Clewiston commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

CLEWISTON — City Commissioner Kristine Petersen revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19 during the regular Clewiston City Commission meeting, conducted virtually on May 18. She divulged the information with the hope of helping citizens understand the impacts of following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state guidelines for preventing the […]

Business Corner: Rick’s Barbershops reopen in Moore Haven and LaBelle

LABELLE — Many people are cheering at the much-awaited reopening of Florida’s barbershops, hair salons and nail salons. In particular, local barber Rick Pope and his cohorts Tony Cannato, Joel Rodriguez are more than excited to finally be reopening. “We reopen tomorrow after seven weeks’ mandatory closure due to COVID-19 restrictions,” said Mr. Pope. “It […]

Church in Clewiston offers safe way to worship with online services

CLEWISTON — While so many routines have changed suddenly, amidst this pandemic, churches throughout our community stand strong, in support, as they always have. Working quickly to make sure to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible, local churches are experimenting with ways to provide worship in a different way — with social distancing […]

Teachers driven to show support for their students

HENDRY COUNTY — The Florida Department of Education has extended the closure of our state’s schools until May 1. But Hendry and Glades schools such as Country Oaks Elementary, West Glades School, Eastside, Westside, Central and Clewiston Middle School found their parking lots filled with vehicles on Tuesday, March 31, as teachers and staff planned […]

Crafters combat supply shortage

HENDRY/GLADES COUNTIES — Amidst the spreading of COVID-19, many people who need them are running out of masks. Many are using social media to beg for more with the hashtags #GetMePPE and #WeNeedPPE,and some businesses and organizations have put out public calls for donations of masks. Instead of waiting for mask shipments that may be […]

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office obtains military response vehicle at no cost

LABELLE – Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden is excited to share some good news with the community. This is a government owned Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle that the military loans to Local Law Enforcement through the Florida Department of Management Services and the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO). The military acquisition price of […]

Pastors go to Tallahassee to promote education

CLEWISTON — Faith Advocacy Week for Public Education was held at the Capitol in Tallahassee last week. Clewiston resident Gwen Patrick Griffiths accompanied the Pastors for Florida Children, a group of ministers who are focused on making sure every child in Florida an excellent education. Ms. Griffiths, a retired science teacher with many years of […]

Special-needs kids are stars

CLEWISTON — Born with Down Syndrome, Joshua Goulet, a 21-year-old student at LaBelle High School, is mostly nonverbal. He communicates mostly by signing. He also has autism. “He loves the beach and loves to body surf, ride his bike, jump on his trampoline, and of course his very favorite is giving hugs,” said his mom, […]

Woman awaiting new heart, won’t sit by idly

CLEWISTON — La’Shay Earley is an inspirational and remarkable young woman. La’Shay has survived open heart surgery, after suffering heart failure, and is awaiting a lifesaving heart transplant. But she doesn’t let any of that stop her. Until she is able to receive her new heart, she’s on a mission to educate others about heart […]

2020 Clewiston Sugar festival canceled

CLEWISTON – The Clewiston Sugar Festival, which had been scheduled for March 21 in Civic Park in Clewiston, has been canceled. Amidst the bustling planning and release of event information, the City of Clewiston and the Clewiston Sugar Festival Committee issued notice, on the evening of March 10, 2020, that the Sugar Festival had been […]