Wednesday August 4, 2021

The boil water notice in effect for portions of the Port LaBelle Utility System service area has been lifted. Bacteriological tests run on the water returned with passing results. Residents may discontinue boiling their water.

The Florida Department of Health will offer the mobile vaccination units in LaBelle, Clewiston, and Moore Haven. The community will have the opportunity to choose from the Pfizer Vaccine for ages 12 and older or the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for ages 18 and older. If you are bringing your child to be vaccinated, you’ll need your ID and the child’s birth certificate, and you must sign a consent form. Free food vouchers, hygiene kits and socks will be given to all individuals who get vaccinated.Walk-ins are accepted and no appointment is required. Individuals vaccinated with Pfizer Vaccine will be scheduled for 2nd dose. The vaccination event will take place this Saturday, August 7th at Veteran’s Memorial Park, LaBelle at Clewiston Town Plaza, and at Glades Co. Health Department, in Moore Haven. The event will take place at each location from 11am-5pm

Two school districts in the state have dropped their face mask mandates after Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order last week, threatening the schools funding, as hospitalizations from COVID reach record levels. Amid rising COVID cases in the area due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the Broward County School Board voted last week to implement a face mask policy in its facilities.

Well on Friday, DeSantis issued an executive order that could result in funds being withheld from Floridian schools that requiring students to wear face masks. The following Monday—just a few days after the order—the Broward County school district confirmed that it was reversing its mask mandate and now “intends to comply with the governor’s latest executive order.” Gadsden County also confirmed that it was reversing the requirement as well. The teachers union opposes the governors executive order.

Digital driver’s licenses and ID cards could be available for Florida residents later this year after a recently passed bill authorized the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) to develop a system for issuing digital licenses and IDs. A spokesperson said the agency is currently in the pilot phase of Florida Smart ID, and once its available to the public, users will be able to present their Florida Smart ID to law enforcement and to some retailers for age verification. So basically, it’ll work by a QR or barcode. A user’s barcode is scanned, their information will be read and shared right there. Right now, a limited group of participants is testing out this process.

As for security measures, the motor vehicles website says that if a user’s phone is lost or stolen, their Florida Smart ID will not be accessible without their PIN or fingerprint. The Smart ID can also be remotely deactivated and wiped from a user’s smart device by notifying the agency.

A Clewiston man has been arrested by Polk County deputies for trying to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, 27-year-old Jeremiah Davis thought he was communicating with a girl online. Instead, it was an undercover detective posing as a child. Seventeen people total from across central Florida have been charged in “Operation Child Protector,” a six-day undercover investigation into child predators. Davis set up an address to meet, who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but detectives were there waiting to arrest him. Davis is an Army veteran, and a garbage truck driver in Clewiston.


MOORE HAVEN, Florida – Glades Electric Charitable Trust (GECT) has distributed $10,700 of Operation Round Up funds to support students in Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee counties for the 2021-2022 school year. To serve students in Glades and Hendry counties, $2,500 was donated to Florida Community Health Centers, which provides school supplies to children in need for more than 500 families each year. Our Village Okeechobee received $3,700 to fund a peer support group program for students. Our Village provides a community of support for families and students in Okeechobee County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast received $2,000 to fund book bags and school supplies for Highlands County students, and Ridge Area ARC was gifted $2,500 toward specially adapted school supplies for Exceptional Education program students in Highlands County. “Based on everything families and students have gone through in the past year and the struggles everyone has dealt with, help for kids going back to school right now is more important than ever. Any extra support we can provide, even getting kids supplies for school, I think will go a long way for families in our area,” GECT Secretary Dori Evans said. Operation Round Up is funded by Glades Electric Cooperative members who opt to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the nearest dollar, for the purpose of supporting individuals and causes in Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee counties. Grants are awarded through applications reviewed monthly. Glades Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit electric utility cooperative established in Moore Haven, Florida in 1945, serving over 17,000 accounts in Glades, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties. Operation Round Up funds donated by Glades Electric Cooperative members are administered by the nine-member volunteer Board of Directors of the Glades Electric Charitable Trust.