Hendry board approves insurance carrier switch

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners approved changing the insurance carrier for employee insurance benefits on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The board decided to go with Public Risk Management (PRM) rather than United Healthcare, which had advised it was going to raise rates 16% over the current ones. The increase over current rates will […]

Ahfachkee School enhanced and expanded

BIG CYPRESS RESERVATION — Though not yet totally complete, the expanded and improved Ahfachkee School on the Seminole Indian Reservation was christened by an overflowing crowd for its ribbon-cutting celebration Tuesday morning, Aug. 13. Its new high school and middle school buildings, built by Pirtle Construction and designed based on students’ input, will be finished […]

Tire and auto care business adds blueberries

OKEECHOBEE — Think of the decor in the waiting room when you last had your vehicle serviced. You probably didn’t see anything that would delight, entertain or inspire you, much less make you suddenly crave dessert or begin dreaming of something delicious you could make with fresh, organic berries. Oh, there might be a display […]

Gatorama’s Hatching Festival gets early preview

This coming weekend the annual Alligator Hatching Festival starts its two-week run, while some enthusiasts got a sneak preview this past weekend (they ran out of available eggs Saturday, Aug. 10, so there was that one early hatching day so far). And Wild at Heart wildlife center had its second opening day the same day. […]

New bistro depends on working class around the lake

LAKEPORT — Stephanie and Bill Matchekosky found a little slice of heaven on Lake Okeechobee a couple of decades ago, visiting often to go fishing while raising a family in Naples. They took the leap and moved out here in 2007 after selling their auto body shop there in 2004. “It was the draw of […]

Airglades program planned

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce is hosting another informational session this week to be conducted by executives of Airglades International Airport LLC — and it will be the first one in quite some time. AIA LLC is the investors’ consortium that is taking the airport west of Clewiston private in a partnership with […]

Back to School Bash equips hundreds of kids for learning

MOORE HAVEN — Florida Community Health Centers (FCHC) and the United Way partnered up with dozens of community supporters to host the annual Moore Haven Back to School Bash. It took place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Doyle Conner Building, 900 U.S. 27, Moore Haven. Clinic Administrative Director Traci Thomas […]

Views at odds with conventional wisdom

CLEWISTON — Some of Ramon Iglesias’s opinions fly against prevailing winds: • Mechanical harvesting — “This past week, they (FWC) had a company named Weedoo out here, and I was not part of that, but they did have about 30 people from FWC and the biologists, University of Florida’s IFAS department, they were out here […]

Iglesias named to Lake O plant management panel

CLEWISTON — Ramon Iglesias, general manager of the Martin Marina & Resort and a co-founder of Anglers for Lake Okeechobee, has gained a seat at the table as Florida undertakes an in-depth look at aquatic plant management. That’s something his boss, resort owner Mary Ann Martin, has been clamoring for over the past several years, […]

Belle Glade offering help for home buyers

BELLE GLADE — Tammy Jackson-Moore, leader of Guardians of the Glades, is helping the city get the word out about its First Time Home Buyers Program, which provides for any person who meets the requirements to tap into a revolving loan fund for help in financing construction of a new dwelling or buying an existing […]