Tuesday April 20, 2021

Friday’s final round of The Villages Golf Championships in Belle Glade made Bob Levy a champion. Levy closed things out with at Belle Glade Country Club for a 2-under-par 70 that propelled him to a nine-shot runaway over Steve Stuetzle and his very first Championships crown. Kay Schnepf put her name on the women’s trophy for the third time, though this victory took a little longer to play out. Clinging to a one-shot lead with three holes to play, Schnepf held steady with three closing, as Priscilla Salute stumbled down the stretch, for what eventually became a five-shot victory. Schnepf, also captured titles in 2016 and 2018.

A news source reports that there was a 22-acre brush fire in Port LaBelle Thursday. The pinelands, near SR80 and Cowgirl Way in the Port LaBelle residential community, were still smoking Friday morning, as a unit from Florida Forestry and the Lakeport/Buckhead Ridge Fire Department handled some flare-ups. According to authorities, no one was hurt, and there was no property damage.

In accordance with Chapter 775 the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, Menotti Albert Allegretti, who is now residing at 103 Pelican Lake Drive, Pahokee.    

The Clewiston City Commission held their regularly scheduled meeting last night at City Hall. The meeting was packed with information but here are some of the highlights. Newly appointed commissioner Hilary Hyslope was nominated to the Tourism Development Board for Hendry County, along with 2 other nominees whom were not present. In other city business, manager Randy Martin disclosed that the pool and splash pad will not be used this year, the pool for structural reasons, and the splash pad for efficiency reasons and water conservation efforts. These closures are not COVID related. No talks of when they may open back up. We’ll talk more about last nights meeting during the morning show. If you’d like to chime in on a specific topic, give us a call on our studio line at 863-983-5900.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new bill into law Monday that aims to crack down on violent protests in the state. The governor said, “It is the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country,”. Under the law, penalties will be enhanced for crimes committed during a riot or violent protest. It allows authorities to hold arrested protesters until a first court appearance. And it establishes new felonies for organizing or participating in a violent demonstration. It also strips local governments of civil liability protections if they interfere with law enforcement’s efforts to respond to a violent protest and add language to state law that could force local governments to justify a reduction in law enforcement budgets. The law will also make it a second-degree felony to destroy or demolish a memorial, plaque, flag, painting, structure or other object that commemorates historical people or events. That would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Opponents of the bill said it was racist and saw it as an attempt to squash the voices of groups like Black Lives Matter.