FFA chapter has had a busy summer

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston FFA chapter has had a very productive summer. Eighteen students and five chaperones attended the Florida FFA State Convention, which was held June 10 through 15. Our parliamentary procedure team, consisting of Soraya Martinez, Morgan Daniels, Caroline Sweet, Karlee Lamb, Olivia Williams and Mark Faulk, competed in the state-level competition, and […]

Bosley inducted into the FL 4-H Hall of Fame

A Hendry County resident has been named to the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame. Patricia Ann Bosley began her 4-H experiences in 1978 in a small community between Clewiston and LaBelle. Patricia enrolled her three older children in the local 4-H Club, but soon the volunteer leader moved away. Instead of disbanding the club, Patricia […]

Letter to the Editor: Slow The Flow movement launches new website

With the ongoing discharges from Lake Okeechobee and algae blooms spotted in local coastal waterways, the Lake Okeechobee fishing community is coming together to urge leaders to #SlowTheFlow. The Clewiston Chamber is proud to join them in this effort. As you may have heard, more than 95 percent of the water and nutrients entering Lake […]

New NOAA image shows algae in 45 percent of lake

As the long, hot summer continues, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to track cyanobacteria concentrations in Lake Okeechobee. The computer-generated image is derived from data using satellite imagery capturing spectrums of light not visible to the human eye. Cloud cover and wind can affect the satellite data. The image from Aug. 9 “is […]

Harlem’s Seventh St. Park gets some TLC

CLEWISTON — On Saturday, members of the Harlem Civic Improvement Council Inc. and U.S. Sugar Corp. were joined by people organized through Glades Lives Matter, the Masonic Family, Zeta Sorority, Hendry County Commissioner Emma Byrd, the Clewiston Cougars, Sons of Allen, The Harlem Community Churches, Cross Training Ministries and the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office to […]

FWC provides advice for safely living with alligators year-round

Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges you to call their toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at […]

Floridians advised to watch out for panthers

While two new litters of three Florida panther kittens each have been reported so far in 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), mortality among the endangered species also grew, with three deaths during the past two months pushing the toll to 18 for the year. The latest casualties were discovered […]

‘Water farming’ helps reduce flow to St. Lucie

They call it “water farming.” Caulkins Citrus Co., once home to orange groves, is the site of a public-private partnership to reduce harmful freshwater flows to the St. Lucie Estuary. The 3,200-acre site is adjacent to the C-44 Canal just east of Indiantown. Water from the canal is pumped into bermed reservoirs on the property, […]

SFWMD announces 8th consecutive year with no property tax increase

For the eighth consecutive year, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board has acted to protect taxpayers from increased taxes. The Governing Board reviewed a tentative budget for the next fiscal year and approved locking in a property tax rate where residents will pay the same amount of property taxes as last year […]

Being a Skywarn spotter is not for everyone

(But during a storm, they help everybody) From a young age, humans become fascinated by the sky with its big bright yellow blob and endless clouds in which you can see everything your imagination tells you is there. Then, usually soon after our first storm scares us inside, most of us find more important things […]