Friday June 18, 2021

Ground spraying for adult mosquitoes will commence next week, June 21st, utilizing mosquito control trucks in the areas of Hendry County including Montura, Pioneer, LaDeca, Double J Acres and other areas throughout the week. Residents not included in this round of spraying, should contact their respective area with questions or concerns regarding mosquito control activities:

City of LaBelle 863-675-2872
Port LaBelle CDD 863-675-5770
Port LaBelle Unit 4 863-675-4168
City of Clewiston 863-983-1471

The City of Clewiston his having a 4th of July event this Independence Day.  They will have Old South Barbeque, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Fresh Popcorn and Drinks.   The event will be held at the Sugarland Sports Complex on July 4, 2021. The food will start at 6:30 and the fireworks show will start promptly after dark. As you are watching the fireworks show, be sure to tune into 100.5 WAFC for Continuous Patriotic music.

Crime Stoppers is searching for Xavious Kenarus Harris Also Known As: Xavier R Harris and Xavious Zay Harris. His last known address is Annona Ave., Pahokee. He is wanted for a violation of supervised own recognizance for grand theft motor vehicle and possession of cocaine. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Xavious or Xavier Harris, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

One Palm Beach County restaurant was shut down briefly last week after failing state restaurant inspections again. Dixie Fried Chicken, at 133 SW Ave. E in Belle Glade, was ordered closed after a restaurant health inspection on June 11. Inspectors found a live rodent on the front counter area, food stored on the floor and 10 flies on the front counter area. Dixie reopened the next day.

The Lehigh Elementary preschool teacher, who was accused of physically restraining three children, will not be able to extend her contract, according to the Lehigh Acres Gazette.  The teacher was given a letter of reprimand and a three-day suspension without pay, according to Rob Spicker, a spokesperson for the Lee County School District. Officials say she will not be given the option to renew. Parents also accused a paraprofessional of child abuse. A report reveals that one of the alleged victims is a non-verbal 4-year-old boy. A 3-year-old was allegedly restrained by the teacher or the paraprofessional. The educator is accused of wrapping their legs around the child’s legs and neck area until he fell asleep. The school district notified the DCF and LCSO. The teachers’ contract will expire at the end of the month.

A report reveals that Clewiston Elementary School principal Melissa Carter who was filmed paddling a student, also paddled at least two other children, according to a Department of Children and Families report. According to a source, DCF officials also said in the report that they recommend the principal have no contact with young and vulnerable children in an official capacity. The report said her actions were inappropriate and lead to significant injury to the child. The Florida Department of Education said they found probable cause to justify sanctions against Carter’s Florida educator certificate. Penalties could include anything from reprimand to a permanent revocation of her educator certificate. The Hendry County School district reinstated Carter from a brief suspension earlier this week.