News 2-12-2020

A LaBelle man has died following a vehicle accident that took place last night on Cowboy Way and SE Eucalyptus Boulevard in Hendry County. 65 year old Silvio Picado was traveling west on E Cowboy Way,when his vehicle traveled off the road and struck a tree. The driver was pronounced on the scene. According to the Florida Highway patrol, alcohol was not a factor.

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies are looking into the causes of two separate accidents that happened yesterday and Monday. Monday morning, shortly before ten o’clock, fire and emergency crews were called to Berman Road for an overturned semi-tractor trailer truck. Officials on scene say the accident only involved the truck and there were no injuries reported. The accident shut down traffic in both directions for several hours while emergency crews removed the downed semi from the road. Yesterday, another accident, this one involving a school bus and another vehicle. Officials on scene say the accident happened sometime around 6:30 yesterday morning on the 47 hundred block of Mitchell Road. Like Monday’s accident, there were no injuries to anyone involved, but it shut down the road to traffic in both directions for about an hour. Both accidents remain under investigation.

Florida lawmakers, on Tuesday evening, pushed a bill requiring employers to use the e-verify system to check the immigration status of new hires. Senate Bill 664 cleared its first committee hurdle with a split vote. The legislation now faces two additional committees before reaching the Senate floor. It would also need approval from the House before reaching the governor. If DeSantis signs the bill, Florida would join a shortlist of states requiring all or most businesses to use E-Verify. Eight do currently, including Georgia and Alabama.

Congratulations to Pierina Ramirez Santel, 37, of Clewiston. The Florida Lottery announced that she claimed the first $2 million top prize from the HOLIDAY LUCK Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,530,000.00. The winning ticket was purchased from Marylou’s General Store, located at 115 Del Club Avenue Montura Ranch in Clewiston. The retailer will receive a $4,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a trooper was injured Tuesday morning after he fell off a motorcycle near South Bay in western Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said the incident happened at South U.S. 27 and John L. Evans Road around 11:15 a.m.  According to FHP, Sgt. Milton Busby was on duty when he was involved in a single vehicle motorcycle crash. Firefighters arrived and found the trooper in the roadway and his motorcycle with heavy damage. All lanes of U.S. 27 were blocked while a medical helicopter landed at the scene to transport Sgt. Busby to Delray Medical Center. FHP said the trooper has serious injuries.

At yesterday’s PBC Board of County Commissioners meeting, the commission approved some great projects for the Glades area. Project Jacobson was approved for funds to build a manufacturing facility in Belle Glade, to use 85 acres of land and construct and equip a 140,000-square-foot facility. The project would create 200 new jobs at an annualized average wage of $38,000 and an annualized median wage of $33,000 over a five-year period. The board also approved $2.55 million for loans to developers of affordable housing. The plan is to build Quiet Meadows, a 132-unit senior and disabled multifamily rental project, including 20 HOME-assisted units in Belle Glade; and to construct three single-family homes in western Palm Beach County, one in Belle Glade and two in Pahokee. There was also an approval for staff to prepare a resolution to rename a section of State Road 715 near the Glades Airport in Pahokee in memory of Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Wallace and Deputy Sheriff Donta J. Manuel who were killed in the line of duty in 2007.

The first pageant for the Hendry County Fair took place on opening night last night Under the Big Top at the Fairgrounds in Clewiston. The Little Miss Hendry County Pageant contestants took the stage in their individual costumes, all in an effort to fill the shoes of 2019 Little Miss, Madison Alford, who was there to graciously relinquish her crown. After the introductions, the outfit changes and the interview questions, the judges tabulated the scores. Congratulations to Jayla Velasquez who is our 2020 Little Miss Hendry County. Next up, Junior Miss Hendry County 2020 will take place February 13 during free admission night. Gates open at 6:30. Pageant begins at 7:30.