Monday August 17, 2020

An unidentified local man has lost his life as a result of a shooting Friday night.  Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to 34 Roosevelt Street in Belle Glade for reports of a shooting.  Teri Barbera, spokesperson for PBSO says, deputies located a male suffering from gunshot wound(s).  He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.  The motive and suspect information is unknown at this time. Detectives are in the preliminary stages of this investigation.  More information will be released when it becomes available.

Pioneer Growers of Belle Glade is a grower-owned cooperative that concentrates on bringing in quality growers that fit into the groups’ offerings and helps to expand on its year-round production. The company added five new local growers to the mix—Agra Products of Clewiston; Growers Management Inc., of Belle Glade- and several others in Central to North Florida. Since COVID-19, there has seen a big push for packaged products, and that’s an area the company has been in for more than 30 years. Looking ahead, Pioneer Growers hopes for continued expansion over the course of the next year through market penetration, product development and diversification.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says another endangered panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.  It’s the 14th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 16 total deaths this year. The remains of the 3-year-old female panther were found Wednesday in Hendry County on a rural road near the Oka-loa-coochee Slough, Wildlife Management Area. Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

A report from says people in Florida are beginning to sign up for clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines. The report says Florida ranks second in the United States in total cases behind California, and this has led to a flurry of activity, at the Research Centers of America (RCA), a private center carrying out clinical trials in Hollywood. RCA is working with six potential vaccines against COVID-19. Two of them, made by Moderna and Pfizer, are in phase three trials. Apparently, volunteers come in one after the other, by appointment. They are examined by a doctor, sign a document and receive their injection. They could be getting an experimental vaccine or just a placebo, because a control group is needed to establish a baseline for comparisons. Volunteers sign up on a web page and await a call from the clinic. Anyone is welcome. Follow the link for more information.