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 […]

Hospital rehab project was ‘giveback’ by fired attorney

PAHOKEE — The old Pahokee hospital building underwent a much-needed cleanup during the two weeks between City Commission meetings in April, organized by now former City Attorney Gary Brandenburg. The Pahokee City Commission fired him on a 3-1 vote April 23. Mr. Brandenburg, who’s represented the city for a decade, wrote an open letter to […]

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 […]

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 in the related stories on Pages 9, 31 and 32, his answers, sent by email, were as follows: • On […]

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 […]