Wednesday September 15, 2021

Baby they’re back!! Clewiston High school will have its home opener this week after being off for 2-weeks, as the entire Tigers team was under quarantine orders. Head Coach for the Tigers Pete Walker says they can’t wait to return to the field. (SB) The Tigers will take on Calvary Christian this Friday night. And as always, go Tigers!

An 85-year-old Okeechobee woman was traveling southeast on 8th Street in the Buckhead Ridge Community yesterday morning. For an unnamed reason, she put the vehicle in reverse, as it began traveling backward in a across both lanes of 8th Street. As a result, she crashed into a metal fence on the grassy shoulder. No injuries were reported. The single vehicle crash happened at 11:35 am on 8th street and SR78, in Glades County.

On September 14, a cargo vehicle overturned in the roadway, spilling its contents, blocking lanes of travel. The Florida Highway Patrol reports, a 47-year-old unnamed Port Saint Lucie man was driving southbound on S.R. 25 in Glades County last night, at about 9:30. The man attempted to make U-Turn when he lost control of his cargo truck. The truck overturned in the roadway spilling his load of dirt into the roadway at US27 and Pearl Rhymes Lane. Troopers were on the scene last night to investigate. No injuries were reported.

Charles Murphy of WOKC in Okeechobee reports, A 37-year-old man who was hired to detail a vehicle, is now charged with stealing it. Glades County deputies found the 2018 Nissan Rogue on US 27. Authorities say David Hallback is facing charges of grand theft auto, possession with the intent to sell methamphetamine, and driving on a suspended license. 

Governor Ron DeSantis announced a legislative proposal that will eliminate the common-core based, end-of-year Florida Statewide Assessment and create the new “Florida Assessment of Student Thinking” (F.A.S.T) plan, which will monitor student progress and foster individual growth. By creating the F.A.S.T. Plan, Florida will become the first state in the nation to fully implement progress monitoring, instead of end-of-year standardized testing, and fully eliminate common core, according to the Governors Office. Video of the announcement from Miami available here, courtesy Governor’s Press Office.

Congratulations are in order for a local teacher, who is making a big difference. Ariana Murphy, a teacher at Belle Glade Elementary school was awarded the Palm Beach Illustrated Educator of the Year! This is the 3rd Annual Award ceremony for educators and outstanding programs in Palm Beach County. Teachers all over the county were nominated by people in their lives; Murphy became one of the 7 finalists in the competition. Ms. Murphy was named the winner in the public school’s category! Congratulations again to Belle Glade Elementary’s own, Ariana Murphy!

The Florida Department of Health will offer the mobile vaccination unit in LaBelle and Clewiston. The community will have the opportunity to receive FREE Pfizer Vaccine for ages 12 and older . This is a great opportunity for parents to have their children ages 12 to 17 years vaccinated with the Pfizer Vaccine! (Parent must be with the child and sign a consent form). Walk-ins; no appointments required. Note: No booster doses will be available at this event.

FREE – Food Voucher, hygiene kit, rain suit and socks to all individuals vaccinated.  Please see the date and locations below:

Saturday, September 18th at the Hendry County Health Department – LaBelle

1140 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, FL 33935

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 18th at the Hendry County Health Department – Clewiston

1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.