Project spruces up Fisheating Creek Outpost

GLADES COUNTY — Employees of Clean Earth of Southern Florida, some of their family members and local volunteers helped clear out a lot of deadwood on the first weekend of autumn at the Fisheating Creek Outpost. “We got more done than we thought we were going to get done, and the trees came down that […]

Glades board told it needs to acquire a so-called county road

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners were a bit surprised to learn Tuesday that they may have to purchase and upgrade the one-lane country road erroneously marked as County Road 78B in Buckhead Ridge. That’s because it is actually named “Access Road” on other signs and on maps and is controlled under a fee simple […]

Rescued German shepherd in young family’s care

BELLE GLADE — An injured German shepherd was rescued from drowning here last week, thanks to a sharp-eyed Farm Credit employee who glimpsed the dog clinging to a canal bank while he was driving home from his job in Okeechobee. Ben Morris called his wife and raced home to get her, then got a hand […]

Candidate Freeman dies; Democratic chairmen to confer on a replacement

OKEECHOBEE — With the sudden death Sept. 23 of their candidate running for the 17th Congressional District of Florida seat in the U.S. House, Democratic Party chairmen in the nine counties partly or wholly inside the district will talk in a conference call on Saturday, Sept. 29, about picking a replacement for her. April Freeman […]

The score for ‘Winds Over the Glades’ goes like this

PAHOKEE — When Robert Boudreau arranged with the encouragement of local officials and investors to bring his historic “floating arts center” to the marina here this summer, the intent of everyone involved was to give the old vessel a new life as a centerpiece of Glades culture. The Point Counterpoint II, which is the ship’s […]

Lake Okeechobee area still recovering from Irma

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY — Although the “picking up the pieces” part of Hurricane Irma cleanup has been over for a good nine months now, the “putting the pieces back together again” part is still ongoing in many places as Florida marks one year this week since the massive storm made multiple landfalls in the state. When […]

‘Winds Over Glades’ music program is Capt. Boudreau’s dream

PAHOKEE — “Winds Over the Glades.” Get used to that name, but never fear: These will not be malevolent tropical winds wreaking havoc. Rather, they will be variably gentle winds, expelled from human lips through instruments that are things of beauty in the act of creating heavenly musical notes. You are likely to hear “Winds […]

1928 Hurricane memorial set for Friday; annual event recalls hundreds of lives lost

PAHOKEE — The City of Pahokee invites the public to join in its annual commemorative ceremony to honor and remember the lives lost in the Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928. This year, the 90th anniversary of that deadly storm, the event is set for 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 14, at Port Mayaca Memorial […]

Concert boat moors at Pahokee Marina

PAHOKEE — Point Counterpoint II, the world-famous floating concert hall designed by the late master architect Louis Kahn and constructed for the United States’ Bicentennial in 1976, moored at the city marina last week, and plans are being shaped for it to stay there permanently. Formerly homeported in Talinn, Estonia, and having traveled more than […]

Burroughs, Brown spar over issues, county’s conditions

OKEECHOBEE — The two challengers for Okeechobee County Commission, running against District 2 incumbent Bryant Culpepper and District 4’s Terry Burroughs (the board chairman), faced off Monday evening, Aug. 6, at the Okeechobee Political Forum. The opposing candidates, Noel Chandler in District 2, who’s a sitting Okeechobee City Council member, and Fred Darrell Brown were […]