Friday October 22, 2021

An 80-year-old West Palm Beach man was killed yesterday, and a Georgia woman suffered serious injuries, after their vehicle was hit by a train. The crash happened on US Highway 441 N. in Canal Point, just north of Pahokee. FHP reports the man was driving eastbound on Lakeview Drive, and did not see the train coming. He entered the path of the train and was hit on the vehicles front left. The vehicle was spun around by the impact, and came to a final rest in a nearby ditch. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger in the vehicle, a 55-year-old woman from Vienna, Georgia, suffered serious injuries. The case is pending investigation.

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active public education program and a great way to address the importance of school bus safety. The Hendry County Sheriffs Office posted some reminders to their social media page. Drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street — or on a highway divided by a paved median — must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal. They must remain stopped until the road is clear of children and the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. Drivers approaching an oncoming school bus don’t have to stop if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least 5 feet of unpaved space between the lanes of traffic, in these situations where drivers are legally not required to stop, drivers should still down and watch for students getting on or off the bus. These are life saving tips to adhere to all year round.  Click here for some great tips from NAPT.

Next Thursday, October 28, Phillips Road in LaBelle will be closed for 3 hours from 9am – 12pm for road maintenance. The work consists of priming and sanding portions of the roadway where emergency repairs were made. Motorists should allow extra time for their commute on this day next week Thursday.

Pahokee city commissioners have finally hired a new city manager. According to Charles Murphy of WOKC news, the City has appointed Interim City Manager Greg Thompson to the permanent position. As it has been in recent months, the vote was 3-2. City Attorney Gary Brandenburg, pointing out the tense political climate in Pahokee, advocated for Thompson getting 20 weeks severance should he be fired. Thompson is reportedly set to earn a $120,000 salary in his new position, and will continue to serve as Vice Mayor for the City of Clewiston.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Kwanmaine Clinton. His last known address is Virginia Lane, South Bay. This is a felony warrant for failure to appear, on Felon in Possession of a Firearm charge. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Kwanmaine Clinton, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.