Thursday, June 11th, 2020

The Florida Department of Health is now reporting that as of June 10th, 580 Hendry County residents have tested positive for the Coronavirus since testing began in March. There are 34 additional positive cases in Glades County, making the total number there 104. Glades County Public Safety and Hendry County Health Department is working closely with the Department of Health to protect the health and safety of our citizens. In doing so, testing opportunities have increased in the areas.  

Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven at 1021 Health Park Drive will conduct testing on Monday, June 15th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston at 1100 S. Olympia will conduct testing on Wednesday June 17th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

 Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle at 1140 Pratt Blvd will conduct testing on Friday, June 19th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

Residents of Hendry and Glades Counties can secure an appointment for testing by calling the Hendry County Health Department Clewiston (863) 983-1408, LaBelle (863) 674-4041 or Moore Haven (863) 946-0707

 There are no criteria for testing, but appointments are required and individuals must be 18 years and older. This is a “drive-thru” service. All individuals must stay in their vehicles during the process (during registration and while being tested). Persons tested will be given instructions on how to receive their test results. Results may take 5 business days.

A dozen or so organized peaceful demonstrators began a march to call attention to police brutality — and the deaths of many people of color from such incidents across the U.S. — through Belle Glade neighborhoods last week.  So the protest was not just about “Black Lives Matter” — the demonstrators were also trying to get across the message that voting is important. City Commission Seat A candidate Robert C. Mitchell, who conceded to incumbent Commissioner Michael C. Martin on Wednesday, June 3, after unofficial election results had been posted, organized the protest. He posted the following quote on his Facebook page: Someone stated some negative energy might be forming, but not in our city. We have some great minds so let’s beat the system with our brain power!  No Justice, No Peace was the statement to America and our city officials draining the Belle Glade community of its value. Indeed, that was the chant of the marchers as they made their way to city hall.

A news reports says that Clewiston police are investigating after a car crashed into a pole off W C Owen Avenue Sunday night. According to the Clewiston Police Department, around 11:40 p.m. Sunday, an officer noticed the car, which was damaged after hitting a pole. Earlier that night at around 11 p.m., police got several calls from around the city about gunfire, CPD said. Officers went to several locations but didn’t find a crime scene. We are still not sure if these cases are related. Detectives are now investigating. Contact Clewiston police by calling 863-983-1474 ext. 206 or by email at

Florida reports that U.S. Sugar is sending Eric Edwards back to Tallahassee. Evidently, Edwards has been promoted to Vice President of State Government Affairs. Edwards, a Clewiston native, had previously served as Assistant Vice President for Governmental Affairs. The new role will see him move to the state’s capital city and focus on state legislative issues full time. He will continue to report to Robert Coker, U.S. Sugar’s Senior Vice President for Public Affairs.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation recently performed some restaurant inspections in South Florida. One of the stops was at Dixie Fried Chicken in Belle Glade. The report said, the inspector saw “30 flying insects landing on chairs, tables, food display case and windows frames,” in the ding room, but “10 dead flying insects” on the windows, frames and chairs. The inspector also wrote that flying insects were landing on the ice machine located in the kitchen next to the walk-in cooler. Two flying insects landing on boxes stored on top of the upright reach-in cooler located in the cook line in the kitchen. The front counter display case had a “build-up of mold-like substance.” Dixie Fried passed re-inspection Friday. You can visit to read this report or to file your own complaint.