Monday April 5, 2021

CBS News recently visited the Glades area to examine the vaccination effort in South Bay, Belle Glade and Pahokee. This investigation comes after Governor DeSantis placed vaccinations sites 25 miles out of reach for the residents. Tammy Jackson Moore sat down with the news affiliate as a community advocate and founder of Guardians of the Glades. Moore says thanks to local mayors and other community leaders, vaccinations efforts in the Glades communities, specifically Pahokee, are ongoing on a weekly basis. The big push came though, when one very famous resident spoke out. Former NFL star Anquan Boldin, who is from Pahokee, got into the Governors ear and helped make the positive move happen. You can watch the full interview here: (363) Three-time NFL Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin helps hometown get vaccinated – YouTube

A warning to our listeners, this story may be difficult for some, especially young children to hear. A community is in mourning as a 4th grade student from Central elementary School has passed away as of Easter Sunday. No details have been released as of this morning regarding the cause of his passing. A crisis team has been provided on sight to provide support. Our thoughts and hearts are with the family, the teachers and students, and with the friends of this young child. WAFC will release more details with the family’s consent, as they become available.

Farmworkers in Belle Glade have been vaccinated as of Easter morning thanks to Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay and the director of emergency management for Florida Jared Moskowitz. Commissioner McKinlay said it took a little while the get things off the ground, but the effort was an overall success. McKinlay has certainly been at the forefront, fighting for the farmworkers specifically, for some time now. She says its was especially important to her because these are the men and women who put food on our tables.

An Alva man witnessed a gold truck driving around his property just before taking a nose dive into his pond. A report says the man and his wife were sitting inside their home off North River Road in Alva Saturday afternoon, when his wife noticed a car driving around their yard. As the driver was going around his yard for the second time, the driver then took a nose dive into his shallow pond. That’s when the homeowner called the police. First responders got there and rescued the driver. Witnesses say the driver wasn’t cooperating when first responders tried loading him into an ambulance on scene. It’s unclear if the driver suffered any injuries or if he’s facing any charges in connection with the crash.

If you are an FPL customer, you could soon be experiencing a rate hike. FPL requested a 3.5% rate hike for each of the next five years. As of Thursday, the proposal was before the Florida Public Service Commission according the Charles Murphy of WOKC. The proposal calls for a $1.1 billion increase in base-rate revenues in 2022 and a $607 million increase in 2023. The company also wants to see a $140 million increase in 2024 and a $140 million increase in 2025 to pay for solar energy projects. Over the next nine years, administrators are looking to install 30 million solar panels in the state. Under the plan, FPL residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours a month would see their bills go from around $99 this year to a little over $109 by next January. Followed by incremental increases through 2025, to eventually reach over $117. FPL Spoksperson Chris McGrath said the rate hikes have not kept up with the rate of inflation, “The bill that customers today pay is actually lower than it was in 2006.  When you think of all the things we pay for in goods and services whether its groceries or health care, there are not a lot of things today that are cheaper than 15 years ago.  The FPL bill is actually down.”

It’s gonna be a busy week for LaBelle High School athletics! Starting tomorrow with boys and girls home tennis games against Lake Placid at 3:30 and a softball game at Sebring at 6:30. On Wednesday, the Cowboys will host the Clewiston Tigers for a baseball competition and 4:00 and at 7. There’s a booster club meeting Wednesday night as well. On Thursday, The boys weightlifting team will have their regional meet at Charlotte at 9:30 AM. In the afternoon, the boys and girls tennis teams will play Cypress Lake. The boys will be home, the girls will be away. The Softball team will travel to Glades Day for a 4:00 game and a 5:30 game, and have a track meet at Moore Haven. Back-to-back home games on Friday as the Softball team takes on Avon Park, and the baseball game on Saturday against Calvary Christian. And as always Go Cowboys and Go Cowgirls!