The Hendry County Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting last night in LaBelle. The Board discussed the length and time of the meetings, the fire boundaries between Hendry and Glades County, a veteran’s section at the new cemetery, a minimum wage change, and fixing CR 835, amongst other important topics. One of the highlights of the evening included recognizing County Attorney Mark Lapp for 15 years of service with the County, earning himself 1 full day off. The other highlight of the evening? Emma Byrd was named as the new Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners; Mitchell Wills was named, the Vice Chair. To watch the meeting in its entirety, visit: https://www.facebook.com/hendrycounty.
Anquan Boldin is a contributor to a USA today series, which is examining the issue of qualified immunity in law enforcement. Boldin’s cousin Corey Jones, was driving home from a gig in Jupiter six years ago, when his SUV broke down. He was on the phone with roadside assistance when undercover officer at the time Nouman Raja pulled up in an unmarked vehicle. A few moments later, Jones was dead. Raja claimed he acted in self-defense. But the roadside assistance recording revealed, Corey Jones never posed a threat. Raja was ultimately convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was the first officer in 30 years to be convicted in Florida, for an on-duty shooting. In the overwhelming majority of cases, Boldin says, securing civil justice, can be even harder than securing a criminal conviction. He attributes this to “qualified immunity“. Qualified immunity, according to Time Magazine, is a defense that law enforcement and other government officials can raise, in response to lawsuits, seeking monetary damages for alleged civil rights violations. Boldin co-founded the Players Coalition, which is a group of players from professional sports organizations, working to improve social justice and racial equity. Boldin says they are committed to ending qualified immunity. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/12/10/nfl-anquan-boldin-police-killed-cousin/8652156002/
One hundred and forty-seven boats and plenty of big fish, made for an awesome year-end Championship on Lake Okeechobee. It’s been a record year for the Roland Martin Marine Center Series. The duo of McMillan and Locke dropped 19.98 pounds of bass on the scales, for a two-day total over the weekend, of 47.89 putting the pair in the lead. Unfortunately, the celebration didn’t last. The team of Ron Roker and Terry Metzger tipped the scales, with a sack of 25.37 pounds, for a two-day total of 47.98. Just a 2-ounce difference, that gave them the lead, and a giant check, for $35,000, along with the title of 2021 Roland Martin Marine Center Series Champions. As the highest finisher to cross the stage, they also earned another $250 from the presenting sponsor. Jared McMillan and Durand Locke took a second-place check for $10,130 and Mercury Contingency for an additional $250. See the full list of winners here: Roker and metzger are the 2021 Champions – RMMC Series (rolandmartinmarinecenterseries.com)
The Clewiston Police Department’s Annual Christmas Trolley Ride is set to take off this Saturday around dusk. Police Officers, along with Santa, will be handing out gifts to boys and girls all over town. The department is still accepting unwrapped, unopened toy donations at the police department through Friday.