July 4th barbecue will benefit Patti Berglund

OKEECHOBEE — One Fourth of July celebration this year in the Okeechobee community — a free pig roast and barbeque at a local tavern — is being staged to help a longtime area resident in her battle against brain cancer. A former employer and many friends of Patti Berglund, who was the office manager for […]

Kindness Revolution igniting community interest

Okeechobee Main Street’s newest project, its partnership with The Kindness Revolution announced last week, is seeking “Brand Ambassadors” to help advance the kindness cause in Okeechobee. The organization is looking for volunteers to give out “Kindness Bracelets” around town to military members, police, firefighters, parents, classrooms and civic organizations and to put out the word. […]

Seminoles air concerns over water compact

CLEWISTON — South Florida Water Management District Governing Board members joined for a workshop session with the Seminole Tribe of Florida Council on Wednesday, June 19, at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. The STOF council had invited SFWMD board members to the museum on the grounds of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation to receive a comprehensive […]

Airglades execs working on airport deal details

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners learned at its meeting June 18 that Airglades International Airport LLC’s target date is Sept. 30 to have all items on its to-do list out of the way so the parties can set a closing date for the AIA privatization deal. County Attorney Mark Lapp presented the […]

Habitat for Humanity seeks lots

MOORE HAVEN — Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte County, which recently has completed two homes in town, has requested two more lot donations from the county’s surplus property list to convert into owner-occupied housing. The single-family home lots at 854 Thatcher Blvd. and 920 Meyerchick Drive, in the River Gardens development, are valued by the […]

Liens for unmowed lawns in Hendry County soon to get costlier

CLEWISTON — Even while accelerating their move toward establishing a special magistrate for code enforcement, the Hendry County Board still approved 10 new property liens against owners on Tuesday, June 18, because of unkempt lawns staff had to cut. Noting that they intend to get out of the lawn mowing business — and serving notice […]

Open house set Saturday at Glades County wildlife center

GLADES COUNTY — The public is invited to attend an open house at the Wild at Heart Wildlife Center west of Okeechobee on Saturday, June 29. It will be the last time people in this area will be able to see their tigers Sherkahn and Diamond (a rare white tiger) and their lion Malachi. The […]

Glades firefighter no longer employed after rain complaint

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Public Safety Director Bob Jones said Tuesday that a county firefighter who recorded a Snapchat video in which he complains about responding to an accident during a rainstorm is no longer employed by Glades County. Robert “Bobby” Sarazen, a LaBelle resident, had filed a complaint with the Hendry County Sheriff’s […]

In Hendry, Airglades still clearing a few hurdles

CLEWISTON — Airglades International Airport LLC’s development of an additional South Florida hub for import and export just west of Clewiston is nearing takeoff-ready status, with several recent advances in lining up shippers and support services for airport users. A news release from the corporation’s office announced last week: “With the support of the local […]

Hendry County, title firm, Habitat announce drive

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners is assisting Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry counties and other local organizations as a partner in helping raise money for a 2020 Habitat For Humanity home build in Hendry County. Florida Hometown Title & Escrow, a title company based at 870 W. Hickpochee Ave., Suite […]