Thursday September 16, 2021

A social media trend has at least one local school being damaged, in an attempt for students, according to authorities, to become TikTok famous. The challenge is called Deviant Licks. In the challenge, people are stealing things from business and schools, and posting them to the social media platform TikTok. There is another challenge, which was brought to our attention by a local parent, where the students splatter red, liquid all of the bathrooms to look like blood. Glades County District Officials say they will file criminal charges against students they catch vandalizing school property. The district posted pictures of the damage to its Facebook page from Moore Haven Middle High, along with a warning: “If your child is caught participating in these challenges, they will be placed in the alternative learning center for a minimum of 45 days, and charges will be filed.” The student (or their Parents) will also be responsible for the financial impact of fixing the damaged items or replacing the stolen ones.

A Palm Beach County judge says, three commissioners acted legally, when they voted to rehire Pahokee’s former city attorney Gary Brandenberg in July. On July 19, the three commissioners voted to fire city attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks, who had replaced Brandenburg in 2019. City residents argued that the July 19 meeting was illegal because Commissioner Perez was involved in a lawsuit against the city, which involves Norris-Weeks, and should have recused herself, which would have denied her side a prevailing vote. The judge’s ruling said, it was not “subject to dispute” that the commission voted July 19 to fire Norris-Weeks and that motions to hire Brandenburg passed by 3-0 on July 23 and 27. Mayor Keith Babb and Commissioner Clara Murvin were not in favor. Norris-Weeks remains under contract to the city through Oct. 17. A source says Norris-Weeks has filed an appeal.

Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized and celebrated in the United States from September 15 to October 15. The theme for Hispanic Heritage Month will be “Celebrating Hispanic-American Community Leaders and Champions”. Janet Hernandez, the mayor of Indiantown, recently spoke at the state of the village address. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the state has released information about a student contest, and the Excellence in Education awards. Students from all over the state in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. (ET) on Monday, October 11, 2021. For more information about the contests please visit www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com

The City of Belle Glade is hosting a vaccination event where residents can receive $100 cash if they get vaccinated. The message on a flier shared by Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay reads, “Trust the facts and get the vax.” Those who received the vaccination will get $100 in cash. Those who receive a second shot will receive a $25 gift card. Leaders hope the cash incentive is enough to move people past vaccine hesitancy. The city-wide vaccination event is on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Belle Glade Loading Ramp, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event is for residents of Belle Glade. Guests must bring an ID.

Glades County Emergency Management Office is offering C.E.R.T (Community Emergency Response Team) training to all individuals who would like to become certified and partake in response and recovery efforts in local, state, federal even international efforts. For anyone who has interest in becoming CERT trained please call the Glades County Emergency Management Office 863.946.6021 or email at aaddison@myglades.com for more information or to sign up.

Please be advised that on Monday, September 20, Hendry County will be conducting emergency roadway repairs to Phillips Road in LaBelle. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and allow extra time for their commute. Flagmen will be present to help direct traffic. Motorists and pedestrians should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone. The work is expected to last approximately two weeks. Operations will begin on Monday (09/20/21) at 8am and end at 5pm. Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify the public of any changes. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.