Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Former Glades Central Coach Finds New Home

Former Glades Central Raiders Coach Rashad Jackson has found a new home. Inlet Grove Community High School has named Jackson the new head coach of the Hurricanes, after Jackson spent two seasons leading the Raiders. Glades Central reportedly fired him in December. Jackson takes over for former NFL cornerback and Pahokee native Alphonso Smith, who parted ways with Inlet Grove after just one season.

New Bill Protects Outdoor Workers

A Senate bill making the rounds in Florida, aims to provide extensive heat protection for outdoor workers and has the support of both the Democrat and Republican parties. According to the American Farmworkers of Florida, at least two outdoor workers die every year due to heat exposure. The bills in question ask that workers be provided with constant hydration and adequate education on heat-related illnesses. According to Floridainsider.com, the bill has already passed one committee in the legislature but is still required to pass two more committees, including the house before it can be voted on.

Certificate of Appreciation from the City of LaBelle

St. Matthew’s House received a Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor Julie Wilkins and the City of LaBelle for assisting the city in putting up Christmas decorations last December. Back in December, a group of 24 men from the Justin’s Place Recovery Program spent over six hours on a Saturday helping decorate downtown LaBelle three weeks before Christmas.

Belle Glade Man Arrested

A seat belt violation leads to a 15-year prison sentence for a Belle Glade man. On June 18, 2020, a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Deputy, pulled over a vehicle when he saw the front seat passenger, was not wearing a seat belt. After smelling marijuana, the deputy asked occupants to exit the vehicle.  While searching the passenger, a razor blade was found in his pocket that had cocaine on it. The passenger was identified as 49-year-old Carlton Benjamin of Belle Glade. Benjamin also had 12 small plastic bags filled with cocaine, $3,000 in cash and a digital scale, also containing cocaine residue. Benjamin took ownership of the drugs and was arrested. He was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison, for Trafficking in Cocaine. He was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and had his driver’s license suspended for 6 months. 

Black History: Pahokee Remembers

The Pahokee community is celebrating the life of Elsie L. Singletary, Pahokee’s first Black First Lady who always helped others and was deeply involved in her community. Singletary passed away earlier this month after enduring a long battle with cancer. She was 82 years old.

Road Work

Please be advised that Hendry County’s contractor, will be conducting roadway construction services on CR833, from SR80 south to the Powerline Grade and on CR846, from CR833 westward to the Collier County Line. The speed limit will be reduced through the project area. Motorists should expect lane closures and possible delays throughout the duration of the project and allow extra time for their commute. The project is expected to have a completion time of approximately three hundred thirty (330) days to three hundred sixty (360) days.

Construction operations will occur during weekdays, Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm Evening work hours will vary during milling and resurfacing operations.

·         Construction Start: January 31, 2022

·         Construction End: January 26, 2023

Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.