Thursday November 11, 2021

Clewiston Animal Control added new Animal Control Officer William Jones to the team bringing 10 years of experience to the city. Animal Control will soon be open seven days per week, to ensure that employees are at the shelter every day, not only to care for the animals, but to increase the public’s access to be reunited with the pets or to come by and adopt. Visit the Facebook page at, where you can see the latest news and pictures.

The Cultural Council created the Artist Innovation Fellowship Program for artists across all disciplines in order to honor and support the creative individuals who form the core of Palm Beach County’s cultural sector. The program focuses on the belief that an entire community will benefit through investments in creative individuals. Their latest investment includes six $7,500 fellowships in 2022. Each fellow will have one year to complete his/her fellowship activities. The program culminates with a performance showcase at the Cultural Council’s headquarters in Lake Worth Beach in 2023. One of this year’s fellows is homegrown in the heart of The Muck. Shanique Scott creates choreography that infuses hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and lyrical movements to the latest contemporary gospel tunes. Her choreography is said to weave together piercing, elliptical observations. A native of South Bay, Shanique has offered a program of master classes and workshops for young dancers, that provide instruction and high-level performance. Scott choreographs original works at Ascension 33 dance studio in Belle Glade. Good luck Shanique, up for a $7500 fellowship from The Cultural Council.

On Saturday November 6, Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office deputies attempted to break up a block party in Pahokee after 3 people were shot. At the time, all 3 victims were transported to the hospital alive, but in varying conditions. As of November 10, one of the three victims succumbed to his injuries.  The victim was an adult male, 31 years of age from Greenacres.  His family invoked Marsy’s Law, therefore, his name will not be released. Detectives are now investigating this shooting as a homicide.  Anyone with information on this shooting is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Orestes Garcia Leiva. Leiva is currently at large and has no known address on record. He is wanted for LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS MOLESTATION. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Orestes Garcia Leiva, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his education budget proposals that will invest funding in Florida’s public schools. The proposal includes a second-straight year of $1,000 bonuses for Florida’s teachers and principals; $600 million to raise minimum teacher salaries for the third year in a row from $40,000 to $47,500; and the highest per-student funding in Florida’s history at $8,000 per student. A summary of the Governor’s announcement can be found HERE.

In observance of Veterans Day, the Health Departments in  Hendry and Glades Counties will be closed on today. All services will resume at the Health Departments in LaBelle, Clewiston and Moore Haven on Friday, November 12. 

The Clewiston High School Public Service Academy will hold their annual Veterans Day Program on today at 11:00 a.m. at Civic Park. In the event of rain, the program will be moved to the CHS Auditorium.

The City of Clewiston reports, there will be no solid waste collection on Veterans Day, November 11. Thursday’s routes will be collected Friday November 12, 2021.