Thursday July 9, 2020

Albert Borroto of the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue department reports that a fire engulfed an abandoned church in Belle Glade Tuesday night. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said the fire happened at the church on Orange Avenue Circle. The first crews on scene found the building smothered in flames. No additional structures were threatened. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A body found floating in the water near Port Labelle Marina last Thursday, has been identified. Glades County Sheriff’s Office Deputies confirmed that 83-year-old James Olsen’s body was recovered last week after being spotted by the Marina’s manager. According to a press release, his boat was docked in the marina, but Olsen lived in Fort Lauderdale. Investigators from the Glades County Sheriff’s Office don’t suspect that foul play was involved in Olsen’s death. No additional information about the scene has been released.

Hendry County School District Superintendent Paul Puletti will be conducting an online discussion today, July 9, at 1:30 pm to discuss his reopening plans and protocols for Hendry County Schools. HCSB Chairperson Stephanie Busin said, during this forum, families can learn more details prior to submitting “student intent to return forms” which are due July 15. A link to access this online discussion can be found at Families may submit questions to before 1:00 p.m. Additional questions may be asked during the event on the YouTube Live Chat feature. A link to the event will be posted to our website.

Below are links to student intent to return forms:



So yesterday, the Palm Beach County “Reopening of Schools Task Force” provided School Board Members with an overview of reopening options for the new school year. Students in Palm Beach County public schools will continue learning from home when classes resume next month after school board members concluded Wednesday the risks of reopening classrooms were too great. The seven board members unanimously agreed to keep classes online-only for the district’s 174,000 students until the coronavirus pandemic improves. The decision is expected to be finalized by a formal vote next On July 15th, the School Board will make final reopening decisions. Keeping classrooms closed delays the return to more normal work and social routines that many families had hoped for as the end to the summer break approaches. Continuing with online classes also will stunt the education of many children, most educators agree, with a disproportionate toll on the neediest and most challenged students.

In order to follow the guidance for proper social distancing measures, Hendry County is re-locating the code enforcement Special Magistrate hearing scheduled for July 16 at 9am to the LaBelle Civic Center, 481 W. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, FL 33935. Face masks will be required along with the social distancing protocols. Residents with questions can call 863-612-4761 or email

Of the more than 223,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, 1,129 have now tested positive in Hendry County since testing began March. Glades County has 189 positive cases since testing began. The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties continues to provide free COVID-19 Testing. Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven: 1021 Health Park Drive will conduct testing on Monday, July 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (By appointment only) Testing will take place in Clewiston on Wednesday. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) releases a report on COVID-19 cases in Florida once per day. There is also a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county.