Friday October 9, 2020

The Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic (LORE) Alliance and local farmers have been working on a special project for months and the recent unveiling demonstrates how groups and organizations working collaboratively can accomplish great things in the name of community.  A new sign at 20-Mile Bend is a testament to just that. The Guardians of the Glades and the LORE gave special thanks to the private landowner that permitted the sign on their property, which highlights the wonderful crops that are grown and harvested in the EAA. Ultimately, these crops feed the entire country. Agriculture is a major economic engine in Palm Beach County and the State of Florida. And this new and colorful picture, is worth a thousand words and so much more.

With Hurricane Delta expected to make landfall today in Louisiana, utility crews from Florida will help restore electricity after the storm. Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida and 10 Florida municipal utilities will have crews in Louisiana. Florida utilities also have sent crews to help with power-restoration after other storms this year, such as Hurricane Laura, which hit Louisiana. FPL employees and contractors began going to Louisiana on Thursday morning.

Hendry County will be conducting mosquito spraying over Felda, LaBelle Acres, LaBelle Ranchettes, South LaBelle and Wheeler Estates now through Wednesday, October 14th. These operations will continue throughout the remainder of the year as mosquito levels warrant. The insecticide to treat for adult mosquitoes is approved for application by the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida.  This operation will be conducted by Clarke. If you have questions concerning this operation, please call Clarke at 800-443-2034 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Crime stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Deborah Anderson. She has no last known address on record. Anderson worked in the retail industry is wanted for failure to appear for grand theft charges. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Deborah Anderson, contact Crimes stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Python removal agents working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) recently broke the record for the longest Burmese python eliminated in Florida. The 2 agents removed an18 foot, 9-inch snake on Oct. 2 along the L-28 Tieback Canal about 35 miles west of Miami. This beats the state’s previous record of 18 feet, 8 inches from 2013. So far, hunters for the expanded program run by the two agencies have removed more than 5,000 invasive pythons from South Florida’s Everglades ecosystem.

It’s breast cancer awareness month. Programs, services and resources are available locally, at Hendry Regional Medical Center. Electa Waddell, PIO for the hospital says things may look a little different this year. The Pink Warriors Walk, normally held at the end of the month, like many group events has been cancelled this year. Waddell says, this cancellation will not intercept the amazing fundraising efforts by organizations and individuals. The person who donates will receive a JUST CURE IT T-shirt, and banner with their name on it displayed on HWY27. All funds for this campaign will go toward the Pink Warriors Fund. With this fund, women are able the money for screenings, exams and other services provided by Hendry Regional Medical Center.

Hendry County Workforce Development over the past year, has the highest, statewide percentage increase in funding from the Florida Department of Education. Program enrollments have increased by 43% in Hendry County! Programs range from CNA, to GED, to ESOL, HVAC and more! Click the link for the full report. http://fldoe.org/…/7529/urlt/2021-wf-fundingsummary.pdf