Friday, February 18, 2022

Florida B.A.S.S. Nation Junior/High School Series

A report from Ramon Iglesias, General Manager of Roland and Maryann Martin’s Marina:

This past weekend, Hendry County Tourism hosted a record-breaking Florida B.A.S.S. Nation Junior/High School Series from the marina site. With a total of 156 boats on the water, the anglers competed in three separate divisions:  

1, Jr’s ( age 2nd grade thru 8th grade)

2. High School ( 9th thru 12th grade)

3. College

Families from as far as Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, visited America’s Sweetest Town to support their kid’s passion for the Great Outdoors. Our homegrown anglers though, out of Clewiston and LaBelle, led by local volunteers and parents, pulled some impressive weight: On Day one in the Junior Division, anglers Baron Busin and Hendrix Kurtz won 1st place with a five fish limit of 14.72lbs!  Trevor & Brody Allen with 5 fish weighing 11.55lbs placed 4th.  On the High School side, and taking 3rd place was the team of Connor Swindle and Max Lofton with five fish weighing 20.15lbs. Day 2 of the Juniors division saw Bryson Stewart & Colton Griffith with 5 fish weighing 13.74 lbs placing 6th.  Saturday, the team of Drew Pitts and Luke Romesburg from Tampa Bay Junior Bass Club, won 1st place with a weight of 32.18lbs of Lake O’s finest, including a 7.96lb kicker fish.  Day two with the Okeechobee Brahmans having 4 teams in the top 10 and Joshua King and Hunter Daniels with 30.35lbs for the win.  Iglesias says, maybe one day they’ll make it to the big stage as professional anglers. He said,  “The youth are the future of our sport.” Iglesias says this was the first time with two 30lb bags being caught. 

Hendry County Warrantee Arrested in Glades County

Chares Murphy of WOKC in Okeechobee reports, a teenager innocently went to the Glades County jail to pick up his cell phone from evidence. Well, it turns out 18-year-old Dudley Gary had a warrant for his arrest in Hendry County. He tried to run from deputies according to sources but was caught after about an 80-yard foot chase on route 78. Dudley faces resisting arrest and fleeing police charges. 

Herbert Hoover Dike: Clewiston

So SFWMD crews and ACOE personnel have been working on making the Herbert Hoover Dike stronger and more secure for over 10 years. Since 2001, the Corps has made an investment of over 1.4 billion dollars, in projects designed to reduce the risk of catastrophic failure of the aging structure. The latest accomplishment is the completion of a part of the Clewiston project. One of the problems that are trying to address with the construction work is the internal erosion of the dike so it can be safer. The billion-dollar project is a small price to pay for the long-term safety to protect people and property. There are still several ongoing projects, but the overall rehabilitation project is expected to be completed this year.

2 Families to Get New Homes Built

The worldwide initiative Women’s Build back. It’s part of Habitat for Humanity’s effort to provide quality, affordable housing for families. And Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County is looking for teams, volunteers and supporters to join them next month. The initiative empowers teams of women to build brand new homes. This year, two Belle Glade families will be given the keys to a better life. The first build will start March 8th in honor of International Women’s Day. But they are not turning away male volunteers. If you would like to sign up or donate; or if you would like to read more about the two families who will receive the new homes, click here.

Palm Beach County Fugitive

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Elysee Jean. His last known address: SW 6th St., Belle Glade. He is wanted on failure to appear for burglary of a structure, criminal mischief and grand theft charges. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Elysee Jean, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.