Tuesday November 2, 2021

Accident in LaBelle

An accident on Martin Luther King and Highway 80 in LaBelle, had both eastbound lanes blocked this morning in the 6 am hour. Please avoid this area if you can, as EMS, Fire and Sheriff’s Office vehicles were at the scene at the time of this report. We are currently awaiting more information from the Florida Highway Patrol and the Hendry County Sheriffs Office. No further details are available at this time.

Stabbing in Pahokee

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 8000 block of Doveland Drive, Pahokee. Deputies discovered that an adult male was suffering from stab wounds in the early morning hours of Halloween. The male was transported to a local hospital, then to a trauma hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Detectives are investigating this stabbing as a homicide. Motive and suspect information are unknown at this time.

October Proclamation in Glades County

October was manufacturing month in Florida. This proclamation is an effort to highlight the contributions manufacturers make to our economy. Rob Harris with the South West Florida Regional Manufacturers Association accepted a proclamation from Glades County Commissioners. Harris says growth will come to inland counties and Glades has a lot to offer, especially land. Harris says their goals include creating a more skilled workforce. He expects more manufacturing in Glades, Hendry and other rural counties in the future. Glades is currently planning its 100th birthday celebration.

Hospitality Industry Suffering Employee Shortage

Gulfshore Business reports, In Southwest Florida, as across the country, hotel and restaurant general managers are having trouble finding workers. The onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic caused many in the hospitality industry to lay off employees. Janeth Castrejon, director of communications for CareerSource Southwest Florida says, workers are rethinking their career paths, and even going back to school. She says the pandemic forced workings to think about the welfare of their family, as they risk being exposed to the highly contagious Delta variant. The five-county area of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry reported adding 4,500 more leisure and hospitality jobs in August, year over year. It wasn’t enough. Steve Adams, director of food and beverage for nearby hotel says, lacking enough employees is a better problem to have than lacking enough customers. He says he thinks 2022 will be a much better year.

Community Events

LaBelle Middle School athletics is hosting a car wash this weekend! November 6 at Ana & Cindys Cuban Café. 36 E. Hickpochee Ave in from 8a to 1pm. Come out and supports LMS athletics.

This is a friendly reminder that Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network is hosting a FREE Diabetes Self-Management Workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2nd from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Our target audience are residents of Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Western Palm Beach counties and Indiantown; however, individuals from other areas are also welcome to join us. The workshop is for those living with Type 2 Diabetes to register. Family, friends, and other members of a person’s support network are encouraged to join as well. Participants will receive a complimentary:

  • Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions book
  • Relaxation for Mind and Body CD
  • COVID care package (pack of masks, educational materials, and 16 oz hand sanitizer)
  • Certificate of completion

Register: https://rb.gy/cpfnei

Meeting ID: 899 5081 5603

Passcode: 600 794

Dial-in number: 929-205-6099