Monday June 14, 2021

Glades County Schools announced its first Career and Technical Education Nursing Instructor. Nurse Jill Atkinson has nearly 30 years of experience in the nursing field. Students who complete the CTE program under her direction will be certified nursing assistants (CNA) and certified EKG technicians.  Nurse Atkinson began her nursing career as a CNA at Clewiston Adult School. She went on to graduate from then Palm Beach Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Nurse Atkinson was born and raised in Clewiston, and is a proud CHS graduate. Congratulations to Nurse Jill Atkinson on her new position with Glades County Schools.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said Friday the man who shot and killed a grandmother and her toddler grandson inside a Royal Palm Beach Publix, posted on his social media the day before about wanting to “kill people and children.” Bradshaw says they are following up on sources, but says he can’t understand why no one came forward after the internet post. The timeline of the events was released Friday. Trigger warning, this may be difficult for some to hear. Investigators say the grandmother and her grandson entered the Publix at 11:07 a.m. Thursday and grabbed a shopping cart. The gunman came in at 11:29 a.m. The victims entered the produce section of the store at 11:30 a.m. The gunman followed one minute later. He approached her at around 11:34, pulls out his gun, and fires one round, killing the child. The child’s grandmother then reached in to stop the gunman and there was a struggle. That caused his gun to jam, forcing him to reload. Authorities say he then pushed her to the ground and shoots her. He then shot and killed himself. The sheriff said there’s no evidence, at this point, that the gunman knew either of the victims or their family members.

Today marks one year since the killing of FWC Officer Julian Keen. Keen, who was 30, was off duty when he was shot and killed in LaBelle while trying to stop a man who was driving recklessly. Eliceo Hernandez is accused of shooting Keen and was later arrested. Keen touched a lot of lives, and anybody we talked to had nothing but glowing remarks about him, including, coworkers, family members and even those that never met him. There are still murals, artwork, and many other commemorations by those that loved him, dedicated to his memory. Hernandez remains in the Hendry County Jail awaiting trial. His bail is set at $806,500. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is holding a press conference today with the Julian Keen Foundation and Collier County Public Schools to announce a partnership in a new youth program launching in Immokalee.

By popular demand, the Firehouse Community Theatre will host another karaoke fundraiser! On Saturday, June 19th from 6pm to 10pm, the theatre will host “Karaoke Night – Making You the Star”!!!  Snacks will be available for purchase and donations for participation will be greatly appreciated! Help support your local theatre and join the fun! If you don’t want to sing, go anyway and be part of the audience!! The Firehouse Community Theatre is located in LaBelle at 241 N. Bridge Street.

247Sports reports, Glades Central three-star offensive tackle Ja’Kavion Nonar picked up an offer from Pittsburgh. The news comes less than 24 hours after FIU’s Joel Rodriguez became the first FBS coach to offer Nonar. Nonar, who hasn’t played much high school football, turned heads during check-in Monday when he measured 6-foot-7, 275 pounds. He then proceeded to run a 5.1 in the 40-yard dash before clocking 4.9 in the short shuttle. Nonar also posted a 92-inch broad jump, which isn’t shocking seeing as how he can dunk on the basketball court. Glades Central head coach Rashod Jackson said, “He’s about to blow up.” Jackson has also fielded calls over the past few days from Penn State, Arkansas and Missouri in regards to Nonar. Miami is hoping that Nonar will go through a workout for them this upcoming Sunday. Nonar isn’t the only offensive lineman from Glades Central that impressed on Monday, as three-star tackle Keon Kindred also flashed during 1-on-1s. He tipped the scales at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds and ran a 5.37 in the 40-yard dash and 5-flat in the short shuttle.