Tuesday September 14, 2021

First Lady of Florida Casey DeSantis announced that the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month will be “Celebrating Hispanic-American Community Leaders and Champions” and released information regarding the student art and essay contests and Excellence in Education awards. Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized and celebrated in the United States from September 15 to October 15. First Lady DeSantis invited students to participate in academic and creative contests based on this year’s theme. Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. (ET) on Monday, October 11, 2021. For more information about the contests please visit www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com

Hendry Regional Medical Center released its weekly Coronavirus “State of the Hospital” report for the week of September 13. Data shows the hospital has 14 positive patients, one of them currently in the ICU. The numbers reflect that 86 percent of the positive patients are not vaccinated. That number is down from 93 percent last week. The average age of patients this week is 50-year-old; last week, the average age was 60. The hospital is encouraging the community to join the fight against COVID-19 by scheduling a vaccination. Covid testing is being done Monday thru Friday at 1 p.m. at HRMC or at the clinics. Visit Facebook.com/HendryRegional for more information.

A Moore Haven man was apprehended without incident Wednesday, after deputies surrounded a home at Williams Street and Huggins Avenue in Moore Haven. Tony Tobias had allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers.  Authorities said they seized three grams of fentanyl.  The arrest occurred near a day care center in Washington Park.

Today, Governor DeSantis declared that the state of Florida is going to fight against any unlawful vaccine mandates. In May, Governor DeSantis signed SB 2006 which, among other provisions, bans governmental entities in Florida from requiring proof of vaccination or test results, to gain access to, or get service from their business. Additionally, the law imposes a $5,000 fine per violation for any entity, including government entities, that asks to see proof of vaccination in Florida. President Biden just put forth his most aggressive action against the pandemic Thursday, ordering employers with 100 or more workers to ensure their workforce is entirely vaccinated or face weekly COVID testing.

According to a researcher, Glades County could have census problems. Specifically, the County appears to have been undercounted. Rich Doty says for the most part they were accurate in Florida, but there were some overestimations, locally. Doty says Glades County saw an increase of 245 residents. The counties could appeal the count and use the number of housing units for the basis of the appeal. Research showed the Hispanic population in Glades and surrounding counties, continued to grow. 

Hendry County’s contractor, will be doing some construction Woodland Blvd just west of the intersection of Flaghole Road in Clewiston today. The work includes milling and resurfacing sections of the existing roadway. They will likely have to close some lanes off and on, but Flagmen will be present to help direct traffic. Motorists and pedestrians should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone. The work should be done by close of business today. This schedule is tentative and it could change due to weather or other factors. The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify the public of any changes.

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution to anyone in need. Those coming in cars can line up beside the office at 149 SE Avenue D for drive-through pick-up on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come-first-serve basis. WHEN: Wednesday, Sept 15, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade.

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