Thursday, February 24, 2022

Local School Lockdowns

Moore Haven Elementary School, Moore Haven Middle Senior High School and the Glades County School district office was on lockdown yesterday, as officials say, Glades County deputies conducted a “random drug and weapon search,” according to the districts Facebook Page. The searches do not seem to be due to or because of a threat or incident occurring on or around any of the campuses, but that has not been confirmed by our news department.  The school district said the lockdowns would be lifted when the searches are complete. An hour later, the district reported that West Glades School would also be locked down. No update has been posted regarding whether or not anything was found at either of the schools, or if any arrests were made. The district office and Moore Haven Elementary were released from lockdown, not update yet, on the other schools.

City of Moore Haven Receives Funds From Governor

Governor Ron DeSantis awarded a giant check to the City of Moore Haven to improve and enhance the downtown area and attract new development, creating new jobs and improving the local economy. The City of Moore Haven will use the funds to complete roadway and stormwater improvements that will mitigate recurrent flooding and prevent pollutants from entering the Caloosahatchee River Basin Estuary.  For more information about the Rural Infrastructure Fund Grant Program, please visit FloridaJobs.org/RIF. 

Local Scholarship Recipients

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation announced the recipients of its 2022 Youth Scholarship Program.  15 Palm Beach County high school seniors, all of whom were nominated by a sworn employee of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), will receive $2,500 scholarships for their freshman year of college.  Our local scholarship winners include, Mckenzie Cooper, Glades Central Community High School, Florida Atlantic University Alcivial Henrisme, Glades Central Community High School, Valdosta State University, Carolina Rodriguez, Glades Day School, Palm Beach State College. The students will receive their scholarships and be recognized at a luncheon on March 6th at 12:30pm at the International Polo Club in Wellington. 

Roadwork Report: Hendry County

Hendry County’s contractor, will do doing construction on Runway 14 / 32 at the LaBelle Airport. The project includes construction of a partial taxiway extension from the existing end of Taxiway B, to provide access to Runway 14 / 32. The project will also include drainage work, new pavement section, edge lighting, guidance signs, pavement markings, and other related work. Operations will require Runway 14 / 32 at LaBelle Airport to be closed beginning Monday, February 28 at 8:00 AM – Friday, March 4 at 5:00 PM. And then again on Monday, March 7 at 8:00 AM – Friday, March 11 at 5:00 PM. The project is 100% funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes.

Funds Available for Emergency Assistance

The Department of Children and Families announced that more than $1 billion in rental and utility assistance has been distributed through the OUR Florida program, helping nearly 185,000 households. In the past two weeks alone, the program has distributed more than $100 million to more than 25,000 families. This program is supported by more than 1,200 team members who answer calls, process applications, manage cases and provide assistance. The program was launched May 10, 2021, with nearly $800 million available to provide relief to families and property owners for those behind on rent and utilities payments. The Department announced earlier this month that Florida has received an additional $740.4 million in federal funding to continue to operate the emergency assistance program. With more than $1 billion distributed to date, more than $413 million in relief remains available. To learn more, visit OURFlorida.com.