Lee County School District Superintendent Gregory Adkins said he will recommend Ed Mathews, Assistant Principal at East Lee County High School, to replace Layner.
The announcement of her transfer comes with news that the staff at South Fort Myers High School had requested improved security months before a 15-year-old girl was discovered having sex with a number of boys in a bathroom.
Principal Michelle Layner will be moved to Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts starting in fall 2016.
The Caribbean American Social Club of Lehigh Acres recently presented two high school seniors with a $1,000 college scholarship each. President Orville Hall recognized the students at the club’s annual banquet at the Majestic Golf Club. The student recipients were Farha Deceus, of Lehigh Senior High School, and Vanessa Casiano, of East Lee County High School. Lifetime Achievement Awards was given to Vincent Moses and Marie
Sallade, while the Henry M. Garner Contribution Award went to Nola Hall.
Known as CASCOLA, the club meets at the St. Anselm Episcopal Church, at 2201 E. Sixth St. New members and guests are welcome.
House fire on East 2nd Street limited details at this time. The Lehigh Acres Fire Department has said fire is out and no other details of any injuries.
Stephen Paulsell, Stephen McInerny, James Tobin and Michael Choate were asked to come back for final interviews with the staff and Fire Commissioners on July 12 and 13
But there are the following issues:
1 – No public comment was allowed during a public meeting with the selection committee.
Why no comment, what is the fire department hiding now?
2 – Per the posted notice of the meeting no one can appeal any of the selection committee because NO verbatim recording was made by the fire district of this two day public meeting.
Why no recordings?
One of the Chief named above had so many complaints over his management style led some of his staff to leave that district and later some of them sued over the issues.
One Chief was criticized by former community members for promoting his then girlfriend to an asst. chief position with a hefty salary.
One Chief was removed for office by the town manager just these year.
One Chief had a text scandal with a female subordinate.
Doesn’t the residents and voters of Lehigh Acres deserve better?
Supporters of backyard chickens have submitted a formal proposal to Lee County to allow chickens in Lehigh Acres, but the county attorney says any zoning change has to apply across the county.
Hopeful hen keepers in Lehigh Acres have proposed a county ordinance to allow them to keep backyard broods, but Lee County’s attorney said Tuesday morning it would have to be adopted countywide.
The Lehigh Acres Community Council this week voted to ask the Board of County Commissioners to consider enacting backyard chicken zoning for Lehigh Acres with restrictions.
But County Attorney Richard Wesch told the five county commissioners Tuesday that changing zoning to allow chickens to be raised on the property must be applied across all sections of the unincorporated county that carry the same zoning designation.
The push to allow chickens in Lehigh began a couple of months ago, when resident Chuck Edwards was told to get rid of chickens he was raising on his property in a rural section of Lehigh. He took his case to the Board of County Commissioners and later to the Lehigh Acres Community Council where residents packed a couple meetings of the generally quiet council to discuss the chicken issue.
The northbound lanes of Lee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres have reopened after a crash occurred Monday evening just after 6 p.m.
It happened at the intersection of 8th Avenue and Lee Boulevard.
A witness on scene said that a mother was fueling her car on the side of the road with her three children inside the vehicle when a pest control truck crashed into the back of the mom’s car.
Loudine Louis, a psychology and theatre studies double major from Lehigh Acres, Fla., was named the 2016 Outstanding Senior at Maryville College during the Academic Awards Ceremony held on April 23 in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Established by the Maryville College Alumni Association in 1974, the Outstanding Senior award recognizes those students whose overall record of academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities stand out as most exemplary.
Specifically, the award seeks to recognize a senior who has been active in a broad range of activities in college, who best exemplifies an “ideal” Maryville College graduate and who has the potential to be an outstanding alumnus/alumna – both as a representative of the College and in his or her service to the institution.
Placido Moreno-Torres, DOB: 10/05/1968, was identified as the person responsible for the double homicide on June 18, 2016 at 3511 9TH St. W. Lehigh Acres, FL.
Witnesses stated they heard Placido and his wife Amparo arguing outside and then they heard gun shots. Ricardo Vaca was a neighbor to the Moreno’s and he too heard the arguing. In his concern he went to the Moreno’s driveway to intercede and mediate between Placido and Amparo. His neighborly act appears to be his only involvement in the matter.
Placido shot and killed both Amparo and Ricardo then fled the scene on foot. Amparo and Ricardo succumbed to their injuries on scene.
Due to the nature of the crime, detectives with the Major Cases Unit responded and conducted the investigation. Witnesses quickly led to the identity of Placido and search efforts were underway for him immediately.
Placido was located and has been arrested. He will be booked into the Lee County Jail for two counts of homicide and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
On January 22, 2009, the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand, the Knights of Columbus launched a new initiative aimed at providing women considering abortion a new way of viewing the life within them.
On that day, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council matched funds raised by Knights in Florida and Iowa to provide two pregnancy care centers complete funding for the acquisition of ultrasound machines that will help the centers to provide for the health of both mother and child.
As of March 2015, numerous local and state councils have qualified for matching funds from the Supreme Council office towards the purchase of over 540 ultrasound machines at a cost of over $16.1 million, with additional state and local council fund raising campaigns for ultrasound machine purchases either in progress or to be launched in the near future.
Ultrasound exams, which are medically indicated throughout pregnancy for a variety of diagnostic reasons, use ultrasound waves to scan a women’s abdomen, creating a picture or “sonogram” of the baby in her uterus. Without K of C support, most pregnancy care centers would be unable to purchase the ultrasound machines, each usually costing tens of thousands of dollars.
