Wednesday January 19, 2022

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Hendry County

A Broward County many died in a single vehicle motorcycle accident, on state road 80 and Everhigh Acres Road in Hendry County. The 79-year-old Pembroke Pines resident was traveling east on State Road 80 yesterday afternoon, when he failed to negotiate a curve to the right, traveled off the road and collided with a guardrail. FHP says the man was thrown from the motorcycle, and came to rest in the median. He was pronounced deceased on scene.

High School Graduation Rates Around the Lake

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 for an astounding 99% graduation rate and made Glades Region history with a 5-year upward trend in their graduation rate. Hendry County Superintendent Michael Swindle says, Hendry County had the Second highest rate in the Heartland Region with 90.1 percent. (Sound bite) Clewiston High School had a 86.6 percent rate, LaBelle High School had 92.9 percent.  Congratulations to all the schools around the lake.

Arbor Day in Florida

The Florida Forestry Service presents: Arbor Day 2022. Many people may recognize Arbor Day on a National scale to be celebrated on the last Friday in April; however, that is not the case for every state. Florida in particular celebrates Arbor Day on the third Friday in January which means for the year 2022, that will fall on Friday January 21st. You may be wondering why Florida celebrates Arbor Day at a different time than other states. Tree experts and professional forestry workers have done studies and research over the years, and they have found out that the best time to plant trees is when temperatures are cooler. Cooler temperatures help younger trees to become well rooted into the ground which gives them a great foundation before the hotter and warmer weather approaches. Due to Florida’s unique ecosystem and weather patterns, January is the ideal time for tree planting in Florida. Arbor Day is important because it raises awareness of the essential relationship between the environment and its people.

Clewiston Police Bring Awareness to Human Trafficking

Clewiston Police Department is bringing awareness to Human Trafficking, as approximately 20.9 million people are enslaved throughout the world. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Clewiston Police Officers will be wearing a blue ribbon on their uniforms to promote awareness. CPD simplified the definition as When force, fraud, or coercion is used to make a person do any kind of labor services, or perform sexual acts for money, it is called human trafficking. Our local ACT Shelter (Abuse Counseling & Treatment Center) is here to help.  An ACT Advocate is always available in Lee, Hendry, and Glades County. All services are FREE. OPTIONAL. And CONFIDENTIAL. For help or resources, visit