Gun in car leads to teacher’s arrest

LABELLE — A LaBelle High School English teacher was arrested Friday on charges of possession of a weapon on school property. Lisa Horton, who just started teaching in Hendry County this semester, has a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit. According to the press release from the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, “On Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, […]

Handheld cellphone ban goes into effect Oct. 1

TAMPA — Beginning Oct. 1, Florida law enforcement officers can begin pulling drivers over for using their handheld cellular phone while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. Officers will issue warnings until Jan. 1. In 2020, violators could be charged with a moving violation, which includes a base […]

Newspaper rack price to increase

Home delivery saves more than 50% off rack or store price. In October, the newsstand price of the Lake Okeechobee News will increase for the first time in more than 20 years. Instead of 50 cents on Wednesdays and Fridays and 75 cents on Sunday, the newspaper price will be $1 per issue when purchased […]

Lake level deviation is ‘all about algae’

When it comes to the level of Lake Okeechobee, there’s a lot of confusion. In a Sept. 20 media conference call, Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tried to straighten out some of the misconceptions about the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), LORS operational flexibility, LORS deviations and the Lake Okeechobee […]

Red Cross responds to a home fire in Pahokee

PAHOKEE — Early in the morning on Sept. 25, the Palm Beach and Martin Counties of the American Red Cross responded to a home fire at a duplex on Padgett Circle in Pahokee. Local Red Cross volunteers on a Disaster Action Team were on site to help coordinate emergency aid to those affected. Fire officials […]

Football Around the Lake this week

Dramatic wins, devastating blowout losses and revenge games were on the menu last week as football games around the lake kicked off Thursday and Friday. This week, Glades Day returns from its bye week and a few lake area teams look to either continue their recent success or turn things around before it is too […]

House searched in probe of trans woman’s slaying

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) reports that in conjunction with state authorities, deputies executed a search warrant Friday, Sept. 20, on a home at 501 S. W.C. Owen Ave. in Clewiston, where there was believed to be evidence from a recent brutal murder.​ The office’s Criminal Investigations Division, HCSO Special Response Team, […]

West Palm Beach VA to honor former prisoners of war on Sept. 27

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony to honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as prisoners of war and remember those who remain unaccounted for. This event will take place at the VA Hospital, 7350 N. Military Trail, on Friday, Sept. 27, […]

Herbert Hoover Dike getting better every day’

OKEECHOBEE — The 2019 wet season has brought “average” rainfall according to information shared at Sept. 13 meeting of the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon. After the series of years of “above average” rainfall which meant high levels in Lake […]

EAA reservoir still 9 years away

WEST PALM BEACH — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir project is on track but even if everything runs smoothly, the reservoir won’t be complete until 2028 according to a report shared at the Sept. 12 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. SFWMD Governing Board Member Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch shared an […]