Glades schools’ town hall looks ahead to ’20-21

WEST PALM BEACH — The School District of Palm Beach County hosted a series of online “Town Hall” meet-ups last week, and the final one, for Glades Region schools, was on Friday night, June 26. It went on as scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m., broadcast through several TV and online channels. Hosted by local […]

‘What better day … than the Fourth of July?’

Peaceful protests planned on small businesses’ behalf OKEECHOBEE COUNTY — A peaceful protest is planned to take place Saturday evening, July 4, in the parking lots at Back to Butch’s Bar & Fish Camp on U.S. 441 Southeast. Other small business owners around Okeechobee have said they’ll participate or to have their own peaceful protest […]

Back to Butch’s to launch Tiki Tours

OKEECHOBEE — A new attraction is awaiting patrons at Back to Butch’s Bar, once it is allowed to reopen again. Some longtime friends of the owner fashioned a sturdy “tiki hut” for him on a pontoon boat while the first 2020 statewide bar shutdown was going on from March 17 until June 6. They still […]

Williamson retained for now on 3-2 vote; Bohlen, Babb vote for Pahokee manager’s removal

PAHOKEE — City Manager Chandler Williamson retained his job — for now — with a 3-2 vote by city commissioners in a special meeting Tuesday, June 30. It was called to consider the third Palm Beach County Inspector General’s Office (OIG) report in less than two years finding that Williamson committed repeated violations of city […]

Pahokee mayor calls special meeting after IG report cites Manager Williamson

PAHOKEE — After the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General released its third report within the past two years on Tuesday, citing financial and managerial improprieties by Pahokee City Manager Chandler Williamson, Mayor Keith Babb Jr. has called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 30. The 50-page narrative “City of Pahokee Inappropriate Purchasing […]

Pahokee marina project back in limbo

PAHOKEE — City commissioners voted 4-1 during their meeting June 23, to not go forward with a revised sublease under which the city marina, lakefront campground and restaurant building would be operated by Everglades Reserves Holdings LLC (ERH).Only Commissioner Regina Bohlen voted to proceed. On its face, this action seems to halt all of the […]

2020 GCHS grad riding scholarships to FSU

Haitian American Michely Julno hopes to help immigrants WEST PALM BEACH — A student who just graduated from Glades Central High School was the recipient of $22,000 worth of scholarships through the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Michely Julno, 18, received three awards that […]

Pahokee mayor calls special meeting after IG report cites Manager Williamson

PAHOKEE — After the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General released its third report within the past two years on Tuesday, citing financial and managerial improprieties by Pahokee City Manager Chandler Williamson, Mayor Keith Babb Jr. has called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 30. The 50-page narrative “City of Pahokee Inappropriate Purchasing […]

Players, workers welcome Brighton reopening

BRIGHTON — The Seminole Brighton Casino reopened to guests — basically all but the bingo players — on June 16 at a state-mandated 50% of capacity. During a lunchtime visit Friday, June 19, all signs seemed pointed to a bell-ringing, flashy comeback for the entertainment venue, as the player and Josiah restaurant crowds were substantial, […]

‘Muckteenth’ online party highlights holiday in Glades

BELLE GLADE — There was a Juneteenth celebration of a different style here in the Glades for the undeclared American holiday of June 19 — which much of the nation’s population seemed unaware of before 2020. They called it “Muckteenth Virtual Juneteenth.” The traditional rituals of marking the day when freedom rang in 1865 and […]