Hendry County, title firm, Habitat announce drive

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners is assisting Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry counties and other local organizations as a partner in helping raise money for a 2020 Habitat For Humanity home build in Hendry County. Florida Hometown Title & Escrow, a title company based at 870 W. Hickpochee Ave., Suite […]

State allocation gone, Humanities Council issues appeal

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Humanities Council has been forced to significantly curtail its programs for the coming year and has issued a “Funding Alert,” posted recently on its website, floridahumanities.org. The Florida Legislature this session cut all financing for the FHC from the state’s budget when House Bill 4401, which would have provided the […]

Tensions run high at Okeechobee City Council meeting

OKEECHOBEE — Tension ran high Tuesday night after Councilman Bobby Keefe made a motion not to renew the contract of City Attorney John Cook when it expires in September. During the regular city council meeting on June 18, the agenda called for a discussion of current and future needs for legal services. It was during […]

Okeechobee Utility Authority OUA says ‘no’ to request to process leachate from Osceola County

OKEECHOBEE – The announcement of plans for a private landfill in Osceola County to accept 200,000 tons or more of coal ash from Puerto Rico set off a chain of events that briefly had Okeechobee County residents concerned this week. JED Solid Waste Facility will accept 200,000 tons or more of coal ash from Puerto […]

Hendry County may take over bus service in Glades County

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners listened intently to a presentation by an official with the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) last week about public transit availability to disabled and low-income county residents. Although Glades County is much smaller in population than neighboring Hendry County, its residents still get thousands of trips each year […]

Legislators to host town hall meetings

HENDRY COUNTY — State Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (Florida Senate District 28) and Rep. Byron Donalds (House District 80) will host town hall meetings in Clewiston and LaBelle on Tuesday evening, June 25. The public is cordially invited to come out and share their comments, questions and concerns with these state legislators. The events are at […]

Clewiston commission OKs new manager pact

CLEWISTON — The City Commission approved a resolution Monday, June 17, authorizing Mayor Mali Gardner to sign a contract with Randy Martin, who was selected June 3 to be their new city manager. She asked City Attorney Gary Brandenburg to describe the terms of the contract for commissioners. “We’ll just go over the basics of […]

Okeechobee commissioners recognized as advocates

ORANGE COUNTY — The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) recognized Okeechobee County Commissioners Terry Burroughs and Kelly Owens as FAC Presidential Advocates for their work during the 2019 legislative session. Both commissioners received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC annual conference in Orange County. “I am very proud to accept the […]

County threatens to pull funding for school resource officers

OKEECHOBEE — Following the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners meeting on May 23 where county representatives decided to send word to the school district that they didn’t plan on helping with school resource officer (SRO) costs next year, school board members discussed what options they had for bridging the gap in funding. Legislators in Tallahassee […]

Clewiston FYI

The C.S. Mott Pool is open to the public. Pool hours • Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. • Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. Online registration for swimming lessons (ages 5-12) is now available. Please visit clewistonrecreation.com to register. Please visit www.swflymca.org for YMCA […]