Hendry County may take over bus service in Glades County

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners listened intently to a presentation by an official with the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) last week about public transit availability to disabled and low-income county residents. Although Glades County is much smaller in population than neighboring Hendry County, its residents still get thousands of trips each year […]

Latest FDEP sample finds lake water safe

The latest sample of algae in Lake Okeechobee found the water safe for human contact, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection data. A sample taken of a windblown algal bloom at the Port Mayaca Lock had microcystin levels of 1.08 micrograms per liter, according to FDEP. The new Environmental Protection Agency standard for […]

Clewiston Tigers to host 7-on-7 football tournament

CLEWISTON — Members from the Clewiston Tigers football program will compete in a 7-on-7 tournament against teams from 16 other schools around the state on June 22. The tournament, which is free to all spectators, will be held in Clewiston at Sugarland Park and is sponsored by the H.E. Hill Foundation, U.S. Sugar and Nike. […]

Okeechobee officials agree to fund SROs

OKEECHOBEE — The joint workshop concerning school resource officer (SRO) funding between the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Okeechobee County School Board and Okeechobee City Council on June 17 was over almost as quickly as it began. BOCC Chairman Terry Burroughs opened the workshop by stating that the county intended to help fund the […]

Clewiston commission OKs new manager pact

CLEWISTON — The City Commission approved a resolution Monday, June 17, authorizing Mayor Mali Gardner to sign a contract with Randy Martin, who was selected June 3 to be their new city manager. She asked City Attorney Gary Brandenburg to describe the terms of the contract for commissioners. “We’ll just go over the basics of […]

Glades County honors Teachers of the Year

Anthony Narehood Teacher of the Year 2020 Moore Haven Elementary School Mr. Narehood’s family moved to LaBelle in 1983 and attended all the schools there, graduating in the year 2000. At 6 years old, his first experience with teaching others was teaching his younger brother, Paul, how to read when he was 3. After graduation, […]

Teachers of the Year, student leaders honored

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board of Commissioners recently recognized several of the school district’s Teacher of the Year honorees. Present were four of the schools’ awardees: Summer Odom, of Moore Haven Middle – High School; Anthony Narehood, of Moore Haven Elementary School; Kayla Jade Osceola, of Pemayetv Emahakv Charter Middle School; and Brad […]

Will ‘send it south’ destroy Keys?

Will sending water from the Big O south save Florida Bay’s sensitive ecosystem and the coral reefs of the Florida Keys … or destroy them? Proponents of the push to send more water from Lake Okeechobee south to Florida Bay were celebrating earlier this month, with the announcement of more federal and state funding to […]

Veteran Culpepper went where he was told to go

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Bryant Culpepper was born in Salinas, California, but after a visit to Florida when his grandfather was dying, his mother saw the beach and fell in love with it, he said. They went back home, packed up and moved to Florida. Commissioner Culpepper’s great-grandfather originally came to Belle Glade in 1909 from […]

7 represent Okeechobee at 2019 rodeo nationals

OKEECHOBEE — Carson Davis, Kaelin Hegarty, and Klane Lewis will travel to Huron, S.D., to compete in the 2019 National Junior High Finals Rodeo, June 23 through June 29. Ryan Albers, Brighton Bauman, Clayton Culligan and Lacey Nail are headed to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., July 14 through 20. […]