Monday February 8, 2021

A man is dead and a woman is critically injured after a crash on hwy-27 in Clewiston on Friday. The 79-year-old Belle Glade man was driving while the 64-year-old woman was a passenger in the car, according to Florida Highway Patrol. A pickup truck was also involved in the crash, but the driver and passenger were not injured. Troopers said Belle Glade man was driving westbound on US-27 while the truck was driving eastbound. The Belle Glade man’s car turned left into the path of the truck at the intersection of Evercane Road. The front of the truck hit the right side of the Belle Glade man’s car, FHP said. The man was pronounced dead on scene and EMS rushed the passenger in his car to St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle Sunday night. This happened on SR-80 and caused the westbound lanes to close from Hendry to Martin streets in Hendry County. The pedestrian victim was transported to the hospital. No further information has been released at this time.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating after a helicopter made an emergency landing near Pahokee. Authorities said a Bell 206 helicopter went down in a sugarcane field Thursday during frigid weather, just after midnight. The helicopter, flipped over and caught fire with two people on board. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said no one required a trip to the hospital.

A “pop-up” vaccination site was put together in Pahokee last week, after resident and former NFL player Anquan Boldin reached out to fellow football player and former Pahokee resident John Davis, secretary of the Florida Lottery. Boldin said the plight of seniors more than 25 miles from the nearest Publix pharmacy dispensing hard-to-get vaccines prompted him to reach out to another native son — Davis. DeSantis credited Davis for bringing the situation to his administration’s immediate attention. Commissioner Melissa McKinlay was happy to hear the news. She said input from Boldin and Davis made the vaccination site happen faster than normal. And a lot of residents said they were thankful finally to be vaccinated. McKinlay said the 500 people who got first shots in Pahokee will get second shots later this month.

First Lady of Florida Casey DeSantis announced that the theme for Black History Month in February will be “Community Champions – Celebrating the Contributions of African Americans in Florida’s Communities” and released information regarding the student art and essay contests and Excellence in Education awards. First Lady DeSantis is inviting students to participate in academic and creative contests based on theme. Students in grades K-3 can participate in an art contest, wherein 2 winners will be selected, while students in grades 4-12 can participate in an essay contest, and 3 winners will be selected. Each winner from grades 4-12 will receive a 4-Year scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award, which will also have 3 winners. Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at entries must be received by 5 pm (ET) on February 26, 2021.