Saturday, September 21, 2019

Investigation Continues In Death Of Bee Love Slater

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Shortly after 10:00am Friday, September 20, 2019, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, along with the HCSO Special Response Team, Road Patrol units and the State Fire Marshal Offices conducted a search warrant at 501 S. W.C. Owens in Clewiston Florida.

“ We are currently conducting a search warrant at this home regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of Bolman Slater, who called herself Bee Love Slater, who was found deceased inside the burned vehicle”, said Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden.

 “This continues to be an ongoing criminal investigation. We are following up on every lead, every bit of information we get,” continued Whidden. “This homicide has been one of the most gruesome homicides I’ve seen.”

Bolman Bee Love Slater, VI was found dead in her vehicle on September 4, 2019. The vehicle was found fully engulfed in flames.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Free Mental Health Counseling Continues

LABELLE, FL -- Catholic Charities under a grant from the Red Cross is offering mental health counseling services for adults, children and families who lived in Florida during Hurricane Irma.

SERVICES ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

Counselors can help resolve a wide variety of issues such as stress, anger, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma, depression, low self-esteem and grief.

Services are available in English and Spanish.

LOCATION: Dr. Victoria Avellaneda, Psy.D., 825 E. Cowboy Way, Suite 108 (863) 695-2339, (305) 439-6014

Mental Health Services are available throughout the 10-county region of Southwest Florida. Please contact the Catholic Charities office nearest you to learn about all our service locations.

Nell Hooks Dies At 93

Nell L. Hooks, age 93, of Clewiston, passed away September 14, 2019 in Clewiston.
She was born Sep. 10, 1926 in Madison, FL, to the late James Daniel and the late Mary Louise (Brown) Latham. She was a member of Saint Martin's Episcopal Church in Clewiston for many years.
Survivors include daughter; JoNell Biuso and her husband Dr. Joseph Biuso of Ocala, Florida, son; Ronald Hooks of Canton, Georgia, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, brothers; Hunter Latham and Homer Latham.
Nell is preceded in death by her husband; Audie Hooks, son Donald Hooks.
Celebration of Nell's life was held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Saint Martin's Episcopal Church, Clewiston. Visitation was one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to either Hope Hospice or St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
Celebration arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fort Denaud Road Closings For September

LABELLE, FL. -- Please be advised that Hendry County Road & Bridge Contractor, Lynch Paving & Construction Co., Inc., along with its subcontractor CWR, will begin final paving operations on Fort Denaud Road from Fort Denaud Bridge Way to Huggetts Road beginning on Thursday, September 19.
The roadway will be CLOSED daily from Fort Denaud Bridge Way to Huggetts Road between the hours of 7am to 5pm on the following dates:
·         Thursday, September 19
·         Friday September 20
·         Monday September 23
·         Tuesday, September 24
Local traffic ONLY will be permitted. 
For the safety of the motorist, residents, and workers within the project limits, the roadway will be closed during work hours. 
Motorists are asked to PLEASE TRAVEL WITH CAUTION through this area.  The closures are necessary to improve the conditions of the roadway.
Please seek an alternate route and allow extra time to reach your destination during this closure. 
Residents with questions are asked to please call Hendry County Engineering Department at (863) 675-5222.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

$1.25 Million Rodeo Drive Paving Project



LABELLE, FL. -- The LaBelle Airport has received $1,246,547 in funding from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to reconstruct and pave Rodeo Drive from State Road 29 to LaBelle Airport.  The current dirt road passes by the LaBelle, Animal Control office and ends at private airplane hangars on the airport.
The project will also include new drainage infrastructure, construction of a 8-inch potable water main, and a new gated entrance to serve future aviation development on the west side of LaBelle Airport.  
The design firm was AECOM and the contractor is Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (OAK).  AECOM will also be providing the required Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI) services for the project. 
The project commenced on August 4, 2019 and the contract time frame for construction is 150 days.  The anticipated completion date for this project is January 1, 2020. The project is funded 100% by FDOT.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Obituaries - Cavazos, Mattice, Gilbeck

