Friday, May 20, 2022

Stricter Discipline Coming to Hendry County School District

The Hendry County School District met for their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night in LaBelle. The larger portion of the meeting was focused on student discipline. School Superintendent Michael Swindle says for the 2022-23 school year, the district will be enforcing strict, no-nonsense rules that if broken, could lead to more students enrolling in the YDA programs, or being expelled. Swindle said his number one goal is to keep all students safe and maintain a drug-free, violence free environment. The purpose of the YDA is to give students a second chance to learn from a progressive discipline structure. Swindle says he and the board will be considerate of first, second and even third offenses, depending upon the nature of the misconduct. 95 students were admitted to the YDA for drugs and fighting this school year.

Wanted Fugitive

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Adriana Toombs. Her last known address is at large, as she has no last known address on record.  She is wanted for violation of probation on a grand theft charge. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Adriana Toombs, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

United Way Reaches Top Goal

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades has met the campaign goal of $11.1 million. This is the 29th consecutive year that the goal has been met or exceeded. The theme of the 2021-2022 United Way Campaign was “Back to the Future”. All money raised in the United Way Campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. In addition to supporting 90 Partner Agencies and over 260 programs, in 2021 United Way provided clothes and supplies to students, housing, care and counseling for veterans, free tax returns resulting in $10 million dollars in refunds, and responses to nearly 80 thousand 211 calls. For more information, please call United Way at 239.433.2000 or visit www.UnitedWayLee.org

County Approves Composting Facility

Hendry County Commissioners approved a controversial biosolids and compositing facility on land near the former Hendry Correctional Institution. Not before many neighbors complained about the suspected odor problems it will create. A developer wants to put in over 2 hundred homes nearby. Anthony Desco told commissioners that biosolids are not compatible with residential homes. He says he’d like to see regular monitoring of the facility and how it’s affecting the area.  Applicant Rodney Rollins says he wants to create a product that will revitalize farmland nearby. 

Glades Electric Shows Customer Growth

Glades Electric Cooperative says they have been inundated about requests for new customers and new service. Board Chairman Jack Coxe says they’ve added a lot of new customers. CEO Jeff Brewington spoke about other projects in the future like the Air Glades project at Clewiston, downtown redevelopment in Moore Haven, and a new casino, hotel and bowling alley at the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. Additionally, Members re-elected board trustees Donny Lundy for Moore Haven, Shannon Hall for Lakeport and Mike Pressley for Ortona. 

Hendry County Road Report

More roadwork that could affect your daily commute. Today roadwork will be on B Road near the intersection of SR 29, Cedarwood Parkway near the intersection of Helms Road, and the intersection of Forrey Drive and Helms Road in LaBelle. These work areas may be blocked off for a period of time for milling, paving and striping, and pavement marking services. The speed limit will be reduced through the project area. Motorists should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone. Flagmen will be present to help direct traffic. The work should be done at 5pm.  Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes.

Elder Abuse Awareness

June 15th is National World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse affects one in 10 adults over the age of 60, yet only one in 24 cases are reported to authorities. A free upcoming workshop will provide older adults with the information they need to make informed decisions to protect themselves and others against elder abuse. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is holding a free Virtual Seminar to raise awareness about Elder Abuse. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th 10am – 11:30am. You can register to attend here:  Meeting Registration – Zoom  To sign up for the workshop visit https://bit.ly/3rFNSaY