New condition put on G. Harvey Estates plan

Development near Buckhead Ridge aims for February OK MOORE HAVEN — When you’ve been working on plans for an upscale new housing development for a few years, what’s another five weeks’ delay? That might be what Glenn Harvey is saying to himself after the Glades County Board voted Tuesday, Jan. 8, to tack on a […]

Sour Orange Fest to be served up with quilt contest this year

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Commissioner Donald Strenth made his annual plug about the upcoming festival in his town of Lakeport at this week’s board meeting, but this year he did it with a little more urgency. “The weekend of the 19th we’re having our Sour Orange Festival in Lakeport, and we’d like for everybody […]

For Lake O eco-management, fire is healthy; agencies work closely to coordinate prescribed burns

PALMDALE — When asked during a recent conversation at the fire tower station here for any offbeat or funny stories about serving in the Florida Forest Service, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Melissa Yunas recalled one right away. “Danny and I became really good friends…” she started while Senior Ranger Danny Callahan gave a skeptical look and […]

Education is big part of Forest Service’s function

PALMDALE — Besides keeping us all safe, the firefighters, forest rangers and other employees of the Florida Forest Service perform a related crucial public service: They conduct different types of training. Some is for first responders or invited students only, some for agricultural/horticultural workers who need to know how fire behaves so they can safely […]

Education is big part of Forest Service’s function

  PALMDALE — Besides keeping us all safe, the firefighters, forest rangers and other employees of the Florida Forest Service perform a related crucial public service: They conduct different types of training. Some is for first responders or invited students only, some for agricultural/horticultural workers who need to know how fire behaves so they can […]

Tower, Forest Service troops are Florida’s sentinels and protectors

PALMDALE — The Florida Forest Service’s (FFS) fire observation tower dominating the scrubby, pine-and-palm-dotted landscape of central Glades County was built decades ago as one of the first early warning systems designed to detect and assist in suppressing natural disasters. But it’s still a crucial tool today for protecting lives and property against wildfires. Although […]

Meet the Firefighter: Senior Forest Ranger Danny Callahan

GLADES COUNTY — Senior Ranger Danny Callahan was born in Fort Myers in 1972, and later his family moved to Ragland, Ala. He and his brother and sister attended Ragland High School, where he said his favorite subject was history, but he could definitely have lived without math. His favorite sport was football, and he […]

Petition against spraying to be heard by FWC

CLEWISTON — Advocates of clean water in Florida are jumping on a bandwagon that started rolling late last summer when marine life expert Jim Abernethy of West Palm Beach started a Change.org petition calling for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to cease its spraying of herbicides in freshwater lakes. Mr. Abernethy, who’s won […]

Coffee, tea or CBD? Shop opens to offer edibles, oils, vapes and java

OKEECHOBEE — One of the area’s newest businesses is selling a line of product that is new or unfamiliar to many people, so the owners are working to create a space where those who’d like to learn about and try CBD, or cannabidiol, for themselves in a safe environment can do so, even over coffee […]

Recounts; voters choose judges and legislators around the lake

ELECTION RESULTS — These are results, as reported unofficially on election night by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections (floridaelectionwatch.gov), in state judicial circuit, state legislative and U.S. House races in the region around Lake Okeechobee: 20th Judicial Circuit state attorney Republican Amira Fox received 403,609 votes (100 percent) for this position. Joseph […]