Wednesday January 20, 2021

The Clewiston Sugar Festival Executive Committee made an announcement stating that with COVID-19 numbers continuing to rise throughout our area as well as the South Florida region, they have decided not to move forward with the 2021 Sugar Festival event.  The committee said while the decision was a difficult one, it was necessary, for the safety and well-being of the community, its vendors and guests of Clewiston, and they remain optimistic for the future.

A Literacy Coalition program is improving the quality of life for many families in the western communities by making reading a priority. Palm Beach County’s Glades Family Education Program has become a vital resource in the community and is an opportunity for families to learn together. The coalition has been prioritizing education and literacy in Palm Beach County for more than 30 years, while the Glades Family Education Program has been around for more than 25 years in Belle Glade. This week, local agencies donated hundreds of books to help the literacy coalition fulfill its mission.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced an additional 137 vaccination sites at Publix locations. New vaccination sites will be established at Publix pharmacies throughout six counties:

  • 67 in Palm Beach County;
  • 32 in Lee County;
  • 22 in Brevard County;
  • 7 in Charlotte County;
  • 7 in Martin County; and
  • 2 in Monroe County.

These vaccination sites are in addition to the 105 Publix locations announced in the past two weeks, for a total of 242 Publix locations in 18 counties. More information on last week’s announcement can be found HERE. For a list of all vaccination sites at Publix locations in Florida, click HERE. All vaccinations by Publix at their select locations are by appointment only. Qualified individuals can make an appointment visiting by To watch the Governor’s events in Jupiter, Cape Coral and Rockledge, click the images below, or click HERE, HERE and HERE.

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. (FCHC) held a free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, January 16. The vaccination clinic was held at five of the organization’s center locations including the Clewiston location. More than 1,200 people received the COVID-19 vaccine overall, 180 in Clewiston alone. Nardina Johnson, the center director, says people from all over took advantage (FCHC Vaccinations). Florida Community Health Care Centers, in keeping with the criteria that recipients must be 65 and older or a health care worker involved in direct patient care, states that COVID-19 testing is still available at multiple locations, with Saturday testing available at some sites. Visit the website: or call the office for a list of specific locations and hours.

The Glades County School District was notified this week, that COVID-19 cases have risen substantially over the past five days causing students and staff members to be sent home as either a positive or a direct contact case. Keeping with their first priority of the safety and students and faculty, Dr. Alice Barfield, Superintendent of Schools announced, effective today, the district will switch to an on-line platform until February 1st. Barfield, who did not want to be interviewed, released a statement on the website as well on the districts Facebook page, thanking all of the parents, teachers and students for support and understanding in these ever-changing times. As of the latest report, the district reported 33 positive cases between Moore Haven Elementary School, Moore Haven Middle/High School and West Glades.