Maria Ruth Cavazos, age 77, of LaBelle, passed away September 13, 2019 in Lehigh Acres.
She was born Jan. 25, 1942 in Alice, TX, to the late Pedro M and Francisca (Villareal) Garcia.
Survivors include her husband: Armando T Cavazos
four sons: Armando Cavazos Jr, Juan Jose Cavazos, Ruben Cavazos and Rene Cavazos
two daughters: Rosa Linda Rivera and Thelma Reynoso,
a brother: Adonis Garcia
four sisters: Lydia Garza, Gloria Nunez, Teresa Martinez and Lamar Silva
28 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren
She was predeceased by a son David Cavazos
Visitation will be held on Friday September 20, 2019 from 10 to 11 AM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home 560 E. Hickpochee Ave. LaBelle.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 am with Mitchell Wills officiating.
Interment will follow in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.
Helen Doris Mattice, 95, passed away on September 13, 2019 in Lehigh Acres, Florida. 
Miss Doris, as she was known to generations of LaBelle's children was born in Green Lake, Wisconsin on October 11, 1923 to Jens Peder and Dagne Helen Johnson, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles Henry Mattice, her parents, brothers Nels Freeman Johnson, Harley Sylvester Johnson, and Harlow Peder Johnson and son-in-law Michael Joseph Winn. 
She is survived by her daughters, Carol Winn, Karen Mattice and Kathy Mattice of LaBelle, two grandchildren, Charles Winn and (Amanda) of Danville, Vermont and Matthew Winn (Dianna) of Knox, Indiana, as well as six great grandchildren, Michael, Shannon, MacKenzie, Connor, Peyton, and Kennedy Winn. Her sister, Dagne Ruth Brandt of West Allis, Wisconsin, sister-in-law, Shirley Rodgers of Berlin, Wisconsin, brother-in-law, Robert Mattice (Wanita) of Redgranite, Wisconsin and legions of nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Miss Doris' life will be held 11 am, Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Carlson Memorial Methodist Church with Rev. David Mullins officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services also at the church Burial will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Megan Virginia Kelly Gibeck, age 24, of LaBelle, passed away September 9, 2019 in LaBelle.
She was born Jan. 5, 1995 in St. Petersburg, Florida to John and Dawn (Womer) Gibeck. Megan was a student at Florida Southwestern College, and worked as a waitress. She was a loving daughter, sister, and friend who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Megan is survived by her loving parents John and Dawn of LaBelle, brothers; Nick Womer, Paul Womer and Devon Gibeck and many extended family members.
A Celebration of Megan's Life will be Friday, September 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle. Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. until the celebration of life at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, Florida.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Anthony Schmidt Dies At 76

Anthony Peter Schmidt, age 76, of Moore Haven, passed away September 11, 2019 in Moore Haven.
He was born Jan. 25, 1943 in Port Huron, MI, to the late Anthony P and Loraine (Armstrong) Schmidt.
Survivors include his wife: Chareyl Diane (Reid) Schmidt
one son: Anthony P Schmidt
2 Grandchildren
He was an Owner of a Boating Company and held related Patents.
Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Texas.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Goodwill and Community Resource Center Opens



LABELLE, FL. -- In cooperation with local community organizations including United Way and The Royal Companies, Goodwill Retail and Donation Center reopened this morning with officials, employees, and customers celebrating the remodeling of the store and the opening of the new Community Resource Center at 91. S. Lee Street.

Lisa Sands, manager of the LaBelle United Way played a big part in the new Community Resource Center which is now providing free digital training, Veterans Services, Employment Services, and family strengthening resources for the local community.

The Royal Companies manage the shopping center and provided the extra floor space for the new Resource Center.

Saturday, music and food will be on hand along with discounts on donated goods and seasonal items.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Obituaries - Martin, Pallares, Sassaman

Richard Weyman Martin, age 61, of Palmdale, passed away September 10, 2019 in Palmdale.
He was born Dec. 7, 1957 in Sebring, FL, to the late Richard Rudolf and to Joyce (Gibbs) Martin.
Survivors include:
mother Joyce (Gibbs) Gillett
one sister: Diann Roof
He was a Heavy Equipment Operator.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Dulce Ofelia Pallares, age 64, of Clewiston, passed away September 8, 2019 in Clewiston.
She was born Apr. 28, 1955 in Cuba, to Amelia Hasti Rojas .
Survivors include one son: Michael Moreno
one daughter: Nadine Moreno
mother Amelia Hasti Rojas
A brother: Reynaldo Montereale
4 grandchildren, & 1 great grandchild
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.
Troy Dean Sassaman, age 55, of LaBelle, passed away September 6, 2019 in Tampa.
He was born Mar. 26, 1964 in Elkhart, IN, to Gerald and Tokalee (Roberto) Sassaman.
Survivors include three sons: Kevin Sassaman, Shea Sassaman and Zachary Sassaman
parents Gerald and Tokalee (Roberto) Sassaman
one brother: Tony Sassaman
5 Grandchildren
He was the owner of a Decorative Concrete Company
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Francesca Antoine Killed In Crash

Larry Gerome Wills, 32 of Clewiston was eastbound negotiating a curve on State Road 80 west of County Road 833 at 1:48 p.m. Saturday as Francesca M. Antoine 26, of Bradenton was westbound negotiating the curve on State Road 80 east of Willa.

