Friday, March 05, 2021

Florida Near Bottom Of States For COVID Safety

Source: WalletHub

According to a new survey out this week by WalletHub, Florida ranks 44th in safety in COVID statistics including testing, transmission rates, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Florida ranked: 41st in vaccinations given, 44th in positive testing, 44th in most hospitalizations, 39th in most deaths, and 39th in most transmission rates to others.

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Anne Lang Arrested For Traffic Homicide Of 3 People

LaBelle, Fla – After an exhaustive criminal investigation, the Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Division has arrested Anne Marie Lang, age 38 of Alva, for three counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of DUI manslaughter, and one count of DUI property damage. 

In the January 20, 2021, crash, Lang was driving her 2011 BMW east on State Road 80, in the vicinity of County Road 78A, in excess of 100 mph. 

 At the same time, a 2009 Chevrolet attempted to back from 5411 State Road 80 and entered the path of the BMW. 

The front of the BMW collided with the rear of the Chevrolet. The crash resulted in the untimely death of the Chevrolet driver (male, age 42 of Labelle) and two teen passengers (both females, ages 13 and 15 of Labelle).

 Lang, the sole occupant of the BMW, was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital and since released.

A toxicology examination determined Lang’s blood alcohol concentration level to be a .22. On March 4, 2021, Lang was booked into the Hendry County Jail on the above-mentioned criminal charges.

Hendry Health Department COVID Testing March 8

Hendry & Glades Counties - The Health Departments in Hendry & Glades Counties have transitioned to offer COVID-19 vaccinations rather than testing. Many healthcare providers, urgent care centers and pharmacies continue to offer testing.(See additional details below).

TESTING for COVID-19 (Drive-Thru) No Appointments Needed – Free Testing for Adults& Children over 5 yrs (with Parent Consent) No criteria or restrictions for testing.

TESTING Location: Hendry County Health Department
1140 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle, FL 33935
Monday, March 8th -- 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Additional testing locations:

Ft Myers:

CenturyLink Sports Complex at 4100 Ben C. Pratt/ Six-Mile Cypress Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33912•Days of operation: Mon. - Sun.•Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.•Testing Criteria: All ages, regardless of symptoms

Florida COVID Testing Sites - COVID-19 Testing Sites Near Me

Persons tested will be given instructions on how to receive their test results.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Obituaries - Norman Todd, Ruben Vasquez

Norman Todd, a life-long Florida resident and citrus industry insider, died on February 28, 2021. He was a graduate of the University of Florida. 

Following college, Norman enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was posted in Seattle WA and performed missions in Alaska. While in Seattle, he met and married Helen Kennedy. Following his military service, the couple settled in Florida. 

Norman's citrus career included positions in Winter Haven, Avon Park, Hobe Sound, Frostproof and LaBelle. 

He managed thousands of acres of citrus in over 20 Florida counties and was involved in numerous research committees and production programs. He believed that funding was needed for research projects directed by citrus growers. 

In 1991, as President of the Florida Citrus Production Managers Association, he spearheaded a statewide referendum among citrus growers to establish the Citrus Box Tax. Norman was known as the "Godfather" of the box tax which has raised millions of dollars to help fund The University of Florida's (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) research stations. 

He was a long-time member of the Florida Horticultural Society and served four years as Treasurer. In 2008, Norman was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. He has received many awards, including the UF Distinguished Alumnus award (2005), IFAS Alumnus of Distinction award (1998), Citrus Achievement Award by Florida Grower Magazine, 1983 Industry Man of the Year by the UF Citrus Club, 1988 Distinguished Service Award of Merit by the UF Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (Honor Society of Agriculture), Outstanding Agriculturist by the Florida Association of County Ag Agents, and Outstanding Commercial Horticulturist Award by the Florida State Horticultural Society. 

He served as President of the LaBelle Rotary Club and Director of the Greater LaBelle Chamber of Commerce. 

He was a devoted member of The Church of the Good Shepherd in LaBelle and served on the Vestry. 

He was President of the Avon Park Jaycees, President of the Frostproof Band Boosters, Chairman of the City of Frostproof Citizens Advisory Committee for Housing and Community Rehabilitation, and Secretary of the Frostproof Rotary Club. 

Norman was the son of the late E. G. and Winifred Todd. 

His wife Helen predeceased him in 2001. Norman is survived by his son David (Judy), his daughter Patricia (Michael), his dear friend Marilee Truitt, his devoted caregiver Heidi Weems and three grandchildren. 

Norman's wishes were to forgo formal funeral traditions in favor of a private family service. In lieu of flowers, Norman requested that folks make the world a little bit better by generously donating their time or treasure to their favorite charity.

Ruben Vasquez, age 58, of LaBelle, passed away February 27, 2021 in LaBelle. He was born Dec. 12, 1962 in San Antonio, TX, to the late Alfonso Vasquez and the late Modesta Mendoza. 

Survivors include one daughter: Regina Vasquez brother: Raymond Vasquez sister: Cristina Hernandez 
He was predeceased by his parents, and a brother Alfonso Jr. A Memorial Service is Pending. 

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Vaccine Appointments For Moore Haven

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- The Department of Health in Glades County will provide COVID-19 Vaccines by appointment on March 7th & 8th. The health department continues to accept pre-registrations by using the state online registration system. Please do not call the direct phone number for the Health Department. You must use the online registration system listed below.

Individuals can pre-register to “get in line” and will be notified with available appointment time. Visit or call 866-201-6745.




· You will be required to fill out local health department paperwork on site.

· Your pre-registration is not your appointment.

· You will be notified by phone of your appointment time.

· All clients receiving a vaccine must be registered.

The Health Department will follow Executive Order 21-47 which expands COVID-19 vaccination in Florida to include the following: During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations: (With Proper ID)

Long-term care facility residents and staff;
Persons 65 years of age and older;
Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;
Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and
Firefighters 50 years of age and older.

The Health Department will also follow the State Surgeon General’s Public Health Advisory, which requires every vaccine recipient to be a resident of Florida or is a frontline healthcare worker providing services in Florida.

Florida Residency Requirements:

· Valid Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card


Two of the following items:

· A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement. (Copies of deeds can be found on the County Property Appraiser website)

· A utility bill or utility connection/work order that is not more than 2 months old.

· Mail from a bank or other financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, that is not more than 2 months old.

· Mail from a government agency that is not more than 2 months old. (Mail from a government agency can include tax bills showing a Florida address. Tax bills can be found on the County Property Appraiser website).

Location: Glades County Health Department

1021 Healthpark Drive, Moore Haven, FL 33471

Sunday, March 7th and Monday, March 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.