Back to Butch’s to launch Tiki Tours

OKEECHOBEE — A new attraction is awaiting patrons at Back to Butch’s Bar, once it is allowed to reopen again. Some longtime friends of the owner fashioned a sturdy “tiki hut” for him on a pontoon boat while the first 2020 statewide bar shutdown was going on from March 17 until June 6. They still […]

Hendry Sheriff responds to complaint, quickly reviews body cam video

CLEWISTON — In a public Facebook Group titled “Make Clewiston Great Again,” a post written by Nathan Johnson quickly became a hot topic across social media. The post appeared in the group of over 2,300 members on Thursday, June 25. Johnson wrote, “So me and some friends are hanging out in the USave parking lot […]

Red Cross offers 20 ways to stay safe as you celebrate the Fourth of July

WEST PALM BEACH — The Fourth of July is just ahead, a time when people typically enjoy the summer holiday with backyard barbecues, fireworks or water fun. But this year, celebrating Independence Day will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The American Red Cross offers safety tips you can follow. “As we see […]

Amtrak cuts back service to Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE —– Amtrak has announced it will be cutting back daily train service on their Silver Star service to only three to four days a week on July 6. The move leaves Okeechobee, Tampa and Lakeland without daily train service. In a memo to employees obtained by CNN, Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing […]

P-EBT gives families more money for summer meals

FLORIDA – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provided food assistance of about $313 per child to Floridians with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Eligible families who did not receive their allotment by June 30 should contact the Florida Department of Children and Families. […]

Clewiston man turns $20 into $5 million with scratch-off ticket

CLEWISTON — Residents of Hendry County have been shocked to find that their friend and neighbor, Jorge Mederos, 31 of Clewiston, bought a winning scratch-off ticket from a Publix in Tampa for $20 that awarded him one of six top prizes of $5 million. Due to their COVID-19 precautions, Florida Lottery Headquarters and district offices […]

DeSantis signs teacher pay increase into law

HIALEAH GARDENS — At a press conference on June 24, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that will provide funding to school districts and allow them to raise the average minimum salary for teachers. The bill contains $500 million dedicated to raising teacher salaries in Florida. Of that $500 million, $400 million will […]

State turns off tap at bars

TALLAHASSEE — The morning of June 26, Halsey Beshears, Florida’s secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR), announced that effective immediately his department would be suspending on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. The move came on the same day that the State of Florida added 8,942 new COVID-19 cases. The order […]

Update: 11-year-old girl found dead in LaBelle home

LABELLE — An 11-year-old girl was found dead in a LaBelle home on the morning of June 30, according to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. At a duplex located on East Lincoln Avenue in LaBelle, a mother called 911 after finding her daughter dead in their home. The landlord reported the tenants were an adult […]

Pahokee mayor calls special meeting after IG report cites Manager Williamson

PAHOKEE — After the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General released its third report within the past two years on Tuesday, citing financial and managerial improprieties by Pahokee City Manager Chandler Williamson, Mayor Keith Babb Jr. has called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 30. The 50-page narrative “City of Pahokee Inappropriate Purchasing […]