Tuesday March 30, 2021

Some families in Belle Glade had to deal with mildew on their walls and rat and roach infestations in the Okeechobee Center Projects a few years ago. Finally, improvements are underway to hundreds of those same units. Conditions were so bad, that one resident’s infant had to get surgery to remove actual roaches from inside his ear canal. Ramona Hyson is the president and CEO of Nelson & Associates, Inc., the new management company hired by the Belle Glade Housing Authority. Hyson took over last year and is now working with a $2.6 million budget to make the improvements. Now, kitchen cabinets are being replaced, fresh paint jobs, new floors, some rooves have been replaced, and dirt and sod are being put down around the units to help keep out rodents. Another change is that the office is now open every day with management on site.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, there have been 2,047,379 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 33,247 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. There were 3,374 new cases reported Monday and 36 new resident deaths. Glades County reported 924 total cases since and 19 deaths since the pandemic began. Hendry County reported 4,460 total cases and 77 deaths. For state and county-by-county breakdown of vaccine administration, click here.

April is Second Chance Month and the group “People of Purpose” are inviting the public to an upcoming job fair. The event will take place April 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Florida Department of Children and Families in Belle Glade. The location is at 2990 N Main St. People who are encouraged to attend are:

  • Those on probation who cannot get a job
  • Those with court costs who cannot pay them
  • Those who would like more information concerning their voting rights or who would like to register to vote
  • Those interested in education opportunities

Some of the many organizations that will be attending are CareerSource, Palm Beach Public Defender Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff, Palm Beach State College and more. More importantly, there will be free snacks and refreshments. Contact William Freeman at (561) 530-9169 or wfreeman240@gmail.com for more information.

SEXUAL PREDATOR NOTIFICATION In accordance with Chapter 775 the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, Joseph M Carmona, Date of Birth: 12/25/1954, who is now residing at 104 Pelican Lake Drive, Pahokee, FL  33476-3103. 

Agweek.com reports that United States Sugar Corp.  announced that it will purchase Imperial Sugar Co. The deal includes its port refinery at the city of Port Wentworth, Ga., and its sugar transfer and liquefaction facility in Kentucky. Robert H. Buker Jr., U.S. Sugar’s president and CEO, said the Imperial Sugar “port refinery, consumer brands, and sugar processing capabilities” are all part of the deal and will provide its customers with a “more dependable, secure” supply of sugar. Moving forward, US Sugar will use the Imperial brands, which are strongest across the South and into the Midwest. The marketer also will continue to use the Crystal Sugar brand, which is particularly strong in the Midwest.

Charles Murphy of our sister station WOKC in Okeechobee reports, Pahokee City Manager Chandler Williamson resigns effective Friday. Williamson has been the subject of several investigations related to unauthorized use of city funds. According to the report, Williamson’s use of a city credit card totaled $5,840.92 between June of 2015 and May of 2019, which the Office of the Investigator General for Palm Beach County said Williamson should reimburse to the city. The investigation also found an additional $15,941.08, which lacked “sufficient documentation to justify an expense.” A recall committee made up of residents from the city, called for the removal of 3 commissioners as recently as November, for failing to discipline Williamson. No word yet on who will fill the vacant seat.