Monday November 15, 2021

The Clewiston Tigers beat the Tenoroc Titans 42-6 in the first game of the playoffs Friday night. On the Tigers first play, quarterback Zomarion Harper got a 20-yard gain, but he wasn’t done there. Amongst other power plays, Harper threw Chauncy Cobb a 55-yard touchdown pass. Clewiston plays the undefeated Lemon Bay Manta Rays on the road this week. Clewiston and Lemon Bay kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 in Englewood.

Teri Barbera of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports, Deputies responded to a triple shooting in the 500 block of 4th Street, Belle Glade on Friday night at around 8:30.  Upon arrival three adult males were located suffering from gunshot wound(s).  All three males were transported to a local hospital, where they were expected to survive. The investigation into the shooting continues. Suspect information and motive are unknown at this time.  

Emily Hunter of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners is asking the community to attend the grand opening of the Harlem Community Garden. This Friday, November 19, local leaders will gather for ribbon cutting, and to discuss the garden’s impact on the local community. The garden is a partnership between Hendry County, Harlem Tenants Association, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Sugar, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and local residents. The garden will include small plots of local produce grown by community organizations, churches, and clubs from all over Hendry County. Following brief remarks and a grand opening ceremony, food trucks will be on hand for food and refreshments. All members of the community are invited to attend. It’s the Harlem Community Garden Grand Opening. It will be held near the intersection of Georgia Ave. and 11th Street in Harlem, Friday, November 19 at 10 am

The LOSOM final plan expected to be unveiled November 16. US Army Corps of Engineers commander Colonel Jamie Booth predicts it will be an improvement over the current plan.  He says there remains concern, that this is going too quickly. He says this plan is not a cure all.  He spoke to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board this week. We expect a final decision on the plan tomorrow.

Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis honored this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month student and educator contest winners, in a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. This year, Florida celebrated Hispanic-American community leaders and champions, with student art and essay contests, as students across the state learned about Florida’s culture and Hispanic heritage. Some of this year’s winners are from the Lake Okeechobee region. Student Art Contest Winner Eziel Juarez, a kindergartner from a Charter School in Okeechobee County, drew a picture of his family entitled “My Mom is a Community Leader.” The Excellence in Education Award Winners included Estela Gonzalez of West Glades Elementary in Glades County. Gonzalez is a third-grade teacher who goes above and beyond to help her students who are struggling at school or at home. Congratulations to our homegrown heroes! To learn more about Florida’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, visit