Examples of giving show how special Clewiston area is

CLEWISTON — As we are currently in the holiday season, which is filled with examples of goodwill and the generosity of so many, I write to recognize all those individuals, civic organizations and others who unselfishly contribute so much to our community and particularly to those in need. I will not try to name everyone, […]

Lieutenant Michael Hazellief is honored

OKEECHOBEE — Lt. Michael Hazellief attended the FBI National Academy, Session 277, in Quantico, Va., during the summer and graduated on Sept. 13. The academy was an intense 10-week academy that focused on advanced communications, leadership, best practices and standards, and fitness training for selected officers. Lt. Hazellief was the first deputy to attend the […]

‘Back way’ out of shopping center closed

OKEECHOBEE — A shortcut popular with residents of the southwest area of the community is no more. Once called the “back way out of the old Walmart,” a private road that connected the Northlake Shopping Center (home to Tractor Supply and Publix) to Southwest 32nd Street has been fenced off. Over the years the road […]

Sparrow debate spans over 20 years

WEST PALM BEACH — An email message from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official expressing frustration with the restrictions on water movement from the water conservation areas north of the Tamiami Trail in order to protect the nesting grounds of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow has been circulating online recently. That’s not surprising, since […]

Quantum Foundation invests more than $400K in county’s health

WEST PALM BEACH — The board of trustees of Quantum Foundation, under the chairmanship of Ethel Isaacs Williams, recently approved six new grants totaling more than $424,000 to Palm Beach County-based nonprofits. Quantum Foundation’s mission is to fund initiatives that improve the health of Palm Beach County residents. “This grant cycle focuses on greater access […]

Run builds momentum for homeless-shelter quest

BELLE GLADE — Pastor Eric Payne applied his running shoes to 40 miles of pavement starting at 4 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, on State Road 80, to draw attention to his and his wife’s quest to establish a homeless shelter for the Glades region. The two established a charity organization called Glades Family Services Inc. […]

Pastor’s goal is a homeless center, not a church

BELLE GLADE — “By faith,” says Pastor Eric Payne, “this is the future Glades Family Services and Navigation Center!” This building, at 572 S.W. Second St., will be that place if he and his helpers are successful in raising $206,000 by Jan. 1, 2020. The Rev. Payne’s church, New Zion Assembly – The New Church, […]

Paynes’ quest rooted in wife’s saga of homeless life

BELLE GLADE — The great desire of the Rev. Pastor Eric Payne and his wife, Theresa, to go all out in helping homeless people, arose from an extended traumatic experience she had that she wouldn’t wish on anyone. Theresa Payne knows firsthand not only what it is to be homeless but what a single mother […]

Stein clan named ‘Farm Family of the Year’

BELLE GLADE — Sonny and Cheryl Stein and their family have been honored as the Western Palm Beach County Farm Family of the Year. They received their award Nov. 12 at the annual meeting of the Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau. “Sonny comes from a long line of farmers there in the Glades area, […]

Waste Amnesty Week is Dec. 9-14

HENDRY COUNTY — Hendry County Waste Management will host a weeklong Amnesty in LaBelle and Clewiston for unincorporated Hendry County residents beginning Monday, Dec. 9, through Friday, Dec. 14. Residents will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license to ensure they reside in Hendry County. No commercial waste accepted. Hendry County Waste Management stations […]