Hendry County revises meeting schedule

LABELLE — Hendry County previously made several changes to the meeting schedule from Sept. 3 through Oct. 8. These changes included budget workshops, budget hearings, regular Board meetings, and a roaming Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. The time previously advertised for the roaming BOCC meeting in Harlem has been corrected. Please note the correct […]

School food workers find a winning recipe

OKEECHOBEE — The food service staff of the Okeechobee County School District were front and center at the Sept. 10 Okeechobee County School Board meeting. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy spoke about the massive turnaround the department has accomplished in the past few years. “You may not know it, but a couple of years ago […]

Operation SOS awarded grant for spaying and neutering

OKEECHOBEE — Operation SOS, a nonprofit that offers low-cost spay and neutering, has been awarded a grant of $10,000 to offer its services to low-income families and individuals in Okeechobee County for the upcoming year. The grant was awarded by Florida Animal Friend, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending pet overpopulation. Operation SOS Executive Director […]

U.S. 27 repaving in progress; slow down!

MOORE HAVEN — Local motorists and through travelers were being urged to exercise extra caution in the area of the U.S. 27 intersection with Florida State Road 78, just west of town, as of Wednesday, Sept. 11. Ajax Paving began tearing up old pavement (above) in preparation for the repaving of the highway, and traffic […]

Lessons of Dorian discussed at EOC

MOORE HAVEN — Many of the county and other officials who gather in the event of an emergency also meet for a postmortem after every activation of the Emergency Operations Center, which is housed in the Glades County Fire/EMS station in the Public Safety Complex. The discussion of lessons learned and potential shortcomings during the […]

Clewiston was ‘well prepared’ for Dorian

CLEWISTON — City fire and police departments and municipal officials took to the city’s Facebook pages with warnings, essential public information and cautionary videos they shot in the EOC as Hurricane Dorian bore down on the Florida peninsula at the end of August. They started right after Hendry County declared a local state of emergency […]

Soccer players set up streetside protest

PAHOKEE — A half-dozen soccer players take their fight to use the city’s public recreational field to a street corner downtown, collecting signatures on a petition calling on officials to let the soccer club resume using the field. It’s been reserved for football since being artificially sodded earlier this summer. Josefa-Josie Hernandez posted this photograph […]

Commission to revisit Pahokee soccer field discussion

PAHOKEE — Soccer players in Pahokee met with some success after they turned out en masse at the Aug. 27 City Commission meeting to protest their being barred from the newly renovated football field. The commission voted 5-0 to overrule the city manager; however, due to some confusion the subject will be discussed again this […]

Dorian preparations went smoothly in Hendry County

LABELLE — Luckily for Hendry County, it was never under the same watches and warnings as the rest of the Lake Okeechobee region last week during Dorian’s brush-by of Florida — and, officials said, it turned into one big but useful practice run. County Communications & Legislative Coordinator Emily Hunter, who was on duty keeping […]

Be aware before you swipe your credit card

OKEECHOBEE — A credit card skimmer was located at one of the local convenience stores in Okeechobee again. Before you swipe your credit card, here are some tips to protect yourself from identity theft and credit card fraud. • Look at the credit card slot. If it looks different from the other card readers at […]