Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc. fined by OSHA

BELLE GLADE — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc. for exposing employees to workplace safety hazards after a worker required medical treatment due to an anhydrous ammonia leak in the farm’s packaging house. The company faces $95,472 in penalties. The inciting incident occurred […]

U.S. Sugar employees recognized for service

CLEWISTON — At a recent luncheon, U.S. Sugar CEO Robert H. Buker Jr. recognized seven employees working in the administration division for their years of service to the company. The administration employees each reached milestones of five, 10, 15 and 30 years of service with U.S. Sugar. “Our company is successful year after year because […]

Clewiston Goodwill closing June 22

CLEWISTON — Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida will close its Clewiston Retail & Donation Center at the end of its lease on June 22. The store is located at 969 W. Sugarland Highway. The closing is part of a larger retail restructuring plan that will allow Goodwill to pool its resources and serve more people […]

Airglades exec honored with award

The PortMiami team congratulated the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association during its 60th anniversary jubilee celebration at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center on Saturday, April 27. Lille Bell Rodriguez (third from left), who works for Airglades International Airport in Clewiston, accepted a Presidents Circle award from the FCBFA, and posted later […]

Census shows state’s agriculture industries shrinking

The United States Census of Agriculture, which is conducted every five years, shows the amount of land in agricultural use is shrinking while urban development use is growing. The most recent census, conducted in 2017, was released in April. Nationwide, land in agriculture declined by 14.3 million acres in the five-year period between 2012 and […]

RC Hatton Farms projects good sweet corn harvest

PAHOKEE — RC Hatton Farms grows nearly 12,000 acres of sweet corn, green beans and other vegetables throughout South Florida and parts of southern Georgia, taking advantage of the rich soil on the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. “Spring brings about big corn volume, and we are geared up for a big corn volume here […]

Trade school to open in Clewiston as skills gap widens

OKEECHOBEE — Representatives from U.S. Sugar were in Okeechobee on April 25 to speak to Okeechobee High School students about a new technical skills training program the company is starting later this year. The program runs for three years and not only are students offered a job at U.S. Sugar after graduation, they are paid […]

City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Corner

Often, people are confused by code enforcement, and this new series is an attempt to remedy that. In each story, we will answer some common questions about code enforcement, and if you have a question you would like answered, please submit it to cwomble@newszap.com. What is code enforcement? The California Association of Code Enforcement Officers […]

UPS store finally reopens after being closed

The doors of the local UPS Store, at 1414 S. Parrott Ave., are finally open again, after being shuttered for more than three months. Shortly before Christmas last year, customers were shocked to find the store closed more and more often when they went to check their mail or send a package. The last day […]

Hwy 55 restaurant set for grand opening on March 25

  OKEECHOBEE — Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, a national retro-themed diner chain, will open its newest location in Florida on March 25. The new restaurant is located at 307 N. Parrott Avenue in Okeechobee. Hwy 55 is a diner with a full menu of American classics served in a fun, 1950s-style dining atmosphere. […]