Mechanical harvesters to return to Lake O

Mechanical harvesters will return to Lake Okeechobee in the next few months, according to information shared at the July 28 virtual meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force. The harvesters are currently working on Lake Kissimmee. They were preapproved to use the harvesters in the Indian Prairie Canal but ran into […]

Glades County adopts tax rate for Law Enforcement MSTU

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County commissioners have adopted their proposed millage rate to finance the fiscal 2021 county budget and Law Enforcement MSTU that funds Glades County Sheriff’s Office operations, and set hearings for Sept. 10 and Sept. 28 for their adoption. According to Chief Deputy Clerk/Finance Director Tiffany Patterson, the Glades County Board’s […]

Thomson recalls onions due to salmonella risk

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif., is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020,through the present, according to a notice form the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can […]

14.1% of Florida ICU beds are open

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s ICU bed availability was above 14% this week, with little change over the past seven days. Some smaller hospitals in rural areas have no available ICU beds, but larger hospitals in neighboring counties do have available beds. Data from Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as of Aug. 4 show the […]

Florida High School Athletic Association is working on options for start of sports

GAINESVILLE — The Florida High School Athletic Association is currently working on three options for schools ahead of the tentative start of sports around the state. The first option being considered would have Sept. 7 become the new first date of the regular season, with the last date falling in line with the normal calender. […]

Commissioner Nikki Fried announces second phase of improvements to prescribed burning program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Today (Aug. 4) Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Forest Service announced a second phase of major enhancements to the prescribed burning program, which is authorized by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Prescribed burning in Florida is a national model for successfully managing statewide forests and lands through safe, […]

Glades County has total of 392 COVID-19 positive since March

MOORE HAVEN — The Florida Department of Health Aug. 3 report shows 392 Glades County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 1 to 89. Most of the cases are in the Moore Haven area. ZIP code 33471 has 373 cases. The county has […]

FDOH updates COVID-19 data for Aug. 2

TALLAHASSEE — Florida has had a total of 7,084 resident deaths and 122 non-resident related to COVID-19 according to the Florida Department of Health report released Aug. 2. For the counties around Lake Okeechobee: • Okeechobee County has had 945 COVID-19 positive cases since testing started in March. Of those who tested positive, 86 residents […]

Lake Okeechobee under tropical storm watch

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Emergency Management continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Isaias and its impacts to Glades County. At this time there have been no watches or warnings issued for the county. Lake Okeechobee is still under a tropical storm warning. The Emergency Operations Center is still at a Level 2 partial […]

FDOH updates COVID-19 numbers

TALLAHASSEE — Florida has had a total of 7,022 resident deaths and 122 non-resident deaths related to COVID-19 according to the Florida Department of Health report released Aug. 1. For the counties around Lake Okeechobee: • Okeechobee County has had 920 COVID-19 positive cases since testing started in March, including 915 residents and 5 non-residents. […]