Wednesday November 4, 2020

Who won the US election: Incumbent President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden? As of November 4, it still isn’t clear. Locally, the Hendry County Supervisor of Elections website shows a little over 68% voter turnout. For Hendry County Sheriff race, Sheriff Steve Whidden received 58.90%. For Hendry County Superintendent of Schools, Michael Swindle had 65.81% of the vote. In the Hendry County Commission District 4 race Ramon Iglesias received 71.45%. Three winners were announced for the Clewiston City Commission seats including Jimmy Pittman, Mali Gardner, and Greg Thompson. For more information visit www.hendryelections.org.

An affiliate news source reports that two people were hurt in a shooting at the 200 block of Eldorado Avenue in Moore Haven around 10 p.m. Monday. Glades County deputies reportedly found two men with gunshot wounds to their legs who gave deputies little information on what happened, according to the Glades County Sheriff’s Office. The two were taken to the hospital and treated with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators were seen in the area of Avenue F and 5th Street where the shooting happened. A nearby house was struck with stray bullets including indoor furniture and appliances, but deputies say everyone in the home was okay. According to GCSO, neither man would give information regarding the shooting. A $5,000 reward is being offered for info leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. Glades County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with info to call Captain Mike Pepitone at 863-946-1600.

The Florida Department of Health reports that from October 23-31, Hendry County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) clubs in LaBelle and Clewiston Middle and High Schools asked friends, family, staff and their peers to show Hendry County’s commitment and awareness of the destruction of drugs, including tobacco and vaping. SWAT students participated in the “Plant the Promise” campaign.  Students planted red tulips in school gardens and brought bulbs home to plant with their families, during Red Ribbon Week, which will bloom in the Spring and serve as a reminder of the importance and beauty of a drug free life.

According to the Hendry County School Districts Covid-19 Dashboard, 236 students are under quarantine order due to possible exposure to the virus. The dashboard reports 9 students have tested positive. There are 25 staff members quarantining as of this morning, with 6 reporting actual positive results. The district remains under a mandatory mask mandate, however, masks throughout the city, with the exception of some businesses is discretionary. 4,637 people tested positive as of yesterdays statewide report. Overall, since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,260 people have tested positive in Hendry County. Visit https://www.hendry-schools.org/ for more.