Thursday December 16, 2021

Glades County’s Road Department could be going to a four-day work week. Crews will be on call the other three days for emergencies or other urgent situations. The county is considering rotating employees at the courthouse and building departments, to have four-day work weeks there also. Commissioner John Ahern points out that some county tasks can’t wait three days, because the services provided require attention every day.  County Manager Marcos Montes De Oca said the county could save money by having the public works department work four, 10-hour days, rather than five, eight-hour days. 

A news source reports, Palm Beach County and seven other school districts, have been refunded thousands of dollars that was withheld this year by the state, following a dispute over mask mandates. It started this fall after school districts imposed mandatory mask requirements for students on campus. This policy went against an executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that blocked mask mandates in the state’s public schools, leaving the decision up to parents on whether or not their child wore a mask at school. The Florida Department of Education later withheld close to a million dollars from the school districts that went against the executive order. All of the districts later dropped their mask requirements this school year. CNN reported Tuesday that the state’s education department transferred $877,851 to the eight Florida school districts on Nov. 29.

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men, in a violent home invasion crime. A year ago last month, two assailants broke into a Clewiston home and held a family, which included young children, at gunpoint, demanding money and jewelry. Detectives say one of the victims was hit in the head with the gun, before the suspects fled with cash, jewelry and at least one cell phone. After a yearlong investigation into the violent home invasion, detectives were able to give the family and the community closure, with the arrest of Darion Nesta Radcliffe who is 23-, and 21-year-old Johon Willingham, both of Clewiston. On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, Detectives took Radcliffe into custody for a slew of charges including aggravated assault and battery, kidnapping, armed burglary and child abuse, among others. He’s being held with no bond. Willingham, arrested on many of the same charges, is being held on $865,000 bond. HCSO reports, Radcliffe and Willingham were already in jail on unrelated violent felony charges.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the “Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees or (W.O.K.E.) Act”, a legislative proposal that will give businesses, employees, children and families tools to fight back against the “woke” concepts. The Stop W.O.K.E. Act will be the strongest legislation of its kind in the nation and will take on both corporate wokeness and Critical Race Theory, according to the governor’s office. The proposal builds on actions Governor DeSantis has already taken to ban Critical Race Theory and the New York Times’ 1619 project in Florida’s schools. For more information about the Stop W.O.K.E. Act, click here.

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission of the organization is to Remember, Honor and Teach, by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. This year, one of those locations includes Hendry County. David Potter has scheduled to hold our ceremony this Saturday December 18 at 10am in Clewiston Civic Park. Potter says we are honoring our local veterans in Ridgelawn, Washington Memorial and Harlem Gardens during the ceremony. Following the ceremony, supporters are gathering at Ridgelawn and Washington Memorial for the laying of the wreaths. Potter is requesting the community’s presence on December 18th at 10 a.m. at the Clewiston Civic Park for the inaugural Wreaths Across America Ceremony. We are honoring our veterans who have been laid to rest at the Ridgelawn, Harlem Gardens and Washington Memorial Cemeteries.