PBSO pulls off ‘Socks of Cheer’ fundraiser for elderly

BELLE GLADE — Tammy Jackson-Moore was spreading the word around Thanksgiving for a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy friend of hers who was looking for people to assist if they wanted to help the elderly in Belle Glade this holiday season. “Consider supporting this effort where Christmas stockings will be stuffed and given to the […]

Meet the Firefighter: Glades County’s Kyle Mann

MOORE HAVEN — Kyle Mann is one of Glades County’s new crop of firefighters, hired to help the Public Safety Department provide full-time coverage over all its widely spread out communities. Born and raised a few miles down the road in Clewiston, Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Kyle Mann attended some college but, he said, gravitated toward […]

Pahokee marina unfinished items list still long

PAHOKEE — The partners in the investors group Everglades Reserves Holdings LLC — known as ERH — provided in September a list of jobs that were part of the renovation of the Pahokee marina, campground and restaurant complex on Lake Okeechobee. All of these improvements to the State of Florida’s property — which is leased […]

Pahokee marina lease to ERH gets governor’s OK

PAHOKEE — The Florida Internal Improvement Trust Fund Board of Trustees — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the three state cabinet officers — approved the City of Pahokee’s sublease of the lakefront campground, marina and restaurant buildings to a private investor group on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Gov. DeSantis, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Attorney General Ashley Moody […]

Our own Bronze Star WWII awardee: Victor Weiger

OKEECHOBEE — Victor Weiger was one of Okeechobee’s own CCC/WWII heroes, and five years after he died at 93, his widow from Buckhead Ridge continues to go see his fellow conservation warriors in Sebring every fall. Most folks know what “WWII” means. But probably not what “CCC” means. Among the Sunshine State’s millions of retirees, […]

Ward’s work for ‘Path of Panther’ showcased

WINTER PARK — The 3-year-old conservation photography project “Path of the Panther,” being conducted by National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward Jr. in Southwest and West-Central Florida, was celebrated during a conference Nov. 18-19 at Full Sail University. A trove of Mr. Ward’s photographs appear with a collection of articles in the current, Winter 2019 edition […]

Run builds momentum for homeless-shelter quest

BELLE GLADE — Pastor Eric Payne applied his running shoes to 40 miles of pavement starting at 4 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, on State Road 80, to draw attention to his and his wife’s quest to establish a homeless shelter for the Glades region. The two established a charity organization called Glades Family Services Inc. […]

Plan afoot to reopen Lawrence E. Will Museum

BELLE GLADE — Belle Glade Rotary Club members were excited and pleased Nov. 12 when Cheryl Stein gave the group an update on renewed plans to reopen the Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades. “Thank you, Cheryl, for joining us today. We look forward to visiting the museum in the new year,” they posted […]

Pastor’s goal is a homeless center, not a church

BELLE GLADE — “By faith,” says Pastor Eric Payne, “this is the future Glades Family Services and Navigation Center!” This building, at 572 S.W. Second St., will be that place if he and his helpers are successful in raising $206,000 by Jan. 1, 2020. The Rev. Payne’s church, New Zion Assembly – The New Church, […]

Community rallies, prays in wake of shootings

BELLE GLADE — Local pastors and city authorities as well as Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Glades Substation staff conducted a press conference mixed with prayer rally and community togetherness demonstration at midday Friday, Nov. 22, after a recent wave of shootings in the area. There have been at least three separate shootings in Belle […]