Habitat for Humanity sets wall-raising party

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Habitat for Humanity is seeking public support and participation for a Wall Raising Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 22, as it begins construction of the county’s first Habitat homes. Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity and Wallace International Trucks will host a Glades County Economic Development Council business social that day at […]

Brahmans get playoff win over Heritage

  The Okeechobee Brahman varsity basketball team held their senior night for the last game of their regular season on Feb. 8 against the Berean Christian Bulldogs. The team recognized six seniors who will be leaving the team after this year, including Jemal Davis, Jalen Pryor, J-Quan Ferrol, Lucas Osceola, Kimani McIntosh and Ky’Ode Walters. […]

G. Harvey Estates plans on 90-day hold

BUCKHEAD RIDGE — Developer Glen Harvey, who is near the final stages of planning a 509-home development called G. Harvey Estates near Buckhead Ridge, requested and received a 90-day extension on his rezoning petition from the Glades County Board this week. He had hoped to be ready for final approval after a scheduled second public […]

City to require driveway improvements

CLEWISTON — The city’s long-delayed effort to get driveway aprons connecting to city streets either constructed or upgraded to limit damage to Clewiston’s roadways is moving forward. City commissioners on March 4 will conduct a public hearing for final adoption of the amended city ordinance setting a Feb. 1, 2020, final date for the requirement […]

Tucker: Lies about lake must stop

WEST PALM BEACH — South Florida Water Management District Governing Board member Brandon Tucker blasted Congressman Brian Mast’s efforts to drastically lower the Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule at the board’s Feb. 14 meeting at district headquarters in West Palm Beach. “Lowering the lake to 10.5 feet, in my opinion, is asinine,” he said. Rep. Mast, […]

City takes 2-prong approach to finding next manager

CLEWISTON — At their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 4, four of the five Clewiston city commissioners came to a consensus that they’ll take a bilateral approach in searching for their next manager. From their comments, it also seemed that there’s a growing willingness to pay the person considerably more than they have compensated previous managers […]

Area residents encouraged to voice views on Lake Okeechobee level

CLEWISTON — John Boy Auditorium was packed Monday night with Lake Okeechobee area residents concerned about the U.S. Arny Corps of Engineers plan to write a new regulation schedule for the Big O. Gov. Ron Desantis and Congressman Brian Mast are lobbying for a lower lake schedule, which would set the minimum level at 10.5 […]

FWC listens to stakeholders regarding Lake Okeechobee aquatic plant program

OKEECHOBEE — Hundreds of anglers filled the Okeechobee Civic Center on Feb. 7 to ask for changes in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) aquatic plant management program. Concerns included allegations of over spraying of chemical herbicides, which kill native plants along with the invasives; lack of oversight of those spraying; build up of […]

Lake Okeechobee schedule should be based on science – not politics

OKEECHOBEE — Big Lake area residents Wednesday urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use science — not politics — to determine any changes to the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). The Williamson Conference Center at Indian River State College was packed to standing room only Feb. 6 for the Corps’ public scoping meeting […]

Sticky situation results from Glades County crash

GLADES COUNTY — Part of U.S. 27 in Glades County was closed to northbound traffic due to a molasses spill Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the afternoon. Two semi-trailer trucks collided on U.S. 27 just north of West Yaun Road. During the course of the crash, one semi, transporting several thousands of pounds of molasses, overturned. […]