News 4-1-2020

The Florida Department of Education has directed all public schools in Florida to be closed through Friday, May 1. During this time, e-Learning will continue for all Glades School District students and teachers. Meal deliveries will also continue as scheduled. The District encourages all parents to read the Glades e-Learning Plan posted on the District website:  gladesedu.org.  There, parents can find information in English and Spanish on instructional policies, procedures and contact information for WIFI and technical issues. All updates, meal delivery schedules and links to the e-Learning plan can be found on the district web-page and social media pages.

Glades County residents have suffered the loss of one of its own due to underlying medical conditions and complications from COVID-19. The resident was an 89-year-old male from Moore Haven. A fourth resident of Hendry County has tested positive for COVID-19. The latest case is confirmed to be a 46-year-old male resident of Clewiston. All 4 individuals who have tested positive in Clewiston are currently under isolation. The Department of Health strongly urges residents to continue following the guidance provided by the CDC and DOH in order to slow the spread of COVID-19:

· Stay home as much as possible

· Wash your hands often with soap and water

· Cover your coughs and sneezes 

· Clean and disinfect surfaces often

· If you are sick, call your medical provider or local health department

 More information about COVID-19 cases in Florida can be found on the DOH website – https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ and on the DOH dashboard which is updated twice a day at approximately 11:30am and 6:30pm  

Sgt. First Class Maribel German is a graduate of Glades Central High School. She graduated in 2001 and followed her passion to serve in the military. Nineteen years later, she decided to return to her hometown which she says, helped her achieve her military dream. Sgt. German formally appeared at Forever Glades Cemetery in Belle Glade for her reenlistment ceremony where her mother was laid to rest back in 2018. She was joined by her Captain Tori Menendez. Sergeant German was quoted as saying, “Belle Glade gave my family a purpose. My mother was able to serve as a truck driver, which contributed to helping the Belle Glade community to thrive. As for myself, ‘The Muck’ produced the soldier in me, which contributed to serving my country.” Sgt First Class Maribel German, congratulations, and thank you for your service.

An arrest has been made in a 2017 Hendry County cold case, according to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. Hendry County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25-year-old Arthur T. Harrington of Belle Glade, in the death of Donald Johnson of Clewiston. Harrington is currently following in-house arrest orders for weapon and drug charges, according to a source. He was taken into custody Friday, March 27, with the assistance of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He will be booked on charges of homicide and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The homicide happened Dec. 14, 2017 when deputies received a call from witnesses reporting a shooting that happened in front of the M&M Store at ‪944 Kentucky Ave. in Clewiston.

A 1,675 acre ranch in Hendry County just sold for $14,154,115, according to the Tampa Bay News. The property, located in LaBelle, is a large citrus grove, producing a variety of oranges, tangelos, and grapefruit. The property is improved with a substantial irrigation drip system and approved Southwest Florida Water Management Districts water permits through 2029. Brian Beasley, one of the brokers in the sale said the buyer of the land will probably use it for industrial uses sometime in the near future, possibly solar panels for electricity.

A virtual town hall meeting for the residents of the ‘Glades is planned for Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. Tune in online via www.brotherchurch.com or the Guardians of the Glades page on Facebook.

The town hall meeting will include information about:

• The Palm Beach County School District’s E-Learning plan;

• Assistance available to businesses;

• Financial assistance available to those experiencing economic hardship relative to the pandemic;

• How to properly protect yourself;

• Law enforcement efforts;

• Real time information and updates from elected leadership.

Two people were taken to a trauma hospital Monday morning after a crash in South Bay, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said. The crash happened at about 9:15 a.m. on U.S. 27 near the intersection with Willard Smith Road, south of the South Bay Correctional Facility. It was not immediately clear how many vehicles were involved in the crash.