UF/IFAS seeks data on COVID-19 effects on agriculture

IMMOKALEE — The University of Florida IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center has been assigned to “provide legislators with an update on the impacts of the coronavirus situation on South Florida agriculture.” To that end, Gene McAvoy, who is the former regional vegetable agent for Glades and Hendry counties and now is associate director […]

Commencement ceremonies in limbo

PB County cancels ceremonies at fairgrounds, causing confusion PALM BEACH COUNTY — Dr. Donald Fennoy, superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District, wrote a letter April 7 to the “Distinguished Class of 2020,” informing thousands of seniors, sadly, that he had to cancel their traditional commencement ceremonies at the South Florida Fairgrounds. He said […]

Church in Clewiston offers safe way to worship with online services

CLEWISTON — While so many routines have changed suddenly, amidst this pandemic, churches throughout our community stand strong, in support, as they always have. Working quickly to make sure to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible, local churches are experimenting with ways to provide worship in a different way — with social distancing […]

There will be no vice-mayor any time soon

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council discussed the possibility of having a vice-mayor or something similar at their meeting on April 7. In the past, the mayor appointed someone to take his place if he were unable to attend a meeting for some reason, and Mayor Dowling Watford said he had been thinking about Councilman […]

Business Corner: Common Grounds

CLEWISTON — Our favorite locally owned small businesses have had to make major changes very quickly over the past month, in order to adapt, stay in business and continue providing for the community. One of those places, Common Grounds, is well-known around town for both their coffees and the delicious soup of the day. From […]

Pastor takes 50-mile ‘prayer run’ to fight COVID-19

BELLE GLADE — Counting on the power of prayer to help make a difference in the hunkered-down-against-coronavirus state of the world, Pastor Eric Payne of Belle Glade decided to do another “prayer run” last Friday — the day Gov. Ron DeSantis’s stay-at-home order took effect. This time it was 40-plus miles round trip. There were […]

Hendry County schools distribute meals to children

HENDRY COUNTY — Parents/guardians may now pick up meals without the child being present. The volunteer staff will have student rosters from each school and they will verify what school the child is in. Once they confirm this, the meals will be handed to the parent/guardian. This process must be done on a daily basis. […]

Teachers driven to show support for their students

HENDRY COUNTY — The Florida Department of Education has extended the closure of our state’s schools until May 1. But Hendry and Glades schools such as Country Oaks Elementary, West Glades School, Eastside, Westside, Central and Clewiston Middle School found their parking lots filled with vehicles on Tuesday, March 31, as teachers and staff planned […]

Glades town hall offers essential information

BELLE GLADE — The Guardians of the Glades put on a Facebook Live presentation Thursday evening, April 2, titled the “Glades-Area Virtual Town Hall Meeting,” that was intended to calm public fears and uncertainty, and instill confidence in local leaders striving to help people stay safe through the coronavirus pandemic. Scheduled speakers were: State Rep. […]

Veteran Mixon wanted to go to Vietnam

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Ron Mixon was born and raised in Okeechobee. He was what they called a “sole surviving son,” and his father had a small business here in town. This made Mr. Mixon exempt from the draft, but several of his friends had been drafted. “Okeechobee was a much smaller town then, and my […]