News 3-11-2020

Hendry County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Egley says, although the COVID-19 virus spreading in 21 counties is Florida, Hendry County is not one of them. He asserts that the administration is constantly and actively abreast of all the latest information from various agencies that will allow the folks in charge to make thoughtful and informed decisions regarding our students, teachers and staff. Dr. Egley says if people would care to stay informed, they should follow the health departments website at floridahealth.gov.

A former Hendry County Deputy has yet another court date scheduled for a domestic battery charge he is facing stemming from an incident last November where he allegedly hit his wife. Anthony Blackman, who joined the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office over 3 years ago, had his last court appearance February 12th where one of the Domestic Battery charges was dropped. According to Hendry County Clerk of Court, Blackman has another court appearance today at the Hendry County Courthouse at 1:30 where he will still face one count of Domestic Battery.

Last night during the Hendry County Board of County commissioners meeting held in Clewiston, Clewiston City Manager Randy Martin announced that the city’s largest festival of the year would be canceled. Martin said in consideration for the CDC‘s cautioning against mass gatherings, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, organizers for the 2020 Sugar Festival have been advised to cancel any large community events, despite there being no known cases of the disease in the county. Local officials continue to work with public health organizations as the priority is to protect the community. As far as questions regarding a reschedule, the sugar festival committee, the city, and the people of US Sugar say the hope is to see everyone next year.

Last month Senator Marco Rubio chose Moore Haven Middle High School to receive five brand new computers as part of the Computers for Schools Program. Principal Janice Foster happily accepted the generous gift, thanking the senators office for “equipping our schools with the tools and technology necessary for success.” Foster says the computers will be a great help to the students and to the school as a whole.

For 2019, LaBelle High School Student Yulianices Fernandez was named Hendry County Sunshine State Scholar. This years recipient is from Clewiston High School. According to the High Schools Facebook page, Evelyn Jones has been named 2020 Sunshine State Scholar for Hendry County. WAFC reached out to Clewiston High School for comment and to make contact with Miss Jones but our messages were unreturned. Congratulations to Clewiston high school student Evelyn Jones, Hendry County Sunshine state scholar of the year.