Monday October 19, 2020

Still haven’t completed your census? Well you’ve earned an extension until the end of this month. Okeechobee County Library Director Kresta King says since 2018, the US Federal Government has assigned the completing of the Census at libraries for those who do not have internet access at home. King says it’s so important to complete your Census information because it will mean very important dollars for the community in federal funding. King says most people don’t do their Census because they don’t want the Federal Government “in their business” and that couldn’t be further from the truth; they don’t ask your Social Security Number or any private information. You can complete your Census by calling the library at (863) 763-3536 or by calling the Census Bureau hotline at (844) 330-2020 or by logging on to reports, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried proclaimed Oct. 16 to 23 as “Mask Up Florida Week” in the Sunshine State. The weeklong proclamation aims to remind Floridians that masks can save lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Mask Up Florida Week is part of the Commissioner’s Be SMART Florida awareness campaign. The campaign, which digitally launched in August, encourages Floridians to do their part to contain the virus. The SMART acronym asks Floridians to social distance, mask up, avoid crowds, remember to wash hands, and throw away disposable PPE items. Notably, Fried’s campaign launched days after Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled his “One Goal, One Florida“ campaign.

Early voting began today in Hendry and Palm Beach County, and on October 24 in Glades County.  The Hendry elections website , Palm Beach County elections site, and the Glades County site all have detailed information about the voting process including polling locations, local candidates, sample ballots and voting dates and times.

Detectives are looking for a 38-year-old man they want to question about a double homicide at a Winter Haven motel on Tuesday night, authorities said. The Winter Haven Police Department is looking for Beloni Petitfrere, whom they believe is connected to the killings of 40-year-old Timothy Anderson and 49-year-old Leslee Umpleby, police said. The mother of Anderson requested a well-being check for her son at Rose Motel on Wednesday at 3:20 p.m. after she had not heard from him. Anderson typically called his mother daily. Detectives found Umpleby and Anderson dead inside the motel room, investigators said. A witness told police they saw someone wearing a hoodie go toward the room after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies said. Anderson, a former Glades Central High School Student, was from Belle Glade. According to a news source, for the first time in nearly two months, state health officials reported Saturday more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases in Florida. Saturday’s increase marks the third straight day in which the state recorded more than 3,000 cases a day, the first time that has happened since Sept. 19. Since March, Hendry County has reported 2,154 positive cases. Florida’s state total is now at 755,020 as of the last report.