drive will conduct testing on Monday, June 15th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston at 1100 S. Olympia will conduct testing on Wednesday June 17th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

 Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle at 1140 Pratt Blvd will conduct testing on Friday, June 19th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

Residents of Hendry and Glades Counties can secure an appointment for testing by calling the Hendry County Health Department Clewiston (863) 983-1408, LaBelle (863) 674-4041 or Moore Haven (863) 946-0707

 There are no criteria for testing, but appointments are required and individuals must be 18 years and older. This is a “drive-thru” service. All individuals must stay in their vehicles during the process (during registration and while being tested). Persons tested will be given instructions on how to receive their test results. Results may take 5 business days.

On June 12, 2016, a horrific act of terrorism was committed against the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. As a mark of respect for the victims, The Governor signed a Proclamation directing the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida from sunrise to sunset on Friday, June 12, 2020.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports a third killing in the Glades area in 4 days. The latest is an early morning shooting that happened yesterday. Shortly after 1:00 am, deputies responded to the 400 block of SW Avenue C in Belle Glade.  Upon arrival deputies located a male deceased from apparent gunshot wound(s).  Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division arrived on scene to investigate further. Motive and suspect information is unknown at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

A truck driver died in an accident on Wednesday on a farm in Canal Point, according to a report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. “At approximately 6:45 a.m., deputies and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to the cornfield located on Morning Star Farms Road, in Canal Point, for a farming accident,” stated a press release from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO). “The investigation revealed that a truck driver who was picking up a load of feed corn in his semi-truck and trailer pulled alongside the truck with a load of corn to be dumped. As the trailer was attempting to dump corn, it came off balance and tipped over away from the truck, crushing/pinning the victim underneath it,” the PBSO report continues. “Total weight was approximately 10 tons. The victim sustained blunt force injury and was pronounced dead on scene by PBCFR.” There are no signs of foul play and incident appears to be accidental, the PBSO report states.

Another peaceful march for justice in response to the killing of unarmed Minnesota resident George Floyd and many other unarmed Black men, women and children, killed at the hands of police, is scheduled for tomorrow, June 13 at 8 a.m. According to a source, the plan is walk along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Hendry County Courthouse. Find out more details on the Facebook page at Peaceful March for Justice Hendry.