West Palm VA to hold open house for Women’s Health Week

The event is being hosted for women who served in the military WEST PALM BEACH — In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Women Veterans Open House on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 7305 N. Military Trail, West […]

SFWMD governing board looks north to address water quality problems

Slow the flow. Clean it north. Comments at the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board May 8 workshop meeting echoed the slogans of the Anglers for Lake Okeechobee as board members noted the need to clean the water before it goes into the big lake. “These increases in nutrients that are coming out of […]

Nutrient pollution comes from ‘everywhere’

At their May 8 workshop meeting, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board was briefed on the complicated issue of nutrient loading into waterways. The nutrient load from north of the lake is a complicated issue. Even the term “nutrient pollution” can be confusing explained Tom Frick, director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, […]

Glades County plans July summer camp

GLADES COUNTRY — For the second summer, Glades County Summer Camp will be held at Moore Haven Elementary School July 8 through July 26. Glades County campers ages 5 to 12 can attend day camp Monday through Friday during the designated weeks of July. Transportation is not provided to or from camp, but Glades County […]

Trump tweets support for CERP funding

President Donald Trump has apparently changed his mind about funding the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir and other Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects. On Monday, the president expressed his support for increased funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in a tweet. “My administration will be fighting for $200 million for the Army Corps Everglades restoration […]

Lake area counties unite to support healthy Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — County commissioners from all around the big lake gathered in Okeechobee on May 7 to discuss the lake so important to their communities. About 350 area residents were in the audience at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall for the historic multi-county meeting. Okeechobee County Commissioner Terry Burroughs noted the Everglades system begins […]

Vietnam Veteran Mike Spaulding spent his time loading bombs on planes

OKEECHOBEE — Vietnam veteran Mike Spaulding was born and raised in Battle Creek, Mich. He graduated from high school in 1966, and then went to school in Indianapolis for tool and dye machine design and graduated in 1968. He knew there was a possibility he could be drafted any day so he took his tests […]

Veteran Holcomb and six siblings were in the service

OKEECHOBEE — A 1944 film “The Fighting Sullivans” did an excellent job portraying the emotions felt by a mother whose five sons all went off to fight in a war and then in a horrifying turn of events, were all killed in the line of duty. Almost every one who goes off to serve his […]

Lake area counties work toward common goals

Officials from the five counties that surround Lake Okeechobee met Tuesday to find common ground and start the work to come up with unified message about the future of Lake Okeechobee. Commissioners from Martin, Hendry, Glades, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties gathered in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall on May 7. A crowd of […]

Should Okeechobee County allow golf cart use on some roads?

OKEECHOBEE — State law gives local government the option to allow the use of properly equipped golf carts on some roads with speed limits up to 35 mph. At the May 9 Okeechobee County Commission meeting, local resident Nikki Salmon asked the commissioners to consider this option for some roads in the county. County administrator […]