Wednesday May 13th, 2020 News

On Thursday Glades Central and Pahokee take center stage in an eight-part series on CuriosityStream. The documentary series “4th and Forever: Muck City” will chronicle the 2019 football seasons for both programs, leading up to their annual season-ending showdown, the Muck Bowl. The docuseries profiles the players, coaches and supporting communities for the historic programs, which have combined to win 12 state championships and produce dozens of NFL players. In addition to highlighting the past season, the series takes a behind-the-scenes look at life off the football field in Belle Glade and Pahokee. The series follows players at school, study programs and their homes, among other places. While football clearly plays a large role in the series, executive producer Todd Moss said he wanted to delve into life off the field and explore what makes “Muck City” so unique.

An 18-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in a shooting last week  in Belle Glade that left a man dead and a 14-year-old boy injured. Robert Jakeel Davis was booked late Monday at the Palm Beach County Jail in Belle Glade; he’s being held without bond. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jairod Johnson 21. The report does not list a charge in the shooting of the 14-year-old boy, who is not named. Davis told investigators that he was several blocks away at the time and learned of it only after his mother called and texted him. Cell phone records and tracking software determined the phone was near the site of the shooting at the time it occurred.

The most recent numbers for Hendry County’s COVID-19 report from the DOH have been released as of yesterday afternoon. The numbers show that out of nearly 42,000 Floridians tested since testing began, 159 positive cases have come out of Hendry County. 28 of those people have recovered, 6 of those people have passed away.125 active positive cases remain. Hendry County residents can be tested at the Clewiston Center on the three hundred block of W.C. Owen Avenue in Clewiston and now testing capabilities have been expanded in Hendry and Glades Counties. Appointments can be made at the Clewiston Health Department on Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon at (863) 983-1408 and appointments can be made at the LaBelle Health Department on Fridays from 10 am to 12 noon at (863) 674-4041. Residents in both counties need to contact their healthcare provider for more information on the process.

Glades School District Superintendent, Kim Jordan, knows that servicing the whole child leads to success and a lifetime love of learning. During the first few weeks of distance learning, GCSD reported serving over ten thousand meals to students. The District will continue meal delivery throughout the summer. While at home, students and teachers participate in restorative circles via Google Chats and Zoom calls. West Glades School in Labelle implemented the practice as a way to understand and connect with students as a whole. The involvement doesn’t stop with students. For Teacher Appreciation Week administrators traveled 100s of miles to deliver appreciation packages and yard signs to instructional staff, as well as other workers. The yard signs read, “Glades Education is HEART work”. They got packets full of gift cards to local restaurants while educators work from home. Glades District Teacher of the Year, Toni Marie Garcia, says she works with some of the most amazing humans there are. Jordan says the students and Glades County Family will remain a priority for the District.