Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Animal Abuse Reported Locally Following Undercover Investigation reveals an undercover investigation that shows a vivid account of alleged abuse, cruelty and torture toward animals, at a local meat plant. Animal Recovery Mission details on the website, that the probe into the slaughterhouse began in December, and unveiled 35 felony violations of inhumane handling and extreme animal cruelty. Animals are allegedly butchered alive, stabbed repeatedly and left to suffer. ARM is calling for the operations to be shut down and all licenses revoked. Gray’s and Danny’s, located off Highway 27, prides itself on humanely raised, homegrown products, according to their website. We reached out to the plant several times for comment. The person who answered, did not identify himself, but said he did not want to answer questions or leave a statement.

Governor Scraps FSA Testing for Progress Monitoring; Awaits Federal Law

Governor Ron DeSantis joined legislative leaders yesterday, to sign Senate Bill 1048, which officially replaces the Florida Standards Assessment (or FSA) with progress monitoring to measure students’ growth. According to the Governor’s Press Office, the legislation makes Florida the first state in the nation to transition fully to progress-monitoring for school accountability. Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, Florida students will have three short check-ins instead of multi-day, end-of-year, high-stakes tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Governor says, progress monitoring will benefit students, teachers and parents by allowing for informed instruction in a timely manner, helping instruction to be tailored to each student’s individual needs.

Hendry County Surveying

This week, AIM Engineering and Surveying will be performing surveying services on Church Road in Felda for both Hendry and Lee Counties. AIM Engineering & Surveying, Inc. will be performing the work through July 2022.  The purpose of the work is to prepare right-of-way maps of Church Road. As part of the surveying effort, the crew will be required to go on private property to locate survey monumentation or to re-establish survey monumentation.  Please note surveyors are permitted to go on private property per Florida Statutes under certain conditions.  Motorists should use extra caution when traveling on Church Road due to survey activity along the roadway. Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes to the schedule.

Food Pantry

The Glades Initiative Food Pantry is opened this week, for people who need it, to choose the foods that they want and need, instead of receiving a grab bag! Food will no longer be distributed outside. Those who want to participate must bring ID or your Glades Initiative Food Pantry ID, for access to the pantry ONE time per week. The pantry is opened on Tuesdays 3 to 7 and Wednesdays including today, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The free food pantry is located at The Glades Initiative, 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade.