Friday, June 19, 2020

A listener wrote in to let us know the Dakin Dairy Farms Milk Truck will be back in Labelle this Saturday the 20th from 10am-3pm at Clementine’s Southern Boutique.  

Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Shawntaveius Britton. Her last known address is Palm Blvd, Pahokee. She is wanted for failure to redeliver leased equipment. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Shawntaveius Britton, contact Crimestopppers of Palm Beach County.

Due to weather concerns, the Hendry County Health Department will provide free COVID-19 testing at the Hendry County EMS Station in LaBelle. The location is 1050 Forestry Division Road, LaBelle  Friday, June 26th  from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

This is a “drive-thru” service. All individuals must stay in their vehicles during the process (during registration and while being tested). Residents of Hendry and Glades Counties can secure an appointment for testing by calling the Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle. There are no criteria for testing, however, appointments are required and individuals must be 18 years and older. If you have been tested for COVID-19, please stay at home until you receive your test results.

There hasn’t been as many demonstrations lately in Okeechobee protesting the unjust death of Minnesota resident George Floyd last month by police officers in Minneapolis, but that hasn’t stopped local residents from holding events on the matter. Residents and others visiting from outside the county gathered at Flagler Park on Sunday to promote the message of Black Lives Matter. Okeechobee resident and nurse Amber Sewell, who helped organize the event, says despite the rain, about twenty people showed up for the event which included lots of refreshments as well as protests at the Parrott Avenue/Park Street intersection.  While they got the message across, Sewell says it was not as good a turnout as she hoped and she was looking for “higher people” to take an active part in the festivities. Sewell says despite the rain and small numbers of people participating, the protesting went well with very few problems. There will be another event for Black Lives Matter in Flagler Park on Sunday afternoon, beginning at two o’clock.

The end of slavery in the U.S., known as Juneteenth, will be commemorated with an Inaugural Freedom Walk in America’s Sweetest Town today beginning at 8:30. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger landed in Texas, and spread word that the war had ended. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation — which had been declared Jan. 1, 1863. Jubilant celebrations followed the reading of the proclamation, which began a tradition that has lasted for 155 years, and continues to this day, celebrated in cities across America. The purpose of the Juneteenth Freedom Walk in Clewiston is to celebrate and promote change. People will be able to register to vote during the event as well. This event is open to anyone who wants to join. Families are welcome and encouraged. For more information about this event, Contact Dr. Janet Holmes Peeples at 786-245-1067.