Monday July 13, 2020

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it could be getting body cameras. County Mayor Dave Kerner said last week that he plans to maybe shift sales-tax money, to come up with the $19 million Sheriff Rick Bradshaw says he needs. Twelve other municipalities in Palm Beach County currently have body cameras, including some of the school officials. Right now, PBSO has dashboard cameras in some of its vehicles, which include patrol cars, unmarked units and support vehicles. Both Hendry and Glades County have body cameras.

Florida logged 15,300 new coronavirus cases Sunday, the biggest daily gain any state has recorded. Hendry County is now reported to have 1,196 cases of the virus since testing began in March. Glades County reports 203 cases. Florida’s Health Department has confirmed more than 10,000 new cases a day since Friday, the last time Florida recorded its highest daily tally. The rest of South Florida also broke one-day records. Broward County’s coronavirus count climbed by more than 1,700. Miami-Dade County’s grew by almost 3,600. State health officials confirmed 45 more coronavirus fatalities since Saturday, bringing the statewide death toll to 4,346. 28 people have died in Hendry County. 1 has died in Glades.

Glades County Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Michael Torres is a new addition to the Public Safety Department and plans soon to be a full-fledged paramedic. Originally from Miami, Torres became a firefighter in July 2017. At 26, he is already certified as an EMT-B. Coming from the closely populated southeast coast, to him the biggest difference now, in serving a rural Florida county, is not just his own 90-mile commute but the wide-open spaces. It’s quite the commute but he says an attitude of enthusiasm helps.

Jenna McClain, junior weightlifter for LaBelle High School, is not only a 1A State Champion, she was recently named News-Press Female Weightlifter of the Year for the second year in a row. This honor puts her above all other athletes for her sport in Southwest Florida. Girls weightlifting was announced online by Olympic Champion and four-time world champion wrestler, Jordan Burroughs. Jenna beat out two other athletes from Lee County for the honor of Female Weightlifter of The Year. McClain was also one of the three female athletes in Southwest Florida to be nominated as Female Athlete of the Year. Even though McClain did not win, it was quite an honor to be nominated.

Two athletes from Hendry County, Xavier Charles, 14, and Zailin Jackson, 14, traveled to Atlanta for the 10th Annual Future Stars Game, one of the most elite All-Star football games for young athletes in the country. We know what you’re thinking and navigating the challenges presented by the current pandemic, everyone involved worked extremely hard to stay compliant and follow safe practices.  In March 2020, Zailin, who plays running back and linebacker, and Xavier, wide receiver and corner back, tried out for the Future Stars Game held in Palm Beach. They earned Co-MVP titles at that camp. They were then recruited by Coach Ricky Simon, for the Florida Future Stars team. The young athletes returned for training with the CHS Tigers on Monday, July 6.

An injured dog was found just outside of Montura in Hendry County Saturday evening. Clewiston Animal Control said Tundra the dog was found in a secluded area at around 10 p.m. When they got there, Tundra was weak and could barely stand. A volunteer with CAC took her to the shelter and she was able to sleep once she arrived. Clewiston Animal Control said Tundra was taken by Gulf Coast Humane Society. Anyone with information about Tundra can contact Clewiston Animal Control at (863) 983-1474 – dial 0. All tips will remain anonymous.  Anyone who would like to donate to Tundra’s care and treatment can contact the Gulf Coast Humane Society in Fort Myers. 

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) announced all navigational locks it maintains on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee opened over the weekend. The open locks maintained by SFWMD the public can use to enter and exit Lake Okeechobee include:

  • Okeechobee County: S-193 boat lock, Taylor Creek
  • Martin County: S-135 boat lock, J&S Fish Camp
  • Okeechobee County: G-36 boat lock, Henry Creek
  • Glades County: S-127 boat lock, Buckhead Ridge and S-131 boat lock, Lakeport
  • Hendry County: S-310 boat lock, Clewiston

Anglers and boaters can also access Lake Okeechobee and the rim canal from several access points around the lake through public boat ramps. Visit FWC’s Boat Ramp Finder to find one near you.