Monday October 11, 2021

A published report reveals, 2 lucky winners hit jackpots of over $100,000 at Seminole Brighton Casino. On Sunday, October 3, the first winner hit a jackpot of over $116,371.94 playing on the Dragon Link Autumn Moon slot machine. And On Thursday, October 7, the second winner hit a higher jackpot of $184,923.28 playing on the Heart Throb slot machine. Seminole Brighton Casino has over 400 slot machines, and 6 live table games according to the website, and is a full-service restaurant and lounge. The names of the winners, were not released. Congratulations to them both.

WAFC received reports that the nursing home in Clewiston was damaged due to some strong storm activity Saturday afternoon. Local sources say the damage may have been from a tornado. A National Weather Service warning said a storm capable of producing a funnel cloud and winds of more than 40 miles per hour was imminent. No injuries were reported thankfully, however some local residents showed property damage. Other residents noted power outages lasting some 2 hours or more.

Thunderstorms postponed at least a couple of footballs games Friday night. Police officers evacuated the parking lot at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, which forced the cancellation of the Blue Devils’ game with Treasure Coast. There was 1:02 left to play in the first quarter as lightning suspended Treasure Coasts’ lead at 7-0.  No makeup date has been announced. The LaBelle Cowboys home game was also postponed due to lightning. The game was reportedly called during the second quarter. That game is rescheduled for tonight against South Florida Christian Academy.

Beginning Wednesday, October 13, construction will be done on the roadway adjacent to the railroad crossing on CR720 in Clewiston. The work includes milling and resurfacing of the existing roadway. The speed limit will be reduced through the project area, and there could be some lane closures so allow extra time to reach your destination. Motorists should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone. Flagmen will be present to help direct traffic. The work is expected to have a completion time of approximately one (1) day. Operations will begin on Wednesday (10/13/21) at 8:00am and end at 5:00pm. Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Charles Murphy of our sister station WOKC reports, The citrus industry in Florida has seen a 74 percent decline since citrus greening hit the state in 1998. This is leaving many to wonder if the industry can sustain.  Dr. Thomas Dykstra, an entomologist and director of Dykstra Laboratories in Gainesville, says many trees are producing less fruit than in previous year. In August, an economist gave some reasons for the decline stating older, less productive trees, low replant rates, incentives needed, and growers losing money. Dykstra added to that theory saying so many decisions are being made that are not healthy for the industry as a whole. Find out more at citrusindustry.net.

Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced several appointments to the Citrus Commission. All of them from natives of our state, being from Orlando, Sebring and Lake Placid. But none of them closer to home than one Daniel Sutton. Sutton, who is from LaBelle, is President and General Manager of Alico, Inc. and serves on the Florida Citrus Mutual Board of Directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in citrus business from Florida Southern College. Congratulations to LaBelle’s own Daniel Sutton! One of the newest members of the Florida Citrus Commission!