News Cast 7/25

News Cast for July 25th:

Shots fired in Okeechobee neighborhood 

Three juveniles are behind bars on felony charges for a shooting in Dewberry Gardens. 

Okeechobee County Sheriff Deputies received several 911 calls and reports of gunshots in the 3300 block of NW 3rd Street on Friday. 

A juvenile was shot and was flown to a regional trauma center with non-life threatening injury. 

Charged in the incident were 17 year old Terrance Hill, 16 year old Isaac Jones and 16 year old J-Mari Mitchell. 

Deputies got a good description of the vehicle involved, spotted it turning into the Kings Trailer Park and all three were arrested near or at the trailer park. 

Cattle producers oppose new stricter clean water rules that impact temporary water bodies caused by heavy rains in pastures. 

The EPA and the Corps of Engineers have been holding round tables with farmers, ranchers, conservationists and other groups to explain new regulations. 

Ellen Gilinski told the panel that the US has to do what it can to save wetlands. 

“It is a needed resource for wildlife habitat, are filters for downstream pollution by absorbing nutrients, and help to control flooding.  They store water when there is too much water and release water downstream when it is needed.” 

Indian River keeper Reinaldo Diaz said one proposal would remove canals from clean water rules. 

He said that is not going to help water quality. 

“Palm Beach County watershed is almost entirely made up of canals.  We would lose a tremendous amount of protection.  We have had a lot of impacts on drinking water and people’s livelihood.  Water is the basis for our economy.  In the west, its agriculture and in the east, it’s fishing, diving, and tourism.  That gets compromised from water pollution.” 

Glades County Schools will be one of two districts making presentations for special school funding this year in Tallahassee. 

They want over $60 million to replace Moore Haven Elementary School. 

School Board member Gloria Reese said the aging school needs to be replaced. 

“It needed to be torn down years ago.  It is an accident waiting to happen.  I’ve been telling them that for years.” 

The district will be fined by the state for having non certified teachers and teachers in the classroom out of field without school board approval. 

There has been a push for more teacher training and professional development. 

A two year sentence in prison was handed down for a marijuana grow house in Lorida. 

42 year old Alexander Capps pled no contest to various charges including sales of marijuana, heroin and oxycodone and aggravated assault. 

He stole $79,000 from Glades Electric to grow the marijuana. 

He will also serve five years on probation. 

A German shepherd and four puppies were allegedly found in poor condition at a home in Muse, Glades County. 

Deputies and animal control officers arrested 33 year old Katherine Wilson on charges of animal cruelty, impounding an animal without sufficient food or water, and keeping animals in an enclosure without exercise or clean air. 

Bond was $23,000. 

PRESS RELEASE:

On July 21, 2022 the City of Moore Haven and Glades County welcomed Johnson Riverside Family Practice by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony along side Glades County Economic Development Board.  In attendance was Jennifer Johnson and husband Tim, Cheryl McGee and husband Bret, City of Moore Haven Mayor Bret Whidden and wife Deanna, Vice-Mayor Jacob Eighner, City Clerk Ashley Wills, County Commission Chair Tim Stanley, County Commissioner John Ahern, School Board Member Crystal Drake, Property Appraiser Lorie Ward, Supervisor of Elections Aletris Farnam, Jeff Patterson Economic Development, Rosemary Fllori Economic Development Executive Director, Susan Whidden Tourism Development Director, Lenice Hubbard (GCSO), Summer Foster (Johnson and Prewitt), Courtney Brown (Glades Electric), Jeff Barnes, several family members and residents of Moore Haven.  

Johnson Riverside Family Practice broke ground at 43 Ave J SW Moore Haven, FL 33471 on August 28, 2021.  Engineering was done by Johnson Prewitt and Construction was completed by Clyde Johnson Contracting and Roofing. The practice is owned by Jennifer Johnson, MSN, FNP-BC and husband Tim Johnson. Jennifer’s mom Cheryl McGee, RN will be assisting in operations of the facility.

Johnson Riverside Family Practice will be offering Primary care for all ages, Preventative care, Chronic disease management, sick visits, school physicals, DOT physicals, and weight loss.  They can be reached at (863)228-9201 or by email at Johnsonriversidefamily@gmail.com.  At this time there is not a website but you can follow them on social media platform Facebook at (1) Johnson Riverside Family Practice | Facebook. They will be operating Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm and are willing to work late days to accommodate as they learn more needs of the community.

Let’s get to know the staff.  Jennifer Johnson, MSN, FNP-BC was born in in Ft. Myers, FL. She grew up in Clewiston and moved to Moore Haven in 2018 to establish roots with her husband and lifelong Glades County resident Tim Johnson.  She fell in love with the community and quickly realized the need for a medical facility to help the residents of Glades County and cut down on commute to surrounding counties for medical care. Jennifer attended South University and received her BSN, then continued her education at Nova Southeastern University receiving her MSN.  She was an RN at Clewiston Hospital for two years before moving to West Palm where she continued nursing and returned to school to become a nurse practitioner. She later returned to Glades County to invest her skills into her community and provide medical care that has always been a very limited resource in this area and surrounding areas. Jennifer’s philosophy on healthcare is believing healthcare is an amazing gift. She states she is blessed to have the ability to play a role in improving the health of others. Restoring and maintaining optimal health is PRICELESS! As her slogan states, she is anchored and committed: to the community and to providing the best care to each and every patient she treats.

Cheryl McGee, RN was born in Miami and moved to Clewiston in 1981, she graduated from Clewiston Highschool in 1985 and later married her middle school sweetheart Bret McGee.  They have two daughters, and two grandchildren. Cheryl is a RN and has worked at Oak Brook of LaBelle, Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee, Hope Hospice, Florida Department of Health, and GEO Prison.  She is a very skilled RN and will be a great resource to the facility.

Glades County and the City of Moore Haven have needed such a facility and are excited about the benefits it will bring to its residents and the surrounding areas.  Johnson Riverside Family Practice will be opening Monday, July 25, 2022 and is planning a GRAND OPENING for the entire community in the upcoming months, stay tuned for the date to be announced.

Congratulations Johnson Riverside Family Practice, may you have a long and successful venture in Glades County.