Hendry County crash leaves woman in serious condition

CLEWISTON — A 62-year-old man and 66-year-old woman were injured in a traffic crash on Thursday, June 13. A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated that at approximately 7:10 a.m. a 1998 Freightliner truck pulling an empty trailer, operated by Naud Margarito, 54, of Belle Glade, was traveling south on U.S. 27 in the outside […]

Road Watch for Hendry County

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • S.R. 80 from Dalton Lane to C.R. 833: (Construction project) Crews will widen approximately 11 miles of roadway from two to four lanes and […]

Clewiston may sue former engineer over documents

CLEWISTON — City Attorney Gary Brandenburg recommended at their June 3 meeting that city commissioners let him issue an ultimatum to the city’s former engineering firm, Johnson-Prewitt & Associates, to produce needed documents that are public records or face a city lawsuit. The commission voted 4-1 to authorize him to do so after a short […]

Beck renovates church roof

MOORE HAVEN — Beck Companies, a residential and commercial services firm that operates throughout Florida, has renovated the roof of Christian Church of Moore Haven Inc. as a pro bono way of giving back to Glades County — its area of origin. In two days, just ahead of hurricane season, Beck Companies removed the existing […]

GTGC awards two CHS students

CLEWISTON — During Senior Class Night at Clewiston High School on Monday, May 13, Ninette Aker, treasurer of the Green Thumb Garden Club (GTGC) of Clewiston, presented a $500 scholarship to Public Safety Academy student Cynthia Perez (left), and a $500 scholarship to agriculture student Victoria Wheeler (right). Both students are graduates of the Clewiston […]

Museum’s outreach programs are Wilson’s pride

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston Museum began several outreach programs under Director Butch Wilson, who’s leaving the position after almost 12 years there at the end of this month. One of the popular programs won’t be continued. Presently, he says, there isn’t a plan in place for how to keep conducting birders tours and outings to […]

Gatorama’s own sausage gets USDA approval

PALMDALE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a label to be affixed to a new product coming soon to local supermarkets — a spicy new sausage that’s a blend of alligator meat and pork. “Well, Hallelujah!” was the reaction from Patty and Allen Register, owners of Gatorama and Crocodile Adventures. They learned last […]

CORRECTION: Wrong photo ran with newspaper article

OKEECHOBEE — The Wednesday, June 12 edition of The Lake Okeechobee News included a story headlined “Woman who threatened deputy is back in jail.” The subject of the story was Heather Ellsworth of Okeechobee. Due to human error, a photo of another person with the same last name ran with the story and that photo […]

Glades County artist is ‘Clay Whisperer’

MUSE — Sydney Roper, local artist and owner of Muse Pottery, is a quirky and brilliantly creative clay whisperer. She creates unique pottery that is both functional and artistic, often putting out work that is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. From tea sets to birdhouses, orchid pots to coffee mugs, and everything in between — her impeccable technique […]

Wild at Heart Wildlife Center could be evicted

GLADES COUNTY — The Wild at Heart Wildlife Center in rural Glades County is once again a source of controversy. Recently, allegations were made on Facebook that the Wild at Heart Wildlife Center on Southwest Rucks Dairy Road was unsafe and poorly maintained; that in the event of a hurricane the public would be in […]