Monday August 30, 2021

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Fire and EMS teams in our area have seen a dramatic increase in 9-1-1 calls. This information is courtesy of Hendry and Glades County Emergency Management Officials. Hospitals in our area are currently at, or over capacity. EMS is waiting as much as 2-3 hours at the ER for a bed for a patient.  That said, Hendry and Glades County officials are urging residents to only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies. Residents should use another method of receiving medical care like primary care physicians, telemedicine or walk-in clinics for non-emergencies. Those seeking COVID testing should seek testing outside of the ER to places like pharmacies, urgent care facilities or doctors’ offices. For local information regarding COVID-19, please visit and follow Hendry County Emergency Management on Facebook .

Football around the lake brought the fans out in numbers last week, supporting their home teams at home and away. Tiger fans roared at a 42-6 FINAL score, as the Tigers Dominated Frostproof!! Head coach Pete Walker graded the Tigers a “B” on their performance. Muckstepper Coach Alphonso Smith Jr. led Inlet Grove to a season-opening 49-8 win over West Boca Raton on Thursday night. Deandre Holley, Jamarious Rowley and Keem Jacks, three Glades Central assistant coaches, stepped up in place of Rashad Jackson in his suspension, and helped the Raiders bring home a 14-7 comeback win on the road over Palm Beach Lakes. Emmanuel Hendrix made his debut as the Blue Devils Head Coach! Hendrix and defensive coach James Jackson led Pahokee to a season opening victory of 28-21 over Wellington. LaBelle Varsity football team lost their away non-conference game against Neuman by a score of 27-0. The Moore haven Terriers lost at home against Santa Fe Catholic, 46-6.

After a long legal battle, Florida’s ban on local mask mandates has officially been ruled “unlawful” by a Florida court.  Governor DeSantis first signed the executive order that banned cities, counties, and municipalities from implementing mask mandates. When teachers said they would refuse to comply with the order, in the name of the safety of the children, DeSantis threatened to take away their pay.  All this and so much more considered, such as a record number of children being hospitalized, a Leon County Judge ruled DeSantis’ mask bans illegal. Some parents were excited about the ruling, some not so much. We’ll be watching in the coming days to see, how many districts, if any more, will implement mandates.

Free, walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations are available to adults and children as young as 12 at the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s mobile clinic sites. Those vaccinated can receive a $10 voucher for grocery shopping courtesy of the Florida Department of Health. No appointment is needed. Individuals 12 to 17 years old must be with a parent or a guardian to be vaccinated. Lakeside medical center will host vaccinations Monday -Friday from 9am to 4pm at Lakeside parking lot in Belle Glade. And also at the Pahokee Housing Authority On Thursday September 2 from 9am to 1pm.