Monday May 24, 2021

The Clewiston Tigers took on the Glades Central Raiders Friday night for the annual Spring classic. The rivalry ended with a 21-14 victory in the Tigers favor. Coach Pete Walker says he’s proud that the kids didn’t allow the Raiders size and speed, be a deterrent. The Raiders did tie the game at halftime 14-14, but Chauncy Cobb stepped in with a 30 plus yard touchdown catch, then, he helped secure the tigers win with a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter. Congratulations!! And as always, Go Tigers!

As of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, there have been 2,310,335 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 36,474 Florida resident deaths reported, and almost 95,000 hospitalizations at some point during illness. On Sunday, there were 2,069 new cases reported, along with 11 new resident deaths. Glades County reported a total of 972 COVID-19 cases, and 19 total deaths. Hendry County has had 4,830 cases since the pandemic began and 85 total deaths.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a local pawn shop robbery. At around 11:15 Thursday night, investigators arrested 36-year-old Raynaldo Ray Quiroga of Labelle, for the Armed Robbery at the Capital Pawn Shop that happened the day before. Eye witness accounts revealed that at around 8:32 am, a man entered Capital Pawn dressed as a law enforcement officer, wearing full uniform including a duty belt equipped with what was believed to be a firearm. The suspect detained a customer and two Capital Pawn employees, placing the 3 people in hand restraints, and forcing them to the ground. He then removed five handguns and one assault style rifle, before fleeing the area.  Quiroga was charged with Robbery with a Firearm, (3) Counts of Kidnapping, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, and at least 4 other charges.  Quiroga is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail with no bond. Investigators have not recovered the stolen firearms.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law House Bill 7061, Florida’s Tax Cut Package. The Governors Office says this bill is to ensure Florida remains one of the most tax-friendly environments in the nation.  HB 7061 provides more than $168 million in taxpayer savings to families and businesses in the upcoming fiscal year, including more than $34 million in recurring tax cuts. Included in the tax package are several components: there 3 Sales Tax Holidays which include, “Disaster Preparedness” Tax Holiday from May 28 until June 6, which allows Floridians to save money on disaster preparedness items. “Freedom Week” Tax Holiday from July 1 until July 7. “Freedom Week” provides 7 days of sales tax savings on outdoor recreation purchases.   And of course, the popular Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday from July 31 until August 9. For these 10 days, Floridians will pay no sales tax for certain clothing, school supplies and personal computers and related accessories. There are others as well, including, Tax Cuts to Support Florida’s Seniors Living Independently, Ad Valorem Tax Breaks, and Tax Credits for Florida Businesses. The full text of House Bill 7061 is available here.