News 2-14-2020

This week is a special week for foster care in Okeechobee County as it was proclaimed Foster Family Appreciation Week by county commissioners at their meeting yesterday. Caryn Toole, the Director for Communities Connected for Kids in Okeechobee and Indian River Counties, was on hand to accept the proclamation and she says it “feels great” that foster care is being recognized and appreciated this week. Toole says foster care is an important piece of the child welfare system and while most children are taken in by relatives, there are over a hundred kids that are not. That is where foster families come in. Toole says local foster children more often than not are placed in families in Okeechobee as opposed to families outside the county. Toole says there are not many foster families in the area and Communities Connected for Kids are always looking for people interested in being foster parents. For more information, visit

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about declared Sexual Predator Boris Abello is now residing on Pelican Lake Drive, Pahokee.

Yesterday, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to a fire on the 400 block of Coconut Court in South Bay. Firefighters reported smoke from the front of a home and entered to investigate. A fire in the kitchen area of the home was quickly extinguished. There were no reports of any injuries and unknown amounts of property damage reported.

Last night was free entry to the Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show in Clewiston. People came out in droves for the cake auction, fun on the midway, and the Jr. Miss Hendry County Pageant. Six contestants took the stage last night to show off their, talents, their interview skills as well as their beautiful evening gowns. Kayleigh Torres took the prize of Miss Photogenic, Raelynn Paniagua won Miss Congeniality, First runner up went to Jayla Vallejo. Queens from around the lake visited to congratulate all of the girls on their big night. The biggest award of the night and your 2020 Jr Miss Hendry County went to Peyton Grace Lee. Peyton raised the most funds and took home a $75 gift card along with her brand-new sash and crown. A very special thank you to the 2019 Jr Miss Victoria Roberts who assisted with the choreography and the onstage presentations. The pageantry continues tomorrow night as 9 beautiful contestants will vie for the title of Miss Hendry County 2020. Show starts tomorrow at 7:30.

A Clewiston woman has been arrested for Grand Theft and transported to the Hendry County Jail. On January 29, Clewiston High School Prinicpal Roberto Sanchez reported that funds were missing from his secretary’s office. Former secretary to Principal Sanchez, Nora Ramirez, was questioned about missing funds totaling 4,500 dollars, and according to the arrest report, confessed to the crime. Hendry County Schools has decided to prosecute.

The College Board has announced that Florida leads the nation with the highest percentage of the class of 2019 graduates who took an Advanced Placement (AP) exam while in high school. Fifty-six percent of the 2019 graduating class participated in an AP exam during their high school career. Also according to data released, Florida’s 2019 graduates continue to have the third highest AP success rate in the nation, with 32.3 percent scoring a 3 or higher on an AP Exam during high school. Additionally, Florida is ranked third in the nation for improvement over the past 10 years in the percentage of graduates scoring 3 or higher on the AP exam during high school, improving by 12.2 percentage points during the last decade.

Crimes Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Felicia Salinas. Her last known address is in South Bay. She is wanted for violation of probation on grand theft and burglary charges. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Felicia Salinas, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.