Monday June 22, 2020

Juneteenth celebrations unfolded nationwide over the weekend, forcing many to examine the racial disparities that still exist in our country. The holiday commemorates a specific date — June 19, 1865, the day many of the last enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed. However, 155 years later, cries against racism continue to clench communities following the death of George Floyd. From Okeechobee to Palm Beach County to right here in Clewiston, the public outcry continues for an equalized criminal justice system. Former Commissioner Janet B. Taylor spoke out this past Friday after the Freedom Walk, the took place from Harlem to Civic Park. Taylor gave thanks to local law enforcement, city officials, and all friends and supporters of the message of last week’s event. 

From meats to vegetables, US health officials are warning people to avoid some foods for E. coli and lack of inspection. Nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef products were recalled over fears of E. coli contamination. They have the establishment number “EST. 46841” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Items recalled include “Value Pack Fresh Ground Beef 76% Lean / 24% Fat” and “Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef.” Both were on one-pound packages with a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20. More than 83,000 pounds of raw beef products are being recalled due to lack of inspection, federal officials said. They include boneless ribeye roll, flank steak, fresh boneless brisket, fresh eye of round and fresh flap meat. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.” Some Garden salads have also been recalled, though they were sold in the Midwest. 

Here’s a complete list of the recalled items.

Here’s a complete list of the recalled items.

Our local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 144 recently held their Annual Installation Dinner at the Quart House in LaBelle. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit charity that provides support for veterans and their families. They are known for helping more than 1 million veterans every year, giving rides to medical appointments and assisting with benefit claims. These services are offered by the DAV free of charge. During the Installation Dinner, Steve Harn was installed to the position of Commander, Dave Johnson; Adjutant: Fran Koebert; Treasurer: Bob Kirkwood; Service Officer: David Abney; Judge Advocate: Bob Schall; Sargent at Arms: Bubba Synder; Membership:  as well as John McGlynchey, Charles Davis.

LHS cheerleaders held a bake sale at Barron Park last week. They raised $3790.35. Did they buy new uniforms? No. Saving up for a cheerleading trip? No. Going toward the Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship? Ding. Ding. Ding. The Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship has been set up, through a partnership with SW Florida Heroes Foundation. Contributions to the Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship can be made at all First Bank of Clewiston locations. Make checks payable to SW Florida Heroes Foundation, Inc. with a memo that reads Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship. You can also donate online:

Keen was laid to rest today in LaBelle at 11 a.m.

Registration at Gove Elementary is open for new students. Gove Elementary is now open to register new students and incoming kindergarten students through appointment only. Registrations will be held on the following dates:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 23, June 25 and June 30
Please call Ms. Nava to arrange your appointment at 561-993-8700 or 561-993-8704, or send an email to

A recent article says that three local immigration detainees have reported being “retaliated against” by detention center officials after speaking to the media. This claim has been allegedly recorded in the form of a federal complaint. The grievance — filed last week with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties by immigration advocates following a June 9 Miami Herald article about conditions inside the Glades County detention center — chronicled three instances in which detainees said immigration officials retaliated against them. The Glades County detention center is run by the Glades County Sheriff’s Office under contract. Its reportedly ranked among the nation’s top 10 detention centers with the largest number of COVID-19 cases. The Glades County Sheriff’s Office said “there was no retaliation,” according to a source. As part of an ongoing federal lawsuit seeking the release of detainees, last week immigration officials disclosed to the court that the entire Glades center was on lockdown after every single one of its 320 detainees was exposed to the virus. The next virtual court hearing to discuss the matter is set for June 24.