Florida officials alarmed over plan to transport migrants to Florida

OKEECHOBEE — Are hundreds of immigrants headed for South Florida? Palm Beach County officials expressed concerns last week over news of a controversial plan to transport migrants from Texas to Florida. “Earlier this week, the chief of Border Patrol out of Miami informed us that their intentions were to bring about 1,000 people every month […]

Aquatic spraying to control hyacinth and water lettuce on lake

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shared a plan this week to use chemical spraying to control the growth of hyacinth and water lettuce in the Eagle Bay and Kings Bar areas of Lake Okeechobee. Hyacinth and water lettuce are considered harmful invasive plants. According to the FWC report, the use of herbicides to […]

West Palm VA to hold open house for Women’s Health Week

The event is being hosted for women who served in the military WEST PALM BEACH — In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Women Veterans Open House on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 7305 N. Military Trail, West […]

SFWMD governing board looks north to address water quality problems

Slow the flow. Clean it north. Comments at the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board May 8 workshop meeting echoed the slogans of the Anglers for Lake Okeechobee as board members noted the need to clean the water before it goes into the big lake. “These increases in nutrients that are coming out of […]

Nutrient pollution comes from ‘everywhere’

At their May 8 workshop meeting, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board was briefed on the complicated issue of nutrient loading into waterways. The nutrient load from north of the lake is a complicated issue. Even the term “nutrient pollution” can be confusing explained Tom Frick, director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, […]

Eighth grade ceremony set

BELLE GLADE — The eighth grade students, faculty, staff and administrators of Lake Shore Middle School (LSMS) are proud to announce their annual Eighth Grade Promotional Exercise to be held on Wednesday, May 29, in the gymnasium at 5:30 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. To ensure the success of the ceremony […]

Pahokee City Manager Williamson answers queries

PAHOKEE — City Manager Chandler Williamson responded to the newspaper’s questions on Monday regarding the recent firing of the city attorney and several other events in the city. Asked to comment on each topic covered his answers, sent by email, were as follows: • On the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General’s May […]

Pahokee manager cites positive projects

PAHOKEE — In answering questions about recent divisive events in Pahokee, City Manager Chandler Williamson said he felt that “some of this has reached its lifespan and appears redundant.” He said he wanted to point out some items that “I feel create the attention Pahokee and surrounding areas so badly need from our media outlets,” […]

Report to commission behind Brandenburg’s ouster

By Chris Felker Lake Okeechobee News PAHOKEE — The day before being abruptly ousted from his position as city attorney April 23, Gary Brandenburg had placed on the city commission’s meeting agenda — and emailed to each commissioner — a four-page report he’d produced that recommended they take immediate actions regarding several issues in the […]

Inspector general’s report confirms Pahokee improprieties

WEST PALM BEACH — The office of Palm Beach County Inspector General John A. Carey issued a report May 6, stating that complaints it received in December 2017 about improper closings of the Pahokee City Hall and unauthorized bonuses paid to employees by City Manager Chandler Williamson were true. Specifically, allegations that Mr. Williamson “inappropriately […]