Monday September 27, 2021

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released the 122 nominees eligible for induction Wednesday, 10 of whom are first timers, one of them, home grown. Andre Johnson of  Miami, Devin Hester of Riviera Beach, and Anquan Boldin, of Pahokee,  just to name a few. Boldin, a seven-time 1,000-yard receiver and three-time Pro Bowl selection, caught 1,076 passes for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns in 14 seasons with the Arizona CardinalsBaltimore RavensSan Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. He was a key contributor on the Ravens’ Super Bowl championship team and led the NFL in receiving yards per game in 2005, despite playing alongside future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald. Boldin also was the Associated Press, Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2003, racking up 1,377 yards on 101 catches — the latter of which are the most ever by a rookie. Congratulations to all of the first time nominees, and a special shout out to hometown superstar, Anquan Boldin.

It’s harvest time in South Central Florida! The Sugar Express took their Facebook page to share the exciting news! On October 1st at 9:30 AM, Sugar Express steam locomotive No. 148 will power the first cane train of the season between Moore Haven and Clewiston. No. 148 will appear on display for the public that afternoon. The train will depart 1st Avenue and Florida Avenue NW in Moore Haven at about 9:30 AM, and pull south through Clewiston over U.S. 27 to the Clewiston Sugar Factory. Between Noon and 5 PM, No. 148 will be under steam and on display for the general public at the Sugar Express facility at the corner Basilian Cres and South Deane Duff Avenue. Members of the community may safely view the Sugar Express from at least 25 feet away from the railroad track at all times. The Sugar Express will travel near or over the following intersections:

  • Park Avenue and Yaun Road and Langdale Road (Moore Haven)
  • State Route 720 (Moore Haven and Clewiston) San Luiz Avenue (Clewiston)
  • South Olympia Street (Clewiston) WC Owen Avenue (Clewiston) South Francisco Avenue

Times and routing are subject to change. Follow the Sugar Express Facebook page for up-to-date information. For details, and a map, click here:…/start-of-harvest-train-oct-1st/

Hendry Regional Medical Center will resume elective surgeries today, after suspending the procedures on August 30. Elective procedures were placed on hold so staff could attend to the front lines and battle the COVID19 pandemic within the community. Patients seeking elective general surgery require a negative COVID19 test, prior to the surgery date. Hendry Regional will continue to monitor COVID prevalence in Hendry County and reevaluate accordingly. Visit Hendry Regional Medical Center on Facebook for updates.

The state attorney’s office will review video and other evidence after a high school student suffered a possible broken leg while being arrested at Okeechobee High School. Attorney in Charge Ashley Albright says that review also includes actions of the deputy.  He says they will review all the evidence thoroughly, before making a final decision. According to a news source, the sheriff has backed up the actions of the arresting deputy in this case. 

The Pfizer vaccine has now been authorized for booster doses, according to the Florida Department of Health. The Pfizer booster can be administered 6 months after the second dose. At this time, combining vaccine types is NOT recommended. (If you received two Moderna vaccines or one J&J vaccine, you should NOT receive the Pfizer booster).

Those who qualify for the booster include:

  • Adults who are 65+
  • Adults who reside in a long-term care facility regardless of age
  • Adults over 50+ with underlying medical conditions
  • Adults 18+ with underlying medical conditions
  • Adults 18+ who are at an increased exposure to COVID due to employment

Information regarding booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines will continue to be researched. To find a location for vaccines, please visit

Hendry County will be spraying for mosquitoes today over the LaBelle Acres, specifically, Case and Evans Roads, and LaBelle Ranchettes and Alphabet Roads Communities.  These operations will continue throughout the remainder of the year as mosquito levels warrant. The insecticide to treat for adult mosquitoes is approved for application by the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida.