Officials to state: Infrastructure is No. 1

DEO roundtable airs county’s biggest needs for aid Hendry and Glades counties are included in Gov. Rick Scott’s 12 Counties Initiative, meant to address the challenges of economic development in a dozen of the state’s most rural, least developed counties and build on the strengths that exist in each. This week, the Florida Department of […]

Hendry County offers CERT training this month

Hendry County emergency management officials are conducting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions this month. They start July 14 and continue on the next two Saturdays, July 21 and July 28, in LaBelle. County Administrator Charles Chapman says that having sufficient numbers of trained CERT volunteers countywide is crucial when it comes to assisting […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hendry offers CERT training this month starting July 14

LABELLE — Hendry County emergency management officials are conducting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions this month. They start July 14 and continue on the next two Saturdays, July 21 and July 28, in LaBelle. County Administrator Charles Chapman says that having sufficient numbers of trained CERT volunteers countywide is crucial when it comes […]

Training center progress all behind the scenes

MOORE HAVEN — Glades and Hendry county commissioners and school district officials are coalescing around a more regional approach to get state funding dedicated to establishing new job training programs at the Glades County Regional Training Facility (GCRTF). There weren’t any breakthroughs to announce during their recent joint luncheon meeting at the training center, unfortunately. […]

Commissioner Swindle returned to seat

Harris faces Diaz in District 2; School Board has two races When the qualifying period closed on June 22 for the elections taking place this year, Hendry County Commissioner Michael Swindle had drawn no opponent for his County Board District 4 seat, so he will retain the office for another term. The incumbent Republican represents […]