Monday February 15, 2021

A news reports says a fire sparked inside a home on Breana Court in LaBelle yesterday. Volunteers said fire officials confirmed four people and two children were impacted by the fire. The Red Cross was on the scene to help coordinate emergency aid. No other information was immediately available from fire officials.

Hendry County Deputies have again rounded up a couple of unlikely suspects. Two horses were found wandering around in Clewiston on Friday, and have been apprehended by the department. A red mare pony with a halter, and a brown Paso Fino stud with a white dot on the forehead, were found wandering around Bald Cypress Avenue in Clewiston on Feb. 12. If these could be your animals, call HCSO at 863-674-5600 and ask to speak with an Agricultural Deputy reference to case HCSO21OFF000450. After three days, if they have not been claimed by their owners, the horses may become the property of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.

The Red Cross was once again on the scene of a house fire in Hendry County, this time in Clewiston. The fire happened Friday on West Obispo Avenue. The Red Cross provided support such as health and mental health resources to the family of three whose home was a total loss. If you’d like to help the Red Cross in their relief efforts visit RedCross.org/SouthFlorida.

Another hit and run accident has claimed the life of an 18-year-old Clewiston man. The Florida Highway Patrol says it happened Saturday at an undetermined time at the intersection of Art Lawrence Road and Old Highway 27 in Clewiston. According to the report, a 55-year-old female driver of an SUV hit him, throwing him into a utility pole. She ended up driving away from the scene, but troopers say her car was eventually found at her home in Clewiston, and impounded. FHP is still investigating. It is unknown what charges she’ll face.

The Health Departments in Hendry & Glades Counties have transitioned their COVID-19 operations to offer COVID-19 vaccinations rather than testing. Glades County Department of Health accepted LIMITED WALK-INS for the COVID-19 Vaccination over the weekend for the First Dose Only. The Department announced yesterday that they will take limited walk-ins today as well, from 9:00am to 10:30am at 1021 Healthpark Drive, Moore Haven.

Keep in mind the department is still only vaccinating:

• Long-term care facility residents and staff
• Persons 65 years of age and older and
• Health care personnel with direct patient contact

You must properly identify yourself to qualify for the shot.

Testing will still be available periodically at the Health Departments. The next scheduled testing date by the DOH will be March 8th, as the February 22nd date has been canceled. Testing will take place at the Hendry County Health Department at 1140 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle Monday, March 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. You do not need an appointment for testing.

 Some road work and construction services began on Sonora Avenue from W.C. Owen Avenue to Twin Lakes Drive in Clewiston yesterday. They’ll be milling and resurfacing the roadway through February 21. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic and the speed limit will be reduced. You might find the lanes closed off and on so adjust your drive time accordingly. This project should take 7 days to complete. Road work operations will occur through Sunday the 21st from 4:30pm – 5am. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.