Thursday September 24, 2020

The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners reports that Monday, October 5, Hendry County’s contractor, will be conducting construction services and roadwork on Sonora Avenue from W.C. Owen Avenue to Twin Lakes Drive in Clewiston, FL. The speed limit will be reduced through the project area. Expect lane closures and possible delays throughout the duration of the project and allow extra time for their commute. Please use extra caution when traveling through the work zone. The project is expected to have a completion time of up to 180 days. Construction operations will occur during weekdays, Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm. Evening work hours will vary. Estimated project completion is April 2, 2021.

Walmart is gearing up for the busy holiday shopping season with a new experience. Shopping will look different for many stores amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the retail giant announced Wednesday how it will change based on evolving customer needs. First of all there will be earlier holiday shopping deals, increased online sales, thousands of new staff hires and in-store safety guidelines. In line with our “new normal” Walmart is also making sure to increase inventory on unexpected “essential” gifts. There will also be more pet supplies, toys and items for home. An exact date hasn’t been announced, but the company has advised that more details will be shared soon.

Danika Fornear reports that the Aktion Club of Hendry County was awarded a $5,000 grant from the The David and Donna Batelaan Fund during a ceremony held at the Angel Center on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The purpose of the The David and Donna Batelaan Fund is to award grants to a Florida Kiwanis club or division in order to support leadership development for young people with physical disabilities and to encourage participation and inclusion. LaBelle Kiwanis and Hendry Aktion Club are actively seeking more members, so if you or people you know are interested in learning more, visit the LaBelle Kiwanis website:

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 2,051 (up from 2,046) positive cases of the coronavirus and 42 deaths recorded in Hendry County. Glades County reported 513 (up from 505) and 4 deaths. The Hendry County School District reports 6 students and staff members showing positive for covid 19, while 36 still remain under quarantine. Glades County School District has closed Moore Haven Middle High School until October 5 after sending home 115 students and staff, after 3 students tested positive. The school is scheduled to reopen October 5.

The Palm Beach County CARES Restart Business Grants Program will resume tomorrow on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. The Board gave approval for individual grants up to $25,000 to help “restart” Palm Beach County businesses forced to close by State or County Executive Order.  The application process will be completed entirely on-line through the County’s portal. Interested businesses are encouraged to prepare for the Restart Business Grant Program Application as they will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. The online application is expected to launch on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 8:00 A.M., and will be accessible through the Palm Beach County website for a two-week period closing on Friday October 9 at 11:59 P.M. For additional information, please visit

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office will be distributing free food Thursday September 24, at the Harlem Civic Center on 2000 7th Street in Clewiston.

Hendry County Road & Bridge department we be replacing the culvert and cleaning the ditch along 260 Hendry Isles Blvd.  today. on Thursday, September 24, 2020. The southbound lane of Hendry Isles Blvd will be closed from 240 to 320 Hendry Isles Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Use extra caution and drive safely.