Former Talkin’ Monkeys intern works in Uganda

HENDRY COUNTY — One of Dr. Deb Misotti’s alumni from the Talkin’ Monkeys Project in rural Hendry County is now in Uganda, carrying the education that he received, in part, there into his master’s degree work on primate conservation research. Matthew Henderson, a former volunteer and intern at the sanctuary, was born in Clearwater, raised […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Attorney Jeffrey Fadley does all he can do every day

OKEECHOBEE — Although he didn’t move here until he was 12 years old, Attorney Jeffrey Fadley has considered Okeechobee his hometown since the day he arrived with his mom and brother. He said he has traveled all over the world, but he is always thankful to get back home to Okeechobee. He is a product […]

NOAA predicts near-normal 2019 hurricane season

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is predicting that a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. This outlook forecasts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season and a 30% chance of a below-normal season. The hurricane season officially extends from June […]

Franklin Lock area closed to swimming

LEE COUNTY — The Franklin Lock recreational area on the Caloosahatchee River no longer includes a designated area for swimming. Closures of the swimming area have been common in recent years. According to the U.S. Corps of Engineers, health concerns about the bacteria levels in the water have caused the beach to be closed 29 […]

FWC explains rules for alligator hunting permits

Since 1988, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and its predecessor, the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, have offered hunters the opportunity to take part in their annual statewide recreational alligator harvest, which always runs Aug. 15 through Nov. 1. Alligators are a conservation success story in Florida. The state’s alligator population […]

Cattle are an important part of Florida economy

HENDRY COUNTY  — Hendry County has been connected with the cattle industry from the start. Francis Asbury Hendry, for whom Hendry County is named, was known as the “Cattle King of South Florida.” Mr. Hendry, a rancher, fought in the third Seminole War and later made his home near Fort Thompson. A study released March […]

Brighton Casino to stage hiring event

BRIGHTON — Seminole Brighton Casino will host a hiring event on Tuesday, March 12. There will be two separate hiring sessions in the Bingo Hall, one from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and another from 6 to 9 p.m. Positions available are in the areas of finance, security, food & beverage, Player’s Club, player development, […]

Meet the Okeechobee County Firefighter: Shannon Gagliardi

OKEECHOBEE – “I was looking forward to being Granny Shanny,” says Okeechobee County firefighter Shannon Gagliardi, “but my granddaughter Sophie is very persistent on calling me MawMaw.” Ms. Gagliardi is the mother of two girls — Taylor, 26, and Maci, 8, and one boy, James, 5. She also has two granddaughters, Sophie who’s 18 months […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Diana Stark learned work ethic from her Dad

OKEECHOBEE – As the daughter of a man who made his living as a migrant worker, traveling the country year after year and only staying in each place for short periods of time, Diana Guadalupe Stark had a very different childhood than the majority of those raised in Okeechobee, but she said she wouldn’t have […]