Tuesday October 26, 2021

A vehicle carrying 4 men from Fort Lauderdale was involved in a crash yesterday, that killed 2 of its passengers. The pick-up truck was traveling eastbound on a private property farm access road, located at the Sugar Farms Co-Op just east of U.S 27. FHP reports the vehicle began to leave the roadway and overturn into the canal, where it came to final rest on its roof, fully submerged. One of the passengers was transported to Lakeside Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased; another occupant died on the scene. The driver and a 3rd passenger suffered minor injuries. This case is pending investigation.

The City of Belle Glade is talking about changes to their local airport. The City has reportedly already received grants to improve the facility. One option officials are considering is changing it from a municipal airport to an executive airport. Airport consultant Armon Colson says flight instructors are interested in the airport and that an executive airport would raise the cities profile. (Soundbite) He says it would also make it easier for college recruits to find athletes in the Glades to offer scholarships. We’ll be following this story closely, and bringing you the updates as they become available.  

The Florida Women, Infants and Children or (WIC) Program is continuing the temporary increase to WIC’s benefits of fruit and vegetable purchases for women and children. The Florida WIC food package includes fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables up to the dollar amount on the WIC EBT card per participant in the family. The WIC program provides nutrition education, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, and a variety of nutritious foods, for eligible pregnant women, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants, and children up to age five who meet eligibility guidelines. See further details at www.FloridaWIC.org. or call your local health department to apply.

Hundreds of residents from Clewiston, Belle Glade and surrounding communities are mourning the death of Curtis Holley. A mentoring program coordinator at Pioneer Park Elementary in Belle Glade, friends, coworkers and former teammates say, Holley dedicated his life to his community, and the children and families he saw every day. The nonprofit organization Community Partners recognized the great loss to our area, saying “We will always remember his generous spirit, kindness, leadership, warm nature.” Curtis was a mentor, a co-worker, a friend, a community advocate and a star quarterback for Glades Central High School. But above all – he was a family man. The organization has set up a fund to help Curtis’ family with expenses. If you would like to contribute, please visit: https://www.cp-cto.org/donate and select “Curtis Holley Fund”.

This Thursday, October 28, Phillips Road in LaBelle will be closed from 2pm – 5pm for road maintenance. Contractors will be priming and sanding portions of the roadway, where emergency repairs were made. Motorists should allow extra time for their evening commute. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.