Monday November 30, 2020

Congratulations to the Clewiston Cougars flag football team as they have earned the title of Mid-Florida District 5 6u Champions! They are moving on to the 3rd round of playoffs in Sebring on Saturday. Coach Jay Similian thanked the coaches, parents, team moms, and especially the football players. Jatalia St Patrick and her 6u cheerleaders also earned 3rd place in their cheer-off! Congratulations to the Clewiston Cougars organization.

Florida Highway Patrol detectives are investigating a vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 77-year-old Okeechobee man last Tuesday night in Okeechobee County. FHP troopers say the man was driving a pickup truck, coming out of the Dollar General parking lot on NW 30th Lane just before 6:15 when he pulled into traffic in front of another oncoming pickup truck. The driver of the second pickup truck collided with the 77-year-old man’s truck and then the driver of a third pickup truck could not avoid colliding with the first two trucks. The impact sent the 77-year-old man’s truck over the median and ended up on the left shoulder of the road. The 77-year-old man was declared dead at the scene by medics. The occupants of the second and third trucks received minor injuries and were treated at the scene. Due to Marsy’s Law, FHP is not releasing the names of those involved in the accident.

We’ve finally made it Floridians, the last day of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season. Believe it or not, the season comes to a close with at least 30 named storms, most storms shifted away from Florida. National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Wool calls it luck. Wool says it just happened that way where the currents just continuously steered into the Gulf. Now we’ve been relatively lucky but, the National Weather Service says, don’t expect the tropics to be quiet. Florida has been touched by four of the named storms, and only Hurricane Eta made direct landfall in the state. The most memorable of this year’s storms for Florida was Hurricane Sally, which crossed the southern end of the peninsula as a depression before making landfall Sept. 15 near Gulf Shores, Ala. Sally also was responsible for three deaths in Florida, while crop, livestock and aquaculture losses have been estimated between $55 and $100 million.

Florida has reported 7,363 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The state now has 992,660 cases of COVID-19 and 18,736 total deaths, according to FDOH. Florida recorded 59 additional deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. No new deaths reported out of Hendry County with 2,488 total cases. Glades County reports a total of 666 cases and 10 deaths.