Wednesday, June 3, 2022

US Sugar to be Feature on TV Show

Mike Rowe’s show, How America Works, pays tribute to some of the nation’s most vital industries, while providing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how these industries work. His enthusiasm for showcasing these often-overlooked professions led him right here to Clewiston, to dive into one of America’s sweetest industries: sugarcane farming and processing. To help show viewers how sugarcane is grown, harvested, and processed, U.S. Sugar welcomed the film crew to spend a day in the life of a few employees. The episode on Florida sugarcane farmers will showcase some of the many challenges employees face on a daily basis. Five U.S. Sugar employees will be featured in the episode: Jay Baez Jr., Production Supervisor; Leonard Sampson, Mill Worker; Phillip Ford, Roll Welder; Billy Dyess, Assistant Refinery Manager of Operations; and Orlando Martinez, Team Leader. The episode will air on Fox Business on Monday, June 13 at 8 PM.

Upgrade for Clewiston Utilities set for 2023

Clewiston utilities is gearing up to kick off 2023 with upgrades for residents! They will be replacing 4500 electric meters and 4200 water meters. According to Lynne Mila, Safety Manager and Compliance Officer for Clewiston Utilities, a contractor will be installing the meters at the customer’s home or business location.  The department will notify customers 2 weeks in advance of when they will be in their neighborhoods.  We know what you’re thinking. “How much is this gonna cost me”? The answer? Absolutely nothing. Half of the funding for the project was secured through a $1.47 million federal grant; and the other $1.3MM? financed through an FMPA loan program. The department says this change is going to bring big benefits to the customer and the city. There will be real time usage data to help customers save money on their utility bill. There will be improved meter readings to ensure billing accuracy, improved reliability and shorter power restoration times, the city will provide competitive rates and, meter readers will be able to do so remotely, which lessens their exposure to occupational hazards like aggressive dogs. The changeover is set to begin in 2023.

Hendry County Storm Advisory

Hendry County is now included in the tropical storm warning area. The threat of flooding rain with Potential Tropical Cyclone 1 (PTC1) continues to increase for South FL, which will be the primary impact with this event. Gusty winds and tornadoes could also be possible as PTC1 approaches our area. Residents are strongly urged to remain home between 8pm tonight and 8am Saturday morning. Continue to monitor the weather right here on WAFC and follow Hendry County Emergency Management as we will all be closely monitoring the situation. Sign up for Hendry County emergency alerts at

Wanted Fugitive

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Tahjakia Ivery . Her last known address is SW Avenue C, Belle Glade she wanted for failure to appear on Grand Theft and violation of supervised own recognizance for Grand Theft. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Tahjakia Ivery, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

State Funds Education Programs and Institutions

Florida Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. celebrated historic education funding in Governor DeSantis’ Freedom First Budget, including investments in per-student funding, teacher pay, workforce education, literacy and civics initiatives. The budget raises per-student funding to $8,143, which is the highest amount of per-student funding in Florida’s history. Overall, the Freedom First Budget dedicates $29 billion for education in Florida