Thursday August 13, 2020

An update to an incident involving an escape from the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. Somewhere around 1:00 p.m. Sunday, a correctional deputy was escorting two low-level trustees out of the Hendry County Jail to take out the trash, when inmate Patricia Lyn Woods decided to run.  According to Captain Susan Harrelle, spokesperson for the agency, an investigation revealed further, that one of the trustees faked an injury. Woods used this as a distraction to escape. Deputies did set up a perimeter in the area where she was located, approximately 20 minutes later, according to the report, and taken back into custody without incident. 

Test results for more than 81,100 individuals were reported to DOH. As of the latest report released yesterday, there are 8,109 new positive COVID-19 and 212 Florida resident deaths in one day. Hendry County is reporting 1813 positive cases since testing began in March. Glades County is reporting 408 cases. Drive thru COVID-19 testing is available for any resident Saturday August 15. Contact Glades County Department of Health to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Cheryl Anderson, an epidemiologist well known for her insights about how diet and nutrition factor into the development of heart and kidney disease and cancer, has been named founding dean of UC San Diego’s Wertheim School of Public Health. She becomes the first Black female dean in the nearly 60-year history of the campus, which has significantly diversified its leadership in recent years. She grew up in South Bay. Community members including friends and organizations congratulated Dr. Anderson on social media. WAFC reached out to Mayor Joe Kyles for comment, but we have not heard back.

Teachers who are struggling with child care for their kids when distance learning begins later this month have an option. In Palm Beach County, Keith Oswald, the deputy superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County, said teachers will be allowed to bring their own school-aged children with them if they want to teach from their classroom. In Hendry County Superintendent Paul Pulleti said teachers would be allowed for the first week to bring their school-aged students to school with them so they wouldn’t have to leave work. Puletti says the students can be under socially distanced supervision in a library or other space on the school’s campus. The Palm Beach County School Board voted Wednesday, 6-1, to allow parents to decide when their children should return to classrooms once in-person instruction resumes.

It’s no secret that the Glades area has garnered national attention for its athletics. According to, redshirt junior quarterback James Blackman was named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List Tuesday. The award is presented to the nation’s top senior quarterback, or an upperclassman quarterback that is on track to graduate with his class. Blackman, from South Bay, is tied for 10th in program history with 41 touchdown passes.