News 3-9-2020

The 2020 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is in the books and while it was a time of great music and fun, there were more attractions for attendees to behold. One of them was a special handprint canvas brought there by members of Martha’s House, one of the festival’s many sponsors. Jonathan Bean, Executive Director of Martha’s House says this was an interactive experience to not only promote domestic violence awareness but also awareness of positive relationships. People were asked a question about a memory they had growing up and they were asked to put an emotion to that memory and then they chose a color of paint to put on their hands and they placed their handprint on a canvas attached to an easel. Bean says this is also a way to show self-expression. Bean says he and members of his staff came up with this idea for the festival three years ago and it’s been quite successful.

The Florida Department of Health has announced updates regarding the 2019 coronavirus disease in Florida. Two individuals have died and two new presumptive positive cases have been identified in Broward County. As previously announced, COVID-19 patient in Santa Rosa County has died, following an international trip. A new individual in their seventies that tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 in Lee County has died, also following an international trip. New presumptive positive cases include a 75-year old male and a 65-year-old male, both in Broward County. They are isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. According to the Department, there is currently no threat to Hendry or Glades County as of 8 PM.  Mayor of Palm Beach County says, “At this time there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Palm Beach County.” For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121 The Call Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Dwayne Williams.    

His last known address is Roosevelt Place, Belle Glade. He is wanted for

failure to appear for dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership.