Thursday September 3, 2020

Congratulations were passed around Monday as Redshirt junior James Blackman has been named the starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles this season. The South Bay native and former Glades Central Community High School star was competing with redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis, and true freshmen Chubba Purdy and Tate Rodemaker for the starting job. Blackman played in just four games while redshirting during the 2018 season after Deandre Francois reclaimed the starting job, but the 21-year-old was able to preserve his eligibility and decided to return in 2019. When asked if he ever considered playing anywhere else, Blackman said he “bleeds Garnet and Gold and never considered going anywhere else.” Blackman started 10 games last season, completing 184 of 292 passes for 2,339 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

According to a press release, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) reached another milestone in the effort to expedite the EAA Reservoir Project. Blasting began on the project site for the canals needed to deliver water into the Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) component of the project. This important Everglades restoration project reduces harmful discharges to the northern estuaries from Lake Okeechobee and sends more clean water south, to Everglades National Park and towards Florida Bay. The test blasts conducted were necessary for the EAA Reservoir Project’s STA to clean water. The blasts displaced 10,000 cubic yards of limestone to start building the canals. Once completed the test blasts that were conducted will allow canals to move water into the STA for cleaning so it can be moved south to the Everglades. Click HERE to watch video of the initial test blasts.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH), in order to provide more comprehensive data, releases a report on COVID-19 cases in Florida once per day. Yesterday September 2, data reported to DOH shows there has been a steady decline in the number of reported Florida resident deaths who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19. A comparison over the last month shows a 75 percent decrease in the average number of reported COVID-19 related deaths. Florida had the twenty-first straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases. As reported at 11 a.m., there are 2,402 new positive COVID-19 cases and 127 reported deaths. Hendry County is showing 1981 positive cases since March and 39 deaths. Glades county shows 459 and 3 deaths.

Two students at Glades Day School have tested positive for COVID-19, and most football players are in quarantine, according to a news article.

Glades Day started high school football practice Aug. 24, but is currently on paused after two students reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, according to athletic director Zach Threlkeld. Threlkeld, who is also the football coach and dean of students, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday that “most of our football players have been under quarantine for two weeks due to two separate positive test results.” The team plans to resume practice Sept. 8. Glades Day was scheduled to open the season against Boca Raton Christian on Sept. 11. According to MaxPreps and Boca Raton Christian’s schedule, that game is now scheduled for Oct. 9.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department has a local man in custody on charges of premeditated attempted murder in connection with a shooting that took place late last month. Sheriff’s detectives arrested 19-year-old Tyonne Tyrese Frost a week ago yesterday after he allegedly shot 32-year-old Techalin Joseph five nights earlier in Douglas Park. Deputies were told by pedestrians that Joseph had been shot. Joseph was found behind the Douglas Park Store with at least five gunshot wounds to his back. Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen says he can give thanks to the anonymous tips, which were the determining factor in detectives apprehending Frost in this case. While the actual motive in the shooting is not known, Stephen believes it’s likely due to the illegal drug trafficking in the area. Joseph is being treated for his wounds at Raulerson Hospital. Frost, who occasionally goes by the nickname “Short Man,” is being held in county jail on $250 thousand dollar bond.