Water Utilities Department to perform temporary modification to water disinfection process

PALM BEACH COUNTY — In order to maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements in the water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify its water disinfection process between Saturday, Jan. 11 and Friday, Jan. 31. The modification will entail the use of free chlorine as opposed to chloramine […]

Pahokee Blue Devils soccer off to great start

PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Blue Devils varsity soccer team stacked back-to-back wins over lake area teams in December, and are now off to their best start since 2016. The Blue Devils beat Moore Haven 4-1 on Dec. 9 and Glades Day 4-2 on Dec. 11. After going winless last season, Pahokee has managed to turn […]

Anglers to protest use of chemicals in lake

CLEWISTON — Lake Okeechobee area residents who oppose the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s use of chemical herbicides to control invasive aquatic vegetation on the big lake will host a protest on Feb. 22 on the Herbert Hoover Dike on Lake Okeechobee at U.S. 27. The protest will start at 8 a.m. “The FWC […]

County agencies making dent in Glades unemployment

BELLE GLADE — While job seekers in coastal Palm Beach County are looking at a pretty bright job market, the outlook is a lot less optimistic among the Glades communities on the county’s “other coast.” That’s why there are several county agencies constantly working on trying to make things better. Two of them are CareerSource […]

Keep your hands on the wheel while driving – Use of communications devices must be ‘hands-free’

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), with its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), advises all motorists that beginning Jan. 1, motorists can now be stopped and cited for not operating a motor vehicle in a hands-free manner in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work […]

Lake Okeechobee fishing ‘is on fire’

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — What a difference a year makes. Lake Okeechobee’s ecology is much improved, with the regrowth of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). According to local anglers, Big O fishing is great. “The fishing has been fantastic,” said Mike Krause at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters. “The grass is coming back from Tinhouse Cove to Harney Pond.” […]

Studies consider use of aquatic plants to feed livestock

Invasive aquatic plants are a problem all of the world. In Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission uses chemical herbicides as one of their primary methods to control the plants. Worldwide, researchers are looking at more productive ways to get rid of unwanted vegetation. In a variety of locations, projects are studying the […]

Lake benefits from December rain

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Will 2020 bring water shortages? It all depends on the dry season rainfall. At the December meeting of South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, Executive Director Drew Bartlett warned the members they could be discussing water shortage plans at their January meeting. Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of […]

WRAC: Many apply, few are chosen for water forum

WEST PALM BEACH — The latest version of the South Florida Water Management District “WRAC” had more than 50 applicants, but fewer than half were chosen. WRAC originally stood for Water Resources Advisory Commission and more recently was called Water Resources Analysis Coalition. WRAC included representatives from South Florida businesses, water supply utilities, agriculture, public […]

Pahokee girls basketball wins back-to-back games

PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Lady Blue Devils varsity girls basketball team was able to stack back-to-back wins against Wellington and Forest Hill ahead of the Christmas break. The Lady Blue Devils took down Wellington 44-32 on Dec. 16 and defeated Forest Hill 47-25 on Dec. 16. Pahokee senior Jordyn Walkes led the Lady Blue Devils […]