Thursday February 18, 2021

Clewiston native Justin Brown, a senior business major at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, has, like many local students, been affected by the pandemic. But that hasn’t slowed him down. Last Spring, his bustling on-campus experience, changed to an online one, he was laid off from his job, and then, he contracted covid-19, which forced him into quarantine. Riddled with stress and anxiety, Brown says he had to keep going. His perseverance through it all led to him being featured in his college newspaper, The Famuan, where he shared his experiences with fellow Rattler and journalist, Shaquaila Smith. Brown says, though it was a challenging one, he’s thankful for the journey. He says he encourages everyone to wear their masks and protect themselves and others, from the effects of this pandemic. Brown says he has his sights set on his upcoming graduation.

Crime stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Elezar Barragan also known as Sixto. His last known address is SE Avenue G, Belle Glade. He is wanted for violation of probation on false imprisonment and domestic battery charges. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Elezar Barragan, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

The Florida Department of Transportation releases a weekly report to inform the public about upcoming road work in our area. As a reminder, travelers can visit or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. Locally though, FDOT reports roadwork for Hendry and Glades County. Crews will be making improvements to SR 78 from US 27 to the Herbert Hoover Bridge. They are resurfacing SR 78, doing drainage improvements, installing guard rail and traffic monitoring devices and other improvements.  So look out for some lane closures. Estimated completion is toward the end of the year. A separate maintenance project will take place on 27 from Flaghole Road to Clewiston city limits. They will basically just be landscaping. Also on SR 80, from Hendry Isles Boulevard to Everhigh Road, they’ll be repairing washouts. Use caution in this area.

One person was taken to the hospital after a crash along South Highway 27 Tuesday afternoon according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The agency released a statement via Twitter saying the incident took place in Belle Glade at about 1:48 p.m. Authorities say an SUV rolled over and ended up back on its wheels. Traffic was restored in the area shortly afterward. 

So. Some lawmakers in the state are discussing making governor Ron Desantis’s order on to-go alcohol, permanent. Some business owners say the bill is unnecessary, since bars and restaurants in our state are open to full capacity. The bill is limited to restaurants whose revenue comes from at least 51 percent food sale. If the bill is passed, one of the rules would be that containers must be sealed and out of a driver’s reach in the car. If passed, the law will go into effect in July.