Joint meeting airs public transit’s future

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County officials expressed their dependence and reliance on Hendry officials to take over as the Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) for the region in July 2020. Hendry County Administrator Jennifer Davis assured them that the county will be looking for help from other organizations rather than try to do the whole job […]

Sugar Dolls, in 33rd year, open the door to other areas

CLEWISTON — As the Clewiston Sugar Dolls entered their 33rd season this past week, the well-known troupe is welcoming girls ages 3 through 17 from other Lake Okeechobee area cities as well. Thousands of youths from Hendry County have taken part over the years. Their long history means the Sugar Dolls program needs no introduction, […]

Business development growing jobs in Glades

PALM BEACH COUNTY — District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay last week passed along to constituents in west county a report from the Business Development Board (BDB) showing the Glades region has gained nearly 400 jobs in recent years due to its cooperative efforts. Over the past few years, the BDB says, the Glades Region of […]

iTech Glades grant is ‘a rolling application’

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Schools Superintendent Scott Bass told the assembled Hendry and Glades county commissioners last week that a grant applied for to finance more courses has become a five-county initiative but was not approved for the training center “this cycle.” Mr. Bass said, however: “There’s $40 million for this year. This is […]

Heartland library co-op split under intense study

MOORE HAVEN — Okeechobee County Library Director Kresta King told Glades and Hendry county commissioners last week how splitting the Heartland Regional Library Cooperative in two would get its more rural, southern two counties plus Hendry additional state money. The cooperative now takes in five counties (DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands and Okeechobee) and, if Hendry […]

Broadband network study OK’d for Hendry County

LABELLE — A study of whether it’s feasible to set up a community-wide broadband network in Hendry County will go forward after action taken by the county board last week. A request for proposals had been advertised for the study during the summer, with the proposals opened on July 19, and a duly constituted review/ranking […]

41 Pioneer homeowners get free smoke detectors

HENDRY COUNTY – A volunteer team put together with the Red Cross, Pioneer Volunteer Fire Department and others from the community fanned out in the area the weekend of Sept. 21 and assisted 41 people with fire preparedness. Wayne Eckert, a retired licensed fire alarm contractor who lives in the Pioneer neighborhood west of Clewiston, […]

Joseph Project 863 offers path to jobs for those in need

CLEWISTON — There’s a slew of good reasons why Marlin Vaughn, himself a product of the Harlem area, has been recognized with a “Champions Award.” Some of them have names — those of people who’ve been given extra bootstraps to clutch at and pull themselves into better lives through something called the Joseph Project 863. […]

Local residents honored by Workforce Development Council

LABELLE — The Hendry County Economic Development Council congratulates Marlin Vaughn of the Joseph Project 863 Inc. on winning the Champion Award, as well as Soraida Trevino for winning the Achievement Award. They, along with Celena Wagers of LaBelle, who also won an Achievement Award, were recognized Sept. 6 at the 2019 Southwest Florida Workforce […]

90 years on, Belle Glade branch firmly in 21st century

BELLE GLADE — The Belle Glade Library’s history goes back nine decades, as a resolution passed by the Palm Beach County Board in March 2019 declared. Its services, though, have taken a decided step into the 21st century. According to the county’s proclamation, “in 1929, the Women’s Club opened a small library in the Belle […]