Car Club supports youth of Clewiston

CLEWISTON — On Thursday, Feb. 20, the Big Lake Cruisers Car Club donated over $2,000 to help support youth organizations in Clewiston, including Clewiston High School’s Florida Public Safety Academy (FPSA) and the Future Farmers of America. Pictured is a representative of the car club with the FPSA students. Pictured is a member of the […]

Anglers to FWC: Stop spraying lake with herbicides

CLEWISTON — Anglers, environmentalists and other concerned citizens gathered at the Herbert Hoover Dike in Clewiston Saturday morning to protest the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s use of chemical herbicides to kill non-native plants in lakes and waterways. Saturday morning’s chilly temperatures and high winds might have kept some at home, but about 100 […]

Coast Guard searching for missing boaters

ST. PETERSBURG – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two boaters who have been missing for the past week. Gerald Cook, 81, and Peter Cook, 55, along with four of their dogs, left Panama City on Feb. 13 with plans to travel to Vero Beach via the Okeechobee Waterway. They left a Panama Beach […]

Cracker Trail Ride replays Florida cowboy lore

OKEECHOBEE — A piece of history passed through Okeechobee County last week with the annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride. Approximately 150 horses and riders participated in the 2020 Cracker Trail Ride. While most came from Florida, some came from Colorado, Washington state and even from England. Riders of all ages found camaraderie on the journey. […]

Good Wheels exits, MV Transportation takes over

LABELLE — After Good Wheels Inc. suspended its transit services to several Southwest Florida counties including Glades and Hendry last week, regional and county officials moved quickly to put in place an alternative to provide Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) rides. Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, clients who used to depend on Good Wheels for rides to and […]

History preserved at 1890s-era Lockett Estate

HIGHLANDS COUNTY — There’s new life in the Edna Pearce Lockett Estate, which was in ruins just three years ago. On the main house, the rotting porch was replaced and a new roof keeps the interior dry. The old carpet has been pulled up to reveal the original wood floors. The old schoolhouse, built in […]

FWC seeks input on lake plan

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began work on a new management plan for Lake Okeechobee on Feb. 18, with a public meeting at the Okeechobee Civic Center on U.S. 98 to gather stakeholder input. Ryan Hamm, regional fisheries administrator, said FWC is drafting a management plan for Lake Okeechobee. He said […]

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responds to multiple vehicular crash

PALM BEACH COUNTY — A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue press release stated that at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, crews responded to reports of a semi-truck vs multiple vehicle crash near South U.S. 27 and Okeelanta Road located south of South Bay. First arriving firefighters reported a multiple vehicle crash and multiple patients. […]

Conceptual redesign of Flagler Park hosted at historic courthouse

OKEECHOBEE — A showcase for a conceptual redesign of Flagler Park is being hosted at the historic courthouse in Okeechobee for public viewing for the next few weeks. The redesign was spearheaded by the Economic Council of Okeechobee (ECO), a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that has operated in Okeechobee for nearly 30 years with the […]

Transportation Disadvantaged Services set to resume in Glades and Hendry County on Monday

HENDRY/GLADES COUNTIES — MV Transportation will be the Emergency Community Transportation Coordinator for Glades and Hendry Counties and they are preparing to resume services on Monday, Feb. 24, in the area. Glades and Hendry Riders should call MV Transportation at 800-260-0139. Lee County Riders should call LeeTran at 239-533-0300.