Monday November 8, 2021

2021 Muck Bowl Winner

Pahokee head coach Emmanuel Hendrix was on the sideline last year when Glades Central beat Pahokee in the annual Muck Bowl. Well, the Blue Devils got their revenge Saturday, as they took the win and the trophy, in a 28-0 final score. Our sports news affiliate says, with the win, Pahokee likely seals a “top-three” seed in region 4-1A and will almost certainly host its first-round playoff game. Glades Central entered the game fifth in its region, but despite the loss, the Raiders will likely still make the postseason.

Shooting After Muck Bowl

An investigation is underway on The Muck, as a block party in Pahokee leaves 3 people injured after gunfire erupted. On Saturday November 6, at 1005 p.m., Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Deputies attempted to break up the gathering in the area of S. Lake Ave and Daniel Place.  When the crowd eventually dispersed deputies located the three victims suffering from gunshot wounds; two adult males and one adult female.  All three victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment.  One was listed in critical condition, one was listed in serious condition and one received non-life threatening injuries. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division arrived on scene to investigate further.  No suspect or motive is known at this time.

Fisherman Advocates for Mechanical Harvesting

Several Lake Okeechobee fisherman asked Glades County Commissioners to help them stop chemical spraying of exotics on the lake. They prefer mechanical harvesting. Dennis Lee says Glades is in the middle of a water mess, and needs to protect this beautiful resource. He maintains the spraying goes on too much, and says the chemicals kill the food source for fish, manatee and other wildlife. 

US Sugar Promotes Locals

Congratulations to 2 employees of U.S. Sugar. Ken McDuffie has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Derek Pridgen has been promoted to Vice President, both in Agricultural Operations. McDuffie will assist the President in all strategic and political matters as well as have oversight of U.S. Sugar’s agricultural operations. McDuffie will continue to directly oversee citrus agriculture and research, railroad operations, Rouge River Farms and industry and grower relations. McDuffie, a Clewiston native, most recently served as U.S. Sugar’s Senior Vice President of Agricultural Operations. He first joined U.S. Sugar in 1992 and has held several positions with the Company. Pridgen will be responsible for all aspects of sugarcane operations. Pridgen is also a Clewiston native, and has served as U.S. Sugar’s General Manager, of Farm Operations since 2019. Pridgen first started with Southern Gardens Citrus in 1997. Both families still live locally. Congratulations on your promotions.