Florida’s farmers help sustain America’s food supply

In addition to citrus, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, Florida is the second largest producer of fresh vegetables in the United States, including fresh broccoli, lettuce, sweet corn, radishes, and green beans. Here is what Florida farmers and ranchers provide our national food supply: Florida citrus accounts for 56 percent of […]

This is the time for pioneer spirit

The past two weeks were not what the communities around Lake Okeechobee expected. March is our busy festival season. Two weeks ago, we were looking forward to the lineup of entertainers at the Clewiston Sugar Festival, the attractions at the Okeechobee County Fair and the shows at the Dolly Hand Center. Then everything changed. And […]

Fair canceled

The Okeechobee County Fair has made the very difficult and painful decision to cancel our 14th Annual, 2020 County Fair. We recognize the importance of the safety of the people of our community is of paramount consideration, and will follow the CDC guidelines. Nothing is ever more important than the welfare of our people. We […]

American farmers keep working to feed the nation

Even when the world is in full-blown crisis mode under the effects of war, natural disasters or disease, the American farmer keeps going and never shuts down. Yes, it’s true. The American farmer, grower and rancher provides all of us with three-plus meals a day. It’s also true that we would also be without many […]

Support food that fights climate change

By Lynetta Usher Griner, Jim Strickland, and Jack PayneSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News FLORIDA — As your farmers, foresters, ranchers, and agricultural scientists, we know you’re buying based on more than price. We see it when you spend extra for grass-fed beef, organic produce, or cage-free eggs. We believe there’s a market for food […]

Momentum continues to improve Lake O

By Scott MartinWorld Champion Angler LAKE OKEECHOBEE — For Lake Okeechobee, 2019 was an important year. Over the course of the year, the lake hosted more than 100 tournaments — big and small, out of every marina on the lake. Fortunately, a drier than normal wet season resulted in some grass recovery on the lake, […]

Young Floridians address U.N. Climate Conference in Madrid

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has never been known for acquiescing to the United States government. Despite three Seminole Wars, the U.S. government was unable to eject Seminoles from the state. These Native American people were nevertheless relegated to a few small reservations in South Florida. Valholly Frank is a 16-year-old high school student born […]

Momentum continues on project #SlowTheFlow

Guest Commentary 2019 has been a banner year for Lake Okeechobee. In January, the lake hosted the Costa FLW Series at Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole at the world-renowned Roland and Mary Ann Martin Marina in Clewiston. The tournament brought hundreds of anglers to our area, resulting in a significant economic boost to Clewiston the […]

On guns, where do we go from here?

Like you, I watched in shock as news unfolded of the mass shooting in El Paso — the 250th so far this year. Like you, I reacted in disgust as we learned the shooter was a white supremacist whose racist manifesto informed a 10-hour drive to murder Latino people. Like you, I awoke in horror […]

Letter to the Editor – Old fire truck

Letter to the Editor I am the caretaker, for about 50 years, for the City of Venice’s first fire truck, a 1926 American LaFrance pumper affectionately named “Old Betsy.” The truck was originally purchased by Moore Haven and it was delivered there in September 1926. A couple of weeks later, the 1926 hurricane came and […]