Wednesday September 23, 2020

The SFWMD reports that the Boat Lock near Clewiston is now operational. The lock’s hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Starting Oct. 1, the boat lock will be open from 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. The two boat ramps maintained by the City of Clewiston adjacent to the S-310 structure to the west are closed due to construction. Check out the FWC Float Boat Ramp Finder to locate nearby boat ramps. Learn more about all locks and structures at

The School District of Palm Beach County launched a new online dashboard that tracks coronavirus cases. The database identifies confirmed COVID-19 cases of any individual who was recently on a school district property. According to the dashboard, there are currently 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district, all of them employees. The dashboard was launched on the first day that in-person learning began for the fall semester. Officials said the health department will notify parents if their child has been exposed to someone that has a confirmed case. Click here for frequently asked questions about the health and safety protocols in place at Palm Beach County schools.

Last Friday, it was reported that six students from Central Elementary School in Okeechobee were forced to transition to online learning for the next 14 days because of a positive COVID-19 test from one of the students and now even more students are being sent home. Okeechobee County School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy says 43 more students were transitioned to online learning because another student who came to school last week tested positive for the virus and contact tracing showed those students may have been in contact with the infected. With these new cases, plus the cases last month that forced 56 students from Okeechobee High School (OHS) and South Elementary School to be transitioned to online learning, there have been 105 Okeechobee County students sent home because of positive COVID-19 cases. Those 56 students from OHS and South Elementary have since physically returned to school.

Clewiston police were dispatched to a rollover traffic crash on September 2 at the intersection of West Ventura avenue and San Pedro. WAFC was live on the scene of the crash which involved a city of Clewiston utility vehicle. Upon arrival, witnesses said that the driver had fled the scene. Officers located him, 20-year-old Jarod Theophile, two blocks away from the accident scene with over $1400.00 in cash on his person. Back at the scene, officers searched the vehicle and found small bags of marijuana, a white, powdery substance, and 6.55 grams of a rock-like substance. Theophile was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and property damage, operating a vehicle on a permanently revoked license, possession of methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and a controlled substance, without a prescription.