Thursday November 18, 2021

Sugar Express and its historic steam locomotive No. 148 will operate two special holiday train events on December 11th and 12th, offering residents a chance to see and ride aboard a historic, steam-powered passenger train. On December 11th, The Santa Express will deliver gifts to Toys for Tots organizations and local families in need. Special stops with Sugar Express No. 148 and Santa Claus are planned in Glades, Highlands, Hendry, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties. At each stop, the public will be welcome to see Santa Claus and his train. All train stops and viewings are completely free and open to the public. Interested parents can sign up to receive toys later in December directly from the program at toysfortots.org.

On December 12th, Sugar Express will operate the very first public passenger excursion behind steam locomotive no. 148 between Clewiston and Lake Placid. During this daylong trip, passengers can choose either deluxe coach or open-air passenger cars which will leave Clewiston at 10 AM and come back at 4 PM. Passengers will have a layover in downtown Lake Placid for lunch on their own, and come back later that day. Ticket sales will begin at sugarexpress.com on Tuesday, November 23rd at 6 PM. A limited number of tickets will be available at sugarexpress.com. Tickets start at $148.00 and light refreshments are included. Parking and boarding for the trip will take place at Basillian Cres and South Deane Duff Avenue, Clewiston. Click here to be notified when sales begin.

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) announced incentives for correctional officer new hires, including hiring bonuses up to $5,000, effective immediately. Beginning January, 2022, state correctional officers starting salary will be raised to $38,750. All current state correctional officers will receive a one-time $1,500 bonus, and state probation officers will receive a $3,000 bonus next month. To learn more, visit www.FLDOCJobs.com

Charles Murphy of our sister station WOKC in Okeechobee reports, a Glades County man was caught on surveillance cameras committing burglaries. 28-year-old Justin Wiggins faces burglary and other charges, from thefts committed at the Moore Haven yacht club. Deputies said about $1,100 in items were stolen and most have been recovered.  Wiggins is accused of taking a golf cart that was located about a block from the Yacht Club entrance. 

** POSTPONED AS OF 11/19**Emily Hunter of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners is inviting the community to attend the grand opening of the Harlem Community Garden. This Friday, November 19, local leaders will discuss the garden’s impact on the local community. The garden is a partnership between Hendry County, Harlem Tenants Association, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Sugar, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and local residents. The garden will include small plots of produce planted by local organizations. Following brief remarks and a grand opening ceremony which includes a ribbon cutting, food trucks will be on hand with refreshments. All members of the community are invited to attend the Harlem Community Garden Grand Opening. It will be held near the intersection of Georgia Ave. and 11th Street in Harlem, Friday, November 19 at 10 am.

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