Tuesday September 15th, 2020

During their last meeting, the Okeechobee City Council took the time to proclaim the month of September as Hunger Action Month in the city. Representatives of the Treasure Coast Food Bank were on hand to accept the proclamation, which was unanimously approved. Luis Rivera of the Treasure Coast Food Bank says this is the time and a good way to acknowledge people who have food issues right now and it’s time to get the word out and show support for those who may not know where their next meal is coming from. Rivera says it’s especially important now because we’re still in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic. People can show their support by wearing the color orange which symbolizes awareness of Hunger Action Month. There will be another food pantry at the Agri-Civic Center hosted by the Treasure Coast Food Bank later this month.

The COVID-19 inmate death toll in Florida’s prison system has reached 117 according to state numbers. Florida Department of Health has released numbers showing 6 deaths of inmates at South Bay Correctional Facility, 10 deaths of inmates at Dade Correctional Institution and 17 deaths of inmates at the Reception and Medical Center. As of Friday, 15,812 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, along with 2,836 staff members, according to the Department of Corrections. Putting safety measures in place to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Florida Department of Corrections plans to resume allowing visitors at state prisons on Oct. 2. http://ww11.doh.state.fl.us/comm/_partners/covid19_report_archive/fdc_death_latest.pdf

Emergency crews responded yesterday to a school in Belle Glade after a report of a “possible explosion,” according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Fire rescue said they were notified just before 1 p.m. of the incident near Glades Day School. Staff Capt. Derek Wiley said a school resource officer notified them that they heard an explosion and noticed smoke in the area. PBSO spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the incident stemmed from a 12-year-old playing with fireworks and setting them off in a backyard. Wiley said an earlier lockdown at the school has been lifted. Barbera said there is no property damage to the school, and nobody was injured.

A Clewiston family is looking for answers in the death of a beloved family member. Shandora Balkom told an affiliate news source that her cousin, 34-year-old Anthony Balkom was shot Thursday when he was on his way to see her. She says he, “He was a good person, cousin, friend.” She’s set up a memorial outside of her home to honor him. WAFC reached out to Hendry County Sheriff for an update on the investigation, but haven’t heard back.

Lighthouse Pantry will reopen this morning.

Tuesday, Sept 15, 2020 

Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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