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; […]

Voting by mail encouraged around the region

While much of society has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, county elections supervisors and some of their staff in the Lake O region have kept working behind their closed doors because there are important elections to be conducted this year. Those doors were just this week beginning to be reopened […]

Community to throw prom for Glades, Hendry, and Lee County seniors

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. […]

Glades County has 20 positive COVID-19 cases

Glades County has 20 COVID-19 positive cases according to the May 24, report from the Florida Department of Health. Glades County has 154 tests with 134 negative for a positive rate of 13%. The positive cases, who range in age from 3 to 89 years, include four Black persons and 16 White persons. Four have […]

Free COVID-19 testing sites available in Hendry and Glades Counties

Asymptomatic cases of people infected with COVID-19 virus are being discovered locally. Public officials and medical experts are urging people to get tested for the novel coronavirus, and have opened up multiple test sites throughout Hendry and Glades counties. These tests are administered to any Hendry or Glades resident, age 18 and up. They are […]