Friday November 12, 2021

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office reports, a traffic crash involving 4 vehicles. The crash happened in the northbound lanes of US 27 in the area of Lewis Boulevard west of Clewiston just before 6 AM. As of this hour, deputies have opened the outside northbound lane to allow for flow of traffic, but travelers should still expect delays and drive slowly in the area. Sheriff’s office personnel have not released any information regarding injuries at this time.

Florida reported 2,455 additional COVID-19 cases and two more deaths to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the past week, the state has added an average of 132 deaths and 1,550 cases per day. Hospitalized COVID patients decreased by 48 from Wednesday’s report, as 234 hospitals submitted numbers.

A new blue green algae bloom alert has been issued for parts of Lake Okeechobee. The area affected by the harmful algae is the LZ30 area of the lake. The alert came after surface water samples showed the presence of the algae on Nov. 3. The Florida Department of Health is advising people not to drink, swim, wade, or use personal watercraft in those areas where there is a visible bloom. Keep pets away from those areas as well. And, wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced $8.6 million in the Get There Faster: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Grants have been awarded to workforce development boards across the state to expand career and workforce training opportunities for military veterans and spouses seeking employment. The Governor’s announcement comes as Paychecks for Patriots Career Fairs for veterans and military families are underway across the state. For a list of Paychecks for Patriots events and locations, please visit this link. For year-round career services and recruiting, hiring and training assistance for businesses, please visit this link to contact your nearest career center.

Glades County Commissioners approved a five-year lease to allow the I-Tech Glades Technical College to operate at their training center. County Manager Marcos Montes De Oca told his commission that the facility will have a lot of benefits for Glades County residents. He says the existing commercial truck driving school will also remain at the facility. The state provided a 5.8 million dollar grant to pay for start-up costs.