Lawsuit seeks to stop sugarcane burning

BOCA RATON — The Berman Law Group, a law firm based in Boca Raton, held a press conference on June 4 announcing that it has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against U.S. Sugar Corporation, Florida Crystals Corporation and nine other defendants on behalf of residents in Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and surrounding communities who […]

Florida ranks third in the nation in ‘catfishing’

Florida ranking high in a list involving the word “fish” is usually something you would be proud of. But these aren’t exactly the kinds of fish you want to catch. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) refers to “catfishing” as an online romance scam. In this type of fraud, scammers take advantage of people looking […]

Returning voting rights to felons hits a snag

Last year, Floridians voted to automatically restore the voting rights of convicted felons, excluding those convicted of murder or felony sexual assault, who have served their sentence, but now a new amendment has been passed requiring all outstanding court fees and fines be paid before they will be allowed to vote. Under the legislation, the […]

Low lake hurting local businesses

OKEECHOBEE — The level of Lake Okeechobee was once again a topic of discussion at the meeting of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon held Friday at the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. Glades Commissioner Weston Pryor said on his way to the […]

See an algal bloom? Don’t swim there

On May 24, the Environmental Protection Agency released new guidelines for contact with cyanotoxin levels, advising that levels above 8 micrograms per liter of microcystin are unsafe for human recreational contact. This is a change from the World Health Organization recommendations which found levels under 10 micrograms per liter to be safe for recreational contact. […]

United Way provides $155,300 for local programs

OKEECHOBEE — Robbie Chartier and Dowling Watford, the chairs of the United Way of Okeechobee 2018-2019 Campaign, announced that the campaign met its goal and raised over $155,300. “Our great community came through again and met the United Way Campaign goal! Meeting the goal is vital to our 15 United Way Partner Agencies because the […]

Director of Community Services Albie Scoggins retires

OKEECHOBEE — Albert F. “Albie” Scoggins retired effective Wednesday, June 5, after serving for over seven years as director of community services for the county. He came to Okeechobee with 23 combined years of community service experience at St. Lucie County’s Leisure Services and the City of Stuart’s Community Services. As director of community services […]

SFWMD to start work on feeder canal from Lake Okeechobee to EAA reservoir site

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board on Wednesday announced plans to expedite construction of the canal which will feed water from the lake to the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir. While some Florida politicians celebrated a move they say will move up the EAA reservoir project time line up by […]

Harlem Community Building changes name

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners voted in August 2018 to allow for the renaming of the Harlem Civic Center to the Harlem Civic and Cultural Center. The renaming, led by Commissioner Emma Byrd, was motivated by Harlem’s desire to advance the community’s opportunities for residents to explore their interest in the […]

Hendry County Road Watch

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • S.R. 80 from Dalton Lane to C.R. 833: (Construction project) Crews will widen approximately 11 miles of roadway from two to four lanes and […]