Wills attempted to pass slower moving traffic in a no passing zone. Both vehicles swerved toward the north shoulder to avoid a collision. The front of Will's vehicle struck the left side of Antoine's which rotated counterclockwise and came to to an uncontrolled stop in the westbound lane of SR-80 faced north. Antoine's vehicle continued north over an embankment and came to an uncontrolled stop off the roadway faced north.

Antoine was killed and Wills had serious injuries. Charges are pending said the FHP.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Serious Injuries In Glades County Crash

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Jonathan Clarke Busbin, 26 of Alva was traveling north on County Road 731 at 2:45 p.m. Friday, approaching a left curve on Walter Greer Road. He continued to travel north failing to negotiate the curve and entered the grass shoulder north of the curve.

The vehicle collided with a fence north of Walter Greer Road and continued to travel north colliding with a tree.The vehicle rotated counter-clockwise before coming to final rest facing east.

Busbin was charged with DUI causing bodily and property damage. Passengers T J Albertelli, 27 and John Knight 27, both of Lehigh Acres were seriously injured and taken to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Obituaries - David Veale, Verna Boehner

David Jackson Veale, age 86, of Clewiston passed away peacefully at home on August 31, 2019. He was born Oct. 18, 1932 in Byron, Ga. .
David joined the Army National Guard in 1949 and served 11 years. He learned auto body painting & repair from his brother, Ben and they worked together for 10 years. He also worked for Beck Motors for 10 years. David retired from Palm Beach County Schools in 2000 where he taught auto paint & body repair for 30 years. He was also president of Palm Beach County Vocational Association.
He was also active in the Masons. David joined the Masonic Lodge in 1970. He joined the Scottish Rite in 1977, the Shrine in 1978 and the Master Kodish in 1995. David & T.W. Wynn started Lake Okeechobee Scottish Rite Club in 1980. He received his Red Hat in 1983. He also received his White Hat 33rd in Atlanta, GA in 1991.
David was married to Georgia (Sauls) Veale and had 2 step sons: Steve Sauls of Moore Haven, Randy Sauls of Pooler, GA, 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
He was married to Louise (Lewis) Veale in March 1953 and had 6 children: Ronald Veale of Clewiston, JoAnn Hatfield of Georgia, James Veale of Clewiston, Patricia Beebe of Clewiston and Michel MeDore of Palm Beach, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Lewis Veale, daughter: Janie Veale and parents: Ben and Velma Veale.
The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019, 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Clewiston with Pastor W.T. Maddox, Jr. officiating. Masonic Rites will take place at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clewiston. Visitation will be Saturday 1 hour before the funeral at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.
Verna Jean Boehner, age 91, of Alva Florida, formerly of Sarasota Florida and Springfield Illinois, passed away August 31, 2019 in Oakbrook of LaBelle Florida.
Verna was born August 30, 1928 in Bluffs Illinois, the daughter of Leonard and Inez (Girard) Little. She married John F. Boehner Jr. on September 11, 1964 in Springfield Illinois.
She graduated from Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville Illinois in 1946 and from Browns Business College in 1962. She worked for the Federal Bureau on Investigations in Washington DC as a file clerk, and later she worked for Sangamo Electric Company in Springfield Illinois in the Quality Assurance Engineering Dept.
Verna (Jean) leaves behind her loving husband of 55 years John (Jack) Boehner, her son James Muir and his wife Cathy of Springfield Illinois and her step-daughter Rebecca Stealey and her husband Jim of Villa Ridge Missouri. She was proceeded in death by one brother, Francis Little and two sisters Virginia Schmidt and Inez June Lewis.
Verna (Jean) enjoyed fishing and traveling with her husband, all sports and collecting ceramic chickens. She was a loving wife and mother who will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
Verna will be inurned at the Rochester Cemetery in Rochester, Illinois at a later date.
Cremation arrangements at Akin-Davis Funeral Home of LaBelle Florida.

