Wednesday January 12, 2022

FLDOE Releases Graduation Rates

The Florida Department of Education released high school graduation rates for the state of Florida. Assistant Superintendent of Okeechobee County Dylan Tedders says Okeechobee High School had a graduation rate of over 93 percent. Pahokee High school was recognized this week in a proclamation, for an astounding 99% graduation rate for the Class of 2021. The proclamation, presented by the City of Pahokee, stated that the students sacrificed their prom, sports events, and other important milestones for the greater good. Pahokee Middle Senior High made Glades Region history with a 5-year upward trend in their graduation rate, from 92% in 2017, and increasing in succession each year, to reach 99% in 2021.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

In recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Attorney General Ashley Moody, Florida Trucking Association, and Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) are putting a spotlight on human trafficking – a crime that often hides in plain sight. Yesterday, the agencies conducted traffic stops and spoke with truckers about human trafficking at the I-10 weigh station. The agencies handed out pamphlets and stickers with information on the signs drivers should be looking out for. Locally, Hendry County is joining the fight as well, hosting a Human Trafficking informational on January 26th at the John Boy auditorium in Clewiston. The session is presented by The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and Her Movement Incorporated. The free event is set up to help dispel myths about Human Trafficking, and help people recognize the signs. In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, an event will be held on Wednesday January 26th at the John Boy Auditorium beginning at 5:30 pm.

Local Woman, Positive for COVID-19, Denied Hospital Admission

More than 11,000 patients in Florida hospitals have COVID-19 , including nearly 1,400 in intensive-care units, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also, the data said 1,382 COVID-19 patients were in intensive-care units, up from 1,158 on Monday. WAFC spoke with a COVID positive patient who lives in Belle Glade. She told us yesterday, that she was sent home because the hospital had no space to admit her, instead, paramedics treated her at home from the ambulance. This situation is evidence of the impact that the highly contagious omicron variant is having on the state, as it continues to cause soaring case numbers, and overfill Florida hospitals.

Road Closure in Clewiston

On Thursday, January 13, South Central Florida Express (SCFE) and their contractor, will be conducting railroad improvements and roadway construction services at the railroad crossing on South Francisco Street in Clewiston.  Operations will require the South Francisco Street railroad crossing to be closed. The sidewalk will remain accessible for students and pedestrians.  Operations will begin on Thursday at 9:00am and end once track repairs are completed. The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Free COVID Vaccines and Boosters

The health department in LaBelle is offering free Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses on Saturday, January 15th from 8:30am to 1:00pm. The Pfizer Vaccine will be provided for children age 5 years and older. The Moderna Vaccine is for adults 18 years and older. Remember to bring ID and your vaccination card if you have one.  For additional information regarding COVID-19 vaccine boosters, visit  Vaccines and boosters will be offered at the health department in LaBelle this Saturday from 8:30 to 1.