Tuesday February 9, 2021

LaBelle Middle School posted a heartfelt message to its Facebook page. Shawanda Scruggs blessed many lives, including the lives of her students and the community of LaBelle. The school is inviting the community to a drive by celebration in honor of Mrs. Scruggs. Cars will begin lining up at LaBelle Middle School at 4:20 on Wednesday, February 10. Cars will depart by 4:30 in the afternoon and the family is asking for everyone to please remain in your vehicle. If you would like to bring a card, administrators will have someone wearing a mask collecting them as cars approach. We reached out to the principle of LaBelle Middle for more information on the drive by commemoration, our messages were unreturned.

Florida reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 56,606 new cases. That’s down 21.3% from the previous week’s toll of 71,928 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19. Across out state, cases fell in 60 counties, with the best declines in Miami-Dade, Orange and Duval counties. The share of test results that came back positive was 8.1% in the latest week, compared with 9.3% in the week before.

A 60-year-old man was killed after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing a road in LaBelle Sunday night. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 41-year-old man from Lehigh was driving a pickup truck westbound on State Road 80 (Hickpochee Avenue) near Hendry Street at 7:50 p.m. The 60-year-old man, from Winter Haven, attempted to cross the street in front of the vehicle and was struck and killed. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck were not injured.

It has been a hard year for Pahokee High School student Jasmine Calderon and her family. Calderon’s father passed away in June 2020 from coronavirus complications. However, she recently received some good news. She is one of just six students in Florida selected to receive a $40,000 scholarship from the Take Stock in Children organization. Take Stock in Children is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, academically qualified students by providing opportunities for a post-secondary education. 

A shooting happened near Shirley Drive in Pahokee over the weekend. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting involved two people who knew each other. One person is in the hospital in an unknown condition. A shooting is under investigation in Pahokee. No word yet if there are any arrests.

The Florida Department of Health issued an update on the progress of the state’s vaccination efforts, as well as its weekly COVID-19 update. The State of Florida is in its eighth week of vaccine distribution and is continuing to increase vaccine access statewide. Governor DeSantis announced that the state is initiating a pilot program to deliver vaccines to homebound seniors, beginning with Holocaust survivors in Florida. To date, more than 1.3 million individuals 65 and older have been vaccinated in Florida, which is more than 72% of all individuals vaccinated in the state. The Florida Department of Health continues to provide updates on cases, testing, and fatalities related to COVID-19. You can find the daily reports here.

Charles Murphy of our sister station WOKC, recently caught up with the very busy Lillie Rodriguez, Manager of Air Glades Airport in Clewiston. The Air Glades project remains on track for 2023. Rodriguez says they expect to sign major contracts with vendors and suppliers this spring, good news for locals and business owners. Though it’s been a long time coming, it’s been worth the wait. Rodriguez says local agriculture is a huge supporter of the project as well as the project will create jobs for the region, especially in Hendry and Glades. They hope to start the purchase of the airport from Hendry County this summer.