Glades Inn site sale agreement OK’d

MOORE HAVEN — A little over a year after they accepted a plan to buy and develop the site of the old Glades Inn, the Glades County commissioners approved a purchase and sale agreement with New Moore Haven LLC on Aug. 26. The matter had been tabled from their Aug. 13 meeting. Commissioner John Ahern […]

Dorian relief efforts for Bahamas under way in earnest

Relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas are being mounted in nearly every community around Lake Okeechobee and across South Florida. Floridians are finding it only natural, not to mention a little heart-wrenching, to take the attitude of “There but for the grace of God go we.” It easily could have been us […]

Glades County will push to finish Moonshine Park

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners will continue to press for more state financing for the ambitious Moonshine Marsh Overlook Park plan, part of the Moore Haven Canal project undertaken with state and federal partners. The project was discussed at the commissioners’ meeting Aug. 26 briefly as it is on the legislative priority list they […]

Mesloh is Glades’ top pick, again

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board has selected Jennifer James-Mesloh as its top choice to be the next county manager, for the second time in just over a year. Ms. Mesloh, a resident of Michigan, was Glades commissioners’ top-ranked applicant last summer, too, before withdrawing her name from consideration last Aug. 3. Their second […]

Labor Day brings hurricane fatigue

Lake Okeechobee area residents spent Labor Day weekend watching the very slow progress of Dorian, which grew to a massive Category 5 hurricane by Saturday and then stalled about 100 miles off the Florida coastline. By Tuesday, the storm had fallen in strength to Category 2 and was slowly moving northwest. The track deviation from […]

USPS restores mail delivery, retail operations

SOUTH FLORIDA — The South Florida District of the U.S. Postal Service has announced the resumption of mail delivery and retail operations, which had been temporarily suspended, due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. The following 3-digit ZIP Code areas will have delivery and retail services effective Wednesday,Sept. 4: 334 and 349. USPS Service Alerts […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Inspiring people are everywhere

OKEECHOBEE — Since school began this year, Facebook has been inundated with stories of people who have gone out of their way to make life a little better for others in some way. Instead of the expected complaints about confusion surrounding picking children up at school or bus schedules, the stories were praises for jobs […]

Update for Big O area counties: Okeechobee schools to reopen Thursday; Hendry County and Glades County schools reopen Wednesday; Government offices reopen

NINETEENTH JUDICIAL COURT The 19th Circuit Court confirming reopening of 19th Circuit Courts on Thursday, September 5th. OKEECHOBEE COUNTY OKEECHOBEE – The City of Okeechobee will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 8 a.m. Okeechobee County School District teachers return to work on Wednesday, as a teacher work day. Students return to school on Thursday, Sept. […]

Post Office suspends mail delivery

SOUTH FLORIDA — Due to Hurricane Dorian, the U.S. Postal Service has announced the temporary suspension of delivery and retail operations in South Florida ZIP Codes beginning with 334 and 349 on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Customers from Pompano Beach south through Key West (ZIP Codes beginning with 330, 331, 332, and 333) may continue […]

SFWMD prepares for flooding

WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District lowered water levels in canals controlled by the district in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, according to SFWMD Executive Director Drew Bartlett. “The canals are at the stage they need to be to provide flood control, and they are ready for the storm,” he said Sunday. […]