‘Fire tax’ discussion emphasizes need in Glades County

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board of Commissioners is poised at a fork on a rural road, a yes-or-no decision point. Three votes lean one way; two votes stand firm the other way. There’s a turnoff ahead, a side road that leads to potentially a much safer population, with better and timelier fire and […]

Don Shivers honored for tenure on housing panel

CLEWISTON — The city commissioners gratefully passed a proclamation Monday, April 1, recognizing the 24 1/2 years that Don Shivers served on the Area Housing Commission of Clewiston, LaBelle and Hendry County (AHC) until March 31. Mayor Mali Gardner asked Mr. Shivers to come to the podium with his family while she read the proclamation. […]

Septic-to-sewer switchover push in Glades County

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners pushed forward on two fronts to further septic-to-sewer conversion efforts at their meeting Tuesday morning, April 9. First they approved a request from the Lakeport Water Association Inc., or LWA — a private, nonprofit corporation that Glades County granted a franchise in 2010 to provide potable water to the […]

J&S Fish Camp rides on the lake’s health

OKEECHOBEE — When a person talks about going to a certain place and “seeking my fortune,” he or she usually means just finding a good, comfortable living, not actually expecting to get rich. One can always hope, but for most folks, some level of financial security eventually suffices and they grow old while hoping to […]

Clewiston again asks finance chief to step to helm

CLEWISTON — The City of Clewiston once again found itself in crisis mode last week with the sudden resignation of Interim City Manager Wendell Johnson on April 1. It was no April Fool’s joke, unfortunately. Commissioners were forced to put the matter atop their regular agenda that Monday night because, as Mayor Mali Gardner pointed […]

Black Gold Jubilee draws crowd to the lake

BELLE GLADE — The Black Gold Jubilee featured so many attractions this year that it kept people streaming onto Torry Island all day Saturday, April 6, even as twilight fell. There seemed to be a hundred booths with civic organizations, contests, exhibitors, games, raffles, even a green market and so many vendors with aromatic, enticing […]

Wheeler Estates moves toward development style

LaBELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners has begun a process that will result in a special set of Land Development Code regulations specific to the area along the Lee County line known as Wheeler Estates. Southwest of LaBelle and lacking direct access to Florida State Road 80 (the east-west artery connecting to the […]

East Main in Pahokee rededicated as ‘Tillis Way’

PAHOKEE — Two daughters of the legendary country crooner joined a group of city officials and interested local residents Monday morning to dedicate the stretch of East Main Street coming into town as “Mel Tillis Boulevard.” City Manager Chandler Williamson started off the ceremony by thanking all those who attended for joining in the remembrance. […]

Hastings honors late Florida B. Thomas in House chamber

CLEWISTON — The late Florida B. Thomas was honored in the nation’s Capitol building last week as U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings took the podium to issue a statement in her memory on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. “Madame Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and legacy of Mrs. Florida B. […]

Harlem library namesake influential in community

BELLE GLADE — The longtime teacher and community mentor after whom the public library in the Harlem area of Clewiston was named, Florida B. Thomas, died on Sunday, March 11. Florida B. Thomas was born Jan. 23, 1938, in Tallahassee, to the late Walter and Ethel Bryant and is survived by her husband, Melvin S. […]