Glades County plans July summer camp

GLADES COUNTRY — For the second summer, Glades County Summer Camp will be held at Moore Haven Elementary School July 8 through July 26. Glades County campers ages 5 to 12 can attend day camp Monday through Friday during the designated weeks of July. Transportation is not provided to or from camp, but Glades County […]

Trump tweets support for CERP funding

President Donald Trump has apparently changed his mind about funding the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir and other Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects. On Monday, the president expressed his support for increased funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in a tweet. “My administration will be fighting for $200 million for the Army Corps Everglades restoration […]

Lake area counties unite to support healthy Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — County commissioners from all around the big lake gathered in Okeechobee on May 7 to discuss the lake so important to their communities. About 350 area residents were in the audience at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall for the historic multi-county meeting. Okeechobee County Commissioner Terry Burroughs noted the Everglades system begins […]

Vietnam Veteran Mike Spaulding spent his time loading bombs on planes

OKEECHOBEE — Vietnam veteran Mike Spaulding was born and raised in Battle Creek, Mich. He graduated from high school in 1966, and then went to school in Indianapolis for tool and dye machine design and graduated in 1968. He knew there was a possibility he could be drafted any day so he took his tests […]

Lake area counties work toward common goals

Officials from the five counties that surround Lake Okeechobee met Tuesday to find common ground and start the work to come up with unified message about the future of Lake Okeechobee. Commissioners from Martin, Hendry, Glades, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties gathered in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall on May 7. A crowd of […]

Accurate 2020 Census crucial for representation

Although it is still just under a year away, preparations are already underway for the 2020 Census in April of next year. Every 10 years the federal government conducts a census, as required by the United States Constitution, to count every person living in the U.S. and where they reside. The data gathered from the […]

TV food show segment filmed at Gatorama

PALMDALE — “The Great Food Truck Race” filmed a segment at Gatorama recently, as the reptile sanctuary has been crawling its way out into the bright lights of the culinary world. The Glades County Tourism Development Council, through its website and Facebook feed from, posted an update as April drew to a close, sharing […]

HB 107 would make texting while driving illegal

Texting while driving will soon become a primary offense in the State of Florida if a bill that the Senate recently passed is signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. If passed, this bill (HB107) would “prohibit a person from operating a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device in a handheld manner in a designated […]

Wildfires burned 2,300+ acres in Glades this year

OKEECHOBEE — Saturday, May 4, was National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, and the Florida Forest Service Okeechobee District office released a report on the 2019 tally of wildfires so far in part of the region. Rangers also were issuing advice to the public on how to protect their homes, families and property if they live […]

Love bug season means insects spattered on cars

Lake Okeechobee area residents are once again dealing with the mess the swarms of love bugs hovering about roadways leave on vehicles. Actually, the pesky insects never really left. Love bugs (whose scientific name is Plecia nearctica Hardy) have a six-month life cycle. Most of their lives are spent as larva, eating decaying vegetative matter […]