Monday September 13, 2021

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has partnered with Pubbly — a digital education company — to launch five interactive games that engage and educate students of all ages on marine fisheries conservation. The game allows players to take a virtual fishing trip, match habitats with Florida fish species, remove trash and invasive lionfish from a reef, learn proper fish handling techniques and complete a virtual fish dissection. Games are geared for fourth grade and up, but can be enjoyed by students and adults of all ages.  For more information, visit

A Moore Haven man was found guilty on several charges Thursday after he was found asleep behind the wheel of a van in 2019, according to the State Attorney’s Office. Robert Mathias, 44, was reportedly found sleeping behind the wheel of a van with the turn signals on at the Alvin Ward Boat Ramp in 2019, according to court records. Deputies saw a marijuana pipe in the center console and what appeared to be a baggie of methamphetamine, according to the arrest report. Deputies said Mathias got out of the van and threw the suspected meth towards the river. Mathias was found guilty as charged of resisting an officer without violence, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia. The jury returned the guilty verdict following a one-day trial in Glades County.

A Florida appeals court ruled in favor of Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday, reinstating his ban on mask mandates in the state’s public schools. The decision reverses a previous ruling by a Florida district court judge who found, in a lawsuit brought by parents, that the state did not have authority to ban the face-covering mandates. On Aug. 27, Leon County Judge John Cooper ruled in favor of the parents. Cooper then issued an automatic stay in the case that would have stopped his decision from taking effect pending appeal. Charles Gallagher, the lead attorney for the parents, wrote on Twitter that they will be seeking a ruling from the state Supreme Court.

Two teenage students were arrested for conspiracy to commit a mass shooting Thursday afternoon at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres. They went through a mental evaluation and were transported to juvenile detention center on Saturday evening, where they were sentenced to 21 days. The two boys who are 13 and 14 respectively, are facing a charge after a student told a teacher they thought one of the teens had brought a gun to school. They did not find a gun, but instead, a map of the school which reportedly, had the campuses cameras marked in some way. Detectives were able to identify the two students, and found out that the two had an interest in the Columbine massacre. Search warrants were conducted at both the students’ homes and investigators found a gun and several knives. Both teens will be charged with conspiracy to commit a mass shooting. The principal told a news affiliate, that the students at the school are safe and the school days will move forward.

The Florida Department of Health will offer the mobile vaccination unit in LaBelle and Clewiston. The community will have the opportunity to receive FREE Pfizer Vaccine for ages 12 and older . This is a great opportunity for parents to have their children ages 12 to 17 years vaccinated with the Pfizer Vaccine! (Parent must be with the child and sign a consent form). Walk-ins; no appointments required. Note: No booster doses will be available at this event.

FREE – Food Voucher, hygiene kit, rain suit and socks to all individuals vaccinated.  Please see the date and locations below:

Saturday, September 18th at the Hendry County Health Department – LaBelle

1140 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, FL 33935

8:00 a.m. to Noon

Saturday, September 18th at the Hendry County Health Department – Clewiston

1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.