Tuesday November 29, 2021

Jeffrey Beard, of Hendry County, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, for crimes related to dealing drugs. According to the State Attorney’s Office, Beard sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant from his Hendry County home on September 3, 2019 and two separate times on December 4, just 3 months later. All of the sales were within 1,000 feet of a public park. Days later a search warrant on the home found ammunition, drugs, and drug paraphernalia. Beard was then arrested on these cases, which were all crimes committed while he was on probation.

Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate in the state in October at 6.3 percent. Despite this, State Labor Economist Adrienne Johnston has good news for the labor force, saying people should still be able to get new jobs, and others should be able to keep their current positions. A positive message overall yes, but some areas, clearly, are still struggling. Around the region Highlands County had 5.4 percent, Glades 3.5 percent, and St. Lucie 4.5 percent unemployment last month.

The mask requirement has gone away in Palm Beach County School District as of November 19. Students, staff and visitors will be requested — but not required — to continue to mask-up. But those who choose not to wear a mask will face no consequences. A letter that went out to parents read, in part: The District has transitioned from an opt-out to an optional status, as the result of legislation signed by Governor Ron DeSantis. While facial coverings are now optional, the district strongly encourages that they are worn, particularly in situations in which social distancing is not possible.” As a new COVID-19 variant has emerged as of Thursday, no word yet on if the mandates will return.