Tuesday June 23, 2020

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash on US-27 in Hendry County Monday night. According to HCSO, deputies, fire and EMS crews were at the scene of a crash that caused a complete roadblock in westbound lanes of US-27 near Flaghole Road. A 63-year-old Lakeland woman was travelling eastbound on US-27 in the outside lane, approximately three miles east of Flaghole Road when a cow walked into the road. The truck hit the cow, overturning the vehicle. The crash remains under investigation.

An Okeechobee man is dead following a vehicle accident that occurred Saturday in Okeechobee County. A 28-year-old man, also a resident, was driving a pick-up truck on SR 710 to SE 52nd street, when he veered directly into the path of the 3 young residents, including a 24-year-old woman and a 1-year old baby, killing the 20-year-old driver.  The other 2 adults, the 28-year-old and the 24-year-old suffered serious injuries, the baby’s injuries were critical. Names of all persons involved have been concealed under Marsys Law. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Haggard is investigating.

Pahokee native Anquan Boldin appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He is once again using his NFL platform to advocate and fight for racial equity and social justice. He’s currently working for equal justice and making an effort to restore public faith in the investigative process. Bolden talked a little about how he got started. Many people tend to think because he has money, his troubles disappear, well, not in this case. Boldin, wealth and all, can still empathize with being Black in America . On June 10, the Players Coalition and over 1,400 athletes, coaches, and front office personnel signed a letter to Congress urging the passage of the Amash-Pressley Act, which would end qualified immunity, and allow for accountability for police brutality. The letter can be found here. To learn more about Players Coalition, visit the website here.

The American Red Cross is offering FREE virtual Hurricane Preparedness programs in English and Spanish.  Be Red Cross Ready presentations are offered by trained volunteers via Microsoft Teams, no special software is needed.

Click the registration link below to join the 1-hour event.

Virtual Be Red Cross Ready – Hurricane Preparedness (English)

o   June 24 (Wednesday)         Presenter: Judy Nash-Wade

7:00PM – 8:00PM               

Registration Link: Click here

o   June 26 (Friday)                  Presenter: Jennifer Daley

2:00PM – 3:00PM               

Registration Link: Click here

o   June 29 (Monday)               Presenter: Judy Nash-Wade

7:00PM – 8:00PM               

Registration Link: Click here

Virtual Be Red Cross Ready – Hurricane Preparedness (Spanish)

o   June 25 (Thursday)             Presenter: Oscar Castellano

1:00PM – 2:00PM               

Registration Link: Click here

o   June 30 (Tuesday)              Presenter: Oscar Castellano

4:00PM -5:00PM                

Registration Link: Click here

Resources –

   •     Hurricane Safety

   •     Hurricane Safety (Spanish)

   •     Preparing during COVID-19  

If you would like to learn more about becoming a trained presenter; contact James.Hagen@redcross.org for more information.

The City of Clewiston is announcing some changes to its operations related to the COVID-19 virus. The public is still advised that COVID-19 confirmed case numbers continue to increase. Citizens and businesses are strongly encouraged to adhere to CDC and health department recommended guidance to limit the continued spread of the virus. Effective immediately, the City has reopened for public use the ballfields at Sugarland Sports Complex and all other outdoor areas and play facilities at park locations including picnic pavilions and congregate picnic table locations with the exception of the Herbert Hoover Dike recreation area which is closed for previously planned U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction activities. Effective July 1, 2020, the City will reopen the splash pad facility and begin the availability for public activities and rentals of indoor facilities including the Youth Center and the John Boy Auditorium. Proper safety precautions will need to be followed by users in these facilities as well.

Hendry/Glades– The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties continues to provide free COVID-19 Testing. 

Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven: 1021 Health Park Drive, Moore Haven, FL

Monday, June 29th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston: 1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston

Wednesday July 01, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

NOTE: Due to the 4th of July Holiday, there will be no testing at the Health Department in LaBelle on Friday, July 3rd.

All Health Department Offices will be closed on July 3rd in honor of the 4th of July Holiday.

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 given instructions on how to receive their test results. Results may take 5 business days. Residents of Hendry and Glades Counties can secure an appointment for testing by calling the Hendry County Health Department Clewiston (863) 983-1408, LaBelle (863) 674-4041 or Moore Haven (863) 946-0707. There are no criteria for testing, however, appointments are required and individuals must be 18 years and older. Appointments will not be made more than one week in advance. No same-day appointments will be made. No “walk-ins” accepted. Additionally, anti-body testing will not be available.