Today Knights of Columbus Council 6265 and St Raphael’s Church in Lehigh Acres are fundraising the needed $35,000 for an Ultra Sound machine for the Community Pregnancy Clinics (CPCI) this machine will be located at CPCI’s Ft Myers office.
CPCI has two clinics one in Ft Myers and one in Naples and a mobile clinic.
If you would like to participant in the fundraiser, please contact Doug Blais at 239-849-7050
Kiwanis handed out 17 Service to youth Awards, 11 Growable Scholarships, 15 New College Scholarships and 38 College Renewal Scholarships. (click here to seepPhotos of the event)
Hometown Hero’s 2016 Connor Blais, Andy Reisinger and Deputy “Rocky” Snott
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Connor Blias – Connor was not to be there because he was in England. His Father Doug Blais picked up the award for him. The Lehigh Acres Gazette got ahold of Conner by Facebook and he said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized for this award. A lot of hard work and dedication went into my project but to really pull it off it was the local community that made it possible. Without there’s support my project probably would not have been as successful. I have done what others wish they could. The ability to pull a community together for the better to help those less fortunate. 1,500 backpacks full of school supplies were collected over a 5 month period. 1,500 students from 4 local schools received backpacks.”
Also the Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres gave FGCU $10,000 for their scholarship programs
Deputies are investigating an incident Saturday night near 12 Street West and Sunniland Boulevard in Lehigh Acres.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has not provided information, but at least one body is visible on the roadway next to a four-door sedan.
SWFL Shutter Bugs Camera group is happy to say Paul McKenney has won our monthly photo contest for March. His image, A Truly Golden View, from high up on the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge made us all a little jealous. “Ever wonder about the view from literally the top of the Golden Gate Bridge 800 feet above the bay? It is breathtaking. I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a “tour.” The tiny maintenance elevator’s capacity is three people crammed into a small lift. This photo captures not merely the human eye’s perspective, but rather, an exceedingly wide angle 18mm lens’ more expansive view. My right shoulder was braced against the horizontal cable at the top on a very breezy day. It was delightful to stick my hand in the air and know I was literally higher than the bridge. This photograph was captured toward the south (i.e. San Francisco) shore from the bay side of the bridge. No tripod was used as it is a dynamic, not stationary, bridge. How do you arrange to go atop the Golden Gate? An old and dear friend in a high place helps” says Paul. Paul won a gift certificate to White House Color Correction Printing worth over $100 dollars for his entry. If you are interested in photography, you can find us at http://www.meetup.com/
Lewis Joy’s 2006 Suzuki GSX-R was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed well beyond that of the posted speed limits in the inside lane on Joel Boulevard when he impacted, Walter Curll’s 2012 Red Galant was making a left turn onto Joel Boulevard from Joel Way.
The front of Joy’s Suzuki bike struck the rear driver’s side of the Galant. Suzuki GSX-R was redirected in a southeast direction. Joy was thrown from Suzuki GSX-R at impact, and succumbed to his fatal injuries on scene.
The Galant rotated counterclockwise and came to final rest facing southeast in the westbound lanes of Joel Boulevard in the intersection of Joel Way.
No Charges are pending from the FHP accident report. Both Joy and Curll are from Lehigh Acres. Walter Crull and his passenger Dolores Curll were transported to Lehigh Regional Medical Center for serious injuries. No update on their conditions as of this update.
The General Woman’s Club of Lehigh Acres had their last meeting for the year in May. It was a very busy day. The club started with a pot luck lunch brought in by the members, then the Club awarded scholarship to six young women, who are raising a family and are currently enrolled in a college or technical school.
The members of the Club who worked on the scholarship committee in screening and approving the applications are from shown in the above picture. From left to right are Karen McKenzie , Sandi Jones, Norma Johnson, Diane Lashua, and Mary Beck.
Awards were given to Ms. Madeline Ramirez and Ms. Ashley King currently attending Keiser University; Ms. Sheena Ruffin, Ms. Kristina Preshard and Ms Teresa Sankey currently attending Fort Myers Technical College; Ms Krystal C. Anderson, currently attending Southern Technical College, Ms. Sandra L. Allen, currently attending Chamberlain College of Nursing, and Ms Blanca Barrios currently attending Florida Gulf Coast University.
Donations were also award to four local non-profit organizations in Lehigh Acres. There to accept the donations from President Aura Wilson was Mr. John Strickling of Hope Healthcare, Ms. Melissa Barry, Director of the Lehigh Acres Senior Citizen Center, Ms. Rae Nicely from Lehigh Community Services and Rev. Deb Frysinger of the 1st Community Congregational Church’s Helping Hands Ministries.
Orlando Torres has been employed the Lee County School District as a security specialist since 2011.
Now, the district is moving to fire him after an investigation earlier this year found he made inappropriate comments and sexual remarks on numerous occasions toward at least three high school students.
Torres has repeatedly denied the allegations.
He received a letter from the district in April notifying him he would be recommended for termination.
The school board voted Tuesday, 5-0, to suspend him without pay until the case is heard by an administrative hearings judge.
Torres’ attorney said that could happen in August or September.
Boy Scout Troop 720 flag retirement ceremony at the American Legion
Posted by Lehigh Acres Gazette on Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Posted by Lehigh Acres Gazette on Tuesday, June 14, 2016
FHP investigating accident no more detail at this time