Tuesday June 16, 2020

A local man from Clewiston died from Gunshot wounds Thursday, according to Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. The agency is currently investigating the shooting death of 21 year old La’Ronte Malkeek Turner of Clewiston. Hendry County Deputies responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Club Gossip, at 1825 13th Street in the eastern portion of Hendry County on June 11th, at around 11:30pm. When Deputies arrived on scene they discovered that the victim had been shot and transported by citizens to the hospital; it is there that 21 year old Turner succumbed to his injury. Major Crimes Investigators are asking that anyone with any information contact them at 863-674-5600.

Glades Electric Cooperative is holding off on disconnections and is waiving late payment penalties until Monday, July 13, 2020. Jennifer Koukos Chief Communications Officer says this will be the final extension of the disconnect suspension period. And if customers still need help, contact the office to establish a payment arrangement. For those facing extraordinary financial hardships due to COVID-19, the Glades Electric Charitable Trust continues to accept emergency applications for members in need of assistance. Applications can be found at gladeselectric.com/community/operation-round-up. The Glades Electric Charitable Trust is funded with donations by members choosing to round up their monthly bill to the nearest dollar.

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) is hosting a statewide virtual event on Thursday, June 18 in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The purpose of the WEAAD webinar is to build safer communities for Florida’s 5.5 million older adults and to encourage attendees to recognize elder abuse and how to report abuse to authorities. June 15 is the official day for worldwide awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation and all Floridians are encouraged to wear purple to focus attention on the growing problem of elder abuse. Due to COVID-19, DOEA is hosting a virtual event webinar to further ensure the safety of Florida’s older population. The DOEA webinar event will take place June 18. The Program works to educate all Floridians, including seniors, caregivers, family members, and Aging Network professionals about the prevention of abuse and how to report it. Here is the link if you’d like to participate:

Event Webinar Link

If you are a victim or suspect elder abuse, please contact the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). If you would like more information about the Department’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program, contact DOEA at 850-414-2000.There’s some roadwork being done on Lewis Blvd in Clewiston. The roadwork will consist of safety improvements and repaving including guardrail improvements, culvert extensions, curve widening and asphalt paving. This project is expected to last 90 -120 days. Motorists should expect lane closures and allow extra time for their commute. Please use extra caution when driving through the work zone. Residents with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

CareerSource Belle Glade is back open after the coronavirus pandemic prompted the center to close. The site will open with limited services to assist with this rising unemployment crisis. CareerSource has new safety measure in place including masks or face coverings, hand sanitization and temperature checks. Visitors will also be asked to answer screening questions before entering the center. The center is also not allowing children to enter the facility as a precaution. The center is expanding e-learning, virtual recruiting. The staff are encouraging Using phone, scan, fax and email options to send and receive documentation to customers, employers and training providers to limit personal contact. CareerSource Palm Beach County’s Belle Glade Career Center is located at 1085 S. Main St. and will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.