Monday, February 14, 2022

Honoring Parkland Victims

Florida government buildings, parks and other facilities will fly their flags at half-staff in honor of the 14 students and three staff members killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacreGov. Ron DeSantis said in his proclamation that today’s fourth-anniversary observance will “honor the memory of the innocent Floridians lost on that tragic day”. Those killed in the attack were students Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Duque, Nicholas Dworet, Jaime Guttenberg, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup and Peter Wang.  Also killed were teacher Scott Beigel, athletic director Chris Hixon and assistant football coach and security guard Aaron Feis.

Deputy Superintendent Named in Glades

Former Glades County Charter School principal Brian Greseth, has been named deputy superintendent for the county. As deputy, he will take over only if the current superintendent, Beth Barfield, is unable to do the job or leaves the position. Currently, he is the director of administrative services at Glades County School District, whose main job includes oversight of facilities, maintenance crews, transportation and food service. He previously served as PECS principal from 2011-2019.

COVID-19 Pill Available Locally

Pfizer and Merck’s COVID-19 pills will both be available at C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics starting today. The Health Care District of Palm Beach County will have the pills available for those who are at the highest risk of severe COVID-19. Both drugs received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration back in December. Pfizer’s antiviral pill has been approved for use for people 12 and older. Merck’s antiviral pill is only authorized for those 18 year of age and older. Both medications will help treat patients outside of the hospital who have tested positive and are within their first five days of having symptoms. C.L. Brumback Primary Care clinics have serveral locations. The closest to us being on Hooker Highway in Belle Glade.

Queens Around the Lake

The 69th Annual Miss Hendry County Scholarship Pageant was held Saturday night, under the big top, and in front of a packed house, on the grounds of the Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show.  8 young ladies competed for the title, and to be crowned by outgoing queen Elyana Leon. The winner of the contest would receive a crown, a $2000 scholarship, flowers, and a one-of-a-kind tumbler designed by Johanna Jones with JJ Creations. And the winner is… Alisya Mata. Alisya is the 17-year-old daughter of Christina Moore and Adrian Mata and is a Junior at Clewiston Christian High School. Alisya was not the only royalty in the house on Saturday night. Hendry County also had a special appearance by Junior Miss Hendry County 2022 Raelynn Paniagua, Little Miss Hendry 2022 County Kinley Garcia, Miss Sugar 2020-2021 Haley Lovell, Miss Princess of the Glades 2022 Kali Runkles, Miss Teen USA Latina 2021 Jesenia Blanco, and Swamp Cabbage Princess 2022 Carly Spencer.