Crime Stoppers is searching for Michael Evans

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Michael Evans, 56, black, male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and he multiple tattoos. His last known address was on West Avenue A in Belle Glade. Evans is wanted on a warrant for felony […]

Lake O Livelihoods: Carol’s Hair Barn hangs on in drained Glades economy

PAHOKEE — Carol Peaden started her beauty shop business here as a survival strategy back in the mid-1980s when her husband became ill with kidney disease, knowing he’d no longer be able to be breadwinner for them and their children. And she and her shop, Carol’s Hair Barn, are still here, tucked behind flowering bushes […]

Business development growing jobs in Glades

PALM BEACH COUNTY — District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay last week passed along to constituents in west county a report from the Business Development Board (BDB) showing the Glades region has gained nearly 400 jobs in recent years due to its cooperative efforts. Over the past few years, the BDB says, the Glades Region of […]

Football Around the Lake this Week

• Moore Haven Terriers: The Moore Haven Terriers were heavy underdogs against the undefeated Oasis Sharks on Oct. 4. But they didn’t play like underdogs. The Terriers took the lead early against Oasis 6-0. The Sharks responded with two touchdowns in the second quarter to regain the lead. The fourth quarter saw Oasis put up […]

Lake Okeechobee water level dropping

Following the driest month of September since recordkeeping started in 1932, the level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop. On Monday, the lake level was 13.4 feet, down 0.2 feet from the previous week. The average lake level (based on historical records from 1965 to 2007) is 14.97 feet. During the 2018-2019 dry season, the […]

Florida Crystals makes land available for STA

Florida Crystals is living up to the promise to make leased land available as needed for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA). On Sept. 30, the New Hope Sugar Company (part of the Florida Crystals Corporation) sent a letter voluntarily terminating its lease on lands needed to expedite completion of […]

Why lease out the state land?

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The site of the future EAA reservoir has been in state ownership for more than 20 years. It was purchased in anticipation of the future need for the land for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). There are many reasons for leasing out the land until the corps is ready to […]

Crime Stoppers is searching for Joel Rodriguez Gomez

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Joel Rodriguez Gomez, 40, Hispanic, male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 180 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes. His last known address was on Southeast Second Avenue in South Bay. Gomez is wanted on a warrant for felony for failure […]

Lake Okeechobee releases to help Caloosahatchee estuaries

Franklin Lock and Dam

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River on Saturday, Oct. 5, to help maintain healthy salinity levels in the estuaries. The driest September since record keeping started in 1932 has left the Caloosahatchee basin short of water, requiring the lake releases. “The runoff […]

UPDATED: Florida Crystals voluntarily agrees to terminate lease early to expedite construction of storm water treatment area

PALM BEACH COUNTY Florida Crystals is living up to the promise to make leased land available as needed for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA). On Sept. 30, the New Hope Sugar Company (part of the Florida Crystals Corporation) sent a letter voluntarily terminating its lease on lands needed to […]