Tuesday January 11, 2022

Hendry County SHIP Funds Available

Hendry County announces that funds for Housing Assistance are available from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program. Hendry County will be hosting two homeowner orientations to explain the program details and answer questions applicants may have. The first homeowner orientation will be conducted on Thursday, January 27, at 5:30 pm at the Janet B. Taylor Auditorium in Clewiston. The second homeowner orientation will be conducted on Friday, January 28, at 5:30 pm at the Hendry County Extension Office in LaBelle. Due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines, no more than 28 individuals will be allowed in each orientation session. The applications will be available on the Hendry County website at www.hendryfla.net. Contact the Hendry County Housing at 863-675-5297 or Sabrina.Gadson@hendryfla.net for more information.

Jonesez BBQ Expansion

Gulfshore Business is highlighting a local barbecue favorite. Jonesez BBQ just opened its first, standalone takeout restaurant on Palm Beach Boulevard, just east of Verandah. Previously, the pair of Vickie and Andre Jones operated a food truck in and around the area at football games, fairs and festivals. The family-owned business is run by the Jones children, with the help of other extended family. In addition to individual takeout orders, the new Jonesez BBQ location now does catering and corporate accounts, serving pork spareribs, grilled chicken, pulled pork and pulled chicken, and various side items. Congratulations to the Jones family on their new expansion.

Palm Beach County School District Job Fair

The Palm Beach County School District is going to hold six job fairs around the county over the next month to hire bus drivers. The district is offering a $1,000 new hire bonus upon successful completion of the probationary period. There are four basic job requirements: being a safe licensed driver for five years, having an excellent driving record, passing a Department of Transportation physical examination, and being able to speak English. Dates and locations include Tuesday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., West Technical Education Center, in Belle Glade. Click here and look under Transportation, or call 561-242-6515 for more information.

Health Alert on Lake Okeechobee

There’s a health alert for harmful blue-green algal toxins in Lake Okeechobee, specifically in 3 different sections. The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County issued the alert Monday morning after water samples taken on Jan. 5th found toxins. The health department says drinking water is not affected, but people should be careful in and around the affected areas. Blue-green algae are a common type of bacteria in Florida’s freshwater environments. A bloom happens when rapid growth of algae leads to an accumulation of individual cells that discolor water and often produce floating mats that let out unpleasant odors. Some environmental factors that contribute to blue-green algae blooms are sunny days, warm water temperatures, still water conditions and excess nutrients.

2nd Panther of 2022 Dies By Car

A 3-year-old male panther was hit and killed by a car in Glades County. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Monday, the remains of the panther were collected on January 9, on US 27, just over a mile and a half away from SR 29. Two panthers have died in 2022 so far, according to FWC records. Both deaths were car related. To report an injured or dead panther, call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.