Cold weather shelter available

LABELLE — For those seeking shelter from the cold weather, United Way House, 133 N. Bridge St., will be offering shelter tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 11. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and all those seeking shelter must be in place by midnight or the facility will close and volunteers will be released.

Okeechobee Music Festival might return in 2020

OKEECHOBEE — An email from the Okeechobee Music Festival on Nov. 29 confirmed that there will not be a festival in 2019 — but added they are looking forward to returning in 2020. “Greetings, Okeechobeeings,” the email states. “After much consideration and looking at many different options, we have decided to take a fallow year […]

Guest Commentary: Help make Florida a safer place for manatees

November is an annual celebration and a dedication to manatee conservation in Florida. As manatees seek warm water sites during the cooler winter season, residents, visitors, and the boating community are reminded to watch for manatees and help safeguard them as they freely move about Florida’s shallow, slow-moving rivers, bays, estuaries, and coastal water ecosystems. […]

Snake sets SFWMD python program record

WEST PALM BEACH — A record-setting catch earlier this week is moving the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Python Elimination Program closer to another significant milestone. Kyle Penniston, of Homestead, made the solo capture of a 17-foot, 5-inch female Burmese python while hunting on SFWMD lands in Miami-Dade County late Monday night. The mammoth […]

Big O Teen Anglers host tournament on Lake O

The Big O Teen Anglers held their second 2-day tournament of the year out of the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area on Lake Okeechobee on Oct. 27 and 28. The weather was absolutely beautiful both days and many nice, healthy bass were caught. The angler’s caught a total of 91 bass with only one loss and the […]

Girl Scouts learn to prepare

Hendry County Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health in Hendry County teamed up on Thursday, Nov. 1, to educate Girl Scout troop 1017 about preparedness. EM Director, Rick Lehmkuhl, and FDOH Public Information Officer and planning/preparedness coordinator, Brenda Barnes, facilitated a tour of the Emergency Operations Center. The Girl Scout troop learned about […]

Letter to the Editor: Join anglers for Lake Okeechobee to solve multiple water problems

There is no other place in the world I prefer to be than out on Lake Okeechobee. This lake is not only the lifeblood of my family and my community, but also of the Florida Everglades, and for far too long my home lake has been ignored. Instead of being treated as a world-class fishing […]

Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to commissioners

I would like to personally congratulate the commissioners who were reelected to the Clewiston City Commission. Incumbents Mayor Mali Gardner and Commissioner Kristine Petersen were once again chosen, and newly elected was Melanie McGahee. I would also like to give great thanks to past Commissioner Phillip Roland for his six years of service to the […]

Local youth leadership group takes Lake O learning adventure

CLEWISTON — Hendry Glades Youth Leadership members were treated Thursday, Nov. 8, to an educational field trip aboard pontoon boats out on Lake Okeechobee, courtesy of Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Resort and its general manager, Ramon Iglesias. He said he’d been approached by adult leaders of the troupe who asked if they […]

The Great American Smokeout observed on Nov. 15

Nov.15, is The Great American Smokeout! Thousands of Americans will take the first step to quit smoking. The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is encouraging Florida smokers to make a plan to quit using the program’s free resources. Tobacco Free Florida provides FREE tools and services, including nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches, […]