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 […]

Hendry County Road Watch report for week of Nov. 18

HENDRY COUNTY US 27 from SR 80 to the Palm Beach County Line: Maintenance contract project: Crews will be installing underground utilities near the roadway during daytime hours, Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway. SR 80 at Riverbend RV Park: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be installing underground utilities […]

Football playoffs heat up as semifinals begin

Moore Haven, Pahokee, Glades Central and Glades Day are all still in the thick of the playoffs as the regional semifinals kick off on Nov. 16. While Moore Haven and Pahokee enjoyed first-round byes last week, Glades Central and Glades Day fought for their right to remain in the championship hunt. • The Glades Central […]

EAA reservoir site leased for farming

The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Governing Board voted Nov. 8 to approve an eight-year lease with Florida Crystals on 16,150 acres of state land in the footprint of the future site of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir. After 20 months, SFWMD can terminate the lease with four months’ notice, if SFWMD is […]

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, […]

Voters choose judges and legislators

These are results, as reported unofficially on election night by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections (, in state judicial circuit, state legislative and U.S. House races in the region around Lake Okeechobee: 20th Judicial Circuit state attorney Republican Amira Fox received 403,609 votes (100 percent) for this position. Joseph Hoffman was a […]

Community News

Chamber dinner scheduled CLEEWISTON — The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce will hold their 70th annual Chamber Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W C Owen Ave. in Clewiston. For information, call 863-983-7979. Medicare assistance offered Medicare Open Enrollment assistance will be available at the Hope Connections, […]

WSE WSE recognizes Teacher of the Year

Westside Elementary recognizes Teacher of the Year, Tiffany Clinard VanderBaan, for the 2018/2019 school year. Tiffany poses with her class and Hendry County Superintendent Paul Puletti.

Lake level critical to improving aquatic vegetation

Maintaining the lake level below 15.5 ft. is key to restoring native aquatic plants in Lake Okeechobee according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) report. Mariah McInnis, of FWC, explained the use of chemical herbicides for aquatic plant management on the lake. She said the aquatic spraying is sometimes blamed for the loss […]