September 7, 2021

As of September 6, a precautionary boil water notice has been issued for the Port LaBelle Utility System service area.  The precautionary boil water notice will be lifted when satisfactory bacteriological sampling results are obtained.   Residents with questions are asked to please call (863) 675-5376.

Red Apple Supplies is a FREE teacher resource store, that helps equip teachers with essential school supplies for their classrooms.  Its mission is to serve the educational and creative needs of children in Palm Beach County public schools, by providing donated school supplies from businesses, organizations, and individuals, to teachers, free of charge. Well, this year, The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is partnering with Stephanie Busin and the Hendry County School District, as well as Brannan Thomas of US Sugar Corporation, to incorporate Hendry County Teachers in this year’s effort. Stephanie Busin, Chairperson for the Hendry County School Board says, thanks to the generosity of the Education Foundation, this will be an ongoing partnership. Brannan Thomas Community Relations Manager for US Sugar says, this an all-new lane for US Sugar, but the organization is and has always been, a generous supporter and donor to local education. The Red Apple Store registration has opened. And teachers have already begun placing their orders for supplies for their individual classrooms. Teachers will pick up their supplies on September 9 and US Sugar headquarters in Clewiston.

Florida Highway Patrol reports that a Belle Glade man was involved in a serious accident that claimed the life of a Riviera Beach man. The report reveals that the 33-year-old Belle Glade man was driving north along Connors Highway east of Pahokee just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday, when he crossed into the path of a car driven by a 28-year-old Riviera Beach man. The crash pushed the Riviera Beach man’s car into a guardrail, flipping it onto its right side. He died at the scene. The Belle Glade man suffered serious injuries. Florida Highway Patrol did not name the men involved in the crash report. This case is pending investigation.

A Palm Beach County man has lost his life over the weekend, when he entered into the path of train in Pahokee. On Friday September 3, 37-year-old Danilo Vargas was driving a dump truck approaching the intersection of Morning Star Farms Road and US 441. Otha Carter of Clewiston was operating a train locomotive, which ran parallel with 441 North towards the railroad crossing of Morning Star Farms Road. As Vargas reached the intersection, he immediately made left turn, entering the railroad crossing, directly in the path of the train. The train made contact with the dump trucks driver’s side, ejecting Vargas from the dump truck. FHP reports that Vargas, who is from Lake Worth, did not survive his injuries.

Hendry County Emergency Management along with the Hendry/Glades Department of Health and Hendry Regional Medical Center, would like to assess the need for a Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Site in Hendry County. According to Emergency Management Officials, here’s how it works. Early Monoclonal antibody therapy, also called monoclonal antibody infusion treatment, is a way of treating COVID-19. The goal of this therapy is to help prevent hospitalizations, reduce viral loads and lessen symptom severity. This type of therapy relies on monoclonal antibodies. These are antibodies that are similar to the ones your body would naturally make, in response to infection. However, monoclonal antibodies are mass-produced in a laboratory and are designed to recognize a specific component of this virus — the spike protein. By targeting the spike protein, these specific antibodies interfere with the virus’ ability to attach and gain entry into human cells. They give the immune system a leg up until it can mount its own response. This therapy can be extremely effective, but it’s not a replacement for vaccination. Officials are asking for help to determine the need for this type of treatment site, by asking the community to complete a one question survey.

Starting this Friday, September 10, South Central Florida Express will be doing construction work at the railroad crossing on Francisco Street in Clewiston. The work includes replacement of a rail through the railroad crossing. The construction will require the Francisco Street railroad crossing to be closed. You may notice some signs along the roadway to detour traffic. Drivers may consider leaving a little early as the detours may cause delays in commute times. The work should be done in about two (2) days. They are going to start early in the morning on Friday September 10, and end on Saturday September 11, at 5 p.m.  This schedule is tentative and subject to change. The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes.