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. […]

Smith to lead Economic Development Corp.

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Economic Development Corp. leaders have named their first president and chief executive officer. Megan Smith is set to take the lead of the newly formed public-private partnership in late March. “The board of directors has been very focused on finding the right professional to take the helm as the inaugural leader […]

Biosolids treatment facility planned on N.E. 120th in Okeechobee County

OKEECHOBEE – Plans for a facility to convert sewage biosolids into class AA fertilizer have northeast Okeechobee County residents concerned about the impact on their rural neighborhood. A legal advertisement published Nov. 9, 2018, in the Lake Okeechobee News states a new facility will be built at 11403 N.E. 120th Street. The owner is listed […]

LORE to have premiere Business After Hours Mixer Feb. 28

BELLE GLADE — A heads-up is going out to business owners and entrepreneurs in the greater Lake Okeechobee region, especially the Glades agricultural areas of western Palm Beach and eastern Hendry counties. The Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County is having its inaugural “Business after hours” gathering beginning at 5:30 p.m. on […]

New ag-industrial plant, Dollar General coming to Glades County

MOORE HAVEN — A new agricultural manufacturer is coming to Glades County, as well as another Dollar General store. One rezoning petition and two proposed comprehensive plan future land-use map amendments were considered by Glades County commissioners Tuesday morning, Feb. 12. First up was Peeples & Storey LLC’s petition for rezoning of part of its […]