ECO campaigns to improve school district

OKEECHOBEE — The Economic Council of Okeechobee is campaigning to both improve and increase community support for the Okeechobee County School District, and an informative luncheon on Wednesday, June 5, at IRSC supported this initiative. ECO members, public officials and special guests from the school district welcomed guest speaker Tim Weisheyer as the president-elect of […]

West Tech instructor selected for STEM externship with FPL

BELLE GLADE — Douby Alerte, Mechatronics instructor at West Technical Education Center, has been selected by Florida Power & Light to participate in their Palm Beach County STEM Teacher Externship Experience. Mr. Alerte will serve in a support role working with FPL’s Smart Grid & Innovation (SGI) team. His assignment will be to gain an […]

University of Florida wins the Gold Level award

BELLE GLADE — The astonishing commitment of Dr. Raid and his crew at the University of Florida Extension Office to the Glades community is evident from the numerous accolades he has collected in his two decades of service, during which he has performed an average total of 1,000 volunteer hours. The University of Florida Extension […]

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority awards scholarships to seniors

BELLE GLADE — The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Iota Omicron Zeta Chapter in Belle Glade awarded more than $12,000 in scholarships to a total of 35 deserving seniors at Crossroads Academy, Pahokee High School and Glades Central Community High School. Students receiving scholarships were required to have a 2.5 GPA, complete an application and […]

Glades County 4-H announces winners of Tropicana Speech Contest

The Glades County 4-H Tropicana Speech Contest was held on May 21 at the Doyle Connor Building in Moore Haven. The results are: Fourth grade • First place, Hayne Fulford from West Glades School, “Today is a New Day”; • Second place, Eivrynne Gregorio from West Glades School, “Story of my Life”; • Third Place, […]

Puletti lauds calm graduation, responds to complaint

LABELLE — Hendry County Schools Superintendent Paul Puletti said graduation went off without incident at Clewiston High School after damages of roughly $12,000 were inflicted when some seniors turned vandals one night. All the students were allowed to walk across the stage at the ceremony May 17, but some were prohibited from addressing their classmates […]

Clewiston High School grad lodges complaint of discrimination

LABELLE — A young man who graduated from Clewiston High School in 2012 appeared before the Hendry County School Board at its meeting Tuesday, May 21, to make a public complaint of discrimination based on sexual orientation. Joshua Deese, now a 25-year-old who recently applied to be a government/social studies substitute teacher at CHS, spoke […]

School board recognizes local FFA and science olympiad teams

At their monthly meeting on May 14, the Okeechobee County School Board recognized and congratulated a number of students involved with the Future Farmers of America and science olympiad teams in elementary schools across the district. In fact, there were so many students scheduled to be honored that the meeting, which is normally held in […]

U.S. Sugar brings afternoon of science

CLEWISTON — On Thursday, April 18, staff from U.S. Sugar and Southern Gardens had an afternoon of science with a group of students at the Florida B. Thomas Library. The students made a tornado in a bottle and lava lamps. Through these experiments, the group learned that air takes up space, what a vortex is […]

WGS students get artistic

LABELLE — West Glades School students in Mrs. Huysman’s kindergarten through fourth grade, participated in School Library Week by decorating grocery bags with information and illustrations about their favorite books. Winn-Dixie provided over 200 bags that were decorated and returned to the store to use for customers’ groceries. Stop by and see some of the […]