On April 5, 2021, Tabbatha Carter will be promoted as the first black captain in the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office history.
2021 marks Charlotte County Sheriff Office 100th year of being in existence. Lieutenant Tabbatha Carter started her career at the Charlotte County Sheriff Office August 2002. Tabbatha holds the certification for both Law Enforcement and Corrections. Lieutenant Carter will hold the position as Operation Captain of the Detention Bureau. Sheriff Prummel has stated that Lieutenant Carter has a knack for motivating and building up everyone around her while maintaining a positive attitude even in challenging times. When asked how does she feel about the promotion, Tabbatha said that she is grateful to God and looking forward to many more blessings.
Lt. Carter is a member of the Followers of Christ Fellowship Ministries and a proud member of Fort Myers Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
"Lest We Not Forget," could easily be the theme for the annual celebrations of some of the most dedicated members and fans of Fort Myers High Schools' football team. When you say 1993, one thought that comes to mind for many FMHS players and fans would be, "The BEST year for football at Ft. Myers High School." It was so good, many of the players still gather a couple times a year to catch up and reminisce about the good ole days. The "huddle" on Friday, March 19th at the Firestone Martini Bar in downtown brought out the likes of Dean Browder and Coach Sirani's daughter, who shared newspaper clippings and program books to assist in the walk-back through time. Big laughs and bear hugs were freely exchanged as players came through the doors. 1993 football at FMHS will not be forgotten!
On February 28th, 2021, Mount Sinai Baptist Church celebrated their annual Black History program, but this year it was celebrated a little differently. A few black history icons within our church were honored. The program was titled, "Black History Among Us". We honored eight individuals who have paved the way for today's generation, here at Mount Sinai. They were recognized for their hard work, dedication, perseverance, love for family and Christ. The Honorees shared some of the racism that they have faced throughout the years.
As a token of our appreciation, each Honoree was given a Black History Icon Certificate and a gold thank-you pin. The program also included songs, poems, an African dance by the Mount Sinai youth. As the program ended, we lifted our voices in song as we sang our Negro National Anthem "Lift Every Voice." It was a wonderful evening and we are grateful for everyone that came out to share with us.
Special thanks to the Mt. Sinai Black History Committee for their hard work.
Article by Shenika Mann. Photos by Mary Butler
The School District of Lee County is proud to announce that Lee County School Board Chair Debbie Jordan has earned the distinction of Certified Board Member from the Florida School Boards Association.
“Becoming a Certified Board Member means so much to me,” Jordan says. “Through my training it has allowed me to be a better Board Member for my District.”
To earn this distinction, members must complete 96 hours of training in three different content areas. The bulk of this training falls under Boardsmanship, School Finance, Policy Governance, Bargaining and Personnel, Curriculum and Instruction, State/Federal Legislative Processes, and School Law.
“I am proud to recognize Debbie as a Certified Board Member,” FSBA Director of Leadership Services Tina Pinkoson says. “Since her election in 2018 she has shown a willingness and desire to learn.”
Fellow Lee County School Board members Chris Patricca and Cathleen Morgan also have the distinction of being Certified Board Members. The Certified Board Member (CBM) distinction is one of several professional development programs offered by the Florida School Boards Association to ensure board members obtain well-rounded and thorough understanding of his or her policy-making job responsibilities.
The Florida School Boards Association is the professional association for school boards in Florida. The mission of FSBA is to increase student achievement through the development of effective school board leadership and advocacy for public education.
It was a cold and beautiful Sunday morning on March 21, 2021 off of the downtown river district in Fort Myers. The scenic and enchanting view of the district's river would as backdrop of the Burroughs Home & Gardens Venue, where guests assembled to meet the authors of the newly released book “Gracefully Broken”. The beautiful chromatic tunes from Emma, the Harpist, played softly in the background as authors Karen Spears, Maxine Mitchell Sturgis, and Shari Ramasamy greeted guests and signed copies of their book. Author Vicki Evans was out of town during the event.
At the day's end, the ladies shared the following words of appreciation, "We, safely celebrated our book signing and it was a blessed and successful event! We extend a heart-filled thanks to everyone who came out to support us. Your purchases, participation and acts of kindness were deeply appreciated. We love and cherish each of you. And to all of our families and friends who purchased copies, but could not attend, we thank you!
Jacquie Williams of “Jacquie's Event Photos” captured the magnificent moments of the day.