Thursday December 9, 2021

Palm Beach County School Districts Finalists for Employees of the Year:

Robera Walker – Principal of the Year for Belle Glade Elementary

Shaun Schwartztrauber – Assistant Principal of the Year for Lake Shore Middle

Stephanie Hart – Teacher of the Year for Belle Glade Elementary School

Julissa Camacho – School Related Employee of the Year for Gove Elementary School

Clewiston Police Department Taking Donations for “Shop with a Cop” Program

Clewiston Police Department and Wal-Mart, will partner to host the annual “Shop With A Cop” event, Saturday December 11. Youth from varying households will be selected to shop with a police officer. The department is now asking for donations from the community to raise funds to help youth in need. You can drop off at 300 S. Berner Road in Clewiston or you can call and arrange to have your donations picked up. Contact Adelys Valles at Clewiston Police Department with questions.

Hendry County Agricultural Tour Announced

Emily Hunter of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners reports: City Farm Tour Council and UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service, will be holding its 42nd Farm Tour of the Hendry County agricultural industry, Saturday, February 5, 2022. Hendry County is one of the largest agricultural counties in the state and is the largest producer of oranges in Florida, with over 75,000 acres of groves. In addition, Hendry County is the second largest producer of sugarcane, third largest in vegetable production, and fifth largest in beef cattle. This year’s tour will feature a variety of stops at some of Florida’s most sophisticated agricultural operations including vegetable transplant and ornamental nurseries, citrus, sugarcane, and vegetable production, as well as one of the largest beef cattle ranches in the state. There will also be fresh Florida orange juice breaks along the way. Visit the link on our website for more tour information, and to buy tickets. Ticket Information: Tickets for the tour are $100/person. Participants will enjoy a modern, airconditioned tour bus with expert tour guides. Lunch is included and will feature a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth 16 oz ribeye steak, with all the fixins, served by the Hendry County Cattlemen’s Association. Proceeds from ticket sales support Hendry County 4-H and the Hendry County Cattlemen’s Association scholarship. Covid-19 : Face mask are optional.

The Sugar Express Brings Santa to the Community

The Sugar Express is gearing up its steam locomotive to deliver hundreds of gifts to the Toys for Tots programs in Moore Haven, Clewiston, Belle Glade, and Martin County. Operations Manager Scott Ogle says, the Toys For Tots program is a great partner in this effort for the 2nd year, and hopefully the years to come. Santa will be along each route, waving from the train, and giving out goodies to the kids. Ogle says Santa does have a very busy schedule this year, but he wants each and every kid to know how important they are. Parents can sign up to receive toys later in December at: The Sugar Express Santa Train will be in Belle Glade from 7:30 to 8:45, In Clewiston from 9:50 to 11. And in Moore Haven from noon to 12:45. We’ll here from Scott Ogle later in the week. Find out more at and follow Sugar Express on Facebook for live videos and exclusive information.

Casey DeSantis Opens Up About Breast Cancer Diagnosis

First of Florida Lady Casey DeSantis spoke in public about her battle with breast cancer. She urged Floridians and anyone fighting the disease to continue the fight, especially in moments of uncertainty. DeSantis admits in a recent interview, she knew something was wrong with her, even after a doctor’s visit and pushed for further screening. She urged all Floridians to schedule a mammogram as soon as they meet the eligibility requirements.  The First Lady of Florida also announced $100,000,000 to fund cancer research.