CCC Legacy group keeps Boys’ history alive

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was marked nationwide Saturday, Dec. 7, most prominently in the annual ceremonies at the USS Arizona monument in Hawaii. The great achievement of U.S. armed forces in the world war that followed is rightly celebrated on several solemn holidays during the year. But there was a vast civilian corps, predecessor […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Sherry tries to make it better than when she walked in

OKEECHOBEE — Sherry Kindell-Pollard does not consider herself inspiring, but then most inspiring people do not see in themselves what others see. She was born and raised in Okeechobee, had a mom, dad, dog and a brother and led a charmed life growing up, she said. “My parents were amazing. They taught us family and […]

Inspiring Okeechobee… Tysons share Christmas village with neighbors

OKEECHOBEE — It wouldn’t be Christmas over on Northwest Fifth Street off of U.S. 98 without the Tysons’ Christmas Village. It’s been there for over 20 years, and everyone who drives by expects to see it. That’s why even though Kenneth Tyson was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, he and his wife Alice didn’t let […]

Mail carrier helps save lives

OKEECHOBEE — “Taking care of my customers is my job. I see them every day,” said Kim Korbel, who recently went above and beyond the call of duty to help save the lives of two of the customers on her mail route. One of her customers was outside washing her carport in May when she […]

Benefits available for those exposed to asbestos

Workers at a variety of manufacturing and processing plants prior to 1981 and who were exposed to asbestos at those sites, could qualify for benefits from a trust fund set up through a federal court. Shelby White of the Norris Injury Lawyers Group said the trust was set up as the result of a lawsuit […]

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 […]