Tuesday November 16, 2021

Fourteen firefighters from Hendry County completed their Firefighter training course on Sunday with a live burn at the Southwest Florida Public Safety Academy in Fort Myers. Firefighters from the Pioneer Plantation, Montura Ranch Estates and Felda volunteer fire departments, as well as members of the cities of LaBelle and Clewiston fire departments, took part in the live burn, as the final portion of the approximately 190-hour, 6-month course. The live burn exercise gave firefighters the opportunity to enhance their practical skills and the ability to efficiently navigate as a team, in a variety of fire response scenarios. Emily Hunter of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners, sends her thanks on behalf of Hendry County to Tice Fire Chief Ted Ross, and Tice Battalion Chief Matt Williams for organizing a successful and educational burn.

Charles Murphy, WOKC reports, the City of Belle Glade could be at risk of losing their hospital, as the mayor is making efforts to save their hospital from closure. Mayor Steve Wilson urged residents to take advantage of the local services, that would reinforce the need for the hospital. He says if the community doesn’t use it, they may lose it. Lakeside Medical Center is the only public hospital in Western Palm Beach County. 

The City of Belle Glade is accepting proposals, for the design of a new pool building. The plan is written to include a 25-yard indoor swimming pool. Qualified firms are asked by the City, to submit their design to the City Clerks Office by 3 p.m. on December 14.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation recognizing November as National Adoption Month in Florida, an annual observance to celebrate the thousands of children who are adopted from foster care and bring awareness to the many children who are still waiting to find forever families. In fiscal year 2020-2021, DCF reports that more than 3,800 children were adopted through foster care. Throughout the month, Florida’s Community-Based Care agencies will host family events and adoption finalization ceremonies, in celebration of National Adoption Month. Individuals who are interested in adopting children from foster care can visit AdoptFlorida.org to learn more about the process.

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County will be offering Pfizer Vaccines for kids 5 years and older. Additionally, Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations and booster doses will be available for adults who meet the criteria. FREE food vouchers, rainwear, and hygiene kits available to all individuals vaccinated. On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20th staff will be at the LaBelle Health Department from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and then in Clewiston at the health department from from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Remember to bring ID and your vaccine card if you have one. If you have lost or misplaced your vaccine card and you received your COVID 19 vaccination from the health department, staff can provide you a copy of your vaccination record Monday through Friday.