Presentation highlights CCC’s crucial links to Florida state parks

  SEBRING — A lecture given by the curator of the Florida CCC Museum at Highlands Hammock State Park on Tuesday night was enhanced by the quiet presence of a 90-something gentleman sitting in the audience. David J.W. Schmidt, who’s also a Roosevelt scholar, began his audio/visual presentation at the state park’s recreation hall in […]

Pahokeeans celebrate their city’s legacy

PAHOKEE — The annual “I Love Pahokee Day” festivities took place at the city’s waterfront over St. Patrick’s Day weekend this year, drawing hundreds to the relaxing parklike setting on Lake Okeechobee’s shore to enjoy music, food, games and camaraderie. An election had just taken place on Tuesday, March 12, and the gathering Saturday had […]

Martin challenges Florida’s new governor to learn more about Lake Okeechobee

  CLEWISTON — Mary Ann Martin, who was honored last weekend at Clewiston’s annual festival as a champion of Lake Okeechobee, the region’s lifeblood, issued a sharp challenge to new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he shapes the next generation of state water policy. “You can’t let these people that don’t know anything about this […]

Fun, gratitude, happiness rule Sugar Fest 2019

CLEWISTON — Thousands of people filled the streets of “America’s Sweetest City” and jammed onto the Sugar Festival grounds to jam with the bands as the annual celebration took place Saturday, March 17. Majesty of Rock kicked off the festivities with a free concert Friday night, March 15, covering the music of Journey and Styx. […]

Bohlen wins Pahokee commission chair

Mayor Babb, Murvin returned to office PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, Regina Bohlen, easily won the open seat on the City Commission in the March 12 elections. She will take the seat of Commissioner Diane Walker, winning by a comfortable margin of 57 percent of the votes (430), to 31 percent […]

Mary Ann Martin: Named 2019 Sugar Fest’s honoree

CLEWISTON — Mary Ann Martin has been named the 2019 Sugar Festival honoree and will be feted during the Breakfast at the Chamber this morning, March 13, at 8 a.m. Said the nomination that won her this recognition, from a person who wished to remain anonymous: “Mary Ann’s enthusiasm in promoting our community has been […]

Aquatic spraying programs explained in detail

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Board members had plenty of questions for them during and after game commission officials’ presentation about state programs for controlling exotic and invasive aquatic plants in Lake Okeechobee and other Florida waterbodies. Matt Phillips, a biologist in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s invasive plant management section, spoke for […]

Adult Drug Court services change

LABELLE — Adult Drug Court, re-established in Hendry County on July 1, 2018, has contracted with TLS Consulting to provide professional alcohol and drug treatment services for participants, the 20th Judicial Circuit’s administrative office has announced. TLS Consulting is experienced with providing substance abuse treatment services; the firm currently provides treatment services for the Lee […]

Ferrell’s adds plants, adopts food-stamp program

OKEECHOBEE — You can’t miss the pop of color amid all the greenery along the northern edge of Lake O just southwest of town, announcing cheerily that Ferrell’s Market now carries live plants and garden supplies. Jason Ferrell was there this week to welcome the delivery folks and set up the new offerings outside his […]

Costa Rican artist running cross-country for a cause

LaBELLE — A South Florida resident who’s a legal immigrant from Costa Rica started a little jog for a cause in the aid of illegal immigrants last weekend at Miami’s Freedom Tower. His ultimate destination: the Mexican border with the United States, around 1,200 miles away. Solo, an up-and-coming Latino hip-hop musical artist whose parents […]