Friday, April 1, 2022

Wildfires in Hendry County

Wildfires have been raging in Hendry County lately, putting many residents at risk of losing their homes. On Sunday night, Disaster Action Team members of the American Red Cross responded to an RV fire on ​N. Bridge Street in LaBelle. The team helped coordinate emergency aid to a person impacted by the blaze. There was also recently a brush fire in both Montura and Pioneer Communities. As of yesterday, the Big Cypress community has been impacted, and school buses from Clewiston Middle School have canceled routes to the area today. The Red Cross is providing emergency financial assistance, health and mental health services, and one-on-one support, to connect people to available recovery assistance and will continue to provide additional support to families who may potentially need it. Disaster Action Team volunteers also provide emotional support and information to help families begin the process of recovery. Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by donations to the Red Cross. Visit redcross.org/homefires to find out how to protect themselves and their homes from fire.

West County Senior Center Re-Opens

The Palm Beach County Community Services Department announced that the Division of Senior and Veteran Service’s West County Senior Center will be re-opening to senior residents on Monday, April 4. The County made the announcement on their website at PBC.gov. Even though services continued throughout the pandemic, many of the senior center locations were closed to the public due to COVID-19.  The West County Senior Center is located at 2916 State Road #15, Belle Glade.  The West County Senior Center provides congregate meals as well as programs such as guest speakers, bingo, billiard/pool, card games, computer class, and the bookmobile and virtual programs. These services will continue to be offered for those who are not ready to come back in person.

Local Fugitive Wanted

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Stanley Grey. Grey has no last known address on record and remains At Large He is wanted for attempted felony murder and attempted robbery with a firearm. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Stanley Grey, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Residents Sue Governor and Board of Education

A group of students, parents, educators and advocates filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s Board of Education, alleging that newly enacted state legislation would “stigmatize, silence, and erase LGBTQ people in Florida’s public schools.” The Parental Rights in Education bill, also known as “Don’t Say Gay” bill by critics, was signed Monday. The measure prohibits “classroom instruction … on sexual orientation or gender identity” in “kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate.” Parents will be able to sue school districts over alleged violations, for damages or attorney’s fees, when the bill goes into effect July 1.

Glades Detention Center May Soon Close

The federal government did not renew their contract on the Glades Detention Center in Moore Haven this month.  It’s a move that could potentially one day close the facility. Officials there are looking at more inmates from US Marshalls and perhaps other counties. The county commission agreed to spend 3 hundred thousand dollars to start getting the old jail ready to house inmates. Commission Chairman Tim Stanley says he worries about investing dollars in the old jail because they aren’t sure they will use it.