Burned Body Found In Vehicle

BODY FOUND IN BURNED VEHICLE

CLEWISTON, FL. -- In the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 4, 2019, Hendry County Deputies received a call of a vehicle fire in the area of 13th St. and Virginia Ave., Harlem, in the Clewiston area.

Once on scene Investigators found a body in the vehicle. Investigators are not releasing the name of the victim at this time, however are asking for the community's help.

If you have any information about this incident or if you saw anything suspicious please contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office at 863-674-5600 or you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-8020-780-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible for up to a $3,000.00 cash reward.

UPDATE: Hendry County Investigators are now releasing the name of the victim found in a burned vehicle in Clewiston, Wednesday morning September 4 as 23 year-old Bolman Slater, VI, of Pahokee, Florida.

Detectives are currently investigating what the motives may be.

If you have any information regarding the death of Slater, please contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office at 863-674-5600 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477).

Monday, September 02, 2019

Health Facilities Closed Tuesday

Clewiston, FL  – Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC) offices and clinics will remain closed tomorrow, September 3, 2019.

HRMC Emergency Department and inpatient area is fully staffed for before, during and after Hurricane Dorian. Teams are in place and ready to respond both during and after the Hurricane to ensure medical services remain intact and we are able to serve the area and the needs of the community.

Hendry Regional continues working closely with all local, state and federal agencies and partners.

Hendry-Glades Health Department will be closed September 3, and will likely open September 4.

Voluntary Evacuation Transportation - Glades County Info

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS FOR ALL COMMUNITIES AROUND Lake
Okeechobee GLADES COUNTY.
WEST GLADES HURRICANE SHELTER IS OPEN (2586 STATE HWY 731,
LABELLE, FL) TRANSPORTATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING
LOCATIONS TODAY, 09/02/19:

BUCKHEAD RIDGE HOMEOWNERS BUILDING PICK UP 10:00AM – 10:30AM
(682 SR 78, OKEECHOBEE, FL)
LAKEPORT MAPLE GROVE PICK UP 10:45AM – 11:15AM
(12777 E SR 78, MOORE HAVEN, FL)

WASHINGTON PARK HOMEOWNERS BUILDING PICK UP 10:00AM – 10:30AM
(1182 GAMBLE STREET, MOORE HAVEN, FL)
MOORE HAVEN DOYLE CONNER BUILDING PICK UP 10:45AM – 11:15AM
(900 US 27, MOORE HAVEN, FL)
UNITED WAY 211 IS STILL ACTIVE.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Hendry Regional Hospital Emergency Department Open

Clewiston, FL (September 1, 2019) – 5:30pm – In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is working closely with all local, state and federal agencies and partners.

HRMC Emergency Department will be fully staffed before, during and after Hurricane Dorian. On Monday, September 2, 2019 at 11:00am the hospital will activate to a code brown for the impending severe weather.

Teams are in place and ready to respond both during and after the Hurricane to ensure medical services remain intact and we are able to serve the area and the needs of the community.

Hendry Regional Medical Center is NOT an ‘Essential Needs Shelter.’ Those with special needs (oxygen dependent, autism, dialysis dependent, hearing impaired, mental health impaired, wheelchair bound, etc.) must be pre-registered with Hendry County Emergency Management by calling 863-674-5400 or http://www.hendryfla.net/Special_Needs_Registration.pdf.

The special needs shelter is located at West Glades School, and will open at 1:00PM on Sunday, September 1, 2019. All others seeking shelter for Hurricane Dorian may do so at LaBelle Middle School, Clewiston High School or Pioneer Community Center. Those shelters will open on Sunday, September 1, 2019 beginning at 6:00PM.


