Thursday, February 20, 2020

Barry Caldwell Seriously Injured In Gas Station Crash

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Jack Webb, 50 of LaBelle  was parked at the establishment of 2772 US Highway 27 (Git N Go Service Station/Convenience Store) at 4:34 Wednesday, facing northwest at service pump number one as Barry Caldwell, 68 of North Carolina was standing north of the fuel replenishment area facing northwest. 

Upon completion, Webb placed his vehicle in drive (gear) and proceeded in a northwesterly direction across the facility parking lot and failed to yield to Caldwell. As a result, the left front of the vehicle struck Caldwell leaving him with serious injuries as he was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Webb was cited for failure to use due care toward pedestrian.

Emilio Millares Dies In Pedestrian Crash

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Jacqueline Maldonado, 47 of Clewiston, traveling with two children was southbound on W C Owen Ave Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. approaching the intersection of W Alvarez Ave in the right lane as Emilio Millares, 90 was crossing the intersection of W C Owen Ave and W Alvarez Ave in the lanes of travel. 

The front of Maldonado's vehicle collided with Millares and came to a controlled stop facing west. Millares came to final rest facing south and died as a result of the crash.

The crash is under investigation by the FHP.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Good Wheels Transportation Ending Today - UPDATE

LaBelle, Fla. – The transportation for the disadvantaged service provider for Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and Collier Counties, Good Wheels, Inc., has announced plans to suspend operations at end of business day today, Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Hendry County says administration is working with local, regional and state organizations in order to ensure that Hendry County residents continue to receive transportation disadvantaged service in our area with minimal interruption.

Hendry County officials say they understand "the concerns and questions that many residents have regarding this issue and will provide updates once additional information is available."

UPDATE:

Beginning at 8am on Thursday, February 20, 2020, residents with questions or concerns regarding the transportation disadvantaged services in Hendry and Glades Counties are asked to contact the following number: 863-612-4700.

Hendry County staff will be available to take calls at 863-612-4700 from 8am-5pm during weekdays until a Transportation Disadvantaged service provider assumes the role for the service area.

UPDATE 2:

MV Transportation will be the emergency Community Transportation Coordinator for Glades and Hendry Counties.

MV Transportation is preparing to resume Transportation Disadvantaged services in the area on Monday, February 24, 2020.

Riders in Glades and Hendry Counties are asked to call MV Transportation at 800-260-0139.

Hendry County is continuing to work with partners around the state to make this transition as seamless and expedient as possible for our residents.

The County will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

TV Station WGCU Disappears In Outlying Areas

LABELLE, FL. -- Some viewers of TV stations in the Hendry and Glades county area as well as viewers distant from the TV broadcasting antennas in the Lee county and Charlotte county area may be noticing irregular reception of over-the air station WGCU channel 30 this week.

WGCU said "WGCU-TV has moved to a different antenna following a brief outage this morning. We will be operating on this antenna at a reduced power until we change channels on March 10. There will be brief periods where we will be at a very low power while crews work around the antenna. This will happen a couple of times during the day."

The station, along with channels 20 and 26, will be reworking their antennas and changing frequencies under an FCC mandate.

"While we change our antenna to accommodate our new and upgraded signal, we have to operate on a temporary antenna that operates at a lower power. Most impacted will be viewers in Collier County, areas east of LaBelle, along the coast in Charlotte County, and farther north of Arcadia. We will be operating at this power level until March 10."
A thousand or so broadcast stations across the country are changing frequencies so as to allow more space for 5G cell phone frequencies in coming years.

This weekend, channels 20 and 26 of Waterman Broadcasting substantially finished an antenna change and will continue some testing, while channel 30 for WGCU is continuing work this week with lower power transmissions that don't allow more distant viewers to receiving the signal on their home antennas.

Homes with cable/satellite service are not affected.

Viewers using antennas, to be able to see the channels again, must "rescan" their TV channels on their digital televisions between March 1 and March 10, the deadline for completion of the frequency changes.

More information: https://wgcu.org/please-pardon-our-static/

Photo courtesy WGCU