Glades Courthouse security system upgraded

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board agreed to upgrade the courthouse’s security system by a unanimous vote at its meeting on Aug. 26. A lightning strike at the courthouse a few weeks ago, said Deputy County Manager Bob Jones, damaged the current camera security system. The proposal to repair the system was $11,000, and […]

Airglades International Airport to break ground in spring

HENDRY COUNTY — Airglades International Airport LLC’s Chief Executive Officer Fred Ford has been busy building momentum behind the private takeover of the former Riddle Field. Now he and his investor groups are putting the last touches on all the myriad details of their 10-year project to convert the public airport into a privately developed […]

Palm Beach County to Conduct Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Palm Beach County Division of Mosquito Control is planning to conduct an aerial spray this evening, Monday, September 9, in response to mosquitoes emerging from rainfall caused by Hurricane Dorian. Surface water accumulations are primarily in the north and west county areas with expected spray areas to include the Lake […]

Seeking seniors, people with disabilities with talent

SEBRING — Love will fill the air as seniors and people with disabilities showcase their talent on stage during the fifth annual Special STARS Got Talent Show on Sept. 22. This year’s event will have a theme, “Love.” Performers can earn extra points for incorporating the word or expressions of love in their show. It […]

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 […]

New ‘special needs’ shelter is a hit

OKEECHOBEE — A woman who identified herself only as “Elvis” was very enthusiastic about the shelter that was opened during Hurricane Dorian for use by those with special needs. “Okeechobee County is so blessed to have the fire department, police department and sheriff’s department that we do.” They were in the special needs shelter this […]

City breathes a sigh of relief

OKEECHOBEE — Although Okeechobee city government was as prepared as you can possibly be for a storm the magnitude of Hurricane Dorian, everyone was, of course, relieved when it turned north. Mayor Dowling Watford said, “Everyone seemed to take the warning seriously, especially with the size and uncertainly of the storm. As we have been […]

News from Buckhead Ridge

BUCKHEAD RIDGE — The Aug. 29 meeting of the Buckhead Ridge Community Association (BHRCA) saw 46 people turn out for a great fried chicken potluck supper. Many were concerned about Hurricane Dorian, but evidence around the community indicated that Buckhead Ridge residents were aware and prepared. Following dinner, they heard Neil Chapman, retired fireman/instructor, lead […]

USPS restores mail delivery, retail operations

SOUTH FLORIDA — The South Florida District of the U.S. Postal Service has announced the resumption of mail delivery and retail operations, which had been temporarily suspended, due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. The following 3-digit ZIP Code areas will have delivery and retail services effective Wednesday,Sept. 4: 334 and 349. USPS Service Alerts […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Inspiring people are everywhere

OKEECHOBEE — Since school began this year, Facebook has been inundated with stories of people who have gone out of their way to make life a little better for others in some way. Instead of the expected complaints about confusion surrounding picking children up at school or bus schedules, the stories were praises for jobs […]