Tuesday October 5, 2021

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday that his wife, Casey DeSantis, has breast cancer. DeSantis, at 41, is the mother of the couple’s three children and is a “true fighter” according to the governor. Though the family has chosen to keep the specifics of the diagnosis private, the governor released the following statement: “As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will … not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state’. October is breast cancer awareness month, and medical professionals say, that while the median age is 63 years old, 7% of breast cancers are diagnosed under the age of 40. Early detection and knowing your family history gives women a greater chance of beating breast cancer.

Palm Tran is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a colorful bus that will soon take to the streets of Palm Beach County. The bus dons the flags of Hispanic nations, as well as the United States, photos of well-known Hispanic Americans and other images associated with LatinX culture. The bus will be on display at the Latin Quarter, West Palm Beach, Hispanic Heritage Festival on Oct. 9 in Phipps Park located on S. Dixie Hwy. from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. where staff will be giving out free bus passes while supplies last. Palm Tran estimates that the bus will be seen 544,000 times every four weeks. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Tycee Prevatt is the 4-H Extension Agent in Glades County. According to her UF Blog, October 3-9, 2021 is National 4-H Week.  This year Glades County 4-H will be celebrating all week long on their Facebook page. Each day at 7 am, a post will open on the Glades County 4-H Facebook page with that day’s activities.  The schedule, starting with today, is as follows: Today is the day to Post a photo of your favorite 4-H Project. Tomorrow, participants are encouraged to share their favorite 4-H memory and to wear green for Spirit Day. Thursday is 4-H Leader Appreciation Day. Friday, they ask that you Post a flashback to when you first joined 4-H. And on Saturday, October 9, Show how you are making a difference in your community by posting a photo of your 4-H service project. You can find more details and contact information here: Celebrate National 4-H Week with Glades County 4-H – UF/IFAS Extension Glades County (ufl.edu)

Glades County had 14 inches of rain in one week in late September causing some flooding in Muse and Palmdale. Public Works Director Archie Branch says rains like that will test your drainage systems. And the flooding, can come as a surprise to some property owners. The commission also approved a contract with Okeechobee County Fire Rescue to provide ambulance service for Buckhead Ridge and Indian Prairie Canal. The first year cost is $124,000. Commissioners opted not to pursue a fire tax this year. They are working on a plan to renovate the Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department building. Okeechobee would like Buckhead Ridge to provide them mutual aid for fire incidents. Commissioners also endorsed the hiring of Jennifer Hood to serve as Administrator of the Hendry Glades Health Department. They also appointed Tommy Perry and Valerie Kennedy to serve on the Glades Correctional Board of Directors, after Avant Brown and former Sheriff Stuart Whidden reportedly resigned their seats on the board.