Tuesday June 2, 2020 News

Clewiston City Manager Randy Martins says despite significant additional testing occurring, Hendry County’s percentage of positive cases resulting from increased testing efforts continues to be well above state target levels. Well now, it will be even more convenient for Hendry County residents to get tested. The Department of Health in Hendry County in coordination with Emergency Management has scheduled a mobile testing bus in Hendry County. These are “one-day only” testing locations.

Wednesday, June 3rd, Montura Clubhouse, 255 N. Hacienda  (9am-5pm)

Thursday, June 4th, Pioneer Community Center, 910 Panama Ave, (9am-5pm)

Friday, June 5th, Felda Community Center, 55 N Willis Ranch Road (9am-5pm)

There are no criteria for testing and NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED.  

Individuals must be 18 years and older. This is a “drive-thru” service. All individuals must stay in their vehicles during the process (during registration and while being tested). Persons tested will be notified by phone of their results. Results may take 5-7 business days. No anti-body testing will be available.

On June 1, at approximately 3:40 hours, a group of individuals stormed the T-Mobile at Southern Blvd and 441, smashing the glass doors, making entry, and stealing over $50,000 in merchandise and causing over $5,000 in property damage. Deputies arrested three suspects: Shu’Nice Milner, Kayla Brown and LaShawn Andres. Shu’Nice Milner and Kayla Brown were apprehended outside T-Mobile.  Lashawn Andrews was seen fleeing the scene.  Deputies followed her vehicle safely all the way to Belle Glade where it eventually came to rest at NW 12th Street/ W Canal Street N where she was taken into custody.  Both vehicles contained numerous items that were confirmed stolen from T-Mobile as well as evidence of numerous other burglaries perpetrated throughout the county during the last 24 hours.   

After a federal judge dismissed most of their claims, the law firm alleging the annual burning of sugar cane fields causes health problems has until June 22 to amend and refile their lawsuit against growers. In May, Judge Rodney Smith dismissed claims in the lawsuit filed almost a year ago by the Berman Law Group that smoke from the fires harms the health of residents south of Lake Okeechobee. But Smith left the door open for a claim alleging the smoke contains pollutants. The lawsuit against U.S. Sugar Corp., Florida Crystals and nine other defendants claims smoke and ash from the fires used to burn off leaves and prepare stalks for harvesting pollute the air and cause respiratory problems for residents in Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and surrounding communities. The lawsuit doesn’t show, he added, the plaintiffs “have been exposed to smoke and ash from all of these dozens of sugarcane producers.”

License-free fishing days are a great way for Florida residents and visitors to get out on the water and find out why Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the World. How about some saltwater fishing Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, without needing a saltwater fishing license. This day is part of eight total license-free fishing days the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers each year. All bag limits, closed areas and size restrictions apply on these dates. Visit https://myfwc.com/license/ to learn more.  For fishing regulations and tips, visit https://myfwc.com/fishing/ and to renew or purchase a fishing license, visit GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

License-free freshwater days

  • June 13 and 14, 2020. (Second Saturday and Sunday in June.)

A snook or spiny lobster permit are also not required on these days.