Hendry sends FPL plan for solar plant to state

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board voted Oct. 23 to send on to state regulators Florida Power & Light Co.’s request for permission to build a solar energy facility on 623 agricultural acres along County Road 833, about 3 miles south of State Road 80. FPL is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan […]

Bird watching trip planned

CLEWISTON — Would you like to go on a free, escorted birding “driving” trip to Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 (STA 5/6)? On Saturday Nov. 3, local residents will have a special opportunity to participate in a trip. Meet at the Clewiston McDonald’s at 7 a.m. to carpool to the STA 5/6 gate at the “new […]

Football Around the Lake

• The Glades Day Gators scored early and often in their game against the Southwest Florida Christian Kings on Oct. 26, winning 63-26 and increasing their record to 5-4. They are currently ranked second in FHSAA’s Class 2A Region 4 power rankings, two spots over Moore Haven. They’ll wrap up their regular season against a […]

Hendry County Road & Bridge Report

HENDRY COUNTY — Below is a report on projects completed by the Hendry County Road & Bridge Department from Sept. 30 through Oct. 12. East Hendry County Pothole Repairs: Blumberg Road and Harlem. Grade Roads: LaDeca and Pioneer. Hydro Seeding: Francisco Street. Mowing: 7K subdivision, Airglades Airport, Clewiston area, Pioneer Roads, and Pioneer Landfill. Shoulder […]

Athlete of the Week: J’quonne Banks

Clewiston High School senior cornerback and wide receiver J’quonne Banks is the week’s Big Lake Athlete of the Week for not only his performance in the Tigers game against Dunbar on Oct. 26, but his high level of play all season for the Clewiston football program. Banks had an interception, two pass breakups and three […]

Pete Kostelnick running from Alaska to Florida – arrives in Clewiston Wednesday late afternoon

Pete Kostelnick is on the 91st day of his historic run from Alaska to Florida (Kenai to Key West). He is running 40-70 miles day and plans to reach Key West in early November. He’s probably one of the few people who’s ever run the Alaska Highway through Canada to the U.S. He’s certainly the […]

Seven in running for Clewiston City Commission

CLEWISTON — Seven candidates are on the Nov. 6 ballot for three seats on the Clewiston City Commission. The two who receive the highest vote totals will be elected for four-year terms; the candidate finishing third will serve a two-year term. Incumbent City Commissioners M. “Mali” Soto Gardner, Kristine Petersen and Phillip Roland are challenged […]

Today’s sugarcane farming not your grandfather’s sugarcane farm

This year marks nearly 30 years of consecutive harvest at Perry Farms, one of U.S. Sugar’s 34 independent sugarcane farms in South Florida’s Glades farming region. While our farm has been growing and harvesting sugarcane for U.S. Sugar for generations, much has changed since my grandfather first planted sugarcane here in the late 1980s. Significant […]

Who has the best Halloween Costumes?

As has been our tradition for several years, the Lake Okeechobee News invites readers to share their Halloween costume photos. The newspaper will post the photos on our Facebook pages for Okeechobee, Moore Haven, Clewiston and Belle Glade/Pahokee. Facebook fans will be encouraged to vote for their favorites by “liking” the photos. The photos from […]

Guest Commentary: Don’t Get Swindled by Amendment 1

In an old New Yorker piece entitled “The Perfect Mark: how a Massachusetts psychotherapist fell for a Nigerian email scam,” writer Mitchell Zuckoff wrote: “Every swindle is driven by a desire for easy money. It’s the one thing the swindler and the swindled have in common.” Zuckoff’s observation is worth remembering as Florida voters head […]