Protest page was fake, says Glades Lives Matter representative

CLEWISTON — The social media post promoting a June 3 Black Lives Matter protest at the Clewiston Walmart was a fake, according to Janet Taylor of Glades Lives Matter. She said no one in her organization knew anything about it until Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden posted a message on social media on Tuesday, June […]

Mosquito spraying dates for portions of eastern Hendry County change

LABELLE — A state of emergency has been declared for eastern Hendry County by Sheriff Steve Whidden, with the curfew in place from Wednesday night, June 3, until early morning June 4 affecting the planned mosquito control measures that were scheduled for June 3 in Hookers Point and the U.S. 27/County Road 720 vicinity by […]

Summer camp plans undecided for Hendry County

CLEWISTON — Whether to have any summer camp amidst the pandemic was a hot topic at the May 26 meeting of the Hendry Board of County Commissioners. At the meeitng, it was also mentioned the school board had not yet confirmed summer plans and the City of Clewiston was awaiting the Hendry BOCC’s decision. Commissioner […]

Craig Frey named new chief Hendry Extension agent

McAvoy names his replacement IMMOKALEE — Gene McAvoy was proud on Wednesday, June 3, to introduce Craig Frey, who is more or less his replacement in Hendry County. Mr. McAvoy, who is now the associate director for stakeholder relations with the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee after “retiring” last […]

Hendry County has 476 COVID-19 positive cases

LABELLE — The Florida Department of Health report for June 3 shows 476 positive COVID-19 cases in Hendry County, with 50 people hospitalized and 17 deaths. A total of 2,855 tests have been conducted in the county. The positive rate for Hendry County is 16.7%. Positive cases range in age from 0 to 101, with […]

Hendry County burn ban lifted

LABELLE — The burn ban on unregulated outdoor fires in Hendry County was lifted effective June 2. Residents are asked to always exercise caution when burning outside. Please see the Florida Forest Service for information on fire safety.

FDLE continues to investigate LaBelle block party shooting

LABELLE — The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement continue to investigate a deputy-involved shooting that occurred during a block party in LaBelle that took place May 16. Recently, the mother of one of the men who was shot said she plans to sue the Hendry County […]

Hendry County sheriff sets curfew; Clewiston Police Department still evaluating situation

CLEWISTON — On Tuesday, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden declared an 8 p.m. curfew for eastern Hendry County for Wednesday night, but the City of Clewiston is still evaluating the need for such action. In a social media message posted Tuesday afternoon, June 2, the sheriff said they have learned the Black Lives Matter movement […]

COVID-19 numbers increase in lake area

Positive rates range from 19.9% in Glades County to 4.7% in Okeechobee County COVID-19 positive cases continue to increase in the counties around Lake Okeechobee. As of the June 2 report from the Florida Department of Health, Florida has 56,001 positive residents and 1,446 positive non-residents. In additional, eight Florida residents have tested positive while […]

Clewiston FYI

Dates to RememberJune 15 — Virtual City Commission Meeting – Virtual meeting instructions on how to watch and/or participate in the virtual meeting will be included with the meeting agenda announcement. Virtual meetings are still being planned by the city at this time due to the impacts of the coronovirus in Clewiston and Hendry County. […]