Corps effort to lower Lake Okeechobee level questioned

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to lower Lake Okeechobee in anticipation of the wet season has local community leaders concerned about the safety of the water supply. Since the start of the dry season in October, the corps has released an average of 1,000 cubic feet per second to the Caloosahatchee […]

Last chance to change your Medicare Advantage Plan

Free presentations coming to Clewiston and Moore Haven Federal deadline to change Medicare Advantage plans is March 31 MOORE HAVEN — Is your Medicare Advantage plan meeting your needs? If not, it isn’t too late to change your plan, or even go back to Original Medicare, in 2019. Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment is underway through […]

SFWMD hires executive director, approves C-43 reservoir bid

WEST PALM BEACH — The new governing board for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), who met for the first time on March 14, hired a new director, approved a contract for multi-million dollar reservoir, and authorized a settlement for a key piece of property for the Kissimmee River Restoration project. The later two […]

Glades County Road Watch Report

GLADES COUNTY S.R 80. from Birchwood Drive to Collingswood Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be landscaping near the roadway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, weather permitting.  Motorists should use caution as crews work near and on the roadway. S.R. 78 from Buckhead Ridge to just west of the Kissimmee River: […]

President budget falls short in CERP funding

OKEECHOBEE — Federal funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) once again has come up short. In 2000 Congress authorized CERP as a framework for restoring, protecting and preserving the greater Everglades ecosystem. CERP was to be a 50-50 partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Florida, with the […]

MHES Library hosted Black History Month essay contest

MOORE HAVEN — Moore Haven Elementary School Library hosted a Black History Month essay contest. Students in fourth and fifth grade drew names of famous black Americans, researched their life, and wrote a one- to two-page essay. The essays explained the contributions that these famous Americans have made to make life in America better for […]

Aquatic spraying programs explained in detail

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Board members had plenty of questions for them during and after game commission officials’ presentation about state programs for controlling exotic and invasive aquatic plants in Lake Okeechobee and other Florida waterbodies. Matt Phillips, a biologist in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s invasive plant management section, spoke for […]

Man died in March 8 Glades County traffic crash

GLADES COUNTY — A 49-year-old Fort Myers man died from injuries sustained in a Glades County traffic crash on U.S. 27 near Boar Hammock Ranch Road. A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated that on March 8 at 5:09 p.m. a 2005 Hyundai Sonata operated by Rolando Saavedra Ryes, 51, of Hollywood, was traveling south […]

Meet the Firefighter: Luis Aguilar

GLADES COUNTY — Florida Forest Service State Wildland Firefighter Luis Aguilar says that although he was born in 1957, he is still not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, but until he figures it out, he is thoroughly enjoying his career as a firefighter. Mr. Aguilar was born in Mexico, Jacona […]

Miss Sugar in Chalo Nitka parade

MOORE HAVEN — The 2019 Miss Sugar, Melissa Manning, who’ll preside over the upcoming Sugar Festival March 16 in Clewiston, enjoyed a ride in a sapphire blue convertible during the Chalo Nitka parade in Moore Haven on Feb. 2.