Tuesday September 22, 2020

A vehicle crash claimed the life a LaBelle man early yesterday morning. The 33-year-old was traveling westbound on Palm Beach Boulevard, approaching the intersection of Pine Avenue. The second vehicle, driven by a 47-year-old Fort Myers man, was traveling eastbound approaching the same intersection. The LaBelle man lost control of his vehicle due to the wet roadway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. His vehicle traveled through the median and into the path of the Fort Myers mans vehicle. The LaBelle man did not survive injuries sustained. Victims’ names are protected under Marsy’s Law.

On Saturday, September 19, Glades County School District Superintendent Kim Jordan said the Florida Department of Health determined that 3 Moore Haven Middle High School students tested positive for Covid-19. The district sent home 93 students and 22 faculty members including the coaches. Football and volleyball games have been postponed until further notice. As of yesterday, Monday September 21, 2020 the School District decided close Moore Haven Middle High School campus until Monday, October 5. Learning will continue through the Glades e-Learning platform. Jordan says they will be deep cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing again to help stop the spread.  

Emily Hunter, Public Information Officer for the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners, reveals the County’s efforts to provide relief to residents in need this hurricane season. A limited supply of sand bags are available for residents who experienced flooding at their residence or business during the torrential downpour that happened in LaBelle. Sand and bags will be available for pick up at the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds located at 20 Veterans Way. Residents will need to bring their own shovel and will be responsible for loading their own sandbags into their vehicles. Residents are encouraged to help themselves, but are cautioned to take only what is needed.

The King’s Academy upset Friday’s home opener for Glades Day High School in Belle Glade defeating the Gators 41-20. Glades Day’s season was delayed because of two positive COVID-19 results that forced much of the football team into quarantine earlier this month. Glades Day will aim for a win when it hosts Berean Christian. 

First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is issuing grant funding to 18 rural Florida school districts to increase students’ access to mental health and student support services and to enhance access to school and community-based providers. Glades County School districts has been identified for funding under this program. These funds are available under the (CARES) Act, and focuses on supporting districts to improve access to school-based mental health services in areas where access to qualified professionals is limited and with lower rates of internet connectivity in local communities. President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27.

FREE open COVID-19 Testing – For Hendry & Glades Counties will take place this week.

Wednesday, September 23rd– 8:30 a.m. to 10:30am at the Hendry County Health Department 1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440

Location: Glades County Health Department 1021 Healthpark Drive, Moore Haven, FL 34471 on Thursday, September 24th — 9:00 a.m. to 11am

Location: Hendry County Health Department 1140 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle, FL 33935 on Friday, September 25th — 8:30 a.m. to 10:30am

Location: West Glades School on 2586 State Rd 731(Muse), LaBelle, FL 33935 on Saturday, September 26th  —  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Palmdale Baptist Church at 510 Seminole Avenue, Palmdale, FL 33944 on Sunday, September 27th — 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.