Pittman is appointed Hendry appraiser

Deputy filling office faces a Democrat in November On Monday, June 25, Florida Gov. Rick Scott elevated Chief Deputy Hendry County Property Appraiser Dena Pittman to the post of Hendry County property appraiser. Ms. Pittman, 49, a Clewiston resident and a Republican, was appointed to fill the seat of Hendry County property appraiser until Nov. […]

Dike repairs continue

Col. Jason Kirk of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District visited the Herbert Hoover Dike between Clewiston and South Bay on June 21 to assure residents that rehabilitation work on the dike is continuing. At left is Mali Gardner, mayor of Clewiston. At right is Janet Taylor of Glades Lives Matter.

Reflections from the Pulpit

Healers and experts: local and distant I’ve heard about the “placebo effect” for some time. If you believe the medication will work, then it will work; and if you don’t believe, then it won’t work. Obviously, that’s not one hundred percent; but there is enough healing, or lack of healing, that takes place because of […]

Funding approved for dike repairs

EAA reservoir added to Water Resources Development Act BELLE GLADE – Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings stopped by the Belle Glade Marina on July 5 to announce that federal funding has been approved to speed repairs to Herbert Hoover Dike, and that the federal share of funding for the Everglades Agricultural Area […]

Commission hears city’s finances are solid

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston City Commission heard a very positive report at its July 2 meeting, with the auditor stating that the city’s finances were firmly in the black at the end of fiscal year 2017. Mayor Mali Gardner found the audit results to be great news for the city. “We’ve come through some really […]

Cyanobacteria in water column, not on lake’s surface

The good news: The surface of Lake Okeechobee is NOT covered in blue-green algae, toxic or otherwise. The bad news: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is a large concentration of cyanobacteria (sometimes called “blue-green algae”) in the lake. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, some of the samples […]

Saw palmetto berry harvest now requires state permit

As of Tuesday, July 17, anyone harvesting saw palmetto berries in Florida will be required to have a “Native Plant Harvesting Permit” issued through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), its Division of Plant Industry has announced. Extract derived from the saw palmetto plant’s berries has been the subject of research as […]

Hendry to kick off cleanup events in Pioneer

Hendry County officials have scheduled several community cleanup events to take place throughout the county in the coming months, and they are set to kick off this Saturday, July 14, in the Pioneer and Ladeca areas near Clewiston. Activities this weekend will revolve around the central gathering place of Pioneer Community Center, which is located […]

Clewiston offering swimming lessons

Clewiston — The third session of youth swimming classes for kids ages 5-12 is under way at the Youth Center in Clewiston through July 20, run by the Fort Myers YMCA. Adult swimming lessons also are offered on Tuesday and Thursday nights, 6-7 p.m., through July 27. The Youth Center is at 110 W. Osceola […]

Lake O releases are put on hold

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday in Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Okeechobee, Lee, Glades and Hendry counties on both coasts of Florida because of algae blooms in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. The governor’s order gives state agencies more flexibility in managing fallout from the harmful algae blooms now […]