FWC expands herbicide use for Fishing Bay and Ritta Island

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) expanded aquatic plant control operations to Fisheating Bay and Ritta Island during the first week of June 2020. There is an estimated 1,600+ acres of Luziola subintegra, a Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) category 1 invasive plant within Fisheating Bay and the surrounding areas, explained Brendon […]

Road Watch for Okeechobee, Glades, and Hendry Counties for the week of June 7

The following is the Florida Department of Transportation’s Road Watch report for the week of June 7. As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and […]

Teens accused of fighting in middle of highway and fleeing from law

OKEECHOBEE — A 17-year-old male was arrested and charged with fleeing law enforcement while lights and siren were activated and with resisting arrest without violence early Sunday morning. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin White responded to a call at the Holiday Inn Hotel on U.S. 441 South on May 31 at approximately 3:15 a.m. The […]

Area churches plan special events and services

Glades County MOORE HAVEN — First United Methodist Church of Moore Haven continues online services at fumcmoorehaven.com/sermons. On June 14, the bishop will conduct the online services. Updates on changes to services may be announced at that time. LAKEPORT — Lakeport Christian Church, 10947 State Road 78, is open on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for […]

Less rainfall, lake releases contribute to low lake level

WEST PALM BEACH — A number of factors contributed to the current low level in Lake Okeechobee this year. During the 2018-2019 dry season, the U.S. Corps of Engineers intentionally released water east and west with the intent of lowering the lake to help the lake’s vegetation recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma. They […]

Governor pushed for dry season lake releases

During the 2018-2019 dry season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released freshwater from Lake Okeechobee east to the St. Lucie River and west to the Caloosahatchee, lowering the level of Lake Okeechobee to less than 11 feet by the end of the dry season. At the time, corps officials told Lake Okeechobee area officials […]

Lawsuit challenges vote by mail rules

TALLAHASSEE — As elections offices promote the “Vote By Mail” option for those concerned about the spread of COVID-19 virus, a lawsuit may further complicate the 2020 election. Priorities USA, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and Alianza for Progress have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee challenging Florida’s voting laws. The complaint […]

Community throws proms

CLEWISTON — Local high school seniors of the Class of 2020 are missing out on so much, but it seems that prom won’t be one of those things. Members of the community have rallied around Beth Browning, mostly via social media, to try to organize a prom for seniors from Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. […]

More COVID-19 cases reported around the lake

As the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the communities around Lake Okeechobee continues to grow, there are some areas of special concern. In Okeechobee County, 22 cases — about a third of the cases in the county, now — are related to correctional institutions, including juvenile facilities and the state prison as well as […]

Prisoners test positive for COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE — More than 1,000 persons incarcerated in Florida’s state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 6,000 are currently in medical quarantine, according to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC). Statewide in the prison system: 712 inmates are in security quarantine; 6,732 inmates in medical quarantine; 11 inmates are in medical isolation; […]