Wednesday September 1, 2021

The Selma Daniels School is the first known school for Black children in LaBelle. The school was started back in the 1930s in Daniels very own home, where the nearest desegregated school was 60 miles round trip to Clewiston. The school is still standing but, as you can imagine, is in very poor condition. But not for long. After the story aired on FOX4 News, a contractor named Karl Lorenz reached out and offered to restore the school, with just donations, and no cost to the City. We interviewed Brandon Jett, a professor at Florida Southwestern College, who first brought the story to WAFC, he brought Selma Daniels’ story back to life, and the life all the children who would have otherwise been left out. Contractor Karl Lorenz is now looking for volunteers and taking monetary donations, supplies, and other donated materials, to help get the project started. Those that want to help out can email

On Monday, we commemorated National Grief Awareness Day. The days founder Angie Cartwright says the death of a loved one, or even an extreme change in one’s lifestyle, can trigger grief. Cartwright says the loss of stability and trigger a feeling of loss that require could require closure. Some adjust to these changes easily, and others may need more time to adjust. Although National Grief Awareness Day is commemorated just once a year, locally, dedicated individuals are on the ground every day, providing support to those experiencing grief. Horace Coleman of South County Mental Health Center, has a mobile crises team which can assist those who may be in emotional distress. The mobile crisis team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Colemans services cover South Bay, Belle Glade, Pahokee, Canal Point, Loxahatchee and Royal Palm Beach. Call 561-382-3555 or 561-708-8396.

The LaBelle High School football game against Lemon Bay scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Veterans Stadium has been canceled, according to a post on the LaBelle Twitter page. The game originally was moved from Friday to Thursday because of a lack of on-field officials. LaBelle fell to Neumann, 27-0, in its season opener. Sadly, Coach Chris Siner recently announced, his last day at LHS will be on September 9.  He penned a message to Twitter which read: I have loved my last 8 years at LHS!  I couldn’t be prouder of the work that my coaches and student-athletes have done. I want to thank the LaBelle Community for taking me in as one of their own.   LHS is in great hands with a great Administration and staff, that truly care about its students.  Thank you! Go Cowboys! Signed, Coach Chris Siner.  No official word yet on the Cowboys future competitions.

A Lake Placid man was killed yesterday in a crash that happened in Glades County, on US-27 and Wayman Road. A 40-year-old Miami Gardens man and the 53-year-old Lake Placid man were both southbound on US 27 and SR 25. The Miami man was towing a trailer just in front of the victims pick up truck. A report from the Florida Highway Patrol says, the front of the Lake Placid man pick up, collided with the left back of the Miami mans towed trailer. Upon impact The Lake Placid man lost control of his vehicle, and overturned. He was pronounced deceased on scene by Glades County EMS. The Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Unit continues to investigate the crash scene.