Wednesday, August 18, 2021

A Town Hall meeting was interrupted Monday night in Pahokee after the mayor said threats of violence were made. Inside the Gymnasium in Pahokee, Mayor Keith Babb made an announcement says there was a threat of someone shooting. Babb told the audience, he would need to dismiss the proceedings. Many people had already taken heed and left early, as Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies stood in the parking lot. The mayor said three commissioners violated rules and laws after holding a special meeting last week to officially fire the city attorney and the interim city manager. But last week, Vice Mayor Regina Bohlen said the meeting was legal and the commissioners followed the city charter. A news source says, the mayor wants to extend a state of emergency in Pahokee for another seven days due to the continued unrest in the city. Another commission meeting is set for next week.

Ja’Kavion Nonar has rescinded his commitment to Pitt as of Tuesday. The offensive tackle out of Glades Central Community High School in Belle Glade, committed to Pitt on June 27 but decided to reopen his recruitment and explore other options, considering interest from SEC programs Florida and Ole Miss. Nonar is quoted as saying, “This does not mean that they’re canceled out, and I’d like to thank every coach at Pitt for the love they’ve shown. My recruitment is 100 percent open at this point. Let’s work.” Nonar is not short on options at this point, as Ole Miss reached out with an offer on Saturday, joining Florida in their pursuit. And in addition to the two SEC programs, Nonar has offers from Alabama A&M, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Florida International, Maryland and Tulane.

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners voted to declare an emergency Tuesday, following a COVID-19 update from Health Director Dr. Alina Alonso. Alonso said the state of Florida has a daily positivity rate of 18.5% — and Palm Beach County is at 19.4%. With more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, Alonso said this means community spread is happening and numbers are expected to continue going up. She said, the Delta variant is currently making up most of the new cases. Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade has maxed out its ICU beds county commissioners believe more needs to be done to help those in the medical field. Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said he looks forward to the order being ‘executed and published. The final text of the state of emergency has not been finalized as of Tuesday.

Officials in Haiti have now raised the death toll from a 7.2 magnitude weekend earthquake to more than 1,900. The Civil Protection Agency announced the numbers on Tuesday when strong winds and rains dealt by Tropical Storm Grace forced a temporary halt in rescue and recovery efforts. The agency raised the death toll to 1,941, and the number of injured to 9,900. The devastation is centered in the area of the country where health care has reached capacity and people have lost homes and loved ones. Volunteers and rescuers have continued to pull bodies from the rubble as Haitians’ patience runs out.

Congratulations is in order for LaBelle Mayor-Elect Julie Wilkins. Voting took place yesterday in the city and both candidates, which included the incumbent Dave Lyons, encouraged residents to get out and vote, as the percentage was just 11%. Well, the numbers are in.  The city showed over 15% voter turnout, a record for the city, and Wilkins won the election by 57 votes, putting her in the lead with 58.46 percent of the total vote. Wilkins says it was a clean campaign. Wilkins said, her strong faith is what helped her accomplish her goal.-Elect Wilkins will be sworn in on September 9.