It’s almost time for 30 days of Thanksgiving

OKEECHOBEE — It’s November, the time of year when just about everyone begins to think about the people and things in their lives they are grateful for. In recent years, many have participated in the 30 Days of Thanksgiving challenges all over the internet. These challenges vary but all have one thing in common: They […]

Caloosahatchee Watershed seeking public’s help

FORT MYERS – On Aug. 5, Calusa Water Keeper, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary in Southwest Florida, launched the second part of its summer campaign to inform both the medical community and the public on the serious health risks associated with the increasingly severe Harmful […]

Bedz for Kidz helps Southwest Florida children feel at home

Guest CommentaryBy Cynthia Shafer Guardian ad Litem volunteer When children are abused, abandoned or neglected, someone needs to step forward and provide compassionate, unwavering care in loco parentis. In 2001, I met a local grandmother who was willing to welcome her grandchild into her home instead of having the court system assign that child to […]

Big Cypress plan raises sportsmen’s ire

BIG CYPRESS PRESERVE — The Big Cypress Sportsmen’s Alliance Inc. (BCSA) is up in arms and alerting its members and the public to what it calls a secret conspiracy among federal agencies to “condemn or forcefully obtain 248 private inholdings within the boundaries of the preserve.” This post on social media Thursday, June 27, immediately […]

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 […]