·         Labelle Middle School, 8000 E Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935
·         Clewiston High School, 1501 Francisco St, Clewiston, FL 33440
·         Pioneer Community Center, 910 Panama Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440
·         Special Needs Shelter – West Glades School, 2500 S Co Rd 731 SW, LaBelle, FL 33935 

Florida Tolls Suspended For Evacuation Traffic

OCOEE, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis has directed the suspension of tolls on Florida’s
Turnpike Mainline, and selected toll roads across the state, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
By suspending tolls, residents and visitors will be able to quickly and safely evacuate if
necessary.
The tolls suspension is in effect and includes the following:

o Alligator Alley
o The Turnpike Mainline (SR 91), including the Homestead Extension (SR 821)
o Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869)
o Beachline Expressway (SR 528)
o SR 417 - Eastern beltway around Orlando from I-4 in Osceola County to I-4 in
Seminole County.
o SR 429 - The Daniel Webster Western Beltway from I-4 in Osceola County to US
441 in Apopka.
o I-95 Express Lanes
o I-595 Express Lanes
o I-75 Express Lanes

Service plazas along Florida’s Turnpike mainline will be open for travelers; however, the plazas
do not serve as hurricane shelters. As the storm approaches, restaurants and fuel stations will be
closed and Turnpike personnel evacuated.
For information about traffic conditions, please visit https://fl511.com. You can also download
the Florida 511(FDOT Traffic) mobile app online.

Glades County Transportation To Shelters

GLADES COUNTY WEST GLADES HURRICANE SHELTER (2586 STATE HWY 731,
LABELLE, FL) TRANSPORTATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING
LOCATIONS MONDAY, 09/02/19:

BUCKHEAD RIDGE HOMEOWNERS BUILDING PICK UP 10:00AM – 10:30AM
(682 SR 78, OKEECHOBEE, FL)
LAKEPORT MAPLE GROVE PICK UP 10:45AM – 11:15AM
(12777 E SR 78, MOORE HAVEN, FL)

WASHINGTON PARK HOMEOWNERS BUILDING PICK UP 10:00AM – 10:30AM
(1182 GAMBLE STREET, MOORE HAVEN, FL)
MOORE HAVEN DOYLE CONNER BUILDING PICK UP 10:45AM – 11:15AM
(900 US 27, MOORE HAVEN,

Voluntary Evacuations - Warnings For Hendry Residents

LaBelle, Fla. – Hendry County Emergency Management (EM) continues to closely monitor Hurricane Dorian.

EM is strongly encouraging voluntarily evacuations for Hendry County residents who live in low-lying, flood prone areas as well as residents who live in RV’s or mobile homes.

Residents are encouraged to evacuate tens of miles away from their current location to secure homes of family member or friends no later than Saturday evening.

Hendry County is opening primary general population shelters beginning at 6pm Sunday 1, 2019 at the following locations:
Labelle Middle School, 8000 E Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935
Clewiston High School, 1501 Francisco St, Clewiston, FL 33440
Pioneer Community Center, 910 Panama Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440

Residents who are evacuating are asked to bring a 3 day supply of food and water for themselves and each person sheltering with them.

These 3 shelters are pet friendly. Residents who bring their pet are asked to also bring a crate along with a 3 day supply of food for their pet.

The special needs shelter is open as of 1pm on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the following location:

· West Glades School, 2586 County Road 731 LaBelle, FL 33935

All Hendry County residents are asked to secure any loose items on their property that could become flying debris or block drainage pipes.

All residents should have a 7 day supply of water and food.

Residents with questions or concerns are asked to call the United Way hotline at 2-1-1.

Glades Voluntary Evacuations

MOOREHAVEN, FL. -- Voluntary Evacuations are being ordered for the following communities:

 Lakeport

 Buckhead Ridge

 Palmdale

 Moore Haven

 Washington Park

 Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp

 Bimbo’s

If you are planning to evacuate to a family or friends home ensure that it is sturdy (block or brick house). Please make sure that you have 5-7 days’ worth of food, water, fuel, cash, baby or animal supplies and any essential personal items due to potential flooding.

Due to the uncertainty of the track we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of the citizens and property of Glades County. Please heed all warnings and be prepared. We have several plans in place and are ready to activate any protective measures we may need.

GLADES COUNTY WEST GLADES HURRICANE SHELTER TRANSPORTATION
WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS TODAY, 09/01/19:

BUCKHEAD RIDGE HOMEOWNERS BUILDING 5:00PM – 5:30PM
LAKEPORT MAPLE GROVE 5:45PM – 6:15PM

WASHINGTON PARK HOMEOWNERS BUILDING 5:00PM – 5:30PM
MOORE HAVEN DOYLE CONNER BUILDING 5:45PM – 6:15PM

Update - Hendry Shelters Open Sunday

LABELLE, FL. -- General population shelters for those who need it during the event of Hurricane Dorian will be open Sunday, September 1, 2019 beginning at 6pm.

General population shelters will be LaBelle Middle School, Clewiston High School and Pioneer Community Center. If needed, other shelters will open across the County and will be named at a later time. If you plan to evacuate to a shelter, please bring 3 days supply of food and water for you and any loved ones you are bringing with you to the shelter.

These are Hendry County’s pet friendly shelters.

WHEN: Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 6pm

· Labelle Middle School, 8000 E Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935
Clewiston High School, 1501 Francisco St, Clewiston, FL 33440
Pioneer Community Center, 910 Panama Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440

Please bring enough food and water for 3 days.

Update - Glades Opens Shelters, Lake Storm Watch



MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- The Special Needs Shelter is opening at 1pm today (9.1.2019) at West Glades Elementary (2586 State Hwy 731, LaBelle, FL 33935).

The General Population Shelter is opening at 6pm today (9.1.2019) at West Glades Elementary (2586 State Hwy 731, LaBelle, FL 33935).

If planning to utilize the shelter, please be sure to bring food, water, prescription medications, bedding, and essential personal items.

We are working on schedules for transportation, if needed. The United Way helpline is open and taking calls at this time, please dial 211.

Sandbags are still available at the EOC (1097 Health Park Drive Moore Haven).

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Lake Okeechobee.

Update - Hendry Offices Closed September 3

LABELLE, FL. -- Due to the possibility of impacts from Hurricane Dorian, Hendry County Government Offices will be closed on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

The budget workshop scheduled for September 3, 2019 has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Chief Judge McHugh has also authorized the closure of the Hendry and Glades County Courthouses for Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Please continue to monitor the weather along with following Hendry County and Hendry County Emergency Management social media channels as well as local news stations for updates.

Update - Shelter Information

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County Emergency Management is continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Dorian. Due to the most recent projected forecast, general population shelters WILL NOT be opening at this time.

Please continue to monitor the weather along with following our social media channels and local news stations for updates.

Residents are encouraged to text “HENDRYFLA” to 888777 to receive updates from Hendry County Emergency Management.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Update- Hendry-Glades County Shelters And Storm Info

LaBelle, Fla. – Hendry County Emergency Management (EM) is continuing to monitor Hurricane Dorian.

Due to the uncertainty of the forecast, Hendry County residents should remain vigilant, stay tuned to EM social media, local alerts and local media.

Hendry and Glades Counties are also ensuring persons with Special Needs have the option to shelter.

Persons with special needs who wish to, can begin sheltering on Sunday, September 1 at 1pm at West Glades School - 2586 County Road 731 LaBelle, FL 33935.

This shelter is for persons with special needs only.

Special Needs residents must register with Hendry County Emergency Management before going to the shelter. The English and Spanish versions of the application can be found at http://www.hendryfla.net/special_needs_program.php

Please drop off or fax the completed application to Hendry County Emergency Management:

4425 West State Road 80
LaBelle, Florida 33935

Fax: 863-674-4040

The potential for flooding still remains in Hendry County.

Sandbagging locations are still available for residents who are concerned about flooding on their property.

Residents with questions or concerns are asked to call the United Way hotline at 2-1-1.

Residents can text “HENDRYFLA” to 888777 to receive local up-to-date alerts.

Hendry County EM will continue to send out communications as the storm track is updated.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Corps Of Engineers - Lake Okeechobee Guidance

Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is issuing the following guidance on its operations in south Florida:

Lake Okeechobee:
*       We urge residents to pay attention to the news and follow any county evacuation orders for areas near Lake Okeechobee if any are issued.
*       For Hurricane Dorian and other major storm events, we work closely with our partners at the state and local levels to ensure common understanding of risk levels before, during, and after events.
*       Inspection teams completed their pre-storm inspections of Herbert Hoover Dike and report no issues with the dike at this time. The goal of our inspections is to detect minor issues and address them before they develop into major problems. As the lake level rises, we have a system in place to increase the frequency of inspections on the dike so that any issues are detected quickly.
*       The current lake stage is 13.66 feet. Current indicators are the lake will receive approximately three feet of water over the next 30 days from Hurricane Dorian rainfall and inflow from north of the lake.
*       The Jacksonville District will not make pre-storm releases from Lake Okeechobee. After the storm, we anticipate high-flow releases to the east and west from Lake Okeechobee will be required. Downstream flooding conditions will be evaluated before making any releases.
*       Canal levels along the Okeechobee Waterway (i.e. C-43 and C-44) will be managed at lower levels to help build additional capacity in anticipation of this event.C

Hendry County Voluntary Evacuation Plan

LaBelle, Fla. – Hendry County Emergency Management is strongly encouraging Hendry County residents who live in low-lying, flood prone areas as well as residents who live in RV’s or mobile homes to voluntarily evacuate to a safer structure.

Residents are encouraged to evacuate tens of miles away from current location to secure homes of family member or friends no later than Saturday evening.

Hendry County will open shelters to the public beginning at 4pm on Saturday, August 31.

Residents who live on the eastern side of Hendry County who need to evacuate are encouraged to evacuate to shelters in LaBelle.

The list of shelter locations will be announced at 7am Saturday morning.

All Hendry County residents are strongly encouraged to prepare their families and property for the potential of tropical storm force winds beginning as early as Sunday morning and hurricane force winds as early as Monday afternoon.

Residents are asked to secure all loose items that could become flying debris or block drainage pipes.

All residents should have a 7 day supply of water and food.

Residents with questions or concerns, please call the Emergency Management Call Center at 863-674-5400.

Volunteer Evacuations Of Low Lying Glades County

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Voluntary Evacuations are be ordered starting at 5pm tonight (8.30.2019) for an low lying areas, mobile homes and RV parks for the following communities: Moore Haven, Palmdale, Lake Port, Washington Park, Buckhead Ridge, and Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp.

Shelter locations have been identified however the timing for opening that shelter has not been determined. If you plan on coming to a shelter please bring bedding, hygiene products, water, medications, nonperishable food and any dietary food items for a minimum of 3 days.

Sandbags are still available at the EOC (1097 Health Park Drive MH).

They are pre-bagged and ready to be loaded.

Food Bank Relief Workers Planning In Advance Of Hurricane Dorian

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Midwest Food Bank Florida is proactively working to help potential victims of Hurricane Dorian. 37 pallets of food and beverages have been distributed to partner agencies, including area shelters. In addition, volunteers will be assembling Disaster Relief boxes at the MFB Florida warehouse on Wednesday, September 4. 

Those interested in assisting should visit midwestfoodbank.org for more information and to sign up. The MFB

Florida warehouse will closed on Tuesday, September 3.

As a first responder for The Salvation Army, Midwest Food Bank can have Disaster Relief family food boxes on the road within 24 hours of a call. Those who would like to help cover the cost of the supplies or the fuel needed to transport them may do so by texting @MFB to 52014, or visiting MidwestFoodBank.org, and clicking “Donate.” On the donation form, select “Disaster Relief” for the designation.

Midwest Food Bank has ten locations, eight in the United States, and one each in East Africa and Haiti. Its mission is to share the love of Christ, by alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief; all without discrimination.

Big Cypress Seminole Reservation Closed

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Big Cypress Seminole Reservation attractions and facilities will be closed Saturday, August 31 until further notice due to Hurricane Dorian.

Attractions and facilities that will be closed include the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Billie Swamp Safari, Swamp Water Café, Big Cypress RV Resort & Campground and the Semfuel gas station.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Hendry County Storm Sandbag Locations

HENDRY COUNTY, FL. -- Sandbags are now available for public pickup. Residents will need to bring their own shovel and will be responsible for loading their own sandbags into their vehicles. Residents are asked to be courteous to their fellow Hendry County residents and limit themselves to 25 sandbags. Please only take what your family needs.

Locations may run out of bags, residents are encouraged to please bring their own if possible to fill with sand.

WHEN: Thursday, August 29, 2019
WHERE:  
o   South LaBelle - LaBelle Rodeo Grounds – 100 Rodeo Drive/ State Road 29 South
o   North LaBelle – Bob Mason Park – County Road 78
o   Felda – Felda Fire Department - 1100 County Road 830
o   Montura- Montura Clubhouse – 255 N. Hacienda Street
o   Montura – Montura Fire Department - 465 Avenida Del Sur
o   Pioneer - Pioneer Community Center – 910 Panama Avenue
o   Pioneer – Pioneer Fire Department - 2499 Hendry Isles Blvd
o   Clewiston –Health Department – 1100 Olympia Street
o   Clewiston – John Boy Auditorium - 1200 W C Owen Avenue

Waterway Lock - Storm Changes Opening Times

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6 AM to 10PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It's important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured and passage across the waterway suspended.

For Lock Operator safety the locks will:
1.Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
2.Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.

After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.

Okeechobee Waterway Locks from 7 AM to 5 PM;
St. Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414
Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616
W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451

Canaveral Harbor Lock 6 AM to 9:30 PM;
Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421

Hendry State Of Emergency Declared Thursday

LABELLE, FL -- Hendry County Officials have declared a local State of Emergency effective at 1pm, Thursday, August 29, 2019 in preparation for the potential threat of Hurricane Dorian.

Hendry County Emergency Management (EM) Officials are urging residents to prepare for the possibility of tropical storm conditions beginning Sunday afternoon through Monday and possible hurricane force winds late evening on Monday and early Tuesday morning.

Preparations should include ensuring yard debris is cleared and loose items are secured. Please ensure that all garbage cans and lids are removed from the road right-of-way so as not to block drainage pipes or become flying debris.

Hendry County EM encourages residents to review their checklist of emergency supplies and items that need to be completed prior to Saturday morning.  

Emergency checklist items should include but not be limited to the following:
  • Extra Batteries
  • Candles or lamps with fuel
  • Matches
  • Materials and tools for emergency home repairs
  • Prescription drugs
  • 7 day supply of drinking water
  • Food that you don't have to refrigerate or cook
  • First Aid supplies
  • Portable NOAA weather radio
  • Adjustable wrench and other basic tools
  • Flashlight

Information regarding Hendry sandbag locations will be released shortly.

Glades County sandbags are at the Emergency Operations Center on Healthpark Dr. in Moore Haven

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Hendry County related emergency alerts by texting “HENDRYFLA” to 888777.

Please stay tuned to local media outlets for the latest weather information.

Hendry County residents with questions or concerns are asked to call Emergency Management at 863-674-5400.

Hendry County EM will continue to send out communications as the storm track is updated.

Please check our website www.preparehendry.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hendrycountyemergencymanagement  for updates

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Matthew Conley Joins Riverdale Dental Associates

Riverdale Dental Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Matthew Conley to its Lehigh Acres practice. Dr. Conley is a Florida native, spending his entire childhood and young adult years in LaBelle.

During his early years, Dr. Conley participated in sports year-round including Little League Baseball, Pop Warner Youth Football, and Junior Pro Basketball. He is a graduate of LaBelle High School and, after attending Edison Community College, Dr. Conley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor In Science Degree in Chemistry. He completed his academic training in dentistry at LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, FL. Following his work in the classroom, Dr. Conley devoted the final year of his training to providing dental services to an underserved community in the Florida panhandle. This complete academic and hands-on experience has prepared Dr. Conley for all aspects of general dentistry.

Dr. Conley emphasizes that he is very appreciative of the local scholarships that he received, helping him to reach his academic goals. The Curtis Scholarship, the LaBelle Kiwanis and LaBelle Rotary Club were all vital contributors in helping Dr. Conley achieve his dream of serving the people of Southwest Florida as a dentist.

Special Needs Shelter Registration - Glades County

Eligibility Requirements for Special Needs Shelters
Special needs shelters provide more care than a general shelter, but they do not provide the same level of care found in a medical facility. To the extent possible, these specialized shelters provide a safe environment and basic assistance to maintain your level of health. It is important to note that not every person with a disability needs to evacuate to a special needs shelter. In fact, some people with disabilities can be safely accommodated in general population shelters. Persons eligible for special needs shelters have a physical or mental condition that requires limited medical and/or nursing assistance that cannot be provided in a general population shelter.
Guidelines for admittance to special needs shelters are set by the Florida Department of Health. To ensure that your unique needs can be met, refer to the list of eligibility requirements below.
You MAY be eligible for a special needs shelter if you meet the following eligibility guidelines that include, but are not limited, to persons who require:
·         Special medical necessities but do not require hospitalization Precautions or isolation which cannot be handled in a general population shelter due to a contagious health condition(s).
·         Oxygen that can be manually supplied.
·         Full-time care or is accompanied by a caregiver at the shelter.
·         Assistance with medications and everyday tasks due to a chronic condition
Periodic wound care assistance.
·         Accommodations beyond what can be facilitated at a general population shelter.
Registration
If you meet one or many of the above requirements please download the form below and return to:
Glades County Emergency Management
c/o PSN
1097 Health Park Drive
Moore Haven, Florida 33471
https://www.myglades.com/departments/public_safety/emergency_management/special_needs.php