Monday November 23, 2020

Pahokee’s football program stayed ahead of Royal Palm Beach Saturday morning for three quarters as they took the lead to a 36-8 victory in their regular season finale. After losing to Glades Central, Saturday’s performance was a welcome return to what Coach DJ Boldin knows is a tough defense. For Pahokee, Boldin hopes that Saturday’s win provides momentum heading into the playoffs.

Local agencies in Palm Beach County are teaming up to make Thanksgiving easier for some families. The organizations will give away hundreds of meals to preselected families across eight communities across our area. The meals will be handed out by county commissioners, PBSO deputies, and firefighters. Families would receive a 10-12-pound turkey and a box of items including cranberry sauce, apples, stuffing, potatoes and green bean casserole. Meal distribution will be today at 10 a.m. Canal Point – Canal Point Baptist Church.

According to the Department of Health, there were 938,414 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Sunday afternoon. The number of cases rose by 6,586 from the previous day. At least 18,214 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida, as 62 new deaths were reported overnight. Visit Coronavirus Response (hendryfla.net) for the most updated cases locally and throughout the state.

An Emergency Order has been extended in Palm Beach County requiring face coverings. Considering the most current data on COVID-19 spread in Palm Beach County and throughout the nation, the CDC recommendations on wearing of facial coverings, and the safe operation of businesses and public schools, the County Administrator has determined that it is necessary and appropriate to extend the original Order for an additional thirty days. Facial coverings must be worn by all persons, other than those specifically exempted. Facial coverings must be worn by all persons in public places where social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines is not possible or not being practiced.

Record flooding from Tropical Storm Eta this month caused severe damage to South Florida vegetable crops that were bound for holiday tables, and could lead to shortages or price increases. The cost of the damage to Florida’s crops is estimated to be between $85 million and $320 million, according to a report this week from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. It’s too soon to know whether the losses will lead to price increases at the grocery story as suppliers scramble to find other possible sources of vegetables. Hundley Farms in Belle Glade, one of the biggest farms in the Everglades Agricultural Area, lost about 500 acres of crops during Eta’s wrath.

Joann May of the FDOT is advising the public that for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no lane closures from Wednesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 29th. Regular nighttime lane closures may resume on Monday, November 30th.  Regular daytime work is permitted as long as there is no interference with the traveling public.  Beginning next week, there is no roadwork scheduled for Hendry and Glades Counties, but will resume for Okeechobee and surrounding counties. Motorists traveling this Thanksgiving are reminded to buckle up, stay alert, and be courteous on the roadways so everyone can reach their destination safely. 

Harry Chapin Food Bank: On Wednesday November 25

10 a.m. – Noon
Chalo Nitka Grounds, Moore Haven
301 10th St., Moore Haven, FL 33471

10 a.m. – Noon
Feeding with Hope, (John Boy Auditorium)Clewiston
1200 W C Owen Ave., Clewiston, FL 33440

*No pantries scheduled for the remainder of the week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

For the full schedule for Harry Chapin’s mobile food banks, click here.