Friday October 8, 2021

An updated report from Florida Highway Patrol showed a truck driver ran a red light, causing a fatal two-vehicle crash in June on State Road 60 in Indian River County. The updated information is a reversal from initial reports that the other driver was at fault. The deadly wreck claimed the life of a 61-year-old Vero Beach woman according to reports. The fatal collision happened shortly after 10 a.m. June 16 at an intersection just east of Interstate 95. Troopers said a 63-year-old Clewiston man was traveling eastbound pulling a trailer on S.R. 60. Troopers said the Vero Beach woman was in a grey Mazda sitting in the turning lane at 90th Avenue. The Clewiston man reportedly ran the red light as the female driver traveled into the intersection. The new details are a reversal from initial reports that the truck driver had a green light and that the Mazda driver ran a red light. Troopers said the truck crashed into the left side of the Mazda, pushing the car across the westbound lanes and into a ditch. The Mazda driver had “no contributing action” to the collision, according to the updated traffic crash report. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

On July 23, 2021, Glades County turned 100 years old, according to county records.  On July 23, 1921 then Governor, Cary Hardee, signed a bill that split Desoto County into five (5) counties: Desoto, Charlotte, Hardee, Highlands and Glades. According to Susan Whidden, Tourism Development Director, due to the Covid pandemic, the birthday celebration for the county was postponed.  The committee has chosen November 2022 to hold a parade, exhibits at the Doyle Conner Building, tours of updated rodeo grounds, a street dance and a concert, as well as other various activities to acknowledge the founding, and the history, of Glades County.  Current members of the Glades County Centennial Committee welcome input and suggestions from community members of Moore Haven, Ortona, Washington Park, Buckhead Ridge, Palmdale, Lakeport, Port LaBelle, Horseshoe Acers, and Brighton.  Contact  SWhidden@myglades.com to participate.

The Governor’s Press Office Reports: Due to school districts’ violations of students’ and families’ rights, the State Board of Education (SBOE) authorized Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran to financially sanction the salaries, of elected school board officials in eight school districts including Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange, and Palm Beach. According to the release, these counties have violated the rights of students and parents, by denying them the option to make personal and private health care decisions for their children, by persistently enacting mask mandates in their districts. Florida law requires districts and schools to establish and implement various protocols consistent with the Parents’ Bill of Rights. On August 9, 2021, The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) issued a set of rules, allowing a parent or legal guardian the authority to choose whether their child wears or does not wear a face covering or mask in school – rules that these school districts have violated according to the State. The FDOE is directed to withhold state funds awarded to districts for their noncompliance with this Emergency Rule.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Jerome Watson. His last known address is SW 4th St., Belle Glade. He is wanted for FAILURE TO APPEAR for POSSESSION OF XANAX and being UNLICENSED CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON charge. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jerome Watson, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

The City of South Bay is holding the Crossroads City Market in Tanner Park. According to organizers, there will be clothing, fresh produce, baked goods, live plants and more! It’s giving farmers market! Tomorrow! Saturday October 9 from 9 am to 1 pm at Tanner Park in South Bay at 105 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.