News May 12, 2021

Kali Holt, a junior at Labelle High School qualified and competed in the FL State finals during the weekend of April 29 and qualified for the National Competition of FHSRA. Kali will be on the team representing FL in barrel racing. She is also the FL Reserve Champion in pole bending and represented FL on this team as well.  Kali & Chasin Moonlight are your 2021 Florida High School Reserve Champion Pole Benders and they are headed to Lincoln, Nebraska for the National High School Finals Rodeo! They placed in all 3 rounds in the state finals. The national competition will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska July 18-25. Good luck to LaBelle High Schools own Kali Holt. And as always, Go Cowboys!

Governor DeSantis issued an emergency order Tuesday evening related to the Colonial Pipeline closure. Drivers all across the state quickly drained many of the gas pumps in fear of a gas shortage. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order waives size and weight restrictions to support efforts to transport gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel. The Florida Department of Transportation will issue permits under special circumstances, according to the order. The order is in response to the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, forcing the pipeline to pause operations Friday to contain the hack. The pipeline delivers about 45% of the fuel used along the Eastern Seaboard. Colonial anticipates restarting most of its operations by the end of the week.

Brenda Barnes, spokesperson for the Department of Health says the CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow the CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people. Even if you are fully vaccinated, choose safer travel options to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others from COVID-19. According to the CDC, all travelers should Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers should avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is not traveling with you. And of course, you should still wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol). Consider Short road trips with members of your household or fully vaccinated people with few stops along the way. If you must fly, try to take flights with the fewest stops or layovers. Only stay in a vacation rental with people from your household or fully vaccinated people. The CDC provides more information on Safe food options, safe camping and tips for international travel. Click on the news tab on our website, at WAFC FM. Com. You can also check CDC’s Travel Planner to get important information as you consider traveling to different cities, states, and national parks across the United States. Read more about CDC’s International Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated and Unvaccinated People. Domestic Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People  When NOT to Travel: Avoid Spreading COVID-19 COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination Safe Travel Ideas After International Travel.

Palm Beach State College is holding Grad Walk Thursday, May 13 to celebrate the achievements of its spring 2021 graduates.  The event, which is in lieu of a traditional commencement ceremony, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus. Graduates donning caps and gowns will arrive in groups of 40 during 15-minute prearranged time slots to hear their names called, walk across the stage, be greeted by President Ava L. Parker, J.D. and be photographed.  The College is expanding the outside portion of the celebration. In addition to a DJ and appearances by Palmer, the College’s panther mascot, there will be more photo backdrops and a variety of food trucks for graduates and their families. Palm Beach State will award more than 2,600 associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates this spring. For more information about Grad Walk, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/graduation.