Wednesday September 29, 2021

Monday, the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation announced John L. Hundley as the 2022 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame inductee. He will be recognized along with the class of 2021 inductees given last year’s banquet was cancelled due to COVID-19. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said, “The impact of agriculture on our state’s history, culture, and economy cannot be overstated.” Hundley has been an active part of Florida’s agricultural community for more than five decades. A native of Pahokee, he worked on his father’s farm before founding Hundley Farms, Inc., with his wife, Patsy. The enterprise began on 400 acres of leased land, growing sweet corn and radishes. Today the operation consists of about 16,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), central Florida, and Bainbridge, GA, where they grow sugarcane, sweet corn, green beans, radishes, cabbage, field corn, rice, cattle, cotton, peanuts, soybeans and assorted winter produce. The induction ceremony will be held at the Florida State Fair’s Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet on February 15, 2022.

The special election to fill the congressional seat left vacant by the late Rep. Alcee Hastings is upon almost a half million voters in Palm Beach and Broward counties.  The first important deadline in this election is Monday, Oct. 4., the last chance to register to vote or to change parties before the primary, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2. If a voter misses that registration deadline, they can still participate in the Jan. 11 general election, as long as they register to vote before Dec. 13. Hastings died of pancreatic cancer in April at the age of 84. Early voting in Palm Beach County runs from Oct. 23 through Oct. 31. Polls open at 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. There are five early voting sites in Palm Beach County, The nearest to you being, the

  • Belle Glade Branch Library, and the
  • Supervisor of Elections West County Branch Office in Belle Glade The deadline to request a mail ballot for the primary is Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. A request can be made after this date through election day, but must be picked up in person.

Minimum wage workers in Florida will get a pay boost this week. After just over 60 percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment in November, the state’s minimum wage will go from $8.65 an hour — about $18,000 a year for a full-time worker — to $10 on Thursday, with the rate for tipped workers moving up from $5.63 an hour to $6.98 an hour. Under the constitutional amendment, the rate will increase incrementally each year until reaching $15 an hour — $11.98 for tipped workers — on Sept. 30, 2026. But the amendment faced opposition from some saying, Among other things, the hike would hurt small businesses. The change also was opposed by business groups, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, according to a news source.

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution to anyone. Those coming in cars are asked to line up as usual beside the office at 149 SE Avenue D for drive-through pick-up on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come-first-serve basis.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept 29, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade, FL 33430

CONTACT: 561-996-3310

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