Tuesday August 25, 2020

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reports that Florida had the twelfth straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases. Florida reported the lowest number of new cases since June 14. Yesterday, there were 2,258 new positive COVID-19 cases and 72 reported deaths. Hendry County is reporting 1938 total cases since testing began in March. Glades County is reporting 444. If anyone is still interested in getting tested, a full testing schedule for Hendry and Glades County is posted below: Remember, testing for these locations is by appointment only.

Monday, August 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (By appointment only) Weather permitting

Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston: 1100 S. Olympia (863) 983-1408

Wednesday, September 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (By appointment only) Weather permitting

Ortona Community Center – Glades County : 2130 Ortona Locks Road, Ortona (Moore Haven) (863) 946-0707

Thursday, September 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (By appointment only) Weather permitting

Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle: 1140 Pratt Blvd (863) 674-4041

Friday, September 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (By appointment only) Weather permitting

Have you heard about the M-Cores Program? Well, the Muilt-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance program is intended to connect different regions by encouraging job growth, thereby revitalizing rural communities. Another significant component of the program is it claims to protect the environment and natural resources. There’s 3 corridors or roadways, that are part of the project: The Suncoast Connector, connecting Citrus to Jefferson County, The Northern Turnpike Connector, and the Southwest-Central Florida Connector, extending from Collier to Polk County. Now, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will provide a hybrid option for the upcoming (M-CORES) Open Houses. The purpose of the Community Open Houses is to provide an opportunity for the public to view information presented during the Task Force meeting. There will be two different ways for the public to participate in the Community Open Houses: in-person and online. Comments can be submitted several ways and will be part of the public record:

   •     Visit www.FloridaMCORES.com

   •     Email to FDOT.Listens@dot.state.fl.us

   •     Mail to 605 Suwannee St, MS 54, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450. 

 Southwest-Central Florida Corridor Community Open House

Date: Thursday, August 27

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

In-person Location:

LaBelle Civic Center

481 SR 80

LaBelle, FL 33935

Online Community Open House: Those wishing to view all the same materials online without visiting the in-person Community Open House can visit www.FloridaMCORES.com beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25.  The online materials will be available on M-CORES website thru Thursday, September 1. 

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office reports the retirement 2 beloved veterans to the agency. One of the most loved units at the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is the K-9 Unit. These specialized deputies along with their K-9 Handlers are used as work dogs from drug enforcement, search and rescue, to apprehending criminal subjects.  As K-9 ambassadors of the agency, they spend most of their lives protecting human law enforcement officers from danger in the line of duty. 2 K-9s, Henry and Kole are hanging up their duty handles. Henry is an 8-year-old German Bloodhound that was imported to the United States at 10 weeks old. Kole is a Long Coat Lab from Puerto Rico.  Displaced by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Both dogs have retired to happy homes.

Last week, 2 gator hunters made a legendary catch near Lake Okeechobee! Marc Wycoff and AJ Harris used bait to catch a 12-foot 5-inch gator — the biggest gator they’ve ever caught. AJ has been hunting alligators for 15 years and Wyckoff for 7 years. When asked what they would do with the monster catch, the both replied, “the meat will be eaten.”

The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida announced at its August 20th board meeting that John L. Hundley stepped down as Chairman of the Board. The board elected director Robert J. Underbrink as Chairman to succeed Hundley, effective immediately. Underbrink serves as President and CEO of King Ranch.  He was elected to the Board of Directors in January 1994 and appointed to the Executive Committee in May 2006.  Hundley will remain active on the Cooperative’s Board and Executive Committee.