Commission struggles with sheriff’s budget

OKEECHOBEE – At their Aug. 13 budget workshop, the Okeechobee County Commissioners came to a consensus to fund a $19.1 million budget for the sheriff’s office for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The proposed allocation is less than the $20.1 million budget the sheriff requested in July, but more than the OCSO current year’s budget of […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Gumz wants her students to be kind

OKEECHOBEE – Cheryl Gumz has been a part of the Okeechobee County school system for so long, she has seen three generations pass through her classrooms. She loves children, and she loves teaching. “It’s nice to see the kids grow up and be happy,” she said. Originally from Indiana, her family moved to Sarasota when […]

Blind woman left homeless through no fault of her own

OKEECHOBEE – Through no fault of her own, 64-year-old Gloria Sims, who is legally blind, will soon be homeless. Ms. Sims and her little chihuahua lived happily in the same two-bedroom mobile home for five years with no problems at all until the owner of the mobile home passed away. She said after he died, […]

SFWMD advances Everglades Agricultural Area resevoir project

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) continues expediting progress on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project. At last week’s Governing Board meeting, Executive Director Drew Bartlett announced the District had successfully submitted a federal permit application for the construction of the 6,500-acre Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) associated with the […]

River level rising 

OKEECHOBEE – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers requested South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) increase the S-65D headwaters by 0.2 feet per day beginning Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, with a target of reaching 27.5 feet NGVD by Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The elevation on Aug. 15 was 26.4 feet NGVD. The purpose of holding […]

Putting kids first: Back to School Bash

PAHOKEE — The 2019 Back to School Bash was Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pahokee High School gymnasium. The celebration’s sponsors included Waste Management, H.E. Hill Foundation and Florida Crystals.

Back-to-school initiative provides school supplies

CLEWISTON — U.S. Sugar, FPL, Hendry County Public Schools Foundation and the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office have come together to work on a back-to-school initiative, launched by The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and its Red Apple Supplies (RAS) Program. This is an effort to serve the needs of Title 1 schools, which are […]

Glades County Road Watch Report for week of August 18

GLADES COUNTY — U.S. 27 from Fifth Street to north of State Road 78: Construction project: Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway on U.S. 27 from Fifth Street to north of S.R. 78 in Moore Haven. Additional work includes improving the drainage, sidewalks and road shoulders, and installing curb and gutter, signage and […]

Hendry County Road Watch Report for week of August 18

HENDRY COUNTY — State Road 80 from Dalton Lane to County Road 833: Construction project: Crews will widen approximately 11 miles of roadway from two to four lanes and add new turning lanes on S.R. 80 in Hendry County. Additional work includes repaving the current lanes of S.R. 80 and constructing ten new bridges. Three […]

Okeechobee County continues adult mosquito control efforts

OKEECHOBEE — Local authorities in Okeechobee County have announced that adult mosquito control applications will commence on Friday, Aug. 16, during the overnight hours, weather permitting. The backup date in the case of inclement weather is Saturday, Aug. 17. Adulticide attacks adult mosquitoes with a truck-mounted application of ultra-low volume spray. “The recent almost daily […]

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