August 25, 2021

The COVID-19 dashboard is something families and staff rely on for the latest information about the spread of coronavirus in schools. Well some parents from the Hendry County School district are reporting to WAFC, that much of the information is inaccurate, and conflicts with what’s really happening in our schools. Yesterday, and even as of this morning, the dashboard had no staff numbers reported for Central Elementary School, Eastside Elementary, Clewiston High, Country Oaks, Upthegrove, or for LaBelle Middle. One parent specifically notes, that more teachers are out than the dashboard reflects. We reached out to Hendry County School Superintendent Michael Swindle. He wanted to address these concerns personally. “Oftentimes our teachers are out for reasons unrelated to the COVID situation. He says teachers are asked to quarantine if they have symptoms. He says teachers have been quarantined due to symptoms, but the test revealed they did not have COVID. Also, there is a lag time to when the COVID test are administered and when the results arrive.” Mr. Swindle says he wants to promote full transparency in this situation, and says he’s happy to answer any questions for parents, staff or students anytime.  

Palm Beach Research Center is currently recruiting participants for a plant-based COVID-19 vaccine study. Kentucky Bio Processing is reportedly growing tobacco plants for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lead researcher David Scott, of the Palm Beach Research Center, says his site was selected by the pharmaceutical industry, to conduct a study for what could become the world’s first plant-based vaccine. A news source reported how it works. The tobacco plant is used to carry a protein that mimics COVID-19. Once introduced through the body, through a single-dose injection, it would create an immune response. So in the event, someone is exposed to the virus, after receiving the plant-based vaccine, the body would recognize COVID-19 and fight it off. Apparently, there are no chemicals used in the vaccine and it won’t cause symptoms, which could be appealing to many people who’ve been hesitant about the other 3 vaccines. The study will be a year-long and participants will be paid more than $3,000.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a John Deere Front End Loader that was taken sometime between July 5th and 6th. This equipment belongs to the Hendry County Road & Bridge Department. According to a Facebook post, it was parked by the gate on Star Farms property, located just off Everhigh Acres Road, in Clewiston.  If you have any information regarding this theft or have seen this equipment, please contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, August 23 at around 1:18pm, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a stabbing in the 300 block of SW 6th Street Belle Glade.  Upon arrival deputies located a male suffering from stab wounds.  The injured male was transported to a local hospital.  The suspect, William Mcclorin, was transported to the West Detention Center and charged with Aggravated Battery with a deadly weapon.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that more and more people are speeding, and some, are going above and beyond the limit. The highway patrol reports a 30 percent increase this year in high-speed tickets, or those going 50 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. Lt. Yanko Reyes says high speeds are dangerous and life threatening for you and others. Lt. Greg Bueno was asked why drivers go this fast. Bueno covers Hendry, Glades, and other surrounding counties. An event, to visit friends, late for work, etc. He says there is no excuse for it whatsoever. Lt. Bueno and Lt. Reyes always encourage drivers to slow down, and, buckle up.

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution at its new location 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, Aug